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The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria
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The Blue Train
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The Blue Train Lounge Area
Africa

The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria (Tour code: 12548)

Starts and Ends
Cape Town to
Pretoria
Travel Periods
11 Jan 24 - 19 Dec 24
Experience
Travel Style
Rail Journeys
The Blue Train is a 2-night journey that travels between Cape Town and Pretoria and is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail.

Highlights

3 days onboard The Blue Train in De Luxe Suite

All meals and beverages – excluding caviar and French champagne

Kimberley Diamond Mine Museum and tour

High tea served in the Lounge car

3 days
From
AUD 2,514
per person, twin share
Travelling with kids? Read more 
All services are subject to availability.

Overview

The Blue Train travels this 1600 km journey over two nights. This allows visitors to surrender to the luxury of slow while taking their time to soak up some of South Africa’s most magnificent landscapes.

A magnificent five-star hotel on wheels with 2 grades of compartments, Luxury and De Luxe suites. On board the train, guests indulge in exquisite meals freshly prepared by top chefs and accompanied by some of the best wines South Africa has to offer. Around-the-clock personal Butlers see to the guests’ every need for the duration of their experience; be it in the comfort of their private suites or at any one of the elegant lounges.

During the journey, the train is due to stop for an off-the train excursion (weather and time permitting), at the diamond town of Kimberley where one can explore the Big Hole and the Diamond Museum.

Inclusions

2 nights accommodation in De Luxe Suite
All meals and beverages – except French champagne
24-hour Butler service onboard
Off-train excursions

Intro Map

The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria

Map

Day 1 Cape Town Station

Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Cape Town Station and enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Board the train as you will be assisted by the butlers through your suites. The train departs Cape Town Station and Canapés will be served as lunch starts at 13:00.

Guests enjoy leisure time at any of our exquisite lounges and are welcome to refresh themselves prior to dinner. Dinner starts at 20:00 (Please note: Dinner is an elegant affair. Gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket/waistcoat). Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.

Overnight on board.

Lunch, Dinner
Cape Town Station
The Blue Train Lounging Area

Day 2 Kimberley Station

Breakfast is served on a first-come-first-served basis on board and afterwards, guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. You are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Big Hole.

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 as a memento for guests to keep.

The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the northbound journey to Pretoria. After this exciting tour, guests are welcome to refresh themselved and enjoy apertifs served at any one of our lounges. Dinner is served on board. (Please note: Dinner is an elegant affair. Gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket/wasitcoat). Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed

Overnight on board.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kimberley Station
Fine Dining Experience

Day 3 Pretoria Station

Breakfast is served is served on a first-come-first-served basis until 10:00. Leisure at your own pace around the train.

Lunch is served on board.

The Blue Train arrives at Pretoria Station. Butler's usher guests to the arrival lounge.

Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

The Blue Train

Upgrade available

Your De Luxe Suite will forever alter your definition of what style and class entail.

De Luxe Suites measure 8m2 of space and offer twin beds or double beds with either a three-quarter sized bath or a shower in each suite. 

From your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer.

Please note: The De Luxe coaches each have four suites. One of these suites contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers.

Suite configurations are subject to availability. Suite layouts may differ from images.

Room Upgrades

Luxury Suite

Luxury suites are the premier suites and measure 10.26m2 of and offer twin beds or double beds with either a full-sized bath or a shower in each suite. The same suite is also a lounge area by day and is converted into a comfortable bedroom during the night.

Your De Luxe or Luxury suites are your home-away-from-home lounges. Need to send an important email halfway across the world or make that urgent phone call? Relax in knowing that all suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all our guests. Use the telephone system in each suite to dial your butler, at no extra charge, for an apéritif or even call family and friends across the Atlantic and relay your Blue Train experience at a minimal fee.

Suite configurations are subject to availability. Suite layouts may differ from images.

Luxury Suite

Prices are dynamic based on travel dates. Please proceed to Book Now or Contact Us for details.

Additional information

  • The Blue Train is happy to accommodate culinary requests that are supplied with adequate notice. Please specify any special dietary requirements at the time of booking. 
  • Guests are requested to check-in at least two hours prior to departure. Guests will be kept captivated and entertained with a live performance by a saxophonist while they indulge in gourmet canapes, pre-departure snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Please dress accordingly for excursions: mornings can be cool then warm up considerably; afternoons can be warm then cool down considerably. Warm clothing, comfortable shoes, hats and sun protection are advised.
  • Rain capes are available. Excursions may be changed according to schedule achieved. Times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Dinner is an elegant affair – Gentleman are requested to at least wear a jacket/waistcoat and elegant evening wear for ladies.
  • Please note: caviar, french champagne, external phone calls and gratuities are excluded from the price.

2024 Departure dates:

  • January 11, 18, 25
  • February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 9, 16
  • June (no departures)
  • July 11, 18
  • August 8, 15 
  • September 5, 12, 19
  • October 10, 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 21
  • December 5, 12, 19

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Welcome to Entire Travel Group. We offer exceptional travel experiences across our extensive range of Entire Holiday Packages, Entire Group Journeys, Entire Rail Journeys, and Entire Cruise Journeys. With our industry-leading Peace of Mind Booking Plan, you can Book Now with flexibility and confidence.

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Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

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Entire Travel Group is both ATAS and CATO Accredited. ATAS is actively administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is the trade association representing the land supply sector of the Australian Travel Industry.

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was honoured at the 2023 National Travel Industry Awards with Most Oustanding Wholesaler - Product / Service.

As our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, it was exciting to have this acknowledged with the highest recognition. The award is also a testament to the quality of our partners around the globe, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their tremendous support of our customers.

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
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Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

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Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
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What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

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Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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