WW2 Extended Sights Tour  31 May – 6 June 2015

The Group at St Mere Eglise - another fab tour with a great bunch of guests

The Group at St Mere Eglise – another fab tour with a great bunch of guests

Hi John & Jen, for me the tour was a perfect mix of motorcycling and WW2 history, with good food, comfortable hotels and fine company.  The organisation was hard to fault.  I thought that the choice of places visited was excellent.  I doubt that I would have visited St Nazaire or Oradour without this tour.  I’ve already recommended this tour to my friends and fellow members of the PEMC.  Please keep up the great work!”       Mike Cook, 1st tour, Harley Davidson Sportster 1200

“Hi John and Jen, many thanks for another superb trip, your tours always do exactly what you say they will do. Again, many thanks” Keith Bowen, 3rd tour, BMW F700 GS

Our first visit - the Grand Bunker at Ouistreham

Our first visit – the Grand Bunker at Ouistreham

“Bonjour John & Jen, I would like to thank you both for a wonderful time, as I said it was Brilliantly Good ( just for you John), and thank you so much for looking after me so well…the Tour was outstanding and I will wear my T Shirt with pride and help spread the gospel of BN Tours to all my mates at the British Legion and elsewhere. You are both Lovely Lovely people – too generous. I will hopefully see you again next year so get the tablets ready Jen! I wish you all the best and hope your Business keeps being a great success that you both deserve. Love “Horrible Horace”!” Mike “Horace” Barrett, 1st tour, Honda Goldwing

“Hi Jen and John, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the tour. Well researched roads and hotels, well timed coffee/fuel stops  and well chosen lunch stops. My thanks also to” Pancake and Dennis” our back markers. As always with BN Tours “satisfaction guaranteed”. You can be sure Parker, Pete (who couldn’t make it this time), and I will be back in 2016.” Chris Martin, 6th visit, Suzuki V-Strom 650

Alan R is ready for battle!

Alan R is ready for battle!

Study the detail of Operation Overlord

Study the detail of Operation Overlord

 

“Hi John and Jen, we just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the World War II tour. It is evident that you have both taken lots of time to research everything to make the tour run smoothly. All  the fuel stops, coffee breaks, lunch stops and hotels have been carefully chosen, so all we had to do as rider and pillion was jump on the bike and enjoy the day! The hotels were a combination of traditional through to the modern 4*, so basically we got a good mix of everything. Every day we had places and sites to visit but it never felt as though we were being rushed. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and it was lovely to be able to share our experiences on the tour with a great group of people. We can understand why you gets so much repeat business – well done to you both, and we are looking forward to our next tour in July!”                                                                                                 Martin (“Pancake!”) & Denise White (3rd tour as back-markers), Triumph Explorer

Operation Overlord

Operation Overlord

“Hi Jen and John, many thanks for the photos and once again I enjoyed the trip – this time from the safety of my settee! The real trip was fantastic, despite the first day’s weather. You guys were the best host and hostess with excellent routes, great laughs, and the finest in accommodation. It was my first trip with BN European Tours and certainly will not be my last. In fact there are a number of the guys on the trip I would happily travel with again. Big Thank You” Steve Flattery, 1st tour, BMW 1200 GS Adventurer

"Yes Mi Lady?" !!

“Yes Mi Lady?” !!

Loads to see inside the Bunker

Loads to see inside the Bunker

Craig with the Range Finder

Craig with the Range Finder

David J takes a look

David J takes a look

Mike goes next

Mike goes next

A briefing before our next visit at Pegasus Bridge

A briefing before our next visit at Pegasus Bridge

“Many thanks for such a well-organised tour. Made it home OK after staying at the worst hotel ever on the way home…a complete contrast to the excellent hotels on the tour in France! Eyes glazed over a bit when I saw the tour photos and remembered there are still some nice people in this world! Once again – THANKS for everything, your competence was most welcome and re-assuring.”  Tony Surridge, 1st tour, Kawasaki Z1000 XZ

The Group at Pegasus Bridge

The Group at Pegasus Bridge

Hear the history from an English-speaking guide

Hear the history from an English-speaking guide

See the original Pegasus Bridge

See the original Pegasus Bridge

Hear why the Bridge was replaced

Hear why the Bridge was replaced

See an original Horsa Glider

See an original Horsa Glider

Coffee at Pegasus Bridge

Coffee at Pegasus Bridge

The bikes lined up at Arromanches

The bikes lined up at Arromanches

See the Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer

See the Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer

we then visit the American Cemetery

we then visit the American Cemetery

 

Drinks before dinner at Bayeux

Drinks before dinner at Bayeux

Dinner is included our first night at Bayeux

Dinner is included our first night at Bayeux

Bikes lined up outside our Hotel

Bikes lined up outside our Hotel

Day two - our first visit is the German Cemetery

Day two – our first visit is the German Cemetery

Chris N at the German Cemetery

Chris N at the German Cemetery

Ready for the off!

Ready for the off!

 

Eddie in the lead

Eddie in the lead

Our back-markers Martin & Denise

Our back-markers Martin & Denise

Next we visit La Pointe du Hoc

Next we visit La Pointe du Hoc

Eddie & Chris N hide in a Bunker

Eddie & Chris N hide in a Bunker

Tristan & Alan R on the cliff the US Rangers scaled

Paul "Parker" & Alan D

Paul “Parker” & Alan D

"Does my hair look OK?"

“Does my hair look OK?”

St Mere Eglise where parachutist John Steele landed

Ice creams after lunch

Ice creams after lunch

Inside the Airborne Museum

Inside the Airborne Museum

David J & Martin

David J & Martin

"Horace" checks out the badges

“Horace” checks out the badges

The fuselage experience inside "Neptune"

The fuselage experience inside “Neptune”

Imagine being a parachutist

Imagine being a parachutist

Denise gets ready to jump!

Denise gets ready to jump!

As does Horace

As does Horace

See an original C-47 airplane

See an original C-47 airplane

The C-47 airplane also towed a Horsa Glider

The C-47 airplane also towed a Horsa Glider

Airborne Museum at Sainte Mere Eglise

Airborne Museum at Sainte Mere Eglise

Drinks on the terrace at Bayeux

Drinks on the terrace at Bayeux

More drinks...

More drinks…

David J tries snails !

David J tries snails !

 

Denise is not too sure...

Denise is not too sure…

As does Craig

As does Craig

 

Not a happy face Martin !

Not a happy face Martin !

Time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry

Time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry

Get in before the crowds arrive !

Get in before the crowds arrive !

The next day Jen's in the lead

The next day Jen’s in the lead

David C on his Honda NT700 VA

David C on his Honda NT700 VA

Alan R on his Honda NC 750

Alan R on his Honda NC 750

David J on his Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

David J on his Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Alan D on his Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Alan D on his Triumph Bonneville Scrambler

Keith on his BMW F800 GS

Keith on his BMW F800 GS

Steve on his BMW 1200 GS Adventurer

Steve on his BMW 1200 GS Adventurer

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

The Group at the U-boat pens at St Nazaire

The Group at the U-boat pens at St Nazaire

We visit the Espadon submarine

We visit the Espadon submarine

David C on board the submarine

David C on board the submarine

David J on board

David J on board

Denise with "Parker"

Denise with “Parker”

Martin with Alan R

Martin with Alan R

Torpedo bay

Torpedo bay

We re-group before arriving at La Rochelle

We re-group before arriving at La Rochelle

Big Wheel outside our hotel

Big Wheel outside our hotel

The harbour at La Rochelle

The harbour at La Rochelle

Explore the ramparts around the town

Explore the ramparts around the town

Plenty of restaurants in the back streets

Plenty of restaurants in the back streets

La Rochelle harbour by night

La Rochelle harbour by night

La Rochelle by night

La Rochelle by night

Fields of poppies the next day

Fields of poppies the next day

Lovely tree-lined roads

Lovely tree-lined roads

At coffee Steve buys a camera !

At coffee Steve buys a camera !

Pretty village stops

Pretty village stops

Craig on his Triumph Tiger Sport

Craig on his Triumph Tiger Sport

Tony on his Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Tony on his Kawasaki Z1000 SX

 

Stunning lunch stops

Stunning lunch stops

"Horace" on his Honda Goldwing

“Horace” on his Honda Goldwing

Chris N on his BMW 1200 GS

Chris N on his BMW 1200 GS

Chris M -  V-Strom 650 & Parker - Bonneville

Chris M – V-Strom 650 & Parker – Bonneville

We visit the martyr village Oradour sur Glane

We visit the martyr village Oradour sur Glane

Oradour left standing as in 1944

Oradour left standing as in 1944

The women & children were burned in the Church

The women & children were burned in the Church

A total of 642 were massacred

A total of 642 were massacred

In Memory of those who were killed

In Memory of those who were killed

Oradour sur Glane

Oradour sur Glane

Ice creams all round

Ice creams all round

Coconut mat for £1 or 50p with a hole !!

Coconut mat for £1 or 50p with a hole !!

Eddie on his BMW 1600 GT Sport

Eddie on his BMW 1600 GT Sport

Tristan on his Kawasaki ZZR 1200

Tristan on his Kawasaki ZZR 1200

Eddie braves the hotel swimming pool

Eddie braves the hotel swimming pool

And so does Jen

And so does Jen

Seen outside our Hotel

Seen outside our Hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Parker, Tony & Keith

Parker, Tony & Keith

Chris M, Alan D & Mike

Chris M, Alan D & Mike

Horace, Alan R, Tristan, Chris N, Eddie & Steve

Horace, Alan R, Tristan, Chris N, Eddie & Steve

Craig, Denise, Martin & David J

Craig, Denise, Martin & David J

Dinner at our hotel

Dinner at our hotel

Parker & Keith - dressed for dinner !

Parker & Keith – dressed for dinner !

Coffee break in 34C temperatures

Coffee break in 34C temperatures

Mike on his Harley Davidson Sportster 1200

Mike on his Harley Davidson Sportster 1200

We visit the Saumur Tank Museum

We visit the Saumur Tank Museum

Tony

Tony

Craig

Craig

Denise takes aim at "Pancake" !!

Denise takes aim at “Pancake” !!

Chris N next to a Tiger 1

Chris N next to a Tiger 1

Kettenkrad half-tracked motorcycle

Kettenkrad half-tracked motorcycle

Car that folds away into a suitcase !!

Car that folds away into a suitcase !!

Eddie on his new bike - an ACMA TAP

Eddie on his new bike – an ACMA TAP

Keith by a Sherman M4

Keith by a Sherman M4

 French Pluton Nuclear Missile Carrier

French Pluton Nuclear Missile Carrier

Steve by an AMX 30 EBD Mine Clearer

Steve by an AMX 30 EBD Mine Clearer

Major Eddie with Gunner Alan by their Chieftain

Major Eddie with Gunner Alan by their Chieftain

Steve wishes he hadn't climbed in !

Steve wishes he hadn’t climbed in !

Eddie in the kids play area !

Eddie in the kids play area !

Parker in charge !

Parker in charge !

Chris M & Parker

Chris M & Parker

The new BN European Tours Support Vehicle !

The new BN European Tours Support Vehicle !

Our final Hotel at Le Mans

Our final Hotel at Le Mans

Bike parking

Bike parking

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Warm enough outside

Warm enough outside

Our Last Supper in a local restaurant

Our Last Supper in a local restaurant

David J offers some words of thanks

David J offers some words of thanks

Breakfast area in the Hotel

Breakfast area in the Hotel

Our final morning briefing

Our final morning briefing

Our final visit - the Memorial at Montormel overlooking the Falaise Gap

Our final visit – the Memorial at Montormel overlooking the Falaise Gap

We finish the Tour with a pic-nic at Montormel before returning to catch the ferry at Caen. Thanks to a great bunch of guests for making this a really enjoyable tour, good weather & good riding too. We hope to see many of you again in the future. John & Jen.