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Vineyard near Cape Town

The Grape Escape: Cape Town & Winelands self-drive tour

11 days from £2,995pp

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Tour highlights

  • Enjoy the museums, restaurants and shops of Cape Town.

  • Take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain for incredible views of the city below.

  • Visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned during apartheid.

  • Enjoy a full day guided tour of the Cape Point and Peninsula and see the jackass penguin colony on Boulders Beach.

  • Indulge in fine food to accompany the great wines of Franschhoek and the surrounding vineyards.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • Fully insured vehicle hire
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cape Town.

  • On arrival in Cape Town, you're met by an Audley representative and transferred to your accommodation in Cape Town by private vehicle. The rest of the day is yours to relax at your guesthouse or explore the local area. We suggest heading to the V&A Waterfront, which has an excellent collection of shops and restaurants lining the harbour.

  • Today, you will take a full-day private tour of the Cape Peninsula's beautifully rugged coastline, passing through pretty towns and villages. You will visit Cape Point, which is one of the most iconic spots in South Africa. Here, you can take a funicular to enjoy breathtaking coastline views. You will also see the African penguin colony at Boulders Bay and stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, home to various native flora.

  • Today, you will be collected by your guide in the morning for your half-day city tour, which is the perfect way to learn more about the beautiful city of Cape Town. Your visit wouldn't be complete without taking a trip up Table Mountain, and this is the first stop. We suggest taking the cable car, which rotates 360º to ensure you get views of the city, ocean and mountains from all angles. You will make your way to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent much of his imprisonment during the apartheid. A half-hour ferry ride from the V&A Waterfront takes you across to the island, with a documentary shown on board providing a bit of background. A bus then takes you and a small group on a tour of the island, passing the warders' village, the church and graveyard from its days as a leper colony, and the lime quarry where prisoners such as Mandela worked. The tour of the prison is led by a former inmate, giving you a fascinating insight into what life was like for prisoners.

  • Today, you have a day at leisure to enjoy your last full day in Cape Town. Perhaps visit the famous Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel for afternoon tea or the markets at Greenmarket Square.

  • Your fully insured vehicle will be delivered to your accommodation this morning. You then drive for around one hour to Franschhoek in the Winelands. After settling into your accommodation, you may wish to take a stroll through the quaint town to browse its cafés, art galleries and restaurants.

  • Make the most of your time in the Winelands by visiting some of the many vineyards and wineries in the area. You could cycle between several different estates or take the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which follows a circular route through the town and the surrounding countryside, stopping at a number of different wineries where you can sample some of the region's produce. You can book a guided winery tour to gain insight into wine production and learn about the art of wine tasting.

  • Spend today exploring Franschhoek further. This area is steeped in history, dating back to the Huguenot refugees who moved to South Africa to escape persecution in France in the 17th century. There's a memorial to the Huguenots in Franschhoek and a small museum — well worth a visit if you're interested in history.

  • The Winelands are known as the gourmet capital of South Africa, boasting some of the best restaurants in the country, as well as small delis, charming cafés and bistros. We can make recommendations and book you a table before you arrive should you wish, or arrange for you to join a guided food tour to sample some of the region's cuisine.

  • Drive the hour and a half back to Cape Town today, where you can drop off your car before boarding your onward flights.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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