Quotes from our customers
Tour1 is a well oiled organisation, the Tour1 team cover any question you could possibly think of. They make the entire process easy! From deciding to book the tour, all your preparation planning is made easy with step by step emails on what you need to do, what you need to bring etc.
This tour GUARANTEES you the most spectacular roads, the most spectacular views, where you will loose count how many times you say WOW! And just when you thought nothing could beat what you just saw, there is another WOW!
The group we rode with on this tour has been a privilege to ride with - without you realising, they have become family before our very eyes. It made the the end of the tour hard, however goodbyes were soon omitted with plans of a reunion tour, and new found friendships formed.
To add to all of this wonder, it would be a throughly incomplete review without mention of the wonderfully charismatic charm of our Tour 1 leader Charlie. His personality is infectious to the point where I believe he is undoubtably the most adopted son / friend in the world. Charlie, thank you so much for making this tour a memory that Steve and I shall never in our lifetime ever forget!
Tour1 - WE WILL RIDE AGAIN.
Rach & Steve New Zealand.
We just returned from the most INCREDIBLE trip! A trip of a lifetime! It was 12 days of seeing the most spectacular scenery, learning different cultures and spending time with new friends that were from all over the world! Charlie, our tour guide was AWESOME! He took care of all of us and always had a smile on his face! He was such a joy to spend time with! And Glenn, our “back marker” kept us safe and went beyond the call of duty. This was a trip that we will never forget and lots of memories were made! We will definitely ride with Tour 1 again!Daniel and Angel Bobo, Georgia, USA
Just returned from the 2018 WW1 Battlefields tour - professional, comprehensive, very informative and moving. Gary and Elaine ensured that we were all looked after and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I would recommend Tour1 to anyone considering a tour of the battlefields, or any of the other tours they offer to be honest!Steve Austringer, Orkney, UK
It was my second trip with Tour1 but my first big rally and I had the pleasure of being looked after by Charlie and Gary … two “France” for the same price, so a lot of excitement! The roads were just heaven, the group fantastic and the organisation so well thought out that it made the trip a very happy and fulfilled one that I will cherish for a long time. I have already booked the Prague Rally for next year and I am very much looking forward to a new adventure. You guys are just amazing thank you! It was my second trip with Tour1 but my first big rally and I had the pleasure of being looked after by Charlie and Gary … two “France” men for the same price, so a lot of excitement! The roads were just heaven, the group fantastic and the organisation so well thought out that it made the trip a very happy and fulfilled one that I will cherish for a long time. I have already booked the Prague Rally for next year and I am very much looking forward to a new adventure. You guys are just amazing thank you! [St Tropez, 2017] Cathy Robert, London, UK.
Just returned from the Thunder in the Deserts tour. It was fantastic. Everyday, gives rise to spectacular scenery, and great roads. Gary is the best tour guide you’ll find, full of information about the areas you visit and stay in. Interesting, historical hotels and restaurants along the way. You’ll visit places you’ve only seen on the silver screen, or that bands have sung about (thinking Route 66 there). Hey! Guess what? In the USA not all the roads are dead straight. [Thunder in the Deserts, 2017]. Mark Luckhurst, London, UK.
We have just got back from the wonderful Thunder in the Deserts Tour. We booked this tour (our 4th with Tour1) in spite of the stopover in Las Vegas - I know some people love it, but it’s just not my kind of place, having previously spent 2 nights there. So this tells you how much we trust Tour1/Gary’s organisation, itinerary planning and tour leading skills. This trip definitely lived up to, even exceeded, our high expectations. The refreshment stops were well timed and hotels good. More importantly Gary took us, via the very best riding roads, to the most amazing and beautiful places in an area of stunning and iconic scenery, and included some quirky, interesting places too. He knew where to stop for the best views (photos). We are so glad we did this tour. We would have missed so much, had we done a similar trip on our own. On top of all this, we got to meet and ride with some lovely people. If you have never been away with Tour1, you are missing a treat. [Thunder in the Deserts tour, 2017]. Bev and John Beechey, Surrey, UK.
Definitely one for the bucket list , truly exceptional. [Thunder in the Deserts tour, 2017]. Stella Madden, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
My wife Stella and myself took part in the Tour1 Thunder in the Deserts Tour 2017. Straight off this is a five star plus tour, make no mistake. Pre-tour, Gary kept everyone up to date with an extensive itinerary, including useful information for riding in the USA. Gary’s excellent back up team Mish and Des ensured that the baggage was transported to the hotels securely and on time. Everyone in the tour group gelled right from the beginning and the craic as we say in Ireland, was mighty. On ride days Gary gave a briefing of what was ahead and if a change was needed, e.g. because of time constraints, it was democratically voted on so everyone was kept in the loop. All riding styles were catered for and no one was left disappointed. The tour destinations visited the big ticket items Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Monument Valley, Route 66 etc and we rode on some superb twisty curvy roads. Gary also excelled in taking us to spots which although not as widely known were none the less just as stunning, an absolute gem is Canyonlands National Park not to be missed. The buddy system worked perfectly so rest assured you will not get lost. In summary, this tour is the gold standard of tours, Gary is more than just a tour guide he is an exceptional person in all respects and made the tour feel more like a family group than just individual riders he coalesced us as a group and we were the better for it. [Thunder in the Deserts, 2017]. Paddy Madden, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Just returned from Tour1's first Route 66 / Arizona / Utah tour. I can say that Fiona and I were blown away by the experience, which was also our first Harley tour. Great route, fantastic sites and Gary knew the area really well - 2,500 miles of pure adrenaline riding on some of the best riding roads in the world. PS Route 89A topped R66 for me. [Thunder in the Deserts, 2017]. Graham and Fiona Carter, Hertfordshire, UK.
I recently came back from the WW1 battlefield tour, Despite only being a long weekend tour, it felt so much more with all the sights we got to see and places we went. Everyone on the tour was great company, and despite joining the tour on my own, it quickly felt like we were an old group of mates going on holiday together. Gary and Elaine did a great job of keeping the group together, and pointing out important historic sites that I would surely have ridden straight past had I been on my own. Now I've had a taster of what to expect from Gary and Tour1, I will definitely be back for one of the longer tours. Pete Keany, Oxfordshire.
Just returned from the WW1 Tour with Gary, wow what an amazing adventure, I cannot recommend Tour1 enough, from start to finish the organisation was sublime. If you’re thinking of taking your Harley on a tour, please use Tour1. The tour was so good I have book with them on the next tour of the US. Gary is an amazing leader who was from start to finish so informative about WW1 . Also a big thank you to Elaine Sheppard, our back marker. Can't wait now for September for the big tour. Shaun Slater-Gould, Sussex.
The WWI tour to Belgium and France was beautifully organised and thoroughly researched. Group Leader Gary was very hospitable and generous with his knowledge, time, and mechanical expertise. He planned for every eventuality, could never become unsettled, and he was able to resolve any unforeseen problems. As a weaker rider, I rode with another newby at the back followed up by Elaine, who acted as our shepherd. Both Gary and Elaine were diplomatic and accommodating and they transformed the group of people into a close-knit band of friends experiencing history, moving moments, fun and laughter. I would warmly recommend Tour 1 to all. Eleni, King's Cross London.
I just wanted to say a massive THANK YOU for the recent WWI Battlefield tour Ross and I recently returned back from. We had the most amazing 4 days, brilliantly researched, excellent hotels and well supported by Gary, and, of course Elaine. We were well looked after from beginning to end and enjoyed every minute. I now have the HOG bug and can’t wait for Ross to organise our next trip. Our group of fellow adventurers were all very warm and welcoming and made the trip even better. Carolyn and Ross Pym, Warwickshire.
Steve, Cindy, Dick, Kay and I recently reviewed all of our pictures from the tour. OMG!!!!! We are still pinching ourselves and trying to convince each other that we really did do this! All of our emotions came back in detail and we laughed and marveled at the pics and the experiences we had. Here's hoping that our bike paths cross again one day and we can make new memories and deep friendships. [Altitudes with Attitude tour, 2016]. Dan Koster and Kay Lorenz-Love, Colorado, USA.
We wanted to write and let you know how much we so enjoyed your organised tour to the European Bike Week in Faaker See last week. All the information received prior to departing was very helpful and a great build up to finally meeting up for the first time in Folkestone on the Friday. We have not been on many tours to Europe, but this must have been the best ever!! The chosen routes were superb, the hotels and food were excellent and Charlie you got us there all in one piece, together with the back up of Steve and John. Thank you! We had such a good time and so enjoyed the riding every single day. What a great crowd we were with, and I’m sure these new friendships will be long lasting and we hope to plan a get-together sometime. [Faaker See tour, 2016]. Rob and Christine Posselt, Worcester.
The Altitudes with Attitudes Tour was so much more than you could ever imagine - truly the trip of a lifetime! Gary is an incredible tour leader and person and his son Charlie is just as dynamic as his pop and a great asset to the trip. Made a lot of new friends - everyone was warm, friendly and a pleasure to spend 2 weeks with. The hotels and especially the castles we stayed in were awesome as well. This trip will be talked about for many years and until we take the next one - hopefully with Gary! Thank you for the most amazing experience ever!!! [Altitudes with Attitudes tour, 2016]. Stephanie Altieri and Scott Moeschter, Pennsylvania, USA.
Truthfully, very well deserved and hard earned 5 star. I had an absolute pleasure to ride on Altitudes with Attitude tour. Fantastic guide, great people, dream roads with spectacular views. Gary, thank you for unforgettable experience. [Altitudes with Attitude tour, 2016]. Krzysztof Sobierajski, Surrey, UK.
The Tour 1 trip to Harley rally in Portoroz was awesome. Great riding courtesy of the genius Gary France at finding the roads - great company and the best rally I have attended. See you all next year! [Portoroz, Slovenia tour, 2016]. Simon Turner, Newmarket.
Suzy and I would like to say how much we enjoyed the 'Tour of Ireland 2016'. This was our first organised tour, and Suzy chose to ride rather than pillion. When we looked into it I have to admit I found it hard to choose whom to 'go' with but after a chat with Gary the decision was made. I am pleased to reassure anyone in a similar position that Tour 1 more than exceeded our hopes and expectations. The choice of route, knowledge and hotels were second to none. Gary is a very friendly guy who immediately put us at ease, and ensured everyone enjoyed themselves, we certainly had a tour to remember. Well done Gary, hopefully we will join you again soon. [Tour of Ireland, 2016]. Clive Taylor & Suzy, Chelmsford
Thank you Gary, a really well organised trip, excellent roads, hotels, coffee/lunch breaks and above all a brilliant history lesson about WW1. Excellent timing for the 100yrs anniversary for the battle of the Somme too. A fantastic opportunity to ride with other ladies, new friends made, a great group with lots of fun and laughter with many memories to treasure. [Ladies WW1 Battlefield tour, 2016]. Cathy Dawe, Sussex.
The Ladies Battlefield tour in France/Belgium was amazing. Gary and Elaine looked after a small group of lady riders, taking us on wonderful riding roads. Even though the countryside is stunning now, Gary was able to help us cast our minds back to imagine how bleak the battlefields were, and told us stories of events during the battles. Very emotional trip with time to reflect whilst riding the open roads. The weather was amazing blue skies and sunshine, with fabulous hotels in Ypres and Albert. It was so lovely spending time with friends new and old, sharing a common interest in riding Harley's. I definitely wouldn't hesitate to go on another Tour1 trip with Gary. Incredible knowledge of roads, locations and events. Able to keep our attention even after lunch lol. I smiled throughout the whole trip, especially on the back roads. Loved every minute. Thank you. [Ladies WW1 Battlefield tour, 2016]. Debbie Atterton. Bristol.
First tour ever for me and what a great choice I made! The long weekend excelled my expectations and I am still smiling thinking about it. The Tour was so well organised I felt safe with Gary’s guidance at the front and reassuring presence of Elaine at the back of the ride, going trough some amazing roads and landscape. Gary was so knowledgeable about the history, with fascinating facts and sometimes fuelled with some emotional moments. I also met some incredible women and I will treasure these few days for a long time. I would recommend Tour1 to anybody and I just can’t wait to book the next one soon. Thank you … Merci beaucoup. [Ladies WW1 Battlefield Tour, 2016]. Cathy Robert, London.
Can I just say a huge thank you for all your efforts in organising out trip to Faaker See. I am struggling to find a word more appropriate than brilliant but it describes it perfectly. We had the time of our lives. It was that good. Paul and Charlie were tremendous, at all times, in every thing they did. The roads, the views, the hotels, the organisation, the craic and the company, all were first class. Two weeks later and I am still grinning. Thank you. [Faaker See 2015]. John Moran, London.
Angela and I want to thank you for a wonderful trip to Faaker See with Tour 1, led by Charlie and Paul. The planning and research you put in, both prior to the tour and during it, were incredibly thorough and helpful and gave us lots of confidence. Paul was great value, very reassuring, and we really enjoyed his company. Charlie really did the business and was absolutely brilliant, great fun and we would love to ride with him again. We are hoping that we can do another trip with you one day. [Faaker See 2015]. Dave & Angela Hogg, London
The Tour 1 trip to Faaker See was brilliant! Jan and I really enjoyed the whole time even the detours! Paul and Charlie made an excellent combination as tour leaders. The whole group got on well and we had great fun. The rides were just magnificent. The hotels very good and well chosen. The only negative...my head after our last night at the Rally and Villach. We can't wait to do another Tour 1 trip. [Faaker See 2015]. Grant and Jan Smith, Surrey.
Both Joanna & I wanted to thank you for what I would say was one of the best, if not the best organised ride We have ever done! From your choice of routes, war sites, eats, and hotel locations. Your explanations of happened in the Great War were clear & precise. We look forward to riding with you again [WW1 2015]. Bob and Joanna Jackson, Hertfordshire
Wow, what an amazing 4 days away with Tour 1's WW1 Battlefields tour. Highlights included the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Vimy Ridge memorial, trenches, large shell holes, Tyne Cot cemetery, glorious riding roads, meeting a great bunch of people and learning so much. It was at times very moving, the riding was exhilarating and we had loads of laughs. Thank you Gary for all the planning and leading us and Elaine Shepherd for back marking and everyone for being such good company. Bev Beechey, Surrey
Hi Gary, thanks for a brilliant weekend on the TOUR 1 - WWI Battlefield Tour. Had a great time, due to the huge effort you put into it's preparation. Can't recommend it highly enough to any future TOUR 1 clientele. Thanks also to Elaine for the unsung hero position of 'last man', you both did a brilliant job. Steve Graham, London
The Croatia tour was excellent, brilliant organisation, awesome roads, first class hotels, great food and fantastic company. Looking forward to Jerez. [Croatia 2014]. John Williams, Bedfordshire.
Great tour to the Harley Rally in Croatia with Tour1 in 2014. Great times and great people. Paul Leeson, Tunbridge Wells.
I have travelled all over the USA to different festivals/ rallies (Sturgis, Daytona, Laconia, Myrtle Beach and Friday 13th in Canada) but I have to say this one to Faaker See was very special and surpassed every rally I have gone to. The reason is simple - Gary is a fantastic Leader, Organiser and great fun to be around. The routes and scenery were spectacular. An Enormous THANK YOU. [Faaker See 2014]. Colum Molloy, Ireland.
This is the perfect way to tour on a motorcycle, Gary is an excellent group leader that thinks of everything and everyone. If you want to tour on your bike than this is the hassle free way of doing so because all the routes, hotels and even fuel stops are planned, and riders of all capabilities are catered for. [Faaker See 2014]. Tom Quinlan, Ireland.
Cant speak highly enough of these tours. Exceptionally well organised. Accommodation was great, roads were excellent . Can't wait for the next Spain tour. Keep up the good work. [Croatia 2014]. Dean Ashman and Ally Banister, Powys, Wales.
Gary was a very thoughtful and knowledgeable tour leader and the daily itinerary was very well planned. We were able to ride some terrific roads and the highlight was the ride over the 'Grossglockner Alpine' pass. I had never ridden with a group until this trip and I was coached all the way by Paul Lusty. I would, without hesitation, recommend Tour 1 to all and sundry. Thank you for all the great memories. [Croatia 2014]. Chris Campbell, Kent.
Brilliantly organized tours. From the hotels, routes chosen, restaurants, points of interest, and getting my bike home. It was a blast, can’t fault. Dean Collins, Rutland.
I thoroughly enjoyed the company, found the hotels first class and the riding exhilarating. I have already recommended Tour1 to the members of my club. Thank you Gary for a memorable trip and for organising it so efficiently. [Croatia 2014]. Don Gillanders, Cheltenham.
Gary is a gentleman and a pleasure to travel with. Anyone considering a motorbike trip with Gary should do so. He has a true passion for motorcycling and will inspire and help anyone who wants to push their boundaries for a truly unforgettable experience. Mick and Nicky Newstead, Chelsea and Fulham Chapter, London.
The route Gary planned over the Alps and into Italy was comprised of the best roads I had ever ridden and that remains the case. I can’t imagine a biker better qualified to arrange spectacular road trips in Europe than Gary France. Ian McIntosh, London.
Having ridden with Gary on a couple of occasions, I can happily say he finds great roads to ride that I would not have found myself. Peter Owen, Derby, UK.