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The Ultimate Gourmet Tour of South Africa

Tour Overview

Foodies flock from all over the world to visit South Africa, to sample the cuisine and wine which are now considered among some of the best in the world. You can be among them with this incredible 12-day gourmet experience based in the fascinating city of Cape Town, in the shadow of Table Mountain. As well as dining in some of the nation’s finest restaurants, you will also take part in hands-on cooking demonstrations and try a variety of cuisines, including Cape Malay, which has its roots in the 17th and 18th century. 

You’ll see where the produce comes from when you hear from the Spier Wine Estate’s vegetable farmer and experience the hustle and bustle of the busy Neighbourgoods Market, home of over 100 traders offering all manner of wares. The area around Cape Town is famous for its wine production and you will take a walking tour of Franschhoek and enjoy wine and cheese tasting at the local cellar. You will also spend time at the Leopards’s Leap Family Vineyards and travel to Constantia to take a tour, tasting and an alfresco lunch overlooking the vineyards of Groot Constantia, where wines have been produced for over 300 years.

This luxury dining experience is not one to be missed. 

Tour Includes

  • Private wine-tastings at Stellenbosch & Franschhoek
  • Cookery class & lunch with TV personality Zainie Misbach
  • Vineyard cookery demonstration
  • Five gourmet dinners
  • Two wine estate lunches & luxury afternoon tea
  • Boutique five-star accommodation
  • Escorted tours of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Gardens & the West Coast National Park
  • Use of business class lounge at Cape Town Airport

Itinerary

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Day 1UK Departure

UK Departure

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

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Day 2Franschhoek

Franschhoek

On arrival the group will be met and transferred into the famed wine region to the charming French Hugenout village of Franschhoek to stay for four nights on a bed & breakfast basis at the Last Word Franschhoek.

After the opportunity to enjoy lunch in one the village’s many eateries, a short guided walking tour of Franschhoek will be undertaken, with stops to include the Huguenot Memorial Museum & Huguenot Monument. There will also be time to explore the shops & boutiques of this picturesque settlement.

A welcome dinner will be enjoyed this evening at Reuben’s Restaurant, the original home of one of South Africa’s most celebrated chefs, Reuben Riffel.

Overnight at the Last Word Franschhoek.

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Day 3Franschhoek

Franschhoek

First stop today will be a wine & cheese-tasting at the Franschhoek Cellar. Originally the co-operative wine producer for a community of local grape farmers, today the Franschhoek Cellar operates as a private cellar delivering a fantastic range of single variety wines and annually producing 560,000 cases. The wine-tasting will be enjoyed alongside a sampling of some of the region’s finest cheeses.

The focus on wine continues with another tasting in the company of the knowledgeable team from the Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, where the signature tasting of the White blend and Syrah will be followed by a delectable afternoon tea, served in the conservatory - home to magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

Overnight at the Last Word Franschhoek.

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Day 4Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

The morning will be spent exploring 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.

Lunch today will be a farm-to-table experience on the Spier Wine Estate.

Spier’s vegetable farmer will explain the estate’s farming processes; how the greens and fresh vegetables are grown onsite without using artificial fertilisers, pesticides or chemicals, and how their organic meats, chickens and eggs are all sourced from the estate, before a healthy and delicious seasonal Harvest Table lunch will be sampled.

This evening the group will enjoy an exclusive 3-course dinner at the Grand Provence Estate, where the past and future combine beautifully in both architectural style and cuisine, with an innovative menu designed by Executive Chef Guy Bennett.

Overnight at the Last Word Franschhoek.

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Day 5Franschhoek

Franschhoek

Today the group will travel to the Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards for a seasonal and topical cooking demonstration.

Ideal for food lovers wanting to fine-tune or expand their culinary skills, some local South African dishes will be on the menu today, with each person receiving printed recipes to apply their newly acquired cooking skills at home. Large-screen television sets give a clear picture of the chef’s instructions and techniques, with the demonstration followed by lunch, which will be complemented by some Leopard’s Leap wines, selected by the Cellarmaster Eugene van Zyl.

The afternoon is free to wander the quaint streets of Franschhoek or perhaps board the unique hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine tram?

Overnight at the Last Word Franschhoek.

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Day 6Cape Town

Cape Town

This morning the group will travel to Cape Town to enjoy a walking tour of the city’s historic Bo-Kaap district, followed by a Cape Malay cookery demonstration. 

Situated strategically at the foot of Signal Hill, the cobbled roads, colourful houses & historic and Islamic sites of Bo-Kaap have preserved a people and culture through community, the practice of religion and tradition. With its origins dating back to the cooking pots of 17th and 18th century exiled dissidents and slaves brought to the Cape from the Dutch East Indies, Cape Malay cuisine is said by some to be the country’s national cuisine. Led by renowned local Cape Malay chef and TV personality Zainie Misbach, the group will be offered a hands-on, practical lesson in how to cook like a real Cape Malay 'Auntie’ before enjoying a traditional lunch.

After lunch a city tour of Cape Town, talking in sights such as the Castle of Good Hope, Company Gardens & St George’s Cathedral, will be enjoyed before the group, weather permitting, take a trip up the city’s most iconic feature - Table Mountain. One of the new natural 7 wonders 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. After taking the cable car trip up 1089 metres to the top, visitors can enjoy one of the hiking trails and 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.

Check-in to stay for four nights on a bed & breakfast basis at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel.

Overnight at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel.

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Day 7Cape Town

Cape Town

A guided visit is made this morning to the famed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which is world-renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. 

The afternoon is free to relax and enjoy the hotel’s fabulous gardens and facilities, or perhaps to take the ferry across to historic Robben Island?

Dinner this evening, which promises to be exceptional, will be at the hotel’s Greenhouse Restaurant, regularly acclaimed as being one of the country’s top 3 eateries.

Under the stewardship of Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff, the remarkable tasting menu takes the gourmand on a truly unique culinary journey beyond the pantry and into the oceans, farms and orchards of South Africa, to a place where local ingredients and great African fables come together in an innovative menu.

Overnight at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel.

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Day 8Cape Town

Cape Town

This morning a visit will be made to the Neighbourgoods Market, a weekly award-winning market. Housed in an old sky-lit brick warehouse and courtyard at the Old Biscuit Mill, it features over 100 speciality traders, amongst them local farmers, fine-food purveyors, organic merchants, bakers and distributors, grocers, mongers, butchers, artisan producers  and micro enterprises.

The group will then travel to Cape Town’s beautiful wine-producing area of Constantia to visit South Africa’s oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia, where wines have been produced for over 300 years. A private viticultural walk amongst the vines & cellar tour will be followed by a tasting and a superb alfresco lunch on the terrace, where the wonderful food will be complemented by the panoramic views of the vineyards. 

Overnight at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel.

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Day 9Cape Town

Cape Town

Today is a free day to explore Cape Town – perhaps take a helicopter trip over the city or explore the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront?

Overnight at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel.

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Day 10West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park

Travel north along the coast to explore the West Coast National Park. One of the natural wonders of the world, and an annual spectacle that attracts botanists, photographers and sightseers from all over the world, wildflower season in the park is at its peak annually from August to September, and during these two months visitors will see a wide variety of flowers on display. 

Lunch will be served at the Geelbek Restaurant, a Cape Dutch building situated on the lagoon and listed as a National Monument, before the group boards a modern 39ft catamaran for a private cruise on the Langebaan Lagoon. Continue to the charming fishing village of Paternoster to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast basis at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel.

Dinner this evening will be at the hotel’s superb Leeto Restaurant.

Overnight at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel

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Day 11Paternoster

Paternoster

Today is free to relax in the spectacular surroundings – take a long walk along the deserted beaches, stroll into the village to explore the craft shops & boutiques, or enjoy a massage or swim at the hotel.

Dinner this evening will be at the unique Gaaitjie Restaurant, a simple 70 year old white-washed fisherman’s cottage nestled amongst the rocks overlooking the beach, where the local produce on the eclectic menu & the spectacular views will ensure a memorable dining experience.

Overnight at Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel.

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Day 12Groote Post Vineyards

Groote Post Vineyards

After breakfast the group will travel south to visit the !Khwa ttu culture and education centre to learn about the indigenous San people's history, their tracking and rock art painting skills, and their complex ‘click' language. 

After gaining a greater understanding of their hunter-gatherer lifestyle, journey onwards to enjoy a farewell lunch & wine-tasting at the Groote Post Vineyards. Groote Post is a historic 18th century farm on the Cape's West Coast, where the unique aspects and cool climatic conditions of the Darling Hills yield superlative vines, and where the country cooking in Hilda’s Kitchen uses only the freshest of produce, much of it locally sourced and grown.

Continue after lunch to Cape Town airport in time to check-in and depart on the direct overnight British Airways flight to London. Enjoy the facilities of a Business Class lounge at Cape Town airport prior to departure.

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Day 13UK Arrival

UK Arrival

Arrive London Heathrow early morning.

  • UK Departure
  • Franschhoek
  • Franschhoek
  • Stellenbosch
  • Franschhoek
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Town
  • Cape Town
  • West Coast National Park
  • Paternoster
  • Groote Post Vineyards
  • UK Arrival

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