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.
You can expect a warm welcome from the Franschhoek Wine Tram team as they introduce you to a unique adventure in their very original open-air tram, taking you back 300 years in history to when the first French Huguenot families settled in this picturesque valley, continuing an age old tradition of wine making which has been passed down from generation to generation in the intervening years.
The award winning, internationally acclaimed wines from the Franschhoek Valley are testament to the sheer determination of these French settlers to claim back as much of their heritage as possible in a strange land far away from their home, which is clear in the names of farms that still stand today, names chosen to represent the areas in France they were forced to flee.
Another of the great ideas the Franschhoek Wine Tram team thought of was to create four different routes which would allow visitors to choose which of the routes would take them to farms they would really like to visit as they roll through the vineyards in the Franschhoek Wine Tram. World class wines and outstanding gourmet food is a given, no matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram route you choose, but if you would like to go the whole hog, make sure you take a trip on all four lines for good measure!
The hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram experience will take you on a journey of stopping off at several wine estates along the line you have chosen, and if you would like to have a picnic among the vineyards or have lunch at the estate restaurant you will need to make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment, the Franschhoek Wine Tram crew want you to have the experience of a lifetime, but not on a grumbling tummy!
Visit the Franschhoek Wine Tram website, explore a little more about the experience, the wine farms to visit, decide on where you would like to stop for lunch and call the team to make your booking!
Where there is good wine there has to be good food, add to this mix the stunning beauty of the Franschhoek vineyards against a mountain backdrop covered in greenery and you have a trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, an open-tram experience which will tickle all your senses and one that will be unforgettable.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram will take you along the route of your choice; they have four routes available, where you will be able to hop off and explore old wine estates and boutique wineries, purchase special wines to take back home and hop on to the next stop, as well as a stop along the way hop off for a lovely picnic among the vineyards or in the restaurants which are available on some of the wine estates.
Seating 32 passengers, the Franschhoek Wine Tram has eight comfortable benches designed to give passengers an awesome view of the scenic beauty which marks the Franschhoek Valley as one of the most beautiful wine regions in Africa. Even in inclement weather, the Franschhoek Wine Tram is a great experience with its roll-down transparent awnings which ensures that you will still have a view, while staying warm and comfortable!
Some of the most distinguished wine estates in South Africa make their home along the Franschhoek Wine Tram railway line, wine farms that are over 300 years old and still in pristine condition, producing some of the finest wines in the world, and in between the old you will also get to explore the tastes of a few boutique wineries, bringing the old and the new together in perfect synergy.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram team offers door-to-door transfers from the airport and Cape Town, leaving you free to take it easy and enjoy the experience; and if you decide that one day is not enough, this friendly team passionate about Franschhoek will assist you with booking accommodation. If you do decide to have a picnic or lunch along the way on your hop-on hop-off experience, please make sure you book in advance with the Franschhoek Wine Tram team.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram wants you to have a truly memorable experience when you join them in Franschhoek, give them a call and let them show you how to take in the best of everything in Franschhoek!
The Franschhoek Wine Tram team could not have made it easier for you to enjoy a leisurely day out in the Franschhoek Valley in their open air wine tram, with their exclusive transfers from the airport, Cape Town and surrounds! These transfers are exclusive to each booking and will take you from door to door, all of which includes a return transfer. The team will also assist with making accommodation bookings free of charge so that if you have decided, like many others, that one day in Franschhoek is just not enough to explore this vibrant, historic food and wine capital of South Africa, it could not be made easier!
This is an invitation to an awesome experience which is truly like no other in the Franschhoek Valley, taking you on a leisurely journey in the open air Franschhoek Wine Tram through picturesque vineyards with clear views of awe-inspiring beauty in an area renowned for its hospitality.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram introduces you to the true essence of the vineyards and wine estates in Franschhoek in the most unique way possible, taking you up close and personal to the history of 300 year old vineyards on a narrated tour which will give you in-depth information about its age old history. Dotted among these beautiful vineyards are a few of the younger estates focused on producing boutique wines, so that no matter what your tastes are as a wine connoisseur, there will be a wine to delight your palate.
Various tours have been put together by The Franschhoek Wine Tram team in order to cater to all tastes, from the hop-on hop-off tours which take you to a variety of wine estates, a curated wine tour and fun group tours. Despite this being a tour of vineyards, it is also an exciting day out for the whole family, from children to grandparents, we all know that there is no child who will not be excited by a trip in an old fashioned open-air tram!
Choose your Franschhoek Wine Tram experience and be sure to make your booking, especially if you are planning on having a world-class cuisine lunch or picnic among the vineyards, The Franschhoek Wine Tram team would love to welcome you to the Franschhoek Valley they are all passionate about!
Created to take you on a leisurely adventure through the Franschhoek Valley, The Franschhoek Wine Tram team have come up with one of the most unique and imaginative ways for locals and visitors to South Africa to enjoy an experience of this exquisite, historic wine region, started over 300 years ago by many French vintners forced to flee their homeland in the face of religious persecution.
You will have a choice of four different routes which will take you to different wine estates for a hop-on hop-off experience, where you will get to hop off to visit the various estates along the way, indulge in wine tasting and possibly adding extra baggage with wines purchased along the way, as well as enjoying world-class cuisine at restaurants various wine estates invite you to indulge in. Once you have had your fill or enjoyed a stroll among the vineyards and explored the history of the wine estates along the way, you can hop on for the next leg of your journey.
It is strongly advised that you visit The Franschhoek Wine Tram website to view which of the lines you would like to choose as each stop offers a varied experience, whether it is wine tasting, cellar tours and lunch or a picnic in breathtaking surroundings. The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers a full sensory experience; in fact, it is pretty much a sensory overload if you consider that everything about your leisurely journey in an open-air wine tram and open-air bus added to the beauty, stunning wines and world class cuisine will appeal to anyone who appreciates this extraordinary experience of the Franschhoek Valley.
You will have a guide along the way who will introduce you to the background and history of the vineyards you roll through and it is more than likely that you will almost be able to feel the echoes of the age old traditions passed on from one generation of vintners to the next, with each new generation bringing their own twist to these traditions to create world class wines.
Let The Franschhoek Wine Tram team introduce you to a warmth and hospitality which is only transcended by the beauty of the Franschhoek Valley, they will organise transfers and even assist with guidance about accommodation in Franschhoek, more welcoming than this you simply cannot find!
The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a unique exploration of one of the most beautiful corners in Africa and one that can be enjoyed as a family outing, a romantic experience, a group experience or one which is designed exclusively for the serious wine connoisseur where only seven seats are available for an unforgettable curated wine experience.
The kids will thoroughly enjoy the open-air Franschhoek Wine Tram as their parents soak up the breathtaking beauty of 300 year old vineyards and wine tastings, and if you have chosen one of the four hop-on hop-off tours, romance will definitely be in the air as you enjoy a picnic in exquisite surroundings as you wander through beautifully tended vineyards.
Naturally, The Franschhoek Wine Tram is exceptionally popular, which means that if you are going to be taking advantage of a lunch at one of the wine estates which boast world-class restaurants, or have chosen the picnic option, the team at The Franschhoek Wine Tram will offer you friendly, welcoming assistance with bookings for either the restaurants or booking your delightful picnic basket. In high season and over weekends it is definitely advisable to book your choice of eats at least 24 hours in advance.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats up to 32 passengers for this one-of-kind leisurely way of exploring beautiful vineyards, warm hospitality accompanied by some of the finest wines in the world, surrounded by awe-inspiring scenery along with world-class cuisine, all of which makes Franschhoek the food and wine capital of South Africa.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram lines are all clearly set out on their stunning user friendly website, with the wine estates on each route listed along with which of these wine estates offer dining or picnics. No visit to the Cape can possibly be complete without an experience like this extraordinarily imaginative way of a leisurely journey through one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.
Please visit The Franschhoek Wine Tram website to view the wine estates you will be visiting, along with every extra this hospitable team has managed to put into an exciting day out in the Franschhoek Valley!
The Franschhoek Wine Tram offers you four different routes which will take you to various wine estates on their open-air wine tram and open-air bus such as Mont Rochelle, Holden Manz, La Couronne and Grande Provence to name just a few. Some of these beautiful wine estates are over 300 years old and while not all of them have restaurants, those that do will offer you world-class cuisine, whether you choose lunch at the restaurant or a leisurely picnic surrounded by picturesque vineyards.
It is important to book lunch or picnics at least 24 hours in advance with The Franschhoek Wine Tram team in order to avoid disappointment, the team would definitely not like you to go hungry! Even if you choose to indulge just a little at the wine estates, remember that there is the historic village of Franschhoek which will make choosing the best out of the best of over 40 restaurants, all of which boast national and international chefs who create food that will transport you to heaven and naturally be pared with the perfect wines!
In addition to the hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram experience, indulging in a curated wine experience means you will be headed for a day out you will never forget! The Franschhoek Wine Tram curated experience is so exclusive that there are only seven spaces available for the tour, which means that booking in advance is essential.
Your curated wine tour will include visits to two top wine estates, the first of which will include being hosted by the winemaker who will weave a story telling spell that will have you completely entranced by the interesting stories about the history of wine and the culture of wine in the Franschhoek Valley, one which will have you looking at wine in a completely different light!
After this experience your host will join you for a two course gourmet lunch at the estate restaurant to round off the first stop of the day. You can then look forward to another exclusive wine estate for premium wine tastings and an introduction to the true meaning of the subtle tastes of terroir, local varieties of grapes, cultivars and aspects of viticulture endemic to South Africa and the Franschhoek Valley.
Don’t miss the opportunity to view the magic of the Franschhoek Valley, no matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram experience you choose, this is a memory which will stay with you forever!
Brought back to life in a one-of-a-kind way, the Franschhoek Wine Tram team found a unique way to bring new life to train tracks originally built in 1904 by creating a completely new way of exploring the exquisite Franshhoek Valley and its historical vineyards, some of which have a history that dates back to 300 years ago.
This is an experience of a lifetime that no visitor to the shores of Cape Town should miss, rolling through lush vineyards against a stunning backdrop of some of the most beautiful mountains in South Africa. It’s not just the journey in the Franschhoek Wine Tram that gives you a taste of Franschhoek Valley from a unique perspective that gives this area the reputation of being one of the premium destinations in the Cape, the town of Franschhoek itself is a mix of history, culture, art, divine food and world renowned wines.
There is definitely something for everyone who wanders down the main street in Franschhoek, from designer clothing to artwork and so much more in a welcoming atmosphere. After your journey to various wine estates on your Franschhoek Wine Tram trip, loaded with all the goodies that some of these wine estates have in their deli’s, there is no doubt that you will add even more to your bags of goodies to take home once you have spent some time in this picturesque village.
Besides the hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram which takes you to a selection of wine farms along four different lines, you can get a group of friends together to celebrate anything you think worth celebrating on a private Franschhoek Wine Tram tour, which will take you to four wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley to enjoy premium wine tasting of award winning wines along with a stop off for lunch or a picnic. If you are going to have a group lunch or picnic it is essential to let the Franschhoek Wine Tram team know in advance.
Whether you are taking the Franschhoek Wine Tram as a family, a group or as a single person who enjoys being among like-minded people, make the most of everything this beautiful valley has to offer and leave with memories to last a lifetime.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram experience has reached the top of a very long list of things to do in Franschhoek and the beautiful valley that is home to award winning wines the world over! You can definitely get lost in exploring the picturesque town itself with its main street filled with an eclectic mix of shops that will empty your pocket faster than you could imagine, visit any one of the 40 stunning restaurants that make Franschhoek the Food and Wine capital of South Africa or take a tour through the historic Huguenot Monument, but no visit to Franschhoek will be complete without an up close and personal journey through age old vineyards on the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
The hop-on hop-off tram or bus passes each stop along the way once an hour, giving you a minimum stay of 1 hour at each of the stops along the line you have chosen. This is a tour you can complete at your leisure but to get the full experience plan on at least three hours so that you can really enjoy exploring a few of the stops.
Because of the popularity of the Franschhoek Wine Tram it is highly recommended that you book in advance due to the limited number of tickets available per day. The Franschhoek Wine Tram seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches and six of them have flip-over tram-style seat backs which allow the passengers to enjoy the view in both directions.
If you really want the full curated wine experience, with only seven spaces available, you will be treated to visits to two wine estates where experienced winemakers will take you on a spellbinding journey through the history of wine and the culture of the Franschhoek Valley and enjoy a two course gourmet lunch at your first wine estate with the winemaker. You will learn everything there is to know about varieties of grapes and all aspects of viticulture unique to South Africa.
No matter which Franschhoek Wine Tram tour you take, you will understand exactly why this is the most unique way to explore the beauty of the valley and history of winemaking in Franschhoek Valley!
Let the Franschhoek Wine Tram team take you on a narrated journey in their open-air tram and bus through the heartland of the Franschhoek Valley, taking you into the history and background of each of the wine estates along the way, some of which are 300 years old, lovingly tended by passionate vintners who have had many generations before them who lived and dreamed of creating perfect wines, passing their passion on to the next generation to ensure the quality remains at the height of perfection.
Whether it is a dry white wine, a rich red wine, sparkling wine or a boutique wine for something completely different, you will find that there is a wine for every connoisseur at one or more of the stops along the Franschhoek Wine Tram routes. You will be visiting wine farms like, Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne and Rickety Bridge among others, which is enough to transport any wine lover to wine heaven!
Talking about heaven, the cuisine waiting for you along the way is definitely right up there with the world renowned quality of the wines, with a different twist at each stop, or should you choose a picnic lunch after a stroll through the vineyards you are welcome to contact the very hospitable team at the Franschhoek Wine Tram to help you plan it all.
The Franschhoek Wine Tram website is absolutely beautiful and user friendly, choca-bloc full of information about the lines you can choose from for your experience, curated wine tours, group wine tours and information about every wine estate you can visit, along with everything from whether there is a restaurant on the estate or picnic facilities to a short history on each.
Make it really easy on yourself by arranging a return airport transfer or assistance with up to date information on accommodation in Franschhoek by contacting this warm, hospitable team at the Franschhoek Wine Tram!
No trip to Cape Town is complete without a visit to beautiful, historic yet eclectic Franschhoek, especially so if you are a complete wine connoisseur and foodie, because this is where you will find the food and wine capital of South Africa without a doubt.
World class wines from wine estates that have vineyards as old as 300 years, dating back to the first of the French settlers who fell in love with the rich soil and perfect weather which offered them the opportunity to carry on the age old tradition of wine making they had been forced to leave when they fled religious persecution in their homeland.
The result of this long and interesting history, along with all the stories each vintner on the legendary wine estates in Franshhoek Valley is an experience no one should miss, and the Franschhoek Wine Tram team has created one of the most unique ways to experience awe inspiring beauty up close and personal in every way with their open-air tram and open-air bus tours.
You will be treated to a narrated history of each vineyard you travel through, and at each stop along the way you will have the opportunity to taste wines that vary from the oldest to the most unique wines in the world, along with the luxury of having lunch or a picnic at the wine estate of your choice.
The opportunity to experience breathtaking scenery framing the beauty of age old perfectly laid out vineyards combined with the warm hospitality of the team at the Franschhoek Wine Tram and the locals you will meet along the way on your leisurely journey through these beautiful vineyards at each stop on your hop-on and hop-off experience is legendary.
Choose your Wine Tram from the four hop-on hop-off tours offered and get ready to have the experience of a lifetime which quite rightly belongs on any bucket list of things to do in Cape Town!