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Cape Town Explorer

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days
JAN - DEC 2022
South Africa Simonsberg Vineyard

Countries Visited

South Africa ...more South Africa

Locations Visited

Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Hermanus, Robben Island, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch ...more Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Hermanus, Robben Island, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Cape Town

    South Africa's ‘Mother City' extends a warm sanibonani welcome. After transferring to your hotel, spend time exploring Cape Town's cosmopolitan surrounds on your own before joining your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel The Onyx
  2. Day 2 Table Mountain and Tour Cape Town

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Onyx
  3. Day 3 Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel The Onyx
  4. Day 4 Onwards to Coastal Hermanus and Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard Connect with Locals

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel The Onyx
  5. Day 5 Cape Town Your Way

    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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Onyx
  6. Day 6 Explore Historic Robben Island Make Travel Matter

    Visit one of Trafalgar's MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences  - the Amy Foundation. Learn how the Foundation has supported vulnerable communities over the past 20 years by providing a range of youth development programmes for over 2,000 children, and see some of these first hand. Later, South Africa’s turbulent past is revealed during an afternoon 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.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel The Onyx
  7. Day 7 Connect with the Cape Winelands Region

    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.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
    hotel The Onyx
  8. Day 8 Farewell Cape Town

    Our time in South Africa has come to an end. Transfer to Cape Town International Airport for your onward flight. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers. Or consider extending your holiday by booking our Victoria Falls Experience trip.

    meals Breakfast
Cape Town Explorer Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • All transport and transfers shown
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels and safari lodges, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Air-conditioned coach or Quantum bus
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Be My Guest

  • Hermanus: Join a local Hermanus business owner for a traditional braai (barbecue) and some of his homemade wine against a clifftop backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

Iconic Experience

  • Cape Town: Spend the day discovering the wonderful views of Table Mountain.
  • Cape Town: Discover the wonderful sights of Cape Town via aerial cableway.
  • Cape Peninsula: Discover the incredible views of the Twelve Apostles.
  • Cape Point: Take in the spectacular views of Cape Point.
  • Hermanus: Explore the beautiful winery owned by the family that owns Trafalgar.
  • Cape Town: Spend some time with African penguins at Betty's Bay.
  • Robben Island: Spend the afternoon visiting Robben Island.
  • Franschhoek: Take in the spectacular wine valleys of Franschhoek.
  • Stellenbosch: Enjoy the picturesque views at Stellenbosch as you enjoy your wine tasting experience.


  • Cape Town: Visit the Amy Foundation to learn about the valuable work it does to support more than 2,000 children daily.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Cape Town
  • : Visit Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Hermanus, Robben Island, and Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in the Cape Winelands
  • : View the Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Point lighthouse and Betty's Bay penguin colony

Whats Included

  • : All transport and transfers shown
  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels and safari lodges, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Air-conditioned coach or Quantum bus
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Cape Town

Cape Town Sunset Champagne Cruise

Board a vessel at the V & A Waterfront and sail across Table Bay to take in city views of Cape Town and Table Mountain that are even more spectacular from the water. Your captain will navigate to the best sunset spot, usually in Granger Bay in the shelter of Table Mountain where, with a glass of bubbly in hand, you'll watch the sun gently sink and toast to the perfect way to end a day in the Mother City. This 90-minute cruise will be on board either a catamaran sailing boat or motor vessel. The sailing route may vary according to the season and vessel.
Adult Price: R905

Mount Nelson Afternoon Tea

Step inside one of Cape Town's most famous and iconic hotels for a luxurious afternoon tea in surroundings steeped in history and tradition. The world-renowned afternoon tea is set in the elegant lounge overlooking the manicured garden. Enjoy the sumptuous selection of chocolate éclairs and petit-fours, mini cakes and classic carrot, chocolate and cheesecakes, savory sandwiches and empanadas, scones and succulent fresh fruits. With over thirty loose leaf teas to try, from Rooibos and Lapsang Souchong to Earl Grey and Darjeeling, you are bound to discover your favorite one.
Adult Price: R1,020

Cape Town Helicopter Flight - 12 Minutes

Spectacular views and a different perspective of the city await you on this 12-minute helicopter flight that showcases Cape Town's iconic sights. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of whales and dolphins below you in the Atlantic ocean, as you take off and return to the V & A Waterfront. Fly over the city's famous Green Point stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Then your route tracks the Atlantic coastline, showing you a birds-eye view of Robben Island on your right and Table Mountain and the Cape Town City Bowl on your left. Admire the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles mountain range before your pilot turns around and follows the same route back to the launchpad. Note: this activity is subject to weather conditions on the day being suitable for the helicopters to operate.
Adult Price: R1,615

Lions Head Guided Sunset Hike

With the support of a local guide, ascend Lions Head on a hiking route that takes in some incredible views of the city, Table Mountain and Camps Bay along the way. After the hard work you've put in on the climb, sit back and watch the sun sink over Camps Bay then return via the same hiking route in twilight, with the city lights twinkling below you as you descend. Note: this is a moderate to challenging level hike where some sections are uneven and rocky terrain. Participants should have an average level of fitness and suitable sneakers/trainers, and it should not be undertaken by those who suffer from a fear of heights.
Adult Price: R1,520

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