Glasses at the ready for the Sancerre Wine Festival! A really great group made for a brilliant tour – thanks to everyone for making it such fun!

“Jen, John and everyone, for me this was my first group tour of any kind and the only word I can use to summarise it was BRILLIANT. Superbly organised, a great group of people and excellent daily routes and visits. Even the rain on the first day didn’t damp the enthusiasm and as the tour progressed the weather improved showing that the sun does shine on the righteous! For anyone who has not thought about a tour especially with BN put it on your bucket list and just do it !!!! Worth every minute. Even the 7 hours on the bike in the rain on the way home gave me time to reflect on a great week. Thanks again to all involved – next question for me is which one next ??  Safe and enjoyable riding to you all” 

Dave Walker, 1st tour, KTM 1090 Adventure, County Durham

A rainy arrival in France

We start with breakfast & a briefing

“Hi John, Jen and all others, What can we say?  A fabulous time was had by ourselves.  Everything worked beautifully. Hotels were all excellent, chateaux and wine festival as memorable as the previous tour. Successfully managed to get wine glasses home without breaking them! A great mix of like minded riders riding brilliant roads. What more can we say apart from looking at next year and planning. Thank you again for the well organised tour, company and great settings. See you soon, ride safe.”

Clare Lovett, 4th tour, BMW F800 & Adrian Lovett, 4th tour, Honda Crossrunner, Leics  (& 2nd time of doing this tour!)

Jen’s leading today

Gerald’s Explorer has self-adjusting suspension!

We ALWAYS re-group before & after any stretch of motorway

“Hi John and Jen, thanks for yet another brilliant tour! As always great riding, hotels and food. A fun group as well – you never disappoint and I look forward to making another trip with you. Thanks also to everyone in the group and hope you all returned home OK (mine was a grind up the M1 in heavy rain and traffic so can’t wait for another chance to ride European roads!) Best regards”

“Back-marker” Bob Eve, 8th tour, BMW F800, Yorkshire

And following the live review – “Hi John and Jen, what a brilliant resume of the trip! A great reminder of how good riding in Europe can be. Can’t wait to make another trip with BN. All the best Bob”

Setting off after lunch stop

Scenery en-route

“Completely agree with Bob, brilliant trip, great organisers, great company, great roads, good food & good hotels, what more can we wish for. Until we get back in the U.K…we find the M25 is closed in both directions…absolute nightmare, but we all got home eventually.”

Chris Pryke & members from the Maldon British Motorbike Owners Club, 1st tour, Triumph Sprint, Essex

Helmets in the van for our first visit

The Clos Luce at Amboise

“Great trip ❤️ fabulous Châteaux, tasty wine and lovely group of people, thanks John & Jen xx”

Jackie Watson, 2nd tour, pillion on BMW K1300S, Berkshire

“Had a great time and lots of laughs, thanks to everyone for making it a fun trip.”

Jon Watson, 2nd tour, BMW K1300S, Berkshire

Sandra & John climb the watchtower

J&S again !

“Hi John & Jen, thanks for an amazing holiday. To be honest we didn’t know what to expect but certainly we weren’t disappointed. We all had a great time and can’t wait for the next one. Our trip home wasn’t great – the M25 was closed so Ruth and her boys got home in three separate groups, but that’s a story for another time! Thanks again to everyone for making us feel so welcome. Cheers the Essex chapter “

Gerald & Ruth Jolly with the MBMOC, 1st tour, Triumph Tiger Explorer, Essex

Leonardo da Vinci’s bedroom

Marguerite de Navarre’s bedroom

“Hi John & Jen & All, thanks again for another enjoyable tour with BN European Tours.  We both had a great time with good hotels, food, wine and lots of Chateaux and best of all a great group of like minded people.  Everything organised for us so we don’t need to worry about anything except riding our bike. Superb roads too.  What more could we ask for. For anyone new to touring this is an excellent taster tour (in more ways than one ).  Once you have been on a tour with BN you are hooked. Their tours are superb. You only have to look at the number of people who return each year to know that they really do know how to organise a motorbike tour…We are both looking forward to joining you again in July for the Picos, Pyrenees & Volcanos Tour when we can do it all again. Can’t wait. Thanks again to everyone for making this a most enjoyable holiday and I am sure we will see some of you again soon on another BN tour. Ride safely”

Alan & Julie Grieves, 5th tour, Ducati Multistrada, Leicestershire

Tony & Chris M

See Leonardo’s workshops

“Hello all, thanks for a brilliant 5 days, apart from the first morning’s weather it got better and better. Wonderful hotels, great food and a great bunch of lads and lasses who were really good company. The roads were to die for and I enjoyed trying to keep up with Jon & Jackie Watson, sharpened my riding no end. Thanks finally to John and Jeanette for organising a great trip”

Chris McIlroy with the MBMOC, 1st tour, Triumph Thruxton, Essex

“Hi John & Jen, what awful weather on the first day, wind & rain, soaked through & not even out of the port! Going across the Loire at a 45 degree angle with trees down & debris in the road! Next day weather better, sun comes out, everyone’s smiling – only getting wet in the pool (except us!) Great trip, great people, hope we’re still riding at age 79!”

John & Sandra Shepherd, 9th tour, Honda Deauville, Hertfordshire (also 2nd time of doing this tour)

Dave with a model of the first tank

L da V invented gearing

The first motorised vehicle

Please explain the Archimedes Screw to Jen !!

Due to the storms the gardens are closed

You can see the model of the first helicopter

“Hi both, looking forward to the Rhine in Flames tour in August already as we thoroughly enjoyed the Chateaux & Sancerre tour with what transpired to be a lovely group of people: it was also good to meet up with some friends again from previous tours not to mention Jen and yourself. See you in August”

Peter Wright, 9th tour, FJR 1300 & Sally Hurman, 8th tour, Fazer 60, Leicestershire (& also 2nd time of doing this tour!)

Adrian & Clare

David & Amanda

“Hi John and Jen, thanks for another great tour, lovely roads, great hotels, chateaux, food (& wine!) and so nice to have it all planned for you. A really good group of people, we had great fun. A very damp journey back to Suffolk for us and we were missing the French roads 10 minutes in! Thanks to everyone on the tour for making it so enjoyable. Look forward to our next tour with you. Kind regards”

David & Amanda Hovells, 2nd tour, Triumph Tiger Explorer, Suffolk

Daryl & Jane

Josie & Gavin

Visit over, John leads the way back to the van

At our hotel Daryl has his priorities right!

Don’t forget Jane!

Time for drinks before dinner

Josie & Gavin

Josie with Clare

Dinner is included tonight

It’s Adrian’s birthday – just 1 candle!

He doesn’t want to be reminded!

So which table can sing the loudest..?

The winner – Josie’s – no surprise there !!

Outside our bedroom window

Chris M – hereinafter a.k.a. Romeo !

The next morning – with blue skies – we visit the Chateau of Chenonceau

The group (minus John & Sandra)

Such a fabulous setting over the River Cher

Beautiful flower displays

Glorious arrangements

The Chapel

Diane de Poitiers’ bedroom

The Gallery – a hospital during WW1

Alan & Julie

Head down to the kitchens

Josie would love to make Cornish pasties!

Then head upstairs

The Five Queens’ Bedroom

Katherine Briconnet’s Hall

Diane de Poitiers’ garden

Catherine de Medici’s bedroom

The second floor hallway

Louise of Lorraine’s bedroom

More flowers

Visit the Medici Gallery

The Orangerie

See more exhibitions

The Carriage Gallery

Newly opened walled garden

John’s missing his sheep in France !

Josie & Gavin

A bit fishy…

Old Bentley

Russian Crested Shelduck

Rosy-Billed Pochard

Happy donkeys

Quick talk before we leave the hotel

Chris P & Chris M set off without John !

Gerald & Ruth on their Triumph Explorer

Clare on her BMW F800

Peter on his Yamaha FJR 1300

Sally on her Yamaha Fazer 600

Dave on his KTM 1050 Adventure

Adrian on his Honda Crossrunner

Jon & Jackie – BMW K1300S

Fuel stop

John & Sandra – Honda Deauville

Back-marker Bob – BMW F800

Lunch stop

An unplanned visit to Valencay Chateau


Some visit the Chateau…

The Dining Room

The wine cellar

The kitchens

The gardens

Amanda & David

Beautiful peacocks in the gardens

Thankyou !

Others choose to visit the Automobile Museum…

Sandra with her first car – a Renault 17 !

Chris M & Gerald

Panhard Dynamic 1937

Peugeot 402 Legere 1938

Bugati 57 Cabriolet Stelvio 1957

David & friend!

Bob fancies this one…

Chris M & Gerald admire a Turcat-Mery 1906

Chris P fancies the Renault Primaquatre Cabriolet 1937 – or rather the dolly bird!!

Not just cars, there are bicycles & motorcycles to see there as well

Gerald, John & Chris P enjoy ice creams

Romeo thought he’d lost his key !

David & Amanda – Triumph Tiger Explorer

Gavin & Josie – Triumph Tiger Explorer

Alan & Julie – Ducati Multistrada

Daryl & Jane – KTM 1290 Adventure

John’s in the lead today

Chris P – Triumph Sprint

Chris M – Triumph Thruxton

Tony – Triumph Tiger 800

Bob bringing up the rear

Great roads

Empty country roads

Arriving at Sancerre

We stop at the viewing area

For a fab view of Sancerre surrounded by vineyards

Alain & Evelyn – the Mayor of Coudehard & his wife – join us

Time for pre-dinner drinks in the newly refurbished bar area

Jon, Josie, Jackie & Amanda

Gerald & Ruth

David’s getting the drinks

Taking in the fab view from the balcony

Peter & Sally with Clare & Adrian

We stop to admire the view

The River Loire

It’s a short stroll into town

We enjoy pizzas with the Mayor !

Jon’s being ribbed by Josie!

The swimming pool at our hotel

Jen braves it – and Josie too!

John hosts a lesson on Basecamp

Hotel bar area

It’s a day off the bikes so after lunch and with glasses at the ready we head off to the Wine Festival

A short walk down to the caves

John tells everyone what to do

They won’t be shy !

Jane & Daryl

Gerald & Ruth

Sally & Peter

Alan & Julie are knocking it back !

Evelyn, Alain & John wine tasting

It’s Bob !

Now just what have Amanda & Josie been doing ???

The cheese was NOT a free sample !!

We think Jackie was guilty too!!

Delicious nougat but very expensive!

Jon & Jackie

John & Sandra

Josie with Amanda & David

Chris P’s bought some wine

All the reds lined up in order for tasting !!

We join in with the locals

John tries to negotiate a discount!

We get full glasses of rose too!

The next day we’re ready for the off

John’s in the lead again

With Bob Eve at the back!

Morning coffee stop

Off-road parking!

Helmets & jackets in the van for our next visit

Adrian & Clare are used to doing this

Safe storage

The group at the Chateau of Cheverny

The Dining Room

The Arms room

The Birth Chamber


The Nursery with lego models

“Scoubidou” has 17,000 bricks

The Bridal Chamber

More lego models

The Grand Salon

The Library

Lovely gardens too

Adrian & Clare have a pic-nic

Walk through the wisteria

Have lunch at the Orangerie

Picture postcard !

The hounds are snoozing

Visit the Trophy room

Peter & Sally enjoy ice creams

As do Sandra & John

Our final visit is the stunning Chateau of Chambord

Famous for its’ double-helix staircase

David & Amanda

Amazing ceilings

Tony & Romeo make it to the top

Lots to see inside

Jen’s bell ringing !!

Fab views from the ramparts

The main entrance

Local produce stalls

David & Amanda enjoy ice creams

We cross the Loire

En-route to our final hotel

The lovely setting of our hotel

With a heated pool

Lots of us enjoy a swim

Great fun

The new BN synchronised swimmers!

Aperitifs before dinner

Real holiday shirts! The MBMOC crew (minus Tony)

Dinner is included tonight

Romeo’s made new friends!

John thanks everyone for a great tour

And Bob as a great “back-marker”

Thanks Bob !

Josie’s £20…

buys a Penguin !!

No really she has a new sweatshirt!

Jen’s in the lead on the last day

We ride past the new stadium at Le Havre

And that’s it – everyone back in good time for the ferry

Although a short tour there is a lot packed into the five days. We must sound like a broken record when we say that we really do get the best people on our tours and this was no exception. Thanks to everyone for a brilliant tour, we look forward to seeing many of you again on future trips. Ride safe, John & Jen.

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