Testimonial Monte Carlo or Bust !   28 April – 6 May 2018

The group in the Gorges de l'Ardeche. A fantastic start to the year, a fab group of people, great riding and good weather when it mattered most !

The group in the Gorges de l’Ardeche. A truly fantastic start to the year, a fab group of people, great riding and good weather when it mattered most !​

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We start with a pre-tour briefing

Stop to see the Tiger Tank

Stop to see the Tiger Tank”

“The holidays when you laugh until you cry are the best holidays ever! Thank you all those on facebook and all the others not on fb who helped to make our trip a fabulous one! So much fun, great roads, great hotels, great scenery and the best company ever! Thank you – we had a blast!” 
Tracey Farmer, 4th visit, Pillion on Honda Goldwing, Gloucestershire

Parking at lunch stop

Parking at lunch stop

Pretty villages

Pretty villages

Sandwiches in the sun

Sandwiches in the sun

You won't run out of fuel!

You won’t run out of fuel!

 “Hi John & Jen, just a few words to thank you for a memorable trip around La Belle France. Well organised, good hotels, good food, good company, (mostly) good weather. Overall, excellent!”
Reece Compton, 1st tour, Suzuki V-Strom 650, Essex

Our first hotel in the Loire

Our first hotel in the Loire

Drinks on the terrace

Drinks on the terrace

Many visit Chenonceau Chateau

Many visit Chenonceau Chateau

Nicky in the Grand Hall

Nicky in the Grand Hall

Go down to the kitchens

Go down to the kitchens

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“Just finished a wonderful bike tour – Monte Carlo or Bust with John and Jen. Great roads, great company and great hotels. Even a few days of bad weather didn’t dampen our spirits. This was my second tour with BN European Tours. Can’t wait for my third.”
John Savage, 2nd tour, Triumph Sprint GT, Peeblesshire, Scotland 

At our first hotel Jen braves the pool...

At our first hotel Jen braves the pool…

It's all of 19 degrees C!!

It’s all of 19 degrees C!!

 “The Monte Carlo or Bust Tour was brilliant! Wayne and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute even though it started off pretty wet, but you can’t order the weather. It turned out sunny and the roads were brilliant, scenery breath-taking! Also enjoyed everyone’s company. Well done to you both for another great trip, looking forward to Black Forest in July!”
Carole & Wayne Williams, 3rd visit, BMW K1600, Wales 
 

Hot air balloons overhead

Hot air balloons overhead

 

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John welcomes everyone to the tour

John welcomes everyone to the tour

 

It's Janet Short's 10th visit !

It’s Janet Short’s 10th visit !

 

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

 

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 “This was one of the best, great company and a great trip”
 Chris Nash, 5th visit, BMW R1200GS, West Sussex

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Waterproofs on this morning!

Waterproofs on this morning!

 

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At lunch we all pile in the same cafe!

At lunch we all pile in the same café!

“Thanks, John and Jen. Really pleased with the tour. Great caring leadership. You both make an exceptional team.” 
Paul & Pauline Hill, 1st tour, Honda Crosstourer, Somerset

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Back-marker Chris Nash

Back-marker Chris Nash

Wet roads as we head down to the dam

Wet roads as we head down to the dam

Great scenery - even in the wet

Great scenery – even in the wet

We ride across the dam

We ride across the dam

“Thank you all for a great trip.” 
“Stoner” – David Stone, 1st trip, KTM 990 Adventure, Devon

Drinks in the bar at our next hotel

Drinks in the bar at our next hotel

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Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

This time in a local restaurant

This time in a local restaurant

“Another great tour with John & Jen. Well organised, fabulous roads, great company and made lots of new friends as well as catching up with old ones. All in all a brilliant time! 😎
Nicky (& Marc) Rowley, 2nd tour, BMW R1200GSA, West Midlands   

Road Closed !!

Road Closed !!

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

We approach the Millau Bridge

We approach the Millau Bridge

Some climed to the viewing area - shame on those youngsters (Jamie!) who didn't!!

Some walked up to the viewing area – shame on those who didn’t have a good excuse (Jamie!) who didn’t!!

“Another knockout tour! Great roads, even better hospitality and great company! Can’t wait until the next one. Thanks again John and Jen.”
Rich Ward, 2nd tour, KTM 990 SMT , Gloucestershire  

We ride over the bridge

We ride over the bridge

We ride through the Tarn gorges

Then through the Tarn gorges

Jen's in the lead today

Jen’s in the lead today

Janet on her Kawasaki Ninja KRT

Janet on her Kawasaki Ninja KRT

“Thanks J&J for a brilliant tour, they get better and better! One of the best groups of people too. Thanks also for making my big birthday extra special xx
Janet Short, 10th visit, Kawasaki Ninja KRT, Somerset  

John S on his Sprint GT

John S on his Sprint GT

Vonce B on his BMW R1200RS

Vince B on his BMW R1200RS

Wayne & Carole on their BMW K1600

Wayne & Carole on their BMW K1600

Vince & Tracey on thir Honda Goldwing

Vince & Tracey on their Honda Goldwing

Ian on his BMW S1000 XR

Ian on his BMW S1000 XR

Marc & Nicky on their BMW R1200 GSA

Marc & Nicky on their BMW R1200 GSA

Dry roads to start...

Dry roads to start…

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“Thanks John & Jen for a fantastic holiday. Superb organisation and attention to detail as usual. Great hotels too.”
Nigel Short, 17th trip, BMW S1000R Sport, Somerset  

Then it turns wet...

Then it turns wet…

Still great roads

Still great roads

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Uzes town centre - for those who didn't venture out!

Uzes town centre – for those who didn’t venture out!

We dine underneath the arches!

We dine underneath the arches!

Some enjoy cooking on hot stones

Some enjoy cooking on hot stones

Our morning briefing

Our morning briefing

Beautiful tree lined roads

Beautiful tree lined roads

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Lunch stop in Provence

Lunch stop in Provence

Market with local produce

Market with local produce

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Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Instructions before we ride some motorway

Instructions before we ride some motorway

We ride through Nice

We ride through Nice

"The World" luxury liner in Nice

“The World” luxury liner in Nice

We all pile into a local bar!

We all pile into a local bar!

It's Janet's birthday - the jokes start!!

It’s Janet’s birthday – the jokes start!!

A free night - some opt for pizzas

A free night – some opt for pizzas

Villefranche by night

Villefranche by night

A lovely morning the next day

A lovely morning the next day

Jen, John & Ian enjoyed a swim

Jen, John & Ian enjoyed a swim

We await the bus to Monte Carlo

We await the bus to Monte Carlo

Stroll through the "posh" shops

Stroll through the “posh” shops

See the flash cars outside the casino

See the flash cars outside the casino

& the Fab boats in the harbour

& the fab boats in the harbour

It has to be done...cocktails in the VIP area!

It has to be done…cocktails in the VIP area!

Take the Bateau Bus across the harbour

Take the Bateau Bus across the harbour

See the super yachts

See the super yachts

Fab views of the marina

Fab views of the marina

You can visit the palace

You can visit the palace

See the changing of the guard

See the changing of the guard

Explore the back streets

Explore the back streets

Nigel replicates his "Picos" pose !!

Nigel replicates his “Picos” pose !!

Lunch in the old town

Lunch in the old town

The stands being erected for the Classic Car Race

The stands being erected for the Classic Car Race

"Dilbar" the largest yacht in the world at £600 million !!

“Dilbar” the largest yacht in the world at £600 million

More flash cars

More flash cars

A remote-controlled BMW !!

A remote-controlled BMW !!

Inside the casino lobby

Inside the casino lobby

Us !!

Us !!

Beers  - thanks to Vince B winning at the Casino !

Beers – thanks to Vince B winning at the Casino !

Another free night to explore Villefranche

Another free night to explore Villefranche

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Lots of restaurants to choose from

Breakfast area in our hotel

Breakfast area in our hotel

Two cruise liners this morning

Two cruise liners this morning

A group photo - and it's not raining !!

A group photo – back on the bikes and it’s not raining !!

Heading out through Nice

Heading out through Nice

A glorious morning

A glorious morning

Route Napoleon - John followed by Jamie

Route Napoleon – John followed by Jamie

Daryl on his KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Daryl on his KTM 1290 Super Adventure

Paul & Pauline on their Honda Crosstourer

Paul & Pauline on their Honda Crosstourer

"Stoner" on his KTM 990 Adventure

“Stoner” on his KTM 990 Adventure

Great roads

Great roads

Twisty enough ?

Twisty enough ?

The fab setting for lunch stop

The fab setting for lunch stop

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Ugh Vince !!

Ugh Vince !!

Gorgeous scenery in the Verdon

Gorgeous scenery in the Verdon

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John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead on our Street Triple R

Rich on his KTM 990 SMT

Rich on his KTM 990 SMT

Reece on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Reece on his Suzuki V-Strom 650

Mind your head !

Mind your head !

Super scenery

Super scenery

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The lake at the end of the gorge

The lake at the end of the gorge

A GROUP photo please !

A GROUP photo please !

And we're off...

And we’re off…

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Jamie on his Speed Triple R

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John S & "Stoner" at coffee break

John S & “Stoner” at coffee break

Pretty village stop

Pretty village stop

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John's tells the "Madeira Cake" joke...

John’s tells the “Madeira Cake” joke…

Tracey's heard it before !!

Tracey’s heard it before !!

We ride round the original Arc de Triomphe

We ride round the original Arc de Triomphe

So scenic

So scenic

Amazing views in the Ardeche

Amazing views in the Ardeche

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The fab Pont D'Arc

The fab Pont D’Arc

The Group in the Ardeche

The Group in the Ardeche

Sunny coffee stop

Sunny coffee stop

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Jen's in the lead today...

Jen’s in the lead today…

followed by Jamie on his Speed Triple R

followed by Jamie on his Speed Triple R

Nigel on his BMW S1000R Sport

Nigel on his BMW S1000R Sport

More great roads

More great roads

Sandwiches ordered for lunch

Sandwiches ordered for lunch

We head into the Volcanic region...

We head into the Volcanic region…

where there is still snow on the peaks

where there is still snow on the peaks

Drinks in a local bar

Drinks in a local bar

Different beer taps !

Different beer taps !

We enjoy a traditional local dinner

We enjoy a traditional local dinner

The next day - always a morning briefing

The next day – always a morning briefing

We ride out through the volcanoes

We ride out through the volcanoes

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So who's in the wrong lane ??

So who’s in the wrong lane ??

More great roads

More great roads

Street parking at coffee stop...

Street parking at coffee stop…

Ian chilling at lunch stop

Ian chilling at lunch stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Arriving at our final hotel

Arriving at our final hotel

Jen, Janet & Ian enjoy a swim

Jen, Janet & Ian enjoy a swim

Come on in - it's lovely !

Come on in – it’s lovely (and heated!) 

John ventures in as well

John ventures in as well

Nigel & John S enjoying a beer

Nigel & John S enjoying a beer

Rich, Jamie & Vince B do too

Rich, Jamie & Vince B 

The gourgeous gardens of our hotel

The gorgeous gardens of our hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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John thanks everyone for a brilliant tour

John thanks everyone for a brilliant tour

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

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John has wispered to Janet who picks on Jamie...

John has whispered to Janet who picks on Jamie…

She's laughing so much she can't pass it on...

She’s laughing so much she can’t speak!!

Eventually she passes on the joke...

Eventually she passes on the joke…

but so badly that John has to repeat it !!

but so badly that John has to repeat it !!

Jamie picks on Tracey

Jamie picks on Tracey

Tracey targets Wayne (no Wayne it's not "courgettes"!

Tracey targets Wayne (Wayne it’s not “courgettes”!)

Wayne collars Nicky...

Wayne passes it on to Nicky…

Who aims for "Stoner"

Who aims for “Stoner”

Who's really shocked !!

Who’s really shocked !!

Stoner heads for Carole

Stoner heads for Carole

She cracks up !

She cracks up !

Carole passes it on to Nigel

Carole passes it on to Nigel

Who reslly doesn't like it !!

Who really doesn’t like it !!

Nigel collars Pauline...

Nigel collars Pauline…

who then targets Chris

who then targets Chris

John thanks Chris for riding as "back-marker"

John thanks Chris for riding as “back-marker”

Thanks Chris !

Thanks Chris !

Stoner thanks everyone for making him so welcome

Stoner thanks everyone for making him so welcome

John S says some words of thanks to us...

John S says some words of thanks to us…

Presenting Jen with a gift voucher for botox ! (not really!)

Presenting Jen with a gift voucher for botox ! (not really!)

and John with a gift from everyone - Thanks to all!

and John with a gift from everyone – Thanks to all!

John shows Vince how to waft a towel !

John shows Vince how to waft a towel !

Carole takes a turn...

Carole takes a turn…

Then Nigel - no-one wanted to go fishing !!

Then Nigel – no-one wanted to go fishing !!

Ian's up next...

Ian’s up next…

Janet takes a turn

Janet takes a turn

Then Wayne

Then Wayne

Reece is up next

Reece is up next

Then Vince B

Followed by Vince B

What a fab evening – with loads more joke telling and everyone taking part this was a great end to the tour…  

Another glorious morning

Another glorious morning

Nobody wants to leave !

Nobody wants to leave !

It's the last day...

It’s the last day…

Stoner has a slow puncture !

Stoner has a slow puncture !

Lunch stop on the way to Le Havre

Lunch stop on the way to Le Havre

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John arrives back at the port with Stoner

John arrives back at the port with Stoner

All back in good time for the ferry

All back in good time for the ferry

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And that’s all folks !  What a great bunch of people to start off the season. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours…and as a P.S.   

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We’ve heard from Glen (who had to return home ill after day 1) – he’s on the mend and is pursuing a claim against his insurers for the repatriation of his motorbike.