South Africa - Wine, Cape Town & The Garden Route Tour

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a must-see destination for wine lovers. This tour offers you wine tastings in several different regions of the Western Cape, sightseeing in Cape Town one of the most spectacular cities in the world, a journey along the Garden Route, a stay on a private game reserve, optional adventure activities and more…. The itinerary put together by Christos, Sandy and Malcom of Wine Voyages will take in the highlights of the Cape Peninsula and the Garden Route including dramatic landscapes, unforgettable coastal views and fabulous settings for meals. The Western Cape is all about the wine, food and extraordinary scenery.

Imagine the joy of escaping the dark London winter to arrive where landscapes will delight you - towering mountains, crashing waves, vineyards that crawl up to the sky. Sunshine! Not to mention sipping stupendous wines, guzzling gourmet food and relaxing in remarkable surroundings. You won’t want to leave…

Here is the Summary Itinerary:

Thursday 28 Feb - Fly overnight to Cape Town (flights not included)

Friday 1 March – Airport transfer to hotel and afternoon outing in Cape Town

Saturday 2 March – Cape Point, Boulders Beach Tour

Sunday 3 March – Wine Tastings in Stellenbosch

Monday 4 March – Wine Tastings in Franschhoek

Tuesday 5 March – to Breede River Valley and Robertson, and on to Knysna

Wednesday 6 March – Various activities in Plettenberg Bay and Tsitsikamma Forest

Thursday 7 March – to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve

Friday 8 March – to Hermanus for Wine Tastings

Saturday 9 March – Return to Cape Town via Somerset West

Sunday 10 March – Day free to Explore Cape Town, evening to airport for flight home

Tour Price: £1395 sharing a room, £1695 single room (excluding flights). The cost includes:-

- minibus transfer from Cape Town airport to Protea Sea Point Hotel

- 9 night’s accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels with breakfast

- visits to Table Mountain, the penguins at Boulders Beach, and Cape Point Nature Reserve, and the Garden Route

- all wine tastings at 10 different wineries

- a stay on a private Game Reserve with 2 Game Drives

- 3 picnic lunches at wineries, and 3 dinners

- a local air-conditioned minibus throughout the tour

- the services of wine guide Christos Ioannou

Price Comaprison: Another well-known wine tour operator (details on request) is charging £2499 without flights for their 7 night/8 day Wine Tour of the Cape next February and their itinerary does not include the Garden Route or a Game Reserve. So our tour is extremely good value!

Detailed Draft Itinerary

Day 1 Friday 1st March: Arrive in Cape Town to a Summer’s morning! The group will be picked up and taken to our hotel in Sea Point. Later that afternoon after a short orientation driving tour of the City, we continue over the hill to the beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard. You’ll have time to walk the beach or grab a bite to eat with a sea view in Camps Bay. Weather permitting, we have a special Table Mountain Tour or boat trip for you in the evening.

Day 2: The next day is our big Cape Point tour where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting at a boutique vineyard before we stop to visit the penguins in their natural habitat at Boulders Beach. The Cape Point Nature Reserve will allow you the opportunity to stand on the Point and have those cobwebs blown away, before returning via the stupendous Chapman’s Peak Drive.

Day 3: We head off on our tour of the Western Cape, starting with a day in the Stellenbosch wine region, tasting the fabulous local wines, and enjoy lunch with a view. Possible wineries include Simonsig, Morgenhof, Rustenberg and Warwick. We stay for 2 nights in the town of Stellenbosch where there is a big choice of gourmet restaurants as well as craft shops and other shopping.

Day 4: Today we enjoy tastings at some of the boutique wine estates in the gorgeous surroundings of the Franschhoek valley and the Paarl region, perhaps include a cheese tasting or glass blowing demonstration. Possible wineries include Fairview, Seidelberg, Chamonix, Akkerdal, Antonij Rupert.

Day 5: In the morning we set off for the Garden Route. We plan to stop in Robertson at Viljoensdrift Winery for a unique boat ride and picnic lunch and a tasting of their wines. Then we head for our 2 night stay at Knysna (home to the world’s best oysters for those that enjoy these delicacies!).

Day 6: Your next day is a free day with a choice of group activities, or time on your own. Options for today are a Dolphin boat ride in Plettenberg Bay, relax on the beach there, or further up the motorway is the Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River mouth, which offer a range of adventurous activities like ziplining or tubing down the river, or taking a walk in the forest. If anyone wants to bungee the highest jump in the world, we can arrange that too!

Day 7: In the morning we have free time in the artistic and picturesque town of Knysna, before we head to Botlierskop Game Reserve. This is an intimate game reserve, which means that while guests get close to, and should see most of the animals, it isn’t the open vistas of or wild feel of ‘an African’ Game Reserve. Yet still a great bush and game experience for guests among beautiful settings, overnighting in luxury tent suites in the bush and along the river. You will enjoy an afternoon and early morning game drive, an African BBQ dinner and breakfast, before we head back in the direction of Cape Town towards Hermanus….

Day 8: Hermanus is a delightful coastal town in a cliff- top setting over the magnificent Walker Bay, and we spend the night at a hotel overlooking the ocean. There will be the opportunity to wander through the artists’ studios and craft shops, or get that sea air fix in with a stroll along the cliff tops, or head down to the long white sandy beaches. We will have more wine tastings here - Hamilton Russell, Bouchard Finlayson and Newton Johnson are on our shortlist.

Day 9: The next day we stop en-route in Somerset West for our final winery visit (possibly Vergelegen) before we return to Cape Town for our last night. Tonight we plan a gala dinner with wines.

Day 10: Free time in Cape Town for more sightseeing (Botanical Gardens, Robben Island etc.) before heading to the airport early evening for the flight home – or extend your stay to see more of this beautiful country!

Please note that this is a draft itinerary and the winery visits are to be confirmed.

Hotels

Cape Town: Protea Sea Point, see: http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-sea-point.html

Stellenbosch: Protea Dorpshuis & Spa, see: http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-dorpshuis-spa.html

Knysna: Protea Kynsna Quays, see: http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-knysna-quays.html

Botlierskop: http://www.botlierskop.co.za/

Hermanus: Windsor Hotel, see: http://www.windsorhotel.co.za/

Flights

Virgin Atlantic and British Airways fly direct from London to Cape Town and on past practice they are bound to have ‘Fare Offers’ in the next 2-3 months. Apart from these non-stop flights there are numerous other flight options from London - one stop with South African, Air France/KLM, Lufthansa or Emirates; and two stops with Swiss, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Qatar and others…..

If you want to take advantage of the group transfer on 1st March from Cape Town airport to the Protea Sea Point you will need to have cleared customs and immigration by midday latest.

There are only 20 places available on this tour and it will be offered to non Meetup members as well, so if you want to join us don’t delay.If you have any questions about the tour call me on[masked]r 07765-596850. When you RSVP 'Yes' please send me an e-mail to: [masked] and then I will arrange for a booking form to be sent to you.

Cheers,

Christos

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  • vivienne s.

    what a brilliant tour !!! great wines, good food and new friends.
    My favourites were Hamilton - Russell, Simonsig, Akkerdal and Botlierskop and our first night at the Vineyard hotel .Well done to the brave bungee jumpers. My extra nights at Winchester mansions were the perfect finish to a great trip.
    Thank you Christos

    March 17, 2013

  • chris

    Five Star.

    Another Christos master class.

    Fabulous wine tastings and dining venues.

    The trip to Botlierskop Game Reserve capped off a fantastic trip.

    Thank you.

    March 16, 2013

  • Jaynie b.

    Indeed a fantastic trip!

    March 13, 2013

  • Christos

    Lovely wines and some very interesting winemakers (Simonsig, Akkerdal and Hamilton-Russell were my personal favourites), gourmet food, spectacular scenery, lots of different activities (Botlierskop Game Reserve a highlight), glorious weather and excellent company. Can't wait to repeat this trip!

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • Pam W

    Super trip, fantastic wines, food, weather. Only complaint should have been longer!

    March 12, 2013

  • Marie C.

    Fabulous trip filled with lovely wine, food and most importantly fab people. Photos will be up soon. The Nerdy Geek is trying to recover some that I lost due to dodgy Internet connection at hotel. Thank you Christos.

    March 12, 2013

  • Pam K.

    Fabulous trip, wines, lions and giraffes, what could be better

    1 · March 12, 2013

  • julie j.

    Hi Christos and all members. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Greece in September. Marvellous food, wine and company. Would be nice if it could happen again in September, big wish, I keep getting flashbacks!! A very happy Christmas and superb tasting in the New Year. My regards.......Julie J

    December 14, 2012

  • IanB

    Away

    November 19, 2012

  • Ziggy F

    Sounds a wonderful Cape & wine tour!

    November 13, 2012

  • vivienne s.

    hallo to all those signed up for the South Africa tour. Is anybody planning to stay on after the tour finishes on the 10 March? I am keen to spend another 2/3 nights in Cape Town. Vivienne

    November 5, 2012

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