Full-Day Franschhoek Hop On Hop Off Wine Tram Tour from Cape Town

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town
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  • 8 hours
  • Cape Town
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of this picturesque valley, its rolling vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history. This tour includes a return transfer from Cape Town in a luxury air-conditioned motor coach and a full day riding the tram and tram buses around the wine estates.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: City Sightseeing, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront Located outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town Central 8005 South Africa

Join our air conditioned motor coach for a transfer to the Franschhoek Valley

Stop At: Franschhoek Wine Tram, Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Board the Franschhoek wine tram Purple or Orange line. These circular routes stop at any of 8 wine estates with the tram or tram bus passing every 30 minutes. (Realistically you will visit 4-5 estates)

Duration: 6 hours

Inclusions
  • Return transport by luxury coach from Cape Town to the Franschhoek valley to connect with the tram
  • Taste some wine on the tram
  • Choice of Orange or Purple Tram routes (Tram reserves the right to change routes)
  • Complimentary pick-up from many of our stops near all hotels
  • Available Tram Routes vary during the winter. Please message us for details
  • Entry/Admission - Franschhoek Wine Tram

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Wine tasting fees at the chosen wine estates
  • Cost of lunch
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is casual / semi casual
  • Wine tasting minimum age is 18
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 64 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Departure Point

1: Aquarium 1, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
2: 69 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040, South Africa
3: 14 Queens Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
4: Saint Johns Road, St Johns Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
5: Green Point Lighthouse, 100 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
6: The Winchester Boutique Hotel Cape Town, 221 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
7: 81 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa


Departure Time

9:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Sydney_N

13 Jun, 2022

A great way to see the Western Cape's wine country! This tour is operated by CitySightseeing (those big red tour buses), which is helpful to know if you want to go look up any additional information. Long review ahead, since I noticed not many reviews so far gave details about this tour. The pick-up was early for my stop, at 8:40AM. There are multiple pickup locations, which was nice as I only had to walk about a block from my accommodation. The ride on the red bus is just under an hour (without traffic, I went on a Sunday) before you arrive at the tram station in Franschhoek. During the drive they play an information track over the speakers about your surroundings and different wine country facts. We arrived at the tram at 10AM, which meant waiting around for 30 minutes until the first tram departed, at 10:28AM. Important to note - the tram and the bus are separate companies but working together. It is possible to find another way to the tram, then you have access to slightly earlier departure times and overall a longer day. For this tour, you need to be back at the main station by 4PM/4:30PM (depending on the day, for us on a Sunday in June, it was 4:30PM). Communication was very clear about when the tram/tram bus would pick you up from the stop and what times you needed to be back on the route in order to make the bus back to Cape Town. You also got a timetable at the beginning of the tour. You are not on the tram for the entire way, as the train tracks only go to a couple estates. The rest of the time is on an open air bus that they have styled to look like a tram - which still felt very cool. I am not sure if it is because I went in off season, but we were only given the option to take the "orange" line tram. This meant our route was: Plaisir de Merle, Vrede en Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Anura, Plaisir de Merle (2nd chance), Allee Bleue, Solms-Delta, and finally Boschendal. The route may change based on the time of year or which estates are open. The tricky part: the tram/tram bus come about every 40min. The description says you can get to around 4-5 estates, however I found that to be difficult if you are the type who wants to do a full tasting, really take in the estate with additional tours (cellar tours, which have to be pre-booked), or test out the food experiences (like chocolate and wine pairings, also need to be pre-booked). I was able to visit Vrede en Lust, Babylonstoren, and Boschendal - where I did the full tasting at each estate and had a small meal at the first and last. Boschendal was difficult to get to as the time on the tram between Babylonstoren and Boschendal was about 50min. I researched each estate and went with those I felt had the best wine options for my taste, but they all have something to offer - from beautiful views to gin tasting, and even play areas for kids. The guides will not give you preferences to certain estates, so plan accordingly if you want to be fully informed on which are the "best" estates to visit for your trip. Others in the group opted to do the shorter wine tasting options (typically 3 wines, rather than 5-7) and they were able to get to 4-5 estates, but really rushing with those 40min timeframes. This was offseason, so we did not experience any waiting times at the locations, but the popular estates can get busy so they suggest making reservations for lunch or tours in the busy summer months. Last note, expect to spend more than the upfront cost of this tour, as it only covers the transportation. In total, I splurged and spent about $80 for one person between all the tastings, bottles to bring home, and meals - bringing the grand total to ~$130 for this day in the wine country. You can bring your own food, the tram operators hold your wine purchases for you so you don't lug it around, and you can always opt to do the cheaper or discounted tastings. Overall, I thought it was a wonderful experience.

Anel_L

05 Jun, 2022

The Tram train was a highlight. We will be back. What a lovely experience going from farm to farm. Rhe Tram train staff are fantastic! Loved every second.

R3699ERcarolm

04 Jun, 2022

The whole tour was excellent, we had a very good experience and the staff very friendly. The time keeping was 👌 I would 100% recommend.

xyxnvz7tq2

29 May, 2022

The tram staff were amazing that made the entire tour really exciting. The whole tour was memorable and I’ll definitely do it all over again.

LuxuryLondi

19 May, 2022

My boyfriend and I had a lovely time. Left the wine farms tipsy bordering on drunk. What a great experience this was. Simon the tour guide was absolutely SPECTACULAR!! Such wit and humour He has an easygoing personality and does his job with lightheartedness you can tell he loves what he does. I’m thoroughly impressed ❤️ Be sure to try out the passion fruit ice cream at Noble Hill IT BLOODY AMAZING

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