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A Truly Incredible Journey – The Blue Train

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26/04/15 10:00

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Savour the moments…and savour the richness of ultimate luxury and personal service—The Blue Train.  Allow South Africa’s beautiful and varied landscape to embroider lasting impressions on your memory.

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The amazing Blue Train actually is blue, and it’s an exquisite experience!  The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a remarkable 27-hour journey of 1,600 kilometres through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent. All aboard for the adventure of a lifetime!

Southbound to Cape Town, take a step back into the past to the time of the great diamond rush. The first diamonds were found on the farm of the De Beers brothers, and the consequent scramble for claims led to the place being called New Rush, later renamed Kimberley. Visit The Big Hole, Open Mine or Kimberley Mine (Afrikaans: Groot Gat).  This wonder is an open-pit, underground mine in Kimberley claimed to be the largest hole excavated by hand.  You’ll spend two glorious days and one night traveling south.

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On the Blue Train rail journey, you will definitely want to focus on the journey not the destination. This land voyage is the ultimate in lavishness and personal pampering. A late night snack? An early morning wake-up call? A shirt in dire need of a little tender care? One call and your butler, available 24 hours per day, will take care of it. From the instant you step onto the Blue Train, you have entered a different world—a world of comfort and relaxation.

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Romantic dining? Allow your uniformed server to escort you to a window table as the twilight scenery scrolls by. The lush wood paneled dining room features white robed tables, real crystal for your beverages and comfortable black leather chairs. Pristine white napkins in silver napkin rings speak of quiet sumptuousness. Leisurely dine on the wide-ranged, delicious menu with foods specially prepared for your enjoyment.

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This amazing journey includes all meals, high tea, drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, (excluding French champagne, caviar) as well as the off-the-train excursions.  In suite, complimentary bottled mineral water and all bathroom amenities are on offer. Snacks and beverages will be served in your private suite upon request. There is a limited on-board laundry and valet service.  All luxury suites include free WI-FI. Sleep soundly on a bed bedecked in goose-down and 100 percent percale-cotton bedding. Luxuriate in the opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom.

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The De Luxe Suite offers a choice between twin beds with a shower and or double bed with a bath. The Luxury Suite is more spacious, offering a choice between twin or double bed with bath facilities. Luxury suites also boast a selection of compact discs and movies on DVD.

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Northbound, enjoy a stopover at Matjiesfontein, a charming Victorian village with original London lampposts. Here, essentially the beautiful Blue Train becomes a time machine to a grander age.  Upon arrival, you are invited for a glass of sherry at the vintage bar.  Guests are then transferred to Aquila for lunch and a visit to the exciting Cheetah project.  From Cape Town's monolithic Table Mountain to the jacaranda-lined streets of Pretoria is a refreshing two-day/one-night trip.

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In the world of travel, there is little to compare to the Blue Train. If you want to live in style, class and ultimate indulgence for 27 hours, board this train to natural beauty, adventure and indescribable enjoyment. May we invite you on our next Blue Train Adventure?

Fine Travel stands ready to book your Blue Train adventure. We are here to help you get the most out of this incredible holiday.

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