Seven Days Six Nights - Best of the Cape & Garden Route

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Seven Days Six Nights - Best of the Cape & Garden Route

from 2,700.00

The Cape and the Garden Route boast the most beautiful scenery, fantastic coastal cycling, and the longest wine route in South Africa. You’ll discover this and the local hospitality during a wonderful week on your bike.

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OVERVIEW

Day 1 - Franschhoek Wine & Ride

After meeting your guides and a brief trip orientation, we shuttle to the beautiful wine growing area of Franschhoek ("French Corner") for a cycle through what is arguably one of the most picturesque villages in Southern Africa surrounded by lush wine estates. The wine tasting and mountain views are unbeatable and a must for those who appreciate the perfect confluence of human creativity and nature's bounty.  Included in the day are up to three estates, wine tasting, one or two cellar tours, a chocolate tasting and a gourmet lunch.  We spend two nights in Franschhoek.

Day 2 - Simonsberg Vignerons

Just outside of Franschhoek is a collection of superb wineries, producing some of the country's most prestigious and regular-award winning wines. Nestled together advantageously on the Northern lower slopes of Simonsberg, they offer a blend steeped in traditional French viniculture and the latest in modern wine-making techniques. The estates are managed by a talented young generation of daring wine makers who are successfully building on the inheritance and traditions of their forbearers.  With names such as Rupert and Rothschild, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Anura, Glen Carlou, Vrede en Lust and Plaisir De Merle, the new and the old conspire to bring you an unforgettable kaleidoscope of tastings and wines while cycling from estate to estate traversing a fairy tale landscape with vistas over the Paarl Valley. We cycle from farm to farm and have up to three wine tastings, one or two cellar tours, and a gourmet lunch.  We return to the hotel in the late afternoon and meet again for dinner. Overnight is in Franschhoek.

Day 3 - Rural Robertson, Heritage & Culture

Leaving Franschhoek after a wonderful breakfast, we shuttle to our exclusive boutique guesthouse, 15km outside of Robertson, our home for the next two days.  Robertson is located at the heart of Route 62, the longest wine route in the world - which stretches all the way from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. We go for a guided cultural walk through historic Robertson which was founded in 1853 and have lunch in town. During the afternoon, we visit vineyards where you can blend your own wine or do a pairing of wine with biltong, chocolate or fruit. Overnight in Robertson.

Day 4 - Robertson Wineries

This day is dedicated to cycling and wine tasting. The Robertson Wine Route is an officially recognized Wine of Origin region and the Cape’s largest wine producing region. Today we have a full day of cycling through fruit orchards and vineyards and will enjoy beautiful views. The most common wines found along this wine route are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Overnight in Robertson.

Day 5 - The Garden Route

Today, we drive from Robertson along Route 62 through the towns of Ashton, Montagu and Barrydale and our day will end on the Indian Ocean! The road follows winding and spectacular mountain passes, leading into lush green valleys and framed by magnificent rock faces. The Cape is known for its abundance of indigenous flora and no fewer than 500 different species of succulents can be seen along Route 62. Keep an eye on dams and wetlands for a chance to spot the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird and an endangered species. We stop at Wilderness Beach with its spectacular endless beach and dip our toes into the Indian Ocean. We continue to Knysna where we spend the night. 

Day 6 - Knysna - Bike, Hike & Kayak

After a truly spectacular breakfast overlooking the Knysna Lagoon, we get on our bikes for a ride through indigenous and pine forests, traversing sections of the famed Seven Passes on the lower slopes of the Outeniqua mountains. We descend through breath-taking escarpment and rolling valleys to meet the azure blues of the Indian Ocean and the bird paradise, called Wetlands of Eden.  We picnic at the banks of the Touw River and then paddle its dark waters, go for a forest walk to a beautiful natural pools, and end the afternoon with canoeing on the Serpentine River.  We return to Knysna for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Knysna Lagoon & Village

Today we explore Knysna.  We cycle at a leisurely pace through the Waterfront and past the sailing boats and then to the Knysna Lagoon which is now a protected marine reserve.  It’s home to the extraordinary sea horse, over 200 species of fish, and countless birds. We continue to the Knysna Heads which were once considered one of the most treacherous habor entries in the country.  We relax over lunch and then cycle back to the hotel.  The tour ends in Knysna and we say good bye! Until next time...