There’s something decidedly romantic about taking a journey by train… It conjures images of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, or of lovers embracing on a platform after a long separation… Which is why we were rather intrigued to hear about Atlantic Rail’s scenic trips to Stellenbosch.
Train trip to Stellenbosch
The train departs from the Train Lodge Hotel at 9.30am (directions to the departure point will accompany all bookings), and begins its steady journey towards the winelands via Bellville, making its first stop in Stellenbosch at around 11.30am. Here, you will be given three hours to explore its many art galleries, restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The historic university town is famed for its excellent restaurants, so grab a spot of lunch before returning to the train station.
Train trip to Spier
After stopping in Stellenbosch to allow some passengers to disembark, the train continues to Spier, where a variety of exciting activities have been planned. First up is a wine-tasting where visitors get to sample some of the estate’s fine wines (grape juice for under-18s, of course).
The next stop is Eagle Encounters, an animal rehabilitation centre, where you will be introduced to the estate’s beautiful birds of prey.
And then it’s lunch at the farm’s Eight Restaurant, where guests can choose between three meals: roast chicken and mushroom pie, an Angus beef and brie burger, or penne with a tomato and feta sauce (beverages not included). At 3pm, guest will hop back on board the train for a relaxing trip back to the city. Please note: booking is essential.
Diarise these dates for upcoming train trips to Stellenbosch and Spier:
29 January 2017 – Spier Wine Farm or Vredenheim Wine Estate
12 February 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
26 February 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
5 March 2017 – Spier Wine Farm or Vredenheim Wine Estate
19 March 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
9 April 2017 – Stellenbosch or Spier Wine Farm
23 April 2017 – Spier Wine Farm or Vredenheim Wine Estate
To book your train ride: email Atlantic Rail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Name and surname
- South African cellphone number
- The date of the trip you would like to to go on
- How many adults will be in your party
- How many children and their respective ages
- Option selected
The ticket collection office opens one hour prior to departure at the Train Lodge.