Backroads Active Adventures On The Oceans & Rivers

On the rivers, Backroads Active Adventures partners with AmaWaterways, and on the oceans, Ponant. Though our recent trip with Backroads was on the ocean, the experience is similar to what Backroads offers on the rivers.

Saddle up. We're about to go on a cruise unlike any you've experienced, one that combines French elegance with the gorgeous coastline and countryside of the Adriatic – seen from the seat of a bicycle.

Ralph and Tamera

In early June, Backroads invited us on an adventure that touched on Italy, Croatia and Montenegro. The central focus was “active adventures.” In fact, our trip was much less about the cruise than it was the exploration. Don’t get me wrong: Our ship was lovely and comfortable, and so pleasurable that I would love to return for a full cruise experience. As it was on this trip, however, Ponant’s Le Lyrial served as our floating hotel that took us from place to place so that we could explore via bikes and hikes.

Backroads ride

Most days we cycled from 24 miles to 50 miles, rolling through beautiful Croatian countryside. Those of us who were avid cyclists pedaled on Backroads-provided Titanium bikes, customized for riders according to their specs. Those who were less avid cyclists rode electric-assist bicycles, which made for easy ascents uphill. They pedaled when they wanted and pushed a lever for a boost up hills.

Backroads offers cycling and hiking adventures on both Ponant and AmaWaterways. We’ve done both. The verdict? There’s no better way to experience destinations.

To get a feel for our trip, check out the video below.

Interested in learning more? Visit Backroads for more information.

Also checkout reports from myBackroads trip with AmaWaterways on the Danube. My Favorite River Cruises Of 2016: Boats & Bikes With Backroads & AmaWaterways

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