A fantastic guided wine and cultural trip to South Africa. 5 star hotels. The best restaurants and the finest wines. With an option to add a safari. 13-24 April 2012.

 

Arrival: Arrive in Cape Town and check into The Mount Nelson Hotel 5* Friday April 13th 2012

Dinner: Introductory dinner at The Mount Nelson

Day 1 Splendour of Cape Town

Upon arriving in the Mother City one is confronted by the most majestic of mountains:
Table Mountain. Enjoy a cable car visit to its summit (1,086m) before descending
again for a guided tour of the Bo-Kaap - this is a fascinating and colourful area of
Cape Town's city centre also known as the Cape Malay Quarter, which dates back to
the arrival of the first settlers and their slaves, who became some of the City's finest
artisans.
Hotel check-in: The Mount Nelson Hotel 5* www.mountnelson.co.za - 6 nights
Lunch: Paranga Restaurant, Camps Bay www.paranga.co.za

Dinner: Baia Restaurant, Cape Town's Waterfront www.baiarestaurant.co.za

 

Day 2 Cape Peninsula Tour
Experience some of the most spectacular views in the world. The tour begins with a
scenic drive along the Atlantic coast passing through the fishing village of Hout Bay.
The tour then heads along Chapman's Peak Drive on to Cape Point and the Cape of
Good Hope Nature Reserve. From there we travel to False Bay and return to Cape
Town by way of the Simon's Town naval base where we visit the Penguin colony at
Boulders Beach, before continuing via Fishhoek and Muizenberg back to Cape
Town.

Lunch: The Black Marlin Restaurant www.blackmarlin.co.za

Dinner: 95 On Keerom Restaurant www.95keerom.com

 


Day 3 Constantia Winelands
Constantia is the historic soul of the Cape wine industry and some of the finest and
most historic vineyards are therefore located in this valley, notably the famous sweet

wine of Vin de Constance, favoured by the Court of Versailles, Napolean and Jane Austen, to mention a few. We shall be visiting two of the most historic estates, Klein Constantia and Buitenverwachting, viewing their cellars and tasting through their range of exquisite wines.

Lunch: Buitenverwachting Restaurant, www.buitenverwachting.co.za

Dinner: Free evening

 

Day 4 FREE DAY
Free day (this day allows you to follow something of your own particular interest or
simply relax at the environs of the hotel. Golf, boat rides, shark cage diving,
shopping, and other activities can all be arranged privately for the individual).
Dinner: Beluga Restaurant www.beluga.co.za
 

Day 5 Township Tour & Robben Island

Abuzz with vivid social culture, a township simply must be visited, as it represents
and reflects joy in freedom, human rights, justice and reconciliation. It houses many
significant locations of the apartheid struggle from the Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto to the forced removals to Langa in Cape Town.No tour of the Cape would be complete without taking the boat ride to visit Robben Island - political prison to Nelson Mandela for 17 out of is 27 years of incarceration.
This is a fascinating insight into how prisoners lived and continued to forge ahead
with their struggle for human rights under the ANC (African National Congress Party).
Lunch: free to choose at any number of restaurants within Cape Town's Waterfront

Dinner: Savoy Cabbage www.savoycabbage.co.za

 

Day 6 Stellenbosch winelands
If Constantia is the soul to the Cape wine industry, then Stellenbosch has to be the
heart. Beneath the most majestic of mountains we shall be visiting fine wine estates
of Rust en Vrede and Ernie Els before heading off to lunch at yet another top South
African restaurant where the views will leave you breathless. After lunch we shall
check into our Hotel, located in the heart of the winelands.
Hotel check-in: Majeka House Guest Lodge 5* www.majekahouse.co.za - 5 nights
Lunch: Overture Restaurant www.dineatoverture.co.za
Dinner: Terroir Restaurant www.kleinezalze.co.za/terroir
 
Day 7 Stellenbosch winelands
We shall be visiting another top wine producer by the name of Jordan Wine Estate
where we shall have a look at the vineyards, winery, and cellars before a full top flight
tasting of their wines with their winemaker. This in depth tour of a fine contemporary
producer will be followed by lunch at their highly awarded restaurant, by top chef
George Jardine.
Lunch: Jordan Restaurant www.jordanwines.com
Dinner: 96 Winery Road www.96wineryroad.co.za with wine producer Richard Hilton

of Pax Verbatim Vineyards www.paxverbatim.co.za

 

Day 8 FREE DAY
Free day (this day allows you to follow something of your own particular interest or
simply relax at the environs of the hotel. Golf, boat rides, shark cage diving,
shopping, and other activities can all be arranged privately for the individual).
Dinner: Moyo Restaurant www.moyo.co.za
 

Day 9 Stellenbosch winelands

Rustenberg Estate is one of the most beautiful family owned properties in the region
and produces some of South Africa's finest wines. Following a visit to this property
we shall then head to the magnificent Delaire Graff Estate owned by London based
Lawrence Graff. This is a truly magnificent contemporary work or art with no expense
spared - it boasts a state of the art winery, boutique 6* hotel and outstanding world
class restaurant.
Lunch: Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch www.delaire.co.za
Dinner: A free evening to dine at one of the hotel restaurants or take a short taxi ride to the town of Stellenbosch and sample one of their many establishments.

 

Day 10 Franschhoek winelands
Situated in one of the most picturesque valleys of the Cape, the town of Franschhoek
owes its existence to the first French settlers who worked the valley in the 18th
century. After a stroll through the village exploring the boutiques and memorial to the
French Huguenots, we shall visit possible the finest producer in the region;
Boekenhoutskloof Estate where a full tasting of its wines will be enjoyed against the backdrop of dramatic mountains.Lunch: Reubens Restaurant www.reubens.co.za
Dinner: Tokara Restaurant www.tokararestaurant.co.za

 

There is an option to go on a safari after this trip. Please contact us directly at hamish@bellawines.co.uk for a quote.

This trip costs 43,200 South African Rand (equivalent to £4000) per person for two people sharing. This is great value for 11 nights in 5 star accomodation as well as virtually all the meals included, as well as visits, entrance fees, transport and guides.

 The trip costs 54,000 South African Rand  (equivalent to £5000) for a single person traveling alone.

Numbers are strictly limited as we want to maintain the highest standards and quality with a small group. There will be a minimum of 14 people and a maximum of 30 people on this trip.

Bookings need to be made by August 31st 2011.