Testimonial Rhine in Flames Tour   7 – 12 August 2019

The group ready to embark for the Rhine in Flames - another fantastic tour with a great bunch of people.

The group ready to embark for the Rhine in Flames – another fantastic tour with a great bunch of people.

We always start with a briefing

We always start with a briefing

Peter on his FJR 1300

Peter on his Yamaha FJR 1300

Phil & Veronica - Tracer 900

Phil & Veronica – Yamaha Tracer 900

We meet more at Eurotunnel

We meet more at Eurotunnel

Ready for the off

Ready for the off

“Hi John & Jen, this was a superb tour and with the best bunch of riders I’ve come across to date. Even the dancing bit on the boat (which I was not looking forward to) was OK, thanks in the main to a few sympathetic wives! The research you both have put into these tours rewards the customer with some exciting roads, delightful towns and comfortable hotels. What more could you ask for? Looking forward to the next one.”
Reece Compton, 4th tour, Triumph Tiger 800, Essex

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

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We ALWAYS regroup before & after any stretch of motorway

We ALWAYS regroup before & after any stretch of motorway

“Hi Jen & John, thank you for another great tour, loved the  roads, food, wine and company! Hopefully see you soon”
Gavin & Josie Allen, 4th tour, Triumph Tiger Explorer, Cornwall

Colin needed fuel from the van!

Colin needed fuel from the van!

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Good roads

Good roads

Ride the starting grid

Ride the starting grid

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Kevin & Sue - Moto Guzzi Norge

Kevin & Sue – Moto Guzzi Norge

Sally on her Fazer 600

Sally on her Yamaha Fazer 600

Paul & Gill ride as back-markers

Paul & Gill ride as back-markers

“Hi both, firstly thanks for a great tour, both Sally and I thoroughly enjoyed it and the company; it was a great group.  We’re having dinner with Clare and Adrian tomorrow to report back on our experience so watch this space for potential future bookings :-)”

Peter Wright, 10th trip, FJR 1300 and Sally Hurman, 9th trip, Fazer 600, Leicestershire

Really ?!

Really ?!

Lovely scenery

Lovely scenery

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Our first hotel

Our first hotel

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Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

“Hi both, Tracey & I absolutely loved the Rhine trip. It’s my second outing with you, & Tracey’s first. It’s the first tour on the KTM 1190 and we’re both so glad we went. A great trip, a great atmosphere, a really lovely crowd, superb roads, scenery and great little towns you picked for lunch stops. We will do another sometime.
Your complete organisation and route planning make the days go so smoothly and takes away all the stress. You put me in lemming mode! That’s exactly what I need to relax…Thanks to you both, and thanks to the rest of the tourers that made it a really good experience. (apart from the 150 Euro fine…. & dropping my driving glasses whilst riding….) See you both in 2020. 😊
 Mark (2nd tour) & Tracey (1st tour) Hornett, KTM 1190 Adventure, Warwickshire

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

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It's Peter's 10th trip !

It’s Peter’s 10th trip !

More bad jokes !

The start of the bad jokes !

John saw the next day

John spotted the next day

“Hi guys, thanks for a fab trip, I will definitely be back”
Ali Beresford, 1st tour, Triumph Street Triple 765R, Somerset

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Local attractions

More good roads

More good roads

Beers at Boppard while we wait...

Beers at Boppard while we wait…

For the van to arrive...

For the van to arrive…

Having rounded up Ian & Karin !!

Having rounded up Ian & Karin !!

“We look back on a great experience, with Karin’s virgin bike tour being a great success. Amazing group of people to share the experience with, brilliant roads/riding days and rest days. Big thanks to John and Jen for their great organisation and research of this tour. The Rhine in Flames experience particularly was amazing.
We fondly remember the big welcome you all gave us, after our extra diversion and John’s conscientiousness in bringing us back to the fold. We look forward to seeing the pictures of the “German traffic police Christmas party”, which Sheldon and Ian and others are funding!! Hope we might meet up with some of you again on another trip, thank you one and all.
 Ian (2nd tour) & Karin (1st tour) Heap, BMW R1200 RT, Norfolk

Our view across the Rhine

Our view across the Rhine – we take the ferry on a ride-out tomorrow

Honestly - use your eyes - don't phone each other !!!

“Where are you?”  Use your eyes – don’t phone each other !!! Honestly, this happened!

A day off - we all take the train to Rudesheim

A day off – we all take the train to Rudesheim

“So, our review arrives last in the best back-marker tradition.  Being back-markers didn’t detract from the tour one bit, but it really helped to settle Gill into group riding which she wasn’t convinced she would enjoy. Getting to know so many new faces / friends was great fun and the Rhine in Flames tour was an absolute joy from start to finish.  The Rhine cruise and fireworks really lived up to all our expectations. Big thanks have to go to John and Jen for their organisation and attention to detail be it choice of roads, hotels, activities or the excellent marking system throughout and for the bonus of having a support van following the tour. John even managed to find a group of laughing German Police, remarkable!  Will recommend BN European Tours whenever I get the opportunity and hope to sign up to another tour in the future.”
 Chris (2nd tour) & Gill (1st tour) Wild, BMW R1200RT, Gloucestershire

Then the passenger ferry across the Rhine

Then the passenger ferry across the Rhine

Approaching Rudesheim

Approaching Rudesheim

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Time to explore the town

Time to explore the town

Many of us sample a Rudesheimer Caffee

Many of us sample a Rudesheimer Caffee

Ian's having ice cream

Ian’s having ice cream

While Gavin & Josie...

While Gavin & Josie…

Elaine & Sheldon...

Elaine & Sheldon…

have huge fruit waffles

have huge fruit waffles!

Wander into the back streets

Wander into the back streets

Take the cable car for fab views

Take the cable car for fab views

We spot Paul & Sue coming down

We spot Paul & Sue coming down

And Veronica & Phil

And Veronica & Phil

Great views at the top

Great views at the top

The Neiderwalddenkmal

The Neiderwalddenkmal

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Yeah, right !!

Yeah, right !!

Jane & Kevin going down

Jane & Kevin going down

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Quaint streets

Quaint streets

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Hear the bells ringing

Hear the bells ringing

We take the paddlesteamer back

We take the paddlesteamer back

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See the castles en-route

See the castles en-route

Wine anyone?

Nothing to do but relax with a drink

Gavin

Gavin

What has Jane spotted?

What has Jane spotted?

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More castles

More castles

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We approach the Loreley Rock

We approach the Loreley Rock

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The famous mermaid

The famous mermaid

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That evening the heavens open

That evening the heavens open

Elaine & Sheldon take cover

Elaine & Sheldon take cover

Nigel is loving it !!

Nigel is loving it !!

It absolutely chucks it down!!

It absolutely chucks it down!!

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The next day, glorious sunshine

The next day, glorious sunshine

Boppard centre

Boppard centre

We all have rooms with balconies

We all have rooms with balconies

Bike parking on the pavement

Bike parking on the pavement

We meet for a ride-out

We meet for a ride-out

So what size tyres Mark ?

So what size tyres Mark ? (from day before)

John's in the lead

John’s in the lead

Kevin (& Jane) on Honda VFR1200

Kevin (& Jane) on Honda VFR1200

All aboard

All aboard

Paul (& Sue) on BMW R1200GS

Paul (& Sue) on BMW R1200GS

Ali on her Street Triple 765 R

Ali on her Street Triple 765 R

Pretty villages

Pretty villages

Ian & Karin on BMW R1200 RT

Ian & Karin on BMW R1200 RT

Lovely scenery

Impressive buildings

It's Reece - Tiger 800

It’s Reece – Tiger 800

But did you spot the other tigers???

But did you spot the other tigers???

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Here come the boys - and girls!

Here come the boys – and girls!

Nigel followed by Ali

Nigel followed by Ali

A mixture of sweepers...

A mixture of sweepers…

Nigel on his BMW R1000RR

Nigel on his BMW S1000RR

Followed by twisties

Followed by twisties

Ian & Jen - Moto Guzzi California

Ian & Jen – Moto Guzzi California

Ian & Jen again

Ian & Jen again

More twisties

More twisties

A pillion's view

A pillion’s view

Mark & Tracey - KTM 1290 Adv

Mark & Tracey – KTM 1190 Adv

Gavin & Josie mark the junction

Gavin & Josie mark the junction

Sheldon & Elaine - Kawasaki GTR1400

Sheldon & Elaine – Kawasaki GTR1400

You won't run out of fuel!

You won’t run out of fuel!

Ian & Karin, Reece then Nigel

Ian & Karin, Reece then Nigel

Reece again

Reece again

Reece followed by Ali

Reece followed by Ali

Nigel followed by Ali

Nigel followed by Ali

Ali then Kevin & Jane

Ali then Kevin & Jane

Mark & Tracey lead the pack

Mark & Tracey lead the pack

At the Drachenfells

At the Drachenfells

We take the rack-railway

We take the rack-railway

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For views of the volcanoes

For views of the volcanoes

And fab views of the Rhine

And fab views of the Rhine

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Nigel & Ali

Nigel & Ali

Time for lunch at the top

Time for lunch at the top

The super six

The super six

Gavin & Josie - Tiger Explorer

Gavin & Josie – Tiger Explorer

Sheldon & Elaine

Sheldon & Elaine

and again !

the brothers riding together

Mark & Tracey, then Ali

Mark & Tracey, then Ali

Colin on his Kawasaki Z750

Colin on his Kawasaki Z750

Ian & Karin

Ian & Karin

Kevin & Jane

Kevin & Jane

Colin again

Colin again

and again!

and again!

Waiting for the ferry back

Waiting for the ferry back

Josie's bum needs a massage!!

Josie’s bum needs a massage!!

Jane was happy to oblige!

Jane was happy to oblige!

Back to Bpooard

Back to Boppard

Phil (& Veronica) - Tracer 900

Phil (& Veronica) – Tracer 900

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Drinks before the main event

Drinks before the main event

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All aboard for a great night of dinner, fireworks & dancing!

All aboard for a great night of dinner, fireworks & dancing!

Fortunately John has our tickets!

Fortunately John has our tickets!

We start with dinner

We start with dinner

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The boats start circulating

The boats start circulating

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Jen teaches the girls the Slosh

Jen teaches the girls the Slosh

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Kevin & Sue are up

Kevin & Sue are up

And Phil & Veronica

And Phil & Veronica

Jane's got it !!

Jane’s got it !!

No - that way !!

No – that way !!

Karin's got it now !

Karin’s got it now !

While the rest are just amused!

While the rest are just amused!

The paddle steamer

The paddle steamer

All start heading to Koblenz

All start heading to Koblenz

Paul & Sue

Paul & Sue

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Cheers !!

Cheers !!

We're all up on deck

We’re all up on deck

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Each vilage sets off its fireworks

Each vilage sets off its fireworks

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Riverbanks lit up in red

Riverbanks lit up in red

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Koblenz Castle

Koblenz Castle

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The boats all congregate in front of the castle

The boats all congregate in front of the castle

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We're ideally placed for the main display

We’re ideally placed for the main display

Lights out & the show starts

Lights out & the show starts

Wow !

Wow !

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Many different themes

Many different themes

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The end !

The end !

And that was just a selection! A fantastic display that never disappoints, we look forward to this every year! Then it’s everyone back inside for more dancing (with apologies for some poor quality pics)…

Nigel & Ali

Nigel & Ali

Mark & Tracey

Mark & Tracey

Jen & Peter had a dance

Jen & Peter had a dance

Then all up again

Then all up again

Paul & Gill are up

Paul & Gill are up

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All link arms

All link arms

On your feet!

On your feet!

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Jane - how cute!

Jane – how cute!

Kevin (but not Jane's Kev)

Kevin (but not Jane’s Kev)

Gill

Gill

Paul

Paul

Phil

Phil

Veronica

Veronica

Sally

Sally

Peter

Peter

Colin

Colin

Jen (the other one!)

Jen (the other one!)

Reece is in trouble!

Reece is in trouble!

Paul & Sue

Paul & Sue – cool man!

Ian & Karin

Ian & Karin

Mark & Tracey

Mark & Tracey

Josie & Gavin (never!)

Josie & Gavin (never!)

Ian

Ian

Final few dances

Final few dances

And it's all over

And it’s all over

The entertainment!

The entertainment!

What a good night!

What a good night!

Another gorgeous morning

Another gorgeous morning

Our morning chat

Our morning chat

Jane rides pillion on our Street!

Jane rides pillion on our Street!

To fuel where Phil has a puncture

To fuel where Phil has a puncture

Quickly mended

Quickly mended (thanks Mark)

Phil has the evidence

Phil has the evidence

Lunch stop at Cochem

Lunch stop at Cochem

Time to explore the old town

Time to explore the old town

Oh no! Everyone pulled in by the police for speeding

Oh no! Everyone pulled in by the police for speeding

Not everyone was fined though

Not everyone was fined though

John wants a photo...

John wants a photo…

The guilty ones - even Sally - to her absolute horror!

A group photo we didn’t want to take…the guilty ones – even Sally – to her absolute dismay!

Sheldon sees a cop taking pics as well!!

Sheldon sees a cop taking pics as well!!

Cheek!

What a cheek!

At our final hotel

At our final hotel

John, Karin (& Jen) enjoy a swim

John, Karin (& Jen) enjoy a swim

Drinks in a local bar

Drinks in a local bar

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We stroll into town

We stroll into town

So picturesque

So picturesque

The group in Monschau

The group in Monschau

This way!

This way!

Dinner in a traditional restaurant

Dinner in a traditional restaurant

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Just what is Josie up to?

Just what is Josie up to?

And John for that matter!!

And John for that matter!!

A few words of thanks...

A few words of thanks…

To Paul & Gill as backmarkers

To Paul & Gill as backmarkers

We need some volunteers...

We need some volunteers…

Paul & Gill go first

Paul & Gill go first

For a game of Mr & Mrs

For a game of Mr & Mrs

Need a decision...

Need a decision…

A match!

A match!

Mark & Tracey go next

Mark & Tracey go next

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No match

No match

A match!

A match!

Then it's Ian & Karin

Then it’s Ian & Karin

A match

A match

Another match

Another match

and another !

and another !

The winners - Ian & Karin!

The winners – Ian & Karin!

Sue sets a few quiz questions

Sue sets a few quiz questions

Which she didn't know the answers to!!

Which she didn’t know the answers to!!

Ans then a little ditty...

And then a little ditty…

Monday’s Biker likes to set the Pace
Tuesday’s Biker just likes to Race
Wednesday’s Biker really likes to Go
Thursday’s Biker is far too SLOW!
Friday’s Biker sits as a Pillion
Saturday’s Biker is one in a Million
But the Biker that speeds on the Sabbath Day is the Biker that certainly has to Pay !!

Coffee stop the next day

Coffee stop the next day

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With a lunch stop followed by motorway we en the tour back at Eurotunnel

With a lunch stop followed by motorway we end the tour back at Eurotunnel

Bye Bye Bike Normandy Van - hello new Trafic

Bye Bye Bike Normandy Van – hello new Trafic

Thanks to everyone for making this such a fun tour; great riding, great people, great participation (special thanks to Sue for her poem!) we look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.