Another great crowd made for a fantastic inaugural Champagne Extravaganza Tour!

The tour starts in Calais

Always a pre-tour briefing

Morning coffee stop

Motorway instructions

We ALWAYS re-group

Sally – Yamaha Fazer 600

Peter – Yamaha FJR

“Inaugural Champagne Extravaganza Tour August 2022. Congratulations Jen and John on a fabulous addition to your tour ‘menu’. All the BN Tour components were there, experienced friendly hosts, well researched roads, comfy well situated hotel with secure parking, time to explore Reims and delicious group meals. Most enjoyable riding with old friends and making new friends with the addition of… champagne tasting…twice! What’s not to love? Thank you J&J, we’ll be back for more. (PS thank you for your help with travel arrangements for the local produce we just had to buy! Cheers!!)”

Wendy & Steve’s 5* Google review – thanks both!

Wendy Henrys, 8th trip, Triumph Street Triple R & Steve Henrys, 8th trip, Kawasaki Z1000SX, Hertfordshire

Lunch stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Welcome Champagne at our hotel

It’s Colin & Gillian’s honeymoon!!

“BN European Champagne Tour was well worth the 2 year wait, John & Jen’s effort in putting this tour together was fantastic – hotels, food, roads, 3 nights in Reims, 2 Champagne House visits, the company, what more could you ask for, err, well, doing it again – it’s amazing what you can get in 2 panniers!!”

John & Sandra Shepherd, 12th tour, Triumph Tiger 800, Hertfordshire

Us !

Dinner is included tonight

We have a presentation…

Sally’s done 10 trips!!

More of John’s bad jokes!!

“John and Jen, its a while since we last went on one of your tours and The Champagne tour reminded us of why we enjoyed your tours so much. It was very enjoyable and we would have to think hard to find any points of criticism. The hotel was excellent…parking the bikes on the ground floor was a distinct improvement over the basement. The hotel location was excellent making the city centre easily walkable and both dinners were very enjoyable”

Jim & Dorothy Donovan, 7th trip, BMW K1600 GTLE, Wiltshire

Next day a ride-out

Jen’s going pillion – in new leathers!

We stop at the old racetrack

Malcolm & Kari – HD Heritage Softail

John & Sandra – Tiger 800

“Hello John and Jen, it was good to meet up again and I very much enjoyed the tour, thank you both very much, and of course everyone’s company, a good group. The city and hotel were excellent as were the organised dinners. The champagne house tours and tastings were very interesting and enjoyable.

Two downers; the coffee stop at the lighthouse, and the Sunday lunch stop was an hour too early which meant a very rushed snack back in Reims. I would have preferred a more direct none or less motorway route back to Calais.

The bottom line: I enjoyed the tour very much, very good value, and again thank you both very much.”

To address Keith’s “downers” – the lighthouse had assured us that coffee would be available. It was the first time we had undertaken the ride-out and we made a mistake – hence doing the route in reverse and arriving too early at the planned lunch stop. We both went out in the van the next day to refine the route to avoid this happening in the future. The website clearly states how many motorway miles are on the tour – we explored alternatives which with town after town were not feasible in the available time – J&J

Keith Bowen, 7th tour, Honda Rebel 500, Wiltshire

Follow the “Route Touristique de Champagne”

John & Sandra – Tiger 800

Steve & Mercy – Tiger 850 Sport

Malcolm & Kari again

“Hi guys, another great trip, the hotel in Calais was great and well situated in town. The rides were fab, great roads and lunch stops. I loved Reims’ great base hotel and a lively place to be. For me the second champagne visit was more informative than the first in that you went down into the cellars. The weather was amazing ,the food is great, and the company is always great. Looking forward to seeing you all soon.”

Steve Keene & Mercedes Selby, 2nd tour, Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, Hertfordshire

So many vineyards

Well it is a Champagne tour…

Lovely scenery

“Hi Both, thanks very much for a superb tour, it was good to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. The hotel was very good and well positioned for both eating out and the visits to the Champagne houses. Very friendly staff. Breakfast was good quality and plenty of choice: The evening meals you provided, again excellent quality and tasty. Bar was comfortable and relaxing. The three nights in the one hotel made it a very relaxing holiday.

Visits to the two Champagne houses were good and informative; the guys giving the presentations certainly knew their onions (or perhaps more fittingly – grapes) and they and the tastings made them both enjoyable experiences. The optional ride-out was good.  Overall: An excellent tour and we would certainly do it again. Thanks for all your hard work in making it such an enjoyable experience. Hope to see you again soon, best regards”

Peter Wright (11 trips), Yamaha FJR & Sally Hurman (10 trips), Yamaha Fazer 600, Cardigan

Epernay for coffee/lunch

Ride down the Avenue de Champagne

Stunning buildings

Moet et Chandon

Also Moet…

Venoge 1837

Steve B – Honda Goldwing

Ditto

Castellane

Who is this??

“Hi John and Jen, a very enjoyable tour from my point of view. The hotel in Reims was good, both meals provided & the food quality was good as were the locations. Nice routes and the visits to both Champagne Houses were informative and fun, just long enough and professionally done. Tour Operators were professional and fun (no change there!) Nice bunch of riders and pillions. Thank you both again for a lovely weekend.”

Gordon Heggie, 3rd tour, Tiger 800 XCX, Essex

Who is in front of Jim & Dorothy??

Keith – Honda Rebel 500

Colin & Gillian – Tiger 900

Well we had to – didn’t we?!

Quick “U” turn !!

Wendy – Street Triple R

Wendy followed by Richard & Alison

Steve K

Stop at a lighthouse…

But no coffee !!

Windmill in the distance

Gordon – Triumph Tiger 800 XCX

Richard & Alison – Kawasaki ZX10R

“Hi John and Jen, we enjoyed the hotel and the trips to the champagne houses were excellent, and the meals you booked also were very good.

We were unused to the riding pace as we had not done a group tour before, and the drop off system was new to us, but the outward route and scenery were stunning. On the way home, we felt that riding at maximum speed up the autoroute for the final leg was possibly a bit hardcore (but others may be very used to this!) and took away some of the enjoyment of the ride. 
Having said that, the feeling of the group, and the people themselves were just lovely – so friendly and welcoming, and this was something we really did enjoy. Best wishes, in motorcycling friendship!”
To address Rob & Stephanie’s comment on the riding pace – we would expect all riders to be able to ride to the speed limit where appropriate to do so, we don’t consider this to be “hardcore” riding on a motorway as it is safer to ride to the speed limit to avoid lorries attempting to overtake us – J&J

Robert & Stephanie Maslin, 1st tour, Ducati Multistrada V2S, Devon

Theatre in Reims

Reims town centre

Stroll through the town…

To the first Champagne House

We have a guided tour

Starting with a film show

220 litres !!

We have 3 different tastings

Neil & Ann

Stephanie & Robert, Alison & Richard

Gillian & Colin, John & Sandra

Rob, Steve B, Mercy & Steve K

Kari & Malcolm, Peter & Sally

Dorothy, Gordon, Wendy & Steve, Keith, Jim

Us !!

Cheers !! What a great group !!

View from the hotel rooftop terrace

After a free morning to explore…

We meet at the Cathedral

The stunning interior

We then have a second visit

A different Champagne house

Gillian & Colin

We head down…

and further down…

The group 32 metres down!!

Another guided tour

Another three tastings!

Rob & Steve dressed for dinner!!

We dine at a local restaurant

Us with Steve & Rob

Another lovely morning

Always a briefing

En-route to coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

Toilets in the Town Hall !!

Lunch stop

Final briefing

Thanks to Peter our back-marker

We ALWAYS regroup for motorway

Steve & Wendy

All back to Eurotunnel

Colin & Gillian

Steve & Mercy

Rob & Stephanie

Richard & Alison

Yes it was !!

Thanks to everyone for coming on this inaugural Champagne Extravaganza! We thought it was a real success with a great crowd, good food & lovely Champagne tastings! Keep well & ride safe, John & Jen.

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