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Sommelier's Choice

This culinary package gives you the unique opportunity to connect on a personal level with some of South Africa’s most talented winemakers. Learn how these people take the incredible beauty of the land; the soil and everything that it produces; the South African culture and the heritage; and blend them into delectable masterpieces.

Sommelier's Choice

What we like...

  • Stay at working vineyards 
  • In Cape Town, tour the glorious gardens of the Vineyard Hotel
  • In Stellenbosch, stay in a traditional Cape Dutch estate 
  • See Cape Town’s surrounding region in a Full Day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Taste the best of South Africa with a private full day Winelands tour that will end in the Winelands 
Air-inclusive from
$2,999
pp
Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between May 01 - 31, 2015 and August 11 - September 30, 2015

Itinerary

Day 1

 
Depart from New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) for your South African Airways flight to South Africa.
 

Day 2

 
On arrival in Johannesburg you will connect onwards for your 2-hour flight on South African Airways to Cape Town. On arrival in Cape Town you will be transferred to your hotel.
 
Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa
 

Day 3

 
After breakfast you will be met by your English speaking driver-guide for your scheduled full day tour of the Cape Peninsula. The tour takes you on an unforgettable journey to the mythical meeting place of the two great oceans. Breathtaking scenic beauty contrasts with the harsh rugged conditions of the most south-westerly edge of the African continent. Highlights include a visit to the historic town of Simon's Town, Groot Constantia Wine Estate or Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Chapman's Peak (weather permitting).
 
Tonight you'll have an Introduction to SA Wines with a private wine tasting conducted by a Cape Winemaster or Winemaker in the comfort of your hotel.
 
Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa
 

Day 4

 
A full day at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Cape Town. Maybe take a trip in the cable car up Table Mountain or a boat ride for a poignant visit to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for many years. Perhaps take time to explore the vibrant V&A Waterfront with its many shops, restaurants and activities available as well as the fascinating Two Oceans Aquarium. In the summer months maybe head for the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay for people watching and soaking up the African Sun. Whatever else, you will not be at a loss for things to do!
 
Tonight you'll be transferred to a local restaurant where the hand-selected chefs will prepare unique food and wine pairings. Based on our wine-master partners' local knowledge and involvement in the food industry we are able to secure reservations with Cape Town and the winelands' most innovative and accomplished chefs.
 
Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa
 

Day 5

 
After breakfast your local English-speaking driver-guide will meet you at the hotel for a private tour of the Cape wine region. Discover the beauty and history of the Cape Winelands. Cape Dutch architecture, rolling vineyards, fine wines and beautiful mountain ranges are the order of the day.
 
Not following the norm of a standard winelands tour, your tour has exclusive "backstage" access, where you will have the opportunity to engage and interact with the winemakers in their "creative spaces".
 
Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa
 

Day 6

 
Today is at leisure for you to explore Stellenbosch, the heart of South Africa's wine region.
Alternatively you could opt for an optional additional winelands tour, or perhaps an optional adventure activity, like "Shark Cage Diving"
 
Overnight on a bed and breakfast basis at the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa
 

Day 7

 
After breakfast you will be transferred to Cape Town International Airport for your flight to Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and onward connection to the USA.
 

Day 8

 
Arrival in the United States at New York (JFK) or Washington Dulles (IAD) airports.
 

What's Included...

 
Round trip coach air on South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington (IAD) Airport to South Africa OR Tambo International Airport; Domestic coach air in South Africa as per the itinerary (Johannesburg - Cape Town - Johannesburg); Accommodation as per the itinerary; Meals as per the itinerary (5x breakfast); 1x Food & Wine paired dinner; 1x Private Introduction to SA Wines; Full Day Backstage Private Wine Tour; All ground transfers as per the itinerary
 

Excludes

 
Add on air from other US cities; Any meals or services not mentioned above; Any items of personal expense - i.e. drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc; Gratuities for rangers/guides/drivers

Vineyard Hotel

With over 200 years of history within its walls, The Vineyard Hotel is situated in six acres of attractive landscaped parkland on the banks of the Liesbeek River. Located in the lush leafy suburb of Newlands, the Vineyard Hotel & Spa is within easy walking distance of the up-market Cavendish Shopping Centre and is just 10 minutes away from the City Centre and the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
The award winning 2 storey "Vineyard Hotel Conference Centre" is one of the finest venues in Cape Town for conferences, wonderful for weddings or special occasions.
 
This beautiful establishment comprises the original home of Lady Anne Barnard and new bedrooms designed by highly acclaimed architects Jack Barnett and Revel Fox. It is filled with works by leading South African artists and offers rooms ranging from single to family suites, both mountain and courtyard facing.
 
The Vineyard Hotel boasts two outstanding restaurants, “the Square”, a great favourite for breakfast and dinner, as well as a popular sushi bar and Myoga Restaurant run by well known executive chef - Mike Bassett, renowned for his contemporary fusion style of cooking, and is open for lunch and dinner.
 
The hotel offers its guests two swimming pools - one outdoor, surrounded by loungers and one heated indoor pool. The addition of a Health & Fitness Centre and an international Angsana Spa operated by the world renowned Banyan Tree Group contributes to its position as ‘The Perfect Setting’.
 
The Vineyard Hotel has made a commitment to "living green" and has implemented environmental and social responsible decision making to ensure that sustainable development principles are incorporated throughout the Hotel.
 
The Vineyard Hotel is well known for its warmth and efficient service, and is the gateway to all the delights of greater Cape Town.With over 200 years of history within its walls, The Vineyard Hotel is situated in six acres of attractive landscaped parkland on the banks of the Liesbeek River. Located in the lush leafy suburb of Newlands, the Vineyard Hotel & Spa is within easy walking distance of the up-market Cavendish Shopping Centre and is just 10 minutes away from the City Centre and the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
 
The award winning 2 storey "Vineyard Hotel Conference Centre" is one of the finest venues in Cape Town for conferences, wonderful for weddings or special occasions.
 
This beautiful establishment comprises the original home of Lady Anne Barnard and new bedrooms designed by highly acclaimed architects Jack Barnett and Revel Fox. It is filled with works by leading South African artists and offers rooms ranging from single to family suites, both mountain and courtyard facing.
 
The Vineyard Hotel boasts two outstanding restaurants, “the Square”, a great favourite for breakfast and dinner, as well as a popular sushi bar and Myoga Restaurant run by well known executive chef - Mike Bassett, renowned for his contemporary fusion style of cooking, and is open for lunch and dinner.
 
The hotel offers its guests two swimming pools - one outdoor, surrounded by loungers and one heated indoor pool. The addition of a Health & Fitness Centre and an international Angsana Spa operated by the world renowned Banyan Tree Group contributes to its position as ‘The Perfect Setting’.
 
The Vineyard Hotel has made a commitment to "living green" and has implemented environmental and social responsible decision making to ensure that sustainable development principles are incorporated throughout the Hotel.
 
The Vineyard Hotel is well known for its warmth and efficient service, and is the gateway to all the delights of greater Cape Town.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities

Air-inclusive from
$2,999
pp
Offer based per person on 2 adults sharing for departures from New York John F Kennedy (JFK) valid between May 01 - 31, 2015 and August 11 - September 30, 2015

Price is per person based on double occupancy. Valid as of April 08, 2015 for departures from New York (JFK) between May 01 - 31, 2015 and August 11 - September 30, 2015 with the same itinerary available at higher prices during other travel periods. Other departure points and domestic flights within the U.S. can be booked. Price for other departure cities and/or travel dates may vary. Subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings only, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, cancellation charges and other restrictions may apply.