The Blue Train – Perfect for those in search of a luxurious overnight experience aboard one of South Africa’s most elegant and iconic trains.
As time meandered from the 19th Century towards the dawn of the new era, a dream was born. A dream of harnessing steam technology to link Africa’s vast south to north, around the awe-inspiring mountain ranges that dot the continent, through the apparently arid desert landscapes, over untamed savannah grasslands teeming with wildlife. From the Cape all the way to Cairo… all of this on parallel lines of tempered steel.
It is from this dream that The Blue Train was born. Cairo was never to be, but the dreamers persevered and The Blue Train now traverses South Africa and its breath-taking scenery in a manner that befits the mystique that has grown around it.
Kings and presidents have indulged on this magnificent, moving five-star “hotel-on-wheels”. From love-struck honeymooners, to adulated celebrities. And even ordinary folk who fantasize about a life of spectacular luxury, a life that has seemed tantalizingly out of reach. Until now…
Welcome aboard The Blue Train. Your unforgettable experience is about to begin…
2 NIGHTS INDEPENDENT TOUR
• Pretoria to Cape Town via Kimberley 2 nights
• Cape Town to Pretoria via Kimberley 2 nights
FACILITIES ON BOARD
Dining car serving elegant five-course banquets, Main Lounge serving High Tea, Club Lounge with designated smoking area, De Luxe Suites feature air-conditioning and have either twin beds with a shower or a double bed with compact bath, converting into sitting rooms by day.
The Blue Train is an excellent way of travelling across this huge country in comfort and style. It’s a luxurious alternative to flying, where you’ll journey over two nights between Pretoria and Cape Town or vice versa. Travel on the award-winning Blue Train includes 24-hour butler service and meals featuring fine dining accompanied by South African wines.
PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN VIA KIMBERLEY
Travel south west from the capital of Pretoria to the coastal city of Cape Town which boasts a stunning mountain backdrop, golden beaches and world-famous attractions. During a brief stop in Kimberley, you’ll step back in time to the days of the diamond rush as you visit the fascinating Open Mine Museum for a tour. Learn more about the intriguing history and peer over the edge of the Kimberly ‘Big Hole’ diamond mine.
CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA VIA KIMBERLEY
Travel north east from the beautiful city of Cape Town to the attractive leafy capital of Pretoria which was founded in 1855 and is renowned for its beautiful parks, historic buildings and a compact city centre that is easy to explore on foot. During your time in Kimberley, you’ll see the Open Mine Museum which is home to a relic from the diamond rush, the ‘Big Hole’. Afterwards, you’ll be invited for a glass of sherry at the bar of The Blue Train, complete with an engraved glass to keep as a memento of your spectacular journey.
Tailor your tour
Gliding between Cape Town and Pretoria, The Blue Train is a great way to experience the beauty of South Africa in elegant luxury, with stays at either end easily arranged.
Blue Train & Western Cape special offer
Explore vibrant Pretoria with a night at Castello di Monte hotel, before boarding the Blue Train for the two-night journey from Pretoria to Cape Town. Stay at Pepperclub Hotel & Spa for four nights and explore spectacular Cape Town’s sights like Table Mountain and the penguins at Boulders Beach, then finish with three nights in the beautiful Franschhoek valley at Mont Rochelle for wine tasting and vineyard tours. Extend your itinerary with a safari or hit the Garden Route.
Good to know
Maximum of 54 or 82 passengers
• Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Highveld are at high altitude and can be cold in winter – we recommend packing warm clothes
• Upgrades to Luxury Twin or Double Suites are available
• Dinner is a stylish affair, with evening wear required
• Smoking is only available in the Club Lounge
• Check-in is two hours before departure.
The Blue Train runs on a two-night itinerary. Guests will be able to arrive in South Africa on the same day, as The Blue Train will depart from Pretoria in the late afternoon and from Cape Town in the late afternoon. A guaranteed 2.5 hour stop in Kimberley is included with both routes.
SAVE UP TO £780 PER COUPLE
Travel in all-inclusive luxury from Pretoria to Cape Town on the world-famous Blue Train
Based on departing 15th November 2021
Fly with British Airways from London Heathrow
From £3095 per person
Upgrade to a Luxury Cabin on The Blue Train from £350 per person
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