Monte Carlo or Bust !  30 September – 8 October 2017

A great end to the season - the group in the Gorges de l'Ardeche - fab weather, fab scenery, brilliant roads & a fun group made for a super tour

A great end to the season – the group in the Gorges de l’Ardeche – fab weather, fab scenery, brilliant roads & a fun group made for a super final tour

Some stay in an alternative ibis!

Before the tour -some stay in an alternative Ibis!

We start with an outdoor briefing

We start with an outdoor briefing

We stop to see a Tiger Tank

We stop to see a Tiger Tank

We park in front of the Church at lunch

Parking in front of the Church at lunch stop

“Monte Carlo or Bust! What a superb tour…we cannot say enough about the organisation that Jen & John put into the trip – the hotels were fantastic & the riding was awesome – great roads, gorges, mountain plains and the Millau Bridge to boot. The crowd of bikers we were with – whether fast, slow or 2-up there was no pressure to keep up as their marker system works so well. It takes away the stress so you can enjoy the roads and countryside. Excellent breaks for coffee and CAKES lol. We would like to thank everyone involved on the trip it was awesome (even Mike & John the S1000XR fast guys) but most of all our hosts –  and I think I speak for all on the trip. Thanks Jen & John”
Chris & Debs Marland, 1st tour, BMW R1200GS Adventurer, Staffordshire

Our first hotel

Our first hotel

Hot air balloons pass overhead

Hot air balloons pass overhead

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Some visit Chenonceau Chateau

Some visit Chenonceau Chateau

“Dear John and Jen,
Alison and I both want to say how much we enjoyed the Monte Carlo or Bust tour. It was our third trip with you and probably the best. The roads were awesome and though we were a little tired on some days (age is creeping up I fear), we were always ensured of a lovely hotel at the end of the day. Your organisation as usual was superb and the back up van that also takes your luggage is invaluable for reassurance. Thanks again and hoping to see you on another one soon. Best wishes”
Gordon & Alison Barr, 3rd tour, Honda Crosstourer, Saffron Walden

Although not our Chateaux Tour this is well worth a visit!

Although not our Chateaux Tour this is well worth a visit!

The entrance hall

The entrance hall

Gorgeous flower displays

Gorgeous flower displays

“Hello John and Jen,

Now the dust has settled and we’re back into the daily grind of work, we’ve had time to reflect on our tour with you both.  

Being our first organised tour we did not know what to expect, however the conclusion is we will ride with you again. The organisation was superb – the routes, the hotels, everything had been considered and even with unplanned occurrences the days always ended well. The hotels and food were great, with the standard of some far exceeding our expectations.
We will hopefully see you the NEC and look to book something for next year… Best regards & thank you again for a super holiday, riding home was a solemn affair!”
“David & Lin Lake, 1st tour, BMW R1200GS, Norfolk

The grand interior

The grand interior

Diane & Nigel

Diane & Nigel

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“John & Jen were the perfect hosts on our Monte Carlo or Bust tour in September this year. We had a fantastic trip with great roads and some brilliant evenings as well. The attention to detail was very good and routes well planned. Hotels were really nice and I was very impressed when John popped over to the hotel I was staying in to make sure all was OK and the rooms were satisfactory (there was 3 of us in a different hotel). Having the van was a bonus and well received – it’s nice not having to lug all of your luggage on a trip. I will be back in the future. Thanks for the great memories”
John Archenoul, 1st tour, BMW S1000XR, Kent

Others enjoy a drink on the terrace

Others enjoy a drink on the terrace

Josie & Gavin with David C

Josie & Gavin with David C

Sam & Stuart with Chris & Debs

Sam & Stuart with Chris & Debs

Nigel & Diane with Lin

Nigel & Diane with Lin

“Our second time away with Jen and John. Fantastic tour, actually one of our best to date. Well run, very professional and the routes were amazing and at a good pace. Will definitely be booking with Bike Normandy again, well recommended”
Matt & Shirley Ilott, 2nd tour, KTM 1290 Super Adventure, Eltham

Paul, Jen & Doug

Paul, Jen & Doug

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Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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John tells the Pirate news story

John tells the Cornish Pirate news story

“What can we say that has not already been said. Apart from it being our 2nd tour and brilliant brilliant brilliant, we would like to say thank you to everyone on the tour for making it such a great week. Big thank you to John and Jen for another great tour – looking forward to meeting again on the Italian Lakes tour 10 months and counting!
Kevin & Jane Colmar, 2nd tour, Honda VFR 1200, Somerset

Pavement parking at coffee stop

Pavement parking at coffee stop

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Another bike run at fuel stop

Another bike run at fuel stop

Don't all go in the same cafe !!! (Unavoidable!)

Don’t all go in the same cafe !!! (Unavoidable!)

“Thank you John and Jen, great trip, great roads and great company”
Stuart & Sam Goodwin (back-markers), 5th tour, BMW R1200GSA, Norfolk 

Sorry - it had to be done!!

Sorry – it had to be done!!

Bikes at afternoon coffee stop

Bikes (& van) at afternoon coffee stop

Lounge area in our next hotel

Lounge area in our next hotel

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Dinner is included in a local restaurant

Our condom ladies (their words!!)

Our condom ladies (their words!!)

The hotel has secure garage parking

The hotel has secure garage parking

The next day we stop at the Millau Bridge

The next day we stop at the Millau Bridge

Lovely scenery in the Tarn Gorges

Lovely scenery in the Tarn Gorges

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

The boys taking a selfie!

The boys taking a selfie!!

Time for ice-creams

Time for ice-creams

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Our next hotel

Our next hotel

We call them "car-park" they call them "dirty" beers!

We call them “car-park” they call them “dirty” beers!

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i.e. beers before a shower!

Some head into the town centre

Some head into the town centre

Our waitress takes our photo

Our waitress takes our photo

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Our favourite coffee stop!

Our favourite coffee stop!

Shirley & Matt in the big chair!

Shirley & Matt in the big chair!

So many cakes to choose from...

So many cakes to choose from…

Chris is all heart!

Chris is all heart!

So pretty David!

Ooh David!

Jane, Josie, Gavin & Kevin

Jane, Josie, Gavin & Kevin

Brian with John

Brian, Lin & John

Pretty in pink John !!

Pretty in pink John !!

Josie has a makeshift "she-wee"!!

Josie has a makeshift “she-wee”!!

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Jen stops to buy some wine

Jen stops to buy some wine

Then we ride lovely tree lined roads

Then we ride lovely tree lined roads

How many men does it take to find a dropped key??

How many men does it take to find a dropped key?

Lunch stop in Provence

Lunch stop in Provence

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Spot the imposter!

Spot the imposter!

Shirley makes a fab mannequin!

Shirley makes a fab mannequin!

Stuart & Sam behind Gavin & Josie

Stuart & Sam behind Gavin & Josie

Fuel before we hit the motorway

Fuel before we hit the motorway

Villefranche by night

Villefranche by night

Explore the back streets

Explore the back streets

Great restaurants tucked away

Great restaurants tucked away

View over our hotel pool

View over our hotel pool

Gorgeous sunrise

Gorgeous sunrise the next morning – the view from our hotel rooms

Enjoy an early morning swim

Enjoy an early morning swim

Breakfast on the terrace

Breakfast on the terrace

We walk to the train station

We walk to the train station

Passing the beach

Passing the beach

This is it - a day off - so it's Monte Carlo or Bust!

This is it – a day off – so it’s Monte Carlo or Bust!

First things first - cocktails!!

First things first – cocktails!!

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Then we take the Bateau Bus

Then we take the Bateau Bus

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More selfies!

More selfies!

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The view of Monte Carlo from the Palace

Catch a glimpse of Prince Albert

Catch a glimpse of Prince Albert

Quaint back streets

Quaint back streets

What a view

What a view

We head back to the Casino

We head back to the Casino

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Flash cars outside

Flash cars outside

Stunning interior

Stunning interior

Walk around the Citadel

Back at Villefranche – walk around the Citadel

Down to the fishing harbour

Down to the fishing harbour

Another glorious sunrise

Another glorious sunrise

A cruise liner arrives

A cruise liner arrives

Unfortunately we have to leave!

Unfortunately we have to leave!

Our morning briefing first

Our morning briefing first

We head out through Nice

We head out through Nice

The van follows the back-markers

The van follows the back-markers

The famous Negresco Hotel

The famous Negresco Hotel

We ride the famous "Route Napoleon"

We ride the twisty “Route Napoleon”

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Back-markers Stuart & Sam

Back-markers Stuart & Sam

Brian disappears!!

Brian disappears!!

Stunning lunch stop

Stunning lunch stop

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Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Nigel & Diane on their Crosstourer

Nigel & Diane on their Crosstourer

David on his Honda Deauville

David on his Honda Deauville

John on his BMW S1000XR

John on his BMW S1000XR

Wow!

Wow!

Amazing view at the end of the Gorges

Amazing view at the end of the Gorges

The group at the end of the Verdon Gorges

The group at the end of the Gorges

Really?! A two hour climb up!

Really?! A two hour climb up!

Awesome!

Awesome!

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Ian disappears too!

Ian disappears too!

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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At our next hotel drinks before dinner

At our next hotel drinks before dinner

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Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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The original Arc de Triomphe

The next day we pass the original Arc de Triomphe

Wayne on his Kawasaki Versys

Wayne on his Kawasaki Versys

More gorgeous scenery

More gorgeous scenery

Kevin & Jane on their VFR 1200

Kevin & Jane on their VFR 1200

Gordon & Alison on their Crosstourer

Gordon & Alison on their Crosstourer

Matt & Shirley on their KTM 1290 super Adv

Matt & Shirley on their KTM 1290 Super Adv

Ian on his Street Triple 765 RS

Ian on his Street Triple 765 RS

Doug on his T-Max 560

Doug on his T-Max 560

Paul on his KTM 690 Duke

Paul on his KTM 690 Duke

Chris & Debs on their BMW R1200GS Adv

Chris & Debs on their BMW R1200GS Adv

David & Lin on their BMW R1200GS

David & Lin on their BMW R1200GS

Brian on his Honda Blackbird

Brian on his Honda Blackbird

Back-markers Stuart & Sam on their BMW R1200GSA

Back-markers Stuart & Sam on BMW R1200GSA

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Baguettes pre-ordered for lunch

Baguettes pre-ordered for lunch

Shirley goes pillion on Doug's scooter!

Shirley goes pillion on Doug’s scooter!

Drinks in a local bar

Drinks in a local bar

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Fondu for dinner

Shirley has Fondu for dinner

Chris & Debs have Raclette

Chris & Debs have Raclette

Somehow nearly all of us...

Somehow nearly all of us…

...end up in the same restaurant

…end up in the same restaurant

Another lovely morning...

Another lovely morning…

Mike on his BMW S1000XR

Mike on his BMW S1000XR

Lovely - but cold...

Lovely – but cold…

..and guess who's riding today?!!

..and guess who’s riding today?!!

Coffee stop

Coffee stop

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Arriving at our final hotel

Arriving at our final hotel

The lovely setting of our final hotel

The lovely setting of our hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

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John thanks everyone for a great tour...

John thanks everyone for a great tour…

especially Stuart & Sam our back-markers

especially Stuart & Sam our back-markers

Kevin raises a glass in thanks to us!

Kevin raises a glass in thanks to us!

John shows Matt...

John shows Matt…

...how to waft a towel !!!

…how to waft a towel !!!

Jane - yes, Jane - tells a joke!!

Jane – yes, Jane – tells a joke!!

Jen's next

Jen’s next

A Mr & Mrs competition...

A Mr & Mrs competition…

Sam & Stuart are up first

Sam & Stuart are up first

No match...

No match…

No match!

No match!

Next up - Matt & Shirley

Next up – Matt & Shirley

A match!

A match!

Come on Shirley - decide!!

Come on Shirley – decide!!

No - you can't have it both ways!!

No – you can’t have it both ways!!

Gavin & Josie are plotting...

Gavin & Josie are plotting…

So many laughs...

So many laughs…

Josie cracks up!!

Josie cracks up!!

Josie - you must choose!!

Josie – you must choose!!

And the winners are - Stuart & Sam!

And the winners are – Stuart & Sam!

"Cederick" & "Frecil"! are playing games...

“Cederick” & “Frecil”! are playing games…

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Seems like Ian has played as well!!!!

Seems like Ian has played as well!!!!

Chris tells a joke...

Chris tells a joke…

Drinks after dinner

Drinks after dinner

And that’s all folks! Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun tour. Thanks also to those who supplied photos we’ve used in this review. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Regards, John & Jen.