The first tour of the year and what an eventful one!! A great group here at the Verdon Gorges, fabulous weather throughout the trip, brilliant roads & scenery and a winner at Monte Carlo – what’s not to like!

Meet Pierre on the ferry!!

Start with a pre-tour briefing

Picnic lunch stop

Our first hotel

A few visit Chenonceau Chateau

Beautiful flower arrangements

“On my 7th tour with John and Jen, it was no surprise that the organisation, routes, hotels, meals and fellow bikers were excellent. The welcome surprise was blue skies and sunshine on each day of the tour. What’s not to like? We had our moments but, as expected, they were dealt with in a professional manner with a minimum of fuss. Thanks again for an excellent tour. I am looking forward to the next one.”

John Savage, 7th tour, Honda VFR800, Peeblesshire

Brilliant roads, sights and organized stops. All hotels were great for me – the hotel Le Versailles with the view across the Mediterranean was amazing & worth paying more for the trip! The last hotel La Tonnellerie was just lovely. The food was lovely & at times too much – but I managed!! Monte Carlo was fantastic!

Your marker system worked just fine. The views were magnificent and sometimes overwhelming. The roads were a challenge at times but were fun and soon learned to enjoy them but have respect for them.

The tour was blessed with perfect weather. The French people are very helpful and extremely considerate on the roads. The road surface puts UK roads to shame.

Such a great group of people, it really was a pleasure and I’d be happy to do this tour again.”

Paul Ambridge, 1st tour, MV Augusta Turismo Veloce, Dorset

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

We’re “treated” to the “Penguin” joke!!


Dear all, well I think Paul has said it all!  All I will add is that having done a number of BN tours “on my own” I have always been made to feel welcome by the other riders and made to feel part of the “gang” very quickly. Once again a great group of riders (and pillions) who once again excelled themselves in their warmth and friendliness – thanks everyone.”

Reece Compton, 5th tour, Triumph Tiger 800, Essex

Getting ready to leave

Always a morning briefing

Jen’s in the lead today

Andy & Ros, Honda Blackbird

“The tour was magnificent. Great roads, nice hotels, superb food and fabulous company, all organised extremely well. Even the weather gods were good to us. The true test of any organisation is how well they cope when things go wrong. We had more than our fair share of trouble and John and Jen managed every event professionally and efficiently. Thank you. I hope everyone is well on their way to full recovery and will be riding again soon. The icing on the cake is that I haven’t had any speeding tickets in the post yet! “

Robin Dawson, 1st tour, Triumph Tiger 900

8th May is VE Day

Good job we didn’t park in the square!

“Hi everyone. We had a brilliant time. Great scenery and roads with no potholes!!!!!. Hotels were super and food superb. Lots of laughs and good company. Monte Carlo was brilliant and the casino well worth a visit. Ride safe”

Stuart (7th trip) & Val (6th trip) Heath, Kawasaki Versys 1000, Staffordshire

Ros & Andy

Lunch stop

After a great ride (hey Reece!!)

Drinks in hotel bar

Hotel lounge

Dinner is included tonight

In a local restaurant

“Firstly want to thank everyone for their company on this tour, it was a great group of friendly people who all worked together and supported each other. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all. Weather was perfect, roads & scenery amazing, some brilliant hotels & food. All in all a great tour. All stops planned and organised for us so we don’t need to worry about anything except riding our bike. Thanks John & Jen for another great tour and the professional way you handled everything. It highlighted to us just how important it is to tour with a well organised touring company who really do care about their customers. Already looking forward to our next tour – Spain & Portugal in September.

Alan & Julie Grieves, 9th tour, Ducati Multistrada, Norfolk

Lovely scenery in the Lot Gorges

Jen’s in the lead

Approaching the Millau Bridge

Thanks Jane

Jackie & Jon

Most of us climb up for the view

“Thank you both for a wonderful tour through France to Monte Carlo. We had a great time meeting some new friends & reuniting with old ones too. Kind regards

Jon & Jackie Watson, 5th tour, Yamaha Tracer 900GT, Berkshire

The Millau Bridge

Us!!  (Thanks Jackie)

Robin, Jonathan & Mario

Mrs Compton – he’s not overdoing it!!!

Ride over the bridge

Roundabout in the Tarn

Fabulous Tarn Gorges

Afternoon coffee stop

Great scenery in the Tarn

Jon & Jackie ride as “backmarkers”

Some brilliant roads

Jen had fun with a Frenchman!!

Our hotel in Uzes

Drinks before heading into town

Uzes by night

It’s a free evening

Jackie, Andy & Jen

Explore the back streets

Thanks Jane

John’s leading today

Lovely tree-lined roads in Provence

Lunch stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Ride through Nice

View from our hotel

Wish you were here??

We’re here for two nights

We meet in a local bar

Thanks Stuart!!!

Stroll into town

Then explore the old town

14th century covered streets

Dine alongside the harbour

A lovely sunrise

Jen has an early swim

Al fresco breakfast

After a win at the casino perhaps Andy!!

Some of us catch the bus to Monaco

The famous Casino

Yes that’s us!

Purple Lamborghini…

Ford Thunderbird

Stroll down to the port

Us again (thanks Jackie)

Some fab boats

Jonathan & Mario

Paul with Stuart & Val

John, Andy & Jane, Jackie

Selfie time!

The classic cars have arrived

Jon Watson by John Watson’s car!!

Seating for the GP

Climb up to the Palace

For amazing views

Take the tourist train

Look out for gulls swooping on food!!!

Colourful back-streets

Time for a cocktail – cheers!

The public pool

Thanks Jackie!

Some of us enter the Casino

Don’t touch Mario!!!!

Andy & Jane visit Prince Albert’s

Private car collection

And the animal park

Thanks Jane

Not sure where this was!!

Another lovely morning

We ride the fab “Route Napoleon”

Morning coffee/lunch stop

Fantastic scenery

John’s leading today

Alan & Julie, Ducati Multistrada

Jon & Jackie, Yamaha Tracer 900GT

Robin, Tiger 900 GT Pro

Reece, Triumph Tiger 800

Mike & Tracey, Kawasaki Z1000SX

Andy & Jane, KTM 1290 Adv

Stuart & Val, Kawasaki Versys 1000

Darren, BMW R1200GS

Mario, Honda CB1000R

Jonathan, Honda CB1000R

Karen, Tiger Sport 660

Paul, MV Augusta Turismo Veloce

John S, Honda VFR800

We head into the Verdon Gorges

Stop for a photo shoot

A great group

Lake Sainte-Croix

Beautiful scenery

Afternoon coffee stop

En-route to next hotel

Hilltop villages

More great roads

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

The original Arc de Triomphe is here

Jon & Mike

Alan & Julie (thanks Jackie)

Heading to the Ardeche Gorges

More fab scenery

Lets take up all the spaces!!!

Coffee stop

A fun place

With great music!!

Paul (thanks John S)

Reece (thanks John S)

Jen was leading…

(Thanks John S)

The Pont D’Arc

A free night – thanks Stuart

Thanks Stuart

Pool at our final hotel

Our super final hotel

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included again

Mike is awarded a button…you had to be there!!

Karen picked number 30 & won 180 euros at the Casino!!

John’s jokes…

So how did Mike know the answer…!!

Lunch stop on last day

Back at the port the t-shirt shop is open !!

Well the first tour of 2022 was pretty eventful to say the least!! We hope that all the incidents didn’t detract too much from the amazing scenery, brilliant roads, great hotels & food. Not to mention the glorious weather throughout. We appreciate that the late arrivals at some hotels due to either accidents, roadworks or diversions made for some long days, we’d like to thank everyone for their patience, good humour & participation in making the best of the tour. We hope to see many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.

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