Whether you’re a tourist visiting Cape Town for the first time or a seasoned local, Franschhoek is one of the places you just need to add to your “have-to-visit list”. Located about 50 km east of Cape Town, this little gem is one that should not be missed out on. We listed the Things To Do In Franschhoek for you.

4 11, 2016

Breathtaking beauty and award winning wines are the foundation of historic Franschhoek.

November 4th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Breathtaking beauty and award winning wines are the foundation of historic Franschhoek.

Delve into the history of wine making in the Franschhoek Valley when you join a narrated tour with Franschhoek Wine Tram through one of the most beautiful wine making regions in an open-air tram, giving you time to savour the birthplace of award winning wines in South Africa.  These same award winning wines combined with the exquisite cuisine which is endemic to this region has made Franschhoek the Wine and Gourmet Capital of South Africa, where visitors across the globe gather together to enjoy the best in food and wine.

The Franschoek Wine Tram has put together a range of open-air tram tours designed to suit all tastes, whether it is a hop-on, hop-off tour which takes you to several distinguished wine estates or group tours which include a visit to four wine estates per tour.

The hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram tours transport passengers around a loop of stops where you can enjoy the experience of several different wine cellars, whether it is to enjoy wine tasting, lunch or a cellar tour and then to hop-on to continue the next leg of your journey.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram curated wine tour will include a visit with an experienced winemaker who will introduce you to more about the history of wine and culture in Franschhoek, ending with a two course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant with the wine maker.  After this in-depth experience you will visit another two wine estates to enjoy premium wine tastings at each, fully immersing you in the rich tapestry of Franschhoek.

No matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram tour you choose, you will be in for a unique experience which will give you a completely new perspective of the history that has gone into creating the award winning wines to come out of breathtakingly beautiful Franschhoek Valley.

28 10, 2016

A unique experience in the Franschhoek Valley awaits you with the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

October 28th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A unique experience in the Franschhoek Valley awaits you with the Franschhoek Wine Tram.

The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches which are designed to allow passengers a breathtaking view of the scenic beauty of the Franschhoek Valley wine lands and the majestic mountains that frame this region.  Roll-down transparent awnings ensure that even in inclement weather visitors will be kept warm and comfortable on this adventure into the history of 300 year old vineyards.

Some of South Africa’s most distinguished wine estates line the route of the open-side tram and open-air tram-buses which will take you on a leisurely journey through the beauty of rolling vineyards that have been nurtured lovingly for over 300 years.  Each wine estate you stop at along the way presents a variety of tastes and experiences which will satisfy the palate of the most discerning wine connoisseur.

Where there is good wine there will definitely be great cuisine, and whether you decide to have lunch or a picnic at one of the estates along the route you choose, there is no doubt that you will have the best of both worlds on your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience.  Should you decide that you would like to explore any one of the many outstanding restaurants that Franschhoek is famous for after your tour, there is no doubt that it will be well worth waiting for!

Take your pick of any one of the 4 different wine routes the Franschhoek Wine Tram has laid on, each of which take you to different stops at wine estates producing award-winning wines to suit every taste, ranging from plump reds to superb sparkling wines.

The Franschhoek Valley enfolds the age old tradition of wine making in an area of unparalleled beauty that inspires millions of visitors to add it to their bucket list every year, and the Franschhoek Wine Tram team has definitely added a new dimension to the exploration of its history for every visitor looking for a unique experience.

21 10, 2016

Fine Wine and Fabulous Scenery

October 21st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Fine Wine and Fabulous Scenery

Are you looking for a unique and enjoyable day out in the Western Cape region? Allow us to introduce you to the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram experience, which will be enjoyed by young and old alike. The Wine Tram makes for a great day out for a family or a romantic trip for a couple, and if you are passionate about wine then you will have the experience of a lifetime! If you are staying in Cape Town we can eve arrange a direct transfer for you, so you get the best experience possible.

Why the Franschhoek Valley? As you will learn when you take the tour, the region was settled some 300 years ago by French settlers fleeing religious persecution back home, and they chose the location as it offered the ideal situation and climate for growing vines. The estates established back then are still in existence today, and are responsible for some of the very best of South Africa’s wines. What’s more, you can sample them, as the many stops along the circular route allow you to get on and off as you wish, and we give you two complimentary tasting sessions with every adult ticket.

The fine restaurants that are found at many of the wine estates offer a choice of excellent meals, and we recommend you book in advance at your chosen restaurant as dinner tomes can be very popular indeed. Children will enjoy the ride through the valley in the open-sided tram, while the adults can learn about the culture and history of this wine-making paradise, and enjoy the fine views and weather. For the best day out in the region get in touch with us at the Wine Tram website now, and we’ll be happy to book you a place and arrange a transfer if needed.

14 10, 2016

Come and See Us When in Cape Town!

October 14th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Come and See Us When in Cape Town!

If you are planning on visiting Cape Town you’ve made a great choice; it’s a beautiful city with much in the way of attractions, and the surrounding area is among the most beautiful in South Africa. with so much to choose from it can be difficult to decide how to spend your time, so can we interest you in a unique and enjoyable ride through the glorious Franschhoek Valley, complete with visits to some of the finest and oldest wine making estates in the country?

The Wine Tram is a popular attraction as it winds its way through the historic vineyards of the valley and stops at many places among the way. Here, you will learn the history of the French settlers who, some 300 years ago, chose this location as the ideal place to grow vines and make fine wine, a tradition that is still the main purpose of the valley today. You also get the chance to visit the estates if you wish, and two complimentary wine tasting sessions are a bonus with every adult ticket for the Wine Tram experience. These are the best wines in South Africa, and you can arrange for extra tastings for little extra cost.

We recommend that you take the time to enjoy the pretty town of Franschhoek, the starting and finishing point for the tour, and if you want to spend some time here we can help you find the perfect accommodation for families or couples. You don’t have to be an out and out wine lover to enjoy the tour – there is the chance for fine food along the way, too – but for wine lovers there is no doubt the Wine Tram tour is a must, so why not book your seats just to be sure?

7 10, 2016

Sample South Africa’s Finest Wines

October 7th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Sample South Africa’s Finest Wines

Are you a wine lover? If so, you will know that South African wines come highly recommended. In fact, the very best of the country’s wines are made in the Franschhoek Valley, a beautiful area of the Western Cape within easy reach of Cape Town, and a place with a cultural history that is entirely wine-related. The perfect way to experience the sheer beauty of the valley, and to get to sample some of the finest of South African wines, is to take a trip on the Franschhoek Valley Wine Tram, and we want to show you why it is a great idea.

The Wine Tram is a journey on open-sided trams through the valley and the vineyards itself, stopping at many point along the way where you are able to get on and off whenever you want. The routes are all loops so you will always end up back at your stopping point, and trams run on a regular basis throughout the day. What makes the wine estates here so special is that some of them are more than 300 years old, and you will learn about wine making in the valley during the trip.

We offer you the chance to not only enjoy a fine journey through the valley, but also to sample – as part of the deal – wines at two of the estates along the way. You can pay for further tastings and cellar tours if you wish, or book a meal at one of the excellent restaurants in the valley. Children will love the journey, adults the wine and history, so what is not to like? We can even arrange to pick you up in Cape Town, so you get to the Wine Tram on time! Have a look at the Wine Tram website, and book your trip today.

30 09, 2016

The Best Way to Visit the Franschhoek Valley

September 30th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Best Way to Visit the Franschhoek Valley

There are few more beautiful regions of South Africa than the Western Cape. With its mix of splendorous landscape, beautiful coastline and the spectacular city of Cape Town in the mix you have plenty to see and do, so can we recommend that you take a trip to the stunning Franschhoek Valley, and a ride on the wonderful Wine Tram? This amazing experience is utterly unique and makes for a fabulous day out for all the family, and it’s not just about wine, but about history, culture and the beautiful scenery too.

The Wine Tram takes one of four routes through the valley, allowing you superb views of the vineyards that make this place what it is. Some of the oldest wine estates in South Africa are to be found here – some are more than 300 years old – as it was in the Franschhoek Valley that French settlers decided to continue the vine growing and wine making that they had practised back home. With your Wine Tram ticket you can get on and off at one of many stops along the route, and adults get complimentary tasting sessions at a choice of wineries.

Furthermore, there are many fine restaurants on the route so you can book ahead and enjoy an excellent meal – complete with fine wine – or simply take a picnic and have a walk through the valley, and find a spot to relax with the family. We can even help you with transfers to and from Cape Town, or accommodation in the village if you want to spend some time here, and we are sure you will enjoy your Wine Tram experience as many already have. Perfect for families or couples, this really is a great day out, so get in touch and we’ll be happy to book your places.

23 09, 2016

Share the ultimate Franschhoek Valley experience with the team from The Wine Tram.

September 23rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Share the ultimate Franschhoek Valley experience with the team from The Wine Tram.

Take a combination of open-air tram and tram-bus journeys with Wine Tram through the beauty of vineyards that are hundreds of years old in one of the most picturesque and famous vineyards in the world.  No visit to Cape Town is complete without experiencing the magic of age old traditions that abound in the wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley.

The Wine Tram offers a unique combination of trams and tram-buses to take passengers around in a loop of stops to give you an opportunity to hop-off at each stop and dive into a bit of everything each wine estate has to offer.  You can enjoy tasting some of the best recognised and award winning wines each estate has on offer, as well as tour through some wine cellars that are hundreds of years old.

Your love for great cuisine will be satisfied with the variety of options available at the different wine estates, and a leisurely stroll through the vineyards is a definite must before you hop-on for the next leg of your wine estate adventure in the Wine Tram.

As you tour through the heartlands of the Franschoek Valley we will provide you with a narration that will take you back in time as you learn more about some of these vineyards that have been cultivated for hundreds of years.  With our open-air tram and open-air buses, we offer you a unique perspective and view of the unparalleled beauty of the vineyards and the mountains that frame Franschhoek Valley.

The team at Wine Tram will arrange return airport transfers if you would like to make Franschhoek Valley your first port of call on arrival in Cape Town, and should you decide that one day is not enough, our team will assist you in arranging accommodation to suit your requirements.

The Wine Tram tour through historic vineyards is an exceptional experience in and of itself, but if you have more than a day to explore, it is essential not to miss all the delights that the picturesque town of Franschhoek itself has on offer.  There are so many award winning restaurants dotted throughout this town steeped in French history and the age old tradition of wine making that you will be completely spoiled for choice.

The Wine Tram team love Franschhoek Valley and everything it represents, which is why we invite you to contact us to book your Wine Tram tour and share the Franschhoek experience with us.

16 09, 2016

Book a unique tour in Franschhoek Valley for your celebration or function from the team at Wine Tram.

September 16th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Book a unique tour in Franschhoek Valley for your celebration or function from the team at Wine Tram.

Travel through the picturesque vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley on tracks that were originally built in 1904 which The Wine Tram team brought back to life in 2012 for an experience of a lifetime. We will take you on a journey that takes you through lush vineyards that have been producing world renowned wines for over 300 years since the first local dwellers, foreign settlers and slaves first made this picturesque valley their home.

During the period of 1688 to 1689 a large number of French immigrants arrived in Franschhoek as they fled religious persecution and today many of the farms granted to the French settlers then still carry the French names these settlers gave their farms in honour of the country they were forced to flee.

The team at Wine Tram will take you on a narrated journey through these beautiful vineyards in our open-air trams and buses, giving you the opportunity to delve into more than just the finest wines and cuisine in the world.  Franschhoek is considered the food and wine capital in South Africa with good reason as thousands of visitors from everywhere in the world are warmly welcomed to this beautiful corner of the world we love passionately.

The Wine Tram offers group wine tram and bus tours with an itinerary that includes four wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley so that you are able to experience the rich character of the individual wines and the wine estates that produce them.  A premium wine tasting showcasing award winning wines is served to the group at each of the wine estates, and with world class restaurants on several of the wine estates you are welcome to let us know if you would like to include a lunch or picnic stop along the way.

This tour is private and exclusive to the group, pre-arranged to a set itinerary by the team at Franschhoek Wine Tram, and with our offer of special rates for groups of 20 or more guests you will find it hard to find a more unique way to entertain guests on a day out in Franschhoek Valley.

9 09, 2016

Award winning wines and world class cuisine are all on the menu when you join Wine Tram for a day out in Franschhoek!

September 9th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Award winning wines and world class cuisine are all on the menu when you join Wine Tram for a day out in Franschhoek!

If you are looking for a really unique way to spend the day with friends and family, the team at Wine Tram have the perfect solution for you.  This will be a day out that is unforgettable as you travel in an open-air tram or bus through vineyards that are hundreds of years old offering breathtaking scenery, fine wines and food rolled up in one experience.

You will need to book your Wine Tram experience in advance in order to avoid disappointment and choose from 4 different schedules to plan a day spent in the history and beauty that is synonymous with Franschhoek Valley.  Wine Tram offers the Blue Line, Red Line, Green Line and Yellow Line experiences designed to suit the palate of every passenger from world renowned wines to world class cuisine.

Should you decide that you would like to indulge in the curated wine experience that Wine Tram offers and then join one of our hop-on-hop-off tours to various wine estates the next day or on another visit, we have the perfect day planned for you.

Your day out with Wine Tram in Franschhoek Valley will start with a journey in our open-air tram to a local wine estate, where you can get caught up in the spell that an experienced winemaker weaves with a journey through the interesting stories about the history of wine and the culture in Franschhoek.

You will have the opportunity to sample the subtle tastes of terroir, learn about local varieties of grape, cultivars and aspects of viticulture unique to Southern Africa, after which the winemaker will take you on a tour of the wine cellar which will end in the feast of a two course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant.

After lunch we will treat you to a visit to another two Franschhoek wine estates to enjoy a premium wine tasting at each estate.  We are certain that after an intimate experience like this that connects you to the local wine culture, you will be ready to book your hop-on-hop-off tour to immerse yourself completely in every aspect that makes the team at Wine Tram passionate about sharing the Franschhoek Valley experience.

There are only seven spaces available for this unique experience and we urge you to book your curated wine tour well in advance.  Please visit our website to view everything that Wine Tram is able to provide for visitors to our beautiful region, from airport transfers to assistance with accommodation bookings and we will give you a warm welcome.

3 09, 2016

A day trip on The Wine Tram is the most leisurely way to enjoy rolling through vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley.

September 3rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A day trip on The Wine Tram is the most leisurely way to enjoy rolling through vineyards in the Franschhoek Valley.

Whether you live in or are visiting what is considered the most beautiful city in the world, Cape Town is an astounding experience with an incredible variety of things to do around every nook and cranny.  From beautiful coasts to Table Mountain and world renowned wine estates, everything is within an easy travelling distance to allow you more than enough time to explore all the highlights on offer in and around Cape Town.

Wine Tram offers a unique experience for anyone who would love to spend the day in beautiful historical vineyards that offer an abundance of unique wines and world class cuisine that will satisfy any palate.

The Wine Tram offers you an opportunity to experience the true essence of vast expanses of beautiful vineyards that have a 300 year old history, scenery that will take your breath away, hospitality that is second to none and world-class cuisine combined with the finest wines in the world.

Wine Tram offers four hop-on-hop-off tour lines to choose from, each of which will take you to eight of the best wine estates in the region and that reflect the individuality of the wine estates that make up the whole of Franschhoek Valley.

The hop-on-hop-off tours give passengers the most leisurely way to travel through the Franschhoek Valley in our open-side tram and open-air-tram-bus, allowing you the opportunity to get really close to the beauty of the vines that add up to some of the oldest and most distinguished wine estates in Africa.

Whether you choose the Blue Line, Green Line, Red Line or Yellow Line, you can be assured that The Wine Tram will take you to nothing less than the best in wines and cuisine from wine estates such as Le Lude, La Petite Dauphine, Mont Rochelle, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence, to name just a few of the spectacular stops along the way.

Please visit our website for in-depth information about departure times, stops along the way depending on which line you choose and well worthwhile affordable prices, or contact our team to book an unforgettable day out in the Franschhoek Valley.


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Hop-on Hop-off:Adult: R220 / Child (3-17) R90
Curated Experience:Adult: R1050
Group ExperienceAdult: R195 / Child (3-17) R80
  • Please Note: The tour is strictly a wine tasting experience and does not host celebration events such as birthdays or bachelor/bachelorette parties
  • Please Note: Passenger safety is our utmost priority and any passengers exhibiting signs of intoxication will be asked to leave the tour immediately

Cape Town & Airport Transfers:

Transfers start at R550 per person which includes return transfer (based on two people booking) and can be added during the booking process to any of our experiences. Please note that transfers must be booked no later than 5:00 pm, the day before departure.

Transfers are exclusive to each booking, direct door-to-door and can be arranged to accommodate an extended stay over in Franschhoek at no additional cost.