Experience Rovos Rail with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises brand new Rovos Rail package for 2021 is now on sale. Pricing for this Concierge Collection package is the same price as the 2020 package – even though the cruise https://www.rssc.com/cruises/VOY211207/summary – is 1 day longer!

SUNRISE ON SAFARI 15 NIGHTS on SEVEN SEAS VOYAGER

Summary
5-night pre-cruise experience, travelling from Pretoria to Cape Town
1 night Pretoria
2 nights on the train in a Pullman Suite
2 nights in Cape Town

Detailed Itinerary
Seven Seas Voyager – 07th December 2021 Sailing – Rovos Rail – Pre-Cruise

Day 1 – 2nd December 2021 – Arrival into Johannesburg
Transfers have been arranged for air/sea guests arriving today, who have purchased flights through Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Guests who have purchased their own flights and guests who have booked additional nights at the hotel independently will need to arrange their own transfer from the airport to the hotel.
Upon arrival at Johannesburg’s International Airport, you will be met after luggage reclaim by our Regent representative. A tour of Pretoria is included from the airport, including visits to Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Nelson Mandela Statue & Union buildings. Brunch is included at a local restaurant until it’s time to transfer you to your hotel for your overnight stay at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. The rest of the day is at leisure.
• Meals included today – Brunch at a local restaurant

Day 2 – 3rd December 2021
Breakfast & morning is at leisure before your transfer at 13:00 hrs to Rovos Rail Station, the private railway station which is situated in Pretoria. We recommend you have lunch before leaving the hotel.
Departure from Pretoria this afternoon as you begin this 1,600-kilometre journey through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the Great Karoo and onward as you trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic Winelands of the Cape. Overnight on Train
• Meals included today – Breakfast at hotel & dinner on the train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Day 3 – 4th December 2021
En-route to Cape Town, stop in Kimberley, once the epicentre of a worldwide diamond rush, for an off-the-train excursion. This city’s chequered history is inextricably linked with the romance of those rare and beautiful stones. Here, you are cordially invited to disembark, take a tour through the streets of modern-day Kimberley to visit the ‘Big Hole’ and the Kimberley Big Hole Museum. Step back into a world of pioneers and adventurers-circa 1880 and marvel at the sheer magnitude of the ‘Big Hole’, the largest hole in the world excavated by hand. Overnight on Train
• Meals included today – Breakfast, lunch and dinner on the train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Day 4 – 5th December 2021
This morning enjoys a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This perfectly preserved Victorian Village, founded as a refreshment stop in 1890, boasts an impressive museum on the platform. The train departs for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester arriving Cape Town Station approx. 18:00 hrs.
Transfer to Cape Grace hotel for 2 nights. The Cape Grace is situated on a private quay between the bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina and is the perfect place to enjoy all that Cape Town has to offer. The city of Cape Town has a lot to offer the discerning tourist, among places of interest, you can visit pearl-white beaches washed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, watch colourful, old-style fishing boats in Kalk Bay, explore the old Malay slave quarters, enjoy the finest seafood in the world, wander through Greenmarket Square’s famous flea market. – You are under own arrangements for dinner & evening.
• Meals included today – Breakfast & lunch on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Day 5 – 6th December 2021
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope full day tour including lunch. Highlights of the trip include one of the world’s most spectacular drives taking in Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. – You are under own arrangements for dinner & evening.
• Meals included today – Breakfast & lunch

Day 6 – 7th December 2021 – Embarkation Day
Enjoy breakfast and morning at leisure before transferring to Seven Seas Voyager for your wonderful cruise! Your Regent Representative will confirm the timings for baggage collection and departure time from the hotel.

Included in the package:

  • Overnight at Sheraton Hotel, Pretoria (Deluxe Room) on a B&B basis
  • 2 Nights Rovos Rail train (Deluxe Suite) on a Fully Inclusive basis (All Local Brands)
  • 2 Overnights at Cape Grace Hotel (Table Mountain Luxury Room) on a B&B basis
  • ½ Day Pretoria City Tour including brunch
  • Full Day Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope Tour in Capetown including local lunch
  • Transport & Touring in a luxury air-conditioned coach with A/C and PA system
  • English-Speaking driver & guide to accompany during touring
  • Porterage for 2 pieces of luggage per person
  • Meals as per itinerary

**PLEASE NOTE** – South African Immigrations officials require that all UK visitors to South Africa must have a minimum of 2 consecutive double blank pages in their passports. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in permission to enter the country being denied. Please check with your local visa office to full and up to date requirements which may vary depending on your nationality.

The Rovos Rail Information:
The Track: The track over which we travel is inconsistently maintained. If you wake at night imagining the train is travelling at high speed, be assured it is the state of the track below creating that impression. We restrict the train to 60km/h (37mph), and over bad sections reduce speed to as little as 20km/h (12mph). If you find it noisy, earplugs are available at the Gift Shop.

Scheduling Times, Routes & Excursions: We cannot be held liable for any delays due to trains not running to schedule. Off-train excursions cannot be guaranteed and will only be undertaken if time and circumstances permit. Departure and arrival times are approximate and cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to alter our routing at any time between departure and arrival points. We do our best to fulfil our obligations, but it goes without saying that with many loco changes as well as other logistical permutations it is not uncommon to be delayed.

Luggage: Each suite has a luggage rack that runs its length providing ample space for storage.
Amenities: Plug-in hairdryers & amenity kit in your suite, in addition to your bathroom
unit (if applicable) – are available on board.

Dining: Meals on board are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. Bar service is also available throughout the day.

Dress: Days on board are smart casual: Neat, conventional yet relatively informal in style combining casual and formal clothing pieces. Evening attire is more formal: For gentlemen, a jacket and tie are a minimum requirement while for ladies we suggest cocktail/evening dresses or suits. For off-train excursions, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, sun lotion and hats. If required, blankets and rain capes are available.

Electricity: 220V AC 50Hz 3-point round-pronged wall plugs and 110V/220V 2-pin plugs for shavers and chargers. A generator supplies power. Please be aware that certain breaks in power are necessary when servicing is required.
Locomotion: Use of steam has become increasingly difficult over the years as more and more water and coaling facilities have been scrapped. Diesel or electric locomotives are used while steam is used in and around the area of Rovos Rail Station only.

Mobile devices & internet: In maintaining the spirit of train travel there are no radios or television sets on board. The use of mobile phones, laptops and essentially anything that could disturb other passengers is confined to the privacy of your suites only. The reception is poor while the train is moving. It is advised to contact your service provider to ensure the correct settings for network services are activated. WiFi is available at our lounges in Cape Town and Pretoria and at most off-train accommodation (although not always guaranteed).

Security: An electronic safe is provided in the cupboard in each suite.
Smoking: On board the train smoking is allowed in the smoking Club Lounge only. HOWEVER, please be mindful of other non-smoking guests, that the train is generally made up of wood and DO NOT throw flammable items such as cigarette or cigar butts off the train. Bush fires in Africa are a constant and dangerous hazard. Hotels will be non-smoking rooms only.

Water: The water used on the train is carried in tanks under each coach. These tanks are filled every day, but they cannot be topped up while the train is travelling. Please assist us by using water responsibly. Water inside the cabins has been filtered and chlorinated; it is safe for bathing and brushing teeth only. Please use the bottled water provided for drinking.

More information can be found at www.rovos.com/trains/on-board

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