Forget the Napa Valley in San Francisco, the Loire Valley in France or the Tuscan winelands of Italy! Just a short drive from Cape Town, our Western Cape winelands offer stunning alternatives to these well-worn wine trails. Added to that our winelands offer fabulous history and glorious architecture, as well as art galleries, fascinating museums, world-class horticulture- and sculpture gardens, wineries with interesting wine-pairings, craft breweries, cheese farms, whale-watching and so much more. Bearing in mind that so many of us have travelled extensively worldwide, yet so few of us have really explored the beauty of much of our own country, we are inviting you to join us on a local journey of discovery.

Our 7-day tour departs from Cape Town International Airport on 19 October and travels to Stellenbosch. Our first stop is a visit to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture garden. This garden is a full-scale visual experience. Winding paths lead to secret nooks and sculptures, both small and monumental. Each sculpture stands on its own against a thoughtful, visually arresting backdrop that has literally been carved into the surrounding hillside. During Spring, when the indigenous flowers are at their best, this is a magnificent and rewarding experience. In the village of Stellenbosch we will visit the Matbronze Art Gallery & Foundry, followed by chocolate and wine pairing at Koelenhof Winery. We will overnight at De Zalze Lodge in Stellenbosch.

On our second day, we will cross the Helshoogte Pass and into the Franschhoek valley for a visit to Babylonstoren for a comprehensive guided tour of the gardens, a wine tasting and lunch overnighting at the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel where we’ll spend 3 nights.

The next day we will visit the L’Ormarins Estate for a visit to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, a scenic tram ride, wine tasting and an antipasti-selection lunch.

Our last day in Franschhoek features visits to the Huguenot Memorial and Museum as well as the Perfume Museum before proceeding to Grande Provence Wine Estate for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Delaire Graff wine Estate for wine-tasting, gorgeous views and a beautiful art collection.

Travelling via the magnificent Franschhoek Pass with its splendid views, we’ll stop at Creation Wines in the Hemel & Aarde valley for an extraordinary food and wine pairing experience, followed by a visit to the Klein River Cheese Factory in Stanford and finishing up in Hermanus for 2 days, staying at the Windsor Hotel.

I will be leading the tour and the group will be escorted by an English-speaking local guide.

The cost of the tour is
R28 595 per person sharing ex Johannesburg
R25 695 per person sharing ex Cape Town
R28 795 per person sharing ex Durban
R  5 295 single supplement.

Optional Extra: 18 October 2020

Hotel Verde, Cape Town International Airport: R1 900 per room (B&B)

Road Lodge, Cape Town International Airport: R1 200 per room (B&B)

If you have any queries, or would like to secure your reservation on this tour, please do not hesitate to contact me on 021 786-2598 or cell 083 357 4855 or email info@somersettours.co.za.

This is truly a great opportunity to explore our country closer to home. One small step at a time!