Can anyone please suggest whether the red or blue route would be best for us. There will be four of us (all adults) and we'd like to see as many vineyards in beautiful settings as possible.
Also, hiw many wine tastings are included in the price? and if it's not for each stop, can we pay for extra tastings?
Will there be somewhere we'd be able to buy a snack lunch or sandwich?
Thank you for your interest in the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The Wine Tram is a combination tour between bus and tram which works as an one way hop on – hop off service for two different tours, Red Line (commercial/International) and Blue Line(Boutique/Local). You need to book in advance to secure your seats but you can also book at our ticket office on the day, we do not make any telephonic bookings. You can book online through our website.
We can host a maximum of 25 guests per departure, the rate is R200.00 per person which includes two complimentary tastings on the route at specific wineries (Blue Line: La Couronne, Holden Manz, La Bourgogne)(Red Line: Maison, Eikehof(welcome taste), Dieu Donne) as well as various discounts at the remaining wineries. Additional wine tastings range between R25 – R60 per person for the tasting of 3-4 wines.
The tours works as follows; you book a departure time for one of the tours and once you get onto the tour it is hop on – hop off at the various wine estates on your chosen route in intervals of 1 hour each. Please note that once you get off at a wine estate it will be 1hour before the next bus/tram will arrive for pick up, you are more than welcome to stay for an additional hour(s) at any of the wineries, this will just mean you need to miss another winery. If passengers wish to dine at one of the restaurants on the tour it is advisable to make lunch reservations at least 24 hours in advance directly with the wine estate.
Starting point - The tour starts from our ticket office on 32 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek Square. Please note you must arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your departure time. Arriving late will mean that you forfeit your tickets. You would only be able to visit 3 – 4 wine estates on a day, depending on your planning.
We have recently extended our product offering. The Full Tour & Transfer is our latest product that includes direct pick-up from any location in Cape Town, Strand, Stellenbosch or Paarl and a drop-off once the tour is complete (either the same day or later in the week). The transfer is exclusive to each booking and not a shared group transport. You will also get collected at the specific address provided by you. The price for this excluding the tour is +/-R550.00 per person within the designated Zone, please see the website for more details. We also offer group discounts on the Transfer option.
Feel free to contact me if you require any further information.
We did the blue line, and it was very nice. I couldn't decide either and I think ended up deciding on the truly meaningless distinction that I like blue better than red. I have heard either are nice and we were happy with our choice.
I recall most of the wineries included a set pairing in the price, but you could enhance it with a pairing (definitely recommend the chocolate pairing at Mt Rochelle), or the option to sample additional wines. These options were always extraordinarily cheap--at least in comparison to the winetastings I've done in California.
There are lots of opportunities for snacks at almost every winery--cheese plates (a delicious one at Holden Manz), olive oil with bread tastings, etc.--as well as fancier, more formal options for which it was recommended we make a reservation (I don't remember which wineries had the separate restaurants). We just snacked along the way and I was happy we hadn't made a formal lunch reservation.
Hope that helps and have fun!
We took the red in July and a couple of the stops (Rickety Bridge & Maison) were really nice.
I pretty much agree with the previous answers - either route is good. If you look at where they stop, you might see a winery or two that you know of and would prefer to go to.
There are more wineries on each route than you can realistically stop at unless you rush and don't stop to eat. We only managed 4 in total. The buses/trams go every hour and if you want to stop for a more leisurely lunch at any of the wine farms, you will probably skip one of the pick ups and take the next. Pretty much all the stops have restaurants or at least cheese platters available.
On our tour, only the first farm had a free tasting and we had to pay for the rest. I think this is specified on the website.
Enjoy - its is a wonderful outing.
OK Take a look at the wineries on each and take a look at what you like. We chose the blue tram because the wineries appeal to our taste and we wanted to stop for lunch and found a great spot at Holden Manz. food was excellent. the only problem was making sure that we finished lunch in one hour to catch the next tram. Some tastings are free and others charge. from what i saw the free spot got a lot of action and those that charged were had fewer visitors. So we stopped at those that charged and had the tasting rooms to ourselves. That made it pleasant. So depends on what you want
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