Alongside the Duoro in Portugal – a really great group made for a fabulous tour!!

Pre-tour briefing

We won the quiz (with some previous guests)!

Arriving in Santander

Briefing before we set off

John’s leading, Ken & Sue back-markers

We have to take main road

No doubt we’re in Spain!

Time for drinks before dinner

“Hi John and Jen, what an adventure that was! Down to your meticulous planning and preparation we have enjoyed the very best that Northern Spain and Portugal have to offer. Superb roads to enjoy each day and fabulous locations chosen with relaxing hotels to recoup in on the evenings. Add the newly met friends to share a great meal and a beer or two with…what could be better! All the best”

Darren “Daz” Barker, 1st tour, BMW F900R, Nottinghamshire

Dinner’s in a local restaurant

With cider poured the traditional way

Sue’s done 20 trips…

Ken’s done 25 trips – WOW!

John has to tell a joke

Hi Both, where to start…from start to finish the tour was absolutely incredible. As newbies to the touring fraternity the quality, organisation and attention to customer satisfaction was the first priority. We found the hotels, routes and locations stunning. Obviously the time and effort you both put into researching the areas was staggering. For us the tour far exceeded our expectations and we’re so glad we met you both at the bike show last year. The returning customers and information we gained was that of a big family and this reason was the deciding factor in joining the tour.

The food at the chosen hotels was always of a high standard and the service received at the hotels was always very good. Scheduled stops were well timed and the information given at each stop and next location was “bang on” – can’t think of any negative aspects of this tour and putting it in one word that you may like “ LUSH “

Currently reviewing the tours for next year and will let you know what we’d decided as soon as we can. Many, many thanks for such an incredible experience.”

Andy & Kath Collings, 1st tour,  BMW R1250 GS, Gwent

[Wow, thanks both, we’re so pleased you enjoyed the tour so much, look forward to seeing you next year – J&J]

Boulevard du Cidre

Old city walls

Start of the Camino de Santiago

The Cathedral

“Hi John and Jen, thanks for another great tour. Having done the ‘Masked Guinea Pig Tour’ to Spain in 2020, when Portugal was closed through Covid, I have to say that I loved the roads in Portugal. In my opinion this is your best tour for fabulous riding roads which seemed to come continually day after day throughout the tour.

It was good to return to some places and hotels we’ve stopped and stayed at before and even some of the lunch and coffee stops are well worth a second visit, maybe when touring in our motorhome. A great selection of Hotels, all different and interesting in their own way, we were totally comfortable for the whole trip. A really nice group of fellow guests also added to the enjoyment, hope to see them on another tour another time.

Keep doing what you’re doing and of course, allowing me to join you yet again next year.

P.S. If you won’t let me come then Sue will come alone and ride pillion with John, he’s SO SMOOTH! 

Best regards,”

Ken (25th trip) & Sue (20th trip) Wright, Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, Kent

In our first 4* hotel

Breakfast area

Always a morning briefing

Great roads

Parking at coffee stop

Monument to Immigrants

Watch out for the locals

Fabulous roads

We pull in at a viewing area

Hi John n Jen, once again we have had a great trip, thank you Jen for helping to sort out a new back tyre for us on the second to last day. In particular we loved the Nxxx road (sorry Ros – top secret!) the scenery was amazing, the road contained lots of sweepers, twisties and hairpins.  We travelled a great range of roads, mountain roads to climb and descend, sweeping rivers to follow, forests to navigate and open plains to ride through, fabulous! 

Hotels varied, in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of cities, all of a great standard, clean and comfortable and some with swimming pools to relax in following a day in the saddle. Food and drink was included at a number of hotels including tapas, (too much to eat) pigs cheeks on a couple of occasions, wine and beer to wash it down with, delicious and it was good to have the occasional time on our own too. 

Having time off the bike was important and it gave us the opportunity to discover the cities we were in.  Took a ride on the big wheel in Santiago and the cable car in Guimarães.  Loved the visit to the port vineyard and the lunch was delicious, gave us chance to try some local cuisine. We made new friends and got reacquainted with some previous travellers, all in all a great experience. Thank you once again for a great trip.” 

Andy (11 trips) & Ros (8 trips) Moseley, Ducati Multistrada Pikes Peake V4, Warwickshire

Stop for a group photo

Sue & Ken

Newbies Andy & Kath

With Donna & Gary

Jen’s leading today

Craig – BMW F900XR

Andy & Kath – BMW R1250GS

Nigel – BMW R1200 GS

“Hi John and Jen, overall I thought the trip was very good. Well organised and very enjoyable. So thank you very much. I understand how much effort goes into it…I thought the day out in Porto was fantastic and the lunch at Quinta do Tedo was outstanding and a wonderful memory. There’s nothing extra I would anticipate from an organised tour so hope to book a couple with you next year, probably those leaning towards sight seeing as I’ve visited so many places with work, but seen so little of them. Take care both.”

Nigel Bright, 2nd tour, BMW R1200GS, Shropshire

Darrin – Yamaha Super Tenere

Ian – BMW S1000XR

Daz – BMW F900R

Steve – Street Triple R

Danny – Honda NT1100

Andy & Ros – Ducati Multistrada V4

Garry – BMW S1000XR

Steve & Lisa – BMW R1250 RT

“Hi John & Jen, well, what can I say, what a fantastic time we had, rode some fabulous roads and stayed in unique hotels, our particular favourite was in Santiago de Compostela, it’s just so unusual (in a good way). Everything is planned meticulously to the last detail and takes the worry out of organising yourself, leaving you free to enjoy the fantastic roads and scenery. Loved all the thoughtful extra touches especially the Tapas on our first evening, drinks and canapes on the terrace at a very special hotel in Portugal and a fabulous lunch at Quinta do Tedo. Food provided at the hotels was of a good standard and we liked that there were several nights where we could explore the local eateries ourselves. Thanks for helping us make some fantastic memories, our first tour with you but certainly not our last. Take care “

Steve & Lisa Hannaby, 1st tour, BMW R1250 RT, Staffordshire

Martin & Denise – BMW R1250RT

Gary & Donna – Harley Street Glide

Ken & Sue – Tiger 850 Sport

Ride through Lugo

At our next hotel

Andy & Ros are first in the pool

Ian & Daz are chillin’

Many of us enjoy the pool

“Hi John and Jen, my 2nd Tour with BN. Great hotels, great roads with very little motorways. Having the van to transport luggage was a great benefit. Had a great time, met some lovely people in the tour group, with lots of laughs along the way. I’ll be back for a 3rd tour next year.”

Garry Matthews, 2nd tour, BMW S1000XR, Nottinghamshire

Our fab 4* hotel is right in the centre

The Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela

The plaza

It’s a free night

Some dine together

There’s loads of restaurants

Ros & Andy went on the Ferris wheel (thanks Ros)

Later on the band in the plaza

Hi John & Jen, we’d like to thank you both for arranging the holiday. As newbies it was a bit daunting setting off (especially on a Harley) but other than the slower pace we had to take around the bends, the trip was thoroughly enjoyable and a very unique experience. Meeting all our new friends was a lovely bonus and I’m sure we will meet some of them again. We are looking at another trip next year, hopefully the Rhine trip (family plans allowing)” 

Gary & Donna Symonds, 1st tour, Harley Street Glide, Gwent

Amazing breakfast room

Morning briefing

Morning coffee stop

“BN European Tours – I don’t know how you do it! From the moment we met Jen and John at Brittany Ferries you knew that you were in safe hands. We met on the ferry and we all got to meet everyone. Some had met before on previous trips but as the days went on we all got to know each other and became great friends over the tour.

As it was my first European tour, I was the least experienced rider but I was given plenty of encouragement from Jen, John and my back marker friend Ken!  I definitely returned a better rider and I am going on to take my IAM training.

The tour was fantastic with some lovely roads and some challenging ones. My favourite was the Picos but everyday was an adventure. The hotels were amazing, my favourite was in Santiago de Compostela. All hotels were of a high standard, some had swimming pools and all breakfasts had plenty to offer. We had lovely meals with wine or beer at some of the hotels and the evenings we went out to local bars and restaurants which had plenty to offer.

On one of the days off we went into Porto and although there was a train strike on that morning it didn’t deter Jen and John who sorted out the local bus service and taxis to get us into Porto. Porto didn’t disappoint with some port sampling and some lovely food. And our little group decided to take the steps and not the cable car lift – not the smartest move!

I would like to say a big thank you to Jen and John and everyone on the group for making this a fantastic tour. If you want to sample fantastic roads, lovely hotels and get to meet new friends BN European tours is for you.”

Danny Tighe, 1st tour, Honda NT1100, West Midlands

[Thanks Danny for the great feedback – good luck with the IAM – J&J]

Andy & Ros

Stop at a viewing area

Lovely scenery

“Hi John & Jen, thanks for a great trip. Everything went very well as far as I’m concerned. Trust that you get your bike sorted. (When you announce next years tours, please can you pencil me in for Monte Carlo as it’s the only long tour that I’ve not done) Good luck with the rest of the tours this year. Regards

Steve Moss, 6th trip, Triumph Street Triple R, Dorset

Lunch stop

The Church is open

Fab sweepers

“Hi John and Jen, a great tour, really enjoyable and well run. Would recommend to any decent rider.”

Ian Gifford, 6th tour, BMW S1000XR, West Sussex

A welcome at the border

Ride through a National Park

Stunning scenery

Our rural Quinta

Many brave the pool…

You can do it Ros!!

Canapes & an aperitif

It has to be Mateus Rose!


Darrin, Danny & Donna

Dinner is included tonight

Another lovely day

Always a morning briefing

Happy Birthday! It’s Andy’s 60th

We stop on a huge dam

Coffee stop

More fab roads

We ride the N304

More local traffic!

But we found better than this!

Evidence of 2022 forest fires

Lunch stop

John’s leading – Street Triple 765R

Darrin – Super Tenere

Sue finds a comfy seat!!

Drinks in the hotel bar

A free night in Guimaraes

There are lots of restaurants

Many dine together

Andy treats everyone to champagne – Cheers!

Team Wales! (thanks Donna)

A day off – there’s a train strike!!

So some take the bus to Porto…

Then a convoy of taxis!

Walk up to the Cathedral

There are buskers everywhere

Fabulous views

Lots of market stalls

Us with Sue – thanks Ken

A hen party relaxing

Wander up there…

For even better views!

Visit the World of Portuguese Cans!

And the House of Port

Sue’s recording!

Don’t miss the brilliant bunny!

The lads have nearly finished…

We order a port tasting


Denise, Martin & Craig arrive…

Wonder why we’re all in the same cafe!!

You can take the cable car

All the Port houses are here

The indoor market

We did tip him!

Walk across the bridge

More market stalls

Lively cafes

Colourful buildings

A brilliant life artist

We didn’t go in here!!

Porto train station

Daz & Gaz climbed too many steps! (Sorry guys!)

Proof – thanks Danny!

Danny with Sue – thanks Ken

Back at Guimaraes

Some stayed in Guimaraes (thanks Ros)

We bring the van round

Next morning briefing

Coffee stop

With a surprising view

John’s riding today

Kath & Sue (thanks Ken)

We stop for a photo shoot

Overlooking the Douro River

Thanks Ken !

A Titanic moment for Kath & Andy!

It’s Danny

Thanks Donna

We’re held up by a cycle race

A surprise for lunch

We have a guided visit

View from lunch

Lunch on the terrace

John’s leading again

Steve & Lisa – BMW R1250RT

Pinhao in the distance

Ride through the vineyards

Our next 4* hotel

Is in a medieval village

But we’re down the road!!

We lay on a port tasting

Steve & Lisa

Our biker babes!

Dinner is included as well!!

Morning briefing

At coffee stop…

We have an announcement…

Our bike has a problem!

It goes in the van…

Ken relinquishes the high-viz to Nigel!

John rides Ken’s Tiger with Sue

You MUST be happy with twisties!

There are LOTS on this tour!

Lunch stop

More fab roads

And more locals!

We stop at another huge dam

We stop at Portugal’s highest point

Martin & Denise

Our next 4* hotel for 2 nights

Has a pool

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included tonight

Lunch stop on the ride-out (thanks Ken)

Our bike is fixed at Guarda…

So we go to meet the others…

Daz is leading the ride-out

Gaz – BMW S1000XR

Nigel – BMW R1200GS

Ken & Sue – Tiger 850 Sport

Martin & Denise ride as back-markers

Nigel then Ken & Sue

Just where is Daz going??

It’s a dead end

Daz followed by Steve

We all turn around (we laughed so much!!)

We catch up to Daz

Who’s stuck behind the police

Ken & Sue

We pass Daz

Daz – BMW F900R

A round of applause…

For deputy tour leader Daz!!

Martin & Denise

We go for another ride…

With Paul – KTM 1290 Superduke

Such great roads

There goes Paul

A few of us play pool – Ian


John had a mis-spent youth!!



Drinks before dinner

Copious dinner for two nights here

Another lovely morning

Fuel & coffee stop

Instructions for main roads

Lunch stop

Then more twisties!

Andy’s tyre’s had it!!


Coffee stop – after some of the BEST roads!!

Approaching our next stop

Thanks Sue!

Our hotel’s in the square

Superb murals in the town

The Gaudi Palace

The Cathedral

Briefing in the garage

Storks as we head to the Picos

Four in this nest!

Gary & Donna


Andy & Kath

After coffee break…

Stop for a photo opportunity

Beautiful scenery

Fuel stop with the best view!

Jen’s leading again

Followed by Daz (again!)





Steve & Lisa

And more twisties!

Ken with Danny

Gary & Donna (thanks Ken)

The deer’s expression says it all!!

Brilliant roads

Our sticker’s there!

Thanks Donna

Thanks Donna

Great bends

Not us!!

(Thanks Kath & Andy)

At the Fuente De…

Closed – technical problems

Lots of Golden Eagles around

Our final hotel

Kath’s up there!

Andy’s got a new tyre!

The t-shirt shop’s open!

Whoa Andy!!

Muscle man Daz!

And Gaz – thanks everyone!

Drinks before dinner

Dinner is included again

Thanks to Ken & Sue our back-markers

John wafts a towel for Sue!!!

Ian takes a turn

Ken’s penned an “Ode to Danny”!

Read the whole “Ode” below…


I met this young(???) man from West Midlands
Rides a Honda NT I would mention,
On a B&N Tour (I’ve done MILLIONS),
Who’s riding skills needed slight attention.
At the sight of a bend, his speed would descend,
As back marker I’d almost kiss his rear end!

It seemed right to offer some help and advice,
Whilst the tour was a good place to learn.
Nothing rude but constructive and concise,
With suggestion of gear, lean and turn.
Well this young lad took heed and increased his speed,
Leaving space, which as back marker I do need.

Over the days that the tour had progressed,
From following his white Honda all day,
I missed the view of which I’d become quite obsessed,
Cos that Honda spent much time far away.
In the distance with fast riders round the bend,
Now his riding had improved no end.

So I wrote this short whim,
For the most improved rider by far,
To say well done to him,
Now I’m hoping he’ll invite me to the bar??

Gary’s up next

Then Andy C

Kath can’t bear it!

Ian’s up again

John needs new material!!

We have a game of Mr & Mrs

Kath & Andy are first

Need a decision Andy!

No Kath – only one choice!!

Steve & Lisa go next

It’s a match!

Come on Steve!

Another match!

Gary & Donna are next

Decide Gary!!

No Match

It’s a match

We pick on mates Daz & Gaz…

It’s a match

Come on guys!!

Another match!

We need a tie-break!

It’s between Daz & Gaz!

And Steve & Lisa…

Gaz blows it!!

The winners are – Lisa & Steve!

John has to finish off…

With the Penguin joke!!

Our final briefing

Our bike’s playing up again…

Andy & Ros

Leaving the Picos

There were lots of roadworks

So it’s straight to the ferry

Thanks to everyone for the fabulous feedback and for sending photos; Special thanks to Ken & Sue for the use of their bike to get us out of a fix (again!) Thanks to Daz for leading the ride out in the Estrela Mountains while we got our bike fixed. This was a super tour with great riding & participation by all. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen

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