Slovenia: “Likely the most beautiful but overlooked destination in Europe”
BikeToursDirect client Karen R. went on the Pearls of Slovenia tour earlier this year. The beautiful views, attentive operator, and wonderful food were just a few of the highlights from her trip. Read her report below. Remember, we love client reports! Send us your tour story at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slovenia is most likely the most beautiful but overlooked bike destination in Europe.
Lake Bled has to be one of the most beautiful spots in the world and the Triglav National Park is pristine and interesting. The people might be shy when they cannot help you in English, but they sure will try.
Helia Tours put together a most beautiful tour of the park and the areas surrounding it. There were two major climbs, but after the Dolomites, very doable. Most of the terrain was rolling hills and the only difficulty was biking on the shoulder of roads that were leading towards the town that had some traffic. Most of the tour was in rural areas, which had no such problems.
A representative from Helia met us at our hotel and provided us with well-detailed maps as well as cue sheets set up by distance. Each bike had a computer and following directions was quite easy. The cue sheets also had notes about good restaurants and sights to see along the way. These all proved to be great suggestions. Thanks to Helia I experienced one of the best trout dinners I have ever had!
The road bikes provided to us were Trek models– aluminum and very appropriate for the terrain we would be cycling. The final day of the tour went from Kranjska Gora ski area back to Bled through the Triglav National Park. The roads in the park were dirt and more conducive for a mountain bike, so Helia dropped off mountain bikes for our use at our hotel and picked up our road bikes.
The hotels were also a welcome reprieve to the day’s rides, offering us the comfort of home each night. We elected to take the dinner and breakfast plan to save time hunting for a dinner restaurant. All meals were quite good, but Hotel Triglav in Bled and Pension Zaplata provided exquisite dinners and breakfasts, the best dining experience of our trip.
The entire week went by without a hitch. We loved the tour and rate Helia tours very highly.
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