The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on, hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the Franschhoek Valley and its picturesque vineyards, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and 300 years of history.
Roll through vineyards in a double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus that stops in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. It follows a loop which allows passengers to hop-off at each stop and experience wine tasting, cellar tours, lunch or just a stroll through the vineyards and when they’re ready, hop-on to continue the tour. The tour goes right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation there.
Tickets are R220 per person to travel on a tram-bus and a double-decker railway tram on the following lines:
Roll through vineyards in a double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus that stops in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates.
· Blue/Green Line – experience breathtaking mountain views and stop at as many as six of these wine estates: Mont Rochelle, Le Lude, La Bri, La Bourgogne, Holden Manz, La Couronne, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
· Red/Yellow Line – showcasing Franschhoek's picturesque rolling vineyards, stop in at as many as six of these wine estates: Maison, Eikehof, Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Dieu Donne, Franschhoek Cellar, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence.
· Purple/Orange Line – an immersion in history and magnificent architecture, stop in at these diverse vineyards: Vrede en Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allée Bleue, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Glen Carlou and Solms-Delta.
How it works:
1. Book in advance online at www.winetram.co.za for a specific tour and departure time, or book at the ticket office on the day, subject to availability. (A maximum of 26 guests can be hosted per departure. No bookings are taken by phone.)
2. The tour starts at the ticket office on 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek Square.
3. Once on the tour, hop-on and hop-off at the various wine estates on your chosen route.
4. Once you get off at a wine estate, it will be one hour before the next bus/tram arrives for pick-up, although you can stay for an additional hour(s) at any of the wineries. You will just need to forfeit another winery.
5. To dine at a restaurant on the tour it is advisable to make lunch reservations directly with the wine estate at least 24 hours in advance; most of the wineries also offer platters.
6. Lunch and wine tasting are excluded from your ticket price. Wine tasting is usually priced between R30-R60 per person, depending on the wine selection and estate.
(Images: FWT/Franschhoek Wine Tram)