Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Gondolas in Venice - Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Bike Tour
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s

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Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - Older Teens & 20s

Biking & Cruising along the Adriatic Coast

La Serenissima. The most serene. An ancient title given to the bygone Republic of Venice, and how you and your family will 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.

THIS ITINERARY: 8 days, 7 nights


FROM: $8,799 - $9,299 pp dbl occ
($3,600 - $3,800 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise map
Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise map

Italy, Croatia & Montenegro

Start/End Venice

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Sail from Venice and journey along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro
  • Cycle sunny, scenic island roads 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 serene forests to medieval cobblestones—at Montenegro's wondrous Bay of Kotor
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The Backroads Experience
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Backroads Biking Trips
Backroads Biking Trips
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
8 Days Small Luxury Ship
Accommodations may vary based on departure.

DAYS 1-2 Start in Venice, a labyrinth of meandering canals and old-world buildings | 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 regional specialties | Bike around the Lumbarda wine region and sip the local lifeblood.

DAYS 3-4 Šibenik boasts magnificent medieval architecture | Relish an amazing home-cooked lunch | Ride with your family through the Croatian hinterland to lively Split, home to Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace | Explore Dubrovnik's old town, a World Heritage site and architectural masterpiece encircled by massive stone walls | A bike ride through the Konavle region provides plentiful views of mountains and the Adriatic coastline.

DAYS 5-6 Experience Montenegro, where rocky mountains are dotted with cypress, fig, olive, oak and pine trees | Hike across the Vrmac ridge along the stunning Bay of Kotor, a World Heritage site | Kotor's winding cobbled streets, charming squares, medieval churches and aristocratic mansions are delightful | Head to chic Hvar and bike amid jagged limestone cliffs and lavender fields | Take the plunge in refreshing waters off beautiful beaches.

DAYS 7-8 Pastoral countryside and traditional villages set the scene on the Istrian Peninsula | Breathtaking Roman ruins await in Pula | Behold brilliant sunsets over the Adriatic in Rovinj | Return to Venice, home to St. Mark's square, the basilica, Doge's palace, the Grand Canal and iconic gondolas.

Ponant Le Champlain Ship
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These luxurious and sleek vessels have an intimate French atmosphere and boast an open-air bar, three lounges and a team of master chefs crafting gourmet dishes. (pool, spa)

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Dates & Prices

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

Note: You may only reserve one Stateroom Category at this time. Your stateroom will be assigned based on availability. Please contact us if you are interested in booking multiple Stateroom Categories for your party, selecting a specific stateroom, or Single Supplement pricing.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

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.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Venice Guided Walking Tour (2.5 hours)
Venetian Mask Decoration (2.5 hours)
Embarkation in Venice
Day 2
Level 1 | 12 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 2 | 29 miles | 2200 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 1 | 18 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 22 miles* | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 47 miles | 3600 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 19 miles | 1300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 27 miles | 2300 ft. gain
Day 5
Vrmac Ridge to Bay of Kotor Hike (5.5 - 9 miles; 1,300' - 1,500' elevation gain)
Day 6
Level 2 | 26 miles* | 1400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 31 miles* | 2900 ft. gain
Level 4 | 46 miles | 4600 ft. gain
Day 7
Level 2 | 27 miles* | 2300 ft. gain
Level 4 | 43 miles | 2400 ft. gain
Day 8
Disembarkation in Venice
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

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.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Cannondale Synapse Pro Carbon Bike
Carbon Bike

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Cannondale Synapse Hi-Mod Red ETAP AXS. Delivering phenomenal acceleration and handling in a light and powerful package—it’s built for hard-core riders.
$400 rental fee

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • 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

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.


The ships we sail on are like floating luxury hotels, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ships are custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. These ships are vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 150 passengers on our river trips and up to only 250 on our ocean trips.

Backroads Support On Board and On Shore

We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests per group. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group onboard and you may cross paths with the other group on routes or at restaurants. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Although our average group size is larger than a typical Backroads tour, our ship-based trips feel smaller and much more intimate than a typical cruise.

Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. Although our time ashore may be shorter than an average Backroads Hotel trip, you still have the option to select a route that matches your pace. In larger cities, you can decide to shift gears and opt for less active site-seeing activities. It's important to note, our time ashore can be limited due to changes in the nautical schedule and ship tendering.

Being onboard a ship provides the benefit of being able to take advantage of ship amenities: the fitness room, spa, sauna and swimming pool. In addition, there is the opportunity to relax in the inviting common spaces or the privacy of your room, complete with balcony. Your Trip Leaders will have information on the array of options to choose from.

If having longer routes or more flexibility to explore is important for you, we recommend choosing one of our River Cruise or Hotel trips. If you love meeting new people and having more time to relax aboard the ship, and enjoy the ease of unpacking once, you'll love our approach to active ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.


On our active cruises, we seek out diversity by including regionally authentic and inventive meals for onshore lunches, picnics and the occasional onshore dinner. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Stateroom Categories

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

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