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Enjoy some of South Africa’s most spectacular and diverse scenery on the 27 hour journey from Pretoria to Cape Town.

From £1,195 per person one way, including all meals, high tea, most drinks and off-train excursions.

The Blue Train is synonymous with luxury and elegance. And whilst totally up-to-date in terms of technology, its style is still anchored in that of a bygone era. The train has 36 classically-styled suites, either De Luxe or Luxury accommodation, all with individual temperature controls and custom-designed foldaway beds.

Every detail is covered by a dedicated butler catering to your every whim. From an early morning wake-up call to a blouse in pressing need of a little tender care, or from high tea in the lounge to post-prandial brandies in the bar.

Journeys aboard The Blue Train are highly sociable affairs and whilst breakfasts and lunches are delightfully informal, evenings are definitely dress-up affairs, the ‘Cordon Bleu’ cuisine and fine Cape wines set off by crystal glassware and crisp linens.

Routes:

• Pretoria to Cape Town – with a stop in Kimberley
• Cape Town to Pretoria – with a stop in Matjiesfontein

Itinerary & Suggested onward Travel

The train departs from Pretoria main train station at 08:30 and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12:00 the following day.

En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush.

The train leaves Cape Town at 08:30 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30, in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion.

On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The Victorian buildings and original nineteenth century London lampposts impart to the traveller, the uncanny sense of entering a colonial time warp – an oasis suspended in a different age.

The Blue Train Matjiesfontein 2

Route Map

Why not combine the Blue Train experience with a wonderful gourmet and wine tour of the Cape Winelands.

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The Blue Train

Exquisite ‘Cordon Bleu’ cuisine, with the finery of sliver service and fine Cape wines set off by crystal glassware and crisp linens.

Gaze at the ever changing stunning scenery from the luxury of your cabin or the observation car.

Enjoy a pre dinner aperitif or a post dinner digestive in the grandeur of the bar car.

The Blue Train Deluxe Suite Coach

The De Luxe Suite will forever alter your definition of what style and class entail. From your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer.

And then, of course, all this accompanied by the ever-changing vistas of the countryside…

The De Luxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers.

Your De Luxe or Luxury suites are your home-away-from-home lounges. Need to send an important email halfway across the world or make that urgent phone call? Relax in knowing that all suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all our guests. Use the telephone system in each suite to dial your butler, at no extra charge, for an aperitif or even call family and friends across the Atlantic and relay your Blue Train experience at a minimal fee.

The Blue Train Luxury Suite Coach

The Luxury Suite will enchant you from the moment your personal butler ushers you aboard. It extends the offering from a De Luxe suite even further; by an extra metre of your domain, with twin or double bedded suites which offer you long and luxurious bath tubs and a private digital interactive entertainment system, with an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on Blue-Ray DVD.

Luxury coaches have three Luxury Suites that each measure 5,13 by 2 metres and give you the option of twin beds or a double bed.

An act of alchemy transforms your sitting area into a restful night-time sanctuary. Goose down duvets and pillows and 100 percent percale cotton bedding envelop you as you drift off after a soothing, scented soak or shower in your marble and gold-appointed bathroom, lulled by the rhythm of the whispering wheels.

Your De Luxe or Luxury suites are your home-away-from-home lounges. Need to send an important email halfway across the world or make that urgent phone call? Relax in knowing that all suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all our guests. Use the telephone system in each suite to dial your butler, at no extra charge, for an aperitif or even call family and friends across the Atlantic and relay your Blue Train experience at a minimal fee.