Tour de Active Luxury – Guided Cycling Tour in Australia

Tour de Active Luxury – Guided Cycling Tour in Australia

Duration:
7 Days

Grade:
Easy

From
$ 2,599

Join us on this exclusive guided cycling tour in Australia. Explore beautiful north east Victoria and experience the incredible Alpine scenery this region is famous for.  The cycling tour is graded as easy and almost all of the riding uses off road, paved trails that are safe and fun to ride.   There is a particular focus on the world class food and wine offerings this region of Australia is becoming famous for.

Exploring the north east region of Victoria, an easy drive, flight or train from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney, this 7 day/6 night tour will leave you amazed at this incredible part of Australia.  Cycling at the foot of the Australian Alps (yes there are big ski mountains in Australia), mountain scenery is never far away.  Nor are some of the best cellar doors in Australia, or an award winning cheese farm.  This region of Australia always surprises our guests with the quality and variety of the culinary offerings.

What We Love About this Cycling Tour:

  • Lunch at the highly awarded All Saints Winery in Rutherglen

  • Cycle the length of the iconic Murray to Mountains rail trail - a paved, off road path

  • Sample world class produce direct from the farmers gate (cheese, olive oil. pumpkin seed & more)

  • Experience stunning mountain scenery exploring the gorgeous Alpine National Park

  • Learn the region's secrets and history with your informative local guide

  • Enjoy the fun, social environment of a small group tour with like minded travellers. 

What's included in your great value Guided Cycling Tour in Australia package:

  • 6 nights 4 star accommodation throughout (twin share available) - contact us for specifics
  • All meals with some incredible award winning restaurant and farm gate experiences (this is worth the price on it's own we think!!)
  • All wine tastings and farm gate visits
  • Transfers to and from your arrival and departure point
  • Services of a local experienced cycling guide plus support vehicle throughout
  • Environmentally friendly cycling water bottles
  • Fair trade t-shirts perfect for cycling (polyester with a soft cotton feel)
  • Detailed printed itinerary, marked maps & more in your Tour Kit
  • PLUS 2 x exclusive private wine tastings

Optional Extras

  • Quality Trek FX hybrid bikes with helmet
  • Electric assist bikes with helmet

This cycling tour has limited departures and is strictly limited to a small group. The tours do fill up quickly. See dates and availability on the calendar on this page.

Tour Dates for 2020/2021:
2020: 1 December 
2021: 12 March; 8 April; 7 May

Request an itinerary below or contact us to discover more detail on this exclusive tour.

COVID Practices
COVID Safe Practices apply to this tour, specifically:

  • All guests are provided with face masks to be worn when in common areas and on any bus transfers
  • All guests are provided with personal hand sanitiser for usage during the tour
  • All equipment is sanitised pre and post every use including bikes and bus surfaces

 

Accommodation
6 nights accommodation is included. You will stay in very comfortable hotels, mostly 4*. All rooms have en-suite shower or bath facilities. Prices are based on two sharing in twin or double rooms. Singles are available on request. Where possible, we choose hotels well located to enable you the freedom to explore the local area. This tour includes 1 night at Lancemore Milawa.

Meals
Most meals are included, and we carefully select the restaurants and venues for cuisine and ambience, and favour those that use local produce. We are happy to arrange for our restaurants to cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies etc. where notified in advance.

Bikes and Equipment
Tour de Vines can provide well maintained hire bikes & helmets as required, or you can BYO your bike. There are 2 styles of bikes to choose from as follows (prices vary see website for latest rates): Trek FX Our new Trek FX 24 gear hybrid bikes combine great performance with upright comfort. A beautiful bike, easy to ride, this bike offers a best-of both-worlds combination of road bike and city bike comfort. 24 gears means you can handle any hills easily. Water bottle holders and rear racks attached to carry any extras you have without having to use a backpack.

E-Bikes
We have a range of e-bikes available to hire including the commuter style A2B (pic) and Australian made Velectrix. These bikes are amazing to ride, just like any regular bike but the pedal assist technology provides an extra boost when additional pressure is applied to the pedals. Super easy to use, just like a normal bike with brakes, gears and a very comfortable upright position. Go further with an eBike!

Guides, Luggage Transfers & Support
On small group departures, you have the services of a local guide cycling with you throughout. The guides are enthusiastic experts on the local area and will be able to sort out any problems or special requests that you might have. On all tours a support bus carries all luggage daily and will always be available for anyone at any point during the day. If for instance you want to take a day off the bike, or if a particular day seems a little hard, the bus will take you for as long or as little as you wish it to. Any purchases you make are also collected and included in your luggage transfers.

Why Travel with Tour de Vines?
A Trusted operator,  Tour de Vines has been running tours in this region since 2002 and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 & 2020 and is now a Hall of Fame inductee. You can be assured we are a quality operator and want nothing more than for you to have an amazing escape with us.

TESTIMONIAL

This was a quality tour from start to finish.  The guide and support van service was superb, the accommodation the best of the region, and oh my god the food!!  The cycling is superb on the rail trail, beautiful and varied scenery.  Can't recommend this tour enough and Tour de Vines, exceptional!

Michelle, 2019

Testimonial End

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive Rutherglen (transfers available). Restaurant meal and overnight 4 star

Day 2

Cycle the Murray to Mountains rail trail with gourmet lunch at Award winning All Saints winery, transfer to Beechworth. Restaurant dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Cycle the rail trail to Milawa. Lunch at Milawa Cheese Factory, private wine tasting at Brown Brothers. Overnight at Lindenwarrah Resort. Restaurant dinner

Day 4

Cycle to Myrtleford, gourmet winery lunch with exclusive wine tastings. Overnight in stunning Villas with mountain views.  Italian style dinner.

Day 5

Ride to beautiful Bright underneath Mt Buffalo. Winery lunch with views. Celebratory dinner in style in Bright and overnight

Day 6

Relaxing day in Bright or optional easy ride to pretty Wandiligong along the Ovens River for lunch. Celebratory dinner and overnight in Bright. 

Day 7

Transfer to onward journey as required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens if it pours with rain?

A: This tour is fully supported with a vehicle never far away.  If torrential rain, or other dangerous weather does occur, we use the support vehicle to escape and make alternate plans.  We would ordinarily transport you to lunch, or a wine tasting or similar so your tour can continue as required.   Your trained guide is on hand to make these decisions, ensure your safety and enjoyment. 
 
Our general weather policy is for multi day tours: If it is impossible or dangerous to ride (eg: fire, flood) we can either cancel your tour and provide a refund (if prior to arriving, TDV to make this call) or our support services will ensure you are safe and still get to enjoy all the inclusions of the tour without any risk if you have already arrived and the weather turns. 

Q: I was planning to catch a flight to Albury airport at conclusion of the tour. Would you please confirm the time that the bus would pick up from Bright and if they would drop off at airport?

A: Your pick up from Bright timing is totally flexible.  Check out is 10am (standard) but we can collect you anytime to ensure you reach any flights you have booked.  You will need to allow 1 1/2 hrs driving.  This is an additional 30 minutes from the included drop off which is at Rutherglen. Transfers are included in your tour package. 

Q: Can you advise what accommodations you use?

Accommodation may vary depending on specific dates and group numbers, but as a guide we use:
Rutherglen - Basq Stays or similar
Beechworth - Provenance B&B
Milawa - Lindenwarrah Resort (this is fixed so we always use this gorgeous property in Milawa)
Myrtleford - Panoramia Villas 
Bright - Villa Gusto or similar

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