South Africa Wine Group Tour

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South Africa has some of the most beautiful scenery of any wine region of the world and late February is the perfect time to visit. This tour offers the highlights of the Cape Peninsula – the sights and spectacular setting of Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world; wine tastings in several different wine regions including Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Robertson and Hemel-en-Aarde; a two night stay on a private 5-star game reserve, plus fabulous settings for meals, varied and dramatic landscapes, and unforgettable coastal views. The Western Cape is all about wine, food and scenery. You won’t want to leave…

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Itinerary

Day 1: Friday 18th February
Arrival in Cape Town and own transfer to The Westin Cape Town hotel. Time to relax and freshen up. Mid-afternoon meet your fellow travellers for an afternoon orientation tour of Cape Town followed by a welcome Group tasting and dinner.

Day 2: Saturday 19th February
Morning visit to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point and Boulders Beach. Continue to Constantia, the nearest wine region to Cape Town, for lunch and tasting at a winery. Late afternoon return to Cape Town. Free evening. Overnight at the Westin Cape Town.

CONSTANTIA: on the southern outskirts of Cape Town, Constantia is the Cape's oldest wine region – Simon van der Stel founded the first wine farm in 1685! Situated on the Southern slopes of the Table Mountain range and its world-renowned floral kingdom, and rooted in ancient soils, the vineyards benefit from cool sea breezes blowing in from False Bay.

Day 3: Sunday 20th February
Leave Cape Town and head south-west driving through the regions of Elgin and Bot River and past Hermanus Valley to Stanford. Visit a unique winery for a vineyard tour and tasting followed by lunch in their highly regarded restaurant. Drive back to Hermanus, overnight at Harbour House Hotel. Free evening.

HERMANUS: The Hermanus Wine Route is nestled amongst the spectacular scenery of Walker Bay and the picturesque area known as the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Its proximity to the Ocean makes this a classic ‘cool climate’ region ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. There are just fifteen wineries, each growing small volumes of premium quality wine in carefully and sustainably managed vineyards.

Day 4: Monday 21st February
Today visits to two wineries in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, premier region for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Morning tasting at one winery. Continue to 2nd winery for tasting and lunch at the owner’s private house! Late afternoon, return to Hermanus for some free time to enjoy the town. Free evening, overnight at Harbour House Hotel.

Day 5: Tuesday 22nd February
Depart Hermanus this morning and drive 300kms east along the Garden Route. After a stop for lunch, early afternoon arrival at Botlierskop Game Reserve, our base for the next two nights. In the afternoon enjoy a private Game Drive led by the in-house rangers accompanied by some liquid refreshments! This evening enjoy a buffet dinner in the grand dining room of the Firehouse Restaurant. Overnight at Botlierskop.

Day 6: Wednesday 23rd February
Optional early morning Game Drive followed by breakfast. Mid-morning optional visit to a local winery who specialise in fortified wines and brandies. Or lie in and stay by the pool! Return to Botlierskop with free time for lunch and relaxation, maybe a spa treatment? Mid-afternoon there will be another Game Drive to a different part of the reserve. Dinner at the Firehouse Restaurant. Overnight at Botlierskop.

Day 7: Thursday 24th February
After breakfast, check out and drive west back towards the main wine regions. Stop in Robertson for a tasting and lunch at a winery. Late afternoon, continue to the beautiful town of Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa, check in at Marriott Protea Hotel. Free evening to enjoy the town and try one of the MANY fine restaurants.

ROBERTSON: dubbed the 'valley of vines and roses', Robertson’s lime-rich soils make the area eminently suitable for racehorse stud farming and, of course, winegrowing. Situated in the Breede River valley, the river is the lifeblood of this relatively arid, dry region. It’s best known for the quality of its Chardonnays and Sauvignons, but it produces a wide range of styles.

Day 8: Friday 25th February
Visit two wineries in the premier region of Stellenbosch, including lunch at one. There are many to choose from and we will focus on the Eastern end of the Valley! Late afternoon return to Franschhoek. Free evening to enjoy the town. Overnight in Franschhoek Marriott Protea Hotel.

STELLENBOSCH: the Napa Valley of South Africa, this is the country’s most prestigious wine valley. Stellenbosch has a wide variety of terroirs and so is split into a number of sub-regions to reflect this – Simonsberg, Devon Valley and Bottelary are some of these. There are so many great producers here that it’s hard to choose only two to visit!

Day 9: Saturday 26th February
Mid-morning check out of our accommodation and visit two wineries in Franschhoek including lunch at one. Late afternoon return to Cape Town and check into the Westin Hotel Cape Town. Optional final group get together.

FRANSCHHOEK: nestled between towering mountains, this is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are crafted and top chefs create international cuisine. One of the oldest towns in South Africa, Franschhoek is a mecca for foodies and wine lovers from around the world.

Day 10 Sunday 27th February
TOUR ENDS after breakfast. Free time for sightseeing – maybe a visit to Table Mountain, Robben Island or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens before own transfer to the airport.

WINERIES: Details of the wineries we will be visiting are available on request. This the fifth tour we have organised to South Africa so we have very good contacts with wineries and know the country well!

EXTENDING YOUR STAY: If you would like to stay for additional nights at the Westin Cape Town before or after the tour, we can book this on your behalf. Please ask us about the rates.

PRICING INFORMATION

PRICING INFORMATION

Price Includes:

  • £2,750 per person sharing a double or twin room
  • Ground transport throughout in a spacious, air-conditioned executive coach
  • 9 nights’ accommodation with en-suite facilities – 7 nights with breakfast at 4- and 5-star hotels + 2 nights half board at the 5 star Botlierskop Game Reserve
  • 9 main meals – 1 welcome dinner with wine in Cape Town; 6 lunches at wineries with 2-3 glasses of wine; 2 dinners at Botlierskop (drinks not included but BYO available)
  • Tastings at 11 different wineries (including the 6 where we will be having lunch)
  • Entrance ticket to Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • Two Private Guided Game Drives with refreshments at Botlierskop
  • Services of Tour/Wine Guide from Criterion Wine Tours

Supplements:

  • Single occupancy of a double/twin room (limited number of single rooms available): £600
  • Room Upgrade (double occupancy only and just 2 rooms available): £350 per person. Please note the room upgrade is for 7 nights of the tour as there is no room upgrade available at Marriott Protea Franschhoek.

Not Included:

  • International flights to/from Cape Town (see more details in the ‘Travel’ tab)
  • Gratuities for coach driver
  • Drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

A non-refundable deposit of £700 per person is payable when booking. The remaining balance is due eight weeks before the start of the tour. Your money will be held in a secure Client Deposit Account and is fully protected.

ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION

CAPE TOWN: The Westin Cape Town (3 nights)
The Westin is a 5-star luxury hotel in the Central Business District close to the Victoria & Albert Waterfront (which is a short ride away in the hotel’s free shuttle). The newly renovated, airy 38m², spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, and are equipped with Westin’s ‘Heavenly’ beds, a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, espresso machine as well as free Wi-Fi. Guests have access to the fitness centre, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and the ‘Heavenly Spa’. The spacious public areas include Raleigh’s bar, Louis Bs and Thirty7 restaurants. Bree Street, with its many restaurants, is within walking distance.

Room Upgrade: Junior Suite 55m² which has a separate sitting/lounge area with a 42inch flat screen TV, waterfront views and access to the Club Lounge.

HERMANUS: Harbour House Hotel (2 nights)
Harbour House Hotel enjoys a prominent of position in the heart of the old harbour area, flanked by the sea and the bustling town centre. There is an outdoor pool with spectacular ocean views. Rooms are in the newer contemporary wing which includes Harbour House and Harbour Square. All rooms are spacious and luxuriously appointed with sophisticated modern décor, air-conditioning and flat screen TVs.

Room Upgrade: Harbour Square Luxury Suites (60m², bedroom ensuite room, separate  open-plan living area, dining space and kitchen, private balcony with seating, ocean views)

BOTLIERSKOP GAME RESERVE: Botlierskop (2 nights)
With the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views out over the glistening Indian Ocean below, lies 5-star Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. Just 4.5 hours’ drive from Cape Town, and midway between Mossel Bay and George, on South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The 4,200 hectare reserve offers a uniquely South African Safari Experience, and is stocked with 4 of the Big 5 (lion, elephant, buffalo and rhino) as well as a host of antelope, including rare black impala, zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, hippo and more.

Meals are served in the FirePlace Restaurant which is situated on a hilly outcrop with uninterrupted views of the bush and river. Apart from the open-plan dining room there is a spacious lounge leading out onto a wooden deck. There is an outdoor swimming pool near the restaurant, and a fabulous Spa with indoor pool, where massages, facials and other treatments can be booked.

The Luxury Tented Suites are air-conditioned and built on private wooden decks offering breath-taking views of the distant river and imposing mountains. These suites are elegantly bedecked in a Colonial style with 4-poster beds draped with mosquito nets (though the reserve is malaria free). The generous en-suite bathroom has a lavish oval bath and an open-air shower. Think 5-star luxury in the wild!

Room Upgrade: Executive Suites which feature 180 degree view of the river, very spacious 125m² area, ensuite bathroom and outdoor shower, outdoor lounge with private Jacuzzi, extra king-size bed with mosquito nets.

FRANSCHHOEK: Marriott Protea Hotel (2 nights)
A 4-star property with a rich history, with one section dating back to the 1880s. The hotel prides itself on its charming ambience, gracious style and attentive service. There is an outdoor pool and an onsite restaurant, the Hussar Grill, which is an upmarket New York styled steakhouse offering an authentic grill room dining experience. There are numerous restaurants, bars and coffee shops within minutes’ walk and one of the best wine shops in all of South Africa next door!

There are 40 spacious ensuite rooms equipped with TVs, fridges, air-conditioning, free wi-fi and more.

Room Upgrade: Not available at this hotel

TRAVEL

TRAVEL

Please note that flights are not included in the cost of the tour so you will need to book your own travel to/from Cape Town.

Arrival/Departure Times: the tour will start at the Westin Cape Town hotel at around 4pm on Friday 18th February, so if you are arriving on Day 1 we suggest that you book a flight which is scheduled to arrive in Cape Town no later than 10am that morning. The tour will finish at the Westin after breakfast on Sunday 27th February so you can book any flight departing that day.

There are direct non-stop flights between London and Cape Town with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. BA also operate one-stop flights via Johannesburg. Several other carriers operate one-stop flights via their own hubs including Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Qatar, Emirates, Turkish A/L. We have found Skyscanner a good tool for searching for flights

17-26 February 2023