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A Tour of Franschhoek
Hotel pick-up: 09h00
Return to hotel: 17h30
Herewith an overview of what is offered on this amazing tour:
A day spent in the delightful and photogenic Franschhoek valley is a must-do tour whilst visiting Cape Town. Roughly translated as “French Corner”, Franschhoek has retained its French flair and identity emanating from the early French Hugenot settlers who made this valley their home. Escaping religious persecution, this small group of refugees settled here in the late 1600s and have left an indelible impact on the history of South Africa and its wine industry. Many of this town’s roads and estates bear French names and French inspired festivals take place each year to commemorate its heritage. The town’s focal point, the Hugenot Monument is an ideal starting point as in introduction to the town’s history.
A meander through the main street of Franschhoek , offers one the opportunity to visit the many small shops selling anything from art to souvenirs. Franschhoek is renowned as the fine dining capital of the Cape with many world class eateries offering the discerning visitor exquisite cuisine.
Haute Cabriere wine estate, our first visit, offers one not only an amazing view of the valley but also an opportunity to taste a variety of internationally acclaimed wines in a unique setting. La Motte, another splendid estate highlights Cape Dutch architecture seen in the main dwelling. The land was acquired in 1695 and the first vine planting in 1752. Only in 1970 did La Motte’s award winning wines reach global status. Also worthy of a visit is the purpose built art gallery housing one of the best Pierneef collections.
Grande Provence is next on the tour agenda. Beautiful artworks adorn the manicured gardens where one can enjoy a formal wine tasting under the shade of the oak trees. Lunch beckons. Choose from an array of Bistros or fine dining restaurants. Another unique offering by Blue Gecko Tours is a delicious picnic complimented by wines you may have purchased along the way. Nature will provide the backdrop to a casual, relaxing affair. Please notify us if this option is what you would like.
After lunch, car enthusiasts will find a collection of vehicles from the past 100 years captivating housed in an immaculate museum. A complimentary San-Francisco- style tram transports one to the neighbouring Anthonij Rupert estate for further wine tasting. This concludes the brief visit to this amazing jewel in the Cape’s crown. Reason no doubt to return for future visits to see the remaining attractions.
Another option for this tour would be to consider the Franschhoek Wine Tram. This hop-on, hop-off tram system allows one a unique way to explore some of the oldest and most distinguished South African wine estates. The original railway line built in 1904 was modernised in 2012 and is combined with a matching road tram enabling an easy transport option to estates not located adjacent to the line. This attraction is popular and must be pre-booked.
Kindly notify us if this is an option you would like us to book on your behalf.