Another great crowd made for a fantastic inaugural Champagne Extravaganza Tour!
The tour starts in Calais
Always a pre-tour briefing
Morning coffee stop
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
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
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…
“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
Moet et Chandon
Steve B – Honda Goldwing
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
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.
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
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 !!
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.