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 Winelands  &  Garden  Route

Healthy Cuisine - Fine Wine - Spa & Wellness

 * Chauffer or Self-drive *        5 DAYS

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Highlights:

  • Visit Babylonstoren Gardens. Enjoy a Cellar Tour & Lunch at the Green House Restaurant

  • Enjoy a wine/juice and a lunch platter in Calitzdorp along the Klein Karoo Route 62

  • Visit Montagu, Oudtshoorn & Knysna for amazing Spa & Holistic Wellness Treatments 

  • Soak away your aches and pains at the Montagu Mineral Hot Water Springs

  • Meals are strictly healthy & nutritious. Vegetarian or Vegan dishes available

The Tour begins in Cape Town and ends at George Airport. From George you have an option of reaching your next destination by Air, Luxury Coach or Private Road Transfer. Accommodation is in luxury Guest Houses, Lodges or Apartments and includes daily breakfasts, Dinners and Lunches as per itinerary.

 

DAY 1  (Wine/Juice Tasting + Lunch)

We leave Cape Town at 09h00 and travel to the Cape's famed wine-lands region. The first stop is Babylonstoren - one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the winelands. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty, fine food & wine and a sense of wellbeing.

We begin with a guided tour of the fruit and fresh vegetable garden which offers an ever-changing tapestry of botanical diversity. Our next activity will be a cellar tour and wine tasting of the fine wines of Babylonstoren.

Lunch will be served in the Greenhouse Restaurant. The Greenhouse offers guests a wonderful refreshment station after their walk through the garden. All food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads served in weck jars, while fresh bread from a wood-fired oven is wrapped in the iconic blue-and-white Babylonstoren paper.

Menus are always guided by what is available in the garden. We have a farm-to-fork philosophy which means we like to serve food that is seasonal and that reflects our “pick, clean and serve” approach.

After lunch visit some of the area's most elegant wine estates for optional tasting of their superb wines.  Guests will have an opportunity to purchase organic wines or juices.

Overnight at Avalon Springs Hotel & Spa at the Montagu Hot Water Mineral Springs. Flowing naturally from a fissure in the rock face, these waters contain minerals that have healing powers. Although the water comes to the surface at 43°C, it reaches the various pools at different temperatures. Guests are free to spend the evening or enjoy a visit to the Health Spa.

Free for dinner at Cogmans Restaurant.

DAY 2  (Breakfast - Wine Tasting & Lunch)

Leaving the Winelands, we head through the unique and scenically spectacular Klein Karoo Route 62 to arrive in Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital" of the world. Great flocks of ostriches provide a spectacle to be seen nowhere else. Enjoy a wine-tasting with bread & cheese platter at De Krans Wine Estate - an award winning wine estate at Calitzdorp.

The ostrich is surely one of the world's most peculiar birds and you will experience a visit to a fascinating Ostrich Show Farm.  

Overnight in Oudtshoorn at Boulders Lodge and Spa. The  Spa offers a wellness haven that restores peace to body & soul. Various treatments are available to promote health & beauty.

Free for Dinner at the exquisite Pomegranate dining Room and enjoy a memorable culinary experience. Vegetarian dishes are available.

 

DAY 3  (Breakfast - Wine/juice tasting - Lunch)

After a leisurely breakfast, we proceed to one of Africa's great wonders - the subterranean wonderland of the Cango Caves. The largely unexplored sequence of vast caverns are filled with amazing formations of glittering dripstone.  Lunch is enjoyed along with a tasting of Klein Karoo Wines or Juices.

Experience an Optional Big 5 Wildlife Safari in an open 4X4 Vehicle with experienced rangers.

Crossing the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains, we descend into the Garden Route. Our first Stop is the Wilderness where we stop for optional Craft Beer and Gin Tasting. (Juice and non-alcoholic beer available) Arriving in Knysna, we begin to explore this charming village with its myriad attractions for visitors.  Overnight in Knysna at Paradise Private Zen.

Experience solid-wood eco-architecture with organic & indigenous plant-covered roofs for healthy living… oft on the soul… and best of all… high in vital life energy. Paradise Private Zen is endowed with breathtaking handcrafted views over the lagoon to the famous Knysna Heads.

Free for dinner at the Knysna Waterfront

DAY 4  (Breakfast + Lunch)

Today you will explore Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma forest region. Originally named Bahia Formosa (Beautiful Bay) by the first Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay more than lives up to its name as you spend time in its environs. We will do some whale and dolphin spotting. In the winter months there will be plenty of whales to view close to the shore.

Lunch can be enjoyed at Bocca Dolce Restaurant. This quaint vegetarian/vegan café is on the farm Quarry Lake, where owners Lello and Lisa Incendiario grow and sell their own organic vegetables, microgreens, and wheatgrass.

Alternatively a fresh sea-food lunch can be taken right on the beach at Plettenberg Bay.

The coastal road we follow wends it's way along steep river gorges, over spectacular mountain passes and through dense indigenous forests and ferns. We visit the tiny settlement of Nature's Valley, one of the loveliest havens of tranquillity along the Garden Route. Our exploration of this ancient forest  leads through the tangle of trees, ferns and creepers to the undisputed monarch of the forest - gigantic Outeniqua Yellowwood trees.

An optional tour of  Monkeyland or the Birds of Eden or the Knysna Elephant Park is available before departing back to Knysna.

There will be time to visit the award winning Le Spa Tranquille, situated on the edge of the scenic Knysna Lagoon in Thesen Island Harbour Town. The therapy rooms have picturesque views of the lagoon which, combined with our therapists expert touch, guarantee a soothing experience leaving you feeling rejuvenated and de-stressed.

Restore your well-being by indulging in treatments on offer from vichy shower scrubs, massage, hot stone therapy, reflexology, body wraps, specialised Clarins and Guinot facials and bridal treats to OPI manicures and pedicures.

Optional sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon. Free for dinner at the Knysna Waterfront.

 

DAY 5  (Breakfast)

After breakfast guests may visit the  Le Spa Tranquille. Alternative optional activities include Yoga, Whale & Dolphin Watching, a forest or beach walk or a round of golf at a Championship Course. 

There will be an opportunity to do some last minute shopping or enjoy lunch at the Garden Route Mall. We drop of our guests in the mid afternoon at George Airport.

This tour can begin in George and end in Cape Town with slight changes to the itinerary. If the above mentioned accommodation is not available we will replace it with alternative accommodation of a similar nature.

 

Included in the Price: Accommodation in International Tourist Class 3 & 4 star Guest Houses, or apartments. Daily breakfasts, lunches on days 1-4. All ground transportation, chauffer driver. Three Wine tastings, Ostrich Farm Tour, Cango Caves,  Bottled Water, tolls and taxes.

Not Included in the Price: Dinners, lunch on day 5, optional activities, spa and wellness treatments, alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature.

  

 

Self Drive Tour:  (Contact us for rates)

IncludedAccommodation only (3/4 star )  with breakfasts. Booking fees

Excluded: Car Rental (See Rates Here)  fuel, tolls, conservation and entry fees.

Winelands - Wine Cellar Tour

The Harvest Table - Babylonstoren

Wine Tasting in the Winelands

 

Hot Water Mineral Pools

 Ostrich Show Ranch - Oudtshoorn

Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn

Knysna - South Africa's Favourite Town

Relax at Le Spa Tranquille

Bocca Dolce Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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