The luxury of personal service is considered a mere standard on South Africa's Blue Train, and it is this attitude, combined with the romantic atmosphere, first-class service and exceptional cuisine, that creates a world-renowned tour. Enjoy the spectacular views from your own lavish suite as the train winds south from the jacaranda-lined streets of Pretoria to the monolith of Table Mountain. The itinerary below also includes three nights with some of South Africa's most exciting wildlife at an outstanding Safari Lodge, as well as the opportunity to explore Kimberley and its 'Big Hole'.
BLUE TRAIN ITINERARY
Day 1 - 3
Fly directly from Johannesburg to the Sabi Sands, where you will stay for three nights on full board basis at Leopard Hills Safari Lodge, with its excellent, glassfronted rooms, and a menu that includes warthog and barbecued crocodile (which tastes like chicken, obviously). The phenomenally energetic ranger Gary can take a Land Rover anywhere, and will; witness leopards making a kill at dusk, a stand-off between two male lions or four white rhinos scratching and rootling - even the safari-smug are astounded to see all this within 24 hours of arriving.
Transfer by air to Johannesburg and on arrival transfer to stay overnight on bed & breakfast basis at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. Located in Sandton, Fairlawns is a stately manor with a Balinese spa garden, surrounded by manicured lawns dotted with mature trees.
Transfer to Pretoria railway station to board the famous Blue Train for the overnight journey to Cape Town, staying on full board basis in a deluxe suite. During the spectacular journey visit the city of Kimberley, home to the largest man-made excavation on the planet, a result of the city's diamond mining industry.
On arrival in Cape Town, collect your hire car to drive to stay for three nights on bed & breakfast basis at One & Only Cape Town. The new addition to One&Only's portfolio of luxury hotels elegantly sits at the foot of one of the most prestigious mountains in the world - Table Mountain, and is proudly located on the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Day 9 - 10
Drive into the wine region to stay for two nights on bed & breakfast basis at La Residence. Tucked away in the tranquil vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, the dramatic mountains paint the stunning backdrop to this secluded retreat. Just 45 minutes from Cape Town, La Residence transports its guests to a bygone era, far removed from the bustle of city life, and features treasures such as fine French antiques, exquisite Persian carpets and an array of activities, such as horse-riding and wine-tasting.
Return hire car at Cape Town airport.
Prices from £6,499 per person including flights