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FULL DAY CAPE WINELANDS TOUR

Created with Sketch. Franschhoek, South Africa
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Duration

8 hours

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Tour Type

Daily Tour

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Group Size

12 people

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Overview

What is the best feature of a Cape Winelands tour? Not only does a Winelands
the tour takes in the crisp white and classic French-style red wines, fantastic
cheeses and olives that the area is famous for, but it also gives you a
chance to savor a stunning wealth of natural beauty.
Explore vast estates as we take you along the Cape Winelands’ principal
route through Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschhoek. Relax in the shade of
giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. Our
Winelands tour is a day filled with fine wines, great food, and spectacular
scenery.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cape Town City Centre
  • Paarl
  • Franschhoek
  • Stellenbosch
  • Return to Cape Town

Itinerary

Day Tours

What is the best feature of a Cape Winelands tour? Not only does a Winelands
tour takes in the crisp white and classic French-style red wines, fantastic
cheeses and olives that the area is famous for, but it also gives you a
chance to savour a stunning wealth of natural beauty.
Explore vast estates as we take you along the Cape Winelands' principal
route through Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Relax in the shade of
giant oak trees and towering mountains overlooking lush valleys. Our
Winelands tour is a day filled with fine wines, great food and spectacular
scenery.

Cape Winelands
Leave from Cape Town City Centre
We will leave from Cape Town's picturesque city bowl, which lies in a
natural amphitheatre ringed by Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Lion's Head and
Devil's Peak. This fantastic natural beauty, along with a temperate climate,
has made Cape Town a long-time favourite of world travellers.
As we head out of the city you might see a distinctive architectural quirk
that is characteristic of this area. The gable design on many of the
buildings is a legacy of the first Cape Dutch farmers who came to settle in
the area in the 1600 and 1700s. Their influence can be seen in the
architecture of the region as well as the great farm and wine estates.
We will head eastwards, travelling on the N1 out of the city.

Paarl
Arrive in Paarl
Our tour of the Cape Winelands starts with a visit to Paarl; a charming
valley overlooked by the 'Pearl of Paarl', an imposing granite mountain that
towers above this area. Stately oak trees line well-manicured streets and
gardens and you can expect to see many fine examples of Cape Dutch
architecture.
This region was originally inhabited by the Khoikhoi and San people.
European explorers first came into the area in 1657 in search of trading
relationships with the local people. One traveller, upon seeing the giant
granite mountain shining after a rainstorm described it as 'de Diamond en
de Peerlberg' (the Diamond and Pearl Mountain); this is the origin of
Paarl's name.
Dutch and French Huguenot farmers settled in the area in the 1680s and
quickly found the fertile soil and temperate climate to be perfect for
farming. Fruit, vegetables and gardens flourished; as well as the vineyards
that began Paarl's prominence as a wine producer.
We will visit one of the top Paarl wine estates to sample they're fine wines
and enjoy a tour of their cellar, where you can gain insight into the
process of viniculture.

Franschhoek
Travel To Franschhoek
Moving on to our next stop, it's a short but spectacular drive from Paarl to
Franschhoek. We are now deep in the Cape Winelands and you are surrounded by
vineyards, verdant valleys and rolling mountains.
Franschhoek lays south-west to Paarl, near the Drakenstein Mountains. It was
established in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing Huguenot religious
persecution in Europe. A monument in the town commemorates the arrival of
these early settlers. They helped to develop wines that were greatly sought
after and desired by Napoleon, Bismarck and royalty such as Edward VII, the
Prince of Wales. Many of these great wine estates still retain their
original farmhouses.
Fantastic Cape Dutch Architecture also remains preserved in the town thanks
to restrictions that help retain the spirit of the original settlers.
Here we will stop for lunch (at guests own expense) and another wine tasting
at an excellent wine estate.

Stellenbosch
Travel to Stellenbosch
The last stop on our tour of the Winelands in Stellenbosch, the second
oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine
region. In 1679, Dutch East India Company governor, Simon van der Stel,
noticed the fertility of this long valley, on the banks of the Eerste River,
as ideal for vineyards. Van der Stel's foresight led to the growth of one of
the world's best wine regions. An elegant mix of 18-century Cape Dutch,
Georgian and Victorian buildings are noticeable as you head down Dorp Street,
where huge Oaks still shadow original water furrows. Enjoy a final wine
tasting before returning to Cape Town.
Return to Cape Town
At the end of a leisurely day exploring the stunning Cape Wine-lands, we will
return you to Cape Town in style and comfort.
Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

Included/Excluded

  • Return transfers from central Cape Town hotels
  • 3 wine tastings
  • Cellar tour
  • Lunch

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Franschhoek, South Africa

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