Everyone at Pegasus Bridge, a really great group for the start of the season

First stop, Pegasus Bridge

We arrange for the bridge to rise!!

Our English speaking guide…

Still has his Oakley MC jacket!

“Hi John & Jen, yet another great tour, very comfortable hotels, good food, nice biking roads & interesting sites (I particularly enjoyed your personal ‘idiots guide’ at each) and great company with all the group.

Jen’s training has clearly paid off as you managed everything very well on your own and even squeezed in a few photos for the testimonial! Ride safe

Ken Wright, 24th tour! Triumph Tiger 850 Sport, Kent

See the original Pegasus Bridge

And a replica Horsa glider

“Another great trip, very well organized and led. Hotels great and a really friendly bunch. Looking forward to the next.”

Chris Nash, 9th trip, BMW R1250 GS, West Sussex

“Recently returned from the WW2 sights tour; this being my very first organised tour I wasn’t sure what to expect, however John’s organisation and attention to detail meant a stress free tour, leaving me to enjoy the road, views, company, food and hotels and of course the WW2 history. Already enquired about another tour next year!”

James Palmer, 1st tour, Triumph Tiger 1200, Durham

Tom’s KTM has a flat battery

Stop at the new British Memorial

See the new statues at Arromanches

To commemorate the 75th anniversary

“BN European Tours exceeded my expectations, excellent hotels, food and company. The tour was run and managed like a well oiled machine. We had time to enjoy the stops and take pictures as necessary. I can now see why BN are head and shoulders above the rest. Many thanks, we will definitely be booking again”

Graham Holland, 1st tour, Triumph Speedmaster, Somerset

Mulberry B Harbour at Arromanches

Lunch stop

All at the German Gun Batteries

Ron’s third tour

“Hi John, the WW2 tour was really good, well worth doing, very informative and interesting plus the usual good riding and good hotels. Thanks, will be going again”

Richard Holt, 5th tour, KTM 1290 GT, Staffordshire

“Recently returned from the WW2 Battlefield tour, this being my 8th tour with BN European Tours.
The organisation, backup and attention to detail was as good as ever despite not having the backup van on this occasion. We stayed in some lovely hotels ,all well located for restaurants etc in the evening. Thanks very much John and Jen.”

Gordon Barr, 8th tour, Honda Crossrunner, Essex

Rob at the American Cemetery

“Hi John & Jen, sorry for late review, I had a fantastic time during my time with you on the WW2 tour, we visited so many great sites and was spoilt rotten with 4 star accommodation. Sorry I had to drop off the tour for the last 2 days but I followed your route back up 3 days later and stopped at the Saumur Tank Museum and called on another friend at Mahen in Normandy – can’t wait to do it all again !”

Eric Wheatcroft, 1st tour, Triumph Tiger 900, Studley.

The Cathedral at Bayeux

Lovely buildings

Next day, visit the German Cemetery

Ken with Eric

“I recently finished the WW2 sights tour in France with my Dad. For my Dad, it was his third time doing that tour and for myself, my first time. I thought the tour was brilliant – a perfect mix between biking (took my KTM 1290 Adv R, which worked well) stopping for coffees, getting to know others in the group and of course, sight-seeing. We were at the D-Day landing beaches, war-torn towns left in ruin and preserved to the public, Pegasus Bridge, museums hosting artefacts you couldn’t find elsewhere & famous battle-grounds. The tour felt like it covered France’s occupation in the war chronologically as we went through the tour. This helped piece puzzles together.
The blend of group riding with the chance to freely do your own thing on some evenings is great, the whole experience is relaxing. It’s nice to be surrounded by a different, eclectic mix of peoples from all walks of life – business owners, normal 9-5 workers, bike enthusiasts, blue light workers, mechanics – you name it. Everyone had a story to tell in the evenings which I loved.

Ultimately it’s the people with you that make the tour special, and BN delivers. A lot of the folks on this WW2 tour have been numerous times before with BN, so kudos to John & Jen. John was great, he led the whole tour – we didn’t go wrong once directionally and the “marker system” works very very well as there’s no pressure to go fast or slow. The organised breakfasts / dinner and drinks in the evenings are hassle free, tasty and enjoyable – making life so easy after a long day of riding and sight-seeing. The hotels we stayed at were in beautiful/ historic towns/ villages like La Rochelle and Bayeux where there was plenty to see and do. There was always safe parking and the hotels had plenty of character!

I finished the trip a couple of weeks ago and have forever been getting an urge to get straight back on the bike again. Will be coming again! Thanks!”

Tom Dixon, 1st tour, KTM 1290 Adv R,

Tom’s not taking any chances

Next stop La Pointe du Hoc

Not the best weather

Then visit St Maire Eglise

All the bikes

Lunch stop

Airborne Museum at St Mere Eglise

Richard & Garry

Paul

At Utah beach

Utah beach

Our next hotel

It’s a free night

Ron – BMW R1250 GS

Garry – BMW R1250 GS

Steve – Honda Goldwing

James – Triumph Tiger 1200

Vinnie – Triumph Speedmaster

Richard – KTM 1290 GT

Gordon – Honda Crossrunner

Rob – Honda Goldwing

Graham – Triumph Speedmaster

Paul – Honda CB500X

Tom – KTM 1190

Ken – Triumph Tiger 850 Sport

Alan – BMW R9T

Back-marker Chris – BMW R1250 GS

Next stop St Nazaire

French attack submarine

Go on board the Espadon Submarine

Vinnie

Vinnie again

The torpedo bay

It’s Ken

Tom

James

Graham

A free night in La Rochelle

Market at coffee stop

Next stop, Oradour sur Glane

With English headsets

Paul

Chris & Vinnie

Dinner is included tonight

Visit the Saumur Tank Museum

Rob with Graham

Scorpion

Leopard 2

Garry & Chris

Chieftain

Merkava Mk 1

AMX 13 55 11

LeClerc

T54

Panzer

Paul

Chris…

Who was also here in 2014

Our final hotel

Dinner is in a local restaurant

Steve & Rob in their finest!

Happy Birthday to Vinnie

Final visit the Memorial at Montormel

John

Hill 262 overlooks the Falaise Gap

John led this trip

And that’s it…

Everyone back to the port

A really sociable bunch of people made for a good first tour of the season. Thanks to Chris for riding as back-marker, we hope to see many of you again on future trips. Ride safe, John (& Jen) – P.S. sorry no photo of Eric on his Triumph Tiger 900GT !!

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