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The Blue Train, Pretoria, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Knysna & Safari / The Blue Train

This diverse itinerary combines a magnificent rail journey with the best of the country's food, wine and wildlife. Enjoy an overnight journey on The Blue Train between Johannesburg and Cape Town, where fine cuisine and outstanding wines are the accompaniment to the scenic views. After exploring Cape Town, drive along the Garden Route to Knysna before heading to Shamwari Private Game Reserve to end your holiday with an unforgettable safari experience.

from £4270 per person

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Price includes all economy international and internal flights, accommodation, meals as specified, 8 days car hire and private transfers.

Meal basis: BB Bed & Breakfast, FB Full Board, FI Fully Inclusive. 

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The Blue Train, Pretoria, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Knysna & Safari /Itinerary

The Blue Train


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Fly to Johannesburg

Depart London Heathrow for your overnight flight to Johannesburg

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On arrival, transfer to Pretoria for an overnight stay at boutique hotel 131 Herbert Baker. From your base in the heart of Pretoria, explore the many museums and attractions, or get active in the nearby Groenkloof Nature Reserve. (BB)

131 Herbert Baker

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The Blue Train

The Blue Train

A short transfer to Pretoria’s railway station where you board the Blue Train for the overnight journey to Cape Town. Since its inception in 1946, The Blue Train experience has introduced guests to magnificent scenery and standards comparable to five star hotels. With butlers on board, first class service has always been assured, accompanied by fine cuisine and outstanding Cape wines served in the dining car beautifully set up with crystal glasses and fine china. Relax and enjoy the scenic surrounds from the comfort of the lounge car or club car. The overnight journey between Cape Town and Pretoria includes a visit to either Matjiesfontein (if travelling north) or Kimberley (if travelling south). (FI)

The Blue Train

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Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, transfer to Kensington Place for a 3 night stay. Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, enjoy views of the city from your private terrace. (BB)

Kensington Place

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Take delivery of a hire car and drive to Franschhoek for a 2 night stay at Mont Rochelle. This hotel and vineyard is located in what is considered the food and wine capital of South Africa. Enjoy a hike through the valley or a horse ride with wine tasting, arriving at the cellar on horseback. Approximate driving time 45 minutes (BB)

Mont Rochelle

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The Garden Route

The Garden Route

Drive along the Garden Route for 2 nights at Turbine Hotel in Knysna. This former power station is located on Thesen Island. Pontoon cruises, fishing, eco safari and kayak hire are available to enjoy. Approximate driving time 4 hours 45 minutes (BB)

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

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Big 5 Safari

Big 5 Safari

Drive to Shamwari Private Game Reserve for 3 nights on safari, where the excellent game drives and walks offer the opportunity to spot the Big 5. Approximate driving time 3 hours 30 minutes (FB)

Long Lee Manor at Shamwari Game Reserve

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Fly Home

Drive to Port Elizabeth for the overnight flight back via Johannesburg. Approximate driving time 1 hour.

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