here we visit Signal Hill and Lion's Head for some breathtaking
views of the city. We may then walk through the 350-year old
Government Gardens and visit the South African Museum or the
National Gallery and drive past the Houses of Parliament and
various historic buildings and places of cultural interest
in the city centre of Cape Town, known as the Mother City
of our country. We return you to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Evening at leisure. Accommodation on a bed
and breakfast basis. Dinner may be enjoyed either at the hotel
or at the Waterfront, according to your specific request.
Your guide will be happy to accompany you should this be requested.
(Should you only arrive in the afternoon, this programme will
be adjusted accordingly).
FULL DAY CAPE PENINSULA VISIT.
Breakfast at hotel. At 09h00 we depart on
our Cape Peninsula drive which will take us to the Cape of
Good Hope. We proceed along the dramatic Atlantic coast to
the fishing harbour of Hout Bay. Here we board one of the
many cruise boats that will take us to a seal colony close
to shore. We then proceed to the most southerly point of the
African continent, where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic.
We ride the funicular to the summit of Cape Point with its
breathtaking views. A short drive takes us to the "Black
Marlin", a wonderful seafood restaurant with the most
glorious views across False Bay (we strongly suggest you try
the delicious Cape lobster).
We proceed along the sleepy shores of the
Indian Ocean to visit the penguin colony near South Africa's
historical naval base, Simon's Town. We return to the mother
city via the villages of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, both excellent
bathing beaches as the waters of the Indian Ocean are substantially
warmer and safer than the wild and cold Atlantic. The drive
takes us along the beautiful Constantia Wineroute and the
University of Cape Town, lying high above the city bowl, back
to your hotel. Dinner and evening at leisure. (N.B. Your guide
is available for any evening tours or dinner on request.)
TABLE MOUNTAIN AND THE WINELANDS
At 09h00 we leave the hotel to go up by
Rotair cable car to the summit of the majestic Table Mountain,
rising some 1087 meters (3300 feet) directly above the sea.
It is advisable to do this trip in the early morning to avoid
the winds and haziness which often come up later in the day.
No words can describe this experience! Once we have returned
by cable car, which does a 360 degree turn during the four
minutes of the descent, we proceed to the historical winelands
region of the Cape. This fun-filled day takes us along the
many wine farms and vineyards to the second oldest town in
South Africa, namely Stellenbosch.
Here we will stop to visit the old village
square and museum. From here we will be visiting Franschhoek,
home to the French Huguenots, who came to the Cape in the
late 17th century and brought their viticulture with them.
The Huguenot Museum tells their story in the most interesting
way. Depending on our time, we may enjoy a light lunch at
one of the many restaurants in either Stellenbosch or Franschhoek.
One of the obligatory visits is to one or more of the truly
magnificent wine estates of the region, inter alia to learn
about South Africa's wine industry and the history of the
region. We return to Cape Town via the famous wineroute R44
to Paarl and along the N1 to Tyger Valley and Century City
for a brief stop at this outstanding new shopping complex
(time permitting). Dinner arrangements as on previous days.
FULL DAY VISIT TO HERMANUS VIA THE WHALE ROUTE ALONG FALSE
BAY AND RETURN ON THE N2 OVER THE GLORIOUS SIR LOWRY'S PASS
Breakfast at Hotel. At 09h30 we depart Cape
Town along the N2 and the Cape Flats to the seaside villages
of the Strand and Gordon's Bay, from where one has the most
stupendous view back to Table Mountain across the huge expanse
of False Bay. We now travel along the Indian Ocean on the
east coast of Africa on Route 43, which must be one of the
most sublime coastal drives in the entire world. We pass the
hamlet of Kleinmond, with time for a quick swim in the very
protected bay, before proceeding to Betty's Bay.
En-route we may stop at various look-out
points along Clarence Drive from where we should be able to
see Cape Point and the entire peninsula and, hopefully, will
spot some whales. We may make a brief stop at the beautiful
Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty's Bay, which boasts
many examples of the Cape Fine Bush and flowers, including
the King Protea. Our journey takes us further to the small
vine growing area of Walker Bay, where we will be able to
enjoy some pre-lunch wine tasting at one of the excellent
wine estates of the region. By now we will be ravenous and
will savour the lunch planned at the Marine Hotel or La Cave
in Hermanus, one of the most popular seaside resorts in the
country. Hermanus has over the years become famous for the
presence of the Southern Right Whale, once virtually extinct,
numbering between 10 - 40 females in 1940, now frolicking
in these waters during their yearly breeding season from June
to November. Their numbers have increased greatly and to see
one of these giants of the sea from close proximity, as is
the case in Hermanus, is worth your entire holiday!
After lunch we return to Cape Town via the
apple growing region of Grabouw and across Sir Lowry's Pass
which offers yet again magnificent vistas towards Table Mountain,
only this time from the peak of the mountains which surround
the Cape Peninsula. We arrive at your hotel late afternoon.
This being the last evening on this particular
cape winelands tour, we like to suggest a very special venue
for dinner, namely the restaurant at the Castle of Good Hope.
Your guide is available on request, as usual, and would make
the necessary arrangements gladly.
The above programme is rather a full one and is designed to
provide optimal exposure to some of the greatest sites Cape
Town has to offer, if your time is very limited. Each and
everyone of these days can be shortened, to allow you more
time to rest, lie at the beach, go shopping or play a round
of golf or a game of tennis - all of which we can arrange
for you, of course.
Here are some other interesting options
you may wish to include in your itinerary for Cape Town:-
1.HALF DAY TOWNSHIP TOUR TO EXPERIENCE SOUTH
AFRICAN TOWNSHIP LIFE AND CULTURE INCLUDING DISTRICT SIX AND
ITS MUSEUM, LANGA, GUGULETHU, CROSS ROADS AND KHAYELITSHA,
AS WELL AS THE BO-KAAP MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND ITS MUSEUM AND
EXCELLENT MALAY RESTAURANTS
2. A VISIT TO THE OTHER SIDE OF CAPE TOWN
TO MILNERTON, BLOUBERG BEACH, MELKBOS BEACH, A TOUR OF THE
WEST COACH OSTRICH FARM, THE DURBANVILLE WINE ROUTE AND CENTURY
CITY SHOPPING COMPLEX AND ITS ADJOINING RATANGA JUNCTION FUN
3. A ROUND OF GOLF AT ONE OF THE CAPE'S
MANY WORLD-CLASS GOLF COURSES
4. A DAY OF CULTURE, VISITING THE MANY CITY
MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES
5. AN EXCURSION TO THE FAMOUS ROBBEN ISLAND
(4 HOURS) AND AMPLE TIME TO EXPLORE THE OUTSTANDING ARRAY
OF SHOPS AT THE V&A WATERFRONT. PLEASE ASK YOUR GUIDE
TO ADVISE YOU REGARDING JEWELLERY SHOPS IN PARTICULAR, AS
THERE ARE TOO MANY PITFALLS IN THIS BUSINESS.
6. THE WORLD-FAMOUS BOTANICAL GARDEN OF KIRSTENBOSCH,
WHICH REQUIRES A FULL DAY ON ITS OWN FOR THE SERIOUS VISITOR.
THIS COULD, HOWEVER, BE COMBINED WITH A VISIT TO THE CONSTANTIA
WINE ROUTE AND A LUNCH OR DINNER AT ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING
RESTAURANTS IN THIS LOVELY AREA.
DAY AT LEISURE AND / OR DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT.
As most international flights leave in the
late afternoon or evening, most of today may be spent at leisure
to simply relax or shop at the many shopping centers Cape
Town has to offer for the visitor. Your guide is at your disposal
for any assistance in this regard and may accompany you on
request. Hotel check-out and all departure arrangements including
your transfer to the airport and airport assistance will be
made by VIP and Executive Tours. Your guide will assist at
all times to facilitate such arrangements. Remember to keep
your sale vouchers in order to claim back your VAT at the
to contact us to take this tour or a personalized itinerary
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