Rhine in Flames  5 – 10 August 2015

The Group ready to embark for the evening cruise. The second time we have run this Tour and it was just as good as the first  - in no small part thanks to the great crowd on board!

The Group ready to embark for the evening cruise. The second time we have run this Tour and it was just as good as the first – in no small part thanks to the great crowd on board!

Thanks to Eurotunnel delays, Stuart & Lynne finally arrive!

With Eurotunnel delays, Stuart & Lynne finally arrive!

We always start the Tour with an introductory briefing

We always start the Tour with an introductory briefing

” Our second tour with John & Jen who once again provided a superb trip. The hotels, food, roads, scenery, etc etc were fantastic. Also the great crowd of people on the tour made it. It is plainly obvious that you both go to a lot of time and trouble to make sure that every little detail is accounted for. If anyone is reading this who hasn’t been on any tour with John & Jen, we can assure you that you will not be disappointed. We have no connections to BN, just think that you should book a tour, be looked after, and enjoy the riding. They are real good value for the money.”  Dave and Val Burlingham, 2nd tour. BMW R1200RT, Scarborough

A wide load on the way to coffee !

A wide load on the way to coffee !

Our first coffee stop

Our first coffee stop

“Another excellent trip with Bike Normandy, great meeting up with people from previous trips – it’s more like meeting up with old friends. For all you people reading the testimonials on their website, or visiting the stand at the N.E.C, proof is in the pudding, you won’t be disappointed. We’d like to thank Jen & John for all their hard work, and everyone on the trip for a great time. See you next year on the Black Forest Tour!”                           Sandra & John Shepherd, 4th tour, Honda Deauville, Stevenage

We always regroup before any motorway

We always regroup before any motorway

And tell you which exit to take

And tell you which exit to take

“Just wanted to say we had a fabulous time on the Rhine in Flames trip with a great, friendly group of people – thanks all – we hope our paths cross again on future tours. John & Jen  – thanks for all the hard work you put into researching every aspect of your tours. We stayed in some lovely hotels, with great food and excellent company and we rode some fantastic roads . The weather was great too. What more could we wish for. The hotel in Boppard overlooking the Rhine was a perfect location and Saturday night’s firework display viewed from the Cruise Boat was absolutely spectacular. A fun evening from start to finish. Not to be missed. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd trip  with you all and are looking forward to seeing you again on future BN European biking holidays – take care & ride safe. Kind Regards”                                                                                             Alan & Julie Grieves, 2nd tour, Ducati Multistrada, Hinckley, Leics

“John and Jen, thanks for another super trip – and what a great group to enjoy it with. The hotels were excellent, superb routes and good food – plus we were lucky with the weather! I look forward to seeing you again soon on a short break and both of us will be booking a European tour with you next year [since booked on the Black Forest Tour]. All the best”                                                                                                                         Bob (4th trip) and Jozina (2nd trip) Eve, Backmarkers on this Tour, BMW RT1200, Wickford, Essex

A beach setting for our lunch stop

A beach setting for our lunch stop

Super weather on our first day

Super weather on our first day

“John and Jen thanks once again for another brilliant tour. Hotels were perfect & so was the food. The evening on the boat on the Rhine with the fireworks was amazing. The riding was good and well organised with some great roads and scenery throughout. Made some new friends too. Looking forward to next year already
John Heaney, 3rd tour, BMW R1200 GS, Cheltenham

“Hi John an Jen, once again thanks for making this year’s tour such a brilliant experience. As always the routes, hotels and hospitality shown by yourselves were second to none. The Rhine in Flames cruise was a fantastic experience and something I would recommend to anyone. As always there was a great bunch of people on the tour and we had some laughs along the way. Anyway thanks again to you both and I hope to see you again next year for our fourth trip.” Rob Jones, 3rd tour, Honda Crossrunner, Gloucester 

Lunch in the shade

Lunch in the shade

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

“Hi John and Jen, just a quick line to say how much Sue and I enjoyed the tour. What can we say, great hotels, great roads, great food and perfectly organised. We will remember the fireworks for a long time. As you know Sue and I will be back for another dose. Cheers!”                                                                                                  Gordon & Sue Bishop, 3rd trips, Moto Guzzi Breva, Dorchester

“Dear John & Jen, thank you for the tour which we enjoyed.  The hotels and scenery were both excellent. The Panorama Hotel in Bouillon even surpassed the Hotel Beaudon in Pierefonds!”                                                 Robert Hampton & Janet Carbutt, 4th trips, Triumph Explorer, Solihull

Drinks on the terrace in Belgium

Drinks on the terrace in Belgium

Honestly - it's only tonic water !!

Jim & Dorothy “Honestly – it’s only tonic water” !!

“Hi, thanks for another great trip. A good mixture of riding and leisure.  There was time to see some wonderful towns as well as to experience riding the European roads. The Rhine trip was fantastic. Thank you also for the help and encouragement everyone showed to me as the weaker rider. Thank you”                                          Lynne Wareing, 3rd trip, Honda CB 400, Manchester

Gordon & Sue with Sam & Steve

Gordon & Sue with Sam & Steve

John, Rob & Andy

John, Rob & Andy

“To Jen and John, thankyou for making our first tour so enjoyable.  We made some new friends,  had amazing rides around some amazing countries and had a few laughs. The night on the Rhine was spectacular and all the hotels made us feel welcome. Can’t wait till next year. Thanks again”                                                                Sam & Steve Barnes, Triumph Trophy, Dorchester

Alice & Howard

Alice & Howard

Stuart & Lynne

Stuart & Lynne

Dinner is included our first night

Dinner is included our first night

Delicious food

Delicious food

Wine & beer is included too

Wine & beer is included too

John's jokes just get worse!

John’s jokes just get worse!

On display in our hotel !

On display in our hotel !

At breakfast Dave takes orders for pancakes !

At breakfast Dave takes orders for pancakes !

Sam tries to undress in private...

Sam tries to undress in private…

no chance with friends like these !!

no chance with friends like these !!

A daily briefing before we set off

A daily briefing before we set off

Steve manages to override his Trophy's alarm

Steve manages to override his Trophy’s alarm

We arrive at Boppard where later there is a lovely sunset

We arrive at Boppard where later there is a lovely sunset

 

The super view from our hotel

The super view from our hotel

Our biker babe Jozina has perfect nails !

Our biker babe Jozina has perfect nails !

A day off the bikes - we all take the train to Rudesheim

A day off the bikes – we all take the train to Bingen – “Cheese” or is it “Ants shit” !!!

Seen along the riverfront

Seen along the riverfront

Then the boat across to Rudesheim

Then we take the boat across to Rudesheim

All aboard !
All aboard !

 

Relax on board

Relax on board

Have a laugh

Have a laugh

Enjoy the sunshine

Alan & Julie enjoy the sunshine

Don't jump !

Don’t jump !

We arrive at Rudesheim

We arrive at Rudesheim

Wander round the town

Wander round the town

John with an ice cream

John with an ice cream

Take the cable car to the viewing area

Take the cable car to the viewing area

The super statue at the top

The super statue at the top

Jen & John - a selfie !!

Jen & John – a selfie !!

Views from the top

The view from the top

"Champagne" on the way down

“Champagne” on the way down

Enjoy strawberry champagne

Jen, Janet & Robert try strawberry champagne

Lynne, John, Dave, Stuart & Val

Lynne, John, Dave, Stuart & Val

Explore the back streets

Explore the back streets

Local music

Local music

Jim & Dorothy enjoy lunch in the shade

Jim & Dorothy enjoy lunch in the shade

Local transport

Local transport

We  take the boat back to Boppard

We take the boat back to Boppard

Bob & Jozina enjoy drinks on board

Bob & Jozina enjoy drinks on board

See the castles along the way

See the castles along the way

Stunning scenery

Stunning scenery

More castles

More castles

We arrive at Boppard

We arrive at Boppard

Our hotel with balconies

Our hotel with balconies

Dine out in the town centre

Dine out in the town centre

Another free day - we take the ferry

Another free day – we take the ferry

Most of the bikes join the ride-out

Most of the bikes join the ride-out

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Steve on his Triumph Trophy

Steve on his Triumph Trophy

Alan on his Ducati Multistrada

Alan on his Ducati Multistrada

Lynne on CB400 & Stuart CBF600

Lynne on her CB400 & Stuart on his CBF600

Rob on his Crossrunner & John on his BMW 1200GS

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All aboard

All aboard

Bob chats to some Dutch riders

Bob chats to some Dutch riders

Alice on her Honda Integra

Alice on her Honda Integra

Pretty sights

Pretty sights

We regroup after some twisties

We regroup after some twisties

Jen rides pillion to take pics

Jen rides pillion to take pics

Gordon & Sue on their Moto Guzzi Breva

Gordon & Sue on their Moto Guzzi Breva

Sculpture seen in village

Sculpture seen in village

 

Jen & Steve in the rack railway train

Jen & Steve in the rack railway train

Some of the gang

Some of the gang

Dismount at the top

Dismount at the top

There is a view there somewhere!

There is a view there somewhere!

Sue gets her bratwurst

Sue gets her bratwurst

"Sausage & chips please!"

“Sausage & chips please!”

Rob on his Honda Crossrunner

Rob on his Honda Crossrunner

Alan & Julie followed by Alice

Alan & Julie followed by Alice

John followed by Rob & Alice

John followed by Rob & Alice

Watch out for toads!

Watch out for toads!

Alice waiting for the ferry

Alice waiting for the ferry

Stuart was this happy!

Stuart was this happy!

Some stayed in Boppard taking the chair lift to the viewing area (copy photo!)

Some stayed in Boppard taking the chair lift to the viewing area (admit fake photo of brochure!)

Drinks on the promenade

Drinks on the promenade

Our boat arrives

Our boat arrives

The group waiting to embark - dinner, fireworks & dancing to follow

The group waiting to embark – dinner, fireworks & dancing to follow

Dinner first

Dinner first

Wine & beer is included

Wine & beer is included

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All the boats start congregating...

All the boats start congregating…

and head towards Koblenz

and head towards Koblenz

Gordon & Sue

We all go up on deck – Gordon & Sue

Jozina & Bob

Jozina & Bob

Stuart & Lynne

Stuart & Lynne

Love the outfit Dave ! & Val

Love the outfit Dave ! & Val

Alan & Julie

Alan & Julie

Jim & Dorothy

Jim & Dorothy

Andy with Jozina

Andy with Jozina

Alice & Howard

Alice & Howard

Sam & Steve, Gordon & Sue

Sam & Steve, Gordon & Sue

Us !

Us !

Then the fireworks start...

Then the fireworks start…

First in the villages as we head to Koblenz

First in the villages as we head up river

Then the main attraction – the superb display above the castle at Koblenz

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The finale !

The finale !

The girls - & Andy doing the Slosh!

The girls – & Andy doing the Slosh!

More dancing

More dancing

Until the ice creams arrive !

Until the ice creams arrive !

Sandra & John

Sandra & John

Jurgen with his original driver's licence

Jurgen with his original driver’s licence

Our boat returns to Boppard at 1.30am !!

Our boat returns to Boppard at 1.30am !!

Boppard by night

Boppard by night

The next day we visit Cochem for lunch

The next day we visit Cochem for lunch

This time on the Mosel

This time on the Mosel

John & Sandra with chocolate fondu

John & Sandra with chocolate fondu

We have one too !

We have one too !

The pool in our hotel at Monschau

The pool in our hotel at Monschau

Jen, Gordon & Sue

Jen, Gordon & Sue

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

We stroll into town for dinner

We stroll into town for dinner

The Group in the prettiest town Monschau

The Group in the prettiest town Monschau

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

Dave wasn't allowed salad!

Dave wasn’t allowed salad!

Wine & beer included too

Wine & beer included too

Bob & Jozina again !

Bob & Jozina again !

Then the jokes start - Rob knew it was a marrow!

Then the jokes start – Rob knew it was a marrow!

Lynne takes a turn - how many bottles?!

Lynne takes a turn – how many bottles?!

Jen goes next

Jen goes next

2nd prize was a fruit cake....

2nd prize was a fruit cake….

Then it’s back to the hotel for a game of 10-pin bowling…

Lynne's up first

Lynne’s up first

You can tell by the reaction it wasn't good!

You can tell by the reaction it wasn’t good!

Alice takes a turn

Alice takes a turn

Then Sam in her lovely new dress

Then Sam in her lovely new dress

Sue has a unique style !!

Sue has a unique style !!

Sandra goes next

Sandra goes next

Jen's no better than last year !

Jen’s no better than last year !

Julie takes her turn

Julie takes her turn

And the winners are - Sam & Sue !!

And the winners are – Sam & Sue !!

Then we let the boys have a go…

Steve's up first

Steve’s up first

Then Gordon

Then Gordon

John takes a turn

John takes a turn

Alan goes next

Alan goes next

Andy also has a distinctive style !

Andy also has a distinctive style !

Rob's up next

John’s up next

Then Stuart

Then Stuart

Rob throws the ball through Jen's legs!!

Rob throws the ball through Jen’s legs!!

And wins the Men's Tournament !!

And wins the Men’s Tournament !!

After a final briefing we set off back to Calais

After a final briefing we set off back to Calais

And that’s all folks !! A really fab tour with a great bunch of guests. We only have to wait a year before we can do it all again !!  Thanks to all for making this such fun, we look forward to seeing many of you again on future trips. Regards, John & Jen.