A tour with everything – from baking hot 44C to a rainy 4C – but a fantastic biking group were always in good spirits!

A lovely morning at Ouistreham

We start with a briefing

Barry needs fuel!!!!

Jen’s leading today

We ALWAYS regroup for any motorway

Thanks Wayne & Tina!

Morning coffee stop

“Dear John and Jen, thank you for yet another fantastic tour. As we’ve said previously, the organisation, the roads, the views, the hotels and the food were all amazing. You think of everything and go the extra mile to ensure that everyone has the best time ever. Even down to carrying water on the van so people can refill their water bottles during the first really hot week.

Whenever there was a problem, eg. Dick feeling the heat, you were there and so supportive, and that’s why you have so many people returning year after year.

So once again thank you so much for an amazing 12 days and we hope to see you both for another tour soon.”

Dick Hallsworth (7th trip) & Sara Sheppard (4th trip), Triumph Sprint 1050, Norfolk

John in the van recovers Karen!

Karen’s back with the group!

Hi John & Jen, another great tour for our 9th trip. The effort you both put into making it really enjoyable and successful are way beyond our expectations. Your commitment to ensure every detail in looking after everyone is remarkable. We had a fabulous time and everyone was really nice. You may not have heard some conversations about other companies that some of them had used and yours was the best!

We’re hitting the gym to get Wayne’s leg stronger in the hope of going on Spain/Portugal trip in 2024.

Thanks again for such a great time.”

Wayne & Carole Williams, 9th trip, BMW R1250RT, RCT

Lunch stop

When England lost the World Cup!

Afternoon coffee stop

First hotel – the pool is closed!!

Wayne finds an alternative!

Wow! What a blast! 12 days of sheer unadulterated adventure on our second trip with BN, this time for the Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps. Absolutely awesome route with some adrenalin-charged twisties and beautiful scenery, together with a superb range of accommodation. Added to this, a lovely group of fellow bikers and pillions who had so much fun together. Thanks to John and Jen for being the best hosts and delivering 100% on what they promised on this European extravaganza!”

Paul & Marion Matchett, 2nd tour, BMW K1600 GT, West Sussex

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

“A big thanks to SAM members Jen & John Eggleton for organising the “Italian Lakes & Swiss Alps Tour” with their company BN European Tours. Tina & I have never toured Europe on two wheels so we thought big & chose IAM members John & Jen’s company to aid us for a guided route which included their luggage van.
We left Portsmouth for Caen overnight then had a fantastic 2 weeks riding through France into Italy with some superb weather & hospitality, followed by the gem which is Switzerland where we stayed near Interlaken riding the various passes and taking part in optional ride-outs.
We chose BN as they offered a great deal on lovely, selected hotels, many evening meals were included in the very competitive price. The van was included on this trip so we travelled light to enjoy the roads at their best.
I can highly recommend their attention to detail and ensuring we all had a great holiday. The package they offered came in cheaper with more days than other similar companies on-line, and being nice to support a local business”
Wayne’s Facebook feedback – thanks J&J

Wayne & Tina Timbrell, 1st tour, BMW K1600 GT, Somerset

Morning briefing

Lovely scenery

Morning coffee stop

Mural at coffee stop

“Following a recommendation through a friend of a friend. We would like to thank Jen and John and all the fellow riders for making our first BN European Tour so seamless and enjoyable, with stunning roads and scenery and a good laugh with no stress – due to Jen and John’s experience and planning. Maybe see some of you on the next tour”

Sue’s 5* Google review – thanks!

Graham & Sue Bass, 1st tour, BMW R1250 GSA, Hertfordshire

En-route to lunch

Pavement parking at lunch stop

3.15 pm & it’s hot!

Dick & Tanya are suffering so Sara drives the van

While John rides Dick’s bike to coffee stop

A beautiful spot

Our next hotel

“Hi John & Jen, thanks again for a well organised and executed trip, great food, hotels, hosts, fellow riders for all their help and support and most of all them twisty, twisty roads! The weather conditions were challenging from one extreme to another but we all prevailed and enjoyed the whole experience. What a trip! Thank you”

Michael Jones & Laura Smith, 2nd tour, Kawasaki Z1000SX, County Durham

A free night to explore Annecy

Lots & lots of restaurants


Thanks both for another memorable trip, many bucket things ticked off, a great tour, great company and fabulous organisation as ever, your attention to detail is first class, everyone is made to feel special and happy. See you next year

John Young, 11th trip, Yamaha Tenere 700, Norfolk

Another lovely day

Our morning briefing

Pooch in a side-car!

Pretty coffee stop

Fab scenery en-route to lunch

John stops to take pics

Stop to take pics – thanks Jackie

Brilliant roads

Glynn & Yvonne overran a hairpin!

En-route to lunch – thanks Jackie

Thanks Paul & Marion

And again!

Lunch on the Petit St Bernard Pass

Real St Bernard’s!

And two Gordon’s (just for us!)

Come on John (Y) – run!!

The Group at the top

Us! (Thanks Jackie)

And again!

Jan & Eliza, Kari & Malcolm have a picnic

Bryan (Ned) – BMW R1250 GS

John Y – Yamaha Tenere 700

Wayne & Tina – BMW K1600GT

Jon & Jackie – Yamaha Tracer 900GT

Alan & Tanya – Ducati Multistrada V4

Malcolm & Kari – Harley D Heritage Softail

Barry & Kim – Yamaha FJR 1300

Karen – Triumph Tiger 660

Dick & Sara – Triumph Sprint 1050

Michael & Laura – Kawasaki 1000SX

Glynn & Yvonne – Triumph Explorer

Paul & Marion – BMW K1600GT

Jan & Eliza – Triumph Tiger 900

“Backmarkers” Wayne & Carole – BMW R1250RT

Apologies but John missed David and Graham & Sue !

More brilliant roads

We stop for fuel

And motorway instructions

Pool at our next hotel

Jan’s already been in!

Drinks before dinner

If you’re lucky!

Dinner is included tonight

This was AFTER a buffet starter!

John’s telling jokes

Pool by night

Next day is a day off

We hire a private boat

To visit the Borromean Islands

Most of us come along

Michael & Laura

Tina & Wayne

Paul & Marion

Wayne & Carole

John Y with David

Enjoy an aperitif

Explore the back-streets

Back on the boat

Jan & Eliza

We head to the next island

We visit the Palace

Barry & Kim

A Silver Pheasant


Amazing Cashmir Cypress

Lovely gardens

Peacocks everywhere

Lady Amhert’s Pheasant

Even white peacocks


Back on board

We head back to Pescatori

Sara & Dick

Time for lunch

Heading back

All those who came along

Back at the hotel – in the pool!

The girls are enjoying drinks

Drinks round the pool

Jen & John Y are into the music!

Jackie’s almost got it to herself!

A free night – buskers everywhere

We have to leave Italy…

All the bikes

Jen gets the tickets…

John’s leading today

Barry & Kim

Malcolm & Kari

All on the ferry

John Y has a Titanic moment!

Graham & Sue


Kari, Jan & Malcolm

Plus John

Approaching Locarno

Coffee stop on Lake Lugano

So pretty

John Y & Karen enjoy ice creams

Lunch is on Lake Como

So cute!

Bikes arrive – Glynn & Yvonne

Tina & Wayne at Lake Como

Leaving Lake Como

It’s hot !!

Heading to Switzerland

Yes we’re going up there!

You must be happy with hairpins!

We pass St Moritz

Amazing view arriving at our hotel


Paul & Marion

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

Another lovely morning

A resident!

Our hotel is for two nights

Most walk to the Glacier

Jon W & Jen at the 1960 marker

That’s Alan’s year too

And Ned

It’s the closest year for Dick & Sara!

Wayne & Tina at 1970 marker

Simply Stunning!

2015 marker when we first did this trip…

There are too many rocks…

Graham & Sue can’t get any further

Those who did the walk

For comparison purposes…

This is the Glacier in 2015

Back then it was huge

Us again (thanks Jackie)

Heading back – Wayne & Carole


Dick & Sara – which way?!

Many then go for a ride-out

Others went up there (pics later)

Ned’s following us

Ride alongside rivers


Ned again

Great roads


Barry & Kim

Barry & Kim again

Barry & Kim then David

David – Suzuki V-Strom 1050

Jen’s view as pillion

Michael & Laura overtake David

Michael & Laura

More hairpins

Michael overtakes us!!

Fab roads

We’re back in front!

We have a break

For coffee & cakes

Graham & Sue – BMW R1250 GSA


Everyone rides up at their own pace



John Y is riding as “back-marker”

Great views riding up

48 hairpins going up the Stelvio Pass!!


Dick’s going well

Malcolm following Dick

We’re going up there

Amazing scenery

Barry & Kim then Malcolm

Stop for selfies!

We met a coach!!

That’s us!

Thanks David!

Here’s Michael & Laura

We’re all at the top

It’s a tough climb

Those who did it!!

Sue climbs up…

To put our sticker at the top!

Thanks Sue!

Wild Marmots at the top

Heading down


Ned then David


Graham & Sue

Tractors coming up!!

Graham & Sue

Michael & Laura

More tunnels

40 bends on the way down

Ride along trainlines…

Then meet a train!!

Michael & Laura

Heading back

Dick back at the hotel

Another Gordon!

Some took the Bernina Express

Paul & Marion

Thanks Marion

Take the Cog Railway (thanks Sara)

Glynn & Yvonne are colour co-ordinated!

A bat arrives!

Drinks before dinner

The Stelvio bunch – with new t-shirts!

Dinner is included again tonight

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