1st + 2nd Test + Blue Train
Itinerary based on arriving Johannesburg Friday 23 July, departing Cape Town Sunday 1 August 2021.
- Guaranteed longside seats to Test 1 + 2
- Airport to hotel and return transfers
- Game day return transfers
- Cocktail party for 2 hours prior to Cape Town Test with open bar (wine, beer, soft drinks) and substantial finger food
- 3 nights at Marriott Melrose Arch Hotel Johannesburg, with breakfast
- Private transfer from Johannesburg hotel to Pretoria Station and from Cape Town to your local hotel.
- 2 nights, 3 days onboard the Blue Train in a suite of your choosing
- All meals on board.
- All drinks on board (except: champagne and certain premium brands)
- 4 nights at the A C Hotel by Marriott Cape Town, with breakfast
- Services of World Rugby Travel staff in South Africa.
The Blue Train itinerary.
14:00 Register and check-in at The Blue Train Lounge, Pretoria Station.
Guests enjoy pre-departure snacks and drinks.
15:15 Boarding commences.
Butlers usher guests to their suites. Suite orientation done by butlers. Boarding concludes at 15:45
16:00 The Blue Train departs from Pretoria Station (will depart earlier if all guests have checked-in.)
18:30 – 20:00 First sitting for Dinner (Please Note: Dinner is an elegant affair. Gentlemen are requested to at least wear a jacket/waistcoat). Guests enjoy post-dinner drinks, cognacs and Cuban cigars in the Club Car before retiring to bed.
20:30 – 22:00 Second sitting for Dinner
06:00 – 09:00 Breakfast is served on a first-come-first-served basis.
OFF-THE-TRAIN EXCURSION (Weather & time permitting
09:30 The Blue Train arrives at Kimberley Station. Guests disembark and gather at the Railway Museum, from where they will be ushered to a bus, which transfers them to the Kimberley Open Mine Museum.
10:00 Guests arrive at the Open Mine Museum for a tour of the mine. Guests are first taken to view interesting and historical sites. Guests are also taken onto an enclosed ramp on the edge of the Big Hole.
12:30 Guests depart from the Open Mine Museum for Kimberley Station. At Kimberly Station guests are greeted with a glass of sherry. The sherry glass engraved with The Blue Train logo as a memento for guests to keep.
13:00 The Blue Train departs Kimberley Station for the southbound journey to Cape Town. After this exciting tour, guests are welcome to refresh themselves and enjoy aperitifs served at any one of our lounges.
13:00 – 14:15 First sitting for Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Second sitting for Lunch
16:30 High Tea is served in the Non-Smoking Lounge Car
18:30 – 20:30 First sitting for Dinner
20:30 – 22:00 Second sitting for Dinner
06:00 – 09:00 Breakfast is served on a first-come-first- served basis.
10:30 The Blue Train arrives at Cape Town Station. Butlers usher guests to the Arrival Lounge
MARRIOTT MELROSE ARCH - 4.5 star
THE BLUE TRAIN - 4.5 star
Your De Luxe Suite will forever alter your definition of what style and class entail. From your elegant and relaxing lounge during the day, it transforms into a subtly-lit bedroom of indulgence during the night, bedecked with goose-down and 100 per cent percale-cotton bedding, from your individually-controlled air-conditioning system, under-floor heating, opulent marble and gold-fitted bathroom, its scented bath salts and plush monogrammed towels, to the electronic entertainment options on offer.
And then, of course, all this accompanied by the ever-changing vistas of the countryside…
The De Luxe coaches each have four suites that measure 4 by 2 metres. One of these contains a double bed and a ¾ size bath tub with handheld shower, while the others have twin beds with showers.
Your De Luxe suite is your home-away-from-home lounges. Need to send an important email halfway across the world or make that urgent phone call? Relax in knowing that all suites are fitted with WI-FI service that is complimentary to all our guests. Use the telephone system in each suite to dial your butler, at no extra charge, for an apéritif or even call family and friends across the Atlantic and relay your Blue Train experience at a minimal fee.
An act of alchemy transforms your sitting area into a restful night-time sanctuary. Goose down duvets and pillows and 100 percent percale cotton bedding envelop you as you drift off after a soothing, scented soak or shower in your marble and gold-appointed bathroom, lulled by the rhythm of the whispering wheels.
A C HOTEL by MARRIOTT - 4.5 star
HOW TO BOOK
Its simple. All our prices are per person in the room type, hotel etc, of your choice from the drop down menus.
Select the hotel/room type/ticket category and ADD TO CART
Now you increase the number of guests per room (so if booking a double you need to increase the QUANTITY to 2, a twin the same, but a single is just 1 person). Automatically the value of the cart increases.
If booking more than one room, simply click CONTINUE SHOPPING in the CART, return to your chosen trip and repeat the process. Do this for each room type. This also allows you to buy different styles of room depending on your needs.
Time to pay. You can choose 2 schemes.
A - If buying outside the 12 weeks cut off you click the INSTALLMENTS button in the middle. This takes you to the secure payment pages of Partial.ly.
B - If paying in full (ie: after 23rd April 2021) click the FULL PAYMENT button. This takes you to the PayPal secure server.
We accept all credit and debit cards.
HOW TO PAY
Our payment process is simple and flexible. You have payment options to suit all budgets.
INSTALLMENTS - all tours will be 30% deposit, 20% on by 01 October 2020, 25% on 23 January 2021 and 25% on 23 April 2021. You will receive an invoice for each installment.
INTERIM PAYMENTS - of course you can also pay in stages. Each invoice raised (as above) will allow you to pay off a minimum of £200 a time off the total bill.
BANK TRANSFER - if you wish to pay by bank deposit, let us know and we will provide account details.
None of these payment scheme attract additional fees. valid as of 1st May 2020