Franschhoek
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  • Cape Town: Cape Winelands Full-Day Shared Tour

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

    You will be picked up at your accommodation between 9:00 and 9:30 AM 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. You’ll 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 ...

    Driver was awesome and knowledgeable. The vehicle was clean. It was raining but it didn’t change the experience.

  • From Cape Town: Winelands Full Day Tour and Wine Tasting

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

    Attention wine lovers! Get ready to 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. Stellenbosch/Zewenwacht The Stellenbosch winelands, just 20 minutes away from the city of Cape Town, offer a 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 (local champagne). Stellenbosch is a small but vibrant town with a very famous university and numerous activities like wine cellar tours and tastings. You will have the opportunity to purchase wines to bring back home to enjoy continue enjoying the region's wonderful vintages even after your visit. (1h 45min)...

    Great tour with nice stops, picturesque settings of all wineries visited. A must do in Cape Town

  • From Cape Town: Private Wine Tasting Day Tour

    3. From Cape Town: Private Wine Tasting Day Tour

    Discover the Cape Winelands on a private full-day tour, visiting various estates in the Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, and Paarl areas. Start your experience with hotel pickup in Cape Town. Head towards the wine country in an air-conditioned vehicle, passing through Stellenbosch en route to Tokara Wine Estate. Enjoy your first tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc wines at this beautiful winery, set on the slopes of Simonsberg mountain. Continue to the luxury Delaire Graff wine estate, to enjoy a tutored tasting session with an expert sommelier. Head to the lovely town of Franschhoek, and visit the Huguenot Museum to gain a better understanding of the region’s culture and history. Continue to Mont Rochelle after lunch in Franschhoek, or choose to eat at one of the winery’s restaurants. Enjoy another wine tasting at Mont Rochelle, before driving to Fairview for a cheese and wine...

  • Stellenbosch: 4x4 Winelands Private Experience

    4. Stellenbosch: 4x4 Winelands Private Experience

    Perfect for wine lovers and adventure lovers too, this tour takes off on a 4x4 to visit 3 to 4 wine estates, depending on your time and pace. Drive into the vineyards while enjoying the beautiful views of the countrysides of Franschhoek, Banghoek, and Stellenbosch. From your guide, you’ll learn about the area, the vines, wines, and vineyards, as well as the history of these settlements before going down into the cellars for a tasting.   As this is a private tour, you get to decide where to have lunch: in the town of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, or on one of the many wine estates in the region. Your guide will assist you with the choice and make sure you get what you’re craving. Join this tour for an unforgettable experience.

  • Cape Town Full-Day Winelands Tour

    5. Cape Town Full-Day Winelands Tour

    While South Africa's fertile valleys are world famous for their crisp white and classic French-style red wines, the area is also a treasury of rustic beauty and sprawling estates shaded by giant oak trees. This full-day drive will include the country's principal wine routes of Paarl, Stellenbosch, and Franschoek, and a stop en route for lunch. The day starts with a visit to Paarl where you will be struck by the beauty of the Valley, the pristine blue sky, the rolling vineyards, and the Pearl of Paarl set high above the valley. Paarl made headlines when President Mandela was released from the Groot Drakenstein prison, on the outskirts of the town, to freedom and the start of a new South Africa. Enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour at one of the local estates. From Paarl, continue north-west to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains founded in 1688 by French...

    The guide was very informative and the wineries, excellent . The driver kept us waiting unnecessarily at a winery.

  • Cape Town: Winelands Full-Day Tour

    6. Cape Town: Winelands Full-Day Tour

    Embark on an unforgettable journey to Cape Town's wine country on a guided tour. Visit the 300-year-old Jordan Wine Estate. Enjoy your first wine tasting stop and explore the historic town of Stellenbosch on foot. Stroll among the Cape Dutch-style buildings and leafy streets. Arrive at your second wine tasting at the Lanzerac Estate, the first farm to produce Pinotage, a South African wine made from the only South African grape variety. After your tasting at Lanzerac, climb the hilly and winding Helshoogte Pass to the Delaire Graff Wine Estate. Take in views of this striking winery sitting among the rugged mountain landscape. Have a lunch break at the winery's restaurant (not included) before journeying to the historic one-street town of Franschhoek. Enjoy its scenery of manicured vineyards surrounded by mountains. Take in a final wine tasting at Richard Branson's Mont Rochelle Esta...

  • From Cape Town: Private Cape Winelands Tour

    7. From Cape Town: Private Cape Winelands Tour

    Start your Cape Winelands adventure with a convenient pickup from Cape Town and set out towards Stellenbosch, one of the oldest cities in South Africa. Go on a walk through the city, learn about its fascinating history and visit one of the oldest houses in the country.

    The next stop on your tour is the Victor Vester Prison located between Paarl and Franschhoek. See the prison where Nelson Mandela spent the final days of his imprisonment for campaigning against apartheid. Learn about the history and significance of this prison from your knowledgeable guide and take photos of this historic site.

    Continue your tour as you make your way to Franschhoek, the region known as the culinary capital of South Africa. Discover the Franschhoek Valley with its picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, and fine wines.

    The final stop on yo...

  • From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

    8. From Cape Town: Full-Day Cape Winelands Tour

    Tantalize your taste buds and brush up on your wine knowledge on this Cape Town Full-Day Winelands Tour. Visit the three major wine-producing areas of the Cape and get a chance to taste an assortment of wines coupled with wine pairing among other things.

    Go to Stellenbosch, known as the Wine Capital of South Africa. Be surrounded by the vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the mountainous nature reserves of Simonsberg and Jonkershoek. Next, go to Franschhoek to see its century-old Vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture.

    Make one last stop in Paarl, the third-oldest City and European settlement in the Republic of South Africa and the largest town in the Cape Winelands. Enjoy three wine tastings at Award-winning wine farms, accompanied by a cheese assortment and cellar tour. Take an exciting ride on the Franschhoek tram, and visit the Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela...

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What people are saying about Franschhoek

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 155 reviews

The tour was very well organized and a nice experience. We had great tour guides. Ruben provided us with historical information and details about the wineries we visited, reducing the travel time.

The guide was very informative and the wineries, excellent . The driver kept us waiting unnecessarily at a winery.

Driver was awesome and knowledgeable. The vehicle was clean. It was raining but it didn’t change the experience.

Great tour with nice stops, picturesque settings of all wineries visited. A must do in Cape Town

Great way to enjoy (and learn about) South Arlfrican wines