Cape Town Art Tour Feb 2018

Book now for an art tour of one of the world’s most coveted destinations

14 – 21 February 2018

Enjoy an eye-opening and stimulating vacation where you can experience Cape Town’s extraordinary natural beauty, delicious food and thriving creative culture. Dig deep into Cape Town’s dynamic art scene, its vibrant culture, and discover why it’s been dubbed “the new centre of the art world”. Expect a whirlwind week of world-class contemporary art and outstanding food and wine, with breathtaking scenery in and around one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Your week will include:

  • A preview of the 6th edition of the international Cape Town Art Fair. Art galleries showcase a diversity of work that represents the forefront of contemporary art from Africa to the world
  • A guided tour of the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the world’s largest museum dedicated to African contemporary art.
  • A walking tour of creative hotspots
  • Spectacular views of the sea and city, atop iconic Table Mountain – a World Heritage Site.
  • Stop by Cape Town’s world-renowned beaches
  • Fine cuisine at luxurious wine estates

You’ll be hosted by travel designer Jessy Lipperts, who hails from The Netherlands and Kate Crane Briggs an art specialist, who is from England. Both have been living in Cape Town for many years. They will ensure that you make the most of your holiday, with no hassle.

ITINERARY

The schedule could change slightly in case of unforeseen circumstances like bad weather.

Day 1: Wednesday 14 February – Arrival

The first class and centrally located Winchester Mansions Hotel will be our home. As it faces onto Sea Point’s promenade, the luxury accommodation boasts views of the Atlantic ocean and the mountain. A chauffeur from the hotel will meet you at Cape Town International Airport (30 minutes drive).

At 6h30pm we’ll all meet for welcome drinks and hopefully the sunset over the sea, before dining the stunning Gold Restaurant nearby, for an African inspired supper.

Day 2: Thursday 15 February 2018 – City Centre, Zeitz MOCAA and Cape Town Art Fair

We begin the tour by getting to know Cape Town and its history and finish with seeing Africa’s leading contemporary art.

In the morning, we’ll bicycle around town with an experienced cycle guide, starting at the V&A Waterfront through the City Bowl, Company’s Gardens and Bo-Kaap. You’ll see striking parts of the city and hear extraordinary stories. Our coffee and cake stop is at Cape Town’s most popular bakery, located in historic District 6, an area that had been bulldozed in apartheid.

We bicycle back to the V&A Waterfront for lunch, before a special highlights tour of Zeitz MOCAA. It is a huge heritage former grain silo’s re-imagined by UK designer, Thomas Heatherwick CBE.

For those who prefer to walk, we will organize a walking tour instead of the cycling tour.

We return to our hotel to relax and freshen up for the Art Fair preview and supper nearby at acclaimed ‘on trend’ restaurant, Villa 47.

Day 3: Friday 16 February 2018 – Cape Peninsula

We’ll be driven along the stunning Atlantic seaboard to the small town of Hout Bay. We’ll stop at its township, Imizamo Yethu to see an inspiring art education programme for children at risk, Lalela. We’ll travel along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the “must-do” drives in the world as the views are spectacular.

After a 30-minute drive through small villages and coastal areas, we’ll reach the most southwestern point of Africa. Lunch is at the highly rated 2 Oceans Restaurant in the national park with breath-taking sea views.

We’ll have a short walk from Cape Point to Cape of Good Hope before heading back to town (one hours’ drive).

Late afternoon and supper: free time (Kate and Jessy can advise – it is likely there will be Art Fair related events we can arrange for you to attend).

Day 4: Saturday 17 February 2018 – Table Mountain, Woodstock and Groot Constantia

We start the day with a short cable-car ride to the top of Table Mountain. After savouring the panoramic views, we’ll head to the gritty, creative neighbourhood of Woodstock, 10 minutes away. We’ll have a whistle-stop tour of key contemporary art galleries and street art.

In the afternoon, we’ll travel 15 mins to Groot Constantia, home of South Africa’s first vineyards – founded in 1685. With impressive Dutch Cape architecture and house museum, we’ll get a feel of life for the first European settlers. We’ll have a cellar tour with chocolate and wine tasting.

Back in town for the evening, for live jazz with supper underneath St George’s Cathedral.

Day 5: Sunday 18 February 2018 – Gospel Church, Kalk Bay and Boulders Beach

Our morning will celebrate life with a visit to a community church with a melodic African gospel choir. We’ll then make our way to the lively small fishing town, Kalk Bay full of small shops and galleries. We’ll have lunch at Harbour House, famous for its fish and position by the breaking waves.

In the afternoon, we’ll travel 10 minutes further along the coast to Simon’s Town to see the endangered African penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Some may like to swim in the sea, others walk or sit along the beach.

Day 6: Monday 19 February 2018 – Stellenbosch and Winelands  

An hour’s drive from our hotel, we’ll go to the small historic town of Stellenbosch. Our first stop is a sculpture garden “oasis”, created by world-renowned wildlife sculptor, Dylan Lewis. We’ll then drive through the centre of Stellenbosch to the Rupert Museum with its collection of South African modern “greats”.

Our three-course lunch will be just outside Stellenbosch at a luxurious wine estate with artworks of interest.

Supper (you’ll not need much) – at the hotel or nearby – your choice (Kate and Jessy will make suggestions).

Day 7: Tuesday 20 February 2018 – Free Day and Farewell Dinner

Free time – Robben Island (needs to be booked well in advance), Watershed design and craft market, South African National Gallery, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Kloof St shops, District 6 Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Zeitz MOCAA, galleries, golf, beach day… Jessy and Kate can help you decide.

Our last meal together will be at The Stack’s brasserie, off the hip Kloof Street in town. It is in a classic old Cape house but with an interior striking for its contemporary African design.

Day 8: Wednesday 21 February 2018 – Departure

Nothing scheduled but let us know if you wish to go on safari and travel elsewhere in Africa (or before the trip begins).

We hope you leave with fond memories of our beloved Cape Town and with a refreshed love and understanding for African contemporary art.

Cost is in South African Rands (ZAR) and depends on how many people sign up – per person it will be between R28 000 if 12 people sign up and R31 500 if six guests book. Using the exchange rate on 11 September 2017:

Guests 12 10 8 6
ZAR 28 000 29 000 30 000 31 500
USD 2 961 2 417 2 500 2 625
GB POUNDS 1 750 1 813 1 875 1 969
EURO 2 000 2 071 2 143 2 250

This includes:

  • Seven nights of accommodation based on double occupancy at the Winchester Mansion Hotel, including breakfast
  • Specialist guides throughout – mostly Jessy and I (we don’t want to miss out but our families need us)
  • Four dinners in top ranking restaurants
    Five lunches – three will be in high-end restaurants
  • Tours and excursions mentioned above, including entrance fees, donations and Table Mountain Cable Car return ticket
  • Information pack and trip bag
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicles and airport transfers at the start and end

It excludes:

  • International flights
  • Robben Island ticket and other things you do during free time
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals enjoyed separately to the group are not included not part of the itinerary above.
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses like laundry, souvenirs and phone calls

If you don’t want to share a room, it is R9 000 extra.

A R14 000 deposit will be needed to secure your booking.

We hope you’ll wish to join us, please get in touch for more info: kate@cultureconnectsa.com