Whenever you decide to go this is a relaxed holiday in stunning surroundings, with an amazing amount of variety on offer. June to November is the whale watching season in South Africa, August and September is when the Spring flowers are in bloom. This is not a tour, but a multi-centre itinerary, with private road transfers between each of the three towns and cities, none longer than 2 hours. We have selected hotels/guesthouses in each place that are centrally located, with a good choice of restaurants nearby.
On arrival into Cape Town International Airport you will be met and transferred to your first hotel / guesthouse for your 4-night stay.
Described by Sir Francis Drake in 1580 as ‘the fairest cape in all the world’, the ‘Mother City’ of Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The oldest city in the country, nestled in the shadow of Table Mountain, Cape Town is a vibrant and colourful city.
With plenty to offer the traveller you should never get bored. Table Mountain is the iconic backdrop of Cape Town rising over 1000m above sea level - it can be seen from all over the city. Taking the revolving cable car up to the top is a must or if you’re feeling adventurous there are several hiking routes to the summit.
The Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront is a prime attraction in the city, a working harbour and tourist attraction offering world class shopping, a huge variety of restaurants, cafes & bars and the Two Oceans Aquarium. The ferry trip to Robben Island, the site of Nelson Mandela’s incarceration for much of his 27 years in prison, leaves from here.
The park-like botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town’s beaches and the city centre with its outdoor street markets, boutique shops & stylish restaurants are all added attractions.
Just a 45-minute drive from Cape Town and you’re in the scenic mountains and valleys of the Winelands. Experience the historical and cultural heritage of the region while visiting quaint villages and vibrant townships, outdoor museums and galleries, open-air theatres and outdoor art and craft exhibitions.
For the more adventurous visitor there are activities such as canoeing, 4x4 trails, horse-riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock pool swimming, abseiling and kloofing.
YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS...
Attentively restored, award winning, B&B providing comfort & convenience in the upper slopes of Table Mountain, boasting dramatic views.
FOUR ROSMEAD GUEST HOUSE
Stylishly re-modelled Edwardian home, with magnificent views of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hills, Table Bay, & the Cape Town City.
THE VINEYARD HOTEL & SPA
Set upon 6 acres of landscaped gardens, within the leafy suburb of Newlands in Cape Town, just 15 minutes from the city or V&A Waterfront.
THE CAPE GRACE HOTEL
Classic boutique hotel, set on its own private quay on the vibrant V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, overlooking the yacht marina to one side.
ABSEIL FROM TABLE MOUNTAIN
This is the world’s highest commercial abseil, at 112m, but with the illusion of a 1000m descent, just step off the edge of Table Mountain.
DIVE WITH GREAT WHITE SHARKS
You really will get up close & personal with one of the most feared (and misunderstood) predators on the planet, the Great White Shark.
CAPE TOWN CITY INFORMATION
The Mother City of Cape Town is truly one of contrast. The ancient natural world meets a thriving modern capital in Table Mountains Shadow.
Approximately 2 hours spectacular coastal drive to the south is the Cape South Coast and the charming town of Hermanus. From June to November this is an ideal area from which to see the Southern Right Whales that come into the warmer waters to calve. Outside this season one can experience the peaceful beaches & coastline, or visit nearby Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa, the quaint fishing village of Arniston or De Hoop Nature Reserve.
This is also an ideal base from which to enjoy the many other marine experiences available. Travel to a nearby island for huge colonies of sea birds and delight in the behaviour of the 60 000 strong Cape Fur Seal colony. This area is also the habitat of the awesome great white sharks – you can view them from the safety of a boat or for the more adventurous be lowered in a cage to get a close up view!
YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS...
Metres away from the cliff path and the sea, Pelagus & Nautilus House awaits you.
HARBOUR HOUSE HOTEL
Enjoying one the most prominent of positions in the heart of the Old Harbour area of Hermanus, Harbour House Hotel is flanked by the sea and the bustling center of this holiday town.
The Marine Hermanus holds prime position on top of the cliffs at Hermanus, with spectacular seascapes over Walker Bay and the Overberg Mountains.
This morning after breakfast you will be collected for another spectacular drive, over the Franschhoek Pass and into the Franschhoek Valley in the winelands for a 3-night stay. Franschhoek is a town dedicated to tourism and the centre of a varied wine route. Visit some of the many estates for picnics, wine-tastings and cellar tours. There are many estates involved in the production of much more than just wine – sparkling wines, brandy, cheese and olive oil are all produced in this beautiful area of The Cape.
Franschhoek has also established itself as one of the gourmet capitals of South Africa, with a large and varied selection of restaurants, so mealtimes should be an event in themselves.
Alternatively you could opt to stay in Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa and the centre of the largest and most varied wine route. In this historic town enjoy any one of the 75 restaurants in the town or head to a wine estate for a cellar tour and tasting.
YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS...
OUDE WERF HOTEL
With its vine covered coffee courtyard in the heart of historic Stellenbosch, the Oude Werf Hotel is an ideal base to the Cape Winelands.
FRANSCHHOEK COUNTRY HOUSE
This privately owned boutique hotel, located minutes away from the Franschhoek town, boasts historical charm with uninterrupted views.
The stunning hotel & vineyard, set high on a mountain overlooking the picturesque Franschhoek valley, a tranquil place to relax & unwind.
You will be collected and returned to Cape Town airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
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There are also many offers, value adds, discounts and specials throughout the year. Honeymoon offers, wedding packages, early booking offers, free nights, discounted airfares and more - contact us for full details. Please note that holidays which do not fall completely within a price or date band may be subject to increase or decrease.
|London Heathrow > Cape Town International||± 12hrs|
|Cape Town International > London Heathrow||± 12hrs|
|Cape Town > Hermanus||± 2hrs|
|Hermanus > Franschhoek||± 2hrs|
|Franschhoek > Cape Town Airport||± 1hr|
|Note: These times are estimates and are dependant on flights and accommodation selections.|
This is a good itinerary for those a little shorter on time, or who do not want to drive large distances - the maximum journey time on this itinerary is 2 hours. A self-drive version of this itinerary is also available and will reduce the overall price.
It can be done pretty cheaply by staying in Portfolio Places guesthouse-style accommodation, or there are extreme luxury options in each place for those of you looking for a really high-end experience. As with most of our itineraries, the options are myriad.
"I just wanted to say thank you for putting together a great itinerary for us. We absolutely loved all three hotels (I think you’ll guess which one was our favourite!). I was hugely impressed with the service at all of the hotels and in shops, bars and restaurants througout our holiday."
"Just to say a huge thanks for putting together such a wonderful trip for us. Everything ran so smoothly and we were really pleased with all your choices. We would have no hesitation in going back to any of the properties as they more than met our expectations. Once again many thanks for making our Anniversary trip so memorable."
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