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Blue Train

2 Nights Rail Tours
  • Pretoria
  • Cape Town

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Climb aboard this magnificent, mobile, 5-star hotel for the journey of a lifetime! For over half a century, South Africa’s Blue Train has enjoyed a reputation as one of the world’s premier travelling experiences. Taking luxury in motion to the highest levels, it offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that starts as soon as you set foot on board. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and appetising delicacy served from the butler’s silver tray while your luggage is labelled and discreetly whisked away. Afterwards, settle into your own private suite and let the journey begin!

Itinerary

Accommodation

Deluxe Suites with a choice of twin beds and en-suite shower or a double bed and a bath tub. All suites are beautifully furnished with the finest bed linen, plus marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms. Amenities include individually controlled air-conditioning, underfloor heating, satellite TV, telephone, writing desk, safe and hairdryer. Luxury Suites are more spacious with a deep bath tub and include a CD and DVD player with a choice of CD’s and films. By day, your suite is a relaxing haven with generous lounge chairs; at night, however, it is transformed into a subtly lit, sumptuous bedroom.

Facilities

Each coach has a dedicated butler who is available 24 hours a day to attend your every need whether this be for drinks, snacks or a wakeup call. There are 2 on-board bars in the Club Car and Lounge Car. The Club Car is relaxed and stylish and has a gentleman’s club appeal, with card tables and a small library. The bar is well stocked for you to enjoy pre dinner drinks, or perhaps an after dinner cognac. The Lounge Car is a perfect setting for afternoon tea, which is served every afternoon at your leisure. It is an ideal place to meet for pre lunch and dinner drinks and is a no smoking area. All meals are freshly prepared by an executive chef and his team, and served in the Dining Car (in keeping with tradition it is a compulsory custom to dress formally for dinner and gentlemen are requested to wear a jacket and tie for dinner, and the ladies elegant evening wear). Some trains have an observation car at the rear of the train, offering magnificent panoramic views. The Blue Train also has a boutique selling souvenirs and gifts.

The Journeys

Cape Town – Pretoria (2 nights)

Day 1

Board this luxurious train and prepare to journey through the majestic South African countryside. After you have been welcomed to your Suite by your butler, spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying on board drinks and snacks as you pass through the inspiring landscape.

Day 2

After travelling through the night you’ll arrive at Kimberley. Breakfast will be served in the Dining Car from 6:00-9:00am before heading out into the historic town of Kimberley, the scene of a diamond rush in the 1870s. Enjoy an off-train excursion (subject to schedules – will only be confirmed once on board), including a visit to the Big Hole. Continue across the vast semi-desert of the Karoo as the sun slips below the horizon. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast and a 3 course lunch before you arrive in Pretoria at 10:30am where you will be met.

Cape Town – Pretoria (2 nights) Pretoria – Cape Town (2 nights)

Day 1

Board this luxurious train and prepare to journey through the majestic South African countryside. After you have been welcomed to your Suite by your butler, spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying on board drinks and snacks as you pass through the inspiring landscape.

Day 2

After travelling through the night you’ll arrive at Kimberley. Breakfast will be served in the Dining Car from 6:00-9:00am before heading out into the historic town of Kimberley, the scene of a diamond rush in the 1870s. Enjoy an off-train excursion (subject to schedules – will only be confirmed once on board), including a visit to the Big Hole. Continue across the vast semi-desert of the Karoo as the sun slips below the horizon. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast on board the train before you arrive in Cape Town at 10:30am where you will be met.

Dates & prices

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the tour itinerary and additional tour notes.

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

Journey times

Both train journeys depart at 8:30am. Arrival is at 12:00pm in Cape Town and 15.00pm at Pretoria. Please note: check in is 1 hour prior to departure in the Blue Train VIP lounges in both Cape Town and Pretoria. The Blue Train VIP Lounges are a relaxing and comfortable way to start your fantastic journey experience. Half an hour before the train reaches its destination, the Train Manager will announce the procedures regarding luggage collection and disembarkation.

Extensions

City Extensions

As the perfect alternative to flying between South Africa's principal cities, spending a few days in Johannesburg and Cape Town pre or post your rail journey is a logical option. The price includes a complimentary overnight stay pre- or post-departure at The Sheraton Pretoria including breakfast. We have a wide range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.

Please call for full details and options.