Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper

Cape Winelands | South Africa

 

Your Luxury Non-Guided Hop-On-Hop-Off Experience!

 

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Welcome To Our Valley

We are proud to offer the Non-Guided Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper to all guests staying within the Franschhoek Village.

Franschhoek is located in the Cape Winelands. It is a little gem surrounded by mountains with amazing scenery and only about a 1h15 minute drive from the Cape Town International Airport and a 1h20 minute drive from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Guests can choose between a 1-4 hour / 4-7 hour and a 7-10 hour Non-Guided Hop-On-Hop-Off Service.

Within this time guests are free to visit as many wineries, breweries, restaurants or places of interest (listed on this site) as they want to and are able to fit in the 4 or 7 hour period.

Unlike some other services, where guests are on a schedule and often part of large crowds, the Vineyard Hopper is totally flexible both in terms of where guests go and how long you visit each winery/brewery/restaurant.

This is ideal for a couple or a small groups of people who would like to do their own thing (perhaps do a special curated tasting or have a picnic for lunch).

Guests get collected from their accommodation in the Franschhoek Village.

 

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If you are not staying in the Franschhoek Village, request a quote for a return transfer and get collected from your accommodation at an additional fee.

flexibility

So how does it work?

Guests can choose where they want to go from the wineries, breweries and restaurants listed on our site.

Once we have collected the guests we will take them to the first winery/brewery/restaurant or place of interest – if they don’t know where to go we will gladly offer advice.

We will drop them off and introduce them to a staff member at the winery/brewery who will then be presenting the tastings.

Once the guests are ready to move to their next venue they can just call/WhatsApp us (or get a staff member to call us) and we will be there in a flash to collect them. We advise you to give us a 15 minute notification.

PLEASE NOTE: ONCE GUESTS BOOKED THE SERVICE, PLEASE DON’T JUST AUTOMATICALLY ASUME THAT THE SERVICE CAN BE EXTENDED ON THE DAY AS WE TAKE OTHER BOOKINGS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF HOURS THAT WAS BOOKED – EXTENTION WILL BE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY.

This is a fun and safe way (no drinking and driving) for guests to get around AND they have a lot more options available to them vs any other transport option in the village.

27 World-class Wineries

3 Craft Breweries

48 Restaurants

Just Relax 

Just have fun

Incredible Scenery

Rates

A minimum of 2 guests required.

The following rates are per person | CASH, ZAR payments only

TOP TIP!

SAVE on your transfer/taxi costs by booking the “Late Arrival Wine & Dine” or the “Make The Most Of It” hopper option.

View more information about the various packages:
Quickie | 1-4 Hours

Get collected from your accommodation in Franschhoek.

Operated between 09h00 and 18h00.

The 1-4 hour hopper is calculated on a door-to-door basis which is calculated from the agreed-upon collections time.

This is a NON-GUIDED service.

The rate only includes the driver and the vehicle.

Excludes all tasting/entrance fees.

No eating and drinking will be allowed in the vehicle.

Guests are required to wear their masks at all times while in the vehicle.

Full Day | 4-7 Hours

Get collected from your accommodation in Franschhoek.  

Operated between 09h00 and 18h00. *

The 7-hour hopper is calculated on a door-to-door basis which is calculated from the agreed upon collections time.  

 This is a NON-GUIDED service.

The rate only includes the driver and the vehicle.

Excludes all tasting/entrance fees.

No eating and drinking will be allowed in the vehicle.

Guests are required to wear their masks at all times while in the vehicle.

Late Arrival Wine & Dine | 4-7 Hours

Get collected from your accommodation in Franschhoek.  

Operated between 14h30 and 21h30. *

The 7-hour hopper is calculated on a door-to-door basis which is calculated from the agreed-upon collections time.  

* If you wish to only return between 21h30 and 22h00 at the latest at 22h00 then a surcharge of R50 per 30 minutes will apply. 

This is a NON-GUIDED service.

The rate only includes the driver and the vehicle.

Excludes all tasting/entrance fees.

No eating and drinking will be allowed in the vehicle.

Guests are required to wear their masks at all times while in the vehicle.

Make The Most Of It | 7-10 Hours

Get collected from your accommodation in Franschhoek.

Operated between 09h00 and 21h30. *

The 7-10 hour hopper operates on a door-to-door basis which is calculated from the agreed-upon collections time.

Visit wineries/breweries during your 7-hour hopper from 10h00 till 17h00, then go home to freshen up. Get collected again at 18h30 for dinner with the latest return at 21h30

 * If you wish to only return between 21h30 and 22h00 at the latest at 22h00 then a surcharge of R50 per 30 minutes will apply. 

This is a NON-GUIDED service.

The rate only includes the driver and the vehicle.

Excludes all tasting/entrance fees.

No eating and drinking will be allowed in the vehicle.

 Guests are required to wear their masks at all times while in the vehicle.

SELECT FROM 27 WINERIES IN FRANSCHHOEK

Franschhoek Cellars
Old Road Wine Co.
Grande Provence
Rickety Bridge
Maison Estate
Eikehof
Paserene
La Motte Estate
Leopard’s Leap
Chamonix Estate
Dieu Donné Vineyards

La Petite Ferme
Haute Cabrière
Le Lude Estate
La Bri Estate
Colmant
La Bourgogne Farm
Stony Brook Vineyards
Holden Manz Estate
Haut Espoir
La Couronne
Mont Rochelle

* Wildeberg

* Mullineux

* Boekenhoutskloof

* Franschhoek Pass Winery

* Black Elephant Vintners

Wineries marked by * are by appointment only.

NOTE:
Guests MUST MAKE THEIR BOOKINGS where required.
We can recommend advance bookings during October and April to ensure more sufficient use of your time on the day.

Please check the trading hours of the wineries when planning your itinerary.

SELECT FROM 3 CRAFT BREWERIES IN FRANSCHHOEK

Tuk-Tuk Brewery

Hey Joe Brewing Co.
Franschhoek Beer Co.

 NOTE:
Guests MUST MAKE THEIR BOOKINGS where required.
We can recommend advance bookings during October and April to ensure a more sufficient use of your time on the day.

Please check the trading hours of the breweries when planning your itinerary.

SELECT FROM 48 RESTAURANTS IN FRANSCHHOEK

  • La Petite Colombe
  • Chef’s Warehouse at Maison Estate
  • Le Chêne Restaurant at Leeu Estate
  • Oku Asian Eatery
  • La Petite Ferme 
  • The Cellar Restaurant at Haut Cabrière
  • Orangerie Restaurant at Le Lude
  • Sauvage at Le Franschhoek Hotel
  • Arkeste at Chamonix Estate
  • The Restaurant at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate
  • Pierneef à La Motte at La Motte Estate
  • Protégé at Le Quartier Français
  • Le Coin Français 
  • Le Bon Vivant
  • Miko at Mont Rochelle Hotel
  • Reuben’s
  • Le Petit Manoir
  • Hussar Grill
  • The Kitchen at Holden Manz Wine Estate
  • The Restaurant at La Residence Hotel
  • Yama Eatery | Asian & Sushi
  • Epice at Le Quartier Français
  • The Rotisserie at Leopard’s Leap
  • Paulina’s at Rickety Bridge Winery
  • Manger at Dieu Donné Vineyards
  • Franschhoek Kitchen at Mont Rochelle
  • Monneaux at Franschhoek Country House & Villas
  • Allora | Italian
  • French Connection
  • Café Bon Bon at La Petite Dauphine
  • Col’Cacchio Pizzeria
  •  Bovine
  • Tapasco
  •  Blue Coriander | Indian Cuisine
  • Tuk-Tuk Micro Brewery
  • Hey Joe Brewering Company
  • Tap & Eat at The Franschhoek Beer Co
  • Platform Bar & Bistro at Franschhoek Cellars
  • Grape & Bean Café at Franschhoek Cellars
  • Old Road Wine Co.
  • Café des Arts
  • Franschhoek Café
  • Terbodore  Café
  • Essence  Café
  • MCC Franschhoek
  • Good Food & Co
  • Franklin & Co
  • Smitten

NOTE:
Guests MUST MAKE THEIR BOOKINGS where required.
We can recommend advance bookings during October and April to ensure a more sufficient use of your time on the day.

Please check the trading hours of the restaurants when planning your itinerary.

Testimonials

What People are Saying

We had a wonderful day, wine tasting in Franschhoek. Picked up at our hotel by Andrew who was our exclusive driver and guide for the day and was excellent, interesting company. We knew which vineyards we wanted to visit but Andrew advised on the best order to see them and smoothed our entry…including persuading the last one to stay open a bit longer to facilitate our visit!

TripAdvisor

“Perfect”

Absolutely excellent. Johann met us at our hotel, brought us to a vineyard, collected us when we called him and brought us to another….. this service is perfect for people who don’t fancy being with a large group or on a tight schedule. We were on honeymoon and wanted to be relaxed and that it certainly was. I would recommend this service to anyway it was really super.

TripAdvisor

“Easy & Efficient”

We recently did the Vineyard Hopper in Franschhoek for 4 hours and (at the price) it was the best money we spend our holiday. Easy to organize, inexpensive and a delightful chap in Thabo made our day very enjoyable. We could visit estates at our own pace which was ideal as we decided on an last minute lunch. We will do this again. Ideal to see a couple of estates and not pay an arm and a leg.

TripAdvisor

“My wife and I had the absolute pleasure of being able to spend two days touring some handpicked Franschhoek wineries with the Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper back in late October.

We love Franschhoek and having visited several times we now feel acutely aware which wineries we prefer to stop in at and which wine we particularly enjoy thus this new service suited us perfectly. It is now our number one choice when booking wine tours in the area and I will now tell you why;

Assuming like us you enjoy drinking the wine as opposed to using the spittoon then by default the self-drive option is excluded. Therefore this leaves you with three main alternative options:

1. Book a small group wine tour
2. Book a private wine tour
3. Book the much lauded Franschhoek Wine Tram

The main drawback for me of a small group tour or the Franschhoek Wine Tram is the predetermined route and therefore lack of flexibility in terms of which wineries you get to visit. This is coupled by the fact you are constantly on a schedule and having to check your time whether that be at the behest of other guests on a small group tour or in the trams case simply the nature of its pick up and drop off policy. Both options are fine ones that ones we have used in the past but due to the recent re-introduction of the Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper they are no longer optimal in my opinion

A private wine tour is a lovely experience which I can recommend highly however its drawback is price as for those on a budget it is considerably more expensive than any other option and although the price quoted may include tastings it will not generally include lunch or of course gratuities. Therefore once you factor in the almost inevitable wine purchases then the private option can add up to an expensive day out and particularly so if you are planning to do more than one day of wine tasting.

In contrast The Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper experience for me provides a ‘best of both worlds’ experience. Although it operates on a pick up/drop off model it is much more fluid and offers guests much more freedom and flexibility to select or include specific wineries that they wish to visit. It does this while managing to price itself very competitively with it coming in much less than a private tour or even small group tour and only slightly more than the cost of experiencing the Wine Tram.

It is probably worth mentioning for wine newbie’s that you may not get the same level of expertise and imparting of viniculture and viticulture knowledge from your driver that you may get from a designated wine tour guide. However this all equates in the lower cost besides IMO you will pick up more than enough knowledge from the various winery staff or even the winemakers themselves at the wineries you visit.

From start to finish this company were pleasures to deal with. From my initial email enquiry to Danielle to the subsequent follow up email assistance of Johan all the way to the enthusiastic and lovely manner of Thabo who was our driver for both days. We were fortunate that on both days we were Thabo’s only guests therefore essentially we have 2 private tour experiences at a fraction of the cost. I doubt as more and more tourists become aware of this service if we’ll ever be so lucky in the future but regardless it was an unexpected treat on this occasion.

Through a little pre planning on my behalf I managed to devise a day 1 itinerary visiting all our favourite red wine producing wineries in the valley with a picnic lunch stop off in-between for lunch and then a day 2 itinerary focusing solely on our favourite MCC which are being produced in the valley and are of exceptionally quality. All at a fraction of the cost of 2 private wine tours which up until now would have been the only viable way of setting this up.

The contrast of both days was great, ably assisted by Thabo. My wife had initially been upset that this year we were missing out on the wonderful MCC & Champagne festival that is held each December in the village and so with Johan and Thabo’s help I was able to provide her very own MCC festival road trip which certainly went down well.

A big thank you to The Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper for providing us with two really memorable days. I couldn’t recommend you highly enough and without question we will be repeat customers of yours for as many years as we are able to keep visiting beautiful Franschhoek.”

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Hours of Operation

OFFICE HOURS MONDAY -SUNDAY
09:00 – 17:00

 

HOPPER OPERATION HOURS
09:00 – 21:30

CLOSED ON 25, 26 DEC & 1 JAN

Top Tip

 

 BOOK YOUR 7 HOUR HOPPER STARTNG AT 15H30 AND VISIT WINERIES AND THEN GO TO DINNER RETURNING AT 21H30 AT THE LATEST.

* PLEASE NOTE: LIMITED wineries/breweries are open after 17:00 check their operating hours when planning your itinerary.

THIS WAY YOU SAVE ON THE ± R230 COST OF A RETURN DINNER TRANSFER.

MAKE THE MOST OF IT!

BOOK A 7 HOUR HOPPER FROM 10H00 TILL 17H00, GO HOME TO FRESHNEN UP; GET COLLECTED AGAIN AT 18H30 AND GET A DINNER TRANSFER WITH LATEST RETURN AT 21H30 FOR ONLY R410 PER PERSON

10:00 till 21:30 Service

Add R50 per 30 min if you wish to only return at 22h00

Contact Us

Don’t be shy.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Tel: +27(0)83 3016774

E-mail: info@franschhoekvineyardhopper.com

Website: www.franschhoekvineyardhopper.co.za

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Dear Traveler,

Thank you for your interest in our Franschhoek Vineyard Hopper service.

In order for us to check availability, please advise the following:

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The date you require the service:
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Collection Location:
Collection time:
Which package you wish to book:
Quickie | Full Day | Late Arrival Wine & Dine | Make The Most Of It

We look forward to be of service to you.

Kind Regards,
The Franschhoek Hopper Team