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The main road is over 11km long, so not exactly walkable, but there are a couple of wineries within an easy stroll of the train station.


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$78.36 Day Trips & Excursions

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl Valley Wine Day Trip

Leaving Cape Town you'll start the day with a visit to Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley. Here you can enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates. The tour continues to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, deep in the Cape Winelands, surrounded by vineyards, verdant valleys and rolling mountains. Fantastic Cape Dutch Architecture remains preserved in the town thanks to restrictions that help retain the spirit of the original Huguenot  settlers. We will stop in Franschhoek for lunch (for guest's own expense) and another wine tasting at an excellent wine estate.Then it's on to Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the historic heart of the country's wine region. The final wine tasting will take place here at one of the well-known estates. The red grape variety Pinotage is unique to the area, but all the classics are represented here: Shiraz, Chardonnay and Semillon.With the air scented with sweet grapes and the trees softly swaying in the wind, the Cape Winelands is a wine lover's paradise and a truly relaxing way to spend the day!Please note: this tour may run in reverse.

$88.79 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Private Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl Wine from Cape Town

Leave Cape Town behind and head off by luxury minivan to the Stellenbosch wine region – famous for its Mediterranean climate and fertile soils that help to produce millions of liters of wine each year. Your first stop of the day is a small Stellenbosch wine estate called Muratie, much loved by locals, with bags of charm. Its traditional cellars are typified by ramshackle walls and worn paintings -- adding to its rustic charm. Sample the estate’s fortified wine and locally produced chocolate – a winning combination!With your expert guide, hop back in your minivan and continue your journey northwest to the Paarl wine region, home to leading wine producers like Fairview and Nederburg. Stop at the Fairview Wine Estate and tour its large cellars, trying out several of their famed white wines and cheeses.Lunch takes place in the gourmet capital of South Africa – Franschhoek – roughly 5 miles (8 km) away. Your private guide will point out the best sidewalk cafes and restaurants, and then leave you to enjoy lunch at your own expense. In the early afternoon your tour continues to the La Motte or Haute Cabriere wine estate , another notable Franschhoek vineyard set high up in the Helderberg mountain range. The views from here are simply incredible, with surrounding vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see. Soak up the views and sample the estate’s fine wines, leaning about the slow ripening of grapes in mountain viticulture.Your last wine estate visit is Boschendal, one of South Africa’s oldest wine producers, with a wine-making heritage that dates back to the 17th century. The gorgeous farm estate houses state-of-the-art cellars, and it’s here that you’ll enjoy the day’s final wine-tasting session alongside rows of beautiful oak barrels. Relax on the journey back to Cape Town, where you’ll arrive in the early evening.

$111.61 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Winelands Private Tour and Tastings from Cape Town

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cape Town Wine ToursThe wine regions- Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl will be visited with a tasting of 5 wines in every region together with city tours and scenic drives.Duration: 8 hours

$79.08 Day Trips & Excursions

Western Cape Wine Tasting and Culinary Tour from Cape Town

Departing your accommodation, you're taken along the Stellenbosch Wine Route to the Zevenwacht Wine Estate, located about 20 minutes from Cape Town. Admire scenery that is completely different from the landscape of the Cape Peninsula. Numerous grapes are grown in the region, such as chenin blanc, shiraz, pinotage, and the méthode cap classique (sparkling wine). Upon reaching the small but vibrant town of Stellenbosch, enjoy your first tasting at a wine cellar.Next up is the Marianne Wine Estate, located in Franschhoek, an old Huguenot village translated as the 'French Corner.' You will be enchanted by the town's charm and tranquil atmosphere while you taste of the region's best wines and cheeses.En route to Paarl, your guide will point out Drakenstein Prison, a low-security prison where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his sentence for campaigning against apartheid. On arrival in the town, which offers a fascinating window into Afrikaner cultural traditions, learn about the former haven for Huguenot pioneers who came from Europe at the beginning of the 17th century. Your day trip ends with the return to Cape Town and drop-off at your hotel.

$89.72 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour Including Franschhoek from Cape Town

Head off to the wine country via the N2 to the heart of South Africa's wine industry, Stellenbosch, boasting great beauty and culture that is steeped in South African history. Walk down the canal-lined avenues, in the shade of giant oak trees and beautifully preserved historic buildings. With the sheer vastness of wine estates on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice when you enjoy your first wine tasting of the day at the Waterford Estate or similar.Travel over the Helshoogte Pass to the town of Franschhoek, historically dating back to the 17th century when the French Huguenots arrived. Billed as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, this charming town, in a most picturesque valley, retains a French Huguenot style. Enjoy a wine tasting before taking time to enjoy the fabled culinary skills of the Franschhoek chefs at one of the many award winning restaurants (lunch not included in cost).Onward to Paarl, one of the Cape’s first farming districts. The town is set at the foot of the cluster of remarkable granite domes from which it takes its name.Your last stop for the day is at a wine estate on the Paarl wine route.Return to the bustle of city life after an enthralling day in the countryside, arriving back at the hotels at approximately 5:30pm.

$78.36 Day Trips & Excursions

Cape Winelands Tour from Cape Town

Be blown away by breathtaking vistas and majestic mountain surrounds nestled in an area with a rich culture and history. Rolling vineyards and classic Dutch architecture introduce you to a world of award winning wines and eateries. Experience the warmth and beauty of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek & Paarl while developing a new appreciation for the winemaking process by participating in a cellar tour accompanied by a wine and cheese tasting. Drive from Cape Town to the heart of the Cape Winelands, Stellenbosch. Also known as the Eikestad (City of Oaks in Afrikaans) it is the second oldest town in South Africa and boasts the largest concentration and variety of vineyards in the country. Take a walk along oak lined streets and soak in the holiday atmosphere of this quiet "old world" town including viewing some well preserved national monuments, antique shops and museums, as well as South Africa's oldest music school the Conservatoire. Proceed to the third oldest town in South Africa, Paarl. The town has a considerable viticultural heritage spanning from 1687 when Governor Simon van der Stel awarded titles to the first colonial farms in the area. Besides the incredible vineyards, Paarl offers many magnificently preserved examples of thatched -gabled Cape Dutch and Victorian buildings situated alongside the 12 km long Main Road. Participate in a wine tasting and visit the bronze statue of Mandela which now stands outside the Groot Drakenstein prison where the legendary statesman spent the final years of his incarceration and made the famous "walk to freedom" in 1990. Continue the journey with a stop in Franschhoek (French corner) one of the South Africa's oldest towns with a strong French history and influence that echoes through the towns gorgeous scenery. Described by many as the "food and wine capital" of the country, the town's ideal weather, close proximity to Cape Town, architectural beauty, huge variety of culinary offerings and award winning wines make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Cape Winelands. Take a walk in the town and marvel at the many art galleries, antique shops, cozy coffee shops and amazing restaurants before visiting the Huguenot Memorial and a wine farm for a cellar tour and wine tasting session.End the tour with a scenic drive back to Cape Town.