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South Australia Custom

McLaren Vale and The Barossa Valley

The Land Down Under conjures up images of the iconic kangaroo, sun-drenched beaches, cuddly koalas, rugged terrain and backyard barbecues.

If you are looking for incredible diversity, then South Australia is the place to start. South Australia has developed a well deserved reputation for producing some of the world’s finest wines. The Barossa Valley is home to some of the oldest Shiraz vineyards in the world; the Eden Valley, with its cooler climate, produces excellent Riesling and Chardonnay; and the most important variety for the McLaren is Shiraz. With such an array of incredible wines to choose from, you can expect the cuisine to match. South Australia has come a long way from Vegemite on toast, meat pies and the British inspired foods. The best part is the more you ride, the more you can eat and there are plenty of options for everyone. The riding is as varied as the landscape from quiet country roads lined with gum trees (eucalyptus) to scenic stretches of coastline along the Southern Ocean. Each evening you will relax in style and luxury at the region's finest accommodations. What you are most likely to take home with you is the down-to-earth spirit of the locals, affectionately known as Aussies.

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Duration:
8 Days & 7 Nights
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2 - Recreational
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Luxury
Trip Wows
Visit the coastal country wine town of McLaren Vale where Sarafino wines are made.
Visit the Cleland Wildlife Park to see kangaroos and koalas.
Take part in a culinary experience with cooking school at the Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat.
Ride through the vineyards of the world-famous Barossa Valley known for its Shiraz and various red wines.
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The bikes, the guides, the landscape, and all the extras. . . It just doesn't get any better! Thanks for a perfect vacation.
-Kathryn

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Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the Hilton Adelaide (233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. Following a 1.5 hour shuttle to the McLaren Vale, we will get acquainted over lunch with your new found friends. Your Trek Travel guides will discuss the rules of bike safety and specific tips for riding in Australia. We’ll spend some time familiarizing you to the Trek bicycle you’ll be riding and will make sure that you have a comfortable fit. Then we will take to the quiet roads, surrounded by vineyards and breathtaking views of the Gulf of Saint Vincent.

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Today's Ride:

McLaren Vale Loop
Approximately 20 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat

There are many options today for all interest levels whether you want to challenge yourself on Willunga Hill, featured in the Tour Down Under or spend the day sampling from a few of the 76 cellar doors in the region. Along the way you will discover why so many artisans have found inspiration from this area ‘where the vines meet the sea.'

Today's Ride:

McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 2,700 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill Loop
Approximately 35 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat

After a relaxing breakfast, a short ride will bring you to some of Australia’s most stunning coastlines and beautiful beaches. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun and swimming in the surf. This afternoon we will take part in a culinary experience with a cooking class at the Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat.

Today's Ride:

McLaren Vale to Aldinga Return
Approximately 35 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short McLaren Vale to Aldinga Return
Approximately 20 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Hotel:

Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat

Today you will ride across the rugged terrain of the Fleurieu Peninsula through the picturesque farmlands, breathtaking vistas and charming villages. After a rejuvenating lunch, you may opt for some longer mileage or relax in the shuttle to the historic town of Hahndorf. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to visit the shops or relax at hotel.

Today's Ride:

McLaren Vale to Meadows to Hahndorf
Approximately 45 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short McLaren Vale to Meadows to Hahndorf
Approximately 20 miles

Avid Option:

Avid McLaren Vale to Meadows to Hahndorf
Approximately 55 miles

Hotel:

The Manna of Handoff

Today, the options are endless. There is plenty of great riding in the Adelaide Hills, popular with local area cyclists from Adelaide including the strenuous climb to the summit of the Mount Lofty Observation area. If you are in search of kangaroos and koalas, then a visit to the Cleland Wildlife Park is for you. Tonight is a guest’s choice dinner in Handoff.

Today's Ride:

Hahndorf to Mt Lofty Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short Hahndorf to Mt Lofty Loop
Approximately 30 miles with 1,600 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Avid Hahndorf to Mt Lofty Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Manna of Handoff

Today, you will ride down the quiet country roads, lined with gum trees (eucalyptus) through the rolling terrain of the Eden Valley. The cooler climate of the Eden Valley high country produces high quality Riesling and Chardonnay. Enjoy a bistro lunch with your riding companions in Springton. Tonight you will be treated to Vintners Bar & Grill, situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley, featuring excellent regional food combined with local wines.

Today's Ride:

Hahndorf to Springton to Barossa Valley
Approximately 50 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short Hahndorf to Springton to Barossa Valley
Approximately 25 miles with 300 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Avid Hahndorf to Springton to Barossa Valley
Approximately 60 miles with 500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Louise

Today, you will cycle through the vineyards of the world-famous Barossa Valley, known for its red wine, in particular Shiraz. The best views of the valley come from the top of Mengler Hill lookout, another featured climb of the Tour Down Under. Enjoy your choice for lunch in Angaston, in the heart of the wine district. Tonight we will gather for our final night’s dinner at the Appellation Restaurant, a culinary experience that you will not soon forget.

Today's Ride:

Barossa Valley Loop
Approximately 45 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Short Option:

Short Barossa Valley Loop
Approximately 25 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing

Avid Option:

Avid Barossa Valley Loop
Approximately 60 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

Hotel:

The Louise

Take a final spin through the surrounding vineyards or simply have a relaxing final morning at the retreat before departing by shuttle to get back to Adelaide. You’ll say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hilton Adelaide. You’re then free to continue your adventures on your own.

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Today's Ride:

Barossa Valley Loop
Approximately 15 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Hotels

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Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat

McLaren Vale, Australia

Chapel Hill Winery Gourmet Retreat is a boutique hotel, located in the heart of the McLaren Vale, a renowned wine region with 76 cellar doors. The retreat features a cooking facility specializing in a culinary and viticulture experience.
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The Manna of Handoff

Handoff, Australia

The Manna of Handoff is situated in the very heart of this historic town, which has a strong German influence. Located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, the new stylish rooms feature the elegance of contemporary furnishings.
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The Louise Hotel

Barossa Valley, Australia

The Louise is a luxury vineyard retreat, in the heart of the Barossa Valley, surrounded by more than 100 wineries. There are 15 luxuriously appointed suites, with private exterior guest space and secluded courtyards.

What's Included

For us, the details matter most

Every moment of a Trek Travel bike trip has more than you could have ever dreamed. More romance. More scenery. More choice. It's the little additions to every Trek Travel cycling vacation that make it truly special. And that's how we help you create more memories.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 5 nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners
  • Social hour of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride a Trek Domane SL 7, Trek's newest Electric-Assist, or a Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid
  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Each bike is equipped with a Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer, flat pack, front and rear Bontrager Flare R lights, a Bontrager saddle and pedals (Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals)
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A personalized photobook of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

GEAR

  • Trek Domane SL 7 carbon road bike with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting or Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid bike
  • Trek Electric Assist XM700+ also available in a limited quantity
  • Trek Travel Bontrager cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Shimano clipless road pedals, Shimano clipless mountain pedals, caged or flat pedals
  • Bontrager helmet and saddle
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights and a flat pack
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer
  • Upgrade your bike to include carbon wheels (+$200)
  • Coupon valued up to $500 off a new Trek Bicycle. Your coupon will be delivered via email prior to your trip.
  • You may bring your own pedals and saddle on the trip. Your guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Gratuities for your Trek Travel guides are not included in your trip price. We recommend tipping 7.5-10% of your trip price for the guide team. Local currency is preferred and unless you want to tip separately, guides will divide tips amongst themselves. Please tip your guides at your discretion, based on their level of professionalism, guest care and service.
  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure.
  • Gratuities for your Trek Travel Guides may be given at your discretion in response to their professionalism and leadership. Industry standard is for each individual guest to tip the guide team 7.5-10% of the trip price.

More Information

Rider Level: 2?

AVERAGE DAILY MILEAGE:
35 miles
TOTAL MILES:
N/A miles
AVERAGE DAILY ELEVATION:
2,000
TOTAL ELEVATION:
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TERRAIN: HILLY
NON-RIDING ACTIVITIES:
On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. See Included In The Trip Price for more information. Some non-riding options on this trip are:
  • Wine tasting
  • Shopping in historic Handoff
  • Visit Cleland Wildlife Park
  • Spend the day at the beach

Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer each and every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.

On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Australia is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. Those who wish to ride every mile but are concerned about their physical ability may want to try our electric bike option–you still get a workout but can climb alongside even the strongest rider. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer. The terrain is rolling with occasional short, steep climbs in potential headwinds. Most days have a combination of short and longer ascents on roads in good repair. See day by day itinerary for specific daily ride distance and elevation options.

Travel Details

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Arriving

We suggest that you arrive at least two days prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Adelaide (ADL).

There are direct flights from Asia and North America on Cathay Pacific, Quantas, United Airlines, Singapore Air, and Malaysian Air. From Sydney, there are daily connecting flights to Adelaide. Upon arriving in Adelaide, you can take a taxi to the city center for approximately AUD $15. The Skylink Shuttle also operates between the airport and city center.

Hilton Adelaide | Adelaide, Australia

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at Hilton Adelaide (233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. We’ll then shuttle about 1.5 hours to the McLaren Vale in time for lunch. You should have your cycling gear in a small bag separate from your main luggage or be dressed ready to ride.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Chapel Hill Gourmet Retreat (+61 8 8323 9182), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. You may take a taxi to the first night’s hotel for approximately AUD $150.

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Leaving

Hilton Adelaide | Adelaide, Australia

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Hilton Adelaide. You’re then free to continue your adventures on your own.

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Planning For Your Trip

Before and After Your Trip

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Before: Adelaide, Australia

Explore the capital of South Australia and the self-proclaimed cycling capital of Australia as a whole! Take advantage of the free bike rentals to explore the miles of bike paths and bike lanes that wind along the river, through the city’s endless park system, and out to some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Take in the cultural center of South Australia with a wide array of museums to visit, theatre shows to see, and a restaurant selection as diverse as the cultures who have settled there. If there’s time, visit the South Australian Wine Center to learn of the intricacies of what makes South Australia such an incredible wine region. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:

after

After: Sydney, Australia

Australia is such a huge place, it is difficult to recommend just one other place to visit, but Sydney really isn’t to be missed. Take a couple days to decompress after your trip in a city that offers everything. Include a tour of the Blue Mountains and spend at least a few days exploring the cityscape and beaches of the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post-trip hotel:

Why Trek Travel

Our Bikes

Our unrivaled selection of Trek Bikes sets the bar for quality and comfort. From the all-new, ultra smooth Trek Domane SL 7, to the new Trek Electric-Assist XM700+ and the comfortable Trek 7.6 FX Hybrid, to our numerous upgrade options, you deserve the best ride on your vacation.

Our Guides

Our guides are trained to make your trip magical. They aren't just experts in riding; they're trained in delivering uncompromising service in ways you won't believe. We know that it's the unexpected surprises that make a trip magical. That's why our guides pride themselves on anticipating your needs before you ask.

Your Day. You Decide.

Our vacations are built to deliver the ultimate in flexibility, from extreme relaxers to hard-core roadies. You pick your mileage, itinerary and experiences. We take care of the rest.

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