Summary

Velos and vineyards

6 daysDepart 10 Dec 2022Return 16 Dec 2022
Total $2,156.45
4  x fortnightly from $539.11
63  x weekly from $34.22

Velos and vineyards

Adelaide, SA

Writer H.G. Wells once said “every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” Imagine how inspired Mr Wells would have felt if he’d seen adults cycling through vineyards and drinking world-class Riesling and Shiraz? Because that’s what you’ll be doing on this 6-day tour of South Australia’s premier wine regions: The Barossa, Clare Valley, and McLaren Vale. And you don’t need to be a hard core cyclist either; the easy network of cycling paths, and support vehicle make this a trip for every rider.

Inclusions

  • 5 nights / 6 days tour
  • 5 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • Meals and activities as per itinerary
  • Bicycle and support vehicle - luggage transfer 
  • Experience the icons of Australian food and wine with visits to the likes of Penfolds, Maggie Beers, Seppeltsfield, and more.
  • Cycle on mostly traffic-free trails along the Clare Valley’s Riesling Rail Trail, the Barossa Trail, and the Coast to Vines Shiraz Rail Trail in McLaren Vale.
  • Discover more than just wine as you travel through stunning and diverse scenery; from beautiful rural environments to historic sandstone cityscapes. Sample some of the finest local produce Australia has to offer.

Please note:
Age: Minimum is 18 years
Group size: Maximum 12

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 04 Sep 2021
  • 29 Jan 2022
  • 19 Feb 2022
  • 12 Mar 2022
  • 16 Apr 2022

Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Adelaide

Welcome to Adelaide and the start of your South Australian cycling adventure. There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm this evening as you get together with your leader and fellow travellers for a brief run-down of the days ahead. If you arrive early, there are a heap of things to do in the state capital – check out Henley Beach, take a walk along the Torrens, or visit the home of Haigh's, an Aussie chocolate icon. Get to know your fellow cyclists with an optional group dinner out on the town.

Inclusions

Optional Activities
Haigh's Chocolate Factory Tour - Free

Day 2: Barossa Valley & Auburn

After breakfast leave the busy streets of Adelaide behind, as we take a 1 hour drive to the world-famous Barossa Valley. Arguably Australia’s best-known red wine region, this is home to some of the finest wineries and local producers in the country, and today you will visit some truly iconic places. We’ll begin cycling along the quiet pathways of the Barossa Trail, a fully sealed and traffic-free route that runs through the heart of this region. As you might guess from the name, the Barossa also has a strong German heritage dating back to the 1840s, and this heritage is evident today in the bakeries that produce traditional German breads and pastries. The trail itself is rated ‘easy’ and you’ll have ample time to enjoy the best of the region, including a stop at the Penfolds winery; home of Australia’s legendary red wine, Grange. We’ll also drop in at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, to see where Australia’s best loved cook used to film her TV show. At the end of the day we’ll transfer north for approximately 1 hour to the Clare Valley and the small town of Auburn.

Special Information: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 25-30 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Penfolds Winery visit
  • Wine tasting at Maggie Beers.
Day 3: Clare Valley Riesling Rail Trail

Today we’ll cycle the scenic Riesling Rail Trail in the famous Clare Valley. First established in the second half of the 19th century, the trail was originally a railway line between Adelaide and Spalding that ran until the 1980s, when it was damaged by bush fires. It sat idle for the next 10 years, until a group of locals rejuvenated it as a recreation trail. Starting at the restored Auburn railway station building, we’ll pedal our way north through small towns and villages, including Penwortham (the first site of European settlement in the region), the historic Jesuit settlement of Sevenhill Cellars (the first winery established in the Clare Valley) and St Aloysius Church. Stop for a wine tasting and lunch at a winery best known for their varieties of white. From here it’s a gentle, flat 10-kilometre ride to the lovely old town of Clare and it’s amazing selection of interesting historic buildings. Perhaps take a relaxing walkaround town before settling in for the night.

Special Information: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 35 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Skillogallee wine tasting & gourmet lunch.
Day 4: Clare Valley & Hahndorf

The days kicks off with a ride back south to Auburn, leaving the Riesling Rail Trail and taking quiet routes and roads to discover a less travelled part of the region. Discover new cellar doors along the way. There’s plenty of time to explore, before boarding the vehicle and transferring to the picturesque tree-lined town of Hahndorf in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Originally inhabited by the Peramangk Aboriginal people up until the 1850s, Hahndorf is also acknowledged as Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement, and maintains links to its German heritage until today. Enjoy a stroll around a vibrant village full of handcrafted products, multicultural restaurants, cafes and galleries. For fantastic examples of genuine Aboriginal art from the Central and Western deserts of Australia, drop into the Aboriginal Arthouse Gallery.

Special Information: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 32 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Dinner
  • 3-course locally-sourced dinner
  • Cardrona Distillery tour & tasting
  • Mount Iron guided hike
  • Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge
  • Leader-led orientation walk.
Day 5: McLaren Vale & Adelaide

We head south to McLaren Vale, sandwiched between the stunning coastline and low hinterland ridges, for a day of cycling along the Coast to Vines Rail Trail (also known as the ‘Shiraz Trail’). Built along a disused rail corridor, this vehicle-free trail will take you past glorious scenery and superb wineries. Make an extended stop at the eccentric but acclaimed Wirra Wirra Winery for a platter lunch and exclusive tasting and tour. Wirra Wirra is an Aboriginal name meaning “among the gum trees” and the 125-year-old ironstone winery is still surrounded by the trees today. After your visit, it’s time to say goodbye to your bike and return to Adelaide for your final evening. Depending on the time we get back, you may be able to relax in Adelaide’s beautiful parks besides the River Torrens, before choosing to get together with your cycling group for an optional final night’s dinner. 

Special Information: Today’s cycling distance is approximately 32 kilometres.

Inclusions

  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Wirra Wirra Wines wine making & tasting tutorial
Day 6: Adelaide

Your South Australian cycling adventure comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are free to leave after checkout.

Exclusions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Meals not specified
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
Terms and Conditions
  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with the same gender. Single supplement room upgrades can be requested at the time of booking.
  • The accommodation featured are the usual properties. At certain locations, may use alternative accommodation (of equal standard) when needed.