McLaren Vale Hop On Hop Off Tour – City Pick Up & Return

Tour Days - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
From $79.95 City Pick Up, Weekdays


McLaren Vale - Vines, hills and coast

Image courtesy of Hugh Hamilton Wines

The amazing view from Hugh Hamilton winery


The eclectic cellar door at Alpha Box & Dice

Image courtesy of Chapel Hill

Historic Chapel Hill cellar door


Unmistakably Alpha Box & Dice Tasting Shed


The decadent Angove deck


Red Poles cafe, bar and gallery

Image courtesy of Tourism Australia

Fancy a feast at Coriole?

Image courtesy of Tourism Australia

d'Arenberg tasting toom

Image courtesy of Chapel Hill

The view from Chapel Hill


While we are super keen to offer our amazing tour experience again, please know there are some important changes you need to be aware of before you book with us:

  • Most wineries now require bookings, and many have implemented paid tastings (this is regardless of group size, and whether you’re driving yourself or on TrailHopper). So please know you’ll need to organize your group’s day in advance by booking into your desired venues before the tour departs. Our InfoPack contains all you need to know about the venues on this tour and we’re always on hand to help. We know this isn’t ideal, but it’s out of our hands.
  • We have introduced additional Covid-19 safety protocols to protect guests and staff, which you can read about via the ‘Golden Rules‘ page (this info is also in the InfoPack).

The best part is that the wine, the scenery, and the sheer enjoyment of being out on tour with us is as special as always.

We truly hope you’ll come on board soon and support not only our staff and business but those of the awesome venues and regions we visit.

Lose yourself in the spectacular vistas of McLaren Vale on our hop on, hop off wine tour departing Adelaide City (click here for In Region pick ups)…

Just 40 minutes south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale boasts a spectacular mix of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ set in a lush coastal location. Whether it’s the wine styles, the vineyards or the cellar doors, you’ll find McLaren Vale’s blend of tradition and innovation to be unforgettable.

Our customers agree that trail hopping is the best way to tour your way – be sure to download our handy InfoPack containing everything you need to plan your day, including a description of each venue you can visit, our tips for planning ahead, and of course the coveted timetable!


These Adelaide City Return tickets (from the Stamford Plaza Hotel) are just $79.95pp on weekdays and $89.95pp on weekends (‘In Region’ pickups are $69.95pp on weekdays and $79.95 on weekends). With prices like these TrailHopper is easily the most affordable option for touring your way. Please know an increasing number of wineries are charging for tasting, please inquire with each winery directly for their latest tasting fees. Also lunch is not included in the ticket price.

Large Groups (7+)

For all large groups of 7+ guests, before you book please ensure you have read our Large Groups page so you understand how it works on TrailHopper, and then please call the office on 08 8271 4485 so we can discuss your requirements and help you plan your day. As there is a bit more planning involved with large groups, we know you’ll appreciate the help our friendly staff provide.

Golden Rules

Please see our Golden Rules for helping you to get the most out of your day.


Set along the Fleurieu coastline, McLaren Vale offers lush rolling vines and hill top views over the valley and to the sea. Many wineries are optimally sited to offer spectacular vistas, with picnic areas and benches for all to enjoy.


These days McLaren Vale is 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 will love the world class Shiraz coming out of this region.


Our trail makes the most of McLaren Vale’s rich and varied food offerings, and there are options to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s a grazing platter of local produce, fine dining, or one of the numerous cafes and bakeries in the township, we’ve got you covered. Alternatively bring a picnic and perch on the hilltop at Kay Brothers enjoying serenity and stunning views.


We are proud to give you McLaren Vale as though you were driving yourself. Join us in the city or within the region and hop on or off along our trail as you please. Having too good a time at a particular cellar door, or enjoying lunch a little too much? Stay on and catch a later bus! With a bit of planning (and one of our handy Info packs!) you truly can Tour Your Way.

Touring Your Way, In a Nutshell…

  • Collection and return from Adelaide CBD (Stamford Plaza Hotel) or within the region itself
  • Regular timetable you can rely on (see below)
  • Hop on or off at any stop along the way (so long as you have booked!)
  • Stay as long you like at any stop
  • Maximise your wine budget
  • No need for drink driving or designated drivers
  • Amazing food options to suit all tastes and budgets
  • World class wines
  • Spectacular scenery
  • Unforgettable cellar door experiences

Download the McLaren Vale InfoPack for all the information you need to make the most of this tour.


McLaren Vale Tour Schedule – download here

Tour Days – Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon

Frequently Asked Questions

All of our city location pickups are collected from the Stamford Plaza - 150 North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000
Yes children are welcome onboard, however, please take note of the following:

1 Baby Seats / Boosters - Unfortunately there is no way for guests to bring or install car seats, as there are literally no anchor points. Legally our 20-seat buses are defined as 'omnibuses' which are any 'real' buses defined as above 13 seats. As such, like a public transport passenger bus or tram, children under 5 would have to ride on their parents at their own risk, and TrailHopper is not legally liable for any child passenger under 16 years old.

2 Prams, Strollers & Luggage - Unfortunately we have no storage space for large items such as prams. Also, due to health and safety regulations, our aisles are officially designated as 'Emergency Exits', so unless it is an umbrella pram or item that can fold up be stored under the guests' own seat then we cannot accept prams onboard.

3 In terms of child fares, children aged 5 or older are charged at the full seat rate. Children under 5 that can ride on their parents laps may travel free of charge.
All of our pickups within the region are at the information centers:

Adelaide Hills Tour: Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre 68 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf SA 5245

McLaren Vale Tour: McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Coast Visitor Centre 796 Main Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

Barossa Valley Tour: Barossa Visitor Centre 66/68 Murray St, Tanunda SA 5352
Yes there will be other guests on the bus as we are not a private tour.
Yes you are more than welcome to make sure there is no disappointment its best to book in advance.

People Reviews

  • star rating  Great experience ,
    Nice views and amazing people look after me well.
    Learn little bit about wine process. Thanks

    June 25, 2022
  • star rating  Great service, good winery options. We enjoyed having the flexibility to choose where we wanted to go. All wineries we visited were great. Bus was always right on schedule and... read more

    June 22, 2022
  • star rating  Did this tour last weekend. Teresa the guide was great (helpful, good sense of humour and good driver). This format is fantastic. I love my wine and most tours go... read more

    June 22, 2022
  • star rating  A wonderful and affordable option to do the wineries and other places of the Barossa area. You do need to do your homework before hand, but even so the driver... read more

    June 22, 2022
  • star rating  Great service, good winery options. We enjoyed having the flexibility to choose where we wanted to go. All wineries we visited were great. Bus was always right on schedule and... read more

    June 22, 2022
  • star rating  Awesome day with Karl the driver making it a fun and enjoyable day.
    Definitely recommend chapel hills premium tasting.
    Give beach road a miss poor service and unorganised.

    June 19, 2022
  • star rating  Thanks to Nate & Trail Hopper, I had a great wine tour experience. Flexible, informative and fun, I'm happy to say that it's one of the best tours I've been... read more

    June 14, 2022
  • star rating  Our guide Teresa was just brilliant! Have us plenty of tips on where we would enjoy things best and was such a pleasure to be around.

    June 13, 2022
  • star rating  We had a great day in the McLaren Vale with Trailhopper! Trailhopper is the perfect solution for singles/couples/smaller groups to jump on a bus tour without the cost of hiring... read more

    June 13, 2022
  • star rating  Nathan was a fantastic driver and guide. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
    The weather was also on our side and overall a fantastic day

    June 9, 2022
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