- Food & Wine
*This tour leaves from either Cape Town or Hermanus.
Experience the Cape Winelands’ beautiful vistas with breathtaking mountain backdrops, sip on world-class wines, all in an area rich in history and culture. Charming Cape Dutch style homesteads, vast rolling vineyards and award-winning wine farms producing top-class wines is what you can look forward to on this full-day tour.
We’ll drive into the heart of the Cape Winelands where you will get to experience the renowned hospitality and stunning beauty of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.
Discover the inner workings of the wine-making process by going on a guided cellar tour, taste some wines, and also experience a cheese and wine pairing. We will also visit the place where Nelson Mandela made the famous “Walk to Freedom”.
WHAT TO EXPECT
There’s no better place to start the tour than in ‘Eikestad’ (meaning the ‘City of Oaks’ in Afrikaans) – the second oldest town in South Africa. There are more than 140 wine estates and -farms, and it has the biggest wine route in the country. You’ll be treated to some of the world’s finest wines, with a history of wine production dating back all the way to the 17th century.
Optional coffee stop at a local favourite café in Dorp Street.
Take a quick stroll through Dorp Street (second oldest street in S.A.), which boasts one of the longest rows of old buildings surviving in any major town in South Africa. Admire the unique Cape Dutch- and Victorian architecture of many surviving buildings, and experience the tranquil atmosphere along the oak-lined streets of the town.
Visit a wine estate and taste some great wines in a beautiful setting.
We will then proceed to Franschhoek (“French Corner”), one of the oldest towns in South Africa, with its unique French influence. Many farms still hold on to their distinctive French names, as was popular by the Huguenots settlers back then to name their farms after the areas in France from which they came. Many wine estates still maintain their original thatched and gabled Cape Dutch homesteads.
It has even been dubbed ‘the food and wine capital’ of South Africa, and rightly so – with its award-winning wines and top-class culinary offerings. This, combined with its natural beauty, art galleries, antique shops and architectural beauty makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cape Winelands.
You will have some free time to wander around this historic town, and sit down for a nice lunch at a street side restaurant. You will also visit the Huguenot Monument before leaving for the wine estate. Visit wine estate for a memorable wine tasting.
En route to our next destination we will make a short stop at the Drakenstein Correctional Centre where former president and apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela, spent his final years of incarceration, and did the famous “Walk to Freedom” on 11 February 1990. We will have a look at the bronze statue that commemorates that famous event.
The third and final stop will be Paarl, the third oldest town and European settlement in South Africa and the largest in the Cape Winelands. It’s only 60km north-east of Cape Town and is well-known for its scenic beauty and deep-rooted viticulture and fruit growing background.
Drive along a part of Paarl’s main road (the longest in South Africa) taking in the different types of architecture.
You will experience a cheese and wine pairing at one of the Cape Winelands’ top wine estates.
RETURN: ± 17h30
COST: R4,370 for 1 person / R2,540 p.p. for 2 people / R2,190 p.p. for 3 people/ R1,930 p.p. for 4 people.
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NOTE: Rates seen are per person (p.p.). Itinerary may be subject to change in circumstances beyond our control.