Cruise along quiet roads and tracks, drinking in the views
Just fantastic scenery all around as you leisurely cycle through the region
Spend some quality time with loved ones and enjoy the scenic views
Get ready to experience some wonderful wines along the way
Potter about through the landscape, visiting the cellar doors and sampling the wines
The paths and trails used on this tour really enhance the trip as they truly are delightful and enjoyable to ride
Experience wonderful culinary delights along the way
Cycle past and into incredible vineyards and soak up the picturesque landscapes
Savour the pleasant riding and informative signage along the route

Tour de South Australia Vineyards (Self Guided)

Duration
6 days
Site savings
$26
From
$1,232 USD

This self-guided tour explores the famous Barossa, Clare Valley and equally impressive McLaren Vale wine regions via the seat of a bike. Fun, off-road cycling, beautiful scenery, iconic wine and sumptuous food all combine on this ultimate gourmet exploration. Biking on easy, safe and well laid off-road paths, you'll discover the incredible food and wine of South Australia on this fantastic cycling tour. You'll enjoy visiting world-class cellar doors for wine tastings and cycle on well laid, off-road and relatively easy cycling trails across South Australia. Experience the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley & the Coast to Vines Rail Trail in McLaren Vale and savour the best of this gourmet region of Australia.

  • Category
    Easy-going & Leisurely
  • Type
    Self-Guided
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Culture Level
    Familiar
  • Skill Level
    1 - Beginner
  • Activity Level
    1 - Easy
  • Elevation
    1 - Easy
  • Terrain
    Agricultural
  • Distance
    83.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    21 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts and ends in Adelaide; fly in and out of Adelaide Airport (ADL).

  • How long is the tour? How many days riding?

    The tour is 6 days long with 4 days cycling.

  • What's the tour like?

    The cycling on this tour is relatively easy and could be completed by even a novice rider. The tour takes place via a fantastic network of cycling trails that make cycling safe, fun and relatively easy for all.

  • Can I rent a bike?

    Yes. Hybrid bikes (either Trek or Giant) are available to rent. Alternatively, you can bring your own bike if you wish by prior arrangement.

    E-bikes are also available to hire if you prefer to have some electric assistance.

  • Is there a minimum age?

    Yes, 18 is the minimum age for the tour.

  • If I"m travelling on my own, do I have to pay more?

    If you are travelling alone, or are travelling with a group and wish to have your own room, a single supplement is payable.

  • Are there any group discounts?

    For groups of 6 or more, booking altogether, there is a small discount given per person. Please contact us if you wish to book for a small group.

  • Are helmets required?

    A helmet is required to be worn on all biking activities and is non-negotiable. If you do not wear a helmet you won't be allowed to cycle.

    The tour operator does have helmets available to hire but if you have your own this is preferable so that you are comfortable with a well-fitted helmet.

  • Are luggage transfers or transport included on the tour?

    This version of the tour, the self-guided option, does not include transport except on Day 5 where you will be collected and returned to the hotel. You will need to either bring your own transport or hire a vehicle.

    Each trail is designed in a loop, so you will be able to get back to your transport easily and detailed descriptions will be given as part of your self-guided package.

  • As the tour is self-guided, how will I know where to go?

    Your arrival information will include detailed, daily riding instructions for your tour along with the map showing your route highlighted. Riding instructions will provide thorough information and give you the flexibility to travel at your own pace.

  • Please read here for a message from the tour operator regarding COVID-19

    Tour de Vines is open and operating tours in regions and states where travel restrictions allow.

    We are able to host you on a tour depending on the tour region and where you live. See the guidelines below for intra and interstate travel restrictions.

    Tour Operations
    Tour de Vines is an accredited COVID Safe Tour operator.

    Tour de Vines has taken the following steps to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff and staff at the places and venues we visit

    • Practice social distancing at all times
    • Comply with all venue (eg restaurants) guidelines at all times
    • Provide compliant and new face masks for each and every guest and all staff
    • Provide a personal hand sanitiser to each and every guest
    • Clean and sanitise all equipment before and after each use

    Revised Terms & Conditions
    COVID Update: For any new bookings from the 1st June 2020, if government imposed travel restrictions are still in place at the time of your scheduled tour with Tour de Vines:

    1. The choice of a full refund will be made available or a tour credit without any fees or costs will be applied to reschedule for a later date, or rebook onto any other tour where restrictions may not apply. There is no expiry on your credit and the credit can be used on any tour in any destination.

    2. A deposit of $100 (normally $200 for Aus and $400 for international) is required to secure a booking for all tours (except day tours which will still require payment in full noting the above term still applies).

    3. Balance of payment is not due until 30 days (normally 60 days) before the tour starts, or your confirmed itinerary has been issued, whichever is the later.

    Travel Restrictions Information
    See the links below to each relevant State or Territory website outlining updated rules and processes depending on where you are travelling from and to. Please note these are guidelines online, and whilst updated regularly please check your local authority before booking a cycling tour with us.

    All States

    • Inbound non essential international visitors are not permitted.
    • There is a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions.
    • Discussions are currently being held for travel to and from New Zealand but no offical announcement has been made.
    • Any changes to the rules below assume adherence to safe distancing and hygiene practices throughout.

    Victoria
    Read more and stay up to date on the Victoria Department of Health Services website.

    New South Wales
    Stay up to date here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/travel-and-transport-advice

    Queensland
    Check the Queensland government website for all updates on travel restrictions: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/

    South Australia
    Go to the SA Government website for COVID recovery for more.

    The Northern Territory
    You will have to quarantine if you have been in a declared COVID-19 hotspot in the 14 days before you arrive in the Territory.

    Western Australia
    Stay up to date here: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-advice

    Tasmania
    More info Tas Govt COVID website

    ACT
    Find out more on ACT COVID travel rules here: https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/community/travel

    Stay up to Date
    Visit the offical Federal Government website to stay up to date on all current travel restrictions for both Australian inbound and outbound and for links to each of the states respective policies.

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
Rita
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Thank you so much for a wonderful experience, I smile every time I think about it. Our 6 day Tour de Vines trip of the Barossa, Clare Valley and McLaren Vale was FANTASTIC.

Cycling the Borossa, Clare and McLarenvale
DianaMH23
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

Just finished a tour of the Borossa, Clare and McLarenvale over the past week and it was fabulous. Don't forget that you really need to hire a car to make this trip work.
We visited Maggie Beer's farm shop in the Barossa which had wonderful tastings of all her products.
The Clare Valley's Riesling Trail is a rail trail and easy to ride. It is surrounded by wonderful wineries to visit. At the end of the ride for that day we visited Martindale Hall at Mintaro. It is fabulous and very historic with the local town of Mintaro operating as a village of yesteryear. An absolute highlight.
Accommodation was good and the food gourmet.
McLarenvale's ride to Wirra Wirra for a masterclass tasting and platter lunch with James was a highlight.
At the end of the tour we drove to Hahndorf for a night and enjoyed the Beerenberg factory with local products and all the German wurst and beer that the town had to offer.
Lastly we rode along the Torrens to the city and back to the suburbs. Carrick Hill in Adelaide is a marvellous historic house to visit with acres of gardens. Wonderful trip.