P.S We Love You!! A really great group on the Camino de Santiago. Glorious weather throughout the tour & riding brilliant roads made for a fantastic trip.

Leaving Plymouth

We have a pre-tour briefing

John judges the dog show!

See the dolphins

A briefing before we set off

We have to take main road

A short stroll to dinner

Down the Boulevard de Cidre

Dinner’s in a local restaurant

“First time riding abroad and I couldn’t have picked a better tour company to go with. I cannot fault John and Jen and their organisation skills in creating such a fabulous tour. We were spoilt with the hotel accommodation, ranging from city centre locations to wonderful rural retreats. We even had evening meals included at some of our stays (don’t know how they do it for the price!).
We were treated to a tour of a port distillery which included an unbelievable Michelin Star lunchtime meal – unbelievable (again, don’t know how they do it for the money).
Everyone on the tour got along, making it even more special.
Last, but definitely not least, the routes chosen by John and Jen for us to ride. I don’t have words to describe them or do them justice, so I’ll just use one – EPIC.
Thank you John and Jen and thank you to all the other guests as you all made my first riding experience abroad totally fantastic.
So if anyone takes the time to read this, and you are thinking of booking a motorcycle trip abroad, please give BN European Tours serious consideration. You won’t regret it.
Final words – I honestly don’t know how they do it for the money………😁

Ian Hill, 1st tour, Kawasaki Z1000SX, Gloucestershire

[Wow – thanks Ian, we’re really pleased you enjoyed the tour so much – J&J]

With cider poured the traditional way

In our 4* hotel

Morning briefing in hotel garage

We all stop for fuel…

While John recovers John K !!

Hi John and Jen, thank you both for a wonderful tour. The riding was great from start to finish, with amazing roads and scenery. Having never done a tour before we were a little apprehensive about the marker system etc. It didn’t take long for us to get to grips with it and settle into some memorable riding.

The hotels were all good for different reasons. Our favourites were in Santiago de Compostela and Guimaraes. The rooms and the breakfasts in these two were outstanding. If we were to be picky, then our least favourite was in Potes where the room lacked a/c and the breakfast was more limited. That being said we have stayed in some fairly rough ones on previous trips and this was still far better. We enjoyed the visits that you arranged to Porto, the quinta, the old village and cable car ride. These were the icing on the tour cake. All the meals that you included were lovely, especially at the Quinta in Calvos and at the port-making quinta.

We don’t know how you do it for the money !!!

Once again thank you. You are both wonderful hosts and we can’t fault the tour. We have been touring the UK and Europe for 30 years on our own and we both agree that this was our best biking holiday ever. Looking forward to our next trip with you. Kind regards

Nigel & Bryany Neal, 1st tour, BMW R1250 GS, Somerset

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

At coffee stop…

John K rejoins the group!

Monument to Immigrants

We stop at a viewing area

A really great group

Superb roads

“Our 7th tour with BN European Tours and probably the best so far! John & Jen thought of everything as usual. A great mix of roads including lots of twisties with fantastic scenery, coffee and fuel stops planned at just the right time. A good variety of hotels and the luxury of several meals included in the price. They even arranged perfect weather for us! With a great group of people on the tour we couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you for a great holiday, we’ll be back!

Andy & Jane Hood, 7th tour, Triumph Tiger 1200 Explorer, Bedfordshire

Bryan a.k.a. “Ned” – BMW R1250GS

Kevin & Linda – Tiger 1200 GT Pro

Ian – Kawasaki Z1000 SX

David – BMW R1200 GSA

Shaun – BMW R1250 GS Adv

Fantastic roads

Great views

We follow the Camino de Santiago

“Hi both, we we unsure what to expect, but we are converts! A lovely, friendly group and a superbly organised tour. It’s been a blast and we will be looking forward to our next one! (Still processing the DashCam footage, but should have some good bits once it’s all sorted.)” 

Kevin Lee & Linda Bell, 1st tour, Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro, Devon

Our next 4* hotel is in the city centre

With a lovely indoor pool

Linda & Kevin enjoy the jacuzzi

The Cathedral at Santiago de Compostela

A free night to explore

Lots of restaurants/tapas bars

Stoner in the amazing breakfast room

Always a morning briefing

Morning coffee stop

“Hi both, a great trip with friends old and new, looking forward to the next one”

Daryl Salvage, 8th trip (& 2nd time doing this one!) KTM 1290 Super Adventure, Gloucestershire

Jen & Ann want sunshine (with Neil)

A lovely setting

We stop at a viewing area

More great views

John K with Daryl

“A great group gathering.”

Alec Simon, 2nd tour, BMW F750GS, Somerset

Monastery at lunch stop

The amazing interior

Jane & Andy enjoy ice creams

Leaving lunch

John’s leading today

Adrian, Stoner & Daryl

We cross into Portugal

Ride through a National Park

Adrian stops for photos

Cobbled hairpins…

Fine in the dry :-

Stunning scenery

En route to our next hotel

Our rural Quinta

Has a huge outdoor pool

Many enjoy a swim

Drinks before dinner

Just a few beers!

We have a surprise…

It has to be Mateus Rose!


Dinner is included…

John has to tell a joke…

Morning briefing in the shade

John’s leading again

Adrian & Stoner

We stop on a huge dam

Nigel & Bryany – BMW R1250 GS

Morning coffee stop

More fab roads

We ride the N304

Which has been resurfaced!

Lunch stop

It’s a public holiday

John’s leading – Street Triple 765R

Kevin & Linda – Tiger 1200 GT Pro

Chrys – Street Triple 765 RS

Alec – BMW F750 GS

Ian – Kawasaki Z1000 SX

John K – Kawasaki Z1000 SX

Adrian – KTM 890 Adventure R

David – BMW R1200 GSA

Stoner – KTM 790 Adventure

Neil & Ann – Tracer 900 GT

Alan & Tanya – Ducati Multistrada V4

Backmarkers Andy & Jane – Tiger 1200 Explorer

That’s what the van said!!

Drinks in the hotel bar

Quick – there’s a procession…

It’s Corpus Christi public holiday

Our hotel’s in the town centre

We follow the procession

Round to the Church

It’s a free night

There are lots of restaurants

Ian’s having a great night!

A day off, many take the train…

to Porto for a day out

Bubbles everywhere!

The Cathedral

View of the old town

Lots of buskers

Walk across the bridge

For great views of the city

Climb up here…

For even better views!

Ann & Neil

All the Port houses are here

Lots of market stalls

Protect the wildlife!

Don’t miss the bunny!

There is a cable car

Ian with John…

Shaun & Chrys join us

Neil & Ann with Jen

But 5 port now costs 8 euros!!!

Jane, Jen & Chrys do the “Slosh”

Keep up Chrys!! (sorry!)

Lots of people were filming us!!!

The indoor market

We did tip him!

More market stalls

A brilliant life artist

Lively cafes

Don’t jump!

We didn’t go in here!!

We met up with Doug Lothian

Guimaraes – the birthplace of Portugal

Guimaraes by night

It’s another free night…

Everyone’s in the same restaurant – except us!!

There’s entertainment this evening

Abseiling down the wall

A tightrope walker

Well done!

Morning briefing

Then new coffee stop…

After planned stop closed!

Still a lovely view

We stop at a viewing area

With fab views of the Douro River

“Backmarkers” Andy & Jane

The better view??!!

Jen’s leading again today


Neil & Ann


Kevin & Linda



John K



Andy & Jane

We visit a Port quinta

With a Michelin lunch included!

We then have a guided tour

Our next 4* hotel

Is in a medieval village

We lay on a port tasting


Dinner is included tonight

Morning briefing

En route to coffee stop…

Where Adrian’s bike has a puncture!

It’s soon fixed though

But in the meantime – Stoner…


And Linda…

Enjoy a work-out!

Fuel stop…

John’s leading today


Neil & Ann




John K & Backmarkers

You MUST be happy with twisties!

More fab roads next

Parking at lunch stop

We stop at a huge reservoir

Lovely little puppies

All the newbies !

Great roads in the Estrela mountains

John again


Alan & Tanya


Kevin & Linda


John K

Neil & Ann




Andy & Jane

There’s still snow at the top

We stop at Torre – the highest point

David has the high-viz for an extra ride-out

Brilliant roads

Some go straight to the hotel

Where Jen has to pool to herself!

The T-shirt shop is open!

At dinner (included again!!)…

John “treats” us to the penguin joke!

After dinner – a pool tournament





John K











John K




3 times winner David!

Next day some go for a ride

Alec rides as “Backmarker”

The best roads

Daryl – KTM 1290 Super Adv


Nigel & Bryany – BMW R1250 GS

Superb roads

Adrian – KTM 890 Adventure R

Russ – Honda Africa Twin

We stop for a coffee

In a tiny village

Ned marks the junction (sorry Ned – few pics)

Tiny villages tucked away

Lunch stop

Our sticker’s there!

Alan & Tanya – Ducati Multistrada V4

Jen’s view as pillion

Missed this one!

Ride back through Covilha

Dinner is included again tonight

Chrys has a joke

And so does John

Morning briefing

John K needs fuel – again!!

Fuel & coffee stop

We take some main road

To lunch stop

Fab roads

Coffee stop after John K has an accident

Our hotel is right in the town centre

Some of us dine together

Superb murals in the town

The Gaudi Palace

The Cathedral

John K rejoins us

Everyone’s pleased to see him

We’re offered drinks on the house

Briefing in the hotel garage

Storks as we head to the Picos

We stop at a viewing area

It’s stunning scenery

Andy & Jane

Alan & Tanya

Us (thanks Alan)

“The real stars of the show.

Thank you for another fantastic trip.”

Alan & Tanya Murphy, 3rd tour (& 2nd time doing this one!), Ducati Multistrada V4, Gloucestershire

Ann & Neil

Best mates John K & David

Our sticker’s here too!

Fuel stop with the best view!

What a view!

We ride through the Picos de Europa

Watch out for locals

Potes for lunch

We ride to the Fuente De

Nigel & Bryany

The brave ones!

Pretty Gentiana acaulis

Snow on the peaks

Lots of Golden Eagles

Our final hotel

Dinner is included – AGAIN!

We have a few thank-you’s…

To Andy & Jane – great backmarkers!

And to Stoner for his 10 trips!

Who immediately drops his pants!!!

We play “Mr & Mrs”

Bryany & Nigel go first

It’s a match!

No match!

Linda & Kevin are next

A match!

Linda you have to choose one!!

No match!

Chrys & Shaun are next

A match

And another

All blues so far…

We had to do it…

Best mates John & David

John’s very decisive!

No match!

The winners with 9/10 Nigel & Bryany

Jen’s forced to tell a joke!!

Ahoy – you over there!

Daryl’s next

Then Stoner

Neil takes a turn

Alec’s next

Then Linda

Our final briefing

More locals

How sweet!

Our final stop

Before heading to Santander

And we get the van on the ferry!!

Thanks to everyone for the fabulous feedback and thanks to Andy & Jane for doing a great job as “back-markers”. 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 (P.S. sorry Ned for the lack of photos of you – you were obviously just too quick!)

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