Australia & Tasmania Cycling Cruise

Sydney to Melbourne

Photo Itinerary

Australia &  Tasmania 2021

Santana’s Australia & Tasmania Cycling Cruise starts in Sydney, where our warm-up ride includes the city’s iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Rides on the following two days explore the colorful coastline of New South Wales and quiet roads through the vineyards of Victoria.

Anyone looking will have no problem spotting kangaroos, koalas, wombats & quokkas.

Do Kangaroos go to the beach? Of course!
It’s the perfect place for them to wet their tails.

Each night our floating resort transports us up to 200 miles while we dream of wonders ahead. The newly recreated Star Breeze allows this to be the first luxury cycling tour to explore the mysterious island of Tasmania—Australia’s version of Alaska.

Most cyclists who tour Tasmania bring their tents and spend three weeks. Our yacht-dimension hotel does away with campgrounds and allows us to select the best rides while skipping all those extra days used to connect them.

A few miles of rainforest rides are included!

With beautifully paved roads that are closer to the Antarctic than anywhere else on earth, Tasmania has picturesque fjords, ancient forests, and pristine wilderness. This region of Australia also contains the world’s greatest assortment of exotic animals.

During our rides in Tasmania participants are certain to spot: wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes, sugar gliders, platypus, penguins, seals, anteaters, and maybe a reclusive Tasmanian Devil.

Crossing back to the mainland we explore Cape Otway National Park, which was largely unreachable until returning WWI engineers carefully carved the Great Ocean Road into a rugged segment of coast that reminds many of California’s Big Sur.

Requiring 14 years of construction, the expertly graded Great Ocean Road nestles into the contours of the coastline to create several breathtaking days of cycling for our cruise.

Is there really a place where hundreds of wild penguins fall into line for their sunset march to the sea? On Philip Island we’ll enjoy a final ride, pack our bikes, and witness an evening parade of penguins.

Our cruise concludes the following morning in Melbourne, which like Sydney hosts a variety of non-stop flights to the US.

MS Star Breeze

Australia &  Tasmania 2021

Santana has chartered Windstar’s All-Suite Star Breeze for Australia and Tasmania!

The Star Breeze is an ALL-Suites motor yacht.

The smallest suite, at 277 sq.ft, is twice as large as staterooms found on other new cruise ships.

10 different suite categories makes it easy to find one that’s right for you.

A total of 5 gourmet restaurants provide a variety of fresh culinary options. Jan wants you to know that 24-hour room service is a no-cost extra!

The Star Breeze has a 1:1.5 crew-to-passenger ratio to provide award winning service.

Santana has worked with Windstar since 2010. We love their yacht-sized fleet, as does the cruising public and industry critics. Year after year Windstar wins all the major awards for small ship cruising, and scores the highest return-client loyalty. Santana’s previous Windstar charters included the Mediterranean and Tahiti. This summer’s British Isles charter of their Star Breeze was especially attractive, and sold out a year in advance.

Is the Star Breeze the exact same ship Santana filled for this summer’s cycling cruise of the British Isles?

Yes …and No.

A month after our summer cruise the Star Breeze will be withdrawn from service to spearhead Windstar’s “Star Initiative Project”—a quarter billion dollar stretch of their 3 motor yachts. After cutting the Star Breeze into front and rear halves, a precursor to the installation of quieter new eco-friendly motors and generators, they’ll replace the ship’s decor and furnishings. before buttoning things up they’ll slide in a new 84-foot midsection.

This 90 second video shows the process.

Before

After

The Star Breeze we’ve chartered for Australia will essentially-new ship with larger additional public areas, a tripled-size ocean-view swimming pool, new tenders, and new lifeboats.

Existing suites will obtain enhanced soundproofing and all-new bathrooms. Added suites include new categories at both ends of the price range. After relaunch you’ll not only have a wider range of staterooms to choose from, the Star Breeze will have five gourmet dining venues to provide a wider range of fresh cuisine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Australia &  Tasmania 2021

Q: What are the exact dates?

A: February 5 to 17, 2021. A 13-Day/12-Night Cycling Cruise.

Q: Why February?

A: The dates for Santana’s Australia & Tasmania Cycling Cruise were hand selected for the best cycling weather possible in the regions we’ll be exploring. The Southern coast of Australia has a moderate climate with summer in the low 70’s and winters in the low 50’s, and because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere—the end of their summer falls in February. Perfect for a Winter Escape! While your neighbors are shoveling snow, you’ll be enjoying short-sleeve cycling through paradise.

Q: What’s the cost?

A: Due to the current strength of the dollar and the wonderful offer Windstar gave us for their first-ever Australia cruise, our pricing for this 13-day cycling cruise starts at $6,299 per-person. Booking early is easy and RISK FREE. Our reservations page shows pricing of available staterooms.

Q: What’s “Early-In” Pricing?

A: To manage the risk of chartering entire cruise ships, couples who commit early are rewarded with discounts of up to $1,000 per stateroom. Lowest pricing in every category is limited to the first few rooms. Booking early is easy and RISK FREE.

Q: What about tipping?

A: Jan and I don’t accept tips. A comprehensive “cruise extras” fee of $450 per-person includes a long list of off-ship activities, admissions, interpretive guides, sight fees, and ride support (gps route files, morning shuttles to give casual riders a head start, and an SOS van driven by a pro mechanic). Port fees are $720 per-person, this is an Australian government mandated tax. Note that this is less than the average cruise passenger pays for week of “deluxe excursions.” Mandatory shipboard gratuities of $180 per-person includes valet bike handling.

Q: All Suites?!

A: Every stateroom is a suite. About 40% have balconies. Pricing varies by location and floor plan (see the Stateroom Reservations section below for pricing details).

Q: Are there differences between the suites?

A: Certainly. The Star Breeze features deluxe bedding and spacious floor plans. The suites have a private bathroom with a double-vanity & double-sinks, bathtubs, air-conditioning with adjustable thermostat, and are soundproofed. All Star Breeze staterooms are located on the exterior, and offer exquisite views or balconies. The smallest room on the ship is 277 square feet.

Q: How are staterooms assigned?

A: In any sub-category all rooms are identical. Using the PayPal timestamp, those who reserve earliest get the conveniently located staterooms closest to the front of the ship. If friends desire a pair of adjacent staterooms the timestamp of the first reservation determines the location of both rooms. Out of fairness to all our guests, we will not take requests for specific room numbers. Those who book early obtain prime positioning.

Q: Are rental bikes available? 

A: Yes. If you own a nice bike that fits, however, bringing it with you is relatively easy and inexpensive. More info on this in Bill’s Travel Tips. Single bike rental rates are about $450 per person for this event, includes delivery to embark and retrieval at disembark. We will update you on rental bike pricing about 45 days prior to embark.

Q: How do we get to and from the tour?

A: Detailed info by March ’20. Those who arrive and leave on the embark and debark days will receive FREE Airport transfers.

Q: How many miles each day?

A: In addition to our daily pair of zero-mile options (cruising on the ship or grabbing a seat on our Panoramic-Window coach), every day has multiple cycling routes. Anyone who can ride 30 flat miles will be able to enjoy all eleven days of cycling. If you prefer hills or want to ride 60 (or more) miles a day, we’ve got you covered. At each morning’s breakfast you’ll get a map charting the day’s cycling routes and recommended stops. During a brief route talk you’ll hear about each route’s grades and difficulty. Santana’s vets have learned to love and rely on their handlebar-mounted gps unit. Costing as little as $160, these touch-screen marvels prevent the age-old problem of getting lost or riding unplanned miles. Santana supplies free electronic mapping and route files. Simply select the route and follow the highlighted map.

Q: What’s the next step?

A: A near-immediate sell-out of this event is anticipated. Early-in pricing is limited to the first few rooms in each category. Pricing listed on the Stateroom Reservations section is the current pricing. Refresh your browser to see any changes that may have occurred if you delay booking after loading this page. To lock-in availability and the lowest pricing on a RISK-FREE basis, reserve your space through our PayPal portal. PayPal’s secure website is open 24 hours per day, accepts all major credit cards, and automatically adjusts for remaining stateroom availability. Reserving your spot is RISK-FREE. In each category the prime location staterooms will be assigned in the same order as the time stamp of your booking.

Q: What do you mean by RISK-FREE?

A: When you use your credit card and book through PayPal, we’ll give you 14 risk-free days to think it over and clear your schedule. If you change your mind, send an email to Matt@SantanaAdventures.com within two weeks to cancel the PayPal transaction and obtain a full refund. Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions.

Q: What if we change our minds after 14 days?

A: Because full-boat charters are binding, non-cancelable contracts, Jan and I will only enter into this charter based on your confirmed-through-PayPal commitment. In effect, we undertake a huge risk by guaranteeing full payment on your behalf. After entering into this obligation, we cannot afford for you to back out—for any reason. This is no different than the clear written policy that existed for all except one of Santana’s prior chartered-ship cruises (this charter will be our 58th!). While preparing for our 2009 Danube event I neglected to include the following proviso. That’s the year a group of friends, after verbally agreeing to pay in full and then stringing Jan along for many months, decided to cancel their plans. Lesson learned! Here it is (again) in writing:

Santana’s acceptance of your registration and non-refundable deposit for this event is subsequent to your agreement to pay the remaining balance in full. While Santana allows limited refunds on rallies and tours, Santana’s cruises are non-cancelable and non-transferable. When the possibility of paying yet not attending is unacceptable, Jan and I recommend Travel Guard trip insurance. For the past 20 years hundreds of our clients have relied on Travel Guard coverage without complaint. An informative application will be mailed with your invoice; and further information is available online. Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions.

Q: Have you ever relaxed your refund policy?

A: Jan and I have willingly resold a number of fully prepaid staterooms for a fee of $1000 per room—which was waived when a vacating couple found someone to take their place. When there has been more than one pending resell request, those who paid-in-full earliest had their space resold next. Using this non-guaranteed method (which is grossly inferior to trip insurance) Jan and I have cheerfully refunded over $500,000 in otherwise non-refundable and non-transferable cruise fares. Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions.

Q: What’s the difference between a SAG-wagon and Santana’s SOS/treasure vans? 

A: Most tour companies use SAG-wagons that haul luggage and “sweep” the route between overnight stops. The drivers refill water-bottles, fix flat tires, and retrieve riders who can’t manage the easiest route between the widely spaced hotels. The problem, of course, is that the roving vans tend to be annoying until you actually need help. At that point it’s common to wait for two or more hours until one shows up. Although SAG drivers can fix a flat, they don’t have the tools or know-how to handle serious mechanical problems. Instead, they drive you to a bike shop (which explains why SAG-wagons disappear for hours at a time). This tour’s SOS van is driven by a pro bike mechanic who brings tools and spares. When you phone him with the coordinates from your GPS, he’ll arrive in a flash to get you back in the saddle. Because Santana expects participants to fill their own bottles, fix their own flats, and choose a ride they can finish, our SOS drivers are underworked, and have time to retrieve your shopping treasures.

Q: Are beverages included?

A: Alcohol is not included but can be charged to your room. Soft Drinks, Coffee, Espresso Drinks, and Juice are all complimentary all day long.

Q: Which meals are included?

A: During Santana’s earlier charters of Windstar cruises the culinary staff appreciated our appetites as much as we appreciated their multi-course gourmet meals. A 5-star chef will curate a new menu for each meal, and will always include a surprising selection of local fruits and produce, regional specialties, the freshest-possible seafood, vegetarian options, and grilled-to-order meats. A changing assortment of desserts and pastries are produced aboard each day. Breakfast and Lunch are served buffet style, perfect for active cyclists. Dinner is a plated multi-course menu with plenty of gourmet options for all of our participants.

Q: Does the Star Breeze have WiFi?
Will there be menu selections for vegetarians, vegans and picky eaters?

A: Yes to all of the above.

Q: Does the Star Breeze have Room Service?

A: Yes, all food served on board is complimentary, including 24-hour room service.

Q: Does the Star Breeze have Elevators?

A: Yes.

Q: What if we have more questions?

A: The easiest way to get help is by phoning or emailing Matt, who is happy to help answer your questions.
+1 (949) 677-7896        Matt@SantanaAdventures.com

Q: What if I run into problems with Reservations or PayPal?

A: The easiest way to get help is by phoning or emailing Matt, who is happy to help guide you.
+1 (949) 677-7896        Matt@SantanaAdventures.com

Suite Reservations

Australia &  Tasmania

February 5 to 17, 2021
— Click on the Deck Plan above to see the Suite Floor Plans and a full listing of restaurants and public areas —

Full Cancellation policy appears below. Your deposit signifies an acceptance of those terms.

Stateroom Category
Description
Santana’s Australia Fares*
Availability
Owner’s Suite
Deck 6
$11,499*
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Classic Suite
Deck 5 
$10,099*
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Deluxe Suite
Deck 4, 5, or 6
$9,399*
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Balcony Suite 2
Deck 6
$8,599*
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Balcony Suite 1
Deck 5
$8,299*
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Ocean View Suite 4
Deck 6
$7,699*
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Ocean View Suite 3
Deck 5
$7,399*
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Ocean View Suite 2
Deck 4
$6,999*
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Ocean View Suite 1
Deck 4 Bow
$6,699*
Wait List
Porthole Suite
Deck 3
$6,299*
Wait List
* $1,000 Early-In Discount has already been applied to these fares.
* Fares are Per-Person & Double-Occupancy
* Fares are set at time of purchase, and are otherwise subject to change based on availability.
* Please note that the number of rooms in each category is limited and unchangeable.

Please Note:
Stateroom Prices are per person, double occupancy
Deposits listed below are per stateroom, up to two participants

PayPal Deposits

Suite Selection
Bedding Preference
Contact Phone Number
Our comprehensive “cruise extras” fee of $450 per-person covers a long list of off-ship activities, admissions, and guides. Port fees are $720 per-person, this is an Australian government mandated tax. Crew Gratuities of $180 per-person will be collected at the event.
Here is a full listing of Santana Adventures’ Terms & Conditions. Your initial deposit is refundable for 14 days. Unless you cancel in writing within that 14 day period, the following Scary Cancellation Policy applies to Santana’s chartered cruise events:
Because cruise ship charters are binding, non-cancelable contracts, Jan and I will only enter into this charter based on your confirmed-with-a-deposit commitment. In effect, we undertake a huge risk by guaranteeing full payment on your behalf. After entering into this obligation, we cannot afford for you to back out, for any reason. This is the same policy that existed on all of Santana’s cruises for the past 9 years.
Santana’s acceptance of your registration and non-refundable deposit for this event is subsequent to your agreement to pay the remaining balance in full. While Santana allows limited refunds on Rallies and Tours, Santana’s Cruises are non-cancelable, non-transferable, and non-refundable. When the possibility of paying yet not attending is unacceptable, Jan and I recommend Travel Guard Trip Insurance. For the past 20 years hundreds of our clients have relied on Travel Guard coverage without a single complaint. An informative application is available upon request; and further information is available online.