Nowhere does soul-stirring better than Cape Town - from the slopes of Table Mountain to the golden vineyards of the Cape Winelands and the rocky Atlantic Seaboard to the edgy City Bowl. This holiday offers a great mix of tours and free time to explore on your own.
This guided holiday of South Africa's Mother City - Cape Town and the surrounding countryside highlights all the region has to offer. Enjoy amazing views from the top of Table Mountain, walk the colourful streets of Bo-Kaap, relax on the beach at Camps Bay or just sit back and watch the crowds at the V&A Waterfront. Learn about South Africa's turbulent past when visiting Robben Island with a former inmate as your guide, relax as you explore the beautiful Cape Winelands and enjoy wine tasting to sample the local vintages.
You'll also spend one day circumnavigating the Cape Peninsula along one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads. You'll visit Cape Point and stop to watch a local penguin colony. Another day is spent visiting the coastal town of Hermanus, Africa's whale-watching capital
Your guided holiday includes:
Conveniently located opposite the Cape Town International Convention Centre, The Onyx, a harmonious blend of hotel and residential offerings, commands the attention of passers-by with its bold external features and keeps guests enthralled with its sophisticated internal finishes and its highly luxurious atmosphere. Onyx is similar in appearance to black sapphire; a rare, striking gemstone, which perfectly mirrors the property’s essence. Guests can look forward to a chic city experience, on par with apartment offerings in New York, London and Paris, but infused with South African vibrancy.
Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.
Twin share - from $3495 per person / Solo traveller - from $4865
Twin share - from $3695 per person / Solo traveller - from $5275
Twin share - from $4150 per person / Solo traveller - from $6160
Why not extend your stay in Africa to see more of this amazing continent?Freecall our local travel team on 1300 4145 198 for suggestions or to book your Cape Town holiday.
Day 1 - Arrive Cape Town (Welcome Reception)
South Africa's 'Mother City' extends a warm sanibonani welcome. After transferring to your hotel, spend the day exploring Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds on your own, before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel - The Onyx (7 Nights)
Day 2 - Table Mountain and Cape Town City Tour (B)
This morning, ascend Table Mountain via aerial cableway to its vast flat top - a rocky wonderland of rich Cape fynbos and curious dassies (hyraxes). Peer over the sprawling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard. keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this morning's city tour, including Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure.
Day 3 - Cape Peninsula Tour (B)
Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. You'll discover why the winding road which hugs the rocky 12 Apostles is regarded as one of the world's most magnificent coastal roads. Visit rugged Cape Point which rises out of the swirling Atlantic Ocean. Your journey will take you to the south-western edge of the African continent, through playgrounds of the rich and famous and charming coastal towns along the way.
Day 4 - Cape Town Free Day (B)
Indulge in a full free day at leisure in Cape Town. Your Travel Director will arrange return transfers to Camps Bay for you to spend the day at one of Cape Town's most famous beaches, soaking up the sophisticated atmosphere and café culture. Or choose to spend the day independently in the city, perhaps beginning your exploration at the V & A Waterfront with a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa or sampling delicious local flavours at the Food Market. After a leisurely day you may wish to tackle the summit of Lion's Head during an Optional Experience that will see you lace up your boots for a moderate to challenging hike, with spectacular sunset views over the City Bowl and Camps Bay as your well-deserved reward.
Day 5 - Hermanus Excursion & Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard Visit (B, Be My Guest Lunch, D)
This morning you'll bid a brief farewell to the city and journey to the coastal town of Hermanus, one of the best places in the world to seasonally view southern right whales. 'Connect With Locals' when you meet local business owner Stefan, who will treat you to a delicious 'Be My Guest' traditional braai (barbecue), featuring such delicacies as boerewors, pap and melktert and a glass of his homemade wine, and share stories of his life in South Africa's whale-watching capital. Our next stop is in the scenic Hemel-en-Aarde (Heaven and Earth) Valley where we'll visit Bouchard Finlayson, an award-winning boutique winery owned by the same family that owns Trafalgar, the Tollman family. You'll savour some of the estate's best wines. Later today, we return to Cape Town via the spectacular Clarens Drive, a breath-taking coastal route along which we'll stop at Betty's Bay to greet the curious colony of African penguins, one of the largest successful breeding colonies in the world.
Day 6 - Robben Island and Amy Foundation Visit (B, L)
South Africa's turbulent past is revealed during this morning's visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27-year prison term. Your tour with a 'Local Specialist' will reveal the island's multi-century history, from its origins as a leper colony to its transformation into a military base and finally a prison, ironically with one of the world's most iconic views of Table Mountain. Enjoy an al fresco lunch at a famous café frequented by Capetonians, then visit one of Trafalgar's' 'Make A Difference' projects - the Amy Foundation. Learn how the Foundation has supported vulnerable communities over the past 20 years by providing a range of youth programmes for over 2,000 children. Visit one of the schools in a local township during its after-school programme to meet the teachers and students. Depending on the day's activities, there may be an opportunity to join in with some music, creative arts or sports.
Day 7 - Cape Winelands Excursion and Free Time (B, L, Farewell Dinner)
The beautiful Cape Winelands beckon today, with a visit to the French-inspired town of Franschhoek. An orientation tour will reveal why the area has justifiably earned its title as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. Travel to nearby Stellenbosch where you'll enjoy a wine tasting and picnic style lunch at a picturesque wine estate. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Cape Town on your own until a memorable Farewell Dinner, where a lively evening with African drumming and Cape Malay cuisine awaits.
Day 8 - Depart Cape Town (B)
Our time in South Africa has come to an end. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight. Or consider extending your holiday by booking our Victoria Falls Experience trip.
Table Mountain: The Aerial Cableway closes for annual maintenance usually during late July to early August time. Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden will be the alternative inclusion on departures where it is not possible to visit Table Mountain.
All guests benefit from complimentary arrival and departure transfers on the arrival and departure day of their guided holiday. Guests arriving before or leaving after the scheduled holiday may also book a transfer, providing they also purchase the additional pre-and/or post-holiday hotel accommodation from Trafalgar. Transfers are always included in conjunction with pre and/or post hotel nights on all itineraries.
Do I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that all guests have a travel insurance policy to ensure your peace of mind before and while travelling. It's important that you protect yourself in case of trip cancellations, an interruption for any reason, baggage delays or loss of baggage and medical expenses.
Will I need a passport?
Passports are needed when travelling outside of your home country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.
Will I need a visa?
You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your guided holiday. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip. Please note that obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. It is strongly advised that you consult your Travel Agent and the local Consulate or Embassy of the country you are visiting well in advance to determine which visas they require and how to obtain them.
Will I need any vaccinations?
This will depend on the destinations you are travelling and your personal health circumstances. Be sure to speak to your doctor to find out if vaccinations are required. If you are taking medication or suffer from any form of illness, ensure you have an adequate supply of medication before departing for your holiday.
Will I need electrical adaptors?
Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world. We recommend bringing a universal travel adaptor that’s suitable for the countries you are travelling to.
How much luggage can I bring?
You can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”) and weight not exceeding 23 kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the coach and does not have telescopic handles.
Is luggage handling provided?
All luggage handling is provided at no extra charge. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.
Are tips included?
We’ll check you in, look after your luggage and take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities – whether it is for restaurant staff, chambermaids or porters. Please note that Travel Director and Drivers gratuities are not included in the trip cost. You do have the option to add pre-paid gratuities on booking.
Will I need to pack formal clothes?
This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you’re visiting and the time of year you’ll be travelling. We’d recommend bringing at least one smart outfit for special evenings. In Africa, it is best to pack neutral/pale colours to wear when on game drives.
Will I be able to get laundry done?
Most hotels do offer a laundry service. However, it’s sensible to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.
What if I become ill on my trip and am unable to continue?
Your Travel Director will assist you with a doctor’s visit or hospitalisation should you require. Trafalgar has a dedicated Guest Support Department in Europe, or our Operations Department in the relevant country will contact you to offer assistance and advice, coordinate with your travel insurance company and keep in touch until you are able to re-join the trip or return home. This service is included in the cost of your trip; however it is not a replacement for travel insurance, which we strongly advise you to purchase.
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