Tour de South Australia Vineyards – Cycling Tour South Australia
This 6 day Cycling Tour in South Australia explores the Barossa, Clare Valley & McLaren Vale regions. Ride the Rail Trails and discover the incredible food and wine of South Australia on this gourmet cycling tour.
Soak up the knowledge of your local guide whilst discovering South Australia's best rail trails including the Riesling Rail Trail in the Clare Vally, The Barossa Trail & the Coast to Vines Rail Trail in McLaren Vale.
The scenery varies across the three regions we explore, from vast rows of world-class vineyards and old farm trucks of the Barossa, to the historic cellar doors and Lutheran history in the Clare, to the more modern feeling, ocean vistas of the McLaren Vale region. It all starts – and ends – in lovely Adelaide fast becoming one of Australia’s highest rated tourist cities. In fact Lonely Planet named Adelaide in the Top 10 Cities to Visit in 2019.
What We Love About This Cycling Tour South Australia:
- Lunch at the acclaimed Skillogalee Restaurant in the Clare Valley
- Cycling the Barossa Trail and visiting iconic Maggie Beers, Penfolds, Seppeltsfield & more
- Experiencing the world class wines and gourmet food of South Australia
- Cycling the Riesling Rail Trail in the Clare Valley via historic cellar doors
- Visiting McLaren Vale overlooking the Southern Ocean & the downhill cycle to the vineyards
What's Included in Your Cycling Tour of South Australia
- 5 nights accommodation including 2 nights in 4.5 star in Adelaide
- Driver and experienced local 'ride with' guide throughout
- Vehicle support & luggage transfers*
- Full breakfasts (x 5) throughout
- 4 x gourmet winery lunches with wine tastings (including Skillogallee in Clare)
- 4 x 2 course restaurant dinners
- All wine tastings and produce stops (e.g.: Maggie Beers in Barossa)
- Exclusive wine making & tasting tutorial at Wirra Wirra Wines in McLaren Vale
- Environmentally friendly cycling water bottle
- Lightweight fair trade cycling t-shirt
This tour is exceptional value!
2020 & 2021 Guided Cycling Tour South Australia Dates
See live dates and availability below. Season schedule is as follows:
- Friday 25th September 2020 - POSTPONED
- Friday 20th November 2020 - AVAILABLE
- Thursday 18th March 2021 - AVAILABLE
- Thursday 1st April 2021 (new Easter special tour) - AVAILABLE
- Saturday 24th April 2021 - AVAILABLE
*Note: This cycling tour can be done on any day or date as a private guided tour or on a self guided basis
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 with supplement. Where possible, we choose hotels well located to enable you the freedom the explore the local area
We carefully select the restaurants for cuisine and ambience, and favour those with a strong regional influence where possible. We can arrange for our restaurants to cater for specific dietary requirements and allergies etc. where notified in advance.
Bikes & Support
Bikes are available, that are well maintained hybrids or mountain bikes or e-bikes, perfect for this style of cycling. Comfortable, easy to use, puncture resistant tyres and well-padded comfortable seats. BYO bikes are possible only with prior arrangement. BYO seats, pedals can also be accommodated.
On this small group tour a qualified local guide is present throughout, as well as back up support. Guides are trained in First Aid, capable bike mechanics and are local experts. More importantly they will look after your every need and ensure you are happy, have fun and stay smiling!
Award Winning Operator
Tour de Vines has been operating cycling tours in Australia for 15 years and has been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020, and now Hall of Fame winner.
My friend Clare and I did this trip and we had a ball. Peter was a wonderful, entertaining guide and the small group really clicked. I used a regular bike and found the cycling enough exercise to moderate the effects of drinking and eating a bit too much, without being overly taxing to someone who is a bit out of shape. Clare used an e bike for the first time and loved it so much she intends to buy one. Peter's knowledge of the area and particularly the wines made the trip truly special. I can't wait to bring my husband next time!
Itinerary at a Glance
Arrive into Adelaide, transfers provided to your accommodation (Award winning Playford Hotel), meet and greet your guide with a welcome group dinner on your first night to get excited about your adventure ahead. Meals: Restaurant dinner in Adelaide (2 courses)
Today we travel to the Barossa for a day tour of cycling, wine tasting and gourmet food sampling. We visit Penfolds, Maggie Beers, Yalumba and other iconic food and wine venues whilst cycling the off road Barossa Rail Trail. A fun day on the bike with the focus on food and wine.
Meals: Full breakfast; Platter style lunch in Barossa, 2 course dinner in Auburn.
A fantastic day awaits cycling the Riesling Rail Trail to Clare. We jump straight on our bikes from our accommodation and head with lots of scheduled stops on the way. A highlight is a full gourmet lunch at the highly regarded Skillogalee Winery. Overnight in Clare (Clare Valley Country Club).
Meals: Continental/light cooked breakfast, Lunch at Skillogalee
From Clare we make our way back to Auburn tracing a slightly different route with lots of optional diversions, and a gourmet platter style lunch at the stunning O’Leary Walker Winery. We then transfer to Hahndorf in the beautiful Adelaide Hills – a very scenic drive - and check in at our accommodation at the lovely ‘The Manna’.
Meals: Cooked breakfast; winery lunch. Free evening.
After a hearty breakfast, we transfer via the scenic route to the seaside wine region of McLaren Vale. Our cycling today is on the paved, scenic and aptly named Shiraz Trail, a flat and fun ride. We enjoy an exclusive wine and food matching lunch at Wirra Wirra, before being transferred back to Adelaide for our final evening. We celebrate the tour with a celebratory group restaurant dinner in Adelaide, which is always loads of fun. Overnight back in Adelaide at the Playford Hotel.
Meals: Full breakfast, winery lunch, group restaurant dinner
Enjoy a final cooked breakfast, check out, exchange emails and numbers of your new friends and prepare for your onward journey.
Transfers provided on this day.
Meals: Full breakfast
Frequently Asked Questions
You are welcome to BYO (bring your own) bike on this tour. Regular hybrid style bikes or hardtail mountain bikes are ideal as there are some sections on hard packed gravel.
Many guests hire from our quality fleet including hybrid style bikes complete with 27 gears, rear rack and bag, water bottle holders and soft saddles. These can be hired online when making your booking or contact us.
E-bikes are also available and make for a great fun tour if you are in any doubt about your cycling abilities or don't want the stress of feeling like you need to keep up with others.
Yes, we are able to book pre and post tour accommodation so you can stay in the same room and enjoy Adelaide without having to move.
This can be added to your booking online (see below) or contact us for me. Prices may change but at time of writing extra nights are $200 per room per night.