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Blue Train

2 nights Rail Tours

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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 disembark at either Union Station or Kaalfontein where you will be met and transferred to Pretoria.

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 where you will be met.

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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

Cape Town to Pretoria

From now until 1st April trains from Cape Town to Pretoria will depart at 4:00pm as per the schedule but instead of going all the way to Pretoria you will now disembark at either Union Station or Kaalfontein at about 10:30am (the time the train would have arrived in Pretoria). For those travelling from Cape Town to Pretoria transfers will be provided from either Union Station or Kaalfontein as per your original arrangements with us. The train manager will check-in with you once are on board to keep you informed of your arrival time the station you'll be arriving at, either Union Station or Kaalfontein.

Pretoria to Cape Town

From now until 1st April trains from Pretoria to Cape Town will still be departing at 4:00pm but will arrive in Cape Town up to 5 hours later than the scheduled 10:30am.

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