Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
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Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

Biking & Cruising along the Adriatic Coast

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 with your family.


Italy, Croatia & Montenegro

Start/End Venice, Italy

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

  • Hike undiscovered routes—from serene forests to medieval cobblestones—at Montenegro's wondrous Bay of Kotor
  • Cruise from Venice and journey along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic in Italy, Croatia and Montenegro
  • Bike sunny, scenic island roads on Korčula and Hvar, riding Backroads custom titanium bikes with legendary leaders and support
  • Discover the Roman roots of enchanting Istria and explore Dubrovnik, a World Heritage city beloved for its exquisite old town
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DAYS 1-2 Begin in Venice, a labyrinth of meandering canals and old-world buildings | Cruise 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 | Bike around the Lumbarda wine region and sip the local lifeblood | Dine on fresh regional specialties.

DAYS 3-4 Magnificent medieval architecture awaits in Šibenik | Savor an amazing home-cooked lunch | Pedal 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 Explore 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 | Swim in the refreshing waters off beautiful beaches.

DAYS 7-8 On the Istrian Peninsula, pastoral countryside and traditional villages set the scene | 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

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Activity Level: 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. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Sant'Erasmo Island Hike (6 miles; minimal elevation gain)
Embarkation in Venice
Day 2
Level 1 | 8 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 19 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Day 3
Level 4 | 40 miles | 2600 ft. gain
Day 4
Level 2 | 21 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles | 2700 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 | 23 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 28 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 4 | 40 miles | 3500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 42 miles | 3800 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

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.

What's 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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