A short but eventful and memorable whirlwind exploration of the famous Cape Wine Route and one of the most picturesque cities in the world - Cape Town. This Cultural & Winelands Tour is a perfect add on to any tour beginning or ending in Cape Town, or as a short getaway to the beautiful Cape region!
This package will give you a greater understanding of the local communities that make up the cultural melting pot that is Cape Town. Visit the "Townships" that pepper the Cape Town area learning about these amazing communities. You will also spend a full day out in the scenic Cape Winelands region of Stellenbosch and Paarl, learning about wine making in this historic region, while tasting some of the top wines produced in South Africa.
Relax and enjoy the Sweetest Guesthouse of your choice, at the end of your adventure-filled days of exploring the diverse and picturesque Cape. A truly wonderful few days in the gorgeous and laid-back Cape!
Cape Town is not all about Table Mountain and the pretty beaches, there is the diverse human aspect to this cultural melting pot. The half day Township tour is a fascinating look at the "Township" side of this amazing City. You will get to meet and interact with the vibrant communities who populate the less affluent informal settlements of Cape Town.
You will learn about each community's history and way of life, gaining insight into contemporary South Africa. Meet some of the inspiring people who shape their local communities and mingle with the friendly residents. In some ways this is the "real" Cape Town far removed from the glamour, but just as intriguing. Highlights include District Six, the District Six Museum and the townships of Langa and Khayelitsha where you will visit a community school and Shebeen (informal bar). If your tour is on a Sunday you will also get to visit a Charismatic Church Service.
This is a colourful and lively cultural voyage of discovery!
Enjoy a full mellow day out in the beautiful Cape Wine lands! The tone of the wine route tour is informative, yet fresh and informal - with insights into wine, viticulture, the wine lands and South Africa, flowing as freely as the top-notch wines.
At around 8:00am today we set off into the heart of the idyllic wine lands on a fun and unique journey to taste true South African culture and the fruits of the finest viticulture in the land. Visit five wine farms uncovering the most memorable gems of the famous Cape Wine Route with qualified guides that are experts in wine, the art of wine making and the historic wine lands. This exciting wine lands tour explores a mix of not-to-be-missed famous wine estates and the best-kept secret farms only the locals know about.
Starting in Paarl we stop in at the famous Fairview estate where award-winning cheeses and wines are produced. After walking in the vineyards, learning about wine farming and the history of this celebrated beverage we enjoy a guided wine tasting with the wine master and a sublime cheese and wine pairing. Then we move on towards one of the oldest towns in South Africa, Stellenbosch, visiting family-run Villiera Wines, 10 km outside of town. This leading winery, run by the Grier family since 1983, produces quality wines and is best known for its Cap Classique. Sit out on the terraced lawns under the old oak trees here, sampling their superb wines.
On Sundays we visit the historic Muratie estate, nestled in a pretty valley, instead of Villiera. Once we’ve explored the wine estate, listened to some rich tales and taken an insider look at wine making on a cellar tour, we continue into Stellenbosch town. A guided drive-through tour of the charming town brings us to the family-run Middelvlei wine farm. Here we sip on their great wines and tuck into a traditional South African braai (barbecue) amid the vineyards.
After lunch at Middelvlei we drive to the hidden treasure of Lovane Estate to sample some outstanding wines and nibble on locally crafted chocolates. From the much-loved Lovane we head over to Annandale estate, where world-class wines are made. Owned by 5th generation wine producer and legendary Springbok rugby player, Hempies du Toit, Annendale is another favourite with visitors. We visit the rustic cellar and character-filled wine tasting room, festooned with memorabilia and old photographs. In true South African style we pair biltong (a local specialty of cured meat) with infinitely quaffable wines, some brandy and fresh fruits.
With appetites well sated and taste buds delighted we return to Cape Town at about 5:30, having experienced a mellow and marvellous day of wine-loving in the picturesque countryside.
On this short Cape Town tour we offer a choice between three accommodation options with Sweetest Guest Houses in Sea Point. You can specify which of the three guesthouses you prefer to stay at during the tour.
Sweet Lemon Boutique Bed & Breakfast – option one
This stylish B&B is located in the lively Sea Point area along the Atlantic Ocean, just around the corner from Cape Town’s bustling city centre.
Sweet Lemon Boutique offers six comfortable rooms characterised by wooden floors, inviting beds with crisp linen and unique décor in vibrant retro styles. Plush fabrics, fresh colours, natural elements, classical vintage furniture, chandeliers and tasteful artworks combine to create a chic, yet bohemian beach atmosphere.
The private garden and pool area are ideal for unwinding and the communal dining room features a long table for social mealtimes, surrounded by trendy bric-a-brac and old-school ornamental touches. The ambience is laid-back and the service is attentive and personalised, making for a delightful stay in Cape Town.
This elegant B&B lies in vibrant Sea Point, a stone’s throw away from the sea and a short drive from both the city centre and the V&A Waterfront.
Built in the early 1900’s this classic colonial-style guesthouse provides a grand and peaceful haven with a leafy garden and refreshing pool. High ceilings, polished wooden floors and large windows add to the opulent character of the six spacious rooms in this lovingly restored Victorian-era home. Each light and airy en-suite room has its own unique character and charm, featuring antique pieces of furniture, a flat screen TV and a range of amenities.
Interesting objects and old-fashioned ornaments adorn the charming kitchen-dining area adding character and colour to this cosy communal area. Guests enjoy warm hospitality and superb service in style and comfort at the calming Sweet Orange Guesthouse.
The Sweet Olive Guest House is also situated in the happening Sea Point district of Cape Town, close to the Atlantic Ocean.
A stay at this one-of-a-kind B&B is a whole new experience – the interiors are a striking amalgamation of retro-influenced modern elements mixed with chic South African décor and character filled Cuban-style furnishings. The engaging and energetic ambience of this creatively decorated guesthouse offers a vivid visual experience coupled with all the comforts of a memorable stay. The five en-suite rooms are fitted with large beds and various amenities; along with flat screen TV’s.
A big table welcomes guests to the bright and cheerful dining and kitchen area, where the eclectic and arty design theme is carried through. A sparkling pool and outdoor patio are tucked away in the reed-enclosed garden for some secluded rest and relaxation in the sunshine.
The attentive and friendly service completes the already unforgettable experience of staying at the captivating Sweet Olive Guest House.
A full continental and English / European breakfast is served until 11:00am at the Sweetest Guesthouses, either in the lovely gardens or at the long tables in their charming indoor dining areas. Tuck into feast-sized spreads of fresh fruits, homemade muesli, pancakes, platters of cold meats, various cheeses and a range of cooked dishes. The wide selection of tasty food includes eggs made to order, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, potatoes and plenty of other mouth-watering options.
Should the guesthouse you select be full when you make your booking then we will use one of the other two establishments instead.
There are also two upgraded accommodation options available for this tour. Guests can upgrade to the 4-star Sweet Ocean View Guesthouse, or for those travelling as a family or group, there is the option of staying in private accommodation at Sweet Berries Holiday Houses. Prices for the upgraded accommodation options are available on request.
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