CYCLING TOURS AND HOLIDAYS | Santos TOUR DOWN UNDER TOUR 2020

Join us for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under. Experience an amazing fun filled, fully organised, 10 day cycling tour and holiday.

Please note - dates are provisional. Because of the popularity of this trip we encourage you to book now. The $500.00 deposit is 100% refundable if you don't like the final itinerary when released in April.


11 to 20 Jan 2020 (provisional dates)

Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills and the City

RIDE Holidays invites you to experience the 2020 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 start and finish at the same hotel in Adelaide. We've found the perfect mix of visiting the iconic Barossa Valley. Followed by the Adelaide Hills before descending upon the city for the climax of the greatest cycling race in the Southern Hemisphere. Get involved with the action, and experience the thrill of seeing this world class event live!

And, it's not all about the race. In fact, the race is a small 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.

Itinerary tailored for all levels, conditions

Throughout our 10 day tour, we've catered to meet the needs of both the cycling die hards, 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 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 wineries, with a blend of boutique shopping, enjoying the 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 with regard to 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 2020

Day 1 Saturday 11 Jan

Welcome to South Australia

We look forward to meeting you at Adelaide Airport. Today is purely an arrival day. Our vehicles will depart Adelaide Airport just after midday. Ideally most of you will arrive late morning. 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.

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

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


Day 2 Sunday 12 Jan

Off to the Barossa Valley

Over the past 6 years we've tried to feature a new destination. For 2020 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.

For the first time ever, we are in a position to offer 100% complete cycling. Adelaide to the Barossa to Hahndorf and back to Adelaide.

So, after breakfast there will be a choice of rides. Strong latte and espresso riders will be encouraged to ride the 80km to the Barossa from our Adelaide hotel. Everyone else will pile in the vans for the Barossa - we'll ride a 50km loop from there. You head out to the Barossa Reservoir to experience the Whispering Wall.

Team Macchiato - consists of the non-riding group and there's no prizes for guessing what they'll be up to. Katrina is your guide and she's Adelaide born and bred. You will be well looked after.

We'll see you at dinner.

/ Accommodation: Barossa
/ Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 3 Monday 13 Jan

Exploring the Barossa Valley

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. (Jack is currently employed by

The long ride is 90km however there are certainly options to extend that. Featuring the Seppletsfield wine region, Jacobs Creek and also 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 the brewery for dinner. Burger thanks.

/ Accommodation: Barossa
/ Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner


Day 4 Tuesday 14 Jan

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.

In previous years we've run an event called the Dirty Dozen. Featuring 12 nasty hills in one day. We've decided to change things this year and give you the opportunity to knock off those same hills but over a three day period. Some of you will do more, some of you will do less. All 12 hills will feature on your Dirty Dozen t-shirt. Today is your first chance to tag one or two of those hills as we make our way to Hahndorf. As always, we will leave early as we want to beat the heat. Your bags will be in your Hahndorf hotel rooms when you arrive.

You may also get the chance to see the Santos Tour Down Under for the first time. 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 15 Jan

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 and 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.

We will see the STDU today. We'll wait until we see the stage route before hatching a plan.

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 16 Jan

Experience the Santos Tour Down Under up close

Race day… Historically, today is our V.I.P TDU experience. Last year we were all of 1meter away from the finish line in Uraidla when the great Peter Sagan won. Followed closely by the awesome Paddy Bevin. More of the same next year Dingo.

The good news is that race is less than 10km away from our hotel. The great thing about the TDU is that unlike the Tour de France you get to see the riders more than once each day.

Ride options of 60kms to 100kms and will include a National Park famous for its Koala spotting. It's just a shame that it sits at the bottom of a rather large steep hill. You'll be fine…

Tonight we wear our Dirty Dozen t-shirts with pride while grazing on pizza and beer. No doubt a few lies will be told.

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



Day 7 Friday 17 Jan

Off to the city we go…

We leave our Adelaide Hills paradise and head to the city. Feedback from clients after the 2019 trip was that they wanted a really easy day prior to tomorrows big ride. So, 50km maximum. We promise. The extra good news is that it's pretty much all downhill.

There's a lot to see in the city. Today will be your only chance to visit the Adelaide Market so we'll look after your bikes while you pop in for lunch. Lycra is perfectly acceptable. For all those cool kids - you'll also get the chance to visit one of the many pop-up shops. (Specialized and Black Sheep are literally across the road from our hotel)

The City of Adelaide Tour Village in the City Square is only 1000m away from our hotel. This race is known for it's 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 No 1 RHTeamMactripadvisor activity for 2019 was 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 8 Saturday 18 Jan

Early Start - It's Challenge Tour time

Thousands of fair dinkum Aussies and a handful of fast skinny Kiwis, Canadians and Americans. It's Challenge Tour day. You'll have three ride choices - 150kms, 100kms and 60kms.

It's a brilliant day and we'd really encourage as many of you as possible to join us. For those not wanting to enter then one of our staff will head out on a casual ride.

This Challenge Tour ride is the same route as the TDU professional's 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, tour of river Torrens via Popeye boat, shopping, cafes, trams and of course a fabulous lunch. Heard of a small British chef called Jamie Oliver?

Tonight is the Legends' Night Dinner. Guaranteed to be a highlight you will have plenty of opportunity to have photos with the likes of Peter Sagan and Matthew Hayman. Ladies, bring a frock. Boys, a nice tie will be fine.

/ Accommodation: Majestic Roof Garden Hotel
/ Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (Legends' Night)


Day 9 Sunday 19 Jan

Final stage - A must see…

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

It's then on to Willunga Hill which is only 8km away. Queen stage for the 2020 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 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 20 Jan

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, 2 nights Barossa, 3 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, 2 lunches and 8 dinners.
  • Our own designated RIDE Holidays V.I.P race area (we had 3 in 2019)
  • 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
  • Tick off your Dirty Dozen (12 hills)
  • 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.

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

The cost for non-riders is the same as for cyclists.







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