This luxurious tour starts when you board the legendary Blue Train on Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning on platform 23 at Cape Town Station. Setting off at 08h30, you pass through the winelands of the fertile Hex River valley, in the shadow of imposing mountains, up and inland to the endless sweeping landscapes of the Karoo. The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for a 45 minute off-the-train excursion.
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. The next morning, when you awake, the train will be approaching the mining centres on the Gold Reef. You end your journey in Pretoria, known affectionately as South Africa's Jacaranda city.
06h30 Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station. Guests enjoy pre-departure drinks. Welcome snacks will be served on-board the train
07h30 Boarding commences. Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
Boarding concludes at 08:00am
08h30 The Blue Train departs from Cape Town Station
10h00-12h00 First sitting for Brunch
12h30-14h00 Second sitting for Brunch
OFF-THE-TRAIN EXCURSION (Weather & time-permitting)
The Blue Train arrives at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion.
14h30-15h30 On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. 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.
15h30 The Blue Train departs for its northbound journey to Pretoria.
High tea is served in the Lounge Car
18h00 After an exciting interlude guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks at any one of our lounges.
18h30-20h00 First sitting dinner
20h30 Second sitting dinner
Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies elegant evening wear.
Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, Cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed
07h00-10h00 Breakfast is served on a first-come-first- served basis. Breakfast can also be served in-suite at the guests’ request.
12h00-14h45 Three-course lunch served at leisure (first-come-first-served)
15h00 The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station.
Meals and excursions during the train journey + alcoholic beverages whilst on board the train
This vast country is undoubtedly one of the most culturally and geographically diverse places on earth. Fondly known by locals as the 'Rainbow Nation', South Africa has 11 official languages and its multicultural inhabitants are influenced by a fascinating mix of African, Asian and European cultures. Spend your days: discovering the gourmet restaurants, impressive art and nightlife scenes and fine beaches of Cape Town; enjoying a typical local braai (barbecue) in the Soweto township; browsing the bustling Indian markets in Durban; or sampling some of the world’s finest wines at the myriad wine estates dotted around the picturesque Cape Winelands.
Due to its rich and turbulent history there are plenty of historical attractions to explore including the Zululand battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Robben Island, just off the coast of Cape Town. Above all else, South Africa’s attraction lies in its remarkably untamed wilderness with its astonishing range of wildlife roaming freely across massive unfenced game reserves such as the world famous Kruger National Park. With all of this variety on offer, it is little wonder that South Africa has fast become Africa’s most popular tourist destination.