Africa’s Most Romantic City

Overview

The town where modern South Africa was born has a glorious location on the mountainous Cape Peninsula along the blue waters of Table Bay. There is much to see, from Table Mountain to the famous botanical gardens at Kirstenbosch, where 10,000 species are cultivated on 1,000 acres. Close by is Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine country and the Cape Point Nature Reserve, where the African continent ends.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Cape Town

Arrive in Cape Town and transfer to the Commodore Hotel, a 4-star hotel with a great location just a short walk from the seafood restaurants and artisan shops along the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (or upgrade to the Victoria & Alfred Hotel or the Cape Grace Hotel)...Meals on your own

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Day 2
Cape Peninsula

Travel the spectacular coastline past the beaches of Camp Bay and the quaint fishing village of Hout Bay, then continue toward the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point for a dramatic view of the southwestern edge of Africa. After lunch, visit Boulder’s Beach, with its penguin colonies, and continue around the coast, heading back to Cape Town via the impressive Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Return to the hotel in the early evening...BL

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Day 3
Winelands (or Robben Island), Khayelitsha, and Bo Kap

Enjoy a morning visit to the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek wine estates and an afternoon visit to Khayelitsha, South Africa’s largest township after Soweto, then head back to Cape Town for a visit to Bo Kap, the historic residential area of the Cape Malay Muslim community. Overnight at hotel...BL

Note: Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 25 years as a political prisoner, is now a fascinating museum. On the morning of Day 3, you can replace the winelands with a scenic ferry ride out to Robben Island in Table Bay. The island is a nature reserve and a poignant and fascinating memorial to South Africa’s long liberation struggle. Many of the island’s guides are former political prisoners.

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Day 4
Cape Town / Johannesburg

Morning at leisure in Cape Town. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg...B

Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $1195  
Arrive: Cape Town, South Africa
Depart: Cape Town, South Africa
Lodging: 3 nights hotel
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural exploration and walking tours

Visa Requirements

A visa is not required for U.S. citizens visting South Africa.