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“Forget 'gardens'”

Franschhoek Wine Tram
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US$88,76*
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Full-Day Franschhoek Wine Tram Experience from Cape Town
Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in Franschhoek
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover the Vineyards of Franschhoek. The Franschhoek Wine Tram hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley - picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history. Tour Experience: Passengers aboard the hop-on hop-off tour will experience a unique and leisurely introduction to the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in an open-side tram and open-air tram-bus stopping at some of South Africa's oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus follows a loop of stops allowing guests to hop off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, such as wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards. When ready guests simply hop on to continue the tour. The tour takes guests into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a guided commentary and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards. Ticket prices: R170 - R220
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The trams and staff are great. For a winery they advertised as good for tasting and for their gardens they dropped us at a tasting venue 1.6 kilometers from the gardens and main center which also had tasting. We were dumped at the 'bus entrance' and walked the distance and were richly rewarded for our effort. Being in our 70s we were stuck and could not walk back that long walk! I hope they fix this glitch at Bochendal!

Thank James L
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is such a great idea, works really well, doing wine tasting without worrying about having to drive, seeing beautiful scenery and enjoying vintage transport at the same time!

Two tour options are available at time of booking, the blue line and the red line each stopping at different vineyards along the way. Tickets can be purchased on the day at the tram office or online however tickets are issued for a specific date and time when purchased and cant be changed. The tour boards at the Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket office which is located in the heart of Franschhoek Village. The tour allows passengers to hop-off at a stop and then when ready, hop back on to continue the tour.

If passengers wish to dine at one of the restaurants on the tour, they strongly advised that this is pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance. On the website, they do have a dining reservation form that can be filled out. We stopped and had lunch at Rickety Bridge Winery. Rickety Bridge was fun, some of the best food & wine, nice atmosphere and knowledgeable and friendly staff.

If clients are not staying in Franschhoek but like the idea of this, they now offer an exclusive transfer from Cape Town and the surrounding areas. We weren’t given much information on this but full details can be found on the website. I would highly recommend this excursion.

Thank Gemma H
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

we took the Blue Line so that we get to Richard Bransons La Rochelle first. This we've passed and headed off for Le Lude which is famous for bubbling wines, so called MCC (Method Cap Classic, means Champagne).The best stop was La Bourgogne (see separat recommendation). The most wine we've get in Holden Manz (9 for R60). Only the last 10 minutes you go by the tram what you should definitely know. The rest you go by an old bus which is also quite nice. The Wine Tram is also recommendable for rainy days.

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Really enjoyed the wine tram, it's a novel way to visit wineries and vineyards. The whole set up is very well organised and the trams/buses timetable was precisely followed so we knew when and where we were going before we left the terminus in the morning.
Eikehof was my personal favourite vineyard. Very honest, straight wine producing family business with a truly outstanding product. The Merlot is outrageously good.
The staff that run the trams are very professional, nothing was too much trouble, everything done with a smile. Really enjoyable day out.

Thank JimEdinburghNewTown
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FranschhoekWineTram, General Manager at Franschhoek Wine Tram, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2017

Dear JimEdinburghNewTown

Thank you for taking the time to share your review.

Our hop-on-hop-off wine tours are designed to give guests a taste of the true essence of the Franschhoek Valley – picturesque vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world-class cuisine, fine wines and a 300-year history - at a leisurely pace.

As we pride ourselves on offering an exceptional wine tourism experience, we would appreciate your input with respect to what's needed to elevate the experience from 4 to 5 bubbles.

Kind regards
The Franschhoek Wine Tram Team

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

This train ride to different vineyards is an excellent way to get to know the area ,very interesting especially if you're a wine lover.

Thank linda e
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