Upcoming Trips (click on date to see details)
|11 December 2016||Stellenbosch and Spier Wine Farm|
|18 December 2016||Cape Town to Stellenbosch|
|31 December 2016||Cape Town to Stellenbosch|
|Sunday, 11 December 2016 - Stellenbosch and Spier Wine Farm (return)|
|Departs Cape Town:||09h30|
|Arrive Stellenbosch:||11h20 (approx)|
|Arrive Cape Town:||16h50 (approx)|
Atlantic Rail will be running a trip from Cape Town to Spier and Stellenbosch (return).
In order to suit everyone's budgets, we are offering the trip to the town of Stellenbosch at the normal trip rate (R350 per adult and R250 per child) and also offering a slightly more expensive option of visiting the Spier Wine Farm for those who wish to do so. This is a package deal (including animal encounter, wine tasting and lunch) so please read the options below carefully.SPIER WINE FARM OPTION:
Ticket fare for the trip with the enhanced additional package includes the following:
ORSTELLENBOSCH OPTION 1 (Train trip only):
Passengers are free to explore the town of Stellenbosch with its quaint shops
and historic buildings. You could have lunch at one of the many restaurants
before returning to the train station. Time in the town of Stellenbosch is
approx. 3.5 hours.
Passengers are welcome to bring along their own snacks or picnics and we have a cash bar on board the train for beverages. Ticket fare includes only the return steam train between Cape Town to Stellenbosch Station.
ORSTELLENBOSCH OPTION 2 (Train with cellar tour and wine tasting):
Ticket fare for this option includes the following:
Passengers then have approximately 2 hours available to visit restaurants or shops in Stellenbosch after the wine tour.
BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the destinations, have a look at the following:the Bergkelder Cellar.
If you are looking for something different to do with family, friends or even on your own, why not take a steam train ride on one of the day trips run by Atlantic Rail?
Our train consists of wooden bodied vintage coaches dating from 1922 to 1938. One of the coaches is a lounge car with a full cash bar service. The steam locomotive we use is a Class 16DA steam loco built in 1929.
Class 16DA #879 near Spier Halt - 19 July 2015 - Photo by Peter Rogers
Sit back and enjoy the scenery as the train departs Cape Town, progressing through to Bellville, passing Century City, the Parow Golf Club and sports fields on the Northern line. After Bellville we branch off to Eerste River and run through the most breath taking scenery of farm lands stretching through to the Hottentots Holland mountains passing the Spier Wine farm and the Vredenheim wine Estate.
The train then continue to Stellenbosch station. The Station is just 700m from Dorp Street, which leads into the heart of the old town, with attractions such as 'Oom Samie se Winkel' and some of the finest examples of surviving Georgian architecture in the Cape. There is everything from family restaurants to boutiques, galleries and bistros in Stellenbosch. A shuttle service is also available, and for a nominal fee you can be whisked off to the town square if you do not want to walk into town.
Stellenbosch Station is also extremely interesting for anyone interested in railways as it is one of the last places in South Africa to use semaphore signals. You can watch the Stationmaster working the switches from the lever frame at the main platform just as it was done more than 50 years ago. All signals are controlled by wires and pulleys along the sides of the tracks and driver instructions are given by hand as the train passes through.