Whales & Wine (July – October)
|Tour duration:||2 Days|
Description: Experience two days filled with two of the most iconic activities of the Cape, wine-tasting in the stunning Cape Winelands and whale-watching in the best land-based whale-watching spot in the world. Treat yourself to this ideal combination tour of Cape Town’s unique surrounds.
Highlights: Whale watching | Quaint seaside town of Hermanus | Stellenbosch | Franschoek | 3 wine tastings | 1 cheese and wine pairing | Cellar tour | Lunch on a wine estate
|1 nights’ accommodation B&B||Lunch at own expense on Day 1 and 2|
|Entrance fees to Harold Porter Botanical Gardens||Dinner at own expense on Day 1|
|3 different wine tastings at 3 different wine estates|
|Passionate and professional guide|
|Transport in a comfortable, air-conditioned shuttle|
€180 per person
*based on 8 people travelling
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We begin our tour from your accommodation in Cape Town at 08:00am, travelling to the scenic coastal cliff road that runs from Gordon’s Bay to the small town of Kleinmond. Here is the chance to see the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens which display the Cape floral kingdom in all its splendour and are also home to one of the largest insectivorous plants in the world, the Fly-catcher plant (Roridula gorgonius). After exploring this enchanted garden we continue on to Hermanus, rated to have the world’s best land based whale watching. We have lunch at one of the local seaside restaurants with stunning ocean views before getting back into some serious whale spotting. The whales we are most likely to encounter are the Southern Right Whales, these come to the perfect shallow, sandy-bottomed and sheltered bays for mating, calving, nursing their young and resting. Whales can be seen literally beneath you as you explore the paths along the coastal cliffs which drop steeply into the ocean. There is also the opportunity to take an optional whale watching boat cruise for those who want to get even closer. After a full day of whales we head to our accommodation to check in, relax and freshen up. We dine at one of the local restaurants overlooking the bay.
We awake to the smell of the ocean and after a good hearty breakfast (included) we head towards the Cape Winelands. We pass through the apple producing region of South Africa and then up onto Sir Lowry’s Pass with its sweeping views. Here there is an optional short hike to the old wagon route used by the original explorers of this area; besides the fantastic views this is also one of the only places in the world to spot the rare and endemic bird, the Cape Rock Jumper.
Our first stop is a large contemporary wine farm where you will be introduced to the history of winemaking in Southern Africa, followed by a cellar tour and tutored wine tasting.
After emerging from the cool cellars we will travel to an esteemed wine and cheese producing estate for a tutored wine tasting which can be paired with a selection of fine local cheeses.
Lunch is an appetizing affair, the region boasts some of the country’s best chefs and fresh produce. Gourmet food and lip moreish wines can be enjoyed at one of the region’s special wine estate restaurants. Lunch at own expense.
After lunch we take time to explore the historic town of Stellenbosch with its quirky boutique stores, art galleries and village museum.
Our last stop takes us to Franschoek where we visit Haute Cabriere one of South Africa’s most celebrated wine estates to enjoy another tasting in picturesque surroundings.
After an unforgettable day of Cape wine, food and culture you will be escorted safely back to your accommodation in Cape Town, where you will enjoy a whole new appreciation for the wine you find on your dinner table that evening.