“Probably” the best Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps Tour to date! Another great group, fantastic weather & amazing sights – no apologies for the number of photos which follow…

Before the tour starts Ros & Andy’s bike has a puncture!

We start with a briefing

Then get Andy to a garage for a new tyre!

Ros & Andy rejoin us at coffee stop

“Hi John and Jen, thanks for another great trip, great riding, some fabulous views, hotels were clean, unique and well located and of course your support with the punctured front tyre was very much appreciated, thank you.”

Ros (5th trip) & Andy (6th trip) Moseley, Honda Blackbird, Warwickshire

Afternoon coffee stop

It’s dry now

Come on Jackie – jump!

This morning we didn’t think we’d be in the pool!

“Hi John & Jen, I would like to say it was an absolute pleasure to meet you both and I had one of the best holidays I’ve ever had – the organisation, the hotels and the routes chosen by yourselves were second to none. What a fantastic mix of excellent and exhilarating riding roads, the sort of thing every motorcyclist strives to find and ride. I also have to say what a fantastic group we had, loads of fun banter and tales told. It was also a fantastic opportunity to spend an extended period to bond and ride with my father (“Stoner”), although I must admit there were times that I wish I had a leash on him to stop him racing off chasing the locals on their bikes through the countryside and a tracker to find him when he wonders off on one of his “little adventures”!

Rest assured when the opportunity arises I will be booking another trip with yourselves, as I feel the attention to detail and inclusion of everyone on the tour forms a real family atmosphere which I hope has gained me friends that I will see again over the coming months and years. Once again thanks for all you did for dad and myself, it definitely made it a holiday to remember.”

Adrian Stone, 1st tour, KTM 990 Adventure, Cornwall

John & Daryl comparing scars!

Jon W joins in

“We’ve just returned from the Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps tour. It was amazing in every way (weather, roads, scenery, hotels, food and the others on tour). John and Jen put so much effort into researching the roads, places to stop for drinks/lunch and hotels and it really shows! Our only concern was how we’d pack all our clothes and shoes into the panniers 😉 the rest is all under the skillful control of John and Jen. Thanks to you both for another fantastic tour!!!”

Audrey and Rees Hewson, 4th tour, BMW R1200RS, Cambridgeshire

Andy D’s in the pool

and so is John

Drinks before dinner

“Hi John & Jen, I just do not have a clue on how to describe the holiday with enough superlatives and not sound condescending.  Perhaps the best description for me is that I could not have found any other event that could have served to bond my son & I so well.

Hotels: no complaints. The three selected for extra days were just perfect.  I now know what the perfect Lasagna should taste like. And learnt how to hang washing with no peg marks! In such a scenic area with beautiful weather wherever you took us would have been Ace.   The routes chosen gave us the winning Royal Flush. You know I have been with many companies and frankly enjoyed them all. BN’s Ace up the sleeve is having a luggage van. Not only carried but available throughout the day.

Thank you both for all the effort you put into your events they shine because of it. I am just pig sick to think I could have gone to Portugal with you [since booked for 2020]. Great stuff you two, I will keep coming while I can” 

[Please read “Stoner’s” further tribute to the Gang at the end of the review]

John “Stoner” Stone, 4th tour, KTM 790 Adventure S, Cornwall

Dinner is included tonight

“What a cracking tour it was too, fantastic weather, plenty to see, great off bike socialising with a great bunch of fellow riders and pillions👍🏍  Now done this trip 3 times and it has never failed to deliver. I may be back!! Well done John & Jen on another great tour 🏍👍😊”

Andy Dunmore, 7th tour, Honda VFR800, West Sussex

John welcomes everyone to the Tour

Always a morning briefing

Coffee stop after some great roads

“Hi John & Jen, thanks for a wonderful holiday!! I absolutely loved it all.  Breathtaking scenery, incredible roads, wonderful hotels and great company along the trip.  I was a little nervous that my Suzuki Bandit wouldn’t make it but she did and I’m so proud of her!! I, myself, as a bit of a non-biker, really grew in confidence along the way and now consider myself a better biker for the experience. You and Jen were incredible from start to finish and I look forward to another wonderful trip in the future so thanks again for some amazing memories. All the best”

Brian Keeler, 1st tour, Suzuki Bandit 650, London

En-route to lunch (thanks Jackie)

Jen’s in the lead again

Wayne & Carole are “back-markers”

Pretty lunch stop

“Hi both, we would like to thank you for a fantastic tour, we really enjoyed it. Seeing such fantastic scenery blew our minds away. A tour of a lifetime would sum it up. We are keeping an eye out for next year’s tours so you will have to put up with us again and if you think our back marking skills are up to it we would be happy to do it again. See you both soon.”

Wayne & Carole Williams, 5th tour, BMW K1600GT, RCT – Wales

Pavement parking at lunch stop

Mike & Tracey – Kawasaki Z1000SX

“Hi John & Jen, many thanks for another wonderful trip – fantastic group of people that made the tour really enjoyable. Switzerland and the Italian Lakes was stunning and we had great weather. (Cannot believe Tracey did the toboggan – she did scream the whole way down!) Thank you John and Jen for a truly excellent tour.”

Mike Sanders (7th trip) & Tracey Reading (6th trip), Kawasaki Z1000SX, Somerset

More great roads

Afternoon stop by a lake

Ice creams for Daryl, Steve & David

Son Adrian & Dad “Stoner”

A beautiful setting

Us !

Ros & Andy

Jackie & Jon

Who needs a helping hand !

“Great tour, good fun company. Switzerland was amazing, hotels great, best one yet and run faultlessly by John and Jen despite some challenges – marker pointing in the wrong direction!!!! (Won’t mention your name Adrian!!) and a tricky puncture to sort out. Put your feet up you two and have a beer xxxx

Oh there is one complaint – please please please don’t tell the “International Expert on Wasp Noises” joke again !!!!! 😆😆” [Is that because you laugh too much ???? – John]

Jon & Jackie Watson, 3rd tour, BMW K1300S, Berkshire

Anyone would think you were on holiday!

Relax in the shade

Our next hotel

Drinks in the hotel bar

“Hi both, thanks again for another fantastic tour and don’t forget if you have rider & pillion space for Portugal tour next year count us in”

Vince & Tracey Farmer, 7th tour, Honda Goldwing, Gloucestershire

Explore the back streets

Carole’s filming

Annecy by night

Hall of mirrors or a true reflection?!

Ready for the off

Atmospheric this morning

Pretty coffee stop

Tracey found the cake shop

Rees & Audrey with huge cakes

They’ve nearly finished

Don’t try & hide it David!

Fab scenery

Wayne & Carole

We’re heading up there…

Andy & Ros – Honda Blackbird (thanks Jackie)

More hairpins than a 40’s hairdo!! You MUST be able to cope with these!

Super scenery

Lunch at the top

Guess who!

The group on top of the Petit St Bernard Pass – note Andy D’s new friend!

Jackie & Jon

John’s leading today

More hairpins on the way down

Fuel & motorway instructions


Fuel & re-group at services

Well that’s what the van said!

The pool at our next hotel for two nights

Jon, Jackie & Jen are straight in

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

“Stoner” loves the Lasagne

The next day is a day off the bikes, with lots to do – either take a boat trip to visit the Borromeo Islands, visit the Palace, take a cable car for fab views of the lakes (if not cloudy!), explore the old town of Stresa or just relax around the pool.

We take a boat trip

Thanks Captain!

We visit Isola Madre first

Coffee or beer ?!

Explore the back streets

Lots of restaurants

It has to be pizza!

A cheat photo of the island

Look what the boys found!!

They were so amused!!

Next we visit Isola Bella

Time to visit the Palace & gardens

Vince didn’t want to get in!

A lovely morning (thanks V&T)

We all take the local ferry

The group on the ferry

Enjoying the view

Jackie & Jon

Pavement parking at coffee – eventually!!

Lake Lugano

Andy D needs a bump start

Others enjoy ice creams

Parking for lunch stop

Ros & Andy chillin’

Lunch is by beautiful Lake Como

Quaint back streets

Loosening our chain at fuel stop

That’s what the sign said

Jon uses the air pump to keep cool!

Approaching St Moritz

At our next hotel for two nights

Drinks on the terrace

Another interesting Honda fact!!!

Dinner is included tonight

Boys will be boys !!

Some had great rooms (thanks V&T)

The Bernina Express stops at our hotel

The next morning most walk to the Glacier – it’s this way !!!

Daryl’s at the 1900 marker

David’s at 1940

Steve’s at 1960

Adrian’s at 1970

Amazing view as we approach the Glacier


But we’re brave bikers!!

Mike & Tracey at the 2015 marker

View looking back

We climb over rocks

And reach the Glacier

David & Steve





Taking selfies

Brian’s made it!

So has Rees


Heading back

Rees, Jackie & Jon, Audrey

Andy & Ros with Carole & Wayne

Andy at the 2010 marker

Rees & Audrey at 2005

Rees & David

Andy stops for a drink of iced water

This afternoon many choose to ride to the Stelvio Pass, or do their own ride, others take advantage of the ticket to ride the Bernina Express…

Vince heads to Austria

Sunken church at Graun Im Vinschgau

Back at the hotel many then choose to go for a ride-out

Adrian on his KTM 990 Adv

Take the rack railway to the viewing point

Steve on his Triumph Street Triple R

Andy M with Rees

“Stoner” on his KTM 790 Adv S

Andy M followed by Rees

Rees is in the lead

Fabulous hairpins

Rees followed by Adrian

More hairpins

We stop for refreshments

Coffee & cakes !

David & Steve


Andy M & Andy D

Jon & Jackie ride as back-markers (thanks Jackie)

Andy D in the lead


So who didn’t see the speed cameras???


Start of the Stelvio Pass – 48 hairpins !!!

Brian on his Suzuki GSF 650

Orange boxes David – not blue !!!

We passed Stoner taking photos…

Then he flies past us !!

Just a few bends !!

Us – thanks Adrian

Us again – thanks Adrian

Andy D heading up on his VFR 800

Andy M on his Blackbird

Jon & Jackie on their BMW K1300S

Stoner gets a lift up to place our sticker !!

Those who made it to the top !

David has a new Bernese – “Stelvie”

Jen has a Marmot for Otto

Rees followed by Steve

The view going down

David on his KTM Superduke 1290 GT

David followed by Daryl

Andy D riding in train lines !!

Fab roads

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included again tonight

Not that joke again !!!

Morning briefing

Leaving St Moritz

Brilliant roads

Lovely scenery

So pretty

Adrian has a problem

Coffee and a surprise…

Mike has a new toy…

Take the ski-lift up…

The brave ones – then take the toboggan down

The long way down…

John goes first

Daryl goes next

Mike & Tracey – she screamed all the way!

Wayne & Carole

David’s next

Then Adrian

Followed by Stoner his Dad

Steve’s turn

Jon & Jackie

Ros is braving it alone

Followed by hubby Andy

It’s Vince next

Then Brian

Andy D followed by Jen

Here’s Mike & Tracey – a fab ride!

Wayne & Carole loved it





Jon & Jackie






And finally, Jen

Lunch on the Oberalp Pass

We stop on the Susten Pass

Fab photo opportunity

Wayne & Carole arrive

All the bikes

Huge glacier at the top

Any chance of a group photo ??? (thanks Jackie)

The group in the Susten Pass

Lots of bikes out today

Wayne & Carole (thanks Jackie)

Fab rolling clouds (thanks Jackie)

Our next hotel for 3 nights

Drinks on the terrace

How many for fish???

Great food

Dinner is included tonight

John explains the options for the next days

A beautiful morning

Enjoy coffee on the terrace

Chicken in a basket !

Parking for our bikes

Most of us go for a ride-out

Vince & Tracey with Daryl

More fabulous roads

We head up the Grimsel Pass

Adrian & Daryl

Huge dam

And another

More twisties

Stoner & Adrian

And again

Thousands of cyclists

A welcome at the top

The group on the Grimsel Pass (only Mike & Tracey stayed to have a day round the lake)

Marmots at the top

So cute!

Coffee stop in the sun – prev years we’ve had snow!!

Rees & Audrey

A brilliant Pass

The Furka Pass in the distance

Jen’s view as pillion today

So many hairpins

David & Steve

Fab roads

Steve, Daryl & Andy

Andy then Vince & Tracey

Andy, Vince & Tracey again

and again…

Amazing view at the top of the Nufenen Pass

We stop for a photo opportunity

Stoner, Adrian & John

Race the cyclists downhill!

Lunch stop

A cobbled pass

Yes, we’re riding up there

Daryl – KTM 1290 Super Adv

Daryl again

And again…

Fabulous views

Another cobbled pass

Heading up the Furka Pass

We stop for another photo opportunity


The group on the Furka Pass (thanks again Jackie!)

The best pic of the tour !!!

The proper view !

Down the Furka & back up the Grimsel

Steve on his Street Triple R

Yes, up there as well

Brilliant empty roads

Andy, Adrian & Stoner

Daryl & Andy

Vince & Tracey on their Goldwing

Drinks when we get back

A free night, we head into town

Rees has a work-out !

Local wood carvings

Another beautiful morning

Adjusting Brian’s Suzuki’s chain

Jen rides, John’s pillion

We ride past Interlaken

Lovely houses

Pretty villages

We visit the Trummelbach Waterfalls

Coffee first …

& cakes – Audrey has a meringue!

Those who visited the Waterfalls

Take the lift up inside the mountain

Amazing force of the falls

The photos don’t do this justice

Jon & Jackie getting sprayed

Mike & Tracey half way down

A great visit for 10 euros

Then we do something we haven’t been able to in the previous four tours – a helicopter ride over the Swiss Alps. Eight of us flew in two groups – absolutely stunning scenery & worth every penny!

Brian that’s a rucksack not a parachute!!

First up Jon, Jackie, Jen & John

Jackie & Jon


Pilot points out the mountains

WOW !!

The North face of the Eiger

WOW !!

How many WOW’s !!!

Amazing glacier

Top of the Jungfrau

Our route (thanks Rees)

Coming in to land

David, Brian, Rees & Audrey go next

Away they go

David’s up front

Rees, Audrey & Brian

Back on dry land

We set off for lunch


Rees & Audrey

Fab views of the Eiger

Grindelwald for lunch

The mountains in detail

Riding back to our hotel

Andy flummoxed? Never!! (thanks David!)

Drinks when we get back

Stoner’s been missing for hours – chasing locals!!

but at least his washing’s dry!!

Daryl’s getting ready to go out

Jackie & Jon dine at the hotel

Drinks on the terrace

A beautiful sunset over the lake

We find a restaurant with live music

Reserved tables for breakfast

Breakfast area

So cute !

Sadly we have to leave

Another lovely morning

Coffee stop

Lunch is still in Switzerland

Such pretty scenery

Fab views of the Needle & Mont Blanc

Afternoon coffee at Chamonix

L’aiguille (needle)

Mont Blanc

John’s in the lead – we ALWAYS re-group before & after any motorway

Beers at our next hotel

3 wise monkeys – Stoner just gets it!!

A free night

It’s Ros’s birthday!

The hotel wanted a photo of our bikes

The region is known for its chicken!

Morning coffee stop

It’s Jackie’s birthday!

Lunch stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Approaching our final hotel

Across the Loire

Drinks – after dinner (thanks Vince)

Dinner is included our last night

Huge thanks to Wayne & Carole

Stoner says a few words of thanks to us…

The Swiss Italian Lakes Gang 2019. Thank you to all for accepting me again into your company.

Andy the talking librarian.

Vince, the smartest “Farmer” I know. Some tractor !!!

Rees who can brake like no other – Struth!   Audrey, the perfect passenger didn’t move a muscle when on board.

Dangerous Brian – a teacher that learnt a lot and didn’t moan about being cut up.

David the fastest road block in the Alps and a Frustrated Daryl.

Mike and Tracey saved money going to Gretna to buy a new bike?

Andy and Ros just get it on song when I run out of revs.

Then of course the Atomic pair Jon & Jackie – Bless her – who’s not worth a back rest?  BOOO (Jon the underpants have gone to the bin).

Then we have the Welsh circus crew whipping us along at the back. Thank you Wayne, Thank you Carole.

Lastly father and son Stoner. Father – brilliant trip especially the day off ! !

Adrian – Jealousy oozes following the 1290 KTM’s

Jen, thank you for a nice quick ride – you know when. John, best ever demo of The Hollering Dance I have seen.  It actually saved the day for me at the Peage – thank you – Mr.“Stoner”

More bad jokes…

John presents some awards…

To Steve for crossing the most white lines!

David the biggest “Faffer”!! (Andy a close 2nd!)

More jokes – David


Wayne has a few to tell

And that’s it…a final lovely morning

With coffee & lunch stops en-route we’re all back at Le Havre for the ferry. Thanks to everyone for a brilliant tour and for sending lots of photos – it’s only when looking back through all these you see just how much we packed into the 12 days. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.

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