Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent rolling five-star hotel and the name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury train travel. Travelling between Pretoria and Cape Town on a 27 hour journey, you experience a world of grace, elegance and romance. The magnificent suites, each with the finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms, have a personal butler on call to attend to every need. A South African icon since its inception in 1946, with a personal butler service and luxurious suite accommodation, the Blue Train offers a rail journey not to be missed. Travelling along the historic route between Pretoria and Cape Town experience in style and comfort some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the world.
The luxury suites extend your personal domain by more than a metre, and the twin or double-bed suites offer deep, long baths for slow, luxuriant soaking. The suites extend the choice of radio and movie channels even further by including a private digital entertainment centre and an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD.
Day 1 - Luxury Train Journey
07:30 – Register and check-in at The Pretoria Station. Guests are boarded directly to the train. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks onboard
08:30 – The Blue Train departs from Pretoria
10:30 – 12:30 – First sitting for Brunch
12:30 – 14:30 – Second sitting for Brunch
15:30 – High tea is served in the Lounge Car
17:10 The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station
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
17:45 – 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
18:35 – 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
19:05 – 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.
19:30 – First sitting dinner
21:15 – Second sitting dinner (LD)
Day 2 - End of Blue Train Luxury Train Journey
This morning between 0730-1000 hours breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis. Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests’ request. At 1500 hours the Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station where the butler ushers guests to the Blue Train Lounge. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included. The Blue Train journey timings may vary due to local conditions.