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The Blue Train, Pretoria, Cape Town, Franschhoek and Hermanus / The Blue Train

This diverse itinerary combines a magnificent rail journey with the best of the country's food, wine and scenery. Enjoy an two night 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 the winelands before heading to the coastal town of Hermanus

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The Blue Train, Pretoria, Cape Town, Franschhoek and Hermanus /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 Castello Di Monte; a palatial Tuscan villa situated in the upmarket suburb of Waterkloof Ridge From your base, explore the many museums and attractions, or get active in the nearby Groenkloof Nature Reserve. (BB)

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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 2 night 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. (FI)

The Blue Train

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Cape Town

Cape Town

On arrival in Cape Town, transfer to Belmond Mount Nelson for a 4 night stay. Located in the leafy suburb of Gardens, at the foot of Table Mountain, the Belmond Mount Nelson is one of the most iconic luxury hotels in South Africa. A whimsical shade of pink, the hotel nestles within stunning landscaped gardens, a tropical oasis in the midst of a dynamic city. (BB)

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel, Cape Town

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Transfer to Franschhoek for a 2 night stay at Leeu Estates. A boutique hotel and winery set between mountain and river. Classic contemporary style meets elegant private home with an eclectic mix of antique and current furnishings and artwork. Take a table in the Dining Room beside the roaring fire, or take advantage of sunny days by dining on the Garden Terrace among the colourful blooms. As for recreations, try a yoga workout, go for a jog along one of the many pretty nature trails or simply be pampered in the serene Leeu Spa(BB)

Leeu Estates

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Transfer along the Garden Route for 2 nights at Birkenhead House in Hermanus. This plush hotel is situated on the rugged cliffs above Hermanus’ scenic Walker Bay. Catering to the discerning guest, the property offers luxury and personalised service coupled with a superior seaside experience. (BB)

Birkenhead House

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Fly Home

Transfer to Cape Town for the overnight flight home to London.

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