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Cape Town & the Winelands, Air/5 Nights, From $1,999

This South African adventure includes tours of Cape Town and the Winelands, plus an informative field trip led by a local nonprofit, and a massage.

Cape Town harbor
Cape Town harbor (Mark Karrass/Corbis)

The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Cape Town on South African Airways; three nights at Cape Cadogan in Cape Town; two nights at River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch; bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations throughout; a guided tour of Cape Town; a half-day field trip to visit at least three projects run by the local Uthando nonprofit; a full-day tour of the Winelands, including three wine tastings; a back-and-neck massage; all transfers; the services of a tour representative; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $1,999 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $223.

When Thursdays Nov. 25, 2010, Aug. 25, 2011; add $200 for Dec. 23, 2010; $400 for Nov. 11, 18, Dec. 2, 9, 2010, Jan. 13–Apr. 28, 2011; $500 for May 5–26, Aug. 4–18; $600 for Dec. 30, 2010, Jan. 6, 2011; $900 for June 2–July 28, 2011; $1,000 for Dec. 16, 2010.

Gateways New York City; additional gateways not available.

The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are an additional $223 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $599 for departures May 5–Aug. 25, 2011; add $100 more through Apr. 28, 2011. Group size ranges from two to seven travelers. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Foreign Independent Tours, 800/248-3487, foreign-independent-tours.com.

Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip fare between New York City and Cape Town for travel in late November/early December is about $1,127, with taxes (Lufthansa/United). Add to that about $503 per person, including taxes, for three nights at Cape Cadogan in Cape Town and $185 per person, including taxes, for two nights at River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa in Stellenbosch and your total for air and accommodations alone is $1,815 when booked separately. For $407 more, this package includes round-trip airfare, five nights' hotel, breakfast daily, a guided sightseeing tour of Cape Town, a half-day field trip with a local nonprofit, a full-day tour and wine tasting in the Winelands (valued at $94), a back-and-neck massage (valued at $45), all transfers, and all taxes and fees. Plus, you'll benefit from the assistance provided by your tour representative.

More Optional activities include tours of Robben Island ($48 per person) and Cape Point ($125 per person). Extra nights at Cape Cadogan in Cape Town start from $198 per person per night.

Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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