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Historical Walking Tour & Vine Hopper

Combo of Vine hopper - Eastern route and Stellenbosch on Foot

Stellenbosch

Activity Description

The Eastern Route wine tour in Stellenbosch operates every day Monday to Friday and showcases some of the best wines and views Stellenbosch has to offer. Experience the splendour of the Helshoogte pass and it’s wine farms on this tour. Start your day with a unique Chocolate and wine pairing at Lanzerac, Enjoy great restaurants at Zorgvliet and Boschendal. Combine your wine tasting with a meat and cheese platter at Neil Ellis wines and treat yourself in sampling lovely wines at Camberley. Fantastic scenery from the pass, and lovely relaxed settings make this a must do route. . Remember, you can decide if you want to go to all 5 estates or just visit a few and stay longer at certain farms.

Operates: Monday to Friday
Departure Times from Stellenbosch Town.
10:00; 11:00; 12:00; 13:00; 14:00 15:00; 16:00
(Please be advised that the later you depart the less farms you will be able to see)

Arrangements

DurationOpen Ended
WhenClosed on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's day and Sundays Please contact us for group bookings on Sundays
WhereWe start with collections at central Stellenbosch Guesthouses 15 minutes before your chosen departure time. Please make sure to be ready at your guesthouse for collection from 15 minutes before departure time if you provided us with your Stellenbosch Central guesthouse name on booking. Otherwise you can meet us at the Tourism Info office at 47 Kerk/Church Street Wine Route Office (Cape Town pick ups can be arranged at an additional fee if available. Please contact us to arrange this!)
WeatherOnly extreme weather conditions will have an impact on the tour
What to WearWear something comfortable with comfortable shoes
Things to BringBring your camera or phone, a hat and some sunscreen. Drink a lot of water during the day and be open to meet other people.
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed, only paying guests

Requirements

Minimum Age2 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Transport and driver.
Collection in Stellenbosch central free
Collections in Cape Town area can be arranged at an additional fee.

Exclusions

Wine tastings rates are not included but it ranges from R20.00 to R65.00 per person per tasting.
Cape Town collections can be arranged subject to availability at a once of fee of R 700 per pick up location. Includes return transfer.
Cape Town collections can only be done in the mornings at 8:30- 9:00 and return only after tour has ended leaving Stellenbosch at 17:15-17:30

Notes

The Vine Hopper day ticket is the most cost effective way to experience the Stellenbosch Wine Route. You can decide on what you want to do on the different farms and pay for tastings, tours or activities as you go along.

Please be ready for pick up at your Stellenbosch Central Guesthouse 15 minutes before departure time! You can also meet us at the Tourism Info office at 36 Market Street.

This is a great way to still be independent and not linked to a group but having the comfort of being transported, enabling you to enjoy your tastings at your own time without worries of how you are getting home!

Customer Reviews

very good experience:-) Inwoul book again. - Graefe, Mareen


Excellent experience with great drivers - David Hall


I did the vine hopper with my son and daughter, Eastern Route. Very nice trip with good wines (and food) on all the estates we visited. Driving from estate ot estate we were very well informed about the history of the esates and the area by our driver / tour guide. - Leon Driessen


A great way to safely experience the wonderful wines Stellenbosch has to offer. - Ronald Baker


Lovely experience. My friends and I really enjoyed the Vine Hopper - Eastern route because it enabled us to visit several beautiful wineries in one day. The friendly chauffeur Marcel pick us up in Cape Town and he was flexible in dropping us off and picking us up at the wineries too. The route takes you through the incredible scenery of Stellenbosch and you will visit great wineries with a variety of beautiful wines. I definitly would recommend this experience to anyone visiting Cape Town area. - Chava van der Woerdt


Activity Description

Explore the “village of the oaks" with its shady oak avenues bordered by the water furrows of the Mill Stream. Admire the charm and harmony of the Cape Dutch Architecture and listen to tales about the colorful inhabitants of three centuries.

Discover where Simon van der Stel set up camp in the Eerste River and why it is called the Eerste River. Perhaps you will meet an angel at the “Angel Factory” or a ghost in the graveyard of the ”Moederkerk”.

Three fires destroyed the village. Where did the fire of 1710 start and who started it? The first Christian Church building in South Africa was in Stellenbosch not in Cape Town. Today it is the site of the oldest hotel in South Africa, d’Ouwe Werf and not all the graves have been moved!

Dorp Street, “the wagon way to Cape Town” is the oldest residential street in South Africa today. It is still the wagon way to Cape Town, only the wagons have changed somewhat!

Historical buildings surround three sides of The Braak (village green) During the 1809 and 1811 earth tremor, people rushed out of their houses onto the Braak. The Braak was already proclaimed by Simon van der Stel, the eleventh governor, as an open space for the people and as a military parade ground.

Stellenbosch University has produced many famous South Africans – Prime Ministers and Sportsmen. Rugby and cricket was played on the Braak. Stellenbosch, synonymous with rugby, but the first Stellenbosch Springbok – Nico Theunissen – was a cricketer.

In 1602 the VOC was established by the Here Sewentien. Four hundred years later the “Kruithuis” on the Braak proudly flies the flag of the VOC.

Rhenish Institute, the oldest girl’s boarding school in South Africa celebrated 150 years in 2010. Rhenish was the first school to teach Domestic Science and Needlework.

Arrangements

Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenSeven days a week, all-year round, subject to availability. Closed on Christmas, Good Friday and New Year's Day.
WhereStellenbosch Wine Route Office, 47 Church Street, Stellenbosch
WeatherThe tour is not subject to the weather.
What to WearComfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothes for the day.
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsN/A

Requirements

Minimum Age1 year
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Professional guide
Walking tour

Exclusions

Transportation to/from starting location
Purchases of a personal nature.

Notes

N/A

Customer Reviews

Our walking tour with Johan was great. We were a small group of 3 so it was easy to hear the information Johan was telling us. It was very interesting and a comprehensive tour. We'd advised when booking that one of us walked with a stick and therefore not too fast a pace please, and Johan was very mindful of that. Can totally recommend the walking tour, you miss so much wandering on your own. Thank you Johan. - Faith Pidduck


I had a thoroughly enjoyable morning tour, walking around Stellenbosch. My guide was really well-informed, keeping my interest piqued with historical facts & personal stories relating to the development of the town of Stellenbosch & it's importance to the Cape. The architecture is beautiful & even though the sun wasn't shining, it was a great way to spend a morning. - Fliss Hancock


We enjoyed the walking tour. The guide fully met our expectations. - Ward Walker


Stellenbosch on foot was a pleasant experience Some interesting facts were shared. The visits to the silk shop and Di e Ouwe werf hotel's excavations of the old church foundation stood out as highlights - Christa de Freitas


Beautiful town with rich history. Passionate guide with in-depth knowledge and experience. We had a great time. - Jaime & Justin




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