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7 Days, Cape Garden Route

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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.

Highlights:
•Cycle through the award-winning vineyards of Franschhoek and gourmet wine-pairing lunch
•Pedal on Route 62: the world’s longest wine route and blend your own wine
•Discover indigenous flora and fauna, including South Africa’s national bird, the endangered blue crane, thrive here
•Cycle around the Knysna Lagoon to the beautiful Knysna Heads

 

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, 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 tasting, 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 a vineyard where you can blend your own wine or pair wine with biltong, chocolate, and fruit. Overnight in Robertson.

 

Day 4 - Robertson Wineries

This day is dedicated to cycling and wine tasting. The Robertson Wine Route is an officially recognised 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

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.  After a gourmet lunch overseeing the indian ocean and the rolling surf of the Wilderness Beach we paddle down the black waters of the Touw river, go for a forest walk to 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 follow the banks of the Knysna lagoon towards the Heads – a pair of towering sandstone cliffs.  With a bit of effort, we cycle up to the Heads where we can look down on the narrow stretch of water that has been the nemesis of many ships in the past. The views are spectacular are you can see the whole of Knysna and beyond.

We ride back to town via the lovely Leisure Isle where you feel lost in time, we cycle through the Waterfront with its many art galleries and eateries In town. We stop for Lunch and  refreshments, served with a view over the water.

The tour ends in Knysna and we say good bye! Until next time…

2018 / 19 Season:

Standard Accommodation Option $ 2700.00 USD per person sharing
Luxury Accommodation Option $ 4200.00 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

16 Jan 2018 - 22 Jan 2018

13 Feb 2018 - 19 Feb 2018

13 Mar 2018 - 19 Mar 2018