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The Blue Train & African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa (3 Nights)

Western Cape


Journeys By Rail

SOUTH AFRICA: Combine the opulence of a legendary Blue Train journey with a stay at the African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa as you make your way between Pretoria and Cape Town.
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa.
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African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa. 5*

ZA, Cape Town

"Located a mere 10 minutes from Cape Town Central and The V&A Waterfront, the hotel is nestled besides palm-lined canals which boasts views that stretch out towards the majesty of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the... [read more...]

  • Day 1
    • Rail: The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town
  • Day 2-3
  • Day 4
    • Car Hire: Avis Car Hire - Package Special
    • Flight: Cape Town (CPT) to Pretoria (PRY)
Full Itinerary

The Blue Train - Pretoria to Cape Town

Double beds cannot be guaranteed due to limited availability.

Departure Schedule Pretoria to Cape Town (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) 2016:
3,10,17,24,26,31 October 2016. 7,14,21,28 November 2016. 5,12,16,21 December 2016.

Departure Schedule Pretoria to Cape Town (Selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) 2017:
4, 9, 16, 23, 30 January 2017. 6, 14, 20, 27 February 2017. 6, 13, 20, 27 March 2017. 3, 12, 17, 24 April 2017. 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 May 2017. 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2017. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July 2018. 7, 14, 21, 28 August 2017. 4, 11, 18, 25 September 2017. 2, 9 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 October 2017. 1, 6, 13, 20, 22, 27 November 2017. 4, 11, 13, 18 December 2017.

The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey of 1 600 kilometers (994 miles), through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. On the Southbound trip, the train departs from Pretoria main train station at 8:30 and arrives in Cape Town train station at 12:00 the following day. En route to Cape Town there is a stopover and excursion in Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. Please note that there are no parking facilities available at Pretoria Station. Kindly make transfer arrangements. Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a jacket and tie and ladies in elegant evening wear. Inclusive of accommodation on The Blue Train, snacks, all applicable meals, drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), Cognacs, Cuban Cigars and Blue Train gift. Excludes French Champagne, Caviar, external telephone calls and any other fees applicable at Sun City. Lunch, breakfast and dinner are based on The Blue Train's standard menu. On confirmation, please advise of any other special dietary requirements. Please note that a delivery / collection fee of approximate R600 will be applicable for any car rentals that might be picked up or dropped off at Durban Station. This fee will be settled directly.

Some areas The Blue Train traverses reach temperatures ranging between -5 to -10 degrees Celsius. These conditions adversely affect the railway lines and as a cautionary & safety measure a speed restriction is in place and the off-train excursion at Kimberly might not be offered. Every effort will however be made available to ensure that the guests enjoy their stay. Please expect an estimated delay by approximately 3 hours longer than the mentioned arrival time.

Itinerary - Pretoria to Cape Town Route

Day 1
07h30 - 08h00: Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Pretoria Station. Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.
(From 2017 registration will start at 06h30)
08h00: Boarding starts Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers.
(From 2017 boarding will start 07h30)
08h30: The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station at 08h50 (am).
10h30 - 12h30: First sitting for Brunch.
12h30 - 14h30: Second sitting for Brunch.
15h30: High Tea is served in the Lounge Car.
17h10: The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station. Guests disembark and assemble at the railway museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
17h45: Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Kimberley Hole.
18h35: Guests 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 is a memento for guests to keep.
19h05: The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the journey southbound to Cape Town. After this exciting tour, guests are free to refresh themselves and enjoy pre-dinner drinks served at any one of our lounges. (Remember, dinner is an elegant affair and men are requested to wear a Jacket and ties and ladies elegant evening wear).
19h30: First sitting dinner.
21h15: Second sitting dinner.

Day 2:
07h30 - 10h00: Breakfast is served on a first come first serve basis. Breakfast can also be served in-suite at guest's request.
14h00: The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station. Butlers usher guests to The Blue Train Lounge.
(From 2017 the train will only arrive in Cape Town at 15h00, due to this a three-course lunch will be served at leisure on a first come first serve basis)

Departure & Arrival times are estimated only and cannot be guaranteed.

Please note that there are no safe parking facilities available at Pretoria Station. We recommend transfer arrangements.

We strongly urge clients to adequately cover for any eventualities with their insurance agent. We recommend that clients purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover themselves in the unlikely event of a late cancellation or loss that may occur due to unforeseen events.

It is advisable to pack an overnight bag for the journey, as only a limited amount of luggage can be stored in the suite. Butlers will store additional luggage in the Luggage Car. Luggage/baggage stored in the Luggage Car is limited to 50kg per guest.
Although great care will be taken to safeguard luggage and other belongings, it is recommended that luggage be insured and securely locked.
All luggage/baggage will be subjected to security check and scanning prior to boarding.
The guests should at all times have their valuables securely locked away/packaged or within easy reach.

For safety reasons no guest is allowed to bring dangerous goods such as firearms, flammable substances, fireworks, poisonous or toxic substances on board The Blue Train unless special arrangements have been made prior to departure, and written permission of such arrangement has been obtained by the guest from The Blue Train management.
Terms & Conditions

Valid for SADC Residents only.
Valid on selected set departures:
Pretoria to Cape Town: 14 November, 05 & 16 December '16.
Cape Town to Pretoria: 09, 30 November, 07, 14 & 19 December '16.
Transfers to/from the train stations are not included in the package.
Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply. Prices are per person sharing, unless otherwise specified. All prices are indicative and correct at time of loading onto the Thompsons website and are subject to change due to rate increases, airfare increases and availability. For standard terms and conditions refer to www.thompsons.co.za E&OE.

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.


All Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Medical and Travel insurance.

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