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14 to 22 April 2021

Barossa Vintage Festival, Adelaide Hills and the City

This tour has been designed for Australian cyclists who also enjoy their wine. That shouldn't be hard to sell!!

We start and finish at the same hotel in Adelaide. We've found the perfect mix of visiting the iconic Barossa Valley and the world-famous Vintage festival. Followed by the Adelaide Hills before descending upon the city. We focus on the magnificent cycling, the sights on offer, as well as eating at the very best South Australian restaurants and cafes. You will come home having experienced the full flavour of what the region has to offer, both on and off the bike.

Team Macchiato (non-riders) who will have their own guide and separate itinerary. You won't just be watching cyclist legs bobbing up and down. Your mornings will include some walking, boutique shopping, enjoying the local cafes before meeting up with the cyclists in the afternoon.

South Australia | Tour Details

Tour Inclusions


  • Staying in 4-star quality hotels
  • 3 nights Adelaide
  • 3 nights Barossa
  • 2 nights Hahndorf

Amazing Cycling

  • Choice of two guided rides daily.

General Cycling Tour Details

    • Local Adelaide cycle guides who know every nook and cranny.
    • Majority of meals are included - All breakfasts except one, all dinners
    • Separate itinerary, vehicle and guide for Team Macchiato (non-riders)
    • Support vehicles and bike trailers
    • Souvenir 40 page booklet included
    • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey and Dirty Dozen t-shirt
    • Cycling drinks & bars (like we had in Canada)

    The Tour Price Excludes

    • Airfares and extra accommodation.
    • Additional meals, alcohol.
    • Travel Insurance - including cover for your bikes.
    • Entry to specific Vintage festival events.

    The Tour Cost

    $4050.00 AUD per person twin share. (Approx NZD4250.00)

    $3950.00 AUD (returning clients)

    Want your own room? Single supplement $850.00AUD // 890NZD pp.

    Bike Hire

    • Bike hires - Performance Carbon road bike $500 AUD or NZD 550.00
    • Flat Bar Road Bike $400 AUD // NZD440.00
    • E-bikes - At time of writing I don't have a firm cost. Approx $650 AUD

    Extra Adelaide accommodation & Breakfast $150AUD pp twin share.

    Covid booking conditions - $Zero deposit until 60 days prior which is when the full amount is due.

    Adelaide South Australia | Tour Itinerary

    Day 1, Wednesday 14 April

    Welcome to South Australia

    We look forward to meeting you at Adelaide Airport. Today is purely an arrival day. This afternoon we'll help you assemble the bikes. As well as take delivery of the rental fleet. We'll pop out for a short ride on the local bike path. Purely to get the legs turning and to find those nasty little mechanicals that may pop up.

    There will be just enough time for a quiet refreshment prior to our welcoming dinner where we'll run through the plan. Yes - you are now officially on holiday. Welcome to South Australia.

    PS, you are very welcome to arrive the day prior. We will arrange extra accommodation and airport transfers for you.

    / Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden hotel - Adelaide
    / Meals Included: Dinner

    Day 2, Thursday 15 April

    Off to the Barossa Valley

    Over the past 7 years we've tried to feature a new South Australian destination on our Santos Tour Down Under trips. The Barossa without doubt is the best and the region offers some of the best food & wine in South Australia. And every 2nd year there's a festival to celebrate this and that's why we're here.

    All riders will be encouraged to ride the 80km to the Barossa from our Adelaide hotel.

    Team Macchiato - consists of the non-riding group. Katrina is your guide and she's Adelaide born and bred. You will be well looked after. You start today with a walking tour of Adelaide. Our aim is to have you arrive in the Barossa at the same time as the cyclists.

    We'll see you at dinner.

    / Accommodation: Barossa
    / Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

    Day 3 & 4, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April

    Exploring the Barossa Valley

    The next three days are all about exploring what the valley has to offer. As well as taking advantage of the Barossa Vintage Festival.

    So, mornings will involve a ride or a nice walk. Afternoons and evenings will target the various festival activities on offer. It's important to note that some Vintage events are free while others require pre-purchased entry. As soon as the schedule is available, we will work out the best way of formalising a team plan.

    All bike rides will feature the Barossa trail. You will also experience the Whispering Wall as well as Tour Down Under favourite - Menglers hill. A highlight will be our ride through the Seppletsfield wine region. There's about 250km of road to be explored so everyone will be well catered for.

    With close to 90 events over five incredible days. The Barossa Vintage Festival is a celebration unlike any other as the community comes together to showcase and celebrate the Barossa's wine, food, culture and heritage over five days.

    / Accommodation: Barossa
    / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 5, Sunday 18 April

    It's off to the Adelaide Hills!!

    We say goodbye to our Barossa paradise and make our way to Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Without doubt the best cycling in the State, arguably in all of Australia. We will have plenty of ride options today.

    In previous years we have run an event called the Dirty Dozen. Featuring 12 nasty hills in one day, lets take a few days this year. Today is your first chance to tag one or two of those hills as we make our way to Hahndorf.

    Your bags will be in your Hahndorf hotel rooms when you arrive.We can also pre-book you a massage while in Hahndorf. This afternoon would be a great time to give back to your legs.

    Team Macchiato - This morning Katrina has booked the Melbas Chocolate factory followed by lunch at the Bird in Hand winery.

    / Accommodation: The Manna of Hahndorf
    / Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Day 6, Monday 19 April

    Hahndorf - rest day or more hills.

    Hahndorf is without doubt the best place for a day off the bike. There are hundreds of craft, boutique shops. There are also numerous cafes, restaurants, and pubs.

    If you want to ride, so do we! Let us know.

    We will still all eat breakfast and dinner together. And tonight, is traditionally movie night. We show the very famous 'Russian fly fishing' movie followed by a more traditional cycling movie of some description.

    So, rest up, spend some money and we'll also arrange massage for those inclined.

    Later today, join the guides for a casual ride, perhaps to the local winery, you are very welcome to join us.

    / Accommodation: The Manna of Hahndorf
    / Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 7, Tuesday 20 April

    Off to the city we go…

    We leave our Adelaide Hills sanctuary and head to the city. Breakfast is at the top of Mt Lofty. (700m above sea level) The big breakfast is unbelievably big, the views are amazing and thousands of cyclists ride this climb daily. Bring your camera.

    Ride options vary from in this part of the world. We pretty much spend as much time on the bike as your legs will allow. Little Italy, Corkscrew, Deviation, Norton Summit - all lie in wait.

    One ride includes a bit of gravel, (only a local would know) a National Park (Belair) as well as a photo opportunity on Windy Point. There are also a couple of Dirty Dozen hills you can tick off today. One is rather step. You'll be fine…

    Team Macchiato - will also meet us at the top of Mount Lofty for breakfast followed by a visit to the Mount Lofty Botanical gardens. And then Belair.

    Tonight, we've arranged pasta. Pasta, pasta, pasta. Adelaide's finest Italian is only 50m away from our hotel.

    / Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
    / Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

    McLaren Vale & D'Arenberg Cube

    Day 8, Wednesday 21 April

    McLaren Vale and Willunga Hill

    There's a lot to cover off today. Our day starts with breakfast at the iconic Adelaide Markets. The team will look after your bikes while you have breakfast.

    We'll then hop on our bikes and head towards McLaren Vale via Glenelg Beach. Adelaide's beaches are often overlooked - they're stunning. We stop in the Vale for coffee - this is a cycle tour after all. Stronger cyclists can carry on towards the legendary TDU finish line at Willunga Hill which is only 8km away. We then ride the hills home, a great 100km ride to finish our tour.

    Team Mac will visit d'Arenberg Cube which is #1 on trip advisor as well as being the highlight for Team Mac over previous years. It's a must do.

    It's also our last night on tour so we'll celebrate with a dinner at Adelaide's finest. A floating restaurant on the River Torrens. You won't lose weight on this tour.

    / Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
    / Meals Included: Dinner included.

    Day 9, Thursday 22 April

    Home James

    The tour concludes with breakfast. Some of us will pack our bags, bikes and leave for the airport. Our tour is all but over.

    We can easily look after extra accommodation if you choose to stay on. It's a really nice way to round out the holiday.

    Thank you for joining us. Safe travels home…

    / Meals Included: Breakfast Included


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