The Blue Train


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    Follow in the footsteps of Kings and Presidents who have travelled on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. On board The Blue Train, luxury assumes a new dimension, and becomes the working definition of everything your heart desires. You will feel it from the moment you step into your suite of choice: the twin-bedded De Luxe with shower, the double-bedded De Luxe with bath; or the twin or double-bedded Luxury suites, both with baths. All of the suites are transformed from elegant, spacious lounges by day, into sanctuaries of comfort and slumber by night.

    The journey between Pretoria and Cape Town promises some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery the sub-continent has to offer. You’ll travel around the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the apparently arid desert landscapes and over untamed savannah grasslands. This is best enjoyed in the elegant lounge car (with the accompaniment of high tea or a pre-dinner drink) with its large picture windows which flood the carriage with panoramic views of the passing countryside. Should you prefer a more relaxing ambience, then the club car offers card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar – as well as a fine selection of Cuban cigars. As one would expect, The Blue Train serves up only the best of fine dining experiences complimented by a selection of superb South African wines.

    Pretoria to Cape Town Route

    Day 1: Depart Pretoria
    Registration and check-in for The Blue Train begins at 2pm at The Pretoria Station Lounge. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Boarding commences at 3:15pm, butlers usher guests to their suites for their suite orientation. At 4pm boarding concludes and The Blue Train departs. An elegant dinner awaits you later in the evening; guests can enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

    Day 2: Kimberley Station
    Full breakfast is served in the dining car or in-suite. The Blue Train will arrive at Kimberley Station, guests disembark and gather at the railway museum, from where you will be ushered to a bus to transfer to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Enjoy a tour of the interesting and historical sites, you will also be taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Big Hole. Return to Kimberley Station where you will be greeted with a glass of sherry and continue your journey Southbound to Cape Town. Once onboard and departed enjoy lunch. High Tea will be served at 4:30pm in the Non-Smoking lounge car followed by an elegant dinner later in the evening.

    Day 3: Arrive Cape Town
    Breakfast will be served in the dining car this morning. At 10.30am The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station. Butlers usher guests to the Blue Train Lounge where your journey ends.

    Cape Town to Pretoria Route

    Day 1: Depart Cape Town
    Registration and check-in for The Blue Train begins at 2.30pm at The Cape Town Station Lounge. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Boarding commences at 3.30pm, butlers usher guests to their suites for their suite orientation. At 4pm boarding concludes and The Blue Train departs. A High Tea awaits you followed by an elegant dinner later in the evening; guests can enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

    Day 2: Kimberley Station
    Full breakfast is served in the dining car or in-suite. In the afternoon enjoy lunch before The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station, guests disembark and gather at the railway museum, from where you will be ushered to a bus to transfer to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Enjoy a tour of the interesting and historical sites; you will also be taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Big Hole. Return to Kimberley Station where you will be greeted with a glass of sherry and continue your journey Northbound to Pretoria. Once onboard enjoy an elegant dinner later in the evening.

    Day 3: Arrive Pretoria
    Breakfast will be served in the dining car this morning. At 10.30am The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station. Butlers usher guests to the Arrival Lounge where your journey ends.

    Inclusions

    • 2 nights’ accommodation
    • All daily meals
    • All beverages including alcohol while on board, snacks and high tea
    • Sightseeing excursions accompanied by qualified tour guides

    WJ-2019

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