The Blue Train

3 day Rail Journey - from £1095

Cape Town | Pretoria 

A memorable journey through stunning landscapes of lush winelands, impressive mountain ranges and the stark beauty of the Great Karoo.


  • Mountain and wineland scenery
  • Open mine museum at Kimberley
  • Enjoy drinks and afternoon tea in the Club Car
  • En suite cabins with butler service
  • 5 star dining experience
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Your Rail Journey

This afternoon, check-in at the Blue Train Lounge at Cape Town Station where you can enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks. Your butler will then usher you to your suite in time for the train to depart. Travel through the picturesque Western Cape scenery of lush vinyards and dramatic mountains in the comfort of your luxury hotel-on-rails.

The next day, continue through the stark beauty of the semi arid Karoo en route to Kimberley for an off-train excursion to the Open Mine Museum. Your guide will show you some of the historical exhibits, before visiting the impressive 215 metre deep crater known as the Big Hole. It was here that from the 1870’s, diamond prospectors carved out one of the largest hand-dug excavation in the world. On your return to the station, a glass of sherry will be waiting, before the train continues on its journey.

On your last morning, enjoy breakfast at your leisure as the train approaches Pretoria. The Jacaranda City as it is known, bursts into purple bloom late in the year and this is where your magical journey comes to an end with your butler directing you to the arrival lounge.

Your Blue Train rail experience includes:

  • Use of Observation and Lounge car
  • All meals and drinks included
  • Luxury suites with 24 hr butler service
  • On board entertainment system
  • Off train excursion to Kimberley

Life Onboard

More than just a train journey, the Blue Train is an all-inclusive luxury rail experience offering stylish interiors and attentive service that have made it one of the most famous rail experiences in the world. Modern conveniences include an air suspension for a comfortable night’s sleep, GPS to allow guests to follow their journey on TV displays and limited free WiFi throughout.

At the end of the train, the Observation lounge’s picture windows frame the ever-changing scenery outside, whilst the Club Car and lounge are a great place to enjoy drinks and afternoon tea with your fellow travellers. The elegant dining car hosts guests in a choice of two sittings with silver service, crisp linen and exquisite cuisine, complimented by excellent wines. During the day the dress code is smart-casual, whilst dinner is the time to dress to impress with more formal attire.

Your Cabin

Blue Train offers a choice of two elegantly styled suite types, all with air conditioning, en suite facilities, safe, television and 24 hour room service. By day your elegant cabin acts as a private lounge, changing at night into a subtly lit bedroom.

Deluxe suites come as standard, complete with twin beds and a shower, or a double bed with a 3/4 size bath and handheld shower.
Luxury suites are larger with a full sized bath and enhanced entertainment system.

3 day Rail Journey - from £1095

Optional Upgrade

Upgrade to a Luxury Suite – from £1369.

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Journey Details


Departs 14.00 selected Thursdays & Saturdays
Arrives 12.00 on Saturday & Monday



Departs 14.00 selected Mondays & Wednesdays
Arrives 12.00 on Wednesdays & Fridays

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