Art, Craft & Design Tour: Itinerary

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Art, Craft & Design Tour: Itinerary

DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN   
On arriving in Cape Town you’ll be met the airport and transferred to your beachfront hotel where you can relax and unwind.
In the afternoon, get together for an icebreaker before celebrating your first night at a welcome dinner with select guests.

DAY 2 – CAPE TOWN & PENINSULA
Take in the striking natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula. Summit Table Mountain by cable car for a bird’s eye view of the city, Robben Island and V&A Waterfront.
Then travel along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak drive to Cape Point at the tip of Africa, one of the most dramatic view points anywhere on earth that overlooks the legendary meeting place of two oceans.
On the way there, enjoy lunch and award-winning wines at an estate with sweeping views over this ruggedly beautiful coastline.
On the way back, stop off in the seaside village of Kalk Bay, visiting a gallery that showcases inspiring initiatives assembled by a legendary craft maven, and other eclectic shops.
Dinner is at your leisure.

DAY 3 –  CAPE TOWN
Look over the heart of the city, the cobbled streets and colourful homes of the Bo-Kaap, the attractive Cape Quarter precinct and Greenmarket Square abuzz with traders.
Meet artists working with the uniquely African genre of wire art. View quintessential local creativity. Pop in to contemporary galleries and Iziko’s SA National Gallery, lunching in The Company’s Garden.
In the early evening, join in festivities at the opening of the Cape Town Art Fair, a transcontinental platform showcasing Africa’s vibrant contemporary art landscape, with exhibits from prestigious galleries.
Dinner follows in the Waterfront.

DAY 4 – CAPE TOWN
At the Castle of Good Hope, the country’s oldest building, hear from the curator about an exhibit that reflects the exuberant and eclectic styles of South African ceramics.
Follow with being shown over the former home / eclectic museum of Irma Stern, a foremost Expressionist and top selling SA artist.
In the afternoon, take in the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) in the historic Grain Silo in the V&A Waterfront, transformed by architect Thomas Heatherwick into the first major museum in Africa dedicated to contemporary art from Africa and its Diaspora.
In the evening, savour a pan African dinner with dishes from the Cape to Timbuktu, interspersed with Malian puppetry, drumming and singing.

DAY 5 – CAPE TOWN / HALF DAY
Woodstock is a rough around the edges precinct with the highest concentration of design studios and art galleries in the country, likened to New York’s Meatpacking district. 
Visit a number of creative hubs where a medley of talented people showcase their wares and meet some top talents in their studios and shops.
Join the locals at the crowd-pulling, weekly Neighbourgoods food market at The Old Biscuit Mill.
The afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Some afternoon suggestions for independent viewing
•  The ‘Museum Mile’ is a tree-lined boulevard that runs the length of The Company’s Garden, passing the Houses of Parliament, the SA Museum, the SA National Gallery, the SA Jewish museum and the Slave Lodge
•  Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens: The Cape Floral kingdom is a biological treasure chest and the Cape Peninsula is one of its most brilliant gems. Enjoy this richest, smallest, and hottest of hotspots
• A trip to Robben Island is a tangible reminder of the past and pivotal symbol of triumph of the human spirit where you hear a first-hand account of prison life from former inmates.
• Return to the Cape Town Art Fair for a leisurely review and participate in some of multiple options on offer.

DAY 6 – THE WINELANDS
Head out to the Winelands with its abundance of historic homesteads and über-chic contemporary estates.
Stroll around the spacious grounds and gracious manor house of the country’s premier wine estate.
In the historic town of Stellenbosch, glimpse some Cape Dutch architectural gems among the university town’s oak-lined streets.
Look over contemporary wineries with renowned art and sculpture filled gardens, lunching at one, before reaching Franschhoek.
Once settled in to your centrally located hotel for the first of 2 nights, venture forth independently to explore the picturesque village.
Dine at your leisure in SA’s ”culinary capital”.

DAY 7 – THE WINELANDS
On a historic estate, be guided around beguiling gardens based on the Dutch East India Company’s landscape layout that replenished passing ships with fresh food.
In Stellenbosch, wander around the town, popping into galleries and sampling some delicious cuisine prepared by one of the country’s Top 10 chefs.
In the afternoon, delight in strolling around Dylan Lewis’ indigenous garden filled with acclaimed sculptures that reflect his progression from wilderness to animal to human/animal interface.
Look over a private collection of an iconic South African painter on the last estate of the day.
Dinner is an informal get-together with locals.

DAY 8 –  JOHANNESBURG
Morning is open to explore Franschhoek’s many galleries and appealing shops at your leisure.
Take an afternoon flight to Johannesburg (two hours) where you’ll stay at The Winston for 3 nights.
Dinner is at the hotel, with welcoming hotel staff on hand to whip up something delicious.

DAY 9 – JOHANNESBURG
See democracy at work on Constitutional Hill, a unique heritage site in the inner city where some 200 eminent artworks with a human rights theme are tributes to the country’s constitution and its values.
Look over Maboneng, a multicultural, urban regeneration precinct, lunching in a tree-filled courtyard. Go on a behind-the-scenes walkabout of its SoHo-inspired work spaces, artists studios, hotels, creative venues and retail clusters that fuse contemporary architecture with historic city buildings.
Dinner is an extension of the day at another cultural precinct that celebrates the creative arts.

DAY 10 – JOHANNESBURG
Unravel man’s journey out of Africa and span of evolution stretching back some 3.5 million years at a world-class museum, and see ”the” ground-breaking artefact that dates man’s design thinking origins back some 100,0000 years. 
Then hit the ”Art Strip” that collectively represents all disciplines by established and emerging artists. Such as a treasure trove of a gallery with ceramics and artefacts from across Africa as well as cutting-edge designer pieces from South Africa; a leader in contemporary art; a gallery for artists with an experimental bent; the oldest gallery representing national and international artists – before taking in the city’s skyline from the deck of a striking and iconic modern gallery.
Savour a farewell dinner with select guests.

DAY 11 – ONWARD JOURNEY
Following a leisurely breakfast, head out to the Cradle of Humankind, a UNESCO World Heritage Site some 50 minutes away, where forty percent of the world’s human ancestors have been found. 
Spend the rest of the day here at a private sculpture park and artist residency set within a 15-hectare parkland in an Arcadian nature conservancy filled with arresting sculptural objects in purpose-designed space.
You’ll be dropped off at the airport subject to your return flight.

Bon Voyage!

Though carefully compiled, this itinerary may vary slightly due to unpredictable weather, or in response to spontaneous opportunities that might arise.

See testimonials from a group from The Museum of Arts & Design NY on a similar tour