Cape Winelands (Full Day)
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Stellenbosch
- Product code: W/FD
Begin your journey in Cape Town with a drive to the heart of the Cape
Winelands and get to experience the great hospitality and beauty of
Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Discover the process of making wine
from vineyard to the bottle and participate in a cellar tour
accompanied by a wine and cheese tasting.
Kick off your Cape Winelands tour in Stellenbosch,
also known as the Eikestad (City of Oaks in Afrikaans). It is not only
the second oldest town in South Africa but also boasts the largest
variety and concentration of vineyards, with more than 140 wine farms.
Take a walk along oak lined streets and soak in the holiday atmosphere
that characterises this quiet “old world” town. Be taken back in time by
the well preserved examples of Cape Dutch style architecture, antique
shops, national monuments including Dorp street, museums as well as
South Africa’s oldest music school the Conservatoire. Visit a wine farm
and participate in a cellar tour accompanied by a wine and cheese
The tour then proceeds to Paarl, the third oldest South African town and largest town in the Cape Winelands.
View magnificently preserved classic Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings
and visit Groot Drakenstein Correctional Centre formerly Victor
Verster prison, where the legendary Nelson Mandela spent the final years
of his incarceration. Get a chance to see the bronze statue of Mandela
which now stands outside the prison to commemorate where he made the
famous “walk to freedom” in 1990. Not to forget you will also get an
opportunity to taste wine at one of Paarl’s renowned vineyards.
Drive to Franschhoek (French corner) an old town with a strong French
history and influence that dates back to 1688. Many farms and
businesses still hold onto their French names and the town’s atmosphere
is uniquely French-like. The town’s close proximity to Cape Town
combined with its ideal weather, architectural beauty, huge variety of
culinary offerings and award winning wines make it one of the most
popular tourist destinations in the Cape Winelands. It
has been described by many as the “food and wine capital” of South
Africa. Take a walk in the town and be part of its rich history while
enjoying the many art galleries, antique shops and charming restaurants
that make up this magnificent town. Stop at the Huguenot Memorial
before going on a cellar tour at a local wine estate for a wine tasting.
End your Cape Winelands day tour with a scenic drive back to Cape Town.