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Cape Town Winelands Tour: Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch

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Highlights

  • Sample award-winning wines during expert-led sessions at the top wine estates
  • Enjoy the charm and scenic beauty of the Cape Winelands
  • Professional guide to accompany you
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off

Overview

Go on a Cape Town wine tour and explore South Africa’s winelands on this excursion. Take a trip to Stellenbosch, South Africa’s second oldest town (after Cape Town) and stroll around the award winning Nelsons wine estate and see beautifully restored Cape Dutch buildings and numerous wine cellars.

Enjoy the scenery as you drive over Helshoogte Mountain Pass to the village of Franschhoek. The region was inhabited by French Huguenots 300 years ago and still retains its charm. You will also see Cape Dutch furniture displayed at the memorial museum.

At the scenic town of Paarl, stroll along lanes lined with Cape Dutch architecture and sample some of the finest wines of this region.

Itinerary

In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cape Town. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken on a tour of Cape Winelands.

Head north to Paarl area and visit the Nelsons Creek Estate. The Wine Centre is housed in a gabled barn dating back to 1692 and it’s where wines from many local wine estates are stocked. Nelsons offers a selection of formal wine tastings to suit casual drinkers and connoisseurs. After a tour through their cellars, a chance to sample some of their local wines as well as a cheese tasting.

A brief city tour of Paarl follows, before we make our way to Franschhoek where French Huguenots settled 300 years ago and which still retains its French atmosphere. This little village nestled amongst the mountains can easily be mistaken as being in Switzerland.

After a short tour of the village, a wine tasting at La Couronne Estate with the option of lunch on the estate (optional – for own account). Drive to the Stellenbosch area and visit the Spier wine estate. The Wine Centre is housed in an original Dutch gabled barn dating back to 1750 and it’s where wines from over 175 local wine estates are stocked. It is a great chance to sample some fine wines at the estate. You can take an optional visit to the Spier Cheetah Breeding Project. It is easy to understand why Simon van der Stel decided to settle a village amongst the mountains. The backdrop of the Hottentots Holland mountains, the white gabled Cape Dutch homesteads and the oak lined streets and lanes all blend in to give this place a charm that will not be quickly forgotten.

We return to Cape Town late afternoon. Late in the afternoon, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cape Town.

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Reviews

Knowledgeable guide with a true love of what he does. The wineries picked were diversified. The selection by our guide couldn't have been better. The wine tasting experience... MARY J RINEHART

Travel Date: May 12, 2011. Hylton- Ross was the local tour company used. Excellent tour & knowledgeable guide, Lory. Lory assisted us with confirming our other tours & making... Janet W. Cole

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

Approx. 9 hours

Start time

Start time: from central hotels 0730h - 0915h (07:30am – 09:15am)
Duration: Approx. 9 hours

Meeting point

Your central hotel in Cape Town. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Your central hotel in Cape Town

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Wine tasting

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Entrance Fee to Cheetah breeding project

Do/Dont's

Bring casual lightweight cotton clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and hat.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
Entrance Fee to Cheetah breeding project not included.
On some departures, one wine tasting may be replaced by a brandy & chocolate tasting.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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  • "Wine Tasting Tour at its' BEST!" Knowledgeable guide with a true love of what he does. The wineries picked were diversified. The selection by our guide couldn't have been better. The wine tasting experience...
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