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Franschhoek: E-Bike Guided Winery Tour

1. Franschhoek: E-Bike Guided Winery Tour

Meet your guide at Hey Joe Brewing Company in Franschhoek, a village with centuries-old vineyards and historic regional architecture. Learn how to ride your e-bike, adjust the seat post, and grab a helmet. Cycle through the countryside following picturesque trails and roads. Take in the breathtaking scenery while avoiding the main roads. Visit 2–3 wineries and cycle through vineyards, tasting wine at each spot. Take pictures of lovely Franschhoek Village and the surrounding mountains from different angles. Listen as your informative guide fills you in on the rich history of the area.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

2. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Winelands Tour & Wine Tasting

Explore Stellenbosch's world-renowned wine region on a bus tour from Cape Town to visit Stellenbosch Wine Estate. Savor two wine tastings, a wine and cheese pairing tasting, and a cellar tour of the estate to learn all about its wine-making process. Then, stroll through the leafy and charming streets of the town on a guided walking tour to learn more about its fascinating history. See for yourself why South Africa is so famously known worldwide for making crowd-pleasing and award-winning wines on this winelands tour. Head straight to the cradle of the country's most beautiful wine region, Stellenbosch. Learn how the South African wine industry came to be. Learn how the foundation was set by refugees from France. Applying their skills with immediate success in Stellenbosch, they ultimately transformed the region into the center of the South African wine industry. Begin your tour with a complimentary pickup from your Cape Town hotel before being driven to Stellenbosch Wine Estate. Discover the winery's fine wines during a wine tasting, as well as a wine and cheese pairing tasting. Afterwards, embark on a guided tour of the charming town of Stellenbosch. Learn about its historical Dorp Street and DeBraak. Then continue your wine experience on a guided cellar tour to take in the ambiance created by enumerable amounts of soon-to-be-wine ageing in barrels and tanks. Next, enjoy a second wine tasting to sample more local notes and flavors before heading back to Cape Town.

Cape Town: Tandem Skydiving

3. Cape Town: Tandem Skydiving

Get your adrenaline pumping with a tandem skydive in arguably South Africa's most scenic skydiving location. Marvel at panoramic views over the Cape Peninsula and Winelands, and upgrade your experience to include hotel pickup and drop-off from Cape Town CBD for maximum convenience. Upon arrival at the local partner's skydiving center, you'll get a full safety briefing before boarding their dedicated aircraft for a 20-30 minute plane ride to altitude. Then, jump out of the plane with your tandem instructor and enjoy a thrilling freefall for 30–35 seconds. Once your instructor has deployed the parachute, float back down to the ground as they talk you through all the local viewing highlights. On solid ground, have a look through the HD video and high-quality photos produced during your skydive and, if you want, purchase them to share your memories with friends and family.

Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

4. Cape Town: Full-Day Winelands Tour with Wine Tastings & Food

Uncork the Cape winelands and get drunk on its rich history, culture, and scenic vistas on a day trip from Cape Town with a guide who takes the terror out of terroir. Travel in a spacious bus and enjoy tastings of wine, cheese, and chocolate. Take in the countryside with a vineyard lunch. Hop aboard spacious and airconditioned bus in Cape Town and take in the wine country views on the way to the Paarl wine region which is famous for its cheese and wine tastings and great views. Continue to the Franschhoek wine region, a historic French enclave and the granddaddy of South African viticulture. Admire stunning mountain views as you make your way to the to student-settled Stellenbosch for home-cloned Pinotage and award-winning farms. Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch with vegetarian options. Visit a1688 French-run slave farm which was turned into a 21st century community-driven wine project. Immerse yourself in the facinating story of the region with a local guide. Travel along Cape Town's high roads and back roads tasting and learning about South Africa’s bubbly Cap Classique, heady ports, sweet dessert wines, and plenty of red and white wines.

Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

5. Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

Enjoy a day filled with beautiful scenery and wine and cheese tasting on this tour of the Cape Winelands. Get a taste of history as well as you visit historical landmarks, like the prison where Nelson Mandela was kept. Get picked up at your accommodation in the morning by a tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus and head off on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Winelands tour. Follow the Stellenbosch, Paarl, and Franschhoek wine route in all its splendor and enjoy lunch surrounded by vineyards. Enjoy wine tasting at up to 5 wine estates, and will also visit monuments, enjoy a town orientation tour in Stellenbosch and explore the town of Franschhoek. Travel along the scenic N2 and stop at DeMorgenzon wine estate in Stellenbosch for the first wine tasting of the day. DeMorgenzon is unique in that they have musical speakers scattered across the vineyards from which soft classical music can be heard. They also produce one of the best Chenin Blanc wines in the region. From there, proceed to one of the oldest towns in South Africa, Stellenbosch, for a town orientation tour. Continue to Marianne Wine Estate in Paarl to experience biltong and taste their wines. Marianne believes that pairing different types of biltong with red wine enhances the flavors of their wines. Continue to Fairview Vineyards and Goats Cheese for a cheese and wine tasting. Purchase your favorite cheese and condiments from the deli, as well as wine from a choice of 3 ranges in the tasting room. As you follow along this route you’ll stop in front of Drakenstein Prison to see the Nelson Mandela monument. This prison is where Nelson Mandela spent his last days of incarceration before his walk to freedom. Next, you’ll have a chance to explore the town of Franschhoek, known as the food and wine capital of South Africa. It is home to some of the finest restaurants and wine estates in the country. Learn about the French influence on the Cape Winelands and explore a bit of the town itself. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense) and later visit the Mont Rochelle wine estate owned by Sir Richard Branson. Your last wine tasting for the day will be at Delaire Graff, known as the jewel of the Cape Winelands. Afterward, you’ll head back to Cape Town and be dropped off at your accommodation.

Franschhoek & Stellenbosch: Full-Day Wine Tour

6. Franschhoek & Stellenbosch: Full-Day Wine Tour

Taste the local culture with this cellar tour. All wine tastings are paired with customized cheese, chocolate and cured meats. Visit 4 different wine estates in both regions: famous farms and some hidden gems known only to locals. Learn how wine is made, how to taste wine, what foods and wines pair best, and what bottles to order at restaurants. Enjoy a delicious light lunch served in the middle of the wine lands overlooking the Franschhoek valley.  Benefit from a diverse range of wine styles, local treats of cured meats paired with selected wines, artisanal chocolate and stroll down the beautiful main road of Franschhoek.

From Stellenbosch: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour Southern Route

7. From Stellenbosch: Hop-On Hop-Off Wine Tour Southern Route

Discover well-known large estates such as Spier Wine Farm which has over 300 years of history dating back to 1692. Explore smaller, privately-owned Haskell Vineyards which is the residence of many of the most famous names in South African wines. For a change of pace, visit the Van Ryn’s Brandy Distillery. Housed in a preserved chateau-like complex on the banks of the Eerste River, it is the only local producer of brandy in the region. Learn about the origins of Van Ryn’s dating back to 1845. Situated high on the slopes of the Helderberg mountain, explore Alto Estate, world-renowned for its handcrafted red wines since 1922. Get a fantastic panoramic view of the region from Kleine Zalze Lodge, which is located alongside the first fairway of De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate. Along with the awe-inspiring manor house, Neethlingshof estate is steeped in history which dates back to 1705 and is distinguished by its beautiful avenue of stone pines.  With this pass, take your time at each location, and craft an itinerary suited to your interests and schedule.

From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

8. From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

Embark on a breathtaking journey through the winelands of the South African Cape. Learn all about the process of making fine wines, from the vineyard to the bottle, and visit the historical towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek & Paarl. After pickup from your hotel in Cape Town, set off to explore the Stellenbosch Winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city/ Enjoy superb scenery, 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. Explore the small yet vibrant town of Stellenbosch. Enjoy a tour of a wine cellar followed by a wine tasting session. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy and continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. Next, visit Franschoek ("the French Corner") which is an old Huguenot village. With its numerous streets and estates with French names, feel the remnants of French culture and the town's old-world charm. Taste the region's delicacies, cheeses, and best wines. Experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as you journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram. Stop at the site of the Drakenstein Prison, a low-security prison between Paarl and Franschhoek. The prison is famous as the place where Nelson Mandela spent the last part of his imprisonment campaigning against apartheid. Discover the town of Paarl, which offers a fascinating window into Afrikaner culture and tradition. As a former haven of the Huguenots pioneers who came from Europe at the beginning of the 17th century after the Edict of Nantes, the town boasts a monument dedicated to the Huguenots. You will also be able to visit the town's vineyards where you will taste the region's finest wines. Finally, head back to Cape Town with drop-off at your hotel.

From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Four Estate Full-Day Wine Tour

9. From Cape Town: Stellenbosch Four Estate Full-Day Wine Tour

Visit a total of 4 estates in the Stellenbosch region with a guided drive through the town itself, one of the oldest towns in South Africa, famed for its Cape Dutch-style architecture, as well as its major role in South Africa's wine industry.   All farms on this route are meticulously chosen, so that you will experience a broad spectrum of iconic estates, as well as smaller family run farms. This is a real authentic experience. A cellar tour, all wine tastings paired with customized cheese, chocolate, and cured meats and lunch are included.

Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

10. Stellenbosch: Guided Historical Walking Tour

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants across the four centuries of the town’s existence. Discover where Simon van der Stel, the town’s colonial founder, set up camp on the Eerste River, and where the river got its name. Perhaps you'll meet an angel at the "Angel Factory," or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk.” Amble The Braak, or village green, with its historical buildings surrounding it on 3 sides, and Dorp Street, the oldest residential street in South Africa. Learn about the famous graduates of Stellenbosch University, who include prime ministers and sportsmen alike. Over the course of the 1.5-hour tour, gain local insights into one of South Africa’s most historic towns.

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What people are saying about Cape Winelands

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,659 reviews

Thank you so much to our guide for the great experience. It was a wonderful tour and we really loved to hear a lot about the history of the Stellenbosch, South Africa in general and its wine production.

One of the best tour one can do, when visiting Cape Town. Winelands is such a beautiful experience, view of the area Franschhoek, Paarl, others

A nice tour. Very varied with 4 different wine estates. There was something for every taste.

Amazing must do tour. Our tour guide Lucadel was great. Enjoyed the tour so much.

Very informative and detailed. A most enjoyable tour.