The tranquil and beautiful surroundings will evoke a sense of serenity as you pedal along the rural trail
Discover the exquisite Riesling wines famous in this region and on this tour
Enjoy the lovely culinary delights offered on this tour, from platter lunches to bistro dinners and cooked breakfasts
Amble along the route taking in as many cellar doors as you like
Lap up the gorgeous views as you tuck into divine lunches sipping on local flavors

Tour de Riesling Rail Trail: Cycling Clare Valley

Duration
3 days
Site savings
$8
From
$366 USD

With more than 150 years of winemaking history, the Clare Valley is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions. Enjoy cycling the off-road, safe and relatively flat Riesling Rail Trail and have all the logistics done for you, whilst you visit some of the best cellar doors and food outlets in Australia. This self guided 3 day/2 night tour gives you the flexibility of choosing your own dates and cycling the Riesling Rail Trail at your own pace.

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

    The tour starts and ends in the lovely town of Auburn, on the southern side of Clare.

    Auburn is an easy 2 hour drive north of Adelaide, on the Princess Hwy/A1 and then Horrocks Hwy.

    A coach service operates to Auburn from Adelaide. Contact Clare Valley coaches for the latest timetables. Car hire is also an option, and your vehicle can be left safely on the property at your first night’s accommodation if required.

    There is no cycling on day one and guests can arrive anytime they please. But please note that hotel check-in time is 2:00pm and dinner is booked at 7:30pm.

    The tour will end approximately at 3:30pm - 4:00pm on the last day of the tour.

  • How long is the tour?

    The tour is 3 days long with 2 days riding.

  • What's the tour like?

    The Riesling Rail Trail in the Clare Valley is a packed gravel surface, high quality cycling trail, suitable for all levels of riders and easy enough for non-riders too.

    The cycling distances on both days of your tour are around 30 km (18.6 mi), and mostly flat, so this tour is categorised as ‘easy’, or beginner.

  • Can I hire a bike?

    There are well maintained easy to ride mountain, hybrid and tandem bikes available for hire. There are also E-bikes available.

  • Is there a minimum age?

    The minimum age is 18.

  • If I'm traveling alone, will I have to pay more?

    If you wish to have your own room or are traveling alone then a single supplement is payable. 

  • 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 bag transfers included?

    Your bags will be moved between the accommodation daily.

  • 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.

  • What if I buy a lot of wine or other large purchases?

    The tour operator will gladly arrange to collect your purchases so you don't have to worry about that whilst you are enjoying the cycling.

  • Are any group discounts available?

    Yes, for groups of 6+ riders, a small discount is available. The discount is applied when all 6 riders book together online.

  • 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 traveling 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/organization/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
Therese G
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

We had a fantastic time last weekend and would highly recommend it.

Fantastic getaway
_lisa_wyman
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We did the self guided 2 day Riesling trail from Auburn to Clare (return) in early October. Everything went incredibly smoothly and with the logistics so expertly and smoothly taken care of by Tour de Vines we were free to simply ride, savor and enjoy. The trail descriptions were spot on and the verbal update to be aware of some swooping magpies that had recently turned up reflected the care and attention to detail that characterised the whole Tour de Vines approach. The lunch bookings were fabulous, and the flexible and relaxed timeframes meant we were free to take our time and linger or move on quickly. Both scenery and food could not be faulted. The recommended wineries to visit were also great, and a well marked map also meant we were free to adapt as we liked. The bikes were of a great quality and made for easy riding. The entire process, from our initial inquiries to the end of the ride, was extremely professionally managed and enjoyable. We would definitely recommend Tour de Vines, and look forward to another experience with them soon. Great stuff Damian and Andrew!

Absolutely Amazing Girls' Weekend!
Lozza39
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

We just came back from a girls' weekend away, cycling the Riesling Trail in the Clare Valley. It was amazing and we would all definitely do it again next weekend if it was possible. There were 9 of us with varying cycling abilities but the high quality bike hire made the cycling enjoyable for any fitness level. We thought the tour was great value for money. We did the self-guided option and had no trouble following the maps and directions. The accommodation was perfect, the food delicious, the hospitality friendly and the scenery amazing. We are already planning our next group trip and some of us are planning other trips with partners/family. So much better than a winery trip sitting in the car.