Franschhoek Wine Tram Explorer Tour - Cape Town

Collection from Cape Town and the hop-on hop-off tour is one of the best ways to discover the true essence of this picturesque valley, its rolling vineyards, breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, fine wines and a 300-year history.

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  • Duration: 8 Hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Sit back and let us do the driving. Enjoy free Wifi on the bus whilst you listen to some wine commentary as we depart from Cape Town in the morning and head to Franschhoek. Franschhoek is a quaint village in a picturesque valley that was settled by the French Huguenots in the 17 century. It is hemmed in by wine estates and dotted with gourmet restaurants.

On arrival you will be afforded the opportunity to join the Orange or Purple tram routes. Each circular route covers 8 Wine Estates. The tram or tram buses pass each wine estate hourly, for you to hop on and hop off. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting on the double decker tram!

Realistically you will manage to visit 4 or 5 estates during the course of a day. You are free to enjoy a wine tasting or lunch (not included in the price) at any of the estates. For lunch, we suggest you book ahead. Telephone numbers can be found on the booking confirmation you will receive.

You are welcome to purchase wine at any of the estates and leave your purchase with one of the tram drivers, who will ensure you are re-united with your purchase at the time of boarding the motor-coach back home! At 4:00 PM, head back to the motor coach for your transfer back to Cape Town.


  • Relax and enjoy a scenic drive to Franschhoek
  • Stop and enjoy each estate at your leisure
  • Tasting some of the worlds finest wines
  • The tram journey through beautiful wine estates


Meeting points:

  • V&A Waterfront, outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road. You may also join this tour at the following pick up points: (please note alternative departure times), Camps Bay: Tour office outside the Bay Hotel on the beachfront at 8:25 AM, Sea Point 1: Stop Cnr Queens and Alexander Road, Sea Point at 8:35 AM, Sea Point 2: Stop Cnr Beach Road and St John Road at 8:40 AM, Sea Point 3: Beach road, opposite the Winchester Mansion Hotel at 8:42 AM, Green Point: Next to the Light House at 8:46 AM, Downtown: Tour Office at 81 Long Street at 8:30 AM 
  • Return details :
    Tour returns to V&A Waterfront (Stop 1) at approximately 17h00. Use the Red Route buses to get back into the CBD or the Green Route bus back to the Atlantic seaboard as far as Camps bay.

Which tram Routes does this tour cover:

Purple Line wine farms:

  • Allee Bleue, Boschendal, Solms Delta, Plaisir de Merle, Vrede & Lust, Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg

Orange Route wine farms:

  • Noble Hill, Babylonstoren, Backsberg, Vrede & Lust, Plaisir de Merle, Allee Bleue, Boschendal, Solms Delta

Important information

Minimum age for the wine tastings is 18 (alternatives available)
• Orange or purple tram route will be allocated on arrival at the tram departure point. Allocation remains subject to availability
• Please be at the clearly marked bus stop 10 minutes prior to departure
• Tickets are only valid on the stipulated day of booking

Refundable cancellation up to 24h before departure. Please note an R10 admin fee per ticket cancelled is applicable.

Operated by City Sightseeing

What’s included

  • Collection from places and at time as listed below
  • A competent driver to transfer you from Cape Town to Franschhoek and return you to your starting point in Cape Town
  • Ticket on the Hop On, Hop Off Tram that takes you to 8 different wine estates
  • A complimentary wine tasting on the Tram

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