Wonders of the Cape 4 Star (8 Days)

Western Cape| Cape Winelands| Cape Town| South Africa| Franschhoek| Africa
  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Terms and Conditions

Overview

Introduction

This tour is an 8-day exploration specifically designed for those visiting the tenth largest urban area in Africa and the oldest in South Africa, and those with an enquiring mind or perhaps a family on an educational journey. Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival on the shore of Table Bay, on 6 April 1652, established the VOC Cape Colony. Thus, Cape Town was developed by the Dutch East India Africa trading company as a supply station for Dutch ships sailing to East Africa, India and the Far East. It outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope, becoming the economic and cultural hub of the Cape Colony. In fact, until the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and development of Johannesburg, Cape Town was the largest city in South Africa. Cape Town has a unique blend of cultures based primarily on Dutch, British and Cape Malay influences and is fondly known as the Mother City.

Accommodation

5 Nights President Hotel

Room: Standard Mountain Facing Room
Nestled beneath Bantry Bay’s majestic Lion’s Head, on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and just a step away from Cape Town’s CBD lies the President ...

2 Nights Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa

Room: Classic Rooms
Located in the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa has become one of the ultimate getaways in its class. Capturing the essence of 4-star luxury, ...

Itinerary

+ Day 1

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will be met by your tour representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore your magnificent surroundings in the Mother City.
Overnight:  The President Hotel or similar

Recommended

+ Day 2

Today starts from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A), an entertainment hub that offers a plethora of stores and over 80 ethnically diverse restaurants and excursions. Here you will visit the Two Oceans Aquarium, a top tourist attraction. The touch pool allows children to explore the various underwater creatures and to learn about marine life in a up close and personal way. Enjoy the penguins at the aquarium. Another experience at the waterfront that warrants attention is the Cape Wheel, a massive observation wheel offering 360-degree views of Cape Town and surroundings. After lunch at the V&A, you jump onto the hop-on-off, double-decker, open-roof bus tour of the city’s sites at your own pace. Hop off at Table Mountain to take in the spectacular views from the cable car and from the summit. The bus returns you to the V&A where you have the rest of the day to explore.
Overnight:  The President Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 3

After breakfast you will visit District 6 Museum to dig deeper into the history of a community that was forcefully evicted during the Apartheid era. You then head to the Bo-Kaap (formerly known as the Malay Quarter) where streets are lined with the instantly recognisable multi-coloured houses. Forced removals from this central Cape Town area also took place but only of everyone who was not designated a “Malay” (Cape Muslim). Here, in the private home of a local lady, you will have a hands-on cooking class and enjoy your creations with your lunch. Rest of the afternoon is spent exploring the Company Gardens, a sizeable botanical park in the heart of the city, planted by European settlers in 1650, where the South African Parliament neoclassical building is located. Your dinner at Gold Restaurant is a 14-dish tasting menu which honours African story-telling and culinary traditions combined with modern sophistication. The dishes arrive at your table labeled by country of origin, cooking techniques and spicing.
Overnight:  The President Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 4

Early this morning you will drive along the Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s “Riviera”, until you reach Hout Bay where you embark on a 40-minute cruise charter past the famous Maori Bay Wreck, to the protected home of thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals - Duiker Island Seal Colony. Then you have the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with over 400 species of birds, squirrel monkeys, meerkats and reptiles at the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. You then journey, via Chapman’s Peak where there will be a photo-stop, to Boulders Beach to see the colony of vulnerable African Penguins in their natural habitat. You will visit nearby Simon's Town for lunch. Then, take in the countryside en-route to the southern-most point of the Cape Peninsula - Cape of Good Hope. There are three promontories that tower over 200m above the sea - Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. At Cape Point, you take the Funicular Railway to the old lighthouse and panoramic views at the summit. Evening at your own leisure.
Overnight:  The President Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 5

Robben Island has a rich 500-year-old history and the ferry boat ride is wonderfully scenic, but the island is best known for the prison that housed former President Nelson Mandela during his incarceration as a political prisoner. This tour celebrates the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. On your return to Cape Town you depart for Kirstenbosch National Botantical Gardens where you will enjoy a picnic lunch in this garden paradise. Kirstenbosch is the first botanical garden to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is 2015’s International Garden of the Year. Few gardens match the sheer grandeur of the 528 hectares set against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Explore as much as you want or simply laze on the lawns. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight:  The President Hotel or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 6

Today you depart Cape Town for Boschendal Wine Estate in the beautiful town of Franschhoek which is part of the majestic Cape Winelands region. The farm’s title deeds are dated 1685 and on arrival you will tour the farm which offers insight into the history and farming practices. After that you will have the choice of selecting horse riding or cycling on one of the five trails on the farm. Your picnic lunch basket filled with delicious wholesome food is enjoyed with dramatic views on the lush lawns of the Rhone Rose Garden. Only naturally grown produce from the estate and locally made artisan goods are included in your basket. You end the day with a tour of the historic Cape Dutch manor house that dates to 1812 and enjoy a wine and chocolate pairing. You will be taken to your hotel to check in and the rest of day is at leisure in Franschhoek.
Overnight:  Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa or similar

Activities and Services

+ Day 7

The hop-on hop-off wine tram tour is a delightfully unique way to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley of picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine and a 300-year history. The combination of using a vintage style railway tram and an open-air tram-bus, stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates, allows you to explore wine tastings, cellar tours, and a meal. An early start is recommended so you have your choice of routes to explore. You are returned to your hotel for the rest of the day when you are done exploring.
Overnight:  Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa or similar

Activities and Services

Recommended

+ Day 8

Depending on your schedule, enjoy breakfast at your convenience before your onward flight home or the next leg of your vacation. Or, perhaps, you will have some time at leisure to catch up with some last-minute shopping before being transferred to the Cape Town International Airport.

Activities and Services

Terms and Conditions

Includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 22 excursions/activities
  • 12 meals including the gratuities - 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Standard transfers from and to airports, accommodations and activities as outlined in detailed itinerary
  • Transport in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle and bottled water is provided daily
  • Dedicated driver/guide

Excludes

Unless otherwise specified

  • All flights, related costs, and taxes (international and local)
  • All meals and beverages (bottled water, coffee, tea, soda, specialty beverages and alcohol)
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Porterage and tipping
  • Trip insurance and items of a personal nature