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Flying into the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town, you will be met and driven to your boutique hotel nestled in a leafy cul-de-sac at the foot of Table Mountain. You will find yourself ideally positioned to explore the city and its golden coastline, fabulous restaurants, rich history and vibrant culture.
Don’t forget to hop on a cable car to the summit of Table Mountain – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature – where you’ll be welcomed by an incredible view of the city, mountains and sea.
Stay: Three nights in a deluxe room at Welgelegen – bed & breakfast
From Cape Town you will make your way to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley at the heart of the Cape Winelands. Not only is the region celebrated for its fine wines, it’s also renowned for its photogenic scenery, Cape Dutch architecture, galleries and world-class restaurants where top chefs prepare gastronomic delights.
You will be staying in a chic country retreat set on a historic vineyard and fruit farm in the heart of the valley, just steps from the village of Franschhoek itself. When you’re not enjoying the food, or sampling the valley’s finest vintages, you can play a game of tennis, ride horses, go mountain biking, take a dip in the pool or enjoy a stroll through the vines along the oak-lined river.
Stay: Three nights in a standard deluxe room at Auberge Clermont – bed & breakfast
Your final port of call is the charming coastal town of Hermanus where you will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s best whale watching. In fact, you might even be able to spot one of these ocean giants from the comfort of your hotel room which sits in a prime position above the town’s famous cliffs.
As well as exceptional whale watching you can enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities, from sea kayaking and paragliding to great white shark diving. There’s also beautiful beaches, fruit farms, vineyards, charming village shops and fabulous restaurants to explore.
Stay: Three nights in a standard room at Ocean Eleven – bed & breakfast
Board your flight back to London from Cape Town.
It was a great experience and now I have dipped my toes in the Ultimate waters I shall be back for more.- JE, October