Food & Wine Indulgence Tour South Australia 2018
Clare, Barossa, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale
Tuesday 30 October, 2018 to Sunday 04 November, 2018
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|Quality:||From great accom & meals to our lovingly prepared home-made muffins and biscuits|
|Support:||Our awesome crew & support vehicles are never far away if you need a pick-up or a mechanic|
|Camaraderie:||AllTrails cyclists are fun, positive and supportive – and waiting for you to join the community|
|The tour at a Glance|
|Dates:||30 Oct – 4 Nov 2018|
|Ave. Daily:||61 km|
|Bike Type:||Road bike pref – hybrid ok (BYO or hire)|
|Surface:||Sealed roads, one hard-packed smooth gravel section (road bike ok)|
|Terrain:||Rolling hills, no major climbs|
|Group Size:||Small group tour|
|Accom:||High quality accom all the way|
|Meals included:||All meals, winery visits, most snacks|
|Price:||See ‘pricing’ tab|
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A morning ride of 30-40km will take you through to morning tea where you re-group with your fellow cyclists and chat about the sights you’ve seen, the things you’ve passed by and what is coming up later in the day. You take off after morning tea as the AllTrails team pack up and one vehicle will drive further up the road to arrange lunch. Another vehicle sweeps the group to make sure nobody requires mechanical help or maybe just needs a lift up a hill. Lunch may be set up as a picnic by a river, in a local bakery in a small town that we are passing through or could be at the end of your ride day at a restaurant or winery.
The last leg of the day takes you through more lovely scenery and spectacular cycling while the AllTrails support vehicle is never far away with water refills, bananas, home-baked goodies and advice on the best places to go and the best places to stop.
You will arrive at your overnight accommodation with time to explore another interesting town, enjoy the afternoon with a cuppa & biscuit, and will quite often provide the opportunity for a visit to a local winery. Later on we share a few stories at the evening briefing followed by a delicious dinner, then it’s off to bed for a well-deserved slumber so that we can do it all again tomorrow.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accommodation)
Today we will take a bus transfer from Adelaide Airport to our beautiful Country Club accommodation in the Clare Valley (approx 2.5hrs). We suggest arriving by 11am if you are planning to catch our bus which will leave around noon. Upon arrival in Clare we will set up bikes, run through the safety briefing and welcome everyone to what is going to be a great few days exploring some beautiful food & wine regions. Tonight, we will have our welcome dinner before heading to bed in eager anticipation of the first ride day tomorrow.
Riverton has no large motels so we will leave our bikes locked up in the local hall and utilise the bus ride back to our accommodation in Clare as an opportunity to experience more of the beautiful Clare Valley. On the way, we will visit and lunch at Mintaro Maze, visit historic Martindale Hall, then taste just some of the local wines and produce as we call into a select choice of Clare Valley wineries. Back at Clare you will have time for a shower and look around town before meeting up at a local nosherie who promise an evening of relaxed regional dining where food and wine are matched in a mix of shared and individual courses for the whole table.
After a shower and freshen up at our stylish and centrally located accommodation, we have a superb late lunch booked at Jacobs Creek (which includes a vineyard tour and tutored wine tasting and education). With what’s left of the afternoon, ensure you work off lunch by exploring the township before another culinary tour highlight tonight. Our dinner hosts are passionate about anything that is Barossan produce; carefully selecting ingredients incorporating three essential elements; fresh, seasonal, local. Naturally, this multi-course meal is matched with world renowned Barossan wines.
Hahndorf is Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement and has truly embraced its heritage as it bursts with every German cliché that one could imagine. The architecture, atmosphere and multitude of old fashioned sweet shops, chocolate shops, cuckoo clock shops and strudel bakeries will give you plenty of options for gifts for loved ones at home. It’s very touristy, but very fun so put on your lederhosen, order a bratwurst and sway along with the oompah band as you taste one of the great German beers (including many fine non-alcoholic beers if you would prefer)!
This afternoon we visit the ‘Bird in Hand’ Winery to sample one of the Adelaide Hills finest. “The Bird experience” allows you to take a relaxed seat in their barrel hall while a “Bird in Hand” expert guides you through an intimate tasting of premium wines.
This evening, strap yourself down for another great meal as we inspect the offerings from one of the most well respected fine dining restaurants in the Adelaide Hills. Your only decision: more of the regions exceptional wine or, if still slapping your lederhosen, German beer?
Once at McLaren Vale we will settle in to our final accommodation – yet another multi award winning, high quality establishment in a great location – “Your Country Home Amongst the Vineyards”. Here you can relax around the pool, make use of the gym & sauna, walk through the gardens, or just kick back in your lovely room. This afternoon we will enjoy a “Tasting of the Senses” at Hugh Hamilton Wines, the must-see winery of McLaren Vale with a unique cellar door perched on a hill giving 270-degree views of the vineyard and coast.
Tonight, we celebrate together in traditional style in a rustic, family run, Italiano vineyard. Nothing fancy here and you’ll love it! Think checked red & white tablecloths, basket weaved bottles, smell of roasted garlic, Nonna’s tiramisu. Wholesome, simple, salt of the earth cuisine accompanied by Signore Mitolo’s finest. Ahhh, the simple things in life.
What a tour! This morning after breakfast we will be running a bus back to Adelaide Airport (we suggest booking flights after 12 noon). Thank you for joining us on this unique opportunity to see, enjoy, immerse and indulge yourself in so much of the great food, drink, accommodation, landscapes and cycling that the South Australian Winery regions have to offer.
|PRICES IN AUD||From
|TWIN SHARE PP
(double bed or two beds)
(one person with own room)
Travelling on your own: Book the Single Room rate, or early bookers can book a Twin Share rate and we will partner you up with somebody else of the same gender travelling on their own. This offer closes 2 months before tour departure (30 Aug) – after this date contact us to see if we can match you, if not the single room price will apply.
Optional ExtrasTransfers from Adelaide Airport: We will be taking a bus from Adelaide Airport to the start of the ride in Clare Valley on Tue 30 Oct, then driving back to Adelaide Airport at the end of the ride from McLaren Vale on Sun 4 Nov. Book these optional extras on the booking form:
- Adelaide Airport to Clare Valley accom $60
- McLaren Vale to Adelaide Airport $40
- Bike freight/transfer from Melbourne to Clare Valley. To save you carrying your bike to the start of the ride. $50.
- Bike freight/transfer from Mclaren Vale to Melbourne. To save you carrying your bike home to Melbourne at the end of the ride. $50.
- Transfer of hard case bike box from start to finish in our vehicle (only if space available). $10/day
- Transfer of soft FOLDABLE bike bag from start to finish in our vehicle. $3/day
AllTrails t-shirts – good quality tees:
- Older stock, limited sizes. $20
- New style tee. $30
- Raglan style (3/4 sleeve). $35
A ‘Merchandise Kit’ is included in the cost of this tour, including an AllTrails cycling jersey, cycling cap, drink bottle and draw-string day bag. Check the merchandise PDF link for jersey colour options and sizing: Link to AllTrails Merchandise PDF
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.
Our support bus is there to support the tour and also pick up riders who need to jump in for any reason. The bus is also sometimes used for part-time riders who only ride certain sections of each day – these are often partners of someone else on the ride. This vehicle can be quite popular on some days – especially long days or days with big hills! There is no shame in riding in this bus so if you are considering a tour and are ‘in the ball-park’ in terms of your fitness and preparedness, but not 100% sure if you will be up to it on the toughest days, just go for it – our vehicle and staff will be there to help out. It’s better to give it a try than to miss out all together. If you feel that you are extremely far off the fitness level required and cannot commit to enough training that will get you fit in time then you may be better off booking a later ride or a different type of tour – just give us a call or email to discuss.
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IMPORTANT: Cyclist insurance for accidents & medical:
Cycling can be a dangerous activity and you must be prepared for the worst. You may have an accident in training for the tour or on the tour itself. Cyclist insurance can be bought separately, or it comes with cycling memberships such as Bicycle Network or Bicycle Queensland. This is different to Travel Insurance.
The primary riding surface for the tour is sealed roads, however day one (which is a very leisurely day) has a rail trail section of smooth, hard-packed gravel. Given that the rest of the tour is fully sealed we believe that the tour is best suited to road bikes, however hybrids are also fine.
A staff member with good bike mechanical knowledge will be part of our crew and will have a stand pump for different valves. The mechanic will often be able to help you with a safety check, general tips and advice about your bike and its upkeep, as well as fixing mechanical problems. We will have limited parts available for replacement which will be charged at shop prices. Labour is free for the first fifteen minutes, there after costs may be incurred at the mechanic’s discretion. Cyclists with rare or different bikes are asked to contact us at AllTrails as parts can often be very difficult to obtain.
On the online entry form you can nominate any travelling companions who you would like to share a room with and/or be accommodated close to so that couples or friends can be grouped together. This can be in a double bed or twin beds. If you are travelling alone like many of our riders, a Single Supplement price is available for those who would like their own room for the whole trip. On some tours you can also choose to ‘twin share’ where single riders are paired with other riders of the same gender (often changed during the tour to allow solo travellers to meet other solo travellers). On other tours you may need to put your name down on a Twin Share Request List and we will try to match you up. If you are a snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we ask that you book your own room at the Single Supplement price. If you are coming on your own and have booked in as twin share, this usually means that you will share a room with one other single twin share cyclist or crew member, however in some cases we may have larger rooms (eg. two bedroom apartment or a B&B/house with multiple bathrooms) where we may have 3 or more single twin share travellers together.
We always try to obtain great accommodation in the best location for you to rest your weary head (and legs) in each town whether it be a motel, hotel, cabins or similar, usually 3, 3½, 4 star. We choose the best and most welcoming motel for cyclists and our tour group needs. On occasion we travel through some very small towns where accommodation is extremely limited. If for whatever reason, such as limited options, the accommodation one night is below normal standard, we strive to improve this with an extra good room the next night or nights following.
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.
Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Check tour details for meal inclusions on your ride. Our emphasis is on fresh food and balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and vegies catering for a cycling holiday. We successfully cater to most dietary requirements, however feel free to contact us with any questions. Most meals are included as part of our tours, however you may be required to purchase some meals. See the ‘Day to Day’ tab for more details, or click the ‘Download Itinerary’ button.
We realise that often our riders want to spend their holidays with loved ones who may not be a keen cyclist as they are – we are happy to accommodate non-riding partners and part-timers who only want to ride part of each day, or only certain days. We will generally try to allocate pickup points along the route every day. The entry price will be the same for non-riders and part-time riders.
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.
We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Our tours have been specifically scheduled to take into consideration the best time of year to travel to that destination. This takes into account the temperate range, possible rainfall and the prevailing winds. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
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Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian Domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or any other trip related issues.
People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
We recommend you bring a soft bag or backpack. We advise against bringing a suitcase as they are bulky, difficult to stow on board vehicles or trailers and heavy. You may be required to lift or carry your own luggage from time to time, e.g. into accommodation. We expect your bag to be no heavier than 15kg, making it easy to manage for you and the staff. Any excess luggage may need to be stored or forwarded on to your final destination at your own expense. Information about what to pack is included as part of your Pre-Departure information. Generally we advise that you pack as light as possible.
If you want to hire a bike for one of our tours just let us know on your online booking form and we will get the ball rolling for you. You can also bring your own seat and/or pedals to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’.
We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride. The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.
Conditions of contract : Please read carefullyAgreement:
I have read and understand the terms and conditions of this event (see instructions below) and wish to enter this ALLTRAILS BICYCLE TOURS Pty Ltd event at my own risk. I understand that participation in this ride involves riding on public roads used by other traffic, and in doing this, I am aware of the potential dangers, both on and off public roads. In my judgement, I am capable and competent to participate safely in this ride. I hereby release, exempt and indemnify AllTrails and any of its contractors, local guides, officers, directors, employees, agents, staff, sponsors, volunteers and all other persons involved in the organisation of this event, from all actions, costs, demands, proceedings, and claims whatsoever made or taken by any person, arising out of my participation in the ride.
I accept that I am to wear a helmet, abide by road laws, and understand the organisers have no responsibility for my property damaged or stolen. I agree to take responsibility, and make appropriate payment if necessary, for any damage to others property that I cause including motel rooms, motel property, AllTrails property or other cyclist’s property.
I agree to carefully consider my insurance options and take note of AllTrails’ policy strongly recommending Cyclist Insurance and Travel Insurance to all cyclists on Australian tours, and the compulsory Travel Insurance policy for international tours.
AllTrails reserves the right to change the advertised ride and itinerary due to road works, bad weather, unsafe conditions, or any unforeseen circumstances. I declare I am 18 years of age or older or am the legal guardian of persons under 18 years old in my care. I consent to publication, for promotional purposes, of any photos or video footage taken of myself or others in my group, while taking part in this event without recourse or compensation to me.
I consent to AllTrails processing personal information about me and other members of my party. AllTrails may hold my name, address and other details supplied on their database. This information will be used to make my tour arrangements and to send me information about AllTrails and its tours. In order to make my tour arrangements AllTrails may need to pass on my details to companies and individuals inside and/or outside Australia, where less stringent data protection controls may be in place. I understand this and agree to the passing of necessary information to required third parties such as hotels and local tour companies.
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