Chateaux & Sancerre Wine Festival Tour  22 – 27 May 2015

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A great start to the touring season – a really fun group, fab weather and our first Engagement! Congratulations to Allan & Jane – about time!!

“I guess everyone ends a tour by saying they had a great time, but we seriously enjoyed ourselves  –           thank you” “Inflatable” John & Novice Pillion! BMW 1200 GS

“As usual another quality tour with quality guests, food, hotels, roads and hospitality. See you next year and thanks again  – you always go the extra mile for all your guests and nothing is too much trouble – don’t ever stop doing such a great job! Kind regards” John Young, 5th visit, Suzuki GSR750

We start the Tour with breakfast in Honfleur

We start the Tour with breakfast in Honfleur

Bob & Steve cool off at lunch stop!

Bikes parked up at lunch

Bikes parked up at lunch

Picturesque Villages

Picturesque Villages

Kari & Malcolm relaxing

Kari & Malcolm relaxing

Steve on his Goldwing

Steve on his Goldwing

Here come the Boys! John Y on his Suzuki GSR 750

Dave on his BMW RT1200

Backmarkers Allan & Jane on their Trophy

Backmarkers Allan & Jane on their Trophy

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner together our first night

Dinner together our first night

Always a morning briefing before we set off

Always a morning briefing before we set off

The group at Chambord Chateau

The group at Chambord Chateau

Exploring the Chateau

Exploring the Chateau

Steve & John Y

Steve & John Y

Amazing double spiral staircase inside

Amazing double spiral staircase inside

Meet the residents!

Meet the residents!

Fabulous Chambord Chateau

Fabulous Chambord Chateau

Our second chateau at Cheverny

Our second chateau at Cheverny

See the hunting hounds

See the hunting hounds

Bob & Steve get measured up for armour!

Chill-out at Cheverny

Chill-out at Cheverny

Lovely roses outside

Lovely roses outside

John leading on the Street Triple

John leading on the Street Triple

Kari & Malcolm on their Harley Fat Bob

Kari & Malcolm on their Harley Fat Bob

Bob on his Goldwing

Bob on his Goldwing

BOB..........................................................................meet ROB !

BOB………………………………………………………………..meet ROB !

Fabulous views over the vineyards from our hotel

Fabulous views over the vineyards from our hotel

Malcolm in the dog-house !

Malcolm in the dog-house !

Dinner at Sancerre

Dinner at Sancerre

Jen in the hotel pool

Jen in the hotel pool

Malcolm, Jane & Graham relaxing around the pool

Malcolm, Jane & Graham relaxing around the pool

The Group at the Sancerre Wine Festival

The Group at the Sancerre Wine Festival

Malcolm & Kari

Malcolm & Kari

Malcolm, Graham & Julie, Kari

Malcolm, Graham & Julie, Kari

Pillion & “Inflatable” John !!

Dave & John Y

Dave & John Y

John Y & John E tasting oysters!

John Y & John E tasting oysters!

Buy some wine from the actual producers

Buy some wine from the actual producers

Martin, John E, Steve, John Y & Rob/Bob !

Martin, John E, Steve, John Y & Rob/Bob !

Bob & Jen with an award winning red

Bob & Jen with an award winning red

At breakfast Allan & Jane announce their engagement! Allan proposed in a helicopter over Sancerre!

At breakfast Allan & Jane announce their engagement! Allan proposed in a helicopter over Sancerre!

 

Not only do we find them the perfect cake...

Not only do we find them the perfect cake…

But also the perfect wedding car !

But also the perfect wedding car !

Our next Chateau is at Chenonceau

Our next Chateau is at Chenonceau

Julie & Graham

Julie & Graham

A rarity - a photo of us ! Thanks Martin !

A rarity – a photo of us ! Thanks Martin !

The Gallery inside Chenonceau

Lovely flowers inside

Lovely flowers inside

Visit the kitchens downstairs

Visit the kitchens downstairs

More gorgeous flowers

More gorgeous flowers

See the old carriages

See the old carriages

Resident donkeys

Resident donkeys

No Comment !!

No Comment !!

Drinks in the hotel bar at Amboise

Drinks in the hotel bar at Amboise

Yet another BMW breaks down!  Dave has to continue the tour in a hire car!

Yet another BMW breaks down! Dave has to continue the tour in a hire car!

Punishment for a badly-behaved pillion ?

Punishment for a badly-behaved pillion ?

See Leonardo da Vinci's inventions in Le Clos Luce

See Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions in Le Clos Luce

The first car

The first car

"Inflatable" John tries the helicopter

“Inflatable” John tries the helicopter

John tries to explain the Archimedes Screw to Jen

John tries to explain the Archimedes Screw to Jen

Wait for me !!

Wait for me !!

Pretty village coffee stops

Pretty village coffee stops

John followed by "Inflatable" John & Pillion on their BMW 1200 GS

John with “Inflatable” John & Pillion on BMW1200GS

Martin on his Honda NC 700

Martin on his Honda NC 700

Graham & Julie on their Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Graham & Julie on their Suzuki V-Strom 1000

The super view from our last hotel

The super view from our last hotel

Steve & Bob – dapper in their dinner suits – carried in their Goldwings !!

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Dinner our last night in the Casino Restaurant

Ahoy you over there - are you in the Air Force?

Ahoy you over there – are you in the Air Force?

Allan takes a turn

Allan takes a turn

Ith it Dithco ??

Ith it Dithco ??

"Inflatable" John likes Vimto !

“Inflatable” John likes Vimto !

John & Jen, Allan & Jane hit the Casino after dinner

John & Jen, Allan & Jane hit the Casino after dinner

And that’s all folks!  We really enjoyed the Tour and look forward to seeing many of you again in the future.