Travel along rail and road to explore the Franschhoek Valley.

Franschhoek Winetram with transfer from Cape Town

A unique way to discover the charming vineyards, breathtaking landscapes, and of course the excellent wines of the Franschhoek wine valley is by going on the Franschhoek Wine tram tour.

Hop on and off and enjoy a unique wine tasting in Franschhoek. Make the journey in a vintage-styled double-decker tram and hop onboard the open-air tram bus that takes you along rail and road to explore the Franschhoek Valley.

Be prepared for a day filled with wine tastings, food and wine pairings, a cellar tour, breathtaking views of the passing scenery, and a stroll through magnificent Franschhoek vineyards.

What you'll experience on a Franschhoek Winetram Tour

The best and safest way to explore Franschhoek is on a guided tour. Traveling with a guide cuts out the stress of navigating your way around. Sit back and enjoy with peace of mind knowing that your tickets are pre-booked, lunch reservations made, and a guide on hand to explain and lead you in the right direction, not forgetting being entertained in true South African style.

The best route on the Franschhoek tram

You won't be left feeling bored, with eight stops to some of South Africa’s oldest and most distinguished wineries. With our organised tour - see, taste, and learn about 300 years of winemaking traditions and knowledge; brought by the French Huguenots who transformed the wilderness around them into one of the most beautiful valleys in the world.

Franschhoek Tour Itinerary 

Your Winetram activity tour with Into Tours begins with pick up from your accommodation and we head out to the countryside and arrive at the Franschhoek Terminal where the wine tram tour departs. After check-in and if time allows, have a coffee, and browse the merchandise shop while waiting for your journey to start. You'll have the opportunity to visit eight stops to some of the best wine farms in Franschhoek with a lunch break in-between.

End off with a late afternoon drive and enjoy unsurpassed views on the Franschhoek Pass.


  • Complimentary bottled water
  • All transport to and from each activity
  • Franschhoek - Wine tram & Bus- entry fee
  • Franschhoek Wine Estate- Cellar Tour
  • Franschhoek Pass - Mountain Drive (if pass open)
  • Services of a licensed English-speaking driver/guide
  • Sanitized, clean, and comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Pickup and drop-off in Cape Town Central

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Read more about Franschhoek

Franschhoek is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Western Cape and is about an hour east of Cape Town with Cape Town International Airport a little more than an hour away.

If you're wondering why the town is called Franschhoek, it is the Afrikaans word for “French Corner”. The town got its name after the French Huguenots settled in the area in 1688, who brought experience in farming and agriculture. Many of the original Cape Dutch-style farms and houses remain superbly preserved throughout the district with flowy gables, beautifully manicured gardens, majestic oak trees, and centuries-old vineyards producing only the finest quality wines.

What does Franschhoek look like?

Franschhoek is enclosed by mountains on three sides, with the Wemmershoek Mountains in the north and the Groot Drakenstein and Franschhoek Mountains to the south. The soils are composed mainly of alluvial sandstone, and numerous streams flow down to the valley floor and form the Berg River.

How many wineries are there in Franschhoek?

You simply cannot visit Franschhoek Wine Valley without tasting the superb wine from the region. There are over 50 world-class wineries in this beautiful region that offer daily tastings of a variety of award-winning wines. You can expect nothing but the finest quality wines on offer.

Franschhoek Wines 

You'll find one of the Best South African Wines in Franschhoek.

It was the French that introduced wine and planted the first vineyards in Franschoek and you will find many of the wine farms named after wine districts like Champagne and La Motte in France.

Though the region is warm, the mountains provide shade and protection as well as trap cool southerly winds, along with the high annual rainfall, the plants regularly receive deep penetrating water. This tempers the heat and the results are suitable for growing a variety of grapes, including traditional Bordeaux varieties.

Franschhoek is best known for its Prominent Grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc,  and Shiraz. The region is also known for the production of Méthode Cap Classique a sparkling wine produced mainly from Chardonnay - Pinot Noir blends.

History of Franschhoek 

Franschhoek's history can be discovered at the Huguenot Memorial Museum and its neighbouring monument honours the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The best attractions in Franschhoek

Wine tasting is not the only activity here, there are many other great things to do in Franschhoek. For nature and outdoor enthusiasts, there are hiking and mountain bike trails that wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offering exceptional views over the Franschhoek Valley.

Along with the French heritage, it’s certainly no surprise that Franschhoek is famous for being the culinary capital of South Africa as 3 of the top 10 restaurants in South Africa are located in the area as well as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

Franschhoek Motor Museum

Franschhoek Motor Museum displays vintage cars amid mountains and farmland and is a lovely experience for the whole family.

Perfume Museum 

A truly unique experience is a visit to the South African first Perfume Museum. If you have ever dreamt about making your perfume and unique scent, then book a perfume-making workshop tour now!

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve offers spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley that's set against the backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges. With over 30 km of well-maintained hiking trails, that lead through fynbos covered fields made up of proteas, pincushions, ericas, and restios.

Franschhoek Mountain Pass

Franschhoek's pass is about 14,9 km and its tight hairpins are carved into the northern edge of the Franschhoek Mountains between the Wemmershoek Mountains and the Franschhoek Valley offering sweeping vistas of the valley below and dramatic mountain views.

Elephant in Franschhoek

Franschhoek pass was originally known as ‘Oliphant’s Pad’ (elephants road) because the elephants of old used to cross the mountains and created a path over the neck of the mountains that herdsmen and settlers on horseback used ro follow.

Drankenstein Prison 

Located between Franschhoek and Paarl you'll find Drakenstein also known as Victor Verster Prison, and is famous because Nelson Mandela spent the last fourteen months of his imprisonment for caseveralgainst Apartheid and left here a free man in February 1990! Here you will get to see a recently unveiled, larger-than-life-size statue of Nelson Mandela. 

With so many activities to choose from, it may be difficult to decide if you have limited time. Franschhoek in the Cape winelands is a great place for a day trip from Cape Town or a weekend getaway from the city. Explore the beautiful town with its Cape Dutch architecture, cafes, boutiques, and art galleries.

Accommodation in Franschhoek

Finding a place to stay in Franschhoek is easy with several options in the city and along the highway. There are also properties located on the Franschhoek River and near the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. There are also a few luxury hotels and spas in Franschhoek that appeals to foreign couples wanting to get married in South Africa.

Multiday Winelands Tour with accomidation in Franschhoek

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