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Full-Day Franschhoek Hop On Hop Off Wine Tram Tour from Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa

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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Explore the Franschhoek wine region on a hop-on hop-off tram tour, which allows you to explore the wineries that interest you at your leisure. Sit back and enjoy the scenery while you ride through vineyards dotting rolling hills; you're able to taste as much wine as you like without worrying about driving. Convenient pickup and drop-off at Cape Town hotels makes this an easy door-to-door option.
  • Round-trip transportation from Cape Town to Franschhoek
  • Access to the hop-on hop-off wine tram with the option of two routes
  • Visit as many vineyards as you like, hopping off at ones that interest you
  • One wine tasting included on the tram

What's Included

  • Return transport by luxury coach from Cape Town to the Franschhoek valley to connect with the tram
  • Complimentary pick-up from many locations near all hotels
  • Spacious, safe and comfortable tour coach with ample leg room and Free Wifi on the tour coac
  • Taste some wine on the tram
  • 08h30 Departure: Burgundy or Navy tram lines (Tram reserves the right to change routes)
  • 09h00 Departure: Grey and Pink tram lines (Tram reserves the right to change routes)
  • Gratuities
  • Wine tasting fees at the chosen wine estates
  • Cost of lunch

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is casual / semi casual
  • Wine tasting minimum age is 18
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 64 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The bus runs a frequent service and you can board it or the tram at any time to visit other vineyards.
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No “wine”-ing from our group!
Daniel_A, Jul 2022
This was a great, easy way to experience local wineries. We had the best time not worrying about how we would get back and forth from Cape Town to each vineyard. It’s even great in the winter (which is when we went).
Brilliant introduction to the Franschhoek wine region
Robin_C, Jul 2022
Had a great time in the wine tram. We had the option of seven different wineries to visit but we only made it to three (we enjoyed one so much we stayed for two hours for a huge lunch). Would definitely recommend it for people looking for a whistle stop tour of the wineries near Cape Town
Wonderful way to see the wine country
Sydney_N, Jun 2022
A great way to see the Western Cape's wine country! This tour is operated by CitySightseeing (those big red tour buses), which is helpful to know if you want to go look up any additional information. Long review ahead, since I noticed not many reviews so far gave details about this tour. The pick-up was early for my stop, at 8:40AM. There are multiple pickup locations, which was nice as I only had to walk about a block from my accommodation. The ride on the red bus is just under an hour (without traffic, I went on a Sunday) before you arrive at the tram station in Franschhoek. During the drive they play an information track over the speakers about your surroundings and different wine country facts. We arrived at the tram at 10AM, which meant waiting around for 30 minutes until the first tram departed, at 10:28AM. Important to note - the tram and the bus are separate companies but working together. It is possible to find another way to the tram, then you have access to slightly earlier departure times and overall a longer day. For this tour, you need to be back at the main station by 4PM/4:30PM (depending on the day, for us on a Sunday in June, it was 4:30PM). Communication was very clear about when the tram/tram bus would pick you up from the stop and what times you needed to be back on the route in order to make the bus back to Cape Town. You also got a timetable at the beginning of the tour. You are not on the tram for the entire way, as the train tracks only go to a couple estates. The rest of the time is on an open air bus that they have styled to look like a tram - which still felt very cool. I am not sure if it is because I went in off season, but we were only given the option to take the "orange" line tram. This meant our route was: Plaisir de Merle, Vrede en Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Anura, Plaisir de Merle (2nd chance), Allee Bleue, Solms-Delta, and finally Boschendal. The route may change based on the time of year or which estates are open. The tricky part: the tram/tram bus come about every 40min. The description says you can get to around 4-5 estates, however I found that to be difficult if you are the type who wants to do a full tasting, really take in the estate with additional tours (cellar tours, which have to be pre-booked), or test out the food experiences (like chocolate and wine pairings, also need to be pre-booked). I was able to visit Vrede en Lust, Babylonstoren, and Boschendal - where I did the full tasting at each estate and had a small meal at the first and last. Boschendal was difficult to get to as the time on the tram between Babylonstoren and Boschendal was about 50min. I researched each estate and went with those I felt had the best wine options for my taste, but they all have something to offer - from beautiful views to gin tasting, and even play areas for kids. The guides will not give you preferences to certain estates, so plan accordingly if you want to be fully informed on which are the "best" estates to visit for your trip. Others in the group opted to do the shorter wine tasting options (typically 3 wines, rather than 5-7) and they were able to get to 4-5 estates, but really rushing with those 40min timeframes. This was offseason, so we did not experience any waiting times at the locations, but the popular estates can get busy so they suggest making reservations for lunch or tours in the busy summer months. Last note, expect to spend more than the upfront cost of this tour, as it only covers the transportation. In total, I splurged and spent about $80 for one person between all the tastings, bottles to bring home, and meals - bringing the grand total to ~$130 for this day in the wine country. You can bring your own food, the tram operators hold your wine purchases for you so you don't lug it around, and you can always opt to do the cheaper or discounted tastings. Overall, I thought it was a wonderful experience.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Excellent
Monica_M, Nov 2022
Well organised and a great way to see the Winelands. You can do 5 winearys in one day from 3 regions.
Delicious wine and lots of fun
Drew_M, Oct 2022
We had a blast. The wine tasting prices were very reasonable and the bottle prices were fantastic. We ordered a cheese platter and it was huge. If in Cape Town and you like wine do this tour. Winery employees were extremely helpful and were willing to substitute wines if you didn't like one on the tasting menu.
Great wine tour!!!
jerry_s, Oct 2022
The wine tour was very enjoyable. All wineries were beautiful. The staff informative. I’ve toured wineries all over the world and really felt this experience was one of the best I’ve had. Definitely recommend the tour if you visit Cape Town!
It was an amazing day and...
Cornell_H, May 2022
It was an amazing day and the Tram Staff are just phenomenal - going out of their way to make you happy. Even reminding us when the last tram will leave so we dont miss the bus back to Cape Town :)
An introduction to the world of south african wine
Fernando_A, Apr 2022
With this tour, I got more than I expected. It was exciting to see the places and taste the different types of wines produced in South Africa. The ride on the small train was fun and the sights were splendid.
A must have experience when I’m Cape Town!
Andiswa_N, Apr 2022
This is a must have experience when in Cape Town. The staff is great and the service is just excellent!! ! Be sure to book a place for lunch in advance
1 traveler found this review helpful
A must do!
Antoinette_S, Dec 2021
An absolutely amazing experience. The museum at Babylonstoren is a must see. Disappointed in the service we received at our last stop. Thank you to Cape Town City Siteseeing for to the professional and friendly service we received💜
Franschhoek Tram Outing
Ricus_M, Dec 2021
A pleasant experience around. Well organised from start to end. We would prefer though that the bus back to Cape Town stick to it's original schedule. Rather than staff dealing with passengers who are set on their own missions.
1 traveler found this review helpful
JUST DO IT!
Denise_N, Oct 2021
Really such an incredibly run outfit from the first step on the bus in Cape Town. Gorgeous wineries and lots of laughs. Perfectly fine going alone. Met a ton of people.
A great trip for wine and tram enthusiasts
Trevor_H, Oct 2019
We took about an hour to drive from Cape Town to Groot Drakenstein station in the Franschhoek wine district. Soon after our welcome and orientation talk we boarded the tram, which runs along a former South African Railways track to Simondium where buses disguised as trams took us to the local wine lodges. You can get off the bus at as many of the lodges as you wish (or none). We visited Babylonstoren where we had an insightful tour of the winery and cellars, followed by a wine tasting and then went on to Plaisir de Merle and Allee Bleu. All the experiences were very worthwhile. The bus runs a frequent service and you can board it or the tram at any time to visit other vineyards. At the end of the day, local guides ensure you get back to Groot Drakenstein station, whence the City Sighseeing bus on which you arrived returns to Cape Town.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Wining with wine tour
Marrian_E, Nov 2022
The tour was on time. Places were great. Minor scheduling misunderstanding because of the groups were split. I absolutely enjoyed myself. All of the wineries were great. Food & ways to connect with others on tour . A must do. Wine is present from moment you board the train. Fun & friendly.
Excellent!
Jay_N, Nov 2022
It was an amazing experience. Really fun, a lot of wine, great views, great staff, beautiful weather
This trolley is an amazing experience while visiting five different wineries
Virginia_H, Nov 2022
This wine tour was absolutely fantastic. We visited five different wineries and one was more beautiful than the other. The wine, gin & food presentations were exquisite and each winery was modern and very clean. The trolley was a great experience too and I met as a solo traveler quite a lot of wonderful people that day!
A day at Franschhoek wine estates
MCraig_S, Oct 2022
The journey to the wine estates was narrated with a great deal of interesting facts about the region and enhanced the whole experience. The bus was exceptionally comfortable and a haven against the rather cool and wet weather going on outside. The Franschhoek tour was not as flexible as it might have been as my preferred tastings occurred mid-tour but I held off purchasing as any purchases would need to be limited for an international return flight. For me the Anura estate was the stand out estate, but I could find very little of their produce in town or at the airport duty free.
Phenomenal
Megan_S, Oct 2022
Most incredible experience! Definitely recommend & will be back soon! Friendly staff and beautiful wine farms.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worth every moment and every cent spent
Eleanor_W, Oct 2022
The Gin and all the nice foods. The kids had loads of fun. The education on all the history of the farms and the award winning wines. The day was just too short, will have to do a another.
Best Girls Trip Ever!
Tasha_D, Oct 2022
Amazing tour! We got to the delicious wines and fabulous charcuterie boards. The train was beautiful and the buses were well cleaned as well. Highly recommend!
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