FIND YOURSELF - ECO-ACTIVE®

3 Days, Best Of The Cape Winelands

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This amazing trip includes two nights accommodation in the quaint village of Franschhoek, situated in the prettiest valley in the Western Cape. Cycle from vineyard to vineyard and explore some of the best wineries, cellars and hospitality in Africa. *Rates are quoted all inclusive, per person sharing.

Highlights:
•Delve into the beautiful Cape winelands for an insider view
•Gourmet wine-pairing lunch in the Culinary Capital of South Africa – Franschhoek
•Taste award-winning wines

Day 1 - Franschhoek Wine & Ride

Today is a luxury mountain bike tour through the Franschhoek winelands with lots of flexibility. If you want to ride all day, we join you. If you want to meander through town on your bike stopping at galleries and the chocolate factory, that’s also cool. And if you’re a real dirt hound – no worries, we’ll take you single-tracking. Just let us know when you book. After meeting your guides under the oak trees at the Dutch Reformed Church in the heart of Franschhoek for a brief trip orientation, we cycle through 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 wine tasting at four estates, a cellar tour or two, chocolate tasting and a gourmet lunch. We’ll have a joint dinner and overnight is in Franschhoek.

Day 2 - Simonsberg Sip & Cycle

Just outside of Franschhoek is a collection of superb wineries, producing some of the region’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 culture and the latest in modern wine-making techniques. Managed by a talented young generation of daring wine makers who are successfully building on the inheritance and traditions of their for-bearers.  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. The day includes up to four wineries, two to three cellar tours, cycling from farm-to-farm, gourmet snacks and local produce – all at your own pace. The late afternoon and evening a free. Overnight is in Franschhoek.

Day 3 - Devon Valley

Our last day is off the beaten track where the picturesque Devon Valley, in the heart of the Stellenbosch region, offers an exhilarating biking tour with a spectacular wine and gourmet food experience. Hosted jointly with the finest wine estates in the valley, cycling through the vineyards is sheer pedal pleasure and allows riders of all skill levels to explore the scenic back roads of the valley, soak up the awe-inspiring views, and indulge in a memorable wine and food experience. This exclusive trail meanders along a private 20-kilometre, mainly off-road path through the heart of the valley.  The day includes up to three vineyards and a gourmet lunch at one of the region’s top restaurants.  After a leisurely lunch, we shuttle back to Cape Town where the tour ends on arrival.

Optional extra days:

Constantia under Table Mountain – two nights

Step back in time and retrace the history of viniculture in South Africa by visiting the country’s foremost wine estates in the lush Constantia valley. Meander through the rolling vineyards on your bicycle, learning first-hand about the various vintages, all the while framed by the brooding backdrop of the mighty Table Mountain. The valley also boasts an array of award-winning restaurants that are consistently voted among the best in the world.

Our trademark Eco-active adventure starts in the country’s oldest estate which dates to 1685 and is often referred to as “the birthplace of South African wine”. Historic manor houses and museums pay testament to the heritage of this region. We cycle between the vineyards, with panoramic views over the valley and False Bay where the Atlantic Ocean hits sun kissed beaches. A number of renowned estates are included in the tour, with the chance to meet the sommelier and sample some of the best wines this country has produced, including the notable Vin de Constance, which was personally requested by none other than Napoleon Bonaparte! Dinner and overnights will be in Cape Town, Southern Suburbs.

Wellington and Paarl Winelands – two nights

Paarl is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Home to the mighty Paarl Rock, the second largest granite outcrop in the world, and the Taal Monument, a tribute to the Afrikaans language. We’ll visit the historic town resplendent with natural wonders and some superb wine estates. On the second day, we’ll join a local historian for a walk through the wine estates and will include tastings and cellar visits in our exploration. Following lunch we’ll cycle to explore the area. Dinners and overnights in Wellington or Paarl.

Tulbagh and Wellington – two nights

Just 90 minutes drive north of Cape Town, at the northern edge of one of the most beautiful fertile valleys in the country, lies the historical town of Tulbagh. The village nestles in amongst the Winterhoek, Witzenberg and Outiniqua Mountains, which surround it on three sides and provide one of the most beautiful settings in the Western Cape. Bike & Saddle in partnership with Bartholomeus Klip offer the perfect ‘eco-active’ break-away. Cycle the reserve with its magnificent plains antelope, foxes and wildlife and experience the neighboring wine estates for some of the best wines the region has to offer. We’ll visit the historic town center and learn about its significance during the early years of the Cape Colony. Dinner and overnight at Bartholomeus Klip. On the second day, we’ll cycle and enjoy wine tastings in Wellington. At the end of the day, we’ll shuttle back to Cape Town where the tour ends upon arrival.

 

 

2018 / 19 Season:

Standard Accommodation Option $ 1200.00 USD per person sharing
Luxury Accommodation Option $ 2100.00 USD per person sharing

INCLUDES:

• Bikes and all equipment
• Airport and hotel transfers and back-up vehicle
• All meals, beverages and refreshments
• Excellent and varied lodging
• Personal service from the best guides in the industry
• ‘Special and Expert’ excursions en-route
• All admission fees to reserves, parks and attractions

Note: Prices are quoted in United States Dollars (USD) per person. Even so we are based in South Africa, the recent swings in the local currency necessitated the conversion to a USD based rate system. This means we don’t change our rates with the swings and can absorb a 2 to 3 point adjustment, up or down, without having to update rates within our partner and guest network. It ensures consistent quality and product availability throughout our product portfolio.

Minimum group size is 4 guests. Enquire about discounts for larger groups (typically 6 guests and over).

DATES:
Advance booking essential.

Our journeys are carefully researched and custom-designed to ensure a perfect balance of adventure and luxury – with zero hassle for you.

Our lodgings are divided into three different categories.

Luxury:
These lodgings possess both elegance and authentic regional flair.

Standard:
These lodgings are comfortable and appropriate to the area with such characteristics as authenticity, scenic settings and proximity to our activities.

Deluxe Tented Camp:
We set up the tents (and take them down), handle every camp chore and perform culinary magic.

Scheduled Dates

4 Jan 2018 - 6 Jan 2018

1 Feb 2018 - 3 Feb 2018

1 Mar 2018 - 3 Mar 2018