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2 Day Luxury Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town
Cape Town - City
The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train sation at 8:50 and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12:00 the following day. En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. On the Northbound journey, the train leaves Cape Town at 08:50 and arrives in Pretoria at 12:30, in time for high tea the following day. It stops at Matjiesfontein for an off-the-train excursion. On arrival at Matjiesfontein guests are invited for a glass of sherry at the bar. The Victorian 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. Guests are reminded that they must be at the station an hour before the departure time.
Day 1: 07:50 – 08:30 Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Pretoria Station. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. 08:30 Boarding starts Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
08:50 The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station @ 08:50 (am)
11:30 – 13:30 First sitting for Brunch
13:30 – 15:30 Second sitting for Brunch
15:30 High tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17:10 The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station.
17:45 Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the centre of Kimberley to join an old tram for a ride down to the mine. 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 or dress in traditional attire and ladies in elegant evening or traditional wear.
19:30 First sitting dinner
21:15 Second sitting dinner
Day 2: (Next morning) 07:30 - 10:00 Breakfast is served on a first come first serve 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