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Join your guide for a day at the ‘Gourmet Capital of South Africa’. Over the years, Franschhoek has earned a reputation for being the finest wine and food destination in the Western Cape and attracts scores of culinary enthusiasts from around the world.
Jump onto a double-decker tram and enjoy panoramic views of the rugged mountains that envelop the town and the lush, fertile wine lands and tropical fruit plantations. The trams run along tracks which were originally built in 1904 to serve as an alternative to ox-drawn carts for farmers taking their produce to market. The wine trams are almost 5-meters tall and have a top speed of 32 kilometres/hour so sit back and enjoy one of 6 delightful routes to wine and food paradise. Wear comfortable shoes.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Pick up and drop off available at no extra charge from various hotels in Cape Town CBD. Pick up and drop off from hotels in other suburbs in Cape Town available on request at an extra charge. Tour duration and collection times may vary depending on route taken and traffic. Minimum 2 guests per booking.|
|DEPARTURE TIME||8:30am – Saturday (except 25-26 December and 1 January). Subject to availability and good weather conditions|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Franschhoek, meaning ‘French corner in the Cape’, lies nestled in one of the most spectacular valleys in the Cape Province. It’s a 45-minute drive from Cape Town City Bowl and a world-class wine and culinary destination. Eight of the South Africa’s top 10 restaurants are found in Franschhoek; most of them are booked up to a year in advance.
The scenic town was originally known as the Valley of the Huguenots and was home to a community of French Huguenots that were granted land by the Dutch government of the Cape; having fled their homeland when Protestantism was outlawed in France in 1685. Many of the wine farms are named in honour of the original French settlers and the town continues to fiercely protect its French cultural heritage.
The Huguenot Monument was erected at the end of the main street in 1938 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the French Huguenots in the valley. Three arches symbolise the Holy Trinity and the women in front holds a Bible. The torn chain represents liberation from religious oppression. The Franschhoek flag is the French flag with a grey elephant in the centre; the elephant reminds us of the herds that once roamed the Franschhoek mountains. The last elephant moved out of the valley in 1850.
Franschhoek is home to world-class wine estates and restaurants and a diverse selection of art galleries, boutique shops and fresh produce delis. International visitors mingle with farm workers who are colourful characters and take the explosive growth and expansion of the popular tourist town in their stride.
FRANSCHHOEK WINE TRAM
An enterprising operator created a hop-on/hop-off wine tram experience which attracts thousands of visitors to Franschhoek each year from around the world. Visitors have the choice of 6 tram lines which take them through picturesque vineyards and tropical fruit plantations to fine wine estates.
It’s a combination of a tram and a double-decker experience that transports passengers around a loop of stops; allowing them to hop off, sample fine wine and enjoy delicious cuisine before jumping back on for the next part of the wine tour. There are eight wine estates to choose from located in separate parts of the Franschhoek valley.
In addition to sampling wine, guests have the choice of eating at one of the many world-class restaurants in the valley or enjoying a picnic in a beautiful garden. Wine purchased on the tour can be handed to the conductor and collected at the end of the tour.
Pick a wine tram line that grabs your fancy and enjoy a leisurely cruise to each of the wine estates along the route:
The Purple Line stops at the following wine estates: Solms-Delta, Allee Bleue, Plaisir de Merle, Vrede en Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg and Glen Carlou.
The Orange Line stops at the following wine estates: Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou, Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allee Bleue and Solms-Delta.
The Blue Line stops at the following wine estates: Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
The Green Line stops at the following wine estates: Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz and La Couronne.
The Red Line stops at the following wine estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Franschhoek Cellar, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
The Yellow Line stops at the following wine estates: Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence, Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Dieu Donne and Franschhoek Cellar.
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