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Franschhoek Wine Tram

An original way to visit the wine estates of Franschhoek and historic buildings is to use the Franschhoek Wine Tram. You can buy a day ticket and during the day you can use the trams and tram-bus as much as you want to visit all the sights along the route. So you have the freedom to decide how long you will be at the different stops, seven in total. You can feast on the delicious South African wines without the risk of being arrested for driving under the influence. Part of the route to be traveled by tram is a railway line that was built in 1904 to transport merchandise easier than with a traditional bullock cart.

The tour starts at the ticket office at the Huguenot Road in the old town of Franschhoek, where to find the beautiful historic buildings, beautiful gardens full of roses and lavender and quaint eateries and shops. Those who want to know more about the history of Franschhoek can take a look at the Huguenot Museum where you can learn all about the French Protestant refugees who built a new life here. Other stops are at wineries with wines of high quality where you can taste wine to your heart's content, see the wine cellars or have delicious food in its restaurants. The vineyards are all wonderful and seem even more beautiful with a bright blue sky and mountains in the background.

The wine states that are included are: Haute Cabrière, Dieu Donne, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge and Grande Provence with an art gallery and an excellent restaurant. All these estates have wines of excellent quality, both in terms of wine and food and they have a history of 300 years. It is advisable to book a table if you want to eat during your "day by tram" at the restaurants of the wine estates.

The tram and bus-tram route is ridden with departures every 40 minutes from 10:00 to 14:40 from the ticket office. Look closely at what time the last pick-up round is so you do not miss the tram / bus from your last stop (ranging from 15:30 to 17:30 depending on the route mapped out by you). The website contains detailed information about the route and the stops so you can organize your day. Since there are a limited number of tickets per day available, you should book in advance, via the website: Franschhoek Tram Route. Are you in Franschhoek and want to use the tram route anyway? Go to the Franschhoek Wine Tram ticket office in the center of Franschhoek (Huguenot Street) to inquire if there are still tickets available.

Adult rate ZAR 150, including wine tasting at Rickety Bridge and Dieu Donne and a welcome drink at Grande Provence. Children aged 5-17 pay ZAR 75 and children under 5 can go free (prices in June 2013, check out the website for current prices and updates).



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