Before booking the trip, I'd never even contemplated a cycling holiday before. Yes I am reasonably fit and I do a fair bit of cardio-vascular work at the gym, but I'd never really used my third or fouth hand BMX, which is still sitting in my kitchen gathering dust! However I fancied trying something different and challenging myself a little, and I liked the idea of seeing 3 different countries in one trip away. I was pleasantly surprised. I completed over 80kms on the first day, much of it into a 14kph head-wind. Yes I was tired, but it wasn't a struggle as I suspected it might be. So, the beauty of this trip is that it is suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness who fancies a holiday that takes it some beautiful and ever-changing scenery, whilst at the same time keeping you fit! I loved the freedom a self-guided cycling trip gives you - the ability to stop whenever and wherever you want, not being limited on the amount of time you stop somewhere & the option to go at your own pace. Also the general quality of the hotels used was excellent and mostly central to the town (with the exception of Caorle) & the buffet breakfasts were enough to fill me up for the majority of the day. The 27 speed bikes were of excellent quality and made the ride smooth and hassle-free. The waterproof paniers supplied were spacious and easy to attached and detatch, and the waterproof box on the front of the bike was exactly the right size for my camera. The routes chosen generally avoided main roads, which was great if you're not a confident cyclist and also meant that you experienced the real heart and culture of each country, travelling on country roads through quaint little villages and pretty coastal towns. My only negative comment is that the directions given were sometimes vague and ambiguous, resulting in us covering a vastly increased distance on the first day, not reaching our destination until 10pm, and not having any time to stop at any of the towns/villages on route. We did get used to the way they were written and learned to interpret them accordingly as the trip went on, but there were still times we resorted to using a map and picking our own route to the next place named on our itinerary! Also I would suggest that Piran would be a much nicer final destination on day 5 of the trip, instead of Portoroz. It's only about 5/6kms away and is a much prettier town with a lot more to see. Overall though, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I would definitely do it again.