South Africa Suggested Itineraries
 
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South Africa Suggested Itinerary - The Blue Train from Cape Town to Pretoria (vice versa) - Board one of the most luxurious trains in the world; The Blue Train for an unbelievably scenic and interesting journey to Cape Town or from Cape Town to Pretoria.

 
Blue Train Luxury Suites
 
Since its inception in 1946, the Blue Train has become recognized as the epitome of luxury rail travel and an icon of the Southern African tourism, hospitality and leisure experience. Comparable to the world's finest hotels, each suite on board the train offers five star luxury accommodation, with private en-suite bathroom facilities.

The luxury element on the train is accentuated by the personalized butler service, fine cuisine and wide selection of South Africa's finest wines.

So, step aboard and journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance on The Blue Train.
 
Itinerary from Pretoria to Cape Town (day 2 is the same on both itineraries):
Day 1:
07:30am: Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station. Guests are boarded directly to the train. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks on-board.
08:30am: The Blue Train departs from Pretoria.
10:30am - 12:30pm: First sitting for Brunch.
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Second sitting for Brunch.
3:30pm: High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
5:10pm: The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station. Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape province, is the diamond capital of the world and well-known for its exquisite jewellery.
 
Kimberley Big Hole
 
Right in the middle of the city, a giant 215-metre deep crater serves as a reminder of the diamond rush of the 1870s, where prospectors carved out the largest hand-dug excavation in the world in search of the precious gemstones. In its time, the Big Hole yielded an incredible 2 722 kilograms of diamonds.
Today, the Big Hole and its surrounds have been converted into a museum and tourist attraction.
Visitors can learn about the history of diamond mining in Kimberley, see historic memorabilia and buy diamonds slightly cheaper than usual. There is also a fascinating reconstruction of the ‘Old Town’ at the big hole that gives visitors an idea of what it was like to live there back in the town’s heydays of the late 1800s.

Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
5:45pm: Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberly hole.
6:35pm:    Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station. At Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep.
7:05pm: The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the journey Southbound to Cape Town. After this exciting tour, guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks served at any one of our lounges. Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.
7:30pm: First sitting dinner.
9:15pm: Second sitting dinner.
 
DAY 2: (NEXT MORNING)
07:30am - 10am: Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis. Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests’ request.
12pm - 2.30pm: Three-course Lunch is served at leisure (first-come-first-served)
3pm: The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station. Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge.
 
Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train itinerary (day 2 is the same on both itineraries)
07:30am: Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station. Guests are boarded directly to the train. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks on-board.
08:30am: The Blue Train departs from Pretoria.
10:30am - 12:30pm: First sitting for Brunch.
12:30pm - 2:30pm: Second sitting for Brunch.
2.35pm - 3.15pm:    The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion. Matjiesfontein is a tiny village, on the fringe of the Great Karoo, which was founded in 1884 by legendary railway man, James Douglas Logan. Immerse yourself in living history; life here is a tribute to the early Karoo, the Anglo-Boer War and Queen Victoria's England. Explore the historic ambience of the famed Lord Milner Hotel, its old world charm, gracious servers, and elegant décor—not to mention discovering its ghost stories.
 
Matjiesfontein sightseeing bus

On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the Lord Milner Hotel. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo is a memento for guests to keep. The Victoria  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.
3.20pm: The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria.
3:30pm: High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
5pm:    After an exciting interlude guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.
6.30pm:    First sitting dinner.
8.30pm:    Second sitting dinner.
 
Day 2 (as above Pretoria to Cape Town itinerary).
 
Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.
 
The luxury Blue Train
 
  
Pretoria to Cape Town or
Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train
Cabin type
Low season:
01 January - 31 August 2017 &
16 November - 31 December 2017
High season:
01 September 2017 - 15 November 2017
Low season:
01 January - 31 August 2018 &
16 November - 31 December 2018
High season:
01 September 2018 - 15 November 2018
Luxury Double rate per person sharing R18 710 R23 285 R20 850 R25 615
Luxury Single rate including Supplement R28 065 R34 925 R30 870 R38 420
De Luxe Double per person sharing R15 500 R19 130 R16 430 R20 280
De Luxe Single rate including Supplement R23 250 R28 695 R24 645 R30 415

Rates are per person, inclusive of all meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar and external telephone calls.
Rates quoted are for a one-way journey and are subject to change without prior notification. Arrival times and off-the train excursions cannot be guaranteed. Reservations for children on request only.
Special requests for meals (e.g. Kosher and Halaal) to be specified at time of reservation.
Bed preference (double or single) to be specified when making a reservation, as double beds are limited.
 
Guests are requested to check in 1 hour prior to departure at The Blue Train lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town.
 
Pretoria to Cape Town luxury train:
Departure Time: Pretoria: 8.30am / Arrival Time: Cape Town: 3pm
Cape Town to Pretoria luxury train:
Departure Time: Cape Town: 8.30am / Arrival Time: Pretoria: 3pm
 
2017 Pretoria to Cape Town 2017 dates Cape Town to Pretoria 2017 dates
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 5, 12, 19, 26
August 7, 14, 21, 28 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 4, 11, 18, 25 8, 13, 20, 27
October 2, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
November 1, 6, 13, 20, 22, 27 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29
December 4, 11, 13, 18 6, 13, 15, 20
 
2018 Pretoria to Cape Town 2018 dates Cape Town to Pretoria 2018 dates
January 3, 8, 10, 15, 22, 24, 26, 29 5, 10, 12, 17, 24, 26, 29, 31
February 5, 12, 16, 19, 21, 26 7, 14, 19, 21, 23, 28
March 2, 5, 12,19, 26 5, 7, 14, 21, 28
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4, 11, 18, 25
May 7, 14, 21, 28 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 4, 11, 18, 25 6, 13, 20, 27
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 4, 11, 18, 25
August 6, 13, 20, 27 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 3,10,17,24 5, 12, 19, 26
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 24, 29 3, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31
November 5, 12, 19, 26 7, 14, 21, 28
December 3, 10, 17, 19 5, 12, 19, 21
 
The luxury Blue Train bath
One of the differences between Rovos Rail and The Blue Train is that some of the Blue Train suites have baths (albeit, small tubs).
 
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