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A train journey on one of the luxury trains in Southern Africa really is a case of
"The Journey is as important as the Destination"

Southern Routes have been sending local and international guests, including conference groups on train journeys through Southern Africa for many years.
We can arrange everything from the pre and post train trip accommodation to tours and safaris that can be included to your itinerary that will make your holiday experience truly memorable.

The Blue Train

Your Blue train experience starts the moment you step into the pre-departure lounges in Pretoria or Cape Town.
A warm-hearted South African welcome begins your journey that is defined by personal attention and devotion to detail. The Blue Train Journeys, both scheduled and chartered, take guests through some of the most breathtaking countryside to be found anywhere in the world.

The Blue Train route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 31-hour journey of 1600 kilometres (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent.
The train departs Pretoria usually on a Monday morning at 08h30 arriving in Cape Town the next day at 15h00 in the afternoon.
The return journey departs on a Wednesday morning also at 08h30 and arrives in Pretoria at 15h00.

All meals, a high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as off-train excursions are included in the fare.

Download your itinerary [ Cape Town - Pretoria | Pretoria - Cape Town ] (pdf-450kb)

Other routes include Pretoria to Hoedspruit at the Kruger Park.

THE BLUE TRAIN SUITES

The Blue Train offers two type of Suites, the Deluxe Suite and the Luxury Suite.

The Deluxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers. The deluxe suite itself is only slightly smaller than the Luxury Suite.
The large window will offer you an opportunity to enjoy the ever-changing vistas of the countryside. Your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, is transformed into a subtly-lit bedroom 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.
A personal butler is at your disposal for the entire duration of the journey.

Luxury coaches have three Luxury Suites that each measure 5,13 by 2 metres and give you the option of twin beds or a double bed. On each of the two train sets there are two luxury coaches, with three luxury suites per coach. The bathroom of the Luxury Suite offers a deep, long bath for luxuriant soaking.
Your Luxury Suite will enchant you from the moment your personal butler ushers you aboard. It extends the offering from a De Luxe suite even further; by an extra metre of your domain, with twin or double bedded suites which offer you long and luxurious bath tubs and a private digital interactive entertainment system, with an inviting selection of music CDs and big-screen movies on Blue-Ray DVD.
All suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all the guests.
Your butler can be called via the in room telephone.
In the evening your daytime seated area is transformed into a restful night-time sanctuary. Goose down duvets and pillows and 100 percent percale cotton bedding envelop you as you drift off after a soothing, scented soak or shower in your marble and gold-appointed bathroom.

Blue Train Lounges

- The Lounge Car

The elegant lounge car with its large windows allows for panoramic views of the passing countryside. The Blue Train interior, resplendent with original works of South African art adorning the walls, plush and comfortable couches and bouquets of flame lilies complementing the plush décor, makes the lounge car the ideal setting for sharing an apéritif with fellow guests, an interlude between meals, or after-dinner conversation over coffee. As an added treat, indulge in the English ritual of high tea, served every afternoon at your leisure.

- The Observation car

On most of the journeys the Blue Train has an Observation Car attached at the back of the train with large windows offering panoramic views of the passing landscape and the rail tracks.
Their are staff available for any drinks and snack requirements.
The Observation Car can be used as a 22 seater conference facility with laptop computer, overhead projector, video, slide facilities and other modern conference equipment that can cater for various types of meetings and conferences

- The Club Car ( Cigar Lounge )

The club car has the relaxed atmosphere of a gentlemen's club, with card tables, a small library and a fully-equipped bar.
Guests can watch a short film about the train's route or enjoy a Cuban cigar and cognac before retiring for the night. You can while away the miles with a game of cards, chess or backgammon or browse through a volume from the library while savouring your beverage of choice from the well-stocked bar.
There are large windows which allow for panoramic views of the passing countryside.

- Dining

All meals are freshly prepared on board the train by executive chefs. A selection of South African wines complement the gourmet cuisine served on The Blue Train. Enjoy Wonderful food, freshly prepared in a state-of-the-art kitchen where gourmet chefs can cater for dietary requirements of today. 
The dining car caters for 42 guests per sitting. Discerning diners can have the pleasure of the best silver and crystal service where formal dinner attire adds to the grandeur.

Blue Train Departures and Rates

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Blue Train Rates for 2017 / 2018

Validity Deluxe Suite Luxury Suite
1 January to 31 August 2017 R 15 500 R 18 710
1 September to 15 November 2017 R 19 130 R 23 285
16 November to 31 December 2017 R 15 500 R 18 710
1 January to 31 August 2018 16 430 20 850
1 September to 15 November 2018 R 20 280 R 25 615
16 November to 31 December 2018 R 16 430 R 20 850
 

Rates are inclusive of all meals, high tea, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and off-the train excursions. Excluding French champagne, caviar and external telephone calls.
Supplement for single occupancy is 50% of per person sharing rate

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 2017

Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

Month Day Month Day
January 4, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 6, 14, 20, 27 August 7, 14, 21, 28
March 6, 13, 20, 27 September 4, 11, 18, 25
April 3, 12, 17, 24 October 2, 911, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
May 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 November 1, 6, 13, 20, 22, 27
June 5, 12, 19, 26 December 4, 11, 13, 18

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA 2017

Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

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

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN 2018

Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

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

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA 2018

Selected Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays

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

All prices are subject to availability at the time of reservation.


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The Blue Train
Packages
- 3 Nts/ 4 Days. Pretoria - Cape Town
Includes return flight

R 13 500 per person sharing per night

Valid September Dates: 4, 11, 18, 25 Sepember 2017

Rates include:
  • Pretoria to Cape Town ( 1 nt on board Blue Train )
    includes all meals, High Tea, Selected Drinks and Train Excursions
  • 2 Days Car Hire ( Group A )
  • 2 nights stay at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa with breakfast
  • Flights from Cape Town to Joburg/ Durban with Taxes

Rates exclude:

Excludes transfers to the train, items of a personal nature.

E&OE. T&C's apply

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