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

Biking & Cruising along the Adriatic Coast

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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.

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Italy, Croatia & Montenegro

Start/End Venice, Italy

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Highlights

  • 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
Italy, Croatia & Montenegro

Start/End Venice, Italy

Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise map

Itinerary

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.

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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F Family Dates - 20s and Beyond

2021 May
2021 June
2021 July

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 30 or more. Call us for date availability and pricing. If your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

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The sky’s the limit! Tell us what your dream trip would be and we'll make it happen! Whether you're looking for a honeymoon trip for 2, a 30-person family reunion or a 100-person corporate trip, we can do it all. A dedicated Custom Trip Consultant will work closely with you to bring your dreams to reality. Call us at 800-462-2848 to speak with your Custom Trip Consultant or click on the button below.

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Dates

F Family Tours - 20s and Beyond

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Premiere Ship

Ponant Le Lyrial, Venice to Croatia Cruise
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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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, Venice to Croatia Cruise

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
 

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 may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

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.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, 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 40 Backroads guests. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group on board and you may cross paths with the other group on some routes or at restaurants. For instance, we may have a group of 20 hikers and another group of 20 bikers. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. On shore, you'll have up to three additional land-based leaders to support your group, offering the same high ratio of Backroads Trip Leaders to guests as you'll find on our hotel trips.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

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 for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

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

Great Bikes Included

Our custom-designed titanium bikes are best in class. From avid cyclists to easygoing riders, we believe that everyone deserves a seriously great bike to match their riding style. Learn more about our bike fleet.

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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Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond
Backroads Venice to Croatia Ocean Cruise Family Bike Tour - 20s & Beyond

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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.

Ships

The ships we sail on are like a floating luxury hotel, 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 40 Backroads guests. Occasionally there may be more than one Backroads group on board and you may cross paths with the other group on some routes or at restaurants. For instance, we may have a group of 20 hikers and another group of 20 bikers. When this occurs, each group will have their own dedicated onboard Backroads leaders. On shore, you'll have up to three additional land-based leaders to support your group, offering the same high ratio of Backroads Trip Leaders to guests as you'll find on our hotel trips.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

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 for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

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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