Rhine in Flames 10 – 15 August 2016

Yet again a real highlight of our year - the group in Monschau on our last night

Yet again a fantastic tour – a real highlight of our year – and no apologies for the number of photos which follow. The group in Monschau on our last night

“Hi John & Jen, thanks for yet another great tour on which we enjoyed everything, roads, hotels, restaurants and the company. The evening cruise for the Flames could not have been better, the weather was perfect and the firework display along the river was better than expected – not to mention the Grand Finale at Koblenz – twenty five minutes of continual spectacular fireworks. Your attention to detail and hard work has always paid off, yet again many thanks for a successful tour, looking forward to the next. Cheers for now,”

Jackie (6th visit) & Vic (7th visit) Hill, Triumph Tiger 800 (Backmarkers on the Tour)

We start at Calais with a pre-tour briefing

We start at Calais with a pre-tour briefing

We collect a few more at Eurotunnel

We collect a few more at Eurotunnel

“Dear John & Jen, thank you very much indeed for making my maiden voyage such a huge success. I had been looking forward to this trip for such a long time and there was not a single moment to disappoint. It was an incredible journey with fabulous company, stunning scenery, beautiful hotels, delicious food, and great, great rides. It is difficult to return to real life but going through all the photos on your website has helped and also enabled me to relive the experience. I am very much looking forward to the next one or two (Andy??) – would like to climb onto the Leader Board! With kindest regards”

Christine Lake, 1st tour as pillion on “Big Boy” Andy Biggs

“John and Jen, thanks for a great tour it was one of the best I have done (and there have been a few). Hotels were excellent in terms of quality and location and the roads were great. The days were not too long and as usual you were both the perfect hosts. The leisure days at Boppard were well planned and a lot of fun. Christine really enjoyed her first tour as pillion and wants to come back for more…..maybe Sancerre. See you next year”

Andy Biggs, 17th trip, BMW S1000SX

And retrieve the few that went AWOL !!

And retrieve the few that went AWOL !!

We always regroup before & after any motorway

We always regroup before & after any motorway

“Hi John, Jen, we have not got a bad word to say about the tour, we both really enjoyed it, particularly myself. The hotels were fine as were the meals. Loved the routes, wish I’d been solo. The boat trip was excellent, Carol was in her element when the dancing started. The excursions on the train and up to Bonn were also enjoyable. Of course the weather made a lot of difference.Finally, thanks to both of you. It shows that you have been doing it for a long time now. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble and always helpful. Well done.

(Got up Wednesday and was greeted with  ”Happy anniversary dear”.  Oh s***. Forgot all about it for the first time in 48 years. Had to splash out on an expensive meal last night. “Yes, you can have whatever you want dear”. Ouch! ) Hope to see you again, but I must make a note of my anniversary first!”

Barry & Carol Pullen, 1st tour, Honda ST1300

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

Where Steve enjoys his second cappucino

Where Steve enjoys his second cappuccino

 “John & Jen, many, many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable trip, your choice of hotels and routes were great as was the company. Nothing was too much trouble and Maggie really enjoyed it…The whole purpose of the tour for me was the Rhine in Flames and what better way to see it than from a boat in excellent company, the fireworks were superb. May see you again.”

Ned & Mags Kelly, 1st tour, BMW F800GT

Afternoon coffee break

Afternoon coffee break

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“Good morning John and Jen, Mercie and I would like to add our thanks to a great tour, it was our first trip so didn’t know what to expect. We had a great time and met some great people. Your organizing made the whole trip stress free, the marker system worked for us [although we were always at the back we did manage to mark once!] and the hotels were great. Thanks again and we will be back soon as. Best regards”

Steve & Mercie Keene, 1st tour, BMW F700GS

Our 4* hotel in Belgium

Our 4* hotel in Belgium

View from our hotel

View from our hotel

“John and Jen,  just to say again, thank you for your excellent tour. I really enjoyed the roads, scenery, fireworks in the Rhine and the company and it was all down to your brilliant organisation and leadership. Many thanks again – I may be back next year! Kind regards and best wishes”

Stewart “Gixer” Collier, 2nd tour, Suzuki GSXR 1000

Andy's on his 17th trip - behind John !!

Andy’s on his 17th trip – riding behind John !!

“Hi John and Jen, I thoroughly enjoyed the tour – hotels, food and tours were all good – boat trip and fireworks amazing! I would happily do the tour again although I wouldn’t do the trip out on the Saturday a second time. I’m really pleased I went along and experienced those views but for me personally and as a pillion 4 hours riding for a 2 hour visit was a bit much…but I’m sure the riders enjoyed it! Thank you again!”

Mo (& Dave) Sims, 2nd tour, Suzuki Hayabusa

Drinks on the terrace

Drinks on the terrace

Or in the lounge

Or in the lounge

“We enjoyed the Rhine in Flames trip with BN Tours. The arrangements were first class with good hotels at great locations. We especially liked riding without the encumbrance of the luggage. The evening on the Rhine and the fireworks was the highlight of the trip, the spectacular firework displays were awesome. (Keith thinks he’s a celeb with his nearly naked photo on the website – I told him he’s lucky not to have scarred anyone for life!) Warm regards”

Bernie & Keith Russell, 1st tour, Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Dinner is included our first night

Dinner is included our first night

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John sets the standard for jokes on the tour

John sets the standard for jokes on the tour

The castle lit up at night

The castle lit up at night

The next morning - where is it?

The next morning – where is it?

Breakfast area in the hotel

Breakfast area in the hotel

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Bikes ready for the off

Bikes ready for the off

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Mussels in Luxembourg

Mussels in Luxembourg

Our hotel for three nights in Boppard

Our hotel for three nights in Boppard

Drinks along the prom when we arrive

Drinks along the prom when we arrive

It's August - cold, raining, but still we eat outside!!

It’s August – cold, raining, but still we eat outside!!

Others chose to eat inside the hotel restaurant

Others choose to eat inside the hotel restaurant

The next day many take the train to Rudesheim

The next day most of the group take the train to Rudesheim

Coffee along the waterfront

Coffee along the waterfront

Off with their heads!!

Off with their heads!!

We take the ferry across the Rhine

We take the ferry across the Rhine

The cutest little ducklings

The cutest little ducklings

Take to the water

Take to the water

Approaching Rudesheim

Approaching Rudesheim

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Cruise ship moored at Rudesheim

Cruise ship moored at Rudesheim

Explore the pretty cobbled streets

Explore the pretty cobbled streets

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Visit the underground caves

Visit the underground caves

Sample the local wines

Sample the local wines

Stroll down Drosselgasse

Stroll down Drosselgasse

Hear the bells & see the characters at the bell tower

Hear the bells & see the characters at the bell tower

Enjoy a Rudesheimer Kaffee - thank you everyone for the mugs!

Enjoy a Rudesheimer Kaffee – thank you everyone for the mugs!

See the fab architecture & engravings throughout the town

See the fab architecture & engravings throughout the town

Take the ski lift over the vineyards

Take the ski lift over the vineyards

Fab views from the top

Great views from the top

Maggie & John, Carol & Barry join us for drinks

Maggie & John, Carol & Barry join us for drinks

Watch out for the train!

Watch out for the tourist train!

We're treated to some guitar music

We’re treated to some guitar music

Strawberry champagne cocktails!

Strawberry champagne cocktails!

Carol finds the relevant underwear!!

Carol finds the relevant underwear!!

We take the paddle steamer back to Boppard

We take the paddle steamer back to Boppard

See the castles en-route

See the castles en-route

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Drinks on board

Drinks on board

Christine & Andy with Stuart photo-bombing!

Christine & Andy with Stewart photo-bombing!

View from our hotel balconies

View from our hotel balconies – a gorgeous start to the next day

John & Anne chill-out for the day

John & Anne chill-out for the day

Others choose to go for a ride-out

Others choose to go for a ride-out

We take the car-ferry across the Rhine

We take the car-ferry across the Rhine

Dave (& Mo) on their Hayabusa

Dave (& Mo) on their Hayabusa

Stewart on his GSXR 1000

Stewart on his GSXR 1000

Barry (& Carol) on their Honda ST1300

Barry (& Carol) on their Honda ST1300

"Big Boy" Andy (& Christine) on his BMW S1000SX

“Big Boy” Andy (& Christine) on his BMW S1000SX

Steve - BMW K1300 & Paul - Hayabusa

Steve – BMW K1300 & Paul – Hayabusa

Steve (& Kirsty) on their BMW S1000SX

Steve (& Kirsty) on their BMW S1000SX

John "Ned" Kelly (& Maggie) - BMW F800GT

John “Ned” Kelly (& Maggie) – BMW F800GT

Lisa on her GSXS 1000F

Lisa on her GSXS 1000F

Graham on his Versys 1000

Graham on his Versys 1000

Vic (& Jackie) on their Tiger 800

Vic (& Jackie) on their Tiger 800

John (Jen pillion) on our Street Triple R

John (& Jen) on our Street Triple R

Give us a wave!!

Give us a wave!!

Looking back at our hotel

Looking back at our hotel

More castles

More castles

A pillion's view

A pillion’s view

Pretty towns

Pretty towns

"Ned" & Maggie Kelly

“Ned” & Maggie Kelly

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Dave & Mo

Dave & Mo

Barry & Carol

Barry & Carol

Barry & Carol followed by "Ned" & maggie

Barry & Carol followed by “Ned” & Maggie

Andy & Christine

Andy & Christine

Andy again

Andy again

Paul

Paul

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Paul followed by Steve & Kirsty

Paul followed by Steve & Kirsty

Ditto

Ditto

Steve & Kirsty

Steve & Kirsty

Jen's view !

Jen’s view !

Stewart - always a wave!

Stewart – always a wave!

Stewart followed by Dave & Mo

Stewart followed by Dave & Mo

We take the rack-rail to the top of the Drachenfells

Take the rack-railway to the top of the Drachenfels

The view from the top

The view from the top

Christine & Andy

Christine & Andy

The view at the other side

The view towards Bonn at the other side

Lunch stop

Lunch stop while at the top

Our biker-babes!

Our biker-babes!

Lisa

Lisa

Lisa followed by Andy

Lisa followed by Andy & Christine

Graham followed by Barry & Carol

Graham followed by Barry & Carol

Stewart

Stewart

Stewart followed by Andy & Christine

Stewart followed by Andy & Christine

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Odd buildings

Unusual buildings

Stewart again

Stewart again

We head back to the ferry

We head back to the ferry

What a welcome - Keith's too sexy for his shirt!!

What a welcome – Keith’s too sexy for his shirt!!

Oakley MC & other guests get together in memory of John Sedgwick - recently deceased

Oakley MC & other guests get together in memory of John Sedgwick – sadly recently deceased

And this is what we all came to see – the Rhine in Flames…

Jackie & Vic are welcomed aboard

Jackie & Vic are welcomed aboard

initially the ships circle around

Initially the ships circle around

Dinner is included

Dinner is included

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The girls practice the Slosh !

The girls practice the Slosh !

Andy & Carol !

Carol with Andy !

Vic & Jackie

Vic & Jackie

Barry & Carol

Barry & Carol

Tanya & Paul

Tana & Paul

John with Tana

John with Tana

The ships start cruising towards Koblenz

The ships start cruising towards Koblenz

John with Tana & Paul

John with Tana & Paul

Maggie with Barry

Maggie with Barry

"Ned" & Maggie

“Ned” & Maggie

Steve & Mercie

Steve & Mercie

Dave & Mo

Dave & Mo

The fireworks start along the river

The fireworks start

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Each town lets off fireworks

Each town lets off fireworks on the way

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The display culminates at Koblenz

The display culminates at Koblenz

The fireworks are let off behind the castle

The fireworks are let off behind the castle

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The most spectacular display

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And then we hit the dance floor…

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We show the Germans how to do the Slosh!

We show the Germans how to do the Slosh!

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Kirsty & Steve King

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Mercie & Carol

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Andy with Carol again!

Stewart doesn't have a choice!

Stewart doesn’t have a choice!

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Are we really doing the YMCA?!

Are we really doing the YMCA?!

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There’s no stopping Carol!

And then it's all over!

And then it’s all over!

After a late start lunch is at Cochem

After a late start lunch is at Cochem

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How many bikes?!

How many bikes?!

Backmarkers Vic & Jackie on their Tiger 800

Backmarkers Vic & Jackie on their Tiger 800

John leads on our Street Triple R

John leads on our Street Triple R

Julia & Julia on their ZZR1400

Julia & Bryan on their ZZR1400

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW S1000SX

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW S1000SX

Steve & Mercie on their BMW F700GS

Steve & Mercie on their hired BMW F700GS

Bikes outside our final hotel

Bikes outside our final hotel

Dave & Mo in the hotel pool

Dave & Mo in the hotel pool

Steve & Graham play table-tennis

Steve & Graham play table-tennis

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

A quick beer Lisa!!

A quick beer Lisa!!

Dinner is at a local restaurant

Dinner is at a local restaurant

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

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And then the jokes start...

And then the jokes start…

Andy hosts the award ceremony!

Andy hosts the award ceremony!

Lisa won the award for ???

Lisa won the award for ???

Thanks to Vic & Jackie for riding as "Back-markers"

Thanks Vic & Jackie for riding as “Back-markers”

The Bike Normandy Players - "ith it dithco?"

The Bike Normandy Players – “ith it dithco?”

Ned takes a turn

Ned takes a turn

Then Jen

Then Jen

Graham takes a turn

Graham takes a turn

Paul draws his "tree trees!!"

Paul draws his “tree trees!!”

Andy shows Steve how to waft a towel!!

Andy shows Steve how to waft a towel!!

Back to the hotel for bowling

Back to the hotel for bowling – Bryan

Girls vs Boys...Steve's next

Girls vs Boys…Steve’s next

Vic goes next

Vic’s turn

Then Mercie

Then Mercie

Steve King takes a turn

Steve King has a go

Dave's next

Dave’s next

Andy & Steve try to put Jen off!!

Girls leading so Andy & Steve try to put Jen off!!

Bernie (sorry blurred)

Bernie (sorry blurred)

Then Keith

Then Keith

Julia goes next

Julia goes next

Carol's up next

Carol’s turn

Barry's next

Then Barry

Jackie shows then how it's done!

Jackie shows them how it’s done!

Jen tries to distract "Big Boy"

Jen tries to distract “Big Boy”

Go Christine

Christine (sorry blurred again!)

Go Lisa!!

Go Lisa!!

Kirsty takes a turn

Kirsty takes a turn

Then John

Then John

Maggie goes next

Maggie goes next

Lisa tries to distract Stewart!

Lisa tries to distract Stewart!

So how was it that the Boys won by just one point?! Sorry if we missed getting a photo of anyone – and for the blurred pics – wrong camera setting & possibly too much red wine!!

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

John sets off

John sets off

 With some leaving at lunchtime, others choose to leave from the motorway services…

"Give me back my paniers!!!"

“Give me back my paniers!!!”

Au revoir!

Au revoir!

Another fantastic tour with a great bunch of people – lovely to meet all the newbies and to see lots of our regulars…look forward to seeing many of you again. Ride safe, John & Jen