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Pretoria to Cape Town and Vice Versa     

 

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The Blue Train has an aura of mystique about it. Kings and presidents have travelled on this magnificent moving five-star hotel.


Its very name has become synonymous with the ultimate in luxury and personal service.

 

The routes of The Blue Train - both scheduled and chartered - take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.


As the ever-changing scenery glides past the windows, guests can savor exquisite meals freshly prepared on board by top chefs.  Meals are complimented by the best wines South Africa has to offer.


The suites on The Blue Train live up to its reputation for magnificence and splendor.  The finest bed linen, marble tiles and gold fittings in the bathrooms and sheer opulence all ensure that guests will never forget the time they spend on The Blue Train.


When you choose to travel on The Blue Train, you choose to travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance.

 

 

The Pretoria to Capetown Ininerary.

 

Day 1     Pretoria – The Blue Train

 

 07:30 onwards       Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Pretoria Station, after which you board the train.

 

Suite orientation done by butlers.  Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.              

 

08:30                    The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station.

 

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 historic 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

 

Overnight in your suite, which is now converted into beds by the butler.



Day 2      The Blue Train - Capetown       

 

 

07:30 - 10:00        Breakfast is served on a first come  first served basis.

Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests' request.

 

 

12:00                          The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station.

Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge where you can depart at leisure for your next destination.

 

 

Departures are on following dates during 2015

 

Depart Pretoria @08:30                                 Depart Capetown @ 08:30.

 

January         5, 12, 19, 26, 31                         January        7, 14, 21, 28.

February       9, 16, 23,                                   February      2, 11, 18, 25.

March           2, 11, 16, 25                              March          4, 13, 18, 27.

April             13, 20, 27.                                 April            15, 22, 29.

May              4, 13, 18, 27.                            May             6, 15, 20, 27.

June             1, 8, 15, 22, 29.                        June            3, 10, 17, 24.

July              8, 13, 20, 27.                            July             1, 10, 15, 22, 29.

August          3, 10, 19, 24, 31.                      August         5, 12, 21, 26.

September     7, 23, 30.                                 September    2, 9, 25.

October        5, 12, 19, 26.                            October        2, 7, 14, 21, 28.

November     2, 11, 16, 23, 30.                        November     4, 13, 18, 25.

December     7, 14, 21.                                   December    2, 9, 16, 23.

 


The Train Itinerary from Capetown to Pretoria

 

Day 1     Capetown – The Blue Train

 

 

 

 07:30 onwards       Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Capetown Station, after which you board the train.

 

 

 

Suite orientation done by butlers.  Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.              

 

 

 

08:30                    The Blue Train departs from Capetown Station.

 

 

 

10:30 ~ 12:30        First sitting for Brunch

 

 

 

12:30 ~ 14:30        Second sitting for Brunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14:35  - 15:15                    The Blue Train at Matjiesfontein Station.

 

 

 

Guests disembark for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion.

 

 

 

15:20                            The Blue Train departs from Matjiesfontein 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.

 

 

 

15:30                            High tea is served in the Lounge Car.

  

 

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

 

 

 

Overnight in your suite, which is now converted into beds by the butler.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2                     The Blue Train - Pretoria       

 

  

 

07:30 - 10:00        Breakfast is served on a first come  first served basis.

 

Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests' request.

 

 

 

 

 

12:50                          The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station.

 


Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge where you can depart at leisure for your next destination.

 

 

 

 

 

This itinerary can be combined with other arrangements in South Africa or elsewhere in Africa.