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5-Day Visit to the “Mother City” for History, Culture, and Scenery

Cape Town is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world. Cradled by Table Mountain, it has immense charm and historical interest. The unique cultural blends—part African, European, and Asian, makes for a cosmopolitan city complete with touring, culture and fine dining experiences. On this tour, see breathtaking scenery from atop iconic Table Mountain, enjoy wine tastings in the beautiful Cape Winelands, and explore the spectacular flora and fauna of the Cape Peninsula. For lodging, you can chose from three quality options in the B&B, deluxe and luxury categories. See a sample South Africa Cape Town safari itinerary below.

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Day 1 – Arrive Cape Town: On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. You have the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight at your choice of the Cape Grace Hotel (Luxury), Victoria & Alfred Hotel (Deluxe) or Cape Cadogan (Bed & Breakfast).

Luxury: Cape Grace is a luxurious retreat set on its own private quay in the V&A Waterfront, encircled by Table Mountain, the yacht marina, and a working harbor. All 120 rooms feature exquisite furniture, luxurious fabrics and intriguing detail. The top-floor spa is exclusive to hotel guests. The waterfront Signal Restaurant offers views of the marina and Table Mountain.

Deluxe: Victoria & Alfred Hotel is in the heart of Cape Town’s popular Waterfront, offering 94 large, comfortably furnished, air-conditioned, en-suite double bedrooms each with a fully stocked bar fridge, television, radio, and hairdryer. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse and converted in 1990 to a luxury hotel, it is named in honor of the Queen of England and her son.

B&B: The Cape Cadogan is a luxury boutique hotel well known for its comfortable atmosphere. The hotel offers a lounge with an open fireplace, garden and pool area, and a library. The twelve luxuriously appointed en suite bedrooms are decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary and antique furniture using dramatic fabrics to maximum effect of the Bohemian Chic style.

Day 2 – Cape Town/City Tour & Table Mountain: After breakfast, enjoy a private half-day City Tour & Table Mountain tour. Your tour of the “mother city” will take in the Houses of Parliament, the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679, this is South Africa’s oldest building), the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, the Company Gardens, and of course Table Mountain, which will give you spectacular views over the city and the peninsula (cable car ride is weather dependent). Later, make a stop at Bo-Kaap, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly colored houses. Enjoy a hike up Table Mountain for an additional fee. Finally, return to your hotel (dinner on your own account). Overnight here.

Day 3 – Cape Town/Winelands Tour: This Winelands tour is designed according to your interest. Your specialist guide will discuss your touring options, which could include any or all of the three main wine-growing centers: Paarl, with its mountain setting and Afrikaans Language Monument; Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa, with its beautiful setting, French flair and charming cafe-lined streets and Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa, with canal-lined avenues and magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture. Wine tastings are included at premier estates and a stop will be made for lunch in a memorable location (on your own account). Cycle your way between vineyards for an additional fee.

Day 4 – Cape Town/Peninsula Tour: This tour of the Cape Peninsula starts with the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, before crossing over to Hout Bay, where you may choose to join an optional boat cruise to Seal Island. Continue to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve via Chapman’s Peak, one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal drives, where a funicular takes you to the top of the peninsula to witness the symbolic meeting of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and enjoy spectacular views over False Bay. Stop for lunch in the area (on your own account), before continuing to Simonstown, the naval base, and then visit the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. On the return trip, enjoy a stop at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Gardens before arriving at your hotel late this afternoon. Enjoy sea kayaking along the coast for an additional fee.

Day 5 – Depart Cape Town: Depart the hotel by a private transfer to the Cape Town Airport in time to check-in for your onward flight.

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Quick Facts

Perfect for:

  • Perfect for Historical Sightseeing
  • Perfect for Honeymoons/Romance
  • Perfect for Families
  • Duration 5 days
  • Departures Anytime or other
  • Accommodations Luxury hotel, deluxe hotel, or boutique B&B
  • Fitness Rating Easy
  • Activities Private wine tour, city & Table Mountain tour, Cape Peninsula tour, culture
  • Safari Type Cultural/Historical
  • Style Value, Deluxe, or Luxury
  • Land-Only Price* Varies based on accommodation
  • Flight Price Call for pricing

*All pricing per person based on double occupancy. Pricing varies based on travel dates, call for a customized quotation matching your travel needs. Changes to itinerary and pricing may apply. Price includes all accommodations, meals, some drinks, transfers, vehicles, park fees, guides and activities as indicated, and a $25 donation to a worthy African charity. Price excludes international flights, visas, tips, inoculations, travel insurance, and anything not specified above. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover & AMEX. No refunds—see Terms and Conditions for details.

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