Winelands Tour

Overview

Get swept away by the overwhelming beauty of rolling vineyards of the unique Winelands . We start off with a visit to the Afrikaans language monument located on a hill overlooking Paarl . The monument consists of various tapering structures of a convex and concave nature, symbolising influences of different languages and cultures on Afrikaans itself, as well as political developments in South Africa After a city tour of Paarl and the spectacular Paarl Valley, we then make our way to the beautiful village of Franschhoek, near the Drakenstein Mountains named in honour of H.A. van Reede tot Drakenstein who visited the Cape as Commissioner-General in 1685.

Founded in 1688 by French immigrants fleeing the Huguenot religious persecution in Europe, the village of Franschhoek is home to some magnificent wine estates and due to its picturesque beauty it is often compared to Switzerland. Food experts will be excited by the many award-winning restaurants Franschhoek has to offer,We will stop for optional lunch (own account ).

After lunch we head over the scenic Hellshoogte Mountain Pass to Stellenbosch for more amazing scenery. The Hellshoogte Mountain Pass probably one of the most beautiful mountain passes in the world.

Arrive to Stellenbosch, the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains which surround the town are covered with vineyards. You’ll be delighted by the old oak tree lined streets with charming white Cape Dutch gabled buildings. Walk through the historical city, the second oldest town in South Africa, in 1679 Dutch East India Company governor Simon van der Stel, recognized the fertility of this long valley on the banks of the Eerste River, as perfect for vineyards.