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Cycling the Cape & Winelands - Exodus Travels
Cycling the Cape & Winelands - Exodus Travels
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54 reviews
Starts
London
+29 Destinations
Western Cape
Ends
London
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Highlights

Start and end in London! With the bicycle tour Cycling the Cape & Winelands, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through London, England and 25 other destinations. Cycling the Cape & Winelands is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
14
Transportation
Bicycle
Travel style
Bicycle, Adventure, Wine tasting

54 Reviews

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  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 1
    Written on November 11, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Spectacular holiday made very special by the company presentWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Stunning sceneryWhat did you think of your group leader?Tallis was superb and a great asset to the tourDo you have any advice for potential travellers?noIs there anything else you would like to add?words are not required to explain how truely spectacular it was - expereince for yourself.Although unfortunately this may not be possible - not sure whther there are any future tours planned with premier departures

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 2
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my 4th cycling holiday with Exodus and was the best - fantastic scenery, food, wine and of course the cycling!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling around False Bay - coffee and cake in the morning (always a requirement for a Sunday ride), blue skies and sunshine, the most fantastic scenery along the coast, and 'undulating' cycling (plus not too strong a head wind!!!).  And champagne and nougat tasting......What did you think of your group leader?Really good - extremely knowledgable of the local wildlife, very good at riding up and down the group to make sure no-one got left behind, and pretty adaptable (always good when the heavens open and riding is off for the day!).  Oh and very good at lunches!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There will be a strong headwind at various points of the holiday which can be a little scary on the downhills, but this is just part of the holiday and there is the bonus of having some great tail winds.  The wine's are superb as is the food, but do remember to take a proper SA plug adaptor!  And I wouldn't recommend the goat or sheep smiley for the western palate!  When you arrive in Cape Town do the red sight seeing bus to see a lot in a short time periodIs there anything else you would like to add?Really great holiday, very well guided, enjoyable cycling and great food and wine - what more could you want???  Oh and came back with a sun tan in November - always a bonus!

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 3
    Written on February 5, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    The vital aspect of any Exodus trip is the mix of the group. This was no different; 13/14 folks eager to get on, and one awkward $*?ck£r ... there is always one! (his name available on request)Plus a great guide and driver.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling Chapmans Peak, and seeing the views to Nordhoek and Houts Bay.What did you think of your group leader?Peter (Albert) handled most situations very well and always in a calm manner.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Definitely do this trip, but ask for the premier accommodation version.Is there anything else you would like to add?Best trip ever! Scenery fantastic; weather wonderful; exchange rate helpful; food and wines awesome. Definitely going back. Hey Exodus ... how about cycling Namibia ? Windhoek/Walvis Bay/down to Cape Town ... make it a camping trip (rather than using low-grade accomm)

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 4
    Written on December 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Overall a fantastic trip well lead and supported,  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me arriving in Hermanus and seeing the whales from the shoreline was the highlightWhat did you think of your group leader?Excellent. Expertly organised a large group and provided just the right balance of information as we toured around Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plenty of suncream and your own saddleIs there anything else you would like to add?The mountain bikes were a little heavy and hybrid bikes without suspension would have been a more appropriate bike for this trip

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 5
    Written on November 30, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Well organised, well executed tour with a great bunch of people in one of the most beautiful parts of the world in which to peddle.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Making it across Chapmans Peak and then relishing the stunning views and swooping downhills on the other side.What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was first class and especially adept at managing the varying skill and fitness levels of the participants so that the strugglers like me were able to complete 99% of the distance, while the fitter folks had the opportunity to do their thing as a faster pace or over a longer distance.He and Sufiso made an excellent team: between them they cooked for us just brilliantly, ironed out any issues with accomodation and generally created a situation which could get on and enjoy the trip with them taking care of all the hassle.  Very grateful, guys!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?My fitter friends may disagree, but to my mind this trip is at the more challenging end of Moderate.  Don't let that put you off, if like me you are knocking on a bit, but spend a few more hours working on your fitness level before you leave.  You will be amply rewarded for the extra effort....Bottom line: it's a great trip, just go for it!!Is there anything else you would like to add?Exodus, you gotta do something about those bikes: i understand the finance folks want to sweat the assets, but the charge for hire is not trvial and the bikes are not up to the standard of the rest of the package.  I bought a Trek 4500 a few months ahead of the trip and it's a couple of hundred percent better than the alleged Trek 4500 you provided in South Africa. Again, i would not want to anybody off travelling with you on account of the bikes, but you owe it to your reputation and brand to provide equipment that matches up to the marketing.....

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 6
    Written on November 27, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent well planned and well run trip. Fantastic scenery, great places to stay and a great guide.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling mountain passes and Chapman's Peak. Whale watching. Cycling along the stunning coast back to Cape Town.What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was really excellent. Low key, flexible but very well organised. Supported everyone in the group. Also very knowledgeable about flora and fauna and had a great sense of humour. Our driver Sifiso was also excellent. Could not fault the team.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be aware the hire bikes are mountain bikes with road tyres, not ideal for this sort of road trip. Road bikes or hybrids would have been much better. Allow some extra days at start or end to explore Cape Town and climb Table Mountain.

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 7
    Written on November 24, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Overall, a well organised trip with spectacular scenery and good winetasting. Accommodation was variable in style but most was very good, and the cottages at Franschoek were delightful. The guesthouse at Barrydale was also excellent. a good balance of cycling and sightseeing, although a little more time to sightsee would be good. There were also a fair number of transfers on the bus, but maybe this is unavoidable.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching whales at Hermanus was hard to beat - they are HUGE and very close to the shore. Cycling Chapmans Peak Drive on the last day was a most beautiful cycle, not as tough as feared, and glorious scenery. Also the headwind had dropped a little!What did you think of your group leader?Tallis was very organised, and kept the different abilities of the group together with good humour. He was also sensible enough to cancel one afternoons cycle as it was dangerously windy. Sofiso drove the bus, cooked, loaded and unloaded all our stuff, and was always a most welcome sight at the breaks with water, fruit and jelly babies!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I would assess it as harder than "moderate". Everyone on our trip had hired Exodus bikes and they were heavy ATBs rather than hybrids which would have been more suitable. Most of the cycles were moderate in length but very hilly(which meant lovely views), and there was a horrible headwind almost every day which made the cycling much harder than it sounds on paper. But there is always the option of catching a ride on the bus. And the encouragement of the group generally kept everyone going!Is there anything else you would like to add?The cycling is mainly on the hard shoulder of (often) busy roads, carrying a fair amount of heavy traffic. Combined with the strong and sometimes unpredictably gusty wind, this could be a bit hair-raising. Also remember that restaurants are happy for you to bring your own bottle of wine, charging a nominal corkage, so stock up at the excellent wine-tastings! I do feel that Exodus should supply hybrids or roadbikes as it is advertised as a "road cycling" trip. Otherwise, a great trip, go for it!

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 8
    Written on January 30, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A wonderful way to see Cape Town, the surrounding wine growing regions and the dramatic coast. But be warned, although it is classed as a "moderate" trip there are LOTS and LOTS of hills and it is VERY windy!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Unexpectedly seeing a whale in Hermanus, the wild baboons just chilling by the side of the road, the huge open plains and seriously impressive mountains. Then wine wasn’t bad either!What did you think of your group leader?Pete and his crew were great. Really friendly and happy to give some background on the places we saw. Cooking was excellent and just what I needed after a long day on the road.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don’t underestimate how tough the cycling can be as this is really an exhausting trip, not just because of the hills but also because of how difficult it can be cycling in such windy conditions. Take your own saddle, and padded cycling shorts as you’ll need them. Draught beer is cheap but pretty much everything else is the same price as in the UK.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the places you’ll stay are in the middle of nowhere, so expect to make your own entertainment, which, to be fair wasn’t difficult with such a great group of people. I'm sure the samples we got from from the vineyards we visited helped too. Even in the height of summer it gets cold at night. So make sure you bring a fleece/warm jumper or 3!The days are long so don't expect much (if any) pool or beach time.South African electricity sockets are unlike any others in the world, so even if you think you have a "world adaptor" it won't work.

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 9
    Written on January 30, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A wonderful way to see Cape Town, the surrounding wine growing regions and the dramatic coast. But be warned, although it is classed as a "moderate" trip there are LOTS and LOTS of hills and it is VERY windy!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Unexpectedly seeing a whale in Hermanus, the wild baboons just chilling by the side of the road, the huge open plains and seriously impressive mountains. Then wine wasn’t bad either!What did you think of your group leader?Pete and his crew were great. Really friendly and happy to give some background on the places we saw. Cooking was excellent and just what I needed after a long day on the road.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don’t underestimate how tough the cycling can be as this is really an exhausting trip, not just because of the hills but also because of how difficult it can be cycling in such windy conditions. Take your own saddle, and padded cycling shorts as you’ll need them. Draught beer is cheap but pretty much everything else is the same price as in the UK.Is there anything else you would like to add?Some of the places you’ll stay are in the middle of nowhere, so expect to make your own entertainment, which, to be fair wasn’t difficult with such a great group of people. I'm sure the samples we got from from the vineyards we visited helped too. Even in the height of summer it gets cold at night. So make sure you bring a fleece/warm jumper or 3!The days are long so don't expect much (if any) pool or beach time.South African electricity sockets are unlike any others in the world, so even if you think you have a "world adaptor" it won't work.

  • Cycling the Cape & Winelands reviewer 10
    Written on January 22, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    REALLY GOOD HOLIDAY AND THE BEST GUIDES THAT I HAVE BIKED WITH.What did you think of your group leader?GREATDo you have any advice for potential travellers?BE AWARE THAT IT IS A WINDY COUNTRY

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Cape Town; free day to explore.
  2. Day 2: Ride over Hellshoogte, passing vineyards; to Rosenview.
  3. Day 3: Ride the Franschhoek Pass; afternoon wine tasting in Stellenbosch.
  4. Day 4: Transfer through Breede Valley; ride through semi-arid desert of Great Karoo.
  5. Day 5: Ride through the Langeberge Mountains to Bontebok N.P.
  6. Day 6: Ride and transfer to Cape Agulhas N.P., Africa's southernmost point.
  7. Day 7: Cycle to Hermanus; sample the local fish cakes and beer.
  8. Day 8: Free day to relax in Hermanus.
  9. Day 9: Ride the Whale Coast to Gordon's Bay.
  10. Day 10: Stunning Cape Peninsula ride; visit penguin colony.
  11. Day 11: Cycle to Cape Town via Chapman's Peak, Hout Bay and Camps Bay.
  12. Day 12: Optional morning visit to Robben Island; end Cape Town.

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  • What are the daily cycling distances?

    Below is the info on the cycle distances for this trip:
    Daily distance in km/miles:

    Day 2
    50.0km/31.1miles

    Day 3
    20.0km/12.4miles

    Day 4
    65.0km/40.4miles

    Day 5
    45.0km/28.0miles

    Day 6
    60.0km/37.3miles

    Day 7
    55.0km/34.2miles

    Day 9
    90.0km/55.9miles

    Day 10
    35.0km/21.7miles

    Day 11
    70.0km/43.5miles

    Number of days cycling: 9
    Pace: Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour
    Terrain: Low altitude; 85% tarmac, 15% graded roads

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  • Gregory6th September 2018
    Response within hours which was great considering our time difference. Tour choice was incredible, obviously an experienced team

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Start and end in London.
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TourRadar only requires a deposit of 20% to confirm this Exodus Travels booking. The remaining balance is then payable 60 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 20 November 2018 the full payment of $2,578 is necessary.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2578 for Cycling the Cape & Winelands, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 20,091 km.
  • London (England)
  • 9,674 km
  • Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 4 km
  • Table Mountain (South Africa)
  • 70 km
  • Franschhoek (South Africa)
  • 27 km
  • Stellenbosch (South Africa)
  • 27 km
  • Franschhoek (South Africa)
  • 90 km
  • Montagu (South Africa)
  • 57 km
  • Barrydale (South Africa)
  • 18 km
  • Suurbraak (South Africa)
  • 22 km
  • Swellendam (South Africa)
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