The Grape Escape: Cape Town & Winelands self-drive

This trip combines the chequered history and natural beauty of Cape Town with the laid-back, rolling countryside of the Winelands region. Starting in Cape Town, you can spend your days sightseeing, perhaps taking the cable car up Table Mountain, or visiting the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Meanwhile, a guided tour of Robben Island by a former inmate provides you with an insider’s view of what life was like for Nelson Mandela during his imprisonment. Just a short drive away, the town of Franschhoek in the Winelands makes for an indulgent stay as you hop between the local wineries sampling the region’s produce and tuck into some of South Africa’s finest cuisine.

Food and Wine Itinerary

Day 1 International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cape Town.

Day 2 — Capetown

On arrival in Cape Town you're met by our representative and transferred to your Cape Town guesthouse by private vehicle. The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing at your guesthouse or exploring the local area. We suggest heading to the V&A Waterfront, which has an excellent collection of shops and restaurants lining the harbour.

Day 3 — Capetown

There's plenty to see and do in Cape Town to suit most interests, from museums such as the District Six Museum where you can learn about the city's turbulent past, to wild beaches and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to a wide variety of native flora. You could use the hop-on, hop-off bus to see the city's main attractions, or take a guided walk with a knowledgeable local guide who can provide further insight into Cape Town's history, culture and places of interest.

Day 4 — Capetown

Today you will make your way to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his imprisonment during the apartheid. A half hour ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront takes you across to the island, with a documentary shown on board providing a bit of background. A bus then takes you and a small group on a tour of the island, passing the warders' village, the church and graveyard from its days as a leper colony, and the lime quarry where prisoners such as Mandela worked. The tour of the prison itself is led by a former inmate, giving you a fascinating insight into what life was like for prisoners.

Day 5 — Capetown

Your visit wouldn't be complete without taking a trip up Table Mountain. We suggest taking the cable car, which rotates 360º to ensure you get views of the city, ocean and mountains from all angles. Once at the top, you could enjoy a refreshment in the restaurant or simply take in the sweeping views stretching for miles into the distance. There are also numerous walking trails along the mountain's flat top.

Day 6 Franschhoek

Collect your car this morning, which is fully insured and comes complete with a road map and sat-nav. You then drive for around two hours to Franschhoek in the Winelands. After settling into your accommodation, you may wish to take a stroll through the quaint town to browse its cafes, art galleries and restaurants.

Day 7 Franschhoek

Make the most of your time in the Winelands by visiting some of the many vineyards and wineries in the area. You could cycle between several different estates, or take the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which follows a circular route through the town and the surrounding countryside, stopping at a number of different wineries where you can sample some of the region's produce. You can book a guided tour of a winery to gain an insight into wine production and learn about the art of wine tasting.

Day 8 Franschhoek

Spend today exploring Franschhoek further. This area is steeped in history, dating back to the Huguenot refugees who moved to South Africa to escape persecution in France in the 17th century. There's a memorial to the Huguenots in Franschhoek, as well as a small museum - well worth a visit if you're interested in history.

Day 9 Franschhoek

The Winelands are known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, boasting some of the best restaurants in the country, as well as small delis, charming cafes and bistros. We can make recommendations and book you a table before you arrive should you wish, or arrange for you to join a guided food tour to sample some of the region's cuisine.

Day 10 International return flight

Drive the hour and a half back to Cape Town today, where you can drop off your car before boarding your onward flights.

Wine Tasting Setup
The Harvest
One of the Vineyards
Enjoy your wine on the Wine Tram

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.
  • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below
  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.
  • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.
  • 10 Days Capetown and the Winelands of Franschhoek

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