During 2013, travellers on this distinguished 5 star passenger rail carrier are set to experience a double dose of luxury with these two premier luxury hotels when enjoying a complimentary night's accommodation - pre or post their Blue Train experience.
This luxury rail service, which runs between Pretoria and Cape Town and boasts features such as a private butler service, marble-clad bathrooms and gourmet cuisine, now, offers discerning travellers the option to extend their travel experience, affording them a chance to enjoy the country's top tourist destinations in high style.
"Cape Town is one of South Africa's most vibrant and beautiful cities, and there's no better vantage point from which to experience all it has to offer than Taj Cape Town," says Willie Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing at Taj Cape Town. "A stone's throw from many of the city's top tourist attractions, the hotel offers guests a chance to experience the Mother City in style, with most of our rooms and suites offering sweeping views of Table Mountain, recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature."
The Blue Train's 27-hour journey between Pretoria and Cape Town covers 1 600 kilometres (994 miles) of diverse and spectacular scenery, showing off the very best of South Africa's dramatic landscapes. Stopping in historic towns like Kimberley and Maatjiesfontein, the trip offers travellers a breath-taking snapshot of the sub-continent in an opulent setting.
The train, which has become synonymous with elegance and luxury, has carried kings and presidents over the course of its 66 year history, delivering unparalleled levels of quality and service to a discerning clientele. Their chosen hospitality partners reflect this ethos, and have been chosen so as to aid in making the transition from train to terra firma as seamless as possible.
"The idea is for guests, who travel in a world of grace, elegance and romance, to extend this journey once on solid ground and prolong the luxury of The Blue Train experience ," explains Williams. "Taj Cape Town offers guests the very finest in South African hospitality, with a wide variety of award-winning restaurants to please all palates, as well as a luxury on-site spa." The newly refurbished Blue Train ensures that even further luxury can be expected when taking up this offer.
The Taj Cape Town is situated in the historic city centre of Cape Town and offers a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architecture. Originally home to the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers, and later the Board of Executors (BoE), it successfully combines the heritage of the old world with the luxury of the new. Ideally located, just walking distance away from most of the city's tourist attractions, this five star hotel has the very best of the city at its doorstep, offering guests easy access to fascinating history, exotic culture, soulful art, lively entertainment and delectable cuisine.
Guests looking to learn more about Cape Town's fascinating history also have access to the hotel's unique 'Footsteps to Freedom' service, which comprises a leisurely and informative walking tour of sites including St George's Cathedral, the Slave Precinct, the Grand Parade, St George's Mall, Company Gardens and Parliament.
131 Herbert Baker is an exquisite boutique hotel, conveniently located in Pretoria's historic Herbert Baker Street. With breath-taking views of South Africa's capital city, as well as five-star accommodation and eating facilities, this intimate hotel offers guests a perfect spot to unwind pre their journey.
The Blue Train's new accommodation special applies to all new bookings, subject to availability. Overnight accommodation includes breakfast, as well as transfers from the train station. Passengers can choose to extend their journey in either Pretoria or Cape Town, depending on the nature of their travels.
For more information on The Blue Train, visit www.bluetrain.co.za