The Franschhoek Wine Tram’s 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.
Aboard, passengers experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards in a double-decker tram and open-air tram-bus, stopping in at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. A combination of tram and tram-bus transports passengers around a loop of stops allowing them to hop-off at each stop and experience the activities on offer, be it wine tasting, a cellar tour, lunch or simply a stroll through the vineyards, and when they are ready, hop-on to continue the next tour.
The tour takes passengers right into the heart of the Franschhoek Valley, with a narration focusing on the history of Franschhoek and wine cultivation in the valley, and unparalleled views of the valley and vineyards.
Tours on offer:
Hop-on Hop-off: Franschhoek Wine Tram currently offers six hop-on hop-off lines to choose from, with each visiting eight wine estates and showcasing a separate part of the Franschhoek Valley. Each of the lines has a wide selection of wine estates to visit, from boutique to marquee estates, each offering a unique perspective on the Franschhoek wine experience.
Curated Wine Experience: The day starts with a journey by tram to a local wine estate, where a knowledgeable wine guide weaves the facts, figures and scientific aspects of wine-making into interesting stories about Franschhoek’s history of wine and culture. A tour of the estate wine cellar is followed by a specially curated three-course lunch at the estate restaurant and premium wine tasting at each estate visited.
Group Experience: Groups experience a unique and leisurely way to see the Franschhoek Valley as they journey through rolling vineyards, stopping at some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wine estates. The itinerary covers up to four wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley, each with a character as rich and individual as the wines they produce. At each estate, a premium wine tasting is served, showcasing the award-winning wines.
“The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a lot of fun and the conductors are a treat – I definitely recommend making a day of it.” Read Freda Scheffler’s review of the Franschhoek Wine Tram.
Venue: 32 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek
Times: tours depart at 10am daily
Cost: Hop-on Hop-off tour R220; U17s R90 | Curated experience R1 050 | Group experience R195; U17s R80