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Blue Train OFFERS

Members of the Club (free to join- just subscribe to our newsletter) benefit from:

-- Belmond Mount Nelson Cape Town hotel Upgrade: Combine your journey on the Blue Train with a 'free room upgrade on booking' offer at Cape Town's most prestigious hotel.

- 50% Discount -Blue Train Winter Special Offer - Travel in June or July 2019 for 50% discount off companion fare (subject to availability), Pretoria to Cape Town or Cape Town to Pretoria.

- 50% child fare discount - age 6 - 11 years. 5 years and under free of charge, for conditions visit the Blue Train child policy;

NOTE: Train promotions cannot be combined, except with the Mount Nelson upgrade and the Club and child fare discounts.

See more offers here


Fay says, "The 2-night journey on the renowned Blue Train between Pretoria and Cape Town is trouble-free and luxurious, fitting naturally into your touring plans for South Africa."

ABOUT THE BLUE TRAIN

The Blue Train has been synonymous with luxury and hospitality since 1946, travelling through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. Guests can expect personal and attentive service, a dedicated butler, comfortable accommodation, excellent fine-dining and exquisite wines.

The Blue Train presents honeymoon couples with the gift of complimentary Champagne and a blue leather photo frame.

The Train offers scheduled and charter services. The scheduled route is from Pretoria to Cape Town or vice versa and the charter routes are from either Pretoria to Durban or Pretoria to Hoedspruit. Here is the Blue Train Fact Sheet.


ACCOMMODATION

Suites

The suite is a spacious lounge by day and a sanctuary by night with goose down duvets and pillows. Private bathrooms offer marble floor and wall tiles, marble basins with gold fittings, along with a shower/bath and under-floor heating in both the bathroom and bedroom.

All the suites have a writing desk, ideally positioned next to the window, where you can enjoy the view in style whilst putting pen to paper. Also provided are air-conditioning, radio/movie channels and a link to the driver's-eye-view camera. The GPS map on an overhead monitor means you can keep track of progress.

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There are two types of suites.

The Luxury Suite has either twin or double bedded options with a long, deep bath for slow, luxuriant soaking - a rare treat on a train. The Luxury Suite extends the choice of radio and movie channels even further, with a private digital entertainment centre and a selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on DVD.

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The De Luxe Suite features twin beds with shower, or a double bed with bath tub and hand held shower.

Note that De Luxe double bed suites are limited in number, and cannot be guaranteed.

Dining Car

Here the reassuring weight of Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware on crisp white linen set the tone for the delights to follow. Choose from two dinnertime sittings, or dine in your suite. The dining car seats 42 people, with 2 sittings for lunch and dinner.

Each meal is accompanied by a selection of equally tasteful background music, ranging from smooth jazz to light classical to the mellow tones of the Soweto String Quartet.

Lounge Car & Club Car

Linking the private suites are two wooden-panelled cars - The Blue Train's Lounge and Club Cars are ideal for an apéritif, an interlude between meals, or an after-dinner conversation. Smoking is permitted in the Club Car. Entertainment includes cards, chess, or backgammon, or a volume from the library. In the main lounge car, high tea is served each afternoon.

A video camera on the front locomotive gives a driver's eye view of the scenery and is shown on a screen in the club car and on a TV channel in the suites.

The burnished surroundings of the club car is the single public area where smoking is permitted, this being at the back of the train.

Observation / Conference Car

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The conference car (an observation car) is the ideal setting for family get-togethers, meetings, seminars, think-tanks or special occasions with a difference.

With sufficient notice, the conference car can be adapted for smaller and less formal sessions. With full business facilities, plush lounge seating and breath-taking panoramas of the passing countryside, this is an experience that no client or colleague will ever forget.

This car also has a paraplegic suite, with an easy-access shower for wheelchair users..

NOTE: Not all departures include the Observation / Conference Car; go here to the Blue Train Observation Car page for details.

CATERING

Continental or full English breakfast are served at your leisure. Lunch and dinner menus feature a selection of local cuisine from Karoo lamb and ostrich fillet to Knysna oysters, accompanied by award-winning wines from the Cape. Prepared from the freshest produce and ingredients, artfully presented in the finest Silver Service tradition, The Blue Train's legendary cuisine is an irresistible tribute to culinary mastery.

The Blue Train is fully equipped to accommodate vegetarian, Halaal, Kosher or other special dietary requirements, which should be specified when you make your reservation. Join us at one of two dinnertime sittings, or savour your meal in the comfort of your suite. A Continental or full English breakfast is served at your leisure.

PRE/POST ACCOMMODATION AND TOURS

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ITINERARIES 2019/2020

Looking for a pre- and post-Blue Train safari? The Luxury Safari Club simplifies your search for the ultimate safari experience. We have applied the same concierge approach to developing your wildlife experience.

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA

Kimberley (Northbound journey). 3 days/2 nights. The Blue Train leaves Cape Town at 16:00hrs (registration at the Blue Train lounge from 14:30hrs) and arrives on the third day in Pretoria at 10:30hrs. Day 2 the train arrives at Kimberley Station in the afternoon. The bus transfers guests to the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine, a visit of historical sites and then onto an enclosed ramp at the edge of the Big Hole. Back at Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass is engraved with The Blue Train logo and is a memento for guests to keep. After this exciting tour, guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy aperitifs before dinner. Day 3 breakfast is served before arrival in Pretoria.

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

Kimberley (Southbound journey): 3 days/2 nights. The Blue Train leaves Pretoria at 16:00hrs (registration at the Blue Train lounge from 14:30hrs) and arrives on the third day in Cape Town at 10:30hrs. Day 2 the train arrives at Kimberley Station. The bus transfers guests to the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine, a visit of historical sites and then onto an enclosed ramp at the edge of the Big Hole. Back at Kimberley Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass is engraved with The Blue Train logo and is a memento for guests to keep. After this exciting tour, guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy aperitifs lunch. High tea is served later allowing you to relax before pre-drinks and dinner. Day 3 breakfast is served before arrival in Cape Town.


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Dates and Prices 2019/2020

Cape Town to Pretoria

2019: June 6,13,20,27. July 6,13,25,27. August 1,8,15,22,24,29,31. September 5,12,14,21,26. October 10,12,19,24,26,31. November 2,9,16,23,30. December 7,14,19,21.

2020: January 11,16,18,23,25,30. February 6,13,15,20,22,27,29. March 5,12,19,21,26,28. April 2,4,9,16,23,30. May 7,14,21,28. June 4,11,18,25. July 2,9,16,23,30. August 20,27. September 3,10,17,24,26. October 1,8,15,17,22,24,29,31. November 5,12,14,19,21,26,28. December 3,10,17,19.

Pretoria to Cape Town

2019: June 3,10,17,24. July 3,10,22,24,29. August 5,12,19,21,26,28. September 2,9,11,18,23. October 7,9,16,21,23,28,30. November 6,13,20,27. December 4,11,16,18.

2020: January 8,13,15,20,22,27. February 3,10,12,17,19,24,26. March 2,9,16,18,23,25,30. April 1,6,13,20,27. May 4,11,18,25. June 1,8,15,22,29. July 6,13,20,27. August 17,24,31. September 7,14,21,23,28. October 5,12,14,19,21,26,28. November 2,9,11,16,18,23,25,30. December 7,14,16.

2019 Price Per Person, in South African Rand

2019: Low Season: 01 January – 31 August. 16 November –31 December

Luxury Double R23,050
Luxury Single, single occupancy R34,575
De Luxe Double R18,405
De Luxe Single, single occupancy R27,605


2019: High Season: 01 September - 15 November.

Luxury Double R28,690
Luxury Single, single occupancy R43,035
De Luxe Double R22,715
De Luxe Single, single occupancy R34,065

2020 Price Per Person, in South African Rand

2020: Low Season: 01 January – 31 August. 16 November –31 December

Luxury Double R25,820
Luxury Single, single occupancy R38,725
De Luxe Double R20,615
De Luxe Single, single occupancy R30,920


2020: High Season: 01 September - 15 November.

Luxury Double R32,135
Luxury Single, single occupancy R48,200
De Luxe Double R25,445
De Luxe Single, single occupancy R38,155


PRETORIA TO HOEDSPRUIT OR HOEDSPRUIT TO PRETORIA

Blue Train Luxury Train Club Mala Mala safariThese tours offer some fantastic new “rail safari" combination packages with the many wildlife reserves and private safari lodges in the Greater Kruger and Sabi Sands area. The journey between Pretoria and Hoedspruit in either direction takes 19 hours. Please ask for the detailed itinerary.

The Kruger National Park is in South Africa's top three destinations. It is one of Africa's largest game reserves. It lies between the two provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in north east South Africa.

The Kruger National Park houses Africa's Big Five: Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo and other numerous unique wildlife.

In 2020, this is a return trip and include Sunrise & Sunset Game drives and a Boma dinner that will be accompanied by entertainment and traditional dancing.

2019 Northbound: Pretoria to Hoedspruit, depart 15:00 on selected Friday afternoons, arriving Hoedspruit at 10:00 next day

2019 Southbound: Hoedspruit to Pretoria, depart 15:00 on selected Saturday afternoons, arriving Pretoria at 10:00 next day

2020 Northbound: Pretoria to Hoedspruit, depart 11:00 on selected Friday afternoons, arriving Hoedspruit at 05:00 next day

2020 Southbound: Hoedspruit to Pretoria, depart 22:00 on selected Saturday afternoons, arriving Pretoria at 12:00 next day


Dates and Prices 2019/2020

Pretoria to Hoedspruit:

2019: July 19. September 27

2020: June 18. July 30

Hoedspruit to Pretoria:

2019: July 20. September 28

2020: June 20. August 1

2019 Price Per Person, in South African Rand

Luxury Double R14,290
Luxury Single, single occupancy R21,430
De Luxe Double R11,870
De Luxe Single, single occupancy R17,800


2020 Price Per Person, in South African Rand

Luxury Double R47,040
Luxury Single, single occupancy R70,560
De Luxe Double R37,630
De Luxe Single, single occupancy R56,445


GENERAL INFORMATION

Included: All meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions excluding French champagne, caviar and external telephone calls.

Facilities: Temperature control per suite; 3 luxury suites per carriage, bathrooms with bath; 4 deluxe suites per carriage, 3 with showers, 1 with bath; luxury suites have hifi, audio CD and DVD systems; fax and postbox; first-aider on board with doctor available en route.

Smoking: Smoking is permitted in the Club Car.

Dress Code: Breakfast is casual. Lunch is smart casual. Dinner dress code is a jacket and tie for the men and elegant wear for the ladies.

Luggage: Storage space is limited in the cabin and soft top cases are recommended for easy storage. There is a luggage van for additional luggage (no restrictions on luggage), that a guest may not need during the journey.

Check-In: Guests must check in at least 1 hour before departure at The Blue Train lounges in Pretoria and Cape Town. All timings are approximate.

Passport: Please be aware that visitors to South Africa are required to have at least three blank VISA pages (not endorsement pages) in their passports in order to receive an entry visa. Passports must also be valid for at least six months from the guests' return home date. Recommend a validity of nine months to prevent any problems.

Child Policy: Please go here for the child policy of the Blue Train.

Unforeseen events/changes: itineraries, routes and times may change at any time for reasons outside the control of the train company. Every effort will be made by train staff to minimise any impact; the Luxury Train Club cannot accept any responsibility for any changes. The Club aims to keep itineraries as up to date as possible.

Onward Travel: It is advisable to book flights the day after the train's arrival.

Looking for a pre- and post-Blue Train safari? The Luxury Safari Club simplifies your search for the ultimate safari experience. We have applied the same concierge approach to developing your wildlife experience.

Blue Train Fact Sheet here.


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