We are realistic that none of our Kiwi guests will be travelling to the Santos Tour Down Under in 2021. The following itinerary has purely been left on the site just in case we can roll out a fantastic 7 - 10 days for our Australian clients. We will monitor the COVID situation and plan accordingly. We've got 10 local Adelaide staff who would love to look after you.

Otherwise - we very much look forward to you joining us in 2022.

Thank you for your understanding - Karl, Dean and Chris

16 to 25 Jan 2021 & 2022

Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and the City

The Santos Tour Down Under dates have now been officially confirmed (14-24JAN). We are now waiting for the stages to be released before finalizing the below itinerary. We will keep you posted with further updates and let you know when flights should be booked. 

RIDE Holidays invites you to experience the 2021 Santos Tour Down Under. One of the best cycling events on the planet. Pull up a bike seat, sit back and let the world spin by.

We've found the perfect mix of visiting the iconic Barossa Valley, followed by the Adelaide Hills, then descending upon the city of Adelaide for the climax of the greatest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere. Get involved with the action. Experience the thrill of seeing this world class event live!

It's not all about the race. In fact, the race is just a part of a great holiday. We focus on the magnificent cycling 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.

Our itinerary is tailored for all levels of cyclists and changes with the daily conditions.

Throughout our 10-day tour, we've catered to meet the needs of the fast group we refer to as the whippets, right through to the more leisurely cyclist. Take a peep through our itinerary and you'll be assured that we offer a range of cycling options. And if you want to take a break for a day (or two), we've planned some great off bike activities, so you can really enjoy the wonders that this region has to offer!

And for non-riders (team Macchiato) you are very, very, welcome. Be assured, you won't just be following the cyclists. Your days will include visits to regional must-see attractions, wineries, boutique shopping, enjoying local cafes and restaurants, some walking, plus much more. This group will have their own vehicle and local guide! And by being around it all, you get to enjoy the buzz of the amazing Santos Tour Down Under.

The most common question we have is about the heat. Yes, it can get hot. However it can also be very cool. On the 2019 trip we had four very hot days and having local guides meant that we were able to change the itinerary accordingly. We also had three days where we were riding in arm warmers and vests. Basically - we can never tell what the weather will be. What we can do is be flexible and have a plan in place for all conditions.

Santos Tour Down Under Itinerary

Day 1 Saturday 16 January

Welcome to South Australia

We look forward to meeting you at Adelaide Airport. Our vehicles will depart the airport just after midday. Our destination is the magnificent Barossa Valley. We stay at the fantastic Novotel Resort. Every room offers a view of Barossa's finest vines. As does the swimming pool.

This afternoon we'll help you assemble the bikes and then pop out for a short ride. 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 for the next 10 days. Yes, you are now officially on holiday. Welcome to South Australia. More importantly - welcome to the Barossa.

/ Accommodation: Barossa Novotel
/ Meals Included: Dinner

PS, you are very welcome to arrive the day prior. You would then be wise to stay at our Adelaide downtown hotel on the Friday night. On the Saturday morning we will have guides available to ride to the Barossa rather than travel in the bus. We will arrange all the extra accommodation and airport transfers for you. The choice is yours.

Day 2 Sunday 17 January

Barossa Valley

Over the past 7 years we've tried to feature a new destination. For 2021 we've simply picked the best of the best. We simply cannot go passed the amazing scenic countryside of the Barossa Valley. This region offers some of the best food & wine in South Australia.

Today is all about exploring what the valley has to offer. So, sit back in the saddle and ride until your heart is content. We'll have a support van in place if the going gets tough.

Today won't be overly hilly, certainly when compared to the rest of the week. All rides will feature the Jack Bobridge trail.

The long ride is 90km, however there are certainly options to extend that. Featuring the Seppletsfield wine region, Jacobs Creek and a Tour Down Under favourite - Menglers hill. The short ride is a shade under 60km. We've also budgeted for extra coffee stops. Flat white please.

Team Macchiato - You are booked in at Seppletsfield for lunch, followed by a cooking demonstration at Maggie Beers. Afterwards, how about some time beside the pool?

Tonight, we've booked a local winery for dinner.

/ Accommodation: Barossa Novotel
/ Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Monday 18 January

Exploring the Barossa Valley

It's a bonus day in the Barossa. Usually we stay here for two nights however in the past we've felt that was one night short.

There's plenty of road to choose from. Some is paved, and some are dirt. We pretty much pick up where we left off yesterday. Another 100km and 60km option.

Our plan is to pop up to the Whispering Wall and then heading in the opposite direction on the Jack Bobridge trail towards Gawler.

Team Macchiato - Katrina is your guide and she's Adelaide born and bred. You will be well looked after. Today she has the Barossa cheese factory in her sights. That's after a nice long walk. You guys need to exercise as well…..

Tonight, we've booked the brewery for dinner. Burger thanks.

/ Accommodation: Barossa Novotel
/ Meals Included: Breakfast (Dinner own arrangements)

Day 4 Tuesday 19 January

It's off to the Hills!!

Today we ride across the Barossa Range 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, from 50 to 100km its up to you.

You will certainly get the chance to knock off a few of Dirty Dozen. 12 nasty hills that we feature on our t-shirt. Some of you will do more, some of you will do less. No pressure.

Today's Santos Tour Down Under - Ziptrak Stage 1 starts and finishes about 3km from our hotel. Our plan at this stage is to see the start (11am) before starting our ride. Please note that weather conditions may change this. You will get the chance to see the great race many times over the following few days.

Riding hotel to hotel as its advantages. Your bags will be in your Hahndorf hotel rooms when you arrive. Lunch will be at the famous Loberthal bakery. I'd guess a thousand of so other cyclists will pop in for a cream bun today. It's the place to go.

We 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 and Dinner


Day 5 Wednesday 20  January

Cuddly little bears - wildlife spotting

Breakfast is at the top of Mt Lofty (700m above sea level) where the café is opening just for us. The big breakfast is unbelievably big, the views are amazing. Thousands of cyclists ride this climb daily. Bring your camera.

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

Ride options vary from 60km to 100kms although only a select few would consider 100km in this part of the world. It's lumpy. Full of false flats.

Race day…Historically, today is our V.I.P TDU experience. Last year we were all of 1 meter away from the finish line in Uraidla when the great Peter Sagan won. Followed closely by the awesome Paddy Bevin. In 2020 the stage finish is at Stirling which is one of our favourite towns. Our local fixer - Dingo is committed to providing you with an awesome STDU experience. We see 2021 as being very similar.

Tonight, is traditionally movie night. We show the very famous 'Russian fly fishing' movie followed by a more traditional cycling movie of some description.

/ Accommodation: The Manna of Hahndorf
/ Meals Included: Breakfast (Dinner own arrangements)

Day 6 Thursday 21  January

Off to the city we go…

We leave our Adelaide Hills paradise and head to the city. Feedback from clients in the past is that they wanted an easy day prior to tomorrows big ride. So, 70km maximum. We promise. The extra good news is that it's pretty much all downhill.

Today's stage starts in the city before finishing on Paracombe. (a rather steep piece of dirt) We will have options for Africa today. You can see the race or rest up. It's totally up to you.

The City of Adelaide Tour Village in the City Square is only a 15 min walk from the Majestic. This race is known for its rider access, so you'll rub shoulders with legends! You should time your arrival to be there at about 4pm which is when the pro's ride (literally) through the village.

Team Macchiato - you're in for a treat. The current number one RH Team Mac Tripadvisor for South Australia is the d'Arenberg Cube (Mclaren Vale) featuring a contemporary art museum, winery and lunch. We will then drive you to Adelaide in time for a look around the race village with your loved one.

Tonight, we've arranged pasta. Pasta, pasta, pasta. You'll need every ounce of it come 6am.

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

Day 7 Friday 22  January

Early Start -It's Challenge Tour time

We won't know the actual distances until June 2020 so we've included our blurb for the 2020 Challenge Tour. 2021 will be very similar.

Thousands of fair dinkum Aussies and a handful of fast skinny Kiwis. It's Challenge Tour day. You'll have three ride choices - 160kms, 110kms and 80kms.

The 162kms starts 2.7km away from our hotel. Even though 162 seems like a big number it's actually not overly hilly so we would encourage as many of you as possible to go the whole distance. It's a brilliant day.

This Challenge Tour ride is the same route as the STDU professionals race, they start late morning and will chase us all the way to the finish. The Challenge Tour is very different to the Taupo Cycle challenge. It's a lot more relaxed and I'd encourage you to stop at all the food stations and check out the local food and coffee. I for one will be targeting the fruit loaf which I remember fondly.

We arrive at the finish and join all the other riders in a local park. RH will have a meeting point along with cold drinks. It's up to you - you can head back to the hotel straight after you finish or sit back and watch the race finish live or on the big screen.

Team Macchiato - today is all about Adelaide. Central Market, a tour of river Torrens on the Popeye, shopping, cafes, city trams and of course a fabulous lunch.

/ Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
/ Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch. (Dinner own arrangements)

Day 8 Saturday 23  January

Legend's Night

Our plan is soooooooo cunning.

We start with the Adelaide Markets for breakfast. We'll look after your bikes. You guys go and drink coffee and eat as much as you can.

It's then a gentle 10km to the world famous beach town of Glenelg. The pro's roll out for stage 5 at 10.40am. They have 140km of hard slog planned. Whereas - we have eyes on the beach. We'll park the vans (with your togs) at a nice secluded beach and those who want to can go and play with the sharks.

Again - lots of options. Beach or beach ride. For those who didn't ride yesterday it's pretty easy for us to clock over 100km of pure flat coastal riding. This afternoon is all about the city. Today will be your chance to visit the tour village. Lycra is perfectly acceptable. For all those cool kids - you'll also get again to visit one of the many pop-up shops. (Specialized and Black Sheepare literally across the road from our hotel)

Tonight, is the Legends' Night Dinner. Guaranteed to be a highlight. You will have plenty of photo opportunities. All the stars will be there. In the past we had Sagan and Hayman at the next table. Who will it be in 2021?

/ Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
/ Meals Included: Dinner (Legends' Night)

Day 9 Sunday 24 January

Final stage - A must see…

The end of the 2020 stage is to be held on Willunga Hill. It will be awesome. 2021 will be no different.

Boom, Boom. Willunga Hill on a Sunday. Last stage of the Santos Tour Down Under. Our day starts with breakfast at the hotel. We'll then all hop on our bikes and head towards McLaren Vale for the race start.

It's then onto Willunga Hill which is only 8km away. Queen stage for the 2021 TDU and will ultimately decide the winner of this year's event. In fact, it may just be decided in the last 100m of the race.

There's only one restaurant at the top of Willunga and guess who's got it. Yes, us. It's your home base for today so you can come and go as you please. It's also our last night on tour so we'll celebrate with a nice early dinner (whole sheep)before heading back to the city. You won't lose weight on this tour.

/ Accommodation:Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
/ Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 Monday 25  January

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.

Whatever you decide - thank you for joining us. Safe travels home…

/ Meals Included: Breakfast included.

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Santos Tour Down Under | Overview

  • 4 nights Adelaide, 3 nights Barossa, 2 nights Hahndorf. Staying in 4 star quality hotels
  • Local Adelaide cycle guides who know every nook and cranny.
  • Majority of meals are included - All breakfasts except one, 2 lunches and 6 dinners.
  • Our own designated RIDE Holidays V.I.P race area(we have 3 in 2020. That's our goal for 2021.)
  • See the race live for 4-5 stages of the Santos Tour Down Under
  • Choice of three guided rides daily - 60 kms to 110kms plus
  • Challenge Tour entry and Jersey. Unlimited Fruit Loaf
  • Separate itinerary, vehicle and guide for Team Macchiato (non-riders)
  • Support vehicles and bike trailers
  • Tickets to the Legends' Night Dinner… (Value AUD250.00)
  • 10-week training program leading up to the TDU
  • Souvenir 40 page booklet included
  • RIDE Holidays cycle jersey and Dirty Dozen t-shirt

Tour Exclusions

(Although Karl can take care of these for you)

  • Airfares and extra accommodation
  • Cycling drinks & bars, additional meals, alcohol.
  • Travel Insurance - including cover for your bikes.

Tour Cost (per person)

$4000.00NZD pp. (Twin Share)
$3850.00NZD pp. for repeat clients (Twin Share)

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

Bike hire $750NZD

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

The cost for non-riders is the same as for cyclists. We pay for a lot of your winery lunches, entry fees etc etc.

Initial deposit is $250.00 which is 100% refundable up until May 2020. A 2nd deposit of $1250.00 will be due when we finalise the itinerary once the tour dates are released in May 2020. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

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