South Africa’s legendary Blue Train promises a journey of sheer indulgence and bubbly aplenty between two of South Africa’s leading cities.
All aboard for a journey on The Blue Train, synonymous with luxury travel and superb service, as it winds its way between Cape Town to Pretoria in either direction.
The Blue Train offers a classic and extravagant 27-hour journey from Cape Town to Pretoria, or vice versa. From welcome drinks at 7.30am (if you so wish!) to decadent dining experiences throughout the journey, you can see South Africa’s most spectacular scenery in serious style, from the window of your private suite or the train’s lounge bar and restaurant. The views are ever-changing, but I found the most scenic vistas were in the first hours after departing Cape Town, as the train travelled through the glorious winelands. The train makes one port of call at Matjiesfontein on the North bound departure, where you’re invited to enjoy a glass of sherry and explore this remote village’s Victorian elegance. If you catch the train south bound it stops in Kimberley for a fascinating walk around its famous “Big Hole”.
My suite was a distinguished affair, with comfortable seating by the large picture window, a table for dining or drinks, a wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. Each suite is serviced by a butler, who transforms the seats into a comfy bed with crisp white sheets. The bathroom was compact but perfectly equipped, and it was certainly a novel experience to shower on the move. The Luxury Suites even have a full size bathtub! There are two brunch and dinner sittings in the restaurant carriage, with high tea mid-afternoon.
From start to finish, The Blue Train experience is like stepping back in time to a slower-paced and refined bygone era. Dressing for dinner in elegant evening attire is great fun, sipping expertly crafted cocktails as the landscape rolls by is magical and you’ll be seriously impressed at the quality of the food the chef can create in a moving kitchen.
The sheer indulgence! It’s a truly memorable experience to sip champagne and cocktails watching South Africa’s incredible scenery slip by.
If you are interesting in experiencing the Blue Train for yourself then give one of our experts a call on 020 7843 3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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