Experience the scenic beauty and flavors of South Africa during this full-day tour of its splendid wine-producing region.
Depart the pier for the drive on the N1 National Road en route to Paarl, known as the Pearl of the Berg River Valley. This romantic town is built on both sides of a 6.2-mile-long main street shaded by oak trees and jacarandas. Upon arrival, you will visit the Paarl Monument and unique Taal Monument, erected in honor of the Afrikaans language. You will then continue on to a wine estate for a guided cellar tour, and an opportunity to taste some of the local wines.
Next, you will drive to the village of Franschhoek. Its rich culture, historical heritage and viniculture traditions date back to 1688, when some 200 French Huguenots were apportioned land in the district. Time permitting, a brief visit will be made to the Huguenot Monument. Situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, this monument commemorates the arrival of the Huguenots in South Africa, and the adjoining Huguenot Memorial Museum focuses on the genealogy of the Huguenot families.
Leaving Franschhoek, you will proceed for a gourmet picnic or buffet lunch under the beautiful oak trees of a leading wine estate before continuing on to Stellenbosch, a university town and the second-oldest town in South Africa after Cape Town. Stellenbosch has become known as the Town of Oaks; some of the oaks here have been proclaimed national monuments. Stellenbosch is also famous for the typical Cape Dutch-style architecture seen on Dorp Street, the main thoroughfare lined with houses, cottages and shops.
Your tour will conclude with an orientation tour of Stellenbosch, followed by an hour at your leisure to explore the town independently. Along the way, you can visit the Stellenbosch Museum, which is comprised of 4 different houses depicting different eras: the 1709 Schreuder House, 1788 Bletterman House, early-19th-century Grosvenor House and 1850 O.M. Bergh House.
Following your visit, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier along the N2 National Highway.
Please note: This tour includes considerable uphill and downhill walking, along with some steps. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests must be at least 21 years of age to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.