This 16-day sojourn in South Africa’s Western Cape celebrates the region's world-class food and wine. A carefully crafted holiday, this trip is of the highest standards and includes international flights, the classic overnight journey from Pretoria to Cape Town on the Blue Train and 12 nights deluxe accommodation at 5-star luxury hotels and wine estates.
Today make your way to London Heathrow to check in for direct overnight flight to Johannesburg.
Arrival and Pretoria
You will be met in the arrivals hall in Johannesburg Airport for a private chauffeur transfer to Pretoria to the Castello Di Monte Hotel.
Castello Di Monte is situated in the upmarket Waterkloof Ridge suburb of Pretoria. Set in landscape gardens this elegant Tuscan style estate offers just nine luxury suites. There are seven intimate dining areas offering tantalising experiences and views. The outdoor Roman style swimming pool and terrace bring relief on hot days, there is a sauna and steam room and a giant rooftop chess set.
Stay one night in a classic or terrace room at Castello di Monti, breakfast included.
Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town
Transfer to the station for welcome reception before boarding the Blue Train. The Blue Train sets off at 08h30 on the southbound journey to Cape Town.
Synonymous with luxury hospitality since 1946, the Blue Train offers a journey into a world of grace and elegance, enjoyed by kings and presidents. Fine cuisine, complemented by the best South African wines, is served with the ever-changing scenery flashing past the windows. The welcoming Lounge Car has large windows and is near the relaxed Club Car, an ideal social meeting point for aperitifs or after-dinner coffees and cognacs.
Overnight in a Deluxe suite on The Blue Train – all meals, snacks and drinks included (excludes premium brands, champagne)
Accommodation: Blue Train
Cape Town – V&A Waterfront
On arrival in Cape Town at midday you are whisked off by private chauffeur to the V&A Waterfront and the Queen Victoria Hotel.
Located within a precinct of heritage buildings along Portswood Road on the boundary of the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, is the boutique Queen Victoria Hotel. Most of the 35 luxuriously appointed rooms have panoramic views of Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour. From the marble and glass entrance to the feature spiral staircase in the atrium, guests move through to Dash Restaurant, Wine Bar and Terrace for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: Your hosts at The Queen Victoria Hotel welcome you on the Rainbow Cape Gourmet Food and Wine Holiday with Dinner at the Dash Restaurant, voucher value to R500 per couple as well as a bottle of red or white wine as selected and recommended by the restaurant manager to accompany your meal. Enjoy delectable cuisine in an opulent setting.
Stay 3 nights in a deluxe room at The Queen Victoria Hotel, breakfast included.
Sidecar adventure through Constantia Winelands
After breakfast and morning at leisure, you will be collected by Sidecar Adventures for an exciting journey via Camps Bay, Hout Bay, over Constantia Nek and into The Constantia Winelands. Your journey ends with a winetasting at the 300 year old Groot Constattia wine estate.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Jonkershuis set on the historic Groot Constantia estate. Surrounded by ancient oak trees with vistas across False Bay Jonkershuis is a celebration of the Cape Malay influence on South Africa’s varied and diverse cuisine. Expect to discover real Bobotie served with almond flavoured yellow rice and sambals, or traditional Malay Curries… All classics.
After a leisurely lunch, view the Art@Constantia exhibition, the Iziko Museum or simply relax with another glass. Call the Queen Victoria Hotel to arrange a taxi when you are ready to head back to the V&A Waterfront,
After such a fulsome lunch, you may like to arrange room service for a light supper. Alternatively:
Rainbow dinner recommendation
Expect to be dazzled at The Test Kitchen, voted Number 1 Restaurant in South Africa 2013/2014. Menu choices include: “Foie gras mie cuit, rabbit ham and loin, parsnip purée, rooibos and vanilla poached pear” or try the “Frozen cashew and cinnamon parfait, pistachio butter, pistachio and olive oil cake with a saffron lassi foam and pineapple tarte tatin”
Alternatively, located in the V&A Waterfront, a short walk from your hotel is Belthezar Restaurant which boasts the largest wine by glass selection in South Africa presenting an opportunity to sample a number of estates ‘by the glass’
The Queen Victoria is perfectly positioned for the Waterfront’s attractions including trips to Robben Island; the Table Mountain Cableway, Camps Bay and Clifton Beach and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Your hire car will be dropped off this morning, giving the option to explore on foot or further afield.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Tobago’s Bar and Terrace at The Radisson Blue is the perfect spot to sip a creative cocktail while taking in the expansive Atlantic Ocean The cosy, informal ambience makes for a relaxed lunchtime or on a sunny day. The Grand Beach Cafe is one of the trendiest places to be seen in Cape Town. If your stay falls on a weekend, the Hout Bay Market or the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock offer informal foodie heaven, similar to London’s Borough Market.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: The Aubergine Restaurant - overseen by chef Harald Bresselschmidt, recipient of multiple awards including top 100 SA Wines Inspirational Wine List award, Aubergine is possibly the best food and wine paring restaurant in the City. Alternatively, described as “an eclectic colonial inspired restaurant and bar set in a magnificent Victorian house” Kloof Street House offers a high quality, unfussy gastro-pub style menu.
Contact the hotel concierge to arrange return taxi’s.
East Side of the Cape Peninsula
Check out of the Queen Victoria and travel along the eastern seaboard stopping in Kalk Bay, Muizenburg and Simons Town where you can potter around antique shops, watch the daily catch being hauled in the working village harbour, visit the Naval Museum and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Jutting out over a rocky promontory with crashing waves and lolling seals, The Harbour House Restaurant in Kalk Bay offers international cuisine with Mediterranean elements underpinned by classic French methods. The set menu is staggeringly good value.
It’s a short distance from Simons Town or Kalk Bay to The Steenberg Hotel. You are welcomed with a glass of bubbly before being shown to your premier rooms on this glorious wine estate.
Stay 2 nights in a premier room at Steenberg Hotel, breakfast included.
Accommodation: Steenberg Hotel
Steenberg at Leisure
Today will be at your leisure discovering the area or relaxing by the pool, enjoying a round of golf or a spa treatment.
Western Seaboard of Cape Peninsula
Depart Steenberg and drive to Cape Point for spectacular views from the lighthouse reached by foot or via furnicular. Continue west and northwards.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Highly recommended is lunch with Chef Bruce Robertson at The Boat House in Scarborough. Request a reservation well in advance, look forward to food, warmth and laughter at this Cape Cod-style house with 180 degree ocean views. Alternatively Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie offers a range of eateries and a variety of art and craft shops to explore. Alternatively depending on your timing continue along Chapmans Peak Drive for a classic calamari and chips at the Chapman’s Peak Hotel in Hout Bay or opt for the simplicity of fresh fish and chips from a take-away in the Hout Bay Harbour. Sit on the harbour wall and watch the coming and goings.
Be sure to continue on to the winelands by 3pm, allowing 1.5 hrs to reach Franschhoek, the gourmet capital of South Africa. Arrive at Mont Rochelle, overlooking the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, surrounded by estate vineyards and mountains, with breathtaking views from every angle.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: In house dining at one of Mont Rochelle’s two restaurants: relaxed dining at The Country Kitchen or fine dining at Mange Tout.
Stay 3 nights in a shiraz room at Mont Rochelle with breakfast included.
Accommodation: Mont Rochelle
Today is your opportunity to explore the wineries around Franschhoek. Mont Rochelle has a quaint boutique wine cellar available for tastings and cellar tours. Boekenhoutskloof is highly regarded, as are the wines from Rickety Bridge, Haut Espoir and Stony Brook. Include Graham Beck on your route for some South African Methode Cap Classique.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Enjoy the signature Mont Rochelle Country Picnic Basket which is included with compliments of Mount Rochelle for all Rainbow Guests on the Cape Gourmet Luxury Food & Wine Holiday. With your favourite red or white from the mornings tastings to hand, and an appropriate lawn with views to lay your picnic blanket, settle down to enjoy a selection cheeses, condiments, cold cuts, salad and smoked Franschhoek Trout with lemon and capers.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Consistently ranked in South Africa’s very finest restaurants. Stretch your culinary imagination as you are led through an 8-course African inspired degustation menu
Franschhoek at leisure
A morning at leisure perhaps? Franschhoek village is charming, stroll the high street visiting the boutique art, craft and interior design shops or while away some time at Le Chocoletier with an outrageous hot chocolate.
For something more energetic, set off from the hotel for a hike in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or the hotel can arrange one of the areas more unusual wine tours - by bicycle.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Haute Cabriere or Le Petit Ferme. You are spoilt for choice in this areas. Be sure to always make reservations well in advance.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: In Franschhoek town the relaxed, rustic simplicity of Cafe des Arts or a unique smoked salmon and trout tasting at the Salmon Bar with owner and sustainable fishing enthusiast Greg Stubbs.
Paarl winelands and Wellington
Depart Franschhoek. Depending on the time of day and the mood of your palate, there’s an embarrassment of estates to choose from. Rust and Vrede, Thelema or Backsberg which is best known for their ‘peaches and cream’ white wines, and also for being the first wine estate in South Africa to produce carbon neutral wines.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: In Paarl’s tree-lined Main Street you will find Noop Restaurant set under two elegant old oak trees in a beautiful heritage building. Sometimes spontaneous, imaginative varied – but always at its root offering an unpretentious celebration of the carefully sourced ingredients.
After lunch continue via the Du Toitskloof Pass, an awe-inspiringly beautiful, high-altitude viaduct bridge leading to the 4km-long Huguenot Tunnel which brings you to the far side of the mountain range encicling the Cape Winelands.
Continuing to Wellington this gorgeous one hour drive brings you to Grand Dédale, an elegant award winning county estate set on Doolhof Wine Estate at the foot of Bainskloof Pass. Accommodation consists of just six beautifully appointed and individually designed rooms and suites. In addition to its delightful farm setting, the estate is well off the tourist track, so expect to have the place to yourself.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: Following aperitif and canapés in the lounge, the 4-course table d’hôte dinner at Grand Dedale promises wholesome Cape-style dishes with the emphasis on game and seafood. The large verandah overlooking the valley is used for alfresco dining,.
Stay 2 nights at Grand Dedale in a luxury loft room. Your stay includes breakfast, fruit basket in room, afternoon tea and cake, soft drinks, beers, house wines and local spirits from the self service bar fridge
The Grand Dedale Experience
Start your day with a sumptuous "Cap Classique" breakfast by asking for a little ‘sparkle’ in your freshly squeezed orange juice. Fruit salads, freshly baked breads, rolls, muffins and croissants, homemade mueslis and jams and yoghurts or a cooked breakfast set you up for the day.
Work up a thirst after breakfast with a hike up Bainskloof Pass or valley walk. A variety of leisure activities including mountain bike trails, horse riding, river rafting and golf are a short drive away. There is also fun labyrinth set in the landscape gardens. (Doolhof means ‘labyrinth’ in Afrikaans)
It would be easy to be tempted by a picnic basket from Grand Dedales kitchens and wine from ‘the source’. Alternatively if you choose to set off on a days exploration - there are five scenic mountain passes nearby which connect the Cape’s various wine, brandy and fruit routes. The historical towns of Tulbagh, Riebeek Kasteel, Ceres, Robertson and Darling all make for a pleasant day trip.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: Of all the options to choose from in this area we’d have to recommend heading off with your picnic basket to Tulbagh and surrounds, an easy 30 minute drive from Doolhof. Tulbagh enjoys some of the most diverse and attractive conditions for viticulture in the Cape and its wine estates are the recipients of a healthy spread of gold and double gold Veritas awards. Visit Drostdy Hof, the winery and art gallery at Saronsberg Estate, Twee Jonge Gezellen, the first estate in South Africa to introduce night harvesting, and enjoy the elegant, complex wines from Rijk’s Estate.
Return to Grand Dedale. Here on the estate at the Doolhof Winery you have the option of sampling the award wining wines in the tasting room - or spoil yourself and book a private tasting with the winemaker. Doolhof The Dark Lady Pinotage and the Malbec are particular standouts.
Rainbow dinner recommendation: Enjoy the high quality food and fine service of Grand Dedale for a second evening.
Set off after breakfast returning through the Huguenot Tunnel and to the town of Stellenbosch. Offering a completely different atmosphere to Franschhoek, Stellenbosch is a university town of oak-lined streets and impressive Cape Dutch, Victorian and Georgian architecture. A walking tour of the town brings its rich history to life.
Rainbow lunch recommendation: the high rate of returning visitors to the Restaurant @ Clos Malverne, is testament to its consistent quality, both of the estate wines and the fine food. expect a fusion of full flavoured, classic contemporary creations from across the world. The lunch menu paired with wines, including a canny match-up of wine and ice-ream, comes highly recommended.
Continue after lunch a short distance to the stylish Majeka House, complete with deep sofas at the fireplace, intimate dining settings, unusual chandeliers, and even a baby grand piano. Winter dinners are served beside the fire and summer meals are enjoyed out on the terrace.
Stay one night in a premier room at Majeka House, breakfast included.
Moyo, More Wine and Retail Therapy at Spier
This morning after breakfast you will be required to check out of your room at Majeka House, though are welcome to store your luggage for the day.
Rainbow lunch and final day recommendation: Less than 15 minutes from Majeka House is the multi faceted Spier estate. You can take a tour of the wine estate by Sedgeway, browse the shops, craft and art, explore the historic buildings, watch the daily educational session on raptors by Eagle Encounters, taste award winning Spier Wines, buy wines from Spier and many other estates ( bin-end bargains can usually be found here) picnic next to the duck-pond, lunch in the fine-dining Spier Restaurant or seated in a tree-house table at Moyo’s.
Collect your luggage at Majeka House and drive 20 minutes to Cape Town Airport, drop off hire car and check in for the British Airways overnight flight to London. You are travelling in BA World Traveler Plus.
Arrive into London early morning
Pricing Information & Dates
16 day tour, from £3015 - £4250 per person
01 May 2016
30 Sep 2016
01 Oct 2016
12 Dec 2016
12 Dec 2016
15 Jan 2017
10 Mar 2017
30 Apr 2017
• International flights from the UK in Economy class
• 1 night on the Blue Train (fully inclusive of all meals and drinks)
• 12 nights deluxe accommodation at 5* luxury hotels (breakfast throughout)
• 11 days group C car hire (zero excess)
• Rainbow Tours Exclusives for guests booking the full Holiday
• All drinks and meals
• Personal items
• Travel insurance
• All entrance fees
• Regional UK departures.
• Departure dates are based on the Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town southbound route.
• Enquire about other dates and routes.
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