Franschhoek Valley is one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the whole world with its senses of intimacy and mystery which make every tourist feel very welcomed. The world-renowned wine farms and associated wine-tastings and food, are in fantastically close proximity to each other. The topography makes for a perfect cycle experience as a couple, family or group of friends. Bike and Hike has exclusive access to many wine estates with routes carefully designed to enjoy a relaxed meander on a private fully-guided tour.
A few years ago, Cape Town was chosen by the New York Times and the Guardian to be the top holiday destination in the world. Around the same time Condé Nast listed La Residence Hotel in Franschhoek was voted as being their choice of ‘best hotel’ in the world. The Franschhoek Wine Route continues to lay claim to the title of best/most popular wine route in South Africa.
Still wondering why visit Franschhoek Valley and experience a luxury guided bike tour? Here goes…
1. Allow yourself to be free of a vehicle, shuttle or tram
Bike and Hike guided cycle tours are for all levels of fitness and conducted on a private basis. The cycle tour is designed to “activate the five senses” with equal focus on activity, wine-tasting, culinary, sightseeing and learning snippets of history along the way. There can be no better way to shrug off a bit of jet lag or incorporate some activity into your Winelands visit.
2. Explore the gourmet capital of South Africa
The Cape Wineland region takes its pride for being the culinary capital of South Africa. A proud record of consistently being featured in the top ten restaurants in South Africa, Franschhoek’s reputation needs no further introduction. From pizza to exquisite fine dining, everything is to be found in this wonderful valley. Lunch is included on all our Bike and Hike cycle tour packages and take place on award-winning estates.
3. Don’t miss the award winning wineries
We make sure you don’t need to pick up a “must see” guide as we incorporate unique wineries which have it all: boutique wines, gourmet food and picturesque views of the Franschhoek Valley. Bike and Hike also offers customized tour and wine farm options (should you have a particular preference), allowing you to tick your bucket list and delight all your senses!
4. Stunning nature and breathtaking views of the mountains
Many of the villages, such as Franschhoek village are surrounded by mountains, where elephants once lived. The area offers breathtaking views, gorges and valleys, as well as nice places to stay by the river. We make sure you are meandering along paths that allow you to take in surrounding mountain ranges and heavenly landscape.
5. Visit the Huguenot Monument and Cape Dutch Architecture
We stop briefly at the Huguenot Monument to learn about the development and history of Franschhoek Valley. Traditional homesteads comprising of Cape Dutch architecture and French influence are incorporated along our cycle route, with many “instagrammable” photographic opportunities along the way.