Travelling through forests, grasslands, and mining cities, South Africa's most luxurious train gives you a 5-Star experience. Admire panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from Table Mountain; and if you fancy some good wine, why not join an excursion to Stellenbosch Winelands?
Fly from London Heathrow to Johannesburg, landing on Day 2. A representative will meet you at the airport for your transfer to the 5-Star Castello Di Monte in Pretoria. After checking in, why not start to explore? Perhaps visit the insightful Apartheid Museum or try some local dishes such as 'bunny chow', a type of South African curry, or 'mogodu', the perfect slow-cooked comfort food. If you would like a guided tour, we can organise this for you.
A transfer this morning takes you to Pretoria station, where you board the iconic Blue Train. A Blue Train butler will escort you to your cabin and provide an orientation tour before inviting you for brunch as your journey to Cape Town begins.
Service on board The Blue Train is impeccable, and during your journey, enjoy afternoon tea, aperitifs and a lavish formal dinner of local cuisine, accompanied by locally-produced wines, and a selection of post-dinner drinks. After departing Pretoria, The Blue Train climbs through the famous winelands to reach the Karoo Plateau, before entering the first of the Boland Mountain passes and travelling through the southern reaches of Swartland.
This morning The Blue Train arrives in Kimberley, the capital of South Africa's Northern Cape. Discover the town's prosperous past on an included visit to the 'Big Hole' Mine Museum. This area was where the diamonds were first uncovered in South Africa, but the pressure of over-mining caused the pit to implode, resulting in the 'Big Hole' we see today. Incredibly, the hole is 1,519 feet wide, with the former mine underneath reaching a depth of 3,599 feet. The fascinating museum here details the history of the site and includes some restored period buildings from the early years of the diamond rush. After re-boarding the train for lunch, continue your journey towards Cape Town.
Following a final breakfast on board, disembark The Blue Train in Cape Town. Take a transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights, the 4-Star Victoria & Alfred, situated right on the waterfront.
On Day 6, there's an included sightseeing tour by coach around some of Cape Town's best-loved attractions. Ascend Table Mountain by cable car to enjoy panoramic views across the city and the Atlantic Ocean (weather permitting), before driving past the Parliament Building and Castle of Good Hope - the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa. Continue to the Company Gardens, a heritage site dating from the 1650s, and learn about the history of District 6 before ending the tour at a professional diamond cutting workshop in the Malay Quarter.
You could enjoy a free day in Cape Town today, or join one of our optional excursions: take a cruise to Seal Island, home to a large number of Cape fur seals, before driving along the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive and visiting the penguins at Boulder's Beach. Afterwards, you'll either stop off at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or Groot Constantia for a wine tasting and cellar tour.
Alternatively, you can spend half a day touring the Stellenbosch Winelands, exploring the bohemian galleries and shops as well as the cultivated vineyards that stretch out towards the surrounding mountains. Afterwards, there's a cellar tour and tasting session to enjoy.
Following a hotel pick up, transfer to the airport today for your return flight to London Heathrow. Your tour comes to an end when you land on Day 9.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Hotel is a landmark building situated on Cape Town's Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Built in 1904 as the North Quay Warehouse, it was converted into a hotel in 1990 and today offers fabulous views over the harbour and towards Table Mountain. It is perfectly located for exploring the vast array of shops, cafés and bars found in the lively Waterfront area. The hotel has a restaurant, a cocktail bar, an outdoor pool, a gym and a spa offering a range of treatments and therapies (pay locally). The air conditioned rooms feature a telephone, television, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and views either over the Alfred Basin or the Piazza.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Flight upgrades are available. Please see the information regarding the types of upgrades offered by the various airlines we use in the Add-ons section of 'Things you should know' or call us for details.
Spending a night in London before your tour can make such a
difference to the first day of your holiday - you can arrive in the
capital in good time, relaxed and ready to join your Tour Manager
the next morning. You may even want to take in a show on the West
End, or dine in one of London's famous restaurants. Perhaps on your
return to London, you would like to break your journey with an
overnight stay before continuing home.
We are able to book a wide range of hotels in central London or, for our holidays beginning with a flight, at Heathrow, Gatwick or Manchester Airport for the night before or after your holiday. The hotels listed below are some of the more popular hotels our customers book in Central London, others are available on request.
|Hotel||Room Rate From Price|
|The Ambassador Hotel||From £65 per person|
Above prices are approximate, subject to availability, and per room per night based on two people sharing. If you require a quote for single occupancy at any of the hotels please contact us on 01904 734 805.
Buying tickets for UK train services can be a tricky business - there are so many fares to choose from, each with different rules and restrictions. As you are connecting with an international departure, we strongly recommend that you book a fully flexible ticket to ensure that should the departure times for your holiday change, your rail ticket can allow for these changes.
We can book fully-flexible UK rail tickets from your local station to join your holiday whether this be a European holiday from St Pancras or a UK holiday. The prices are competitive and tickets are not restricted to a particular train or time of day, and in most cases offer you a free choice of routes.
For an up to date quote from your local station, please ask one of our Tour Advisors.
Elevate your experience by upgrading to twin or double-bed Luxury Suite. More spacious than De Luxe Suites, they also boast bathrooms with luxurious bathtubs. Luxury Suites are equipped with a private digital interactive entertainment, featuring a huge collection of music CDs and big screen movies on Blu-Ray.