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The Cape Uncovered

Tour Overview

South Africa’s Cape region is said by many to be one of the most beautiful areas in the world, with scenery which varies from mighty mountain ranges and vast plains covered in vines, to thrilling cliff-top drives and wild stretches of beach. Experience all of this and more on this exclusive and in-depth guided tour, which incorporates the many attractions of Cape Town, the famed wine region towns of Stellenbosch & Franschhoek, and the coastal settlements of Hermanus, Stanford & Gansbaai.

Fully escorted by an expert guide, accommodation is in luxury boutique properties, and those wanting to linger longer and explore further afield can choose from optional extensions to the Victoria Falls, to the beaches of KwaZulu Natal, or to enjoy a Big 5 safari in the Eastern Cape.

Single Supplement - From £655

Tour Includes

  • Services of a qualified tour guide
  • Economy class flights
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome dinner
  • Cape Town city tour
  • Table Mountain tour with cableway ticket
  • Robben Island tour with ferry crossing
  • Cape Peninsula tour with seaside lunch
  • Entrance fees to Cape Point, Boulders Beach penguins & Kirstenbosch Gardens
  • Cheese and wine-tasting
  • Picnic lunch at Boschendal
  • Stellenbosch & Franschhoek tours
  • Chocolate and wine-tasting
  • Dinners at Blue Gum
  • Dyer Island boat cruise
  • Fernkloof Nature Reserve walk
  • Farewell dinner
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Airline departure taxes

Itinerary

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Day 1UK Departure

Uk Departure

Depart London on the direct overnight British Airways flight to Cape Town.

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Day 2Arrival In Cape Town

Arrival In Cape Town

On arrival, the group will be met and transferred to stay for four nights on a bed & breakfast basis at the Winchester Mansions.

This evening a welcome group dinner will be held in the hotel.

Overnight at the Winchester Mansions.

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Day 3Table Mountain & City Tour

Table Mountain & City Tour

This morning the group will enjoy a city tour, to include highlights such as the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens & St George’s Cathedral, before taking a trip up to the city’s most iconic feature - Table Mountain.

One of the new natural 7 wonder of the world, it is a mountain chain which stretches from Signal Hill in the north, to Cape Point in the South and is the single richest floristic area in the world. It is actually home to more species of plants than the entire British Isles, despite covering an area less than the size of London. After taking the cable car trip up 1089 metres to the top, one can enjoy a short walk to explore the summit further or just soak up the commanding 360-degree views of Cape Town, Table Bay and the nearby peaks of the surrounding mountains, or spot the native rock dassies.

Overnight at the Winchester Mansions.

4

Day 4Cape Peninsula Tour

Cape Peninsula Tour

After breakfast travel on a full day trip down the Cape Peninsula. Over 30 miles in length, it juts out from the city of Cape Town and offers a beguiling mix of dramatic coastal drives, deserted beaches and quaint seaside villages before it ends at the Cape of Good Hope.

The journey will include a drive along the extraordinarily photogenic Chapmans Peak Drive, a visit to the magnificent Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, a stop to view the unique African penguin colony at Boulders Beach, a trip on the Flying Dutchman funicular railway, and the chance to explore historic Simon’s Town. The lunch stop will be on the water’s edge in Simon’s Town at Bertha’s Restaurant.

Overnight at the Winchester Mansions.

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Day 5Robben Island

Robben Island

This morning the group will board the ferry for the short sea crossing to Robben Island, home to the infamous prison where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in captivity. A guided tour will be taken in the company of one of the island's former inmates before the afternoon is free, perhaps to spend some time exploring the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront?

Overnight at the Winchester Mansions.

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Day 6Hermanus and Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Hermanus and Fernkloof Nature Reserve

The journey continues as the group leaves Cape Town and travels over the dramatic Sir Lowry’s Pass to the charming fishing village of Hermanus. There will be time to take lunch in one of the numerous restaurants which overlook the old harbour and sea wall, and to visit the Museum, which explains Hermanus’s strong relationship with the Southern Right Whale, which calls these waters home each year.

After lunch enjoy a guided walk in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. Part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the principal vegetation type in the reserve is fynbos, and there is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. The reserve is also home to over 100 bird species and animals such as klipspringer, baboon, mongoose and dassie, with the various trails offering magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay, the Hemel en Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai.

The group will then travel onwards to stay for two nights on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis in the tranquil surrounds of the Blue Gum Country House.

Overnight at the Blue Gum Country House

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Day 7Dyer Island

Dyer Island

This morning the group will travel along the spectacular coastline to the small fishing village of Gaansbaai to join a boat trip to Dyer Island. One of the richest sea bird and seal islands along the south coast of South Africa with breeding colonies of thousands of penguins, cormorants, terns and Cape fur seals, the island is an extraordinary experience of marine wildlife.

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the scenic surrounds and facilities of the hotel.

Overnight at the Blue Gum Country House

8

Day 8Franschhoek

Franschhoek

The charming French Hugenout village of Franschhoek is the focus this morning, with the day beginning with a unique wine and chocolate tasting at the Franschhoek Cellars Wine Estate.

Visits will then made to the village’s Huguenot Memorial Museum & Huguenot Monument before there is time to enjoy lunch in one of the various eateries, and to explore the many shops, galleries & boutiques of this picturesque settlement.

Continue onwards to stay for two nights on a bed & breakfast basis at the NH Lord Charles Hotel.

Overnight at the NH Lord Charles Hotel.

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Day 9Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

The Cape’s famed wine region is again on the agenda today with the first stop being at the Fairview Wine Estate for a cheese and wine-tasting.

The group will then continue to another wine estate where a gourmet picnic lunch will be served. Lunch will be followed by the opportunity to explore the many delights of historic Stellenbosch, South Africa’s oldest university town - amongst the highlights are the Dutch Reform Church, the town hall, museum and numerous galleries & shops, including the famous Oom Samie se Winkel general trading store.

A farewell group dinner is held this evening.

Overnight at the NH Lord Charles Hotel.

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Day 10Departure

Departure

This morning is at leisure before the group transfers to Cape Town airport in time to depart on the direct overnight British Airways flight to London.

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Day 11UK Arrival

UK Arrival

Arrive London Heathrow early morning.

  • UK Departure
  • Arrival In Cape Town
  • Table Mountain & City Tour
  • Cape Peninsula Tour
  • Robben Island
  • Hermanus and Fernkloof Nature Reserve
  • Dyer Island
  • Franschhoek
  • Stellenbosch
  • Departure
  • UK Arrival

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