Franschhoek wine Tram & Stellenbosch Town Full day tour | La Vacanza Travel

Franschhoek wine Tram & Stellenbosch Town Full day tour

Duration: 9 to 10 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Cape Town
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  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

Join our small group tour and discover the Mountainous, best wine growing regions of South Africa. This tour combines the ever-popular Franschhoek tram and also allowing a visit to the historic town of Stellenbosch in a unique setting. We have selected our winetasting stops carefully to allow for a perfect balance between those on a quest for historic architecture and Instagramic photo seekers to the most critical wine connoisseurs of the world. Pickup will be from your hotel in Cape town and so will the drop off. Please bring along, your empty cameras, different outfits if you like and strongest tastebuds as you are about to go on a journey of new discoveries and more.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

After you have been picked up from your accommodation in Cape town. You will travel on the N2 motorway through the Cape flats to the Mountainous town of Stellenbosch. While you drive, your tour guide will give a commentary about the important landmarks that you will drive past. Upon Arrival in Stellenbosch town, you will have a chance to get off the vehicle and discover the quaint and cozy town on foot. Endemic Cape Dutch style buildings flows parallel to the leafy streets of Stellenbosch and over a 150-year-old water furrows makes a headway for the town's north-eastern gentle slope. Old and new shops trade in art, antiques, jewelry and carved wood. You may also want to take this opportunity to grab a coffee and absorb the town's vibrant energy before you move on to your first wine tasting experience of the day.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Lanzerac Wine Estate, No. 1 Lanzerac Road, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

After the quick exploration of Stellenbosch town, the next stop will be at Lanzerac wine estate for your chocolate and wine tasting pairing experience. Lanzerac is one of the oldest wine estates in Stellenbosch and covers about 200 hectares of land at the foothills of Jonkershoek Mountains. The beautiful wine estate is known amongst many attributes, for having the best examples of the endemic Cape Dutch Architectural buildings in the world. The Manor house which dates back to the 1830s has a provincial heritage status and together with the vineyards and wine cellar, creates a typical French's tradition of fusing a country hotel and a wine estate. It is at Lanzerac that Pinotage was first bottled. However, your experience here will not have anything to do with the only South African wine but a unique tasting of 5 Premium wines paired perfectly with a selection of artisanal chocolates. The chocolates are meant to expose to you the different angles of the wine's texture before and after.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Tokara Wine Estate, Helshoogte Rd, Stellenbosch 7600 South Africa

From Lanzerac, you will drive up and down the hilly and winding Hell's heights pass to Tokara. Unlike the historic Lanzerac, Tokara is known for its modern look, Views that stretches as far as Table Mountain and an olive groove that produces some of the best olive oils in the area. The wine tasting here consist of 5 classic wines including a Rose and one of the best Carbert Sauvignon in the area that has been closely natured for 2 decades since the turn of the century. The deep rich soils consisting of decomposed granite, weathered sandstone affords Tokara the privilege to grow individual batches that are then blended to make top tier wines. The Tokara wine advisor will share with all the information of the wines as you taste them individually and should you have time, you might also want to try the olive oils or even a cheese platter.

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Franschhoek, Franschhoek, Western Cape

After your second wine tasting experience, the journey will take us to Franschhoek town via the historic town of Pniel. A great many farmers hailing from France showed up at the Cape in the 1680s and were subsequently granted land here to grow vineyards and thus the town became known as Franschhoek, meaning the French's corner. Surrounded by mountains and manicured vineyards on all sides, Franschhoek gives one a beautiful co-relation of nature and man's work. The beautifully done Leeu estate consisting of art galleries, hotel and restaurants leaves one with a burning desire to stay here for much longer. We will have a lunch break here and you may also want to take this opportunity to explore the shops, this town would not disappoint. Same as in Stellenbosch, here one may find art stores, jewelry stores, fine leather stores, clothing stores or even fine chocolate factories!

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Franschhoek Wine Tram - Official Site (Franschhoek Terminal), Corner of Main Road, and, Cabriere St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa

Soon after the lunch break and the exploration of Franschhoek, the tour will make a headway for the Franschhoek terminals for your second leg of the wine tasting experience by tram. Your tour guide will give you your tram tickets and explain to you how to read the tram's timetable. It usually takes about 8 minutes for the tram to travel between farms and you may hope off at farm of your choice among the list of farms provided on your route. Two would be the maximum number of farms that you can visit by tram but you may also do a third one, time permitting.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Rickety Bridge Estate, R45, Main Road Franschhoek, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Your first possible stop by tram would be at the first female owned farm in Franschhoek, Rickety bridge. The tram will drop you off at the Rickety Bridge terminals where you will be picked up by a farm tractor with comfortable seats and transported to the wine tasting area. Here you will be more than welcome to choose any of the available wine tasting options. You may also opt out of the wine tasting and instead seat at Paulina's restaurant where you can grab a snack, coffee or order a glass of wine and enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains and the vineyards of the Franschhoek valley.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Franschhoek Cellar, R45 Franschhoek Main Road, Franschhoek 7680 South Africa

Franschhoek cellar is one of the farms in the winelands of Cape town that offers the unique wine and cheese or handmade Belgian chocolate parings. The Belgian chocolate are made down the road in the same town and so is the wine. A traditional wine only tasting is also available should that be a better choice for you. The Franschhoek cellar is also the closest to the tram terminals and should you like to stretch your legs after a full day of multiple wine tasting, you could actually walk to the terminals to meet with your tour guide and the rest of the group.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Groot Drakenstein Prison, On the R301 Road 5 Km from the R45 Huguenot Road, Breede River, Witzenberg Municipality South Africa

On our way back to Cape town, you will have an opportunity to stop at a prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last 2 years of his 27 years in incarceration. A Lifesize bronze statue of this great man stands just outside the prison gates with his fist clenched into the air as if to symbolize strength and courage. Your guide will give you a brief summary about the prison's past, present and the release of Nelson Mandela before proceeding on to Cape town for drop off at your hotel.

Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Wine tram tickets
  • Pickup and drop off from Cape town
  • Qualified tour guide
  • Entry/Admission - Franschhoek Wine Tram - Official Site (Franschhoek Terminal)

Exclusions
  • Gratuity (optional)
  • Wine tasting fees (Unless if option selected)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Cape town proper area.
Pickup times will be sent a day before the tour for all small group tour passengers.
Pickup time for private tours is either at 8am or 9:00am as booked.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

9 to 10 hours


User's Reviews

Kevin_D

21 May, 2024

An amazing tour with a great variety of different type of wineries. Our guide Joseph was knowledgeable, kind, and made sure we had the best experience throughout!

GrandTour10358319689

15 May, 2024

Danny/Dansen was our amazing tour guide. The trip its self was amazing and a beautiful experience. Me and my husband were celebrating my 30th birthday on a wine tasting/wine tours and what a way to spend it. Having Danny as our guide just topped off the experience and made the day so worth while, nothing was too much for Danny and any questions we had for him were never unanswered. Honestly i couldn’t recommend this company enough. If you book and are lucky enough to have Danny as your guide then you are in for a treat. Never met someone soo friendly, helpful and kind, an absolute pleasure to have spent our tour and my birthday with him, The best birthday yet. Thank you Kerri & Zak 13.05.24

brleiter

14 May, 2024

The tour. The views. The wines. The experience. All 10 out of 10. This trip would not have been the same without our guide, Danny! He was charismatic, informative, incredible friendly, helpful, and flexible with timing. Picked us up right on time out front of our hotel and we headed out. We even got very lucky with only one other couple in our group so it was a very small group setting. Danny gave us history insights along the way as well and many recommendations throughout the day. I would recommend doing the tour without tasting fees including as you’ll be able to pay at each winery and you can choose the tasting you would prefer instead. All in all an amazing trip and one I would highly recommend!

319alixm

21 Apr, 2024

My family were over visiting me in Cape Town and wanted to experience the real wine tour experience. We booked with cape archive tours and the service of booking and arranging transport was faultless! Our driver arrived on time for the tour in a lovely bus. Our tour guide Rodney was amazing. The whole way to the wine lands he told us history and facts about the city. He took us to different vineyards and we never felt rushed. We had the best day and Rodney made us laugh throughout it all and made sure to take plenty pictures of us!! Only 2 weeks later I done the same tour with my friends because I loved it so much and requested Rodney for the second time! As I had only done the same tour a couple weeks ago he made sure to switch up the vineyards to give me a different experience ! We also had a great time and met some lovely people!

Tina_S

10 Mar, 2024

Fabulous day visiting several wineries. Our guide Peter was very knowledgeable, friendly and an all round nice guy. Small group for the more personal experience. We added two friends on last minute and communication was great and swift. Thank you.

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Amazing day with a superb guide, Santana

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