Rhine in Flames Tour 9 – 14 August 2017

The fabulous Rhine in Flames - a highlight every year. The group on our last night in Germany.

The fabulous Rhine in Flames – a highlight every year. The group on our last night in Germany.

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We start with a pre-tour briefing

Chris & Reece ride as "back-markers"

Chris & Reece ride as “back-markers”

ready for the off!

Ready for the off!

“Dear John and Jen,
Amazing, loved it!
Thank you for another great tour – the Rhine in Flames was spectacular.  It was nice to meet such a great bunch of people, great company as always. Special thanks to you both for your patience, friendliness and organisation.”
Mike Sanders (6th trip) & Tracey Reading (4th trip), Kawasaki Z1000SX, Somerset

Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Paul "Parker"  Chris M

Paul “Parker” with Chris M

“Hi John,  Jen,  what fantastic photos on the website, created great memories, thank you. Both of us would like to say that the tour was excellent as usual, it was great to meet new and old friends. Great hotels and a fab view of the Rhine in our 3 balcony bedroom!!! (Mike & Tracey didn’t believe us). Really looking forward to our other 2 booked tours for next year. Thank you for making everything so special, you spoil us all!”
 Carole & Wayne Williams, 2nd tour, BMW K1300GT, Pontypridd

We always regroup before & after any stretch of motorway

We always regroup before & after any stretch of motorway

“Dear Jen and John, once again you have organised a wonderful tour! We really enjoyed our time on the bike… as well as a day off the bike to explore Rüdesheim which we probably would never have visited if it wasn’t for your tour. Everything was exceptional, the roads, the hotels, the food, the boat trip and fireworks, the company, and of course you – our tour leaders. We are already looking forward to tour number 3 with Bike Normandy, we just need to decide which one it will be!” (What a great reminder of a great holiday the review is!)
Audrey & Rees Hewson, 2nd tour, Triumph Explorer, Cambridge

John leading on our Street Triple R

John leading on our Street Triple R

“Hi John and Jen, thanks for another great tour which we both thoroughly enjoyed. Saturday night was amazing. Memories are made of this! Best wishes”
Stuart (6th trip) & Val (5th trip) Heath, Kawasaki Versys 1000, Staffs

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

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Our hotel in Belgium

Our hotel in Belgium

Lovely gardens

Lovely gardens

“Guten Tag Jen and John,
Thanks very much, once again a fantastic tour! As ever, superbly organised, travelling on some fantastic roads, seeing beautiful scenery and staying in excellent hotels. It’s interesting that there is much less emphasis on riding than on your other tours but it’s none the worse for that – it was great to be able to spend more time in one place, as Boppard and the surrounding areas are very picturesque.
Tschuss!”
Steve Henrys – Triumph Street Triple & Wendy Henrys – Triumph Bonneville, (6th trips), Herts

Time for drinks before dinner

Time for drinks before dinner

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John welcomes everyone to the tour

John welcomes everyone to the tour

and sets the bar (low!) for jokes

and sets the bar (low!) for jokes

Had a great time away again with John and Jen –  can’t wait till next year. If you have tried the rest – now try the best – Bike Normandy! Thanks again”
Chris (4th visit) & Reece (1st trip) Nash, BMW R1200GS, West Sussex

"Parker" & Chris have "Rhine in Flames" tops

“Parker” & Chris have “Rhine in Flames” t-shirts

Always a morning talk

Always a morning talk

 Photo sent by Chris - taken at lunch stop

Photo sent by Chris – taken at lunch stop

Spotted on Wendy's crash helmet!

Spotted on Wendy’s crash helmet!

Fuel in a rainy afternoon!

Fuel in a rainy afternoon!

“Me and Harvey (Chris) are still on a high from the amazing trip! We have told everyone that will listen all about it and have even recommended you guys to some friends that are looking at touring! We were both a bit apprehensive about our trip but from the minute we met you guys that went away! 
What a fab trip, great hotels, great food, good company, amazing scenery and some fantastic roads!! You have it planned out perfectly and took all the stress out of the holiday. Thank you so much and we will definitely be booking again!”
 Amy Moseley & Chris Harvey, 1st tour, Honda VFR, Leicestershire

Our hotel in Boppard for three nights - all rooms have balconies

Our hotel in Boppard for three nights – all rooms have balconies

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

"Parker" & John having a laugh!

“Parker” & John having a laugh!

“‘Yet another well organised tour, some great roads, brilliant hotels and we both enjoyed the fireworks.  We love not having to worry about where the next coffee break will be, next fuel stop, lunch break or finding our hotel, thank you for taking out the stress of touring. “
Andy & Ros Moseley, 3rd tour, Honda Blackbird, Warwickshire

Old cars on the walk to the station

Old cars on the walk to the station

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A free day - most take the train to Rudesheim

A free day – most join us on a day out to Rudesheim

“Just a quick line to say how much I enjoyed the Rhine in Flames tour. Once again your route planning and hotel selection has been 1st class. I cannot sing your praises often enough. Several riders in my local are already thinking of joining me/ you next year.”
Chris Martin, 9th trip, Triumph Tiger 800, West Yorkshire

Take the train to Bingen

Take the train to Bingen

We then walk to the ferry

We then walk to the ferry

The boat arrives...

The boat arrives…

All on board - NO! It's the wrong boat!

All on board – NO! It’s the wrong boat!

We get on the right ferry!

We get on the right ferry!

Explore the cobbles streets of Rudesheim

Explore the cobbled streets of Rudesheim

Enjoy a RudesheimerKaffee

Enjoy a RudesheimerKaffee

Vernon wears a cream moustache!

Vernon wears a cream moustache!

Carvings in the old town

Carvings in the old town

See the bell tower

See the bell tower

Pretty back streets

Pretty back streets

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Hidden restaurants

Hidden restaurants

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Costumes provided!

Costumes provided!

Karen's happy!

Karen’s happy!

We take the paddle steamer back to Boppard

We take the paddle steamer back to Boppard

Mike wants to use the stairlift!

Mike wants to use the stairlift!

Vince takes the wheel!

Vince takes the wheel!

See the castles along the Rhine

See the castles along the Rhine

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Drummer boy greets disembarking passengers

Drummer boy greets disembarking passengers

BN Sweatshirt shop is open!

BN Sweatshirt shop is open!

The next day we go for a ride- out..

The next day some go for a ride- out..

We take the car-ferry

We take the car-ferry

Vince followed by "Nasher"

Vince followed by “Nasher”

Stuart followed by Reece

Stuart followed by Reece

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View of our hotel

View of our hotel

Rees & Audrey on their Explorer

Rees & Audrey on their Explorer

Vince & Tracey mark a junction

Vince & Tracey mark a junction

Pretty towns en-route

Pretty towns en-route

Vernon & Karen on BMW 1600GTL

Vernon & Karen on BMW 1600GTL

We ride to the Drachenfels

We ride to the Drachenfels

Reece & Chris Nash

Reece & Chris Nash

Audrey & Rees

Audrey & Rees

Vince & Tracey

Vince & Tracey

Those who came on the ride-out

Those who came on the ride-out

Fab views of the Rhine

Fab views of the Rhine

Bonn in the distance

Bonn in the distance

Radom Wachtberg (Space Observatory)

Radom Wachtberg (Space Observatory)

This evening is the main event – the Rhine in Flames! We board our boat for dinner, dancing & the firework spectacle!

The group on board (minus Chris Nash who discovered he suffered from motion sickness!)

The group on board (minus Chris Nash who discovered he suffered from motion sickness!)

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Tracey thinks she's found Bruno Mars!

Tracey thinks she’s found Bruno Mars!

He's not complaining!

He’s not complaining!

Other boats arrive

Other boats come alongside

We pass Boppard heading for koblenz

We pass Boppard heading for koblenz

The girls & Brian hit the dance floor

The girls & Brian hit the dance floor

Jen teaches the "Wigan Slosh"!

Jen teaches the “Wigan Slosh”!

Quick learners!

Quick learners!

Some Germans try to upstage us!!

Some Germans try to upstage us!!

Tracey with Audrey

Tracey R with Audrey

Noel & Ann think they're on the Titanic!

Noel & Ann think they’re on the Titanic!

Vince & Tracey with Stuart & Val

Vince & Tracey with Stuart & Val

The boats all head to Koblenz

The boats all head to Koblenz

Night falls

Night falls

Each town lets off fireworks along the way

Each town lets off fireworks along the way

A castle lit up en-route

A castle lit up en-route

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The towns are lit up along the Rhine

The towns are lit up along the Rhine

Stunning castles & fireworks

Stunning castles & fireworks

Amazing!

Amazing – but we’re not at Koblenz yet!

Andy expects rain!

Andy expects rain!

We arrive at Koblenz - a spectacular display!

We arrive at Koblenz – a spectacular display!

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  And that’s it! After the fireworks we all head back downstairs for more dancing…

There's no stopping Andy!

There’s no stopping Andy!

A bit of jive...

A bit of jive…Val & Stuart

Wayne & Carole

Wayne & Carole

the Y.M.C.A!

the Y.M.C.A!

Jen & "Parker"

Jen & “Parker”

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The entertainment!

The entertainment!

All join in!

All join in!

Even the BMW crew!

Even the BMW crew!

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German "um pah pah" music!

German “um pah pah” music!

Andy picks up a local!!

Andy picks up a local!!

As does Ros!!

As does Ros!!

Wendy with "Parker"

Wendy with “Parker”

The next day - sunshine!

The next day – sunshine!

View of the Rhine from our hotel

View of the Rhine from our hotel

A quick talk before we leave Boppard

A quick talk before we leave Boppard

Lunch stop at Cochem

Lunch stop at Cochem

Time to explore the old town

Time to explore the old town

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So pretty

Explain this !

Explain this !

Our last night in Germany

Our last night in Germany

Time to explore

Time to explore

And take a swim in the hotel pool

And take a swim in the hotel pool

Jen

Jen

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

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John points to where he had a starring role in the TV series "The Missing"

John points to where he had a starring role in the TV series “The Missing”

Our final dinner is in a local restaurant

Our final dinner is in a local restaurant

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We have a bit of fun with a game of “Mr & Mrs”…first up are Andy & Ros…

It's a match!

It’s a match!

No match

No match

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Brian & Lillian go next

Brian & Lillian go next

it's a match!

it’s a match!

And another match!

And another match!

Carole & Wayne take a turn

Carole & Wayne take a turn

It's a match!

It’s a match!

No Wayne - that's not an option!!!

No Wayne – that’s not an option!!!

And just for fun...Chris & "Parker"!!

And just for fun…Chris & “Parker”!!

Come on "Parker" - make a decision!!

Come on “Parker” – make a decision!!

Amazing - it's a match!!

Amazing – it’s a match!!

The winners are Lillian & Brian

And the winners are… Lillian & Brian

"Happy Birthday Parker" for next week

“Happy Birthday Parker” for next week

Thanks to Chris & Reece for riding as "back-markers"

Thanks Chris & Reece for riding as “back-markers”

Back to the hotel for skittles...Jen goes first

Back to the hotel for skittles…Jen goes first

"Parker"

“Parker”

Chris M

Chris M

Chris "Nasher"

Chris “Nasher”

Vince

Vince

John

John

Val's too quick!

Val’s too quick!

Stuart

Stuart

Reece

Reece

The photo of Rees is as bad a s his shots!!!!!

The photo of Rees is as bad as his shots!!!!!

Audrey (sorry it's blurred!)

Audrey (sorry it’s blurred!)

The 2017 cast list are…

Next morning Noel & Ann leave early

Next morning Noel & Ann leave early

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

Wendy on her Bonneville

Wendy on her Bonneville

Vince & Tracey on their Crosstourer

Vince & Tracey on their Crosstourer

Rees & Audrey on their Explorer

Rees & Audrey on their Explorer

Brian & Lillian on their BMW R1200GS

Brian & Lillian on their BMW R1200GS

Tim & Jillian on their BMW R1200GS

Tim & Jillian on their BMW R1200GS

Stuart & Val on their Versys 1000

Stuart & Val on their Versys 1000

Steve on his Street Triple

Steve on his Street Triple

Wayne & Carole on their BMW K1300GT

Wayne & Carole on their BMW K1300GT

Andy & Ros on their Blackbird

Andy & Ros on their Blackbird

"Parker" on his Tiger 800

“Parker” on his Tiger 800

Chris M on his Tiger 800

Chris M on his Tiger 800

Amy & Chris on their Honda VFR

Amy & Chris on their Honda VFR

Vernon & Karen on a BMW 1600GTL

Vernon & Karen on a BMW 1600GTL

Chris & Reece on BMW R1200GS

Chris & Reece on BMW R1200GS

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

Jen leads on our Street Triple R

All back to Eurotunnel in good time

All back to Eurotunnel in good time

We're missing a photo of Mike & Tracey on their Kawasaki Z1000SX (blame John!!) but thanks to tracey we do have a photo of a happy Mike promoting Bike Normandy!

We’re missing a photo of Mike & Tracey on their Kawasaki Z1000SX (blame John!!) but thanks to Tracey we do have a photo of a happy Mike promoting Bike Normandy!

Great to have so many repeat customers who together with some new faces made for yet another fab tour. We look forward to seeing many of you again in the future. Ride safe, John & Jen