Approx. 9 hoursStart time
From central hotels 07:30am – 09:15amMeeting 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
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.
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.
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.
We lucked out with our guide, he went out of his way to please us. Well done!...marie cecile beauvais
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