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Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Bike Tour

Along the Adriatic Sea

From $7,698 - $8,098 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,700 to $1,800 for sgl. occ.)

La Serenissima. The most serene. An ancient title given to the bygone Republic of Venice, and how you'll feel as you explore its former territory. Discover the Istrian Peninsula. Cruise through Croatia from Korčula's stone palaces and vineyards to bustling Split and medieval Dubrovnik. Hike in fascinating Montenegro and along the Bay of Kotor. Savor the history, scenes and flavors of this sun-soaked land.

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Italy, Croatia & Montenegro

Start/End Venice

Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise map

Highlights

  • Sail from Venice and journey along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro
  • Cycle sunny, scenic island paths on Korčula and Hvar, riding Backroads custom titanium bikes with legendary leaders and support
  • Delve into Dubrovnik, a World Heritage city beloved for its exquisite old town, and uncover the Roman roots of enchanting Istria
  • Hike undiscovered routes—from cedar forests to medieval cobblestones—at Montenegro's wondrous Bay of Kotor
Italy, Croatia & Montenegro

Start/End Venice

Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise map

Itinerary

Days 1-2 On Venice's old-world isle of Sant'Erasmo, meander past fields of artichoke, picturesque lagoons and historic fortifications | Sail to Croatia and discover the medieval town of Korčula, a treasure trove of stone palaces, and a rumored birthplace of Marco Polo | Awesome island views keep you pedaling along Korčula Island's hills past quaint villages and vineyards | Savor fresh farm-to-table specialties | Spin around the Lumbarda wine region and sip the local lifeblood.

Day 3 Šibenik boasts magnificent medieval architecture | Ride through the Croatian hinterland to lively Split, home to Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace.

Day 4 Explore Dubrovnik's old town, a World Heritage site and architectural masterpiece encircled by massive stone walls | Relish an amazing home-cooked lunch | A bike ride through the Konavle region provides plentiful views of mountains and the sea.

Day 5 Experience Montenegro, where rocky mountains are dotted with cypress, fig, olive, cedar and pine trees | Hike in the shadows of Mount Lovćen along the wondrous and vast Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage site | Kotor's winding cobbled streets, charming squares, medieval churches and aristocratic mansions are delightful.

Day 6 Head to Hvar, a chic isle where average annual “sun fall” is 2,724 hours | Bike amid jagged limestone cliffs and endless rosemary and lavender fields | Take the plunge in refreshing waters off quiet beaches.

Days 7-8 Behold brilliant sunsets over the Adriatic | Pastoral countryside and traditional villages set the scene on the Istrian Peninsula | Dine on fresh-caught seafood and sample fine regional wines | Breathtaking ancient Roman ruins await in Pula | Return to Venice, home to St. Mark's square, the basilica, Doge's palace, the Grand Canal and iconic gondolas.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email.

PORTS OF CALL Venice | Korçula | Šibenik | Dubrovnik | Kotor | Hvar | Pula | Rovinj

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Prices

From $7,698 - $8,098 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,700 to $1,800 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Ship

Ponant Le Lyrial
Ponant Ship

Le Lyrial (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-4

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Dalmatian Coast

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Premiere Ship

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Ponant Le Lyrial

Ponant Ship

Le Lyrial (7 nights)

This luxurious and sleek vessel has an intimate French atmosphere and boasts an open-air bar, panoramic-view lounge and a team of master chefs crafting gourmet dishes. (pool,  spa)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details. 

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Sant'Erasmo Island Hike (6 Miles; minimal elevation gain)
Embarkation in Venice
2 8 700 19 1500
3 40 2600
4 21 1800 28 2700
5 Vrmac Ridge to Bay of Kotor Hike (5.5 - 9 Miles; 1,300' - 1,500' elevation gain)
6 23* 1100 28* 2100 40 3500
42 3800
7 54 2000
8 Disembarkation in Venice
 

Note: The Dalmatian Coast's landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys, and the continuously rolling terrain (as well as summertime heat) can make routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Road Bike (Included)

For trips departing before 4/15/18, please see available bike options here.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included in your trip price)

Wishing for a little extra assistance up those hills? Our custom Backroads Electric-Assist Bike lets you experience the thrill of exploring on two wheels while providing a boost when you want it. We've modified a selection of our great Titanium Bikes with the intuitive BionX "pedal-assist" system.

Backroads Custom Electric-Assist Bike (Included)

Specialized S-Works Roubaix & Ruby ($400 rental fee)

Ride like a pro with the new top-of-the-line S-Works bike featuring ultrasmooth Shimano Di2 electronic shifting. Faster and smoother than any other bike out there, this race-ready carbon machine delivers phenomenal acceleration and handling in an ultralight, ultrapowerful package—perfect for experienced riders. The Specialized S-Works Ruby is a light, agile speed machine precisely designed for women. You can upgrade to a Specialized S-Works Roubaix or Ruby on your trip.

Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Upgrade)

Specialized S-Works Ruby (Upgrade)

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem ($400 rental fee)

Do you prefer to spin in tandem with your partner? You'll love the Co-Motion Periscope Torpedo tandem on your Backroads trip. You can upgrade to a Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem on your trip.

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem (Upgrade)

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Exclusive biking routes with multiple options at varied paces
  • Dedicated support vans
  • Custom Titanium bike
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions
  • Wine included with all onboard meals

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 100- to 250-passenger ships are exclusive by ocean standards and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.Due to the unique nature of our active Ocean Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

Itinerary

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more time aboard ship.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.

Why Travel with Backroads in Dalmatian Coast

We Reinvented the Ocean Cruise

Backroads pioneered the active ocean trip, partnering with Ponant, the leader in ocean cruising, to create a new kind of travel experience featuring biking, walking and multi-adventure explorations from an elegant floating hotel.

Great Bikes Included (or Upgrade)

Choose a Backroads Custom Titanium or Custom Electric Assist bike—included in your trip price. Maybe a Specialized carbon-fiber pro model is more your speed or go for double fun on a tandem. Our fleet is the best in active travel, so you don't have to roll the dice on this vital trip component. Learn more about our bike fleet.

The Best Leaders on the Dalmatian Coast

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip along the Dalmatian Coast, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Dalmatian Coast trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Bike Tour

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Group Size

The ships we sail on are your floating luxury hotel for the entire trip, letting you visit a new city or country each day without having to unpack and pack up your bags! These 100- to 250-passenger ships are exclusive by ocean standards and are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting common spaces so you'll have plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing.Due to the unique nature of our active Ocean Cruise trips, we welcome more guests on each departure than on our land-based trips, which are limited to 20 guests for Walking & Hiking and 26 guests for Biking and Multi-Adventure trips. This allows us to create our own robust active community with that special Backroads camaraderie during our week-long journey. Sometimes walkers and bikers—and occasionally families—will travel aboard the same ship, but participate in separate activities with their own dedicated leaders.With our usual choice of fantastic route options each day, rest assured that you'll have plenty of like-minded travelers with whom to ride, hike or enjoy cultural interests. Our unique logistics model—which includes both onboard and onshore Backroads staff, plus additional leaders and vans—allows for meals and shore activities to be organized into smaller groups, ensuring the same unparalleled support and service as on any other Backroads trip.

Itinerary

Our daily itinerary is based on scheduled sailing times and as a result some days have more opportunities for exploring on land while other days have more time aboard ship.

Stateroom Categories

In contrast to our usual land-based trips, which have similar room categories, the Ponant ships offer a wide range of stateroom categories. The top-tier staterooms often fill fast so book as early as possible if this is important to you.
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