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

By City Sightseeing South Africa
Recommended by 91% of travellers
91% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
With three centuries of wine-growing heritage, the Franschhoek Valley is one of the Cape’s top wine areas—and the Franschhoek Wine Tram, a vintage-style tram, is the perfect way to explore. Travel in air-conditioned comfort from downtown Cape Town, then choose between the purple and orange lines. Besides an onboard wine tasting and narration, you have time to visit multiple estates on one of two lines.
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Ages 4-99, max of 64 per group
Duration: 8h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Explore the vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley on a retro double-decker tram
  • Hop on and hop off at will, choosing between two lines with eight stops each
  • Get your wine adventure started with a tasting session as you travel
  • Skip the stress of public buses with transfers via comfy air-conditioned coach

  • Return transport by luxury coach from Cape Town to the Franschhoek valley to connect with the tram
  • Spacious, safe and comfortable tour coach with ample leg room and Free Wifi on the tour coac
  • The Tram reserves their right to change lines for operational reasons
  • 08h30 Departure: NAVY Line
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Town Central
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Town Central
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Wine tasting fees at the chosen wine estates
  • Cost of lunch


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    City Sightseeing Cape Town Visitor Center, Ticket Office, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
    Tour office: Outside the 2 Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront . Tour departs this stop at 08h30. Please be on time.
  • Option 2
    69 Victoria Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040, South Africa
    Meet us at the bus stop opposite the entrance of the Bay hotel on Victoria Road NB: Tour departs this stop at 07h55. Please arrive on time
  • Option 3
    Queens Road & Alexander Road, Queens Rd & Alexander Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
    Look out for the City Sightseeing Bus Stop on the cnr of Alexander & Queens Road NB: Tour departs this stop at 08h05. Please arrive on time
  • Option 4
    City Sightseeing, M6 St Johns Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
    Look out for the City Sightseeing Bus Stop on the cnr of St Johns & Beach Road NB: Tour departs this stop at 08h10. Please arrive on time
  • Option 5
    Green Point Lighthouse, 100 Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
    Look out for the City Sightseeing Bus Stop just past the Red & White Lighthouse on Beach Road NB: Tour departs this stop at 08h16. Please arrive on time
  • Option 6
    The Winchester Boutique Hotel Cape Town, 221 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
    Look out for the City Sightseeing Bus Stop opposite the Winchester Mansion Hotel on Beach Road NB: Tour departs this stop at 08h12. Please arrive on time
  • Option 7
    City Sightseeing Downtown Tour Office, 81 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
    Look out for the City Sightseeing Tour office, 81 Long Street (cnr Long and Shortmarket Street) NB: Tour departs this stop at 08h00. Please arrive on time
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 58181P12

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Dress code is casual / semi casual
    • Wine tasting minimum age is 18
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 64 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 58181P12

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      A great experience
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      Wonderful experience
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    • Jet48214912006
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience!
      This tour was wonderful! Our guide, Charles, shared so much information with us and was a wonderful storyteller. The views along the way were stunning and we had plenty of time to explore at each stop. I would recommend to everyone!
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    • R6902SYmagdalenao
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      You get what you pay for
      It’s a good tour if you want to see the wine region and are new to wines. I think it’s fairly priced. You get so see 3 different vineyards and taste their wines. Fair deal. However, as someone who has done several wine tastings before, I wouldn’t recommend it for people who like their wines. I think that the tour was rushed and the vineyards just wanted to get it over with. They didn’t give much information during the tasting and you had to pretty much down the wines before the new ones arrived. I’d much rather stop off in one vineyard, get a proper tour of the place and have a longer tasting experience. But that’s a side note. Overall I had a good time. Horea and Songs were great and went out of their way to make everyone comfortable and happy! Good vibe, lovely people and tasty wine 🍷
      Written 13 July 2024
    • Climber29326827247
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wine and Song
      We had a great time, Horea, our guide was entertaining and informative. "Songs" our driver even sand us a tune on the way home. Really enjoyed meeting other travelers from all over the world and I'd do it again.
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Winelands experience
      I had the best experience! We went to the 3 regions tour with Horea as our tour guide and he had such great energy and made sure that we all had fun and well informed about the winelands we visited!
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      Pleasant day trip
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    • Luis C
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      Cool
      Amazing, the dude was pretty cool and honestly very patient. What should change would be the volume in the speakers you could barely hear the dude’s voice. Also should specify instructions clearer before dropping us off
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      Amazing full-day trip
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    • 664demib
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      Delicious and worth it!
      We booked the activity since my sister recommended it. It was defintly worth it! It is a whole day, and you get to visit 3 wine locations. I think they even change the locations, which in my opinion is very good. I love to drink wines and there were defenitly good wines, also a couple less. But thats just personal experiences! Moreover, you get the opportunity to buy the wines you have tasted. As well as try other wines at the location.
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    ashvparker
    Cape Town, South Africa6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    Using City sightseeing service for the wine tour has both positive and negative aspects. The bus collects you from the waterfront (or other locations) at 9 am which allows everyone to drink and enjoy the day in franchoek. there is also really interesting information on the bus on the way up to Franchoek. The disadvantage is that you don't have to full day in Franchoek as you would if you drove yourself. We managed 3 wine farms, but doing 4 is possible. I have done the wine tram independently in the past and we did 6 wine farms in one day, but stayed the night in franschoek. All in all I would say it was worth it that no one had to drive and we still had a fantastic time at the three wine farms
    Written 19 April 2022
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    Nobantu Z
    Johannesburg, South Africa9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Friends
    The best way to see the Winelands. The scenery. The experience was magnificent. I am definitely doing this again. And thank you to Mandla our tram guide. He is brilliant! Also, I really suggest using a shuttle as you will probably be singing all the way back to CPT😜
    Written 25 January 2020
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    Colleen O
    Greater Johannesburg, South Africa14 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally disappointing experience. The only reason we booked was to go on the tram but when our bus arrived in Franschoek they informed us that the tram had broken down so they would be using busses. If they had told us that before we left we would have canceled.
    It was very confusing from then on and we were
    dropped off at wine farms having no idea of what we could expect there besides just a wine tasting. We didn't get to see any wine being made and just sat around waiting to be picked up before repeating the process.
    At Allee Blu the wine tasting was very well done but at Boschendal it was very rushed and the guy just put all the wines in front of us and quickly ran through what they were then left us to taste them on our own.
    On our ticket it said it included one free wine tasting but when I asked about it later in the day they said it could only be done on the tram. No offer to give us a voucher for a wine tasting and no explanation until I asked.
    We paid R700 per person and it would have been far better if we had driven there ourselves.
    Though all the staff were very friendly and tried to be helpful it was extremely unprofessional and a total waste of time and money. They should have offered to refund us instead of taking us out there.

    Written 11 February 2023
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    Hello Colleen. We don't operate the tram. We sell a tour that includes the wine tram operated by a third party. You travelled on Friday 10/2. The tram broke down that same morning at short notice, without giving any warning. This happened whilst you were on our coach on the way to Franschhoek. So accept our apology for not letting you know any earlier. You may also remember the tram staff coming onto our bus and announcing a few things. One was that the tram was regrettably out of action. Another was that they offered you an alternative line (Pink/Grey) which still had an operational tram. Several of our guests opted to change line (different wine estates, same concept). You and others decided to remain on the Burgundy/Navy line, which operated as normal on the open tram buses, but without the leg on the actual tram. Let’s remember that the tram service consists of a hop on hop off circular service stopping at up to 8 Wine estates. Only the leg from the tram station to the first estate is by tram. The rest is on tram buses anyway, as many estates are not located on the railway line. With regards to the missed Wine tasting. The tour is sold as including: "Taste some wine on the tram". This is true and includes 1 sample size glass whilst on the tram. They were unable to supply this as neither their station nor their buses are licensed to serve alcohol. This 1 sample glass is not equivalent to an estate tasting and given the short notice between the tram breaking and your arrival, likely left little time for them to arrange any alternative. I will happily pass all your wine estate related comments on to the tram team for them to discuss with their partners. All things considered I actually thought they did incredibly well to save the day and short of the 1 tram leg, you got what you paid for. I am not sure how you would have handled things any better given the circumstances. I am sorry we could not meet your expectations on this day, but rest assured, it was not for a lack of trying. I hope we can get another opportunity to take you on another tour that perhaps its more to your liking.
    Written 13 February 2023
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    Mike P
    Wendover, UK80 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    A vey enjoyable day out although it was longer than we expected. After the fourth Winery it all becomes a little bit the same. Plus the air temperature keeps building and building to a point where you don't want to be exposed to the sun. The coach trip to and from the wineries was also enjoyable as the views are amazing and the commentry was very informative. Take plenty of water and a hat.
    Written 19 February 2020
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    Mick1Rose
    Coventry, UK34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic day from start to finish. The whole experience is very well organised and with the choice of which vineyards to visit with the hop on hop off tram. There was 8 to choose from and we managed to do 4. The wines tasted were all very nice, with a few bottles purchased during the day.
    Written 9 January 2020
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    Hilda K
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was the highlight of my holiday. I booked this trip with my two sisters whom I have not seen for two years. The farms we visited were beautiful, full of history and character. We had breakfast on Vrede and Rus farm. We visited three more farms, Boschendal being the biggest and oldest farm. We had wine tasting on each of the remaining three farms. It is affordable and I would recommend you do wine tasting on all the farms. The tram is a familiar site in that area and all the staff make sure that all visitors are well informed about tram times and the history of the wine lands. Don't forget to drink water between the wine tasting sessions.
    We took the bus from Cape Town to Franschoek which is about an hour's drive.
    We were delayed on one of the farms but the staff made sure we would have a ride to the next farm. The tram bus driver also gave us extra time on the last farm before he picked us up. It was quite an enjoyable day.
    Written 9 January 2023
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    Mattie
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    I am South African and I really felt so proud of our country when I did this trip. Not only do we have breathtakingly beautiful scenery, but we really offer professionalism and service of word class quality. I was extremely impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the trip!
    Written 19 March 2020
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    juneann116
    Swartz Creek, MI457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a fun day! There is more vineyards and wine tasting opportunities than time will allow so read ahead and select your top choices. We started with wine tasting at 2 different vineyards, had lunch at a 3rd and returned to one for their gin tasting- which was also excellent.
    We also enjoyed the company of several other couples we me through the day. It was a beautiful day and a well organized tour of the beautiful wine country.
    You will pay for your wine sampling’s at each stop but it is still very affordable and a fun day.
    Written 20 April 2022
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    Aaron O
    Coventry, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023 • Couples
    Brilliant experience amazing customer care. Brilliantly coordinated, strong pastoral care by teams and magically atmospheric. Handled a personal incident of a party of 8 blocking out access to the top of the tram superbly, and reacted swiftly and with care to the verbal abuse bestowed by them on me when I challenged their attempts to reserve out a full section of the tram for others yet to board. Janene in particular is amazing. You made my day memorable and didn't allow bullies to ruin it for me!
    Written 23 February 2023
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    Michelle V
    2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Friends
    Beautiful wine farms, but wine tasting is not included.

    Boschendal was fully booked and couldn't help anyone on our tour with lunch. Guests should be advised to go there first as it's really busy.
    Also know, that for South Africans this is a very expensive wine farm, with most items severely overpriced.

    The tour is fun and takes about 9 hours so prepare for that.
    Written 23 January 2024
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    Thanks for your feedback, which we will pass on the tram operator. It takes 1h to drive from Cape Town to Franschhoek and the same to get back, yes it is a full day tour, as advertised. If you feel that the tastings are expensive, May I suggest you try our 3 regions wine tour next time, which we operate with our own staff start to finish and includes 3 curated wine experiences
    Written 24 January 2024
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