Day by Day Itinerary

Activities and Excursions

Sandra Fairfax: Specialist Shopping Guide

Self-confessed ‘shopaholic’, Sandra, will show you amazing South African products and can introduce you to some of the country’s renowned artists. Shopping trips can be booked from a few hours to a couple of days (depending on your requirements), and she can also help you find the most reliable, cost effective ways to send goods back home.

Full Peninsula Helicopter Experience

60-minute flight departing from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Route includes Cape Town's beaches and vineyards, Chapman's Peak, Cape Point and False Bay.

Three Glasses Winelands Helicopter Experience 
Wine lovers will love this amazing full-day adventure to the Cape Winelands. This spectacular journey sees you hop onto a helicopter and arrive in style, in the breathtaking regions of Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. Here, you’ll sample some of the Cape’s finest wines and tuck into a mouth-watering lunch at an award-winning restaurant. The experience includes chauffeured drives to and from Cape Town International Airport, and all helicopter flights between the wine estates. Regrettably, lunch and extra beverages are not included.

Exclusive Yacht

“Spirit of the Cape” is the privately owned luxury yacht available for the exclusive use of Cape Grace guests.  She is a 56ft Aicon fly-bridge luxury motor yacht berthed in the cosmopolitan yacht marina in front of the Bascule Whisky Wine & Cocktail Bar with private access for hotel guests.

Excursions on the yacht include gourmet canapés or sumptuous picnic meals, prepared by Cape Grace’s team of chefs while anchored at the world famous Clifton or Camps Bay beaches; or sip champagne and enjoy oysters on a sunset cruise down the Atlantic seaboard, while lounging on the teak deck.

Exclusive Yacht Harbour Cruise

“Spirit of the Cape” is a privately owned luxury yacht available for the exclusive use of Cape Grace guests.  She’s a 56ft Aicon fly-bridge luxury motor yacht, berthed in the cosmopolitan yacht marina in front of the Bascule Whisky Wine & Cocktail Bar with private access for hotel guests.

One-hour harbour cruises on the yacht include a glass of sparkling wine, Bascule bar snacks and still and sparkling water. Options include an introduction to whiskey or wine tasting.

Chef’s Table, Mount Nelson Hotel

In an intimate alcove of the main kitchen, we prepare a table for your gastronomic pleasure! Watch the chefs busy at work, as they attend the orders of diners in the Cape Colony Restaurant and prepare four astounding courses for you – complemented by the Cape’s finest wines. Cost includes a welcome cocktail at the stylish Planet Champagne and cocktail bar, four-course dinner menu; a chef's apron for each guest; a signed menu from our Executive Chef and tea and coffee with friandise, served in the Cape Colony restaurant.

Winelands Tour by Bicycle: Platinum Package

Spend the day leisurely cycling through the beautiful winelands of the Cape stopping along the way to sample fine wines and delicious treats. This adventurous off-the-beaten-track experience allows you to explore several superb estates in Stellenbosch with the spirited Bikes ‘n’ Wine travel outfit. You’ll meet your guides in the morning at a café on the renowned Long Street, for a brief historic walk through the gorgeous Company Gardens, to central station. Here you’ll board a local train (first-class of course) for the scenic trip to Stellenbosch. The train arrives at Lynedoch Eco-Village, where you’re assigned your bicycle and equipment. This adventure is just 14 kilometres long, stopping at three superb wineries; it’s suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Catherine Dillon: Specialist Wine Master

Cape native and wine connoisseur, Catherine, is on a mission to ensure that South African wine is understood, appreciated and enjoyed! On the Winelands tour, Catherine’s will take you to hidden gems that the public generally don’t get to see. You’ll meet the winemakers or viticulturalist (unless it’s harvest time) and enjoy a wine tasting session with the experts. Catherine can also tailor-make the experience to your specific interests, assist with purchasing and freighting of older vintages of red wine.

Cape Sidecar Adventure: Full Day Chauffeured Peninsula Sidecar Tour

Explore the beauty of the Cape from the side-car of a chauffer driven, World War II motorbike. There’s a choice of short or full-day tours around the Western Cape, with your guide/chauffeur, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, why not drive yourself? Choose from full-day, weekends or overnight rentals. Please note that drivers need to be in possession of a “big bike” driver’s license (International or South African) and must be over 21 years of age. Guests embarking on the self-drive option will receive a mandatory introductory session, before embarking on their journey. Return transfers from your Cape Town city hotel are included.

Cape Town’s Robben Island Helicopter Experience

This incredible journey begins with a scenic helicopter flight up the West Coast (renowned for its spectacular wild flowers) to Blaauwberg, before turning towards historical Robben Island. The helicopter will circle the Island, providing exceptional photo opportunities and an insight as to why it was used as a prison in the Apartheid era. Afterwards, you’ll turn back to the cityscape of Cape Town.

Day by Day Itinerary

Three days in Cape Town

Day 01: Peninsula Tour Including Hout Bay

Start your first day with a trip around the Cape Peninsula. Follow the gorgeous False Bay coastline via Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon’s Town, until you reach Cape Point. Continue on via Scarborough and Kommetjie, and then follow Ou Kaapse Weg past Silvermine and down into the Constantia Valley. In the afternoon, head for Hout Bay and stop-off at the harbour for fresh fish and chips or a boat trip to the seal colony at Duiker Island. Round off this amazing day by continuing on to Llandudno and Camp's Bay, and take a walk on the beach or how about a cocktail at one of the beachfront bars?

Day 02: Wine Tasting and/or Kirstenbosch Gardens

Go wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. There are lots of wine estates to visit, so collect a wine route map from a tourosm office or simply decide where to stop as you go. Both of these areas have excellent, well sign-posted wine routes, which are easy to find. 
Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the wine estate restaurants or stop off in Franschhoek's main street – where you’ll find a selection of cute cafes and bistros. Although there’s a fair amount of driving involved, both these areas are worth visiting and the scenery along the way is spectacular. Alternatively, if you’d rather stay closer to home, you could always visit the Constantia wine estates in the morning or afternoon and check out the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, too.

Day 03: Robben Island, V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain

Take the ferry to Robben Island for a glimpse into South Africa’s political history. The trip includes a tour around the island and through the prison led by a previous inmate (make sure you book in advance). After this, spend a few hours shopping at the V&A Waterfront, where there’s a huge selection of boutiques, markets, cafes and restaurants. Round off the day with a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain for a cracking view of the city and the harbour.

Five Days in Cape Town

Day 01: Peninsula Tour and Boulders Penguin Colony

Spend your first day orientating yourself around the Cape Peninsula. Follow the beautiful False Bay coastline via Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon's Town, before stopping off at the penguin colony at Boulder's Beach. From here, continue on to the Cape Peninsula National Park and Cape Point, where you’ll see a wide range of indigenous fynbos, baboons, buck and Cape mountain zebra. Take photos at the most southwestern tip of Africa and admire the views from the cliff tops at the old lighthouse.

Day 02: Table Mountain and Greenmarket Square

Take the cable car to the top of Table Mountain for a bird’s eye view of the city, harbour and Atlantic seaboard beaches. After this, head to Greenmarket Square, in the city centre, where you’ll find African art, jewellery and clothing and then spend the afternoon soaking up the sun at either Camp's Bay or Clifton beach.

Day 03: Go Wine Tasting in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek

There are lots of wine estates to visit, so grab a wine route map from a tourism office – or simply decide where to stop as you go. Both areas have excellent, well sign-posted wine routes that are easy to find. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the wine estate restaurants or stop off in Franschhoek’s main street, where you’ll find a selection of cute cafes and bistros. Although there’s a fair amount of driving involved, both areas are worth visiting and the scenery en route is spectacular.

Day 04: Kirstenbosch Gardens and Township Tour

Enjoy a leisurely stroll (or more strenuous hike?) in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The meandering pathways and small streams are bordered by South African flora, with spectacular views from the upper slopes. After this, why not take an organised township tour and experience for yourself the vibrancy and spirit of the real African people.

Day 05: Robben Island and V&A Waterfront

Take the ferry to Robben Island and visit the prison that was home to Nelson Mandela, and many other political prisoners. The trip includes a tour around the island with its spectacular views back towards Table Mountain. After this, spend the afternoon at the V&A Waterfront with its shops, craft markets, restaurants and cafes (don’t miss the Two Oceans Aquarium!)

Seven Days or More in Cape Town

A week or more here gives you the opportunity to spend one or two days relaxing on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches and still see all the sights. Why not do something adventurous like a mountain biking day-trip, horseriding in Constantia or Noordhoek, or take a scenic helicopter trip. 
Golf enthusiasts will love it here, too: there are some excellent golf courses around here. And if you’re into hiking and walking there are lots of walking and hiking routes in the surrounding forests and mountains. 
Shopaholics should check out Kalk Bay or Hout Bay for quaint main street shops, or for clothing, accessories and much more, head to the V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk or Cavendish Square.

We can also tailor make any escape to suit your requirements, so if you wish to extend your stay in South Africa and add pre or post Cape Town arrangements then just let us know.

Accommodation

  • Four Rosmead Boutique Guesthouse
  • Derwent House Boutique Hotel
  • Cape Cadogan Boutique Hotel
  • 2 inn1 Kensington Boutique Guest House
  • O on Kloof Boutique Hotel and Spa
  • Cape Grace Hotel
  • Vineyard Hotel & Spa
  • The Mount Nelson Hotel
  • Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa 

When to Escape

Thanks to its coastal position, Cape Town enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean-type climate for most of the year. Summers can be very hot, but are often balanced by a cool sea breeze. Mid-winter can be very cold, with snow falling in the surrounding mountains. Whichever time of year you choose to visit Cape Town, however, don’t be surprised if you end up experiencing four seasons in one day, it’s renowned for it.

Mid-October to March

This is Cape Town’s summer, with temperatures varying from mid-20s to mid-30 degrees Celsius, with little rain. Days are long and perfect for evening entertainment, sundowners and long days on the beach.

April

This is autumn in the southern hemisphere. Daytime temperatures are pleasant, cooling towards evening, making it more enjoyable if you’re not a lover of heat. At this time of year, the colours of the many vineyards in the Constantia valley and Stellenbosch are a beautiful sight.

September

This is spring in Cape Town, when the famous west coast flowers put on a dazzling display of colour and whale watching is at its best.

Whale watching along the coast, especially at Hermanus, runs from June to November.

This place makes a really exciting short break from the UK whether for three days or more.  You’ve got sunshine, beaches, fab restaurants and bars, a huge choice of accommodation and amazing day trips on your doorstep (make sure you go to the Winelands!)”

Escapa

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