Chateaux & Sancerre Wine Festival  2 Р7 June 2017

A small group this year but what fun we had!

A small group this year (one couple’s BMW refused to leave home!) – but what fun we had!

We meet you off the ferry and after a briefing...

We meet you off the ferry and after a briefing…

We ride to Honfleur for breakfast

We ride to Honfleur for breakfast

The prettiest harbour

The prettiest harbour

Sharron & Kieron Haines on their BMW R1200RS

Sharron & Kieron Haines on their BMW K1600GTL

“John & Jen, yet another memorable tour – how do you do it? Must just be your customers!!! Had a most wonderful, relaxing time, thank you so much for making our holiday so special. Looking forward to September”
Sharron & Kieron Haines, 5th tour, BMW K1600GTL

Paul & Yvonne Needham on their Versys 1000

Paul & Yvonne Needham on their Versys 1000

Claire & Adrian Lovett - CB500X & Crossrunner

Claire & Adrian Lovett – CB500X & Crossrunner

¬†“John & Jen, thank you so much for our Memorable Maiden Tour!!! You have been brilliant. Take care”
Yvonne & Paul Needham, 1st tour, Kawasaki Versys 1000
“What a fantastic holiday, thank you so much for everything, you have been brilliant at all times. Hope to see you next year”
Claire & Adrian Lovett, 1st tour, Honda CB500X & Honda Crossrunner

A pic-nic lunch in the sunshine

A pic-nic lunch in the sunshine

John leading on his MT-09 Tracer

John leading on his MT-09 Tracer

Sharron & Kieron ride as "back-marker"

Sharron & Kieron ride as “back-marker”

Great roads to ride

Great roads to ride

Clare braves the cold shower!

Claire braves the cold shower!

Time for a swim in the hotel pool

Time for a swim in the hotel pool

Three mermaids - where is Yvonne?

Three mermaids – where is Yvonne?

Kieron in his "budgie smugglers" !!

Kieron in his “budgie smugglers” !!

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

Take a stroll through the trees

Take a stroll through the trees

Down to the riverside

Down to the riverside

The first Chateau is Chambord

The first Chateau is Chambord

We stop for the carriages

We stop for the carriages

Stunning...

Handsome…

DOWN Sharron !!

DOWN Sharron !!

Paul & Yvonne by the spiral staircase

Paul & Yvonne by the spiral staircase

Sharron & Kieron half-way up the staircase

Sharron & Kieron half-way up the staircase

Adrian & Clare on the ramparts

Adrian & Claire on the ramparts

Fabulous views

Fabulous views

Amazing architecture

Amazing architecture

Visit the Throne room

Visit the Throne room

Superb tapestries

Superb tapestries

and paintings

and paintings

The second Chateau is at Cheverny

The second Chateau is at Cheverny

See the hunting hounds

See the hunting hounds

and the flower gardens

and the flower gardens

Kieron & Sharron

Kieron & Sharron

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Lovely old crib

See the armoury

See the armory

and the fab living rooms

and the fab living rooms

The garden view

The garden view

Ice creams at the Orangerie

Ice creams at the Orangerie

Postcard to [missing] Helen & Simon whose BMW broke down BEFORE the tour!!

Postcard to [missing] Helen & Simon whose BMW broke down BEFORE the tour!!

Paul tries to give Sharron a leg up !!

Paul tries to give Sharron a leg up !!

The fabulous view from our next hotel for two nights

The fabulous view from our next hotel for two nights

Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Dinner is included in a local restaurant

The next day Jen has a swim

The next day Jen has a swim

Gorgeous views

Gorgeous views

John takes a dip too

John takes a dip too

While Sharron goes shopping!!

While Sharron goes shopping (again!!)

Really? On a motorbike?

Really? On a motorbike?

We then spend the afternoon at the Sancerre Wine Festival

We then spend the afternoon at the Sancerre Wine Festival

Adrian & Clare

Adrian & Claire

Kieron & Sharron

Kieron & Sharron

Paul & Yvonne

Paul & Yvonne

We're down in the caves

We’re down in the caves

John buys some oysters for everyone to try...

John buys some oysters for everyone to try…

Yvonne really likes them

Yvonne really likes them & has two!

Kieron tries one...

Kieron tries one…

Sharron is persuaded to try one...

Sharron is persuaded to try one…

Her reaction says it all !!

Her reaction says it all !!

We walk back to the hotel

We walk back to the hotel

Kieron & Sharron relax by the pool

Kieron & Sharron relax by the pool

A lovely sunrise the next day

A lovely sunrise the next day

Mist in the valley

Mist in the valley

The superb setting of Sancerre

The superb setting of Sancerre

We stop at the viewing area

We stop at the viewing area

Adrian taking photos

Adrian taking photos

Coffee [Perrier!] stop

Coffee [Perrier!] stop

A band plays at our next Chateau

A band plays at our next Chateau

The stunning Chenonceau Chateau

The stunning Chenonceau Chateau

The grand hall

The grand hall

Adrian & Clare in the kitchens

Adrian & Claire in the kitchens

Lovely flower displays

Lovely flower displays

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We take a row boat out on the river

We take a row boat out on the river

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John does the hard work

John does the hard work

See the lovely gardens

See the lovely gardens

See the old carriages

See the old carriages

Lonely donkey

Lonely donkey

Drinks & cocktails at our next hotel

Drinks & cocktails at our next hotel

Our own pirates!

Our own pirates!

A free night in Amboise

A free night in Amboise

The next morning we walk to the Clos Luce

The next morning we walk to the Clos Luce

The home of Leonardo di Vinci's inventions

The home of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions

See his studio

See his studio

Recreated from 500 years ago

Recreated from 500 years ago

Holographs

Holographs

Kieron has smuggled in another budgie!!!

Kieron has smuggled in another budgie!!!

Clare & Adrian at the model tank

Claire & Adrian at the model tank

See the first motorised vehicle

See the first motorised vehicle

See the inventions in the gardens

Then see the inventions in the gardens

Adrian & Clare in the tank

Adrian & Claire in the tank

John & Kieron open fire on Sharron

John & Kieron open fire on Sharron

Kieron & Sharron in the tank

Sharron i& Kieron in the tank

Archimedes Screw - explained for Jen again!

Archimedes Screw – explained for Jen again!

The first treadmill

The first treadmill

The highlight of the Tour..

The highlight of the Tour…not the Chateaux…

Not the Chateaux or Wine Festival but a red squirrel !!

or the Wine Festival… but a red squirrel !!

The view of the Chateau Royal as we leave Amboise

The view of the Chateau Royal as we leave Amboise

Coffee stop en route

Coffee stop en route

The view from our final hotel

The view from our final hotel

An indoor pool, jacuzzi & sauna, Jen, Kieron & Sharron enjoy a dip before dinner

An indoor pool, jacuzzi & sauna at this hotel. Jen, Kieron & Sharron enjoy a dip before dinner

Dinner is included our last night together

Dinner is included our last night together

Then the fun & games start…

Sharron can't give us the punchline...

Sharron can’t give us the punchline…

as she & Yvonne are laughing too much!!!!

as she & Yvonne are laughing too much!!!!

We have a game of Mr & Mrs...

We have a game of Mr & Mrs…

No match...

Sharron & Kieron go first – no match…

It's a match !!

It’s a match !!

It's a match !

Paul & Yvonne have a match !

No match...

No match…

And another match !

And another match !

Clare & Adrian have a match...

Claire & Adrian have a match…

And another match...

And another match…

After eight questions per couple and a tie break Clare & Adrian are the winners!

After eight questions per couple and a tie break Claire & Adrian are the winners!

John shows Kieron how to waft a towel!!

John shows Kieron how to waft a towel!!

Kieron's keeping it for later!!

Kieron’s keeping it for later!!

Really?!! No, not really, John's posting on his next trip to England!

Really?!! No, not really, John’s posting it on his next trip to England!

And that’s all folks!¬† A really good tour with a load of laughs along the way. Thanks to all for being great company and for the chocolates & card, we look forward to seeing you again on future tours. Jen & John