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WINELANDS TOURS

IN AND AROUND THE CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 
 
VIP'S SIGNATURE SOUTH AFRICAN WINELANDS TOUR

THIS SIMPLY IS AN EXQUISITE SOUTH AFRICAN WINELANDS TOUR - OFFERING WORLD CLASS HOTELS AND OUTSTANDING CUISINE FOR THE DISCERNING CONNOISSEUR, GOURMET AND SEASONED TRAVELLER USEFUL GUIDELINES:
While the South African Winelands Signature Tour is merely a teaser of the type of itinerary which V.I.P. Tours offer its valued clients, kindly note the following important considerations :- firstly, it is our overriding desire to handcraft each and every itinerary strictly according to your individual wishes; secondly, the following condensed tour itinerary can, of course be extended by any number of days, but does constitute - to our minds - the minimum stay to be able to fully appreciate the great diversity and richness of the South African viticulture and its associated joys, like superb hostelry and great food.

A GLORIOUS WEEK IN THE CAPE WINELANDS

DAY ONE

Arrive in Cape Town and proceed to the Cellars - Hohenort Hotel in the sublime Constantia Valley, one of Liz McGrath's outstanding signature hotels. Dine at The Cellars in-house Restaurant.

DAY TWO

Explore the Constantia Wine Route, the oldest wine growing area of the Cape dating back to early days of the Dutch settlement in the mid 17th century.

 
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You will marvel at the Cape-Dutch architecture of the historical Groot Constantia homestead, before sampling the wines of Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting. Lunch at La Colombe, rated SA's premier restaurant, while sipping the glorious wines of Constantia Uitsig. Drive via the newest in a list of truly world-class wine-estates, Steenberg, up to Silvermine Forest to savour the view across False Bay before returning to the Cellars-Hohenort.

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DAY THREE

After a scrumptious breakfast, be prepared to be exposed to the Paarl Wineroute as we drive via the famous Bloubergstrand with its unforgettable view of majestic Table Mountain, through the Durbanville Wineroute, pausing for an aperitif at Allesverloren or Nitida, to the Grande Roche Hotel, regarded by many as SA's truly great hotel. The newly opened KWV Cellars are a must-see, as is the breathtakingly beautiful homestead of Nederburg, where you will sample wines from SA's internationally most renowned estate. After climbing up to the Paarl Monument, from where you overlook the entire Cape Peninsula, you return to savour the discreet luxury of the Grand Roche, before dining at its five-star restaurant, Bosmans.

DAY FOUR

This is a true heavy-weight wine tasting day, so be sure to have a substantial breakfast in the gardens of Grand Roche. We will start with Glen Callow Vineyards, then go to Baksberg Estate and then have some of Fairview's famous goat cheese with their Chardonnay before driving through the beautiful countryside to Rhebokskloof for a light lunch. Return to the Grand Roche for a well-deserved rest and a second-time round tastes even better dinner at Bosmans.

DAY FIVE

It's time to lookup the French and what contribution they made to South Africa's wine industry. This will take us back to the post-30-year war in Europe when the French Huegenots were forced out of their homeland and fled to Holland and from there some were brought by the Dutch-East India Company to their new settlement and supply station at the Cape of Good Hope around the 1660s. They were settled in the most fertile and gloriously beautiful valley called Franschhoek (the French corner), surrounded by quite intimidating mountains like Great Drakenstein.

Before visiting the museum which tells the story of the early French settlers, we will visit some of the historical wine estates like L'Ormarins and La Provence, and then enjoy our lunch at the perennial favourite local inn, Le Quartier Francais (5-star). After driving-up to the creat of the Franschhoek pass, we will proceed to our boutique hotel, Le Petit Ferme or La Couronne, situated above the valley, with glorious views of vineyards and mountains. A quiet dinner at he exquisite restaurant of the hotel.

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DAY SIX

Can things can get any better? Well, actually yes, because we will now visit what everyone calls South Africa's most original, most authentic and most beautiful town, Stellenbosch. En route from Franschhoek, however, we will have tea (or wine, of course) at the spectacular homestead of Boschendal and a wine-tasting at Thelema Vineyards. The little town of Stellenbosch is best discovered on foot, so we will allow you some time to explore its oak-lined streets and to marvel at the Cape-Dutch and Cape-Georgian architectural styles, clearly reflecting the influences of the two major colonial powers in our history, Holland and Great Britain. The Stellenbosch Museum is an absolute must-see, as is the central square, Die Braak. After an afternoon visit to the world-renowned Bergkelder, you will be delighted to go and stay at the Lanzerac Hotel, beautifully restored by its new owner, Christo Wiese, and situated in the midst of vineyards which epitomize what this region has become known for - its wines. But wine-making always brings with it a essential by-product which is a cultured life style. In the magnificently furnished public rooms of the Lanzerac, and the sophisticated elegance of its suites, you will be able to relax and enjoy your final two nights.

DAY SEVEN

As it says in the Bible, the seventh day is a day of rest. Today you just relax and enjoy the pleasures of Lanzerac. We will arrange a lunch and/or dinner visit to one of the many excellent taverns or restaurants in the area, like L'Auberge du Paysan for dinner or L'Auberge Rozendal or Die Ou Pastorie in Somerset West for lunch. But you will most likely wish to take a full day to take it easy before the end of your south african winelands tour. On the next morning, en route to the airport or your next destination, we would drive the famous Route R44 to Somerset West and visit one of the very oldest and most impressively beautiful estates, Vergelegen. With the taste of their wines in your mouth, the smell of their extensive herb garden in your nostrils and the view from the hills across the expanse of False Bay towards Table Mountain in your eyes, your mind will simply tell you : this must be the most memorable trip I have ever done in my life!

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