Santos TDU Specialist
  • LOCATION

    ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

2020 SANTOS
TOUR DOWN UNDER

Ride the small roads as only the locals can in Australia’s little Europe “The Adelaide Hills”.

Ride through the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills, Australia’s most well-known wine regions. You’ll be there to see all the race stages, including the decisive King of Willunga Hill finale.

Payments

Advance bookings are now open!

Secure your spot with a $750 deposit.

We have four tour options available for the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under. The official race dates start off with the Down Under Classic on Sunday 19th January and Tour the Down Under, Tuesday 21st to the Sunday 26th January 2020.

$250.00 AUD$3,650.00 AUD

Clear

No hidden Credit Card fees.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

John Steffensen from Chanel Nine, Olympic Silver Medalist takes a ride with our group on the 2018 TDU.

Tour Down Under Stage 6

Additional Accomodation

Contact us if you’d like to stay at our Teams Four Star AppartHotel pre or post tour.
We stay in the heart of the South End precinct of the Adelaide City Centre, on King William street. We’re conveniently located a short walk away from the Official Tour Down Under village, our location has a great local vibe, we’re surrounded by many great restaurants, cafe’s, bars – riding in and out of our City Hotel each day is a breeze on our carefully selected routes.

Our Tour

We’ve selected great cycling specific accommodation, the rooms are spacious to cater for you, your bike and biking kit. We’re centrally located to everything for the Santos Tour Down Under and daily cycling kit washing is included in your tour.

Each spacious room at our hotel includes Kitchen and Laundry, we’re located in the centre of the vibrant South End restaurant – residential precinct where you can mingle with locals, sample fine South Australian: wines, beers, ciders, refreshing cool drinks and gourmet food.

On the bike, we’ll show you the best small roads in Adelaide – en route each day we intercept the race to cheer on the pro peloton. Ride as much or a little as you like – our support vehicles will be there every step of the way. We’ll take in the best scenic roads, viewpoints, pause for the finest coffee, and refreshment stops.

We’ll indulge off the bike at Adelaide’s foodie hotspots, restaurant, bars and cafe’s, personally tested by us. You’ll be close to the City of Adelaide Tour Village and we’ll get you up close to the stars of the show, the Pro riders.

As an official travel provider again for 2020, we’ll be the first to know all the event details. Stay tuned for more details.

Places are limited, we sold out early for our 2019 Tour, so we encouraged you to book early. $750 guarantees your spot at the 2020 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide, South Australia. This tour is perfect for cyclists of all experience, fitness – our guides ride as fast or slow – as long or little as you need.

The Santos Tour Down Under tour suits cyclists, cycling fans, non-cyclist, non-cycling partners or people who’d like to do a bit of riding and race watching. We have a dedicated non-cycling guide and vehicle so that you are not just following behind a bunch of bike riders, you’ll have your own itinerary, meet up with partners and bike riders each day. Click here if you’d like to view our full 2019 Santos Tour Down Under itinerary.

You are in safe hands, we are the most experienced Tour Down Under travel team, your Directeur Sportif is Pat Fitzpatrick who resides in Melbourne, but grew up training on the roads of Adelaide and the picturesque Barossa Valley.

We’re looking forward to showing you around Adelaide and the Santos Tour Down Under January 2020.
See you soon.

Ciao Pat and Grace.

What an experience you have given me at the Santos TDU… the organising from you was simply amazing, exact timings, transport of luggage, bikes, (especially the bike, always transported with care) food… the atmosphere, everything really – I can’t fault a thing.

Stephen B. (2019)

Grace and Pat go above and beyond to make sure you have a good time

Steph W. (2015, 2014 & 2013)NSW, Australia

Pat and Grace worked tirelessly to make sure everyone’s needs and expectations were met

S. Charlton (2015)Queensland, Australia

You took care of my wife wonderfully… I am grateful and appreciative

David S. (2016)Canada

Nothing was too much trouble, their demeanour was always cheery

Andrew S. (2014)Melbourne, Australia

Grace and Pat are remarkable. Thank you so much!

Claudia H. (2104)Canada

Thanks very much for a highly enjoyable and excellently run tour

Daren A. (2012)QLD, Australia

A big thanks to you for making my trip, as a non-rider, very memorable

L. Green (2010) New Zealand

2020 ITINERARIES

Ride the small roads as only the locals can in Australia’s little Europe “The Adelaide Hills”.

Ride through the famous vineyards of the Barossa Valley and the McLaren Vale, Australia’s most well-known wine regions. You’ll be there to see all the stages, including being at the finish line of the exciting “King of Willunga Hill” Final Stage.

We have four tours to choose from. Below are our sample itineraries:

Please note our 3 Day tour will now be 4 Days starting on Thursday 23rd January. Details TBA.

Av Daily Distance km

95km

Av Daily Elevation m

1250m Climbing

Difficulty

3.5 out of 5

DAY 1 – SUNDAY 19th JANUARY 2020

ARRIVAL DAY – City Lookout, Waterfalls and TDU Village orientation loop

Pick up: Adelaide Airport
Airport pick up time: 10am – or meet at Hotel 11am
Our Arrival Day Ride: Start 12:30pm.
Distance: 40km. Climbing: 500m
Depart to watch race & Welcome Aperitif: 4pm
TDU Race:  TBA
Accommodation: Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel


More About Our Day:

Take an early flight to the Adelaide Airport. The Ride International Tours team will be there to meet you at the airport at 10am, alternatively, we’ll meet you at 11am at our Team Hotel or choose to stay a night prior at our team hotel. We’ll assist in building up your bike then head out for a ride.


Non-cycling options:

Explore our immediate south end precinct, or we have a tram stop directly in front of our hotel. Take a scenic tram ride in the direction of the Adelaide Oval, Festival Theatre, Museums, Art galleries, Rundle Mall shopping district or in the opposite direction head toward the beachside village of Glenelg, where you can take a swim, work on your tan, shop or relax on the golden sands of the beach.

Ask us for some options based on your personal interests, we have some great recommendations.


Our Ride: Mt Osmond – Waterfalll gully

Ride starts 12.30pm. A short warm up ride to get the legs working on our Adelaide Hills Scenic Lookout and Waterfalls loop. You’ll get your bearings from this great secret lookout, you’ll have unobstructed views back over this beautiful cycling city and it’s superb coastline. Heart pumping, legs churning, we head up into a secluded river valley road to see Adelaide’s waterfalls and spring water source. We’ll traverse back through the city centre and stop by the City of Adelaide Tour Village to have a look at the largest Bike Expo in Australia, watch the team mechanics at work, or organise a test ride of the newest bikes with our friends in the village.
The ride distance although short today, we’ll be out for a few hours including the visit to the City of Adelaide Tour Village. We’ll be back at the hotel in time for us to freshen up, then head out to the Down Under Classic City Criterium in Adelaide’s East End. We’ll enjoy our welcome aperitif, where you will meet up with other guests, staff and talk about the exciting week of the Santos Tour Down Under ahead.


 TDU Race:  TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details shortly.


 Après Bike:

4pm: Meet in Hotel Lobby, depart for race viewing and Welcome Aperitif


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 2 – MONDAY 20th

Phil Anderson Ride: Our Day: Southern Adelaide Hills, Picadilly Valley, Backside Mt Lofty – Optional Glenelg Beach – City

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am.
Distances: 65km, 90km, 110km. Climbing: 1100m, 1500m, 1600m.
TDU Race: TBA


Our Ride: Phil Anderson Ride – Belair, Mt Lofty Loop

No TDU today, but it’s a big day for us as Australian Cycling Legend Phil Anderson joins us for a big day of riding and adventure in the Adelaide Hills. Roll along side Phil, then we’ll pause for a coffee break enroute, it won’t be long before you’ll be hearing some of the finest stories of cycling’s golden era.

We’ll head into the southern ranges, then deep into the Adelaide Hills orchard valleys. We’ll descend back toward the city via the backside of Mt Lofty. Theres and option to head straight to our hotel or continue onto Glenelg Beach for a well earned swim in the cool Adelaideian waters before heading for home to our hotel.


 Après Bike:

Free program to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries or relax and put your feet up in your spacious apartment and enjoy your favorite home cooking.
We’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 3 – TUESDAY 21st

STAGE 1 TDU: North Adelaide – Port Adelaide.

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am.
Distance: 50km, 60km, 100km. Climbing: 900m, 1050m, 1550m.
TDU Race: TBA
Apres Bike: 5.30pm, Meet Hotel Lobby. Welcome Aperitif, 6 Day and 8 day Tours.


Our Ride: Norton Summit, Lobethal, Chain of Ponds, Gorge Rd. 

Straight up into the Hills via one of our favourite climbs Norton Summit, then deep into the European like orchard valleys to Lobethal. We’ll pause at Cuddlee Creek for a well-earned coffee and snack.

Today we’ll catch the race as it loops around the Adelaide Hills. We’ll be stationed to catch the excitement, it’s a perfect way to relax after a good mornings riding in the Adelaide Hills.

Re-energised from all the excitement of the race, we’ll ride through the Adelaide foothills toward the city, prior to returning home to our hotel, we’ll pop in for a refreshing cool drink at one of our favorite popup event spaces near the City of Adelaide Tour Village.


 TDU Race: TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details shortly.


 Après Bike:

5.30pm: Welcome Aperitif for 8 Day and 6 Day trips. Meet the staff, your fellow guests and talk about the exciting week of the Santos Tour Down Under ahead .


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY 22nd

STAGE 2 – Northern Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am
Distance: 50km, 75km, 100km. Climbing: 700m, 1000m, 1500m
TDU Race: TBA


Our Ride: City – Barossa Valley

This morning we’ll traverse the northern Adelaide Hills ridge roads to the secluded Parra Wirra National park en-route to the famous Barossa Valley and through to Angaston.

We’ll catch the race stage finish today, then immerse ourselves in a private winery tour, wine tasting hosted by our good friends and winery owners in the Barossa Valley.

Transfer back to the city in our vehicles.


 TDU Race: TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details shortly


 Après Bike:

Free program to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries or relax and put your feet up in your spacious apartment and enjoy your favorite home cooking.
We’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro Pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 5 – THURSDAY 23rd

STAGE 3 – Adelaide Hills Loop: Mt Lofty,  Picadilly Valley, Hahndorf German settlement, Norton Summit, City

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30pm.
Distance: 50km, 80km, 105km. Climbing: 700m, 1300m, 1600m.
TDU Race: TBA


Our Ride: Adelaide Hills – Mt Lofty Summit – Picadilly Valley – Hahndorf German Settlement – Norton Summit – City

Straight up into the Hills onto Adelaide’s highest vantage point Mt Lofty. Through the “Little Europe” of the Adelaide Hills and onto the German Settlement of Hahndorf. After a snack and coffee we’ll make our way back through the Picadilly Valley. We’ll pick up the race route and ride ahead of the peloton completing a loop of todays race finish loop.

We’ll catch the stage finish today, it’s sure to be exciting, we expect the overall race contenders to make their move today.

After the race finish and presentation, we then head back down to the city via one of the beautiful descents, through the City of Adelaide Tour Village, pause for a refreshing cool drink at one of our favourite post-ride hydration stops and onto our hotel to freshen up for the evening ahead.


 TDU Race: TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details shortly


 Après Bike:

Tonight is a free program to explore Adelaide, it’s restuarants, bars and eateries or relax and put your feet up in your spacious apartment and enjoy your favorite home cooking.
We’ve got plenty of great suggestions, we are based in the south end precinct where you can step out the door for great Italian, Greek, Asian, Gastro Pub or Australian fusion food. Let us know your preferred food types, budget and dining style! We’ll point you in the right direction for great local places.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 6 – FRIDAY 24th

STAGE 4 – City beaches loop, Stage Start then up into the Adelaide Hills

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30am.
Distance: 45km, 75km, 100km. Climbing: 150m, 700m, 800m.
TDU Race: TBA


Our Ride: City beaches loop, Stage Start. Then up into the Adelaide Hills.

City Beaches ride then onto a Stage start to catch all the pre race action and excitement. We then head through the city and past our hotel, with the second part of our day being an optional ride into the Adelaide Hills – or rest up your legs and prepare for tomorrows big ride “The Challenge Tour” Gran Fondo.

After passing by our hotel in the city, the optional ride into the Adelaide Hills catches the race en route. After the race passes we’ll traverse the Adelaide foothills, then descend back into the City of Adelaide Tour Village and onto our Hotel.


 TDU Race: TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details shortly


 Après Bike:

Meet Hotel Lobby: 6pm for a European Style Aperitif for the 3 Day, 6 Day and 8 Day Trips. Meet up with other guests, staff –  talk about the details of tomorrows Challenge Tour – Gran Fondo ride and the Tour Down Under ahead.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 7 – SATURDAY 25th

STAGE 5 – 2020 Challenge Tour

Breakfast: 5am
Ride or transfer to start: 5.30am
Start Locations and distance to the finish line TBA
TDU Race: TBA


Our Ride: Challenge tour – Gran Fondo

Ride from the city to the Challenge tour – Gran Fondo start. Details TBA.

Shorter Ride distances depart from our hotel at 5.30am, you’ll transfer by vehicle to your preferred start location, we all meet up at the finish, then watch the pro’s battle it out over the same stage.


 TDU Race: TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details shortly.


 Après Bike:

Dinner with the stars, tonight is the optional VIP Legends Night Dinner, we highly recommend this all inclusive three-course dinner accompanied by fine wines. The dinner is a  first class night and includes some of the world’s cycling greats, past and present.

The Legends Night Dinner is consistently a highlight of the Santos Tour Down Under event each year.


 Accommodation:

Adelaide City Centre, King William street – 4 Star AppartHotel

DAY 8 – SUNDAY 26th

STAGE 6 TDU: Kings Stage, Mclaren Vale – Willunga Hill
DEPARTURE DAY – late flights out of Adelaide Airport – after 8pm.

Breakfast: 7am
Our Ride: Start 7:30pm.
Distance: 60km, 85km, 145km. Climbing: 500m, 1200m, 1900m.
TDU Race: TBA
Airport Transfer: 6.45pm: Depart Hotel Lobby – 7pm: Arrive Adelaide Airport
Accommodation: Optional Additional Night: Adelaide City Centre, King William South – 4 Star AppartHotel. Contact us to arrange.


Departure day out of Adelaide – *Late flights out after 8pm* or choose stay an additional night, relax and enjoy the last evening of  TDU festivities


Our Rides: Adelaide Hills – McLaren Vale Vineyards – Willunga Hill 

Distance: 65km, 85km, 145km. Climbing: 500m, 1200m, 1900m.
Ride from our Hotel via the challenging Southern Adelaide Hills and Valleys ride to McLaren Vale to see the race start 65km, then an additional 10km to the top of the King of Willunga Hill ,75km total.
Optional – After the excitement of watching the Kings stage, the final presentation, ride home to the city  55km-500m climbing or take the trip back to the city in the comfort of our vehicles.
Note: Pack a day pack to put into our vehicle with your civilian attire and comfortable shoes. Change when you arrive at the Willunga Hill finish, you’ll be able to relax in comfort at our European style picnic lunch, watch the race and move about with style and panache.


 TDU Race: TBA

The Tour Down Under race organisation will supply us with details mid/late April.



 Après Bike:

If you are flying out today – when we return to the city from Willunga Hill late in the day, we’ll assit you to pack your bike and transfer you to the Adelaide airport for your flight home – * Flights out after 8pm*.

Advance Bookings:

We open up our Advance Reservations for trips so you can book well ahead. Guarantee your position by booking up to 12 months prior.

If you’d like to organise and book your trip more than 12 months prior, contact us via email or phone, we’ll arrange everything so you can make an advanced early booking.

An advance booking, accompanied by a fully refundable $750 AUD (Australian Dollar) ensures priority booking status when the trip details are announced. Note, an advance booking is not considered final until payment is received.

Once specific trip itinerary details are finalized, we’ll contact everyone on the advance reservation list via email, we’ll include the itinerary and offer a priority booking position before opening up bookings to the wider community.

If a trip fills – as it often does in the advance bookings, we create a waiting list and then offer reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis (based on the date the advance reservation was made) once our advanced booking guest have finalised.

To cancel an advance reservation a cancellation request must be submitted in writing/ via email within 14 days of the trip details being published. The (AUD) $750 advance reservation payment will be immediately refunded for any cancellation received within this 14-day period.

Final Payments:

The balance of your trip payment is due no later than 120 days prior to your trip departure date, we will forward via email your final payment invoice. You can choose to make full payment earlier if you prefer to finalise your trip payment early, contact us and we will arrange for an invoice to be sent.

What if I have to transfer, change or cancel my trip:
We understand you may not be able to go on your trip, cancel, change or transfer due to personal or medical reasons. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer to another trip that has places available. If you have a question give us a call or email.

Due to the high demand, limited hotel availability and the advance payments expected by our hotels and restaurants we use, the following cancellation conditions apply to all of our trips.

AFTER BOOKING, IF YOU CANCEL:

120 – 91 days prior to departure 50% cancellation fee of the trip price
90 – 61 days prior to departure 75% cancellation fee of the trip price
60 days and less prior to departure 100% cancellation fee of the trip price
10

Years of Experience

63

Tours Completed

1,384

Trip Guests

32,926km

Cycled on Tour

238

Hotels Visited

Your experience is our passion

What Makes Us Première Classe

Experience, Since 2007

We’ve been on the ground running tours for over a decade and have long graduated from the School of Rookie Mistakes. We’ve accumulated thousands of kilometres in knowledge that goes into planning our itineraries and running our trips. When you’re with us, we’ve got your back. We want to see you achieve what you came here for. That’s why we build in contingencies for our contingencies so no matter what challenges the race, road or rain throws at us, we have a solution that will bring a satisfied smile to your face at the end of each day.

Trips Guaranteed To Run

We believe that our trip numbers should never be your problem. Whether our group size is 3 or 33, we run all of our trips to the same premium standard. We value your trust in us and understand how excited you must be. Once you’ve booked your spot on any of our trips, that’s it – you’re coming. So confirm your annual leave, book your flights and start packing!

More Ride Options

We understand that this is your cycling holiday and that you have your own goals and desires. We get to know you and give you a minimum of 3 ride options every day, so you can tailor your trip and manifest your dreams. Our goal is to have you achieve and experience everything you’ve set out to – and more. As corny as it sounds, there is nothing more rewarding for us than your smile at the end of each day. Oh, and hugs. We love hugs, especially after you’ve achieved something so meaningful to you.

Ride More, Transfer Less

We know you’d much rather be sitting on your bike than in a vehicle, so we design our itineraries to ride more and transfer less. There’s a great sense of satisfaction that comes with riding point to point so, whenever possible, we build this into our itineraries. Riding more and transferring less is also achieved by multiple nights stay in strategically located hotels, so there’ll be times throughout the trip where you can unpack your bags and call your room home for a few days.

Spectators Welcome

Whether you’re a fan of Pro Cycling, or your partner is a cyclist – you are welcome and encouraged to join our trips. Taking care of spectators is a specialty of ours. We give you plenty of options throughout the tour. Whether you want to experience the beauty of the ride routes by vehicle and join up with your cycling partner en route, cheer the pro-riders at race viewing points or spend time wondering the beautiful villages and cities we visit – the choice is yours. We ensure you have as much fun and adventure as the cyclists each day.

We Are "Details" Nerds

There really is no other way to put it. We. Love. Details. We consider every inch of your holiday from the pre-tour organising and planning to the on-tour running of it all. Every decision we make is about giving you the best possible experience. We want you to switch off and enjoy the ride. We know what it’s like to work hard for something, and we love to make you feel rewarded for your efforts. Let us handle the details, so all you have to focus on is having the best time and creating lasting memories.

Pro Bike Mechanic & Rider Support

Each trip has a professional bike mechanic and rider support vehicle. We carry a pro-team work stand, extensive toolbox, essential parts, hydration and nutrition aboard our dedicated support vehicle. Should anything occur en route, we’ll have you sorted and back on your bike in no time.

Bike Security

We take the security of your bike and belongings very seriously when you entrust them into our care. We go the extra mile by implementing a number of security measures and only choose hotels that supply us with secure storage options. We are proud to say that since our first tour in 2007, we have never experienced any problems with personal belongings or bike security on any of our trips.

Fabulous Accommodation

We believe accommodation is more than just a bed for the night. It’s a place to call home when you’re living out of a suitcase. We choose a variety of comfortable, characterful and quality accommodation styles to give you a complete experience. From city chic to family run chalets and everything in between.

Global & Local Experience

When you travel across the globe to be with us, we get excited. We love sharing everything we know and love about the people and places we visit. We ride the secret backroads, reveal the best hidden cafés, introduce you to incredible regional produce and have you feeling like one of the locals sooner than you can say bonjour, buongiorno and hola.

Local Lingo

Travelling to a country where the locals don’t speak your language, can be daunting. So that’s where our local lingo can help alleviate your apprehension. We’ll give you some basic tips on how to interact with the locals so you get the most out of your experience. You don’t have to be an expert, just have a go and remember to pack your sense of humour as there’ll be lots of laughing along the way.

Safety & Skills Coaching

We want you to go home to your family in better condition than when you left, so we place importance on your safety and skills. We’ll infuse you with tips, tricks and customs of riding in the countries we visit to give you the best cycling experience in the safest, most enjoyable way. As part of our service, we offer complimentary skills coaching en route for those wanting to hone any area of their biking. Expert skills coaching has been a unique area of our business for over 20-years, having fine-tuned the skills of pro-cyclists, Olympians, national and world champions.

Travel Tips

We’ve learnt a lot about travelling over the years. Once you’ve booked your trip with us, we can advise you on tips and tricks that will help make your travel experience more enjoyable, less stressful and have you well rested and ready to start your trip in optimum form.

Friendships

One thing you may not have considered when booking your future holiday is the opportunity for friendships. We pride ourselves on creating a group culture with great camaraderie that support and cheer for each other. It’s quite common for our trip participants to become lifelong friends (with us and with each other). Friendships that span the globe is one thing that really gives us a warm fuzzy feeling.

Your Goals Matter

Booking a cycling trip is a great motivator to set health, fitness, riding and travel goals. We are here to cheer you on and guide you through your preparation and link you up to other tour participants upon request. On tour, we do everything we can to see you achieve your goals and celebrate those milestones with you. Our flexible yet organised approach means that we’ve never cancelled a landmark ride in our 10+ year history. Your goals matter and we love seeing you reach them.

We Bring Out The Best

This is our philosophy – our heart and soul. At any given time, we bring out the best of that moment. We’ll show you where to stop and smell the roses, take in the most spectacular views, capture the best selfies and drink the best coffees. We are about savouring the moments and reminding you that you are in the best place at the best time.

Your Cart
Your cart is empty.