Tour Code: FX02

√ Absorb the spectacular passing scenery of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, False Bay, Marine drive's rocky coastline and Hermanus' surrounding picturesque vineyards and apple orchards.
√ Visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, famous for its wealth of fynbos plants including the rare Red Disa.
√ Spot southern right whales (seasonal) and sea birds from the magnificent cliff paths of Hermanus.
√ Lunch at popular coastal restaurant.

We depart the city towards the seaside towns of Strand and Gordon's Bay, and continue along the spectacular Marine Drive. We pass the white beaches of Koeƫl Bay and the villages of Rooiels, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay before stopping at the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens, for a mountain walk to the waterfall at Disa Kloof.

We then make our way to the Bot River, pausing in the picturesque Hemel-en-Arde valley whose cool, maritime climate favours the growing of Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay grapes, found at acclaimed wine estates like Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell and Creation.

On reaching the charming village of Hermanus, you will have the opportunity to spot southern right whales that come in very close to shore to mate and calve (from June to November), amble along the iconic cliff paths, browse the local craft markets and have lunch.

We head back to Cape Town via the verdant apple-growing regions of Grabouw and Elgin, with a final stop on the spectacular Sir Lowry's Mountain Pass for a panoramic view of the Cape Peninsula.