SAMPLE TOUR TO CAPE TOWN AND HER SURROUNDINGS
The following Cape Town Tour is a general outline of the type of Cape tours we usually plan for first-time visitors to our beautiful city. We believe that it is our unique ability to structure every itinerary as per the individual requirements and preferences of you, our client, that puts us in a class of our own. Added to this is the broad international experience of our partners, which allows us to provide you with up-to-date political and economic analyses and to place these into global perspective. We can offer our guiding services in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish. We cooperate with handpicked service providers to ensure top-quality service all along your way. Should you prefer to drive yourself, kindly advise as to what car you would prefer us to hire for you.
DAY ONE: ARRIVAL, ORIENTATION AND HALF-DAY CITY TOUR OF CAPE TOWN
(Depending on your time of arrival). Morning arrival in Cape Town: You will be met by a representative of VIP and Executive Tours, who will arrange transfer from the airport to your hotel or guest house. Check-in usually is from Noon onwards, which allows us some time for a brief orientation tour. This will take us first to the historic and popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront shopping complex (often compared to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf) where you will be given the opportunity to exchange money at the Bureau de Change or to do some urgent shopping at the local supermarket or pharmacy.From here our cape winelands tour takes us along the Atlantic coast through the densely populated suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point.We continue to Cape Town’s jet set beaches of Clifton and Camp’s Bay.
From here we visit Signal Hill and Lion’s Head for some breathtaking views of the city. We may then walk through the 350-year old Government Gardens and visit the South African Museum or the National Gallery and drive past the Houses of Parliament and various historic buildings and places of cultural interest in the city centre of Cape Town, known as the Mother City of our country. We return you to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Evening at leisure. Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Dinner may be enjoyed either at the hotel or at the Waterfront, according to your specific request. Your guide will be happy to accompany you should this be requested. (Should you only arrive in the afternoon, this programme will be adjusted accordingly).
DAY TWO: FULL DAY CAPE PENINSULA VISIT.
Breakfast at hotel. At 09h00 we depart on our Cape Peninsula drive which will take us to the Cape of Good Hope. We proceed along the dramatic Atlantic coast to the fishing harbour of Hout Bay. Here we board one of the many cruise boats that will take us to a seal colony close to shore. We then proceed to the most southerly point of the African continent, where the Indian Ocean meets the Atlantic. We ride the funicular to the summit of Cape Point with its breathtaking views. A short drive takes us to the „Black Marlin“, a wonderful seafood restaurant with the most glorious views across False Bay (we strongly suggest you try the delicious Cape lobster).
We proceed along the sleepy shores of the Indian Ocean to visit the penguin colony near South Africa’s historical naval base, Simon’s Town. We return to the mother city via the villages of Fish Hoek and Muizenberg, both excellent bathing beaches as the waters of the Indian Ocean are substantially warmer and safer than the wild and cold Atlantic. The drive takes us along the beautiful Constantia Wineroute and the University of Cape Town, lying high above the city bowl, back to your hotel. Dinner and evening at leisure. (Your guide is available for evening tours on request.)
DAY THREE: TABLE MOUNTAIN AND THE WINELANDS
At 09h00 we leave the hotel to go up by Rotair cable car to the summit of the majestic Table Mountain, rising some 1087 meters (3300 feet) directly above the sea. It is advisable to do this trip in the early morning to avoid the winds and haziness which often come up later in the day. No words can describe this experience! Once we have returned by cable car, which does a 360 degree turn during the four minutes of the descent, we proceed to the historical winelands region of the Cape. This fun-filled day takes us along the many wine farms and vineyards to the second oldest town in South Africa, namely Stellenbosch.
Here we will stop to visit the old village square and museum. From here we will be visiting Franschhoek, home to the French Huguenots, who came to the Cape in the late 17th century and brought their viticulture with them. The Huguenot Museum tells their story in the most interesting way. Depending on our time, we may enjoy a light lunch at one of the many restaurants in either Stellenbosch or Franschhoek. One of the obligatory visits is to one or more of the truly magnificent wine estates of the region, inter alia to learn about South Africa’s wine industry and the history of the region. We return to Cape Town via the famous wineroute R44 to Paarl and along the N1 to Tyger Valley and Century City for a brief stop at this outstanding new shopping complex (time permitting). Dinner arrangements as on previous days.
DAY FOUR: FULL DAY VISIT TO HERMANUS VIA THE WHALE ROUTE ALONG FALSE BAY AND RETURN ON THE N2 OVER THE GLORIOUS SIR LOWRY’S PASS
Breakfast at Hotel. At 09h30 we depart Cape Town along the N2 and the Cape Flats to the seaside villages of the Strand and Gordon’s Bay, from where one has the most stupendous view back to Table Mountain across the huge expanse of False Bay. We now travel along the Indian Ocean on the east coast of Africa on Route 43, which must be one of the most sublime coastal drives in the entire world. We pass the hamlet of Kleinmond, with time for a quick swim in the very protected bay, before proceeding to Betty’s Bay.
En-route we may stop at various look-out points along Clarence Drive from where we should be able to see Cape Point and the entire peninsula and, hopefully, will spot some whales. We may make a brief stop at the beautiful Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, which boasts many examples of the Cape Fine Bush and flowers, including the King Protea. Our journey takes us further to the small vine growing area of Walker Bay, where we will be able to enjoy some pre-lunch wine tasting at one of the excellent wine estates of the region. By now we will be ravenous and will savour the lunch planned at the Marine Hotel or La Cave in Hermanus, one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country. Hermanus has over the years become famous for the presence of the Southern Right Whale, once virtually extinct, numbering between 10 – 40 females in 1940, now frolicking in these waters during their yearly breeding season from June to November. Their numbers have increased greatly and to see one of these giants of the sea from close proximity, as is the case in Hermanus, is worth your entire holiday!
After lunch we return to Cape Town via the apple growing region of Grabouw and across Sir Lowry’s Pass which offers yet again magnificent vistas towards Table Mountain, only this time from the peak of the mountains which surround the Cape Peninsula. We arrive at your hotel late afternoon.
This being the last evening on this particular cape winelands tour, we like to suggest a very special venue for dinner, namely the restaurant at the Castle of Good Hope. Your guide is available on request, as usual, and would make the necessary arrangements gladly.
DAY FIVE: DAY AT LEISURE AND / OR DEPARTURE TO AIRPORT.
As most international flights leave in the late afternoon or evening, most of today may be spent at leisure to simply relax or shop at the many shopping centers Cape Town has to offer for the visitor. Your guide is at your disposal for any assistance in this regard and may accompany you on request. Hotel check-out and all departure arrangements including your transfer to the airport and airport assistance will be made by VIP and Executive Tours. Your guide will assist at all times to facilitate such arrangements. Remember to keep your sale vouchers in order to claim back your VAT at the Airport.
COMMENTS: The above programme is rather a full one and is designed to provide optimal exposure to some of the greatest sites Cape Town has to offer, if your time is very limited. Each and everyone of these days can be shortened, to allow you more time to rest, lie at the beach, go shopping or play a round of golf or a game of tennis – all of which we can arrange for you, of course.