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Explore the highlights of Cape Town and the Garden Route through the history, people, cultures and wonderful food and wine that South Africa is famous for. Spend days sightseeing and enjoying various eateries, markets, restaurants and wineries and your nights in charming boutique hotels along the way.
Duration: 9 Days
Welcome to Cape Town! You will be met at the door of your aircraft with your name on a paging board and assisted through immigration, baggage collection and customs. Your driver will then transfer you to your hotel where you will spend the next 3 nights. Rest of your day is at leisure.
This tour explores Cape Town from all sides. It aims to climb under the skin of the city so that by the end of the day you understand the pulse of the city. You get to explore the history, the people, their cultures, their cuisines, as well as contemporary Cape Town and its artisanal trends. Cape Town is a city that has been metamorphosing at a rapid rate over the last ten years - it feels like a butterfly that is emerging from a city that was once a run down area that was purely a business district into a city where we now live and play. Be sure to eat a very light breakfast or no breakfast and to wear comfortable shoes.
After exploring the city on foot, we then hop back into the tour vehicle and make our way to Table Mountain Cable Way Station. Here we ascend Table Mountain in order to enjoy the views of the city from all sides. (Weather dependent) Tour timing: 08h30 to 17h30 (approximately as we may have queues on the mountain)
Includes: Table mountain tickets plus all nibbles and entrances for a full day tour around the city region.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Our tour begins at Kalk Bay, best known for its working fishing harbour and bohemian feel. Browse the arts and crafts on offer, perhaps do a bit of shopping in the quirky fashion boutiques and enjoy the antiques and collectables along the main strip.
Next, we’ll head over to Simon’s Town to for those keen to find out more about the rich history surrounding this naval town, museums and monuments providing plenty of insight. Bringing this naval town to life is an insight into the shark diving industry and stories of Just Nuisance - Great Dane, WWII mascot and only dog ever enlisted in the Royal Navy.
Before heading into the Cape Peninsula itself we search for our own rogue penguins - a splinter colony away from the crowded boardwalks over the main breeding site - on a beach known only to locals. Our tour continues with a gentle hike in the Cape Peninsula Reserve, exploring secluded beaches, and this region’s unique wildlife. The return journey weaves back to Cape Town via Noordhoek Farm Village a food artisan hub of the Peninsula and - time permitting - stopping for a sundowner at a local brewery, vineyard, beach or scenic look-out, whatever takes your fancy.
Your guide will set up a Wild Picnic in a surprise location with beautiful vistas (if the weather permits) and always away from the crowds. Local flavours and portions tailored to your liking.
Includes: Entrance fees, selection of craft beers, wines, local gins & tonic, specialist tea, coffee & hot chocolate, juices, ice tea, gourmet pantry with home baked goodies & local snacks, entrance fee, Lunch - Wild Picnic;
This evening you are in for a treat as you have dinner at the famous Chef's Table restaurant with Chef Santi. Chef Santi Louzan is the perfect Chef to host a Chef’s table – he is warm, welcoming, creative, a showman and totally charismatic. This is a shared social table concept where he prepares and plates a 7-course dinner in front of you. Santi introduced each course and shares the story of the inspiration behind each and the idea is to tweak them menu based on the seasonality of ingredients. Each course is paired with a matching wine (5 different wines will be served with dinner) and he can cater to picky dietary requirements with advance notice.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Your car hire will be delivered to your hotel today. Drive yourself to Stellenbosch where you join a scheduled Foodies tour on foot starting at 1pm. Renowned as the wine capital of South Africa, Stellenbosch is arguably the most picturesque and beautifully preserved historic town in the country. Excite your taste buds when you sample top quality, locally produced artisan food and drinks on an extended lunch walk. During your leisurely tour we’ll meet passionate food artisans, see the sights and discover some of the hidden gems of this lively university town.
Extended lunch is made up of handcrafted local food products at various tasting stops, typically:
• mezze platter of fresh, local products (such as cheeses, olives , top quality charcuterie, freshly baked bread and more)
• wine tastings of award-winning wines
• beef snacks (biltong and droëwors) from a family-run butchery served with wine or craft beer
• home-made ice-cream or hand-crafted chocolates
• delectable confectionery treats complemented by locally roasted coffee
After the end of the tour depart for Franschhoek, which is only short 35 minutes away and where you spend next 2 nights.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Today your will be met at your accommodation and shuttle to the quaint town of Franschhoek for a cycle through one of the most picturesque villages in Southern Africa and the beautiful wine estates that surround it. The fertile Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to some of South Africa’s top cultivars and classic styles. These range from superb whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Semillon and Chenin Blanc, to the full-bodied reds of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The area also produces some of the country’s extraordinary Méthode Cap Classiques.
If you opt for the leisurely ride, we start at the old church and cycle through town. We visit two vineyards for wine pairings and then enjoy a gourmet lunch. After lunch you will be transferred back to your accommodation.
Includes: Bikes and all equipment, hotel transfers and back-up vehicle within Franschhoek, excellent and varied wine estates, tastings and cellar tours, personal service from the guides and Gourmet canapes and lunch.
E-bike option at no additional charge - numbers are limited & subject to availability; request at time of booking
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Take a trip on our unique Hop-On Hop-Off safari-style wine routes and discover the boutique wineries of the stunning Hemel & Aarde Valley in a truly unforgettable way. the Vineyard Hopper is totally flexible both in terms of where guests go and how long they visit each establishment.
Later today continue your drive to coastal town of Hermanus.
Today you have at leisure, but if you are travelling within whale watching season (Jun - December) you can opt for a whale watching boat trip (additional cost).
Your trip continues along the Garden route and your next stop will be Knysna.
If you really want to experience the heart of a destination, the best way to do so is by walking the streets, meeting the people and sampling the local cuisine. The Gourmet Village Walk is a relaxed culinary tour designed to showcase Knysna’s diverse eateries. At the same time, it provides visitors with the opportunity to fully indulge their senses whilst gaining an insight into the various historical, cultural and environmental aspects which make the town so unique. Culinary stops along the way include samplings of a variety of specialities from hand-crafted bruschetta, quiche, pickled curried fish, calamari and goats cheese as well as wild melon preserve and locally made chorizo sausages. Wrap things up with craft beer and tapas with oysters. Coupled together with a bit of history on the Knysna Waterfront, this makes for a very trendy 3-hour experience. Includes: All wine/beer tastings and light snacks along the way.
Later in the afternoon you jump aboard sunset cruise. This is the most popular way to cruise on the lagoon, as this daily scheduled sunset charter sails across the sweeping estuary and out through the iconic Knysna Heads. After a sublime sail, you’ll return to the calmer waters of the estuary and be served a delicious feast of Mediterranean style cuisine along with a couple of glasses of fine South African bubbly.
After breakfast and check out drive to Port Elizabeth airport, where you drop off your hired vehicle and fly to your onward destination.
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