The Blue Train To/From Cape Town (2 nights)

The Blue Train journey

Board one of the most luxurious trains in the world for an unbelievably scenic and interesting journey; on The Blue Train to Cape Town or from Cape Town to Pretoria.

14th February 2022: The Blue Train has been suspended until further notice – please let us know your travel dates so we can find a suitable alternative until it is back on ‘track’!!

This luxury train journey stops at the capital of the Northern Cape province; Kimberley which is the diamond capital of the world and is well-known for its exquisite jewelry. Right in the middle of the city; a giant 215-meter 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 are a museum and tourist attraction. Visitors can learn about the history of diamond mining, see historic memorabilia and buy diamonds slightly cheaper than usual. There is also a fascinating reconstruction of the ‘Old Town’ at the big hole. This gives visitors an idea of what it was like to live there; back in the town’s heydays of the late 1800s.

So, step aboard and journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance, and romance on The Blue Train.

Luxury Suite Accommodation on The Blue Train
Luxury Suite Accommodation on The Blue Train

The Blue Train Cape Town to Pretoria Journey

Cape Town to Pretoria Daily Itinerary

Day 1:

12:30 pm: Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.
1:15 pm: Boarding commences. Butlers usher guests to their suites for orientation.
2 pm: The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station (will depart earlier if all guests have checked-in.)
4 pm: High Tea is in the Non-Smoking Lounge Car
6:30 – 8 pm: First sitting for Dinner.
8:15 – 10 pm: Second sitting for Dinner.
Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs, and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed

DAY 2:

6 – 9 am: Breakfast is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
11:30 am – 1 pm / 1.15 – 2.30 pm : First / Second sitting for Lunch
2 pm: The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station for an off-train excursion (Weather & time permitting). Guests disembark and gather at the Railway Museum; from where you will board a bus that transfers you to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
3 pm: View interesting and historical sites before a tour of the mine and a viewpoint on the edge of the Big Hole.
5 pm: Guests depart for the station. On arrival, you are greeted with a glass of sherry that is engraved with The Blue Train logo; as a memento for guests to keep.

6:30 pm: The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the journey Northbound to Pretoria.
6:30 – 8:00 pm / 8:15 – 10 pm: First / Second sitting for Dinner
Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs, and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

Day 3:

6:30 am – 10:30 am: Breakfast is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
12 pm: The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station. Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge

The Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town Journey

Pretoria to Cape Town Daily Itinerary

Day 1:

12:30 pm: Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Pretoria Station. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.
1:15 pm: Boarding commences. Butlers usher guests to their suites for orientation.
2 pm: The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station (will depart earlier if all guests have checked-in.)
4 pm: High Tea is in the Non-Smoking Lounge Car
6:30 – 8 pm: First sitting for Dinner.
8:15 – 10 pm: Second sitting for Dinner.
Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs, and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed

DAY 2:

6 – 9 am: Breakfast is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
9:30 am: The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station for an off-train excursion (Weather & time permitting). Guests disembark and gather at the Railway Museum; from where you will board a bus that transfers you to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
10 am: View interesting and historical sites before a tour of the mine and a viewpoint on the edge of the Big Hole.
12:30 pm: Guests depart for the station. On arrival you are greeted with a glass of sherry that is engraved with The Blue Train logo; as a memento for guests to keep.

1 – 2:15 pm / 2:30 – 4 pm: First / Second sitting for Lunch
4:30 pm: High Tea is in the Non-Smoking Lounge Car
6:30 – 8:30 pm / 8:15 – 10 pm: First / Second sitting for Dinner
Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs, and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

Day 3:

6:30 am – 10:30 am: Breakfast is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
12 pm: The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station. Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge

Dinner is an elegant affair; therefore men are requested to wear a jacket and tie; while the ladies should wear elegant evening wear.

Fine dining on The Blue Train
Fine dining on The Blue Train

The Blue Train Pretoria to Cape Town (or vice versa) Rates

Suite TypeLOW SEASON:
1st January until 31st August 2022
& 16th November until 31st December 2022
HIGH SEASON:
1st September until 15th November 2022
Per Person SharingSinglePer Person SharingSingle
LuxuryR32 985R49 480R40 310R60 465
De LuxeR25 855R38 780R31 915R47 870

Rates are per person, inclusive of all meals, high tea, drinks; alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and off-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-train excursions cannot be guaranteed. Reservations for children on request only.
Special requests for meals (e.g. Kosher and Halaal) to be specified at the 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 1½ hours prior to departure at The Blue Train lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town.

To see full information on The Blue Train and its accommodation options, visit The Blue Train

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