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Gastronomy tour: Itinerary ~ Epicurean Escape
DAY 1 – CAPE TOWN
Private transfer from Cape Town airport to a landmark hotel on the Atlantic seafront overlooking the Sea Point Promenade. Get together for an ice breaker with fellow food and wine enthusiasts in the tranquil courtyard.
Bespoke welcome dinner with informative locals in an artist’s studio located in the creative hub of Woodstock. Winchester Mansions for three nights in luxury rooms on a bed & breakfast basis.
DAY 2 – CAPE TOWN
Full day exploring the scenic Cape Peninsula, with morning coffee overlooking the harbour of Kalk Bay (rated as ”one of the 12 coolest neighbourhoods in the world” by Forbes magazine), penguins on their dedicated beach at Boulders, and a cliff-hugging drive along Chapman’s Peak.
Hand’s-on foraging experience at Cape Point before your seasonal, sustainable lunch here, and sun-downers with a twist at a surprise coastal location on the way back.
Dinner is at your leisure, with a free shuttle to the Waterfront available.
DAY 3 – CAPE TOWN
Discover the heart of the city. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car. Meet the pioneers of the Oranjezicht City Farm. Look around the colourful Bo Kaap quarter and buzzy Bree Street.
Sample Cape Malay specialities in historic Heritage Square. See iconic art and design in the V&A Waterfront.
Dine at The Test Kitchen featured in the World’s Top 50 Restaurant awards, on a 10-course, wine-paired meal, prepared by chef Luke Dale-Roberts.
DAY 4 – THE WINELANDS
Full day around the Winelands. Highlights include visiting venerable wine estates, a wine tasting at Vergelegen, an olive oil tasting at Morgenster, the town of Stellenbosch, lunch with a view on Tokara estate, and the sculpture-filled gardens at Delaire Graff winery.
Dinner is at your leisure in the picturesque village of Franschhoek, South Africa’s proclaimed ”culinary capital”.
Leeu House, a boutique hotel in the heart of the village, for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 5 – THE WINELANDS
A practical morning session learning the art of bread making precedes lunch in the vineyards.
Wander around Babylonstoren estate’s beguiling garden based on the 1652 Dutch East India Company’s garden that replenished passing ships with fresh food for the next 150 years, finding out fascinating stories about some of their 300 plants – that are all edible.
Taste accolade-notching wines at Mullineaux before sampling chef Scot Kirton’s acclaimed creativity at La Petite Colombe, a Condé Nast Best Hotel Restaurant winner.
DAY 6 – THE WEST COAST
Head north to Langebaan’s rustic restaurant Die Strandloper for a relaxed lunch on the beach of fresh seafood cooked straight off an open braai/barbecue. Meaning ”the beach comber”, the name references the indigenous Khoi people of the Cape.
Dinner is at your leisure in the quaint fishing village of Paternoster that lies on the unspoiled West Coast.
Stay at The Standloper Ocean, a 5-star boutique hotel, for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 7 – THE WEST COAST
Explore the village. Experience West Coast aesthetic and distinctive Strandveld cuisine.
Engage with master forager/ chef Kobus van der Merwe, whose roots sparked his interest in forgotten foods and the importance of honouring the environment.
Lunch at Wolfgat his idyllic beach cottage restaurant, over a 7-course taste-expanding menu.
Dinner is in-house, at Leeto restaurant, the brainchild of renowned chef Garth Almazan, where the emphasis is contemporary West Coast cuisine.
DAY 8 – CAPE TOWN
Travel back via a heritage centre showcasing San /Bushmen culture and their threatened way of life.The name !Khwa ttu means ”water hole” in the language of a now extinct First Nation tribe.
Find out about some of their culinary specialities and lunch here, before heading to Cape Town airport for your connecting flight or onward safari.