Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 to 04

After arriving in Cape Town, you’ll be assisted through passport control and baggage claim, and escorted to the Cape Grace Hotel.

Your rental car will be delivered to you tomorrow, and you’ll have four days to explore the beautiful Cape Peninsula in your own sweet time.

Cape Town lies in a natural bowl at the southernmost point of Africa, between the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque Table Mountain, with famous landmarks including Robben Island (where former president Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for decades), Cape Point, Chapman's Peak, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

As the sun goes down you’ll head to the Cape Grace hotel, where you’ll spend the next four nights in a Rooftop terrace room with en suite bathroom. Your stay includes breakfast.

If you’d like to make your trip even more special, we can organise a range of exclusive excursions (at additional cost) from Cape Town, including:

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 Amazing full-day helicopter adventure to the Cape Winelands, taking in Constantia, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. You’ll sample some of the Cape’s finest wines and tuck into a mouth-watering lunch at an award-winning restaurant.

Exclusive Yacht Harbour Cruise

A one-hour harbour cruise on the luxury yacht, “Spirit of the Cape”.  Includes 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

We prepare a table for your gastronomic pleasure, in an intimate alcove of the main kitchen. Watch the chefs busy at work, as they prepare four astounding courses for you, complemented by the Cape’s finest wines.

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.

Catherine Dillon: Specialist Wine Master

Cape native and wine connoisseur, Catherine, 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.

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 circling historical Robben Island, and heading towards the unforgettable Cape Town cityscape.

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).

Day 05 to 06

After a relaxed breakfast, you’ll take a short, scenic drive to the world-renowned wine regions of the Cape.

Set in a valley, tightly hemmed in by mountains, Franschhoek’s winemaking history stretches all the way back to 1688. It was established by a small group of French Huguenots who fled to avoid religious persecution, and although their original viticultural skills have been somewhat exaggerated, they did have de Villiers and du Toit brothers in their midst, to teach them a thing or two. The settlers soon developed impressive vineyards and homesteads, which to this day bear their original French names. Among these manor homes is Boschendal, which has been so beautifully restored that visitors are expected to remove their shoes before entering! With the magnificent Huguenot Memorial, museum and rose garden at its heart, the town has just one main street lined with antique shops, cafés and restaurants. 

You’ll enjoy the next two nights at Le Quartier Francais, in an auberge room with en suite bathroom. Breakfast and a complimentary in-room refreshments tray are included.

Day 07: Homeward Bound

After a delicious breakfast, you’ll drive to Cape Town International Airport to drop off your rental car, before flying home with a whole new appreciation of South African food and wine.

We can tailor make any escape to suit your requirements so if you wish to amend the suggested itinerary in any way, just let us know.

Accommodation

  • Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town
  • Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek

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. Come between February and March and you’ll be in time for the grape harvest; 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. The colours of the vineyards in the Constantia valley and Stellenbosch are a beautiful sight at this time of year.

“You’ve probably tasted South African wine (delicious isn’t it?); well on this luxurious escape you’ll get to see the beautiful landscape that’s responsible for it. Not only that, but you’ll be able to savour the wonderful fresh food of the Western Cape. Enjoy…”

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