Winelands and Garden Route Discovery
Cape Town to Port Elizabeth
COMFORT SCHEDULED GUIDED TOUR
TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE
A 5 day discovery of the secluded Cape Winelands, the road less travelled, Garden Route sites and guest house and boutique hotel hospitality experiences.
|Languages||Bilingual – English and German|
|Departure days||Selected Mondays|
|Departure locations||Sea Point hotels ±07h30
Waterfront hotels ±08h00
City hotels ±08h15
Collection times vary; are subject to the hotel collection route and will be confirmed, via the hotel, the day prior to departure
|Group size||14 guests per vehicle|
Additional Touring Options
Private guided tour: Itinerary available on a private basis departing on selected days • On request and subject to availability (not available on Freesell) • Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply • Public attractions will not be private • Other language tour guides available on request
Self-drive tour: Itinerary available on a self-drive basis departing on selected Mondays. Entrance fees and excursions are excluded. Departure on any other day is subject to availability and a surcharge may apply.
|Accommodation||3 and 4-star boutique hotels and guest houses|
||Taalmonument, Garden Route National Park conservation fee (Storms River Bridge)|
||Cheese and wine pairing, wine cellar tour, Stellenbosch walking tour, Cango Caves heritage tour, ostrich farm tractor tour|
|Optional Experiences En Route
||Midday Featherbed Nature Reserve eco experience including lunch in Knysna|
||SANParks Honorary Rangers, Endangered Wildlife Trust, Trees for Tourism|
- Stellenbosch walking tour
- Wine cellar tour, cheese and wine pairing
- Bainskloof Pass drive
- Travel along the world’s longest wine route
- Enter the Cango Caves
- Experience crossing the Storms River suspension bridge
Day 1 | Monday
CAPE TOWN to WELLINGTON via CAPE WINELANDS (±115km)
Guests are collected from the hotel, and travel northeast to Wellington via the Cape Winelands. Journey into the heart of the Winelands and enjoy a craft beer tasting (own account) before arriving at the university town of Stellenbosch. Embark on a walking tour of Stellenbosch which includes the town’s historic sites and colonial Cape Dutch architecture. These structures are some of the country’s oldest buildings. Stop for lunch (own account) at one of the many wine farms and eateries near Paarl. Guests visit the town of Paarl, South Africa’s third oldest town. At Paarl Rock, the second largest granite projection on the planet, guests visit the Afrikaanse Taalmonument (Afrikaans Language Monument) and learn more about the museum. Found in the heart of the Cape Winelands, Wellington is home to Cape Dutch homesteads and beautiful gardens and wineries, as well as South Africa’s only whisky producer. Check in at the guest house, and enjoy time at leisure before drinks and dinner (own account) at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
Overnight at Val du Charron Guest House or similar – Breakfast.
Day 2 | Tuesday
WELLINGTON to OUDTSHOORN via ROUTE 62 (±390km)
Enjoy breakfast at the guest house before departing Wellington en route to Oudtshoorn, in the Klein Karoo, via the scenically-attractive Bainskloof Pass and Route 62. Built in 1854, the 18km Bainskloof Pass was an engineering masterpiece known as the ‘Gateway to the North’. It is now a national monument and offers unsurpassed views of the area. Enjoy a cheese and wine pairing followed by a cellar tour at an estate in the Robertson wine valley, located off the world’s longest wine route, the Route 62. Savour lunch en route (own account). Arrive at the guest house on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn. Spend the late afternoon and evening at leisure. Enjoy dinner and warm hospitality (own account).
Overnight at De Zeekoe Guest Farm or similar – Breakfast.
Day 3 | Wednesday
OUDTSHOORN to KNYSNA via CANGO CAVES (±160km)
After breakfast, guests journey south via the Outeniqua Pass, to Knysna.Stop outside Oudtshoorn, in the Cango Valley and discover the spectacular subterranean world of the Cango Caves. Back above ground, tour a nearby ostrich farm and learn about for the ostrich-farming industry. Enjoy lunch at the ostrich farm’s restaurant (own account). The tour travels southwards to Knysna via the Outeniqua Pass. This pass was constructed by prisoners of war from 1943-1951 and now bridges the semi-arid Klein Karoo and the coastal Garden Route. Stop in Wilderness to enjoy photo opportunities and sweeping views from the Map of Africa lookout point (weather permitting) before continuing on to Knysna. Guests enjoy dinner at the boutique hotel (own account).
Overnight at Madison Manor or similar – Breakfast.
Day 4 | Thursday
FULL DAY AT LEISURE in KNYSNA
Following breakfast, guests spend the day at leisure, or on optional excursions in and around Knysna. Guests can board a ferry to the Featherbed Nature Reserve (own account, including lunch). The local tour guide will share tales about Knysna whilst guests enjoy panoramic views on board the ferry and a Unimog-drawn trailer. An optional 2.2km guided nature walk, through the forest and along the coast, is recommended. Enjoy a buffet lunch at a unique outdoor restaurant under a canopy of milkwood trees, on the edge of the lagoon. Guests spend time at leisure before dinner (own account).
Overnight at Madison Manor or similar – Breakfast.
Day 5 | Friday
KNYSNA to PORT ELIZABETH via EASTERN GARDEN ROUTE (±260km)
After an early breakfast, the tour departs for Port Elizabeth, via the Garden Route. Travel to the Storms River Mouth and experience unique views of the Tsitsikamma from a suspension bridge. Guests enjoy lunch (own account) in the Tsitsikamma Forest area, home to century-old trees.
The tour concludes at a Port Elizabeth city hotel.
RECOMMENDED PRE-TOUR HOTEL
La Splendida Hotel
Location: Mouille Point, Cape Town
- Minutes from the V&A Waterfront
- Situated on the bustling Mouille Point promenade
- Sea and mountain-facing rooms
RECOMMENDED PRE TOUR
My Cape Town (PVT TIMC)
- Flexible full day tour
- Experience the Cape’s diversity sight-seeing in the city, Cape Peninsula, winelands or local communities
- Create your own experience in Cape Town
RECOMMENDED POST-TOUR HOTEL
Protea Hotel by Marriott Marine
Location: Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth
- Close to the beachfront
- Rooftop swimming pool
RECOMMENDED POST TOUR
Addo Elephant National Park (TIPA)
- Full day tour
- Home to the densest population of elephant in the world
- Abundant wildlife