Our Cape Winelands tour takes you to three of the most famous destinations on what is known as the ‘longest wine route in the world’.
Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are legendary towns that lie in the heart of the Cape Winelands. They are renowned for their outstanding beauty, heritage buildings, dramatic mountain ranges and vast rolling vineyards.
Many of the wine estates in this region are iconic estates with a rich cultural history. This tour is not only an opportunity to sample some of the Cape’s finest wines paired with delicious cheeses; it’s also a chance to explore the historic towns and learn more about their history and the early development of the famous Cape Winelands.
The tour takes you on an incredibly scenic route to the heart of the Cape Winelands where you’ll spend a day visiting premier wine estates in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. It includes cellar tours and wine tasting and cheese pairings.
The day in the historic town of Stellenbosch, continues on to the beautiful Franschhoek valley and ends in the picturesque Paarl valley with a detour to Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
Stellenbosch (approximately 1 hour 45 minutes)
We leave Cape town and drive to Stellenbosch, between 30-40 minutes’ drive. Your guide takes you on a tour of the historic town which is also home to one of the most prominent universities in Africa. Stellenbosch is renowned for its beautiful scenery and stately heritage buildings.
We stop at a premier wine estate and enjoy a short cellar tour and time sampling the finest wines in their collection paired with local cheese. You can purchase your favourite vintage from the wine farm.
Franschhoek (approximately 2 hours)
Our next stop is Franschhoek (meaning French corner). It’s an old Huguenot village and a world-renowned culinary destination for food and wine lovers. After a short tour of the charming town, we jump onto the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
The open-air double-decker tram takes visitors on a variety of routes. You can hop-on and hop-off the wine tram to visit the oldest and most distinguished wine estates in the valley.
The tram guide tells you more about the history of the French town and its tropical fruit and wine-growing industry. You’ll sample a selection of some of the finest wines produced in the valley and can grab a bite to eat and drinks at one of the stops (not included in the rate).
Paarl and Drakenstein Prison (approximately 1 hour)
Enroute to Paarl, we take a quick detour to Drakenstein Prison (formerly known as Victor Verster Prison). This is where the great Nelson Mandela spent the last 14 months of his 27-year prison sentence. Mandela famously walked out of Drakenstein Prison a free man on the 11 February 1990. A life-size statue of Mandela has been erected at the prison.
In Paarl, you’re taken on a short tour of the picturesque town before we make our way to the famous Spice Route. This popular spot is an all-in-one culinary destination.
Spice Route is located on a beautiful wine farm and offers visitors a selection wine merchants, excellent coffee shops, restaurants and delis, a craft beer brewery, shops and a children’s play area. You can sample the valley’s finest wines or, for a change, the best craft beer in the Cape. Shop for souvenirs or take a leisurely stroll around the gardens.
We leave Paarl late afternoon with full tummies and a real taste of the splendors of the Cape Winelands. We drop you back at your hotel or guest house between 17h30 and 18h00.
Collection and drop-off: Any accommodation address in Cape Town
Collect: Between 8h00 and 9h00
Drop-off: Between 17h30 and 18h00
The exact collection and drop-off times depend on your location and traffic. Please confirm exact timing with your MoAfrika Tours representative.
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