A TR A V E L M A S TE R S & THE T R AVE L S T U D I O E XC L U S I VE S MALL G R O U P T O U R
Day 19, Mon 31 August. PRETORIA, JOIN THE BLUE TRAIN.
Our sightseeing this morning in Pretoria offers us the chance to stand in front of the heart of the country (Union Presidential Buildings and offices) overlooking a city built on passion and determination. Buildings are architecturally beautiful and a nation congregates around the statues of past leaders. We make a stop at Paul Kruger House, the last house where revered President Paul Kruger was to live, between 1883 and 1901. The beautiful Victorian style home was interestingly built using milk and concrete. We stop at Church Square (originally a market place where farmers would gather to observe Holy Communion). Now the square is dominated by a bronze statue of former president, Paul Kruger. We will see the huge and impressive Voortrekker Monument. This was built in honour of the great Voortrekkers (pioneers) who left the Cape during the period 1835 to 1954 to cut through the interior of the country in what became known as the Great Trek. Following our city tour we return to our hotel, prior to joining our luxury Blue Train this afternoon.
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ACCOMMODATION: Blue Train MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast. Dinner with all drinks.
Day 20, Tue 1 September THE BLUE TRAIN JOURNEY
The Blue Train, a South African icon since its inception in 1946, is on most people’ s bucket list, as a ‘must do’ experience. With personal butler service and deluxe suite accommodation, the Blue Train offers a rail journey to remember. We travel along the historic route between Pretoria and Cape Town to experience (in style) the spectacular scenery en route. Kings and Presidents have travelled on this magnificent rolling five star hotel train and the name has become synonymous with the ultimate in train travel. The train stops at Kimberley, where we take a step back in time to the days of the diamond rush. ACCOMMODATION: The Blue Train MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with all drinks.
Day 21, Wed 2 September ARRIVAL INTO CAPE TOWN
We travel some 1600kms, through some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery offered by the African sub-continent to arrive into one of Africa’ s most beautiful cities, Cape Town. The train arrives into Cape Town at 10.30am this morning. Our driver and coach will be waiting to take us on a city orientation tour. We explore the city of Cape Town, known affectionately as the Mother City. Our tour will take in the Houses of Parliament, and the Castle (built between 1666 and 1679) - this is South Africa’ s oldest building. We
visit the lively Greenmarket Square with its daily market, walk through the spectacular gardens and buildings of the Company Gardens. We see the colourful Bo-Kaap houses, home to the Cape Malay community, with its cobbled streets and brightly coloured houses. ACCOMMODATION: The Commodore Hotel, Victoria and Albert waterfront area MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast
Day 22, Thur 3 September THE CAPE AND WINE LANDS
Today we head to the Cape of Good Hope, the most south-westerly point in Africa, to experience some of the most spectacular views in the world. Our tour begins with a scenic drive along the Atlantic Coast. We visit the Penquin colony at Boulders Beach. We drive onto Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve, where we will possibly sight some wildlife unique to the Cape. There are spectacular views of the Cape of Good Hope from the summit of Cape Point, where the peninsula juts into the sea. After lunch, we enjoy wine tasting at one of Stellenbosch’ s famous vineyards, before heading back into Cape Town. ACCOMMODATION : The Commodore Hotel, Victoria and Albert Waterfront area MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast, Lunch and a wine tasting experience.
Day 23, Fri 4 September ROBBEN ISLAND.
This morning we visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated from 1964 to 1982. Our 30 minute ferry ride brings us to the island, where we visit the maximum security prison - our guide is an ex-political prisoner. The tour includes a visit to B Section, which held many leaders from different organisations, including the former President Nelson Mandela, who spent 18 years of his 27 years of incarceration on Robben Island. The tour takes in the historic village as well as key historic sites, including the prison house where Robert Sobukwe, (leader of the Pan African Congress) was held in isolation. We see the Lime Quarry, the Male Leper Church, the 19th century lighthouse, WW2 fortifications, the Garrison Church, the Commissioners Residence and much more. We may also see their small population of springbok and European fallow deer, and birdlife - perhaps ostriches, penquins, oyster-catchers and chukar partridges. Robben Island is now a National and World Heritage Site. During your free time this afternoon we suggest you visit Table Mountain (Weather Permitting). ACCOMMODATION: Commodore Hotel, Victoria and Albert Waterfront area MEALS INCLUDED: Breakfast.
Brochure detailing The Travel Studio & Travel Masters' exclusive escorted tour through Africa in 2020.