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Blue Train

GARDEN ROUTE 2006

The Blue Train takes you on a 2-night, one-day tavel journey between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth over the majestic Outeniqua Pass

CAPE TOWN TO PORT ELIZABETH

Luxury Double (P) Luxury Single (P)
R23 500.00 R17 820.00
De Luxe Double (K) De Luxe Single (K)
R21 660.00 R16 280.00

PORT ELIZABETH TO CAPE TOWN
Tuesday

Luxury Double (P) Luxury Single (P)
R19 975.00 R15 160.00
De Luxe Double (K) De Luxe Single (K)
R18 515.00 R13 920.00


PRETORIA – CAPE TOWN 2006

The route between Pretoria and Cape Town is a 27-hour journey through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery the sub-continent has to offer.

PRETORIA TO CAPE TOWN

High Season Rate (per suite)
1 January to 30 April & 1 October to 31 December
Luxury Double (P) Luxury Single (P)
R20 430.00 R15 200.00
De Luxe Double (K) De Luxe Single (K)
R18 300.00 R13 520.00

Low Season Rate (per suite)
1 May to 30 September
Luxury Double (P) Luxury Single (P)
R17 365.00 R12 900.00
De Luxe Double (K) De Luxe Single (K)
R15 560.00 R11 500.00

Trip Departure Dates:
January 5, 14, 26
February 4, 9, 13, 18, 23, 27
March 8, 19
April 2, 12, 16, 26
May 10, 24, 31
June ------------------
July 2, 7, 16, 21, 26, 30
August 6, 11, 16, 20, 25, 30
September 3, 10, 20
October 1, 6, 11, 15, 20, 25, 29
November 3, 8, 12, 17, 22, 26
December 1, 6, 13, 17

CAPE TOWN TO PRETORIA

High Season Rate (per suite)
1 January to 30 April & 1 October to 31 December

Luxury Double (P) Luxury Single (P)
R20 430.00 R15 200.00
De Luxe Double (K) De Luxe Single (K)
R18 300.00 R13 520.00

Low Season Rate (per suite)
1 May to 30 September

Luxury Double (P) Luxury Single (P)
R17 365.00 R12 900.00
De Luxe Double (K) De Luxe Single (K)
R15 560.00 R11 500.00

Trip Departure Dates:
January 2, 7, 16, 28
February 6, 11, 16, 20, 25
March 1, 10, 26
April 5, 14, 19, 28
May 12, 26
June ------------------
July 5, 9, 19, 23, 28
August 2, 9, 13, 18, 23, 27
September 1, 6, 13, 22
October 4, 8, 13, 18, 22, 27
November 1, 5, 10, 15, 19, 24, 29
December 3, 8, 15, 20


Suites

With interiors created by a leading interior architectural design company, The   Blue Train will rival many a five-star hotel in terms of elegance, grace, comfort and style. The suites have been superbly redesigned to offer discerning guests the best that modern technology and superior craftsmanship can provide.

Each Blue Train suite has a fully appointed en-suite, featuring either a bath or a shower. All suites are equipped with telephone, television monitor and individually controlled air-conditioning. A video channel allows guests to access short documentaries about the area through which the train is travelling by rail. 

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Air-conditioning

The suites are fitted with water cooled air-conditioning system. Each suite has its own fresh air intake and individual coolant system. The passages are also air-conditioned with the same systems. Both suites and passages have the temperature adjusters and air speed regulators for individual preferred setting.

During cold periods, all the systems are provided with heating cycles, not only from the air conditioning unit but also via under floor heating.

Guests may choose between a de luxe and a luxury accomodation.

De-Luxe Accommodation
Choice of twin-beds suite with a shower or a double-bed suite with  a three-quarter size bath.

Luxury Accomodation
Choice of twin-beds or double bed, and a full size bath with hand shower. Luxury suites are also equipped with CD players and video machines.


Lounges

Each Blue Train has two lounges: the main lounge and the Club lounge.  The Club lounge, has a more masculine ambiance and is expected to find favour with those seeking a peaceful place for after-dinner cognacs, coffees or cigars. This area is the only section of the train designated for smokers. High tea   is served each afternoon in the main lounge.

Another attraction of the opulent main lounge is the giant-size TV monitor revealing the unfolding scenery of the track ahead, courtesy of a camera mounted onto the front of the locomotive. The ambiance of the lounges is one of warm elegance. Large windows allow for panoramic views of the passing countryside.

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The second Blue Train has a third lounge, which can be used as a 22 seater conference facility with laptop computer, overhead projector, video, slide facilities and other modern equipment that can cater for various types of meetings and conferences. If not used for conferencing, this lounge  can be converted into an observation car.

All lounges are fitted with gas filled airconditioning systems. The temperature is centrally adjusted to a desired coolant temperature.

During cooler periods, the under-floor heating provides guests with desired temperature to ensure their comfort at all times.


Dining / Menu
A sophisticated, opulent atmosphere, gourmet menu and the finest South African wines sourced from boutique vineyards, make dining on The Blue Train a magnificent experience. The Blue Train's own creative team of chefs have created a menu to delight the most discerning palate.

Only the freshest ingredients meet The Blue Train standards. Meals and snacks  are prepared in the streamlined kitchen, designed to The Blue Train engineers' exacting specifications.

Guests are offered a choice of entrees, soups, fish, meat dishes, desserts, coffee and cheese platters, all beautifully presented. Typically, South African cuisine includes, Karoo lamb, kabeljou, Knysna oysters, snoek, crayfish and impala. Also offered is an abundant array of the finest South African fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian, Kosher and Halaal meals are provided on request.

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The Blue Train is a showcase for South African wines which have been selected to complement each course on the menu after meticulous consultation with top South African wine experts.

Breakfast, lunch and supper are the main meals and high tea is served each afternoon in the main lounge. During high tea, various snacks are served - these include cucumber sandwiches, dainty cakes, fresh scones and cream and other irresistible delicacies with an assortment of fine teas and coffees.

The Blue Train is equipped with the finest bone china, cut-crystal glasses and classic silver cutlery engraved with the familiar "B" insignia. Dew-fresh flowers add emphasis to the attention to detail.

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