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  • McLaren Vale: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with City or Local Pickup

    1. McLaren Vale: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with City or Local Pickup

    Discover South Australia’s popular McLaren Vale wine region just 40 minutes south of Adelaide on a hop-on-hop-off tour. Hop on and off along the trail as you please and visit up to 15 wineries. Tour your way with the help of a comprehensive timetable and info-pack to assist your planning. Set along the Fleurieu coastline, McLaren Vale offers lush rolling vines and hilltop views over the valley and to the sea. During your tour, admire the spectacular vistas from many of the optimally sited wineries, and enjoy the picnic areas and benches suitable for all. Along the trail, take advantage of the chance to taste various wines from McLaren Vale, which is now as much known for its newer wine styles such as Sangiovese and Barbera as it is for the more traditional Shiraz, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Shiraz still accounts for 50% of the crush and for good reason – any fan of big dry reds ...

    Well organised, informative, great selection of wineries. Our driver Bronny was exceptional, funny & very conscientious of keeping everyone safe while not being too serious. Highly recommended Trail Hopper for your winery outings. Can't wait for our return visit. Big Thumbs Up.

  • Adelaide: McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting Tour

    2. Adelaide: McLaren Vale and Glenelg Wine Tasting Tour

    The tour departs Adelaide CBD and heads straight into the heart of the picturesque McLaren Vale. Visit the well-known Chapel Hill winery, and learn about the process of wine from grape to glass, then enjoy a selection of wines. Afterwards, visit the FruChocs factory to try some well-known sweet treats, or sample some delicious almond delicacies at the Almond Train. The last wine tasting session of the day is Shingleback winery, set in the stunning rolling hills of the landscape. On the return trip to Adelaide, travel via the beautiful bay of Glenelg and stroll along the sea front to admire views across the open water.

    Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great little tour and bus was comfortable.

  • South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

    3. South Australia: Guided Full-Day Highlights Tour

    Get picked up from your accommodation in Glenelg at 9 AM or Adelaide at 9:20 – 9:30 AM for a full day of sightseeing around the gorgeous Fleurieu Peninsula.  Enjoy the scenic drive from Adelaide through the Adelaide Hills before arriving in the historic German village of Hanhdorf. Treat yourself to morning tea at The Haus, visit the Antique Clock Museum, or shop around in the village's boutique stores. Travel on to the old paddle steamer port of Goolwa for a stroll along the beach where the Murray River meets the sea. Make a short stopover at South Australia's greatest surfing beach before continuing on to Victor Harbor. Keep your eyes peeled for whales as you pass Basham Beach during whale season.  Next, explore the seaside town of Victor Harbor where you can visit the Whale Center and Museum. Take advantage of the chance to visit Granite Island and check out the fairy penguins or ri...

    Had a great time on this tour highly recommend going .the whole day was brilliant our tour guide was great and I was lucky to have a great bunch of people with me on the day.. Coming to Adelaide and want to see lots while relaxing at the the same time book this tour you would be mad to.miss it

  • Adelaide: City Highlights, Hahndorf Town, and Wine Tastings

    4. Adelaide: City Highlights, Hahndorf Town, and Wine Tastings

    Join this full-day small-group tour featuring some of Adelaide's finest experiences, including a visit to the German settlement town of Hahndorf and two wine tastings. Pickup is available from selected locations around Adelaide CBD. Tour itinerary: Depending on your selected pickup point, you will be collected at around 9:00 AM. The tour starts with a city highlights tour. As you get your bearings, learn about Adelaide's history and gain some insider secrets from your tour guide, the must-dos, the places to visit, and the best restaurants at which to enjoy Adelaide's finest food. Traveling out of the city, the tour takes you to visit the iconic Adelaide Oval (events permitting). Then, head through picturesque North Adelaide, scattered with stunning Federation architecture and lavish homes. Be sure to have your camera ready because the next stop is a spectacular view of Adelaide from t...

    Fantastic tour and excellent driver in Craig. Thoroughly enjoyable excursion. Highly recommended.

  • From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

    5. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Small Group Winery Tour

    Explore the McLaren Vale wine region in the comfort of a small-group guided tour that visits five to six wineries, cellar doors, gin rooms, and/or breweries during your day trip.  Depart on a 45-minute journey to the McLaren Vale wine region in the air-conditioned comfort of a luxury Mercedes Benz. Arrive in McLaren Vale in time for the opening of wineries and underground cellars throughout the area. Enjoy the pportunity to do tastings at iconic and boutique wineries, some of which are off the beaten track, selected especially to suit your tastes.  Learn about viticulture and how to identify your favorite wine during tasting sessions with the region’s winemakers. Savor a delicious regional lunch platter, served at a local cellar, comprising of local cheeses, meats, salads, and breads. After lunch, you will continue to visit the remaining wineries, gin rooms, and breweries on the it...

    Tour operator Nick had a strong passion for the McLaren Vale wine area that was displayed in his friendly and informative manner. A great day. Thank you.

  • Adelaide: McLaren Vale & The Cube Day Trip

    6. Adelaide: McLaren Vale & The Cube Day Trip

    Leaving Adelaide, head out through the southern suburbs and along the metropolitan coastline. Enjoy coastal views as you head to McLaren Vale Information Centre for morning tea. There is an opportunity to sample wines from some of the regions smaller wineries that do not have cellar doors at an additional cost. Then it’s on to one of the highlights of your day, the d’Arenberg Cube. Nestled amongst the vineyards, this 5 level “Rubiks cube” has been carefully designed to entice and excite the senses. From the Alternate Realities Museum to the many art installations on display there is so much to see and experience whilst you are there. Enjoy a formal wine tasting on Level 4, before heading down to Polly’s Restaurant for your 2-course lunch. Next visit Beresford Wines, where you can choose from one of 3 tastings in their brand new Tasting Pavilion. The Premium Wine Tasting introduces you ...

    Definitely Wirra Wirra have the best wine on this tour ! It’s worth it by the end

  • From Adelaide: Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Day Tour

    7. From Adelaide: Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale Day Tour

    Enjoy a delightful tour of South Australia’s premier tourist region, the Fleurieu Peninsula. This tour begins with a picturesque journey through the Adelaide Hills to the historical Scottish settlement of Strathalbyn. Here you will stop for some free time and morning tea in High Street (own expense). Continue on to the paddle steamer town of Goolwa where you'll have a brief tour of the town including the wharf, barrage and beach. On your way to Victor Harbor, cruise past the charming coastal town of Port Elliot including Horseshoe Bay, and stop at Whale Lookout for a photo opportunity. Upon arrival at Victor Harbor, South Australia’s most popular seaside village, wander through the main street, sampling the fresh local product.  Enjoy a 3 course lunch at the Hotel Victor, and following that, you may choose to explore Granite Island, where you’ll find the Little Penguins and might even c...

  • McLaren Vale: Private Gemtree Wines Biodynamic Winery Tour

    8. McLaren Vale: Private Gemtree Wines Biodynamic Winery Tour

    Allow yourself to have a refreshing change from the city and sample some fine wine in McLaren Vale. The moon and nature are secret contributors to Gemtree's wines. Join this private tour and see how they apply biodynamic farming with a bite to eat and a glass of wine. Your knowledgeable guide will share details about biodynamic grape growing and winemaking processes during a relaxing walk and you will see firsthand how this philosophy is applied in the vineyards. Complete your tour with a delicious regional platter featuring some of the vale’s finest cured meats, cheeses, condiments, and locally baked bread along with a glass of Gemtree regional wine. Enjoy a bottle of wine (from the regional range) to take home as a gift.

  • Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

    9. Adelaide: Full-Day Vines and Victor Harbor Eco Adventure

    Take a scenic drive to Victor Harbor, and take an interpretive walk around the historic Granite Island. Discover the history, geology, and nature of the local area. Sit down for a delicious picnic lunch from a sustainable local caterer. Next, enjoy a 45-minute open ocean boat cruise to Seal Island. Witness the spectacular Waitpinga Cliffs and look out for seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, and cormorants. Looping around Seal Island, see Australian sea lions and long-nosed fur seals basking in the sun or frolicking in the water. After a short drive to the McLaren Vale wine region arrive at d'Arenberg Winery with time to explore the famous cube before enjoying a tasting session of their delicious biodynamic wines. Begin your progressive wine tasting and learn about the biodynamic practices and philosophy behind this family-owned property. Finish off the afternoon with a Vintner’s pl...

    It was a lovely day and Mike and Ulli did a fantastic job! Weather and coronavirus threw wrenches into our plans, but our guides were flexible and put together a wonderful day despite the difficulties. We had a great time out and about in Victor Harbor and McLaren Vale.

  • From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

    10. From Adelaide: McLaren Vale Winery Tour

    Create your dream tour of McLaren Vale with this customizable tour of the region's best wineries. Choose from a variety of different wineries, such as Chapel Hill, Cradle of Hills, Doc Adams, Hardys Tintara, Lazy Ballerina, Wirra Wirra or Yangarra. There is also a chance to meet the winemaker (via prior appointment). After getting picked up from your hotel in Adelaide or Glenelg, set out on your journey towards McLaren Vale, with an option to take the scenic route through the Adelaide Hills along the way. During your tour, visit 4 wineries where you will get a talk on how the wine is made, taste the wines and then get a chance to purchase your favorites. Later, explore the galleries, studios, shops and food producers on the McLaren Vale main street including Medlow Confectionery, home to the famous FruChocs. Finish your tour with lunch at a location of your choice before getting droppe...

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4.8 / 5

based on 103 reviews

Craig was an amazing tour guide. He was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. He had a passion for people understanding about his home city and for ensuring they did not feel rushed on his tour.

Tour operator Nick had a strong passion for the McLaren Vale wine area that was displayed in his friendly and informative manner. A great day. Thank you.

Was an amazing experience and got to see heaps in a short amount of time. Thanks Craig for being the best guide

Fantastic tour and excellent driver in Craig. Thoroughly enjoyable excursion. Highly recommended.

Definitely Wirra Wirra have the best wine on this tour ! It’s worth it by the end