Romantic Rovos Rail & Twelve Apostles Train to Sea Journey

From $4,820.00 p/person

If life is a journey, travel istyle. Rovos Rail, the world’s most luxurious train, takes you on a journey back in time to the gilded age of old-time travel to see the world in a new way.

It’s a romantic, nostalgic and intimate experience – and yours to enjoy on our 10-night train-to-sea journey.  

From Gauteng to Cape Town, you will travel through gold-rich grasslands, haunting semi-deserts, spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands to discover why South Africa is considered a world in one country.   

A perfect choice for couples or honeymooners, explore the hidden gems of Johannesburg and Pretoria, from candlelit dinners in a “green city” to discovering the birth of civilization at the Cradle of Humankind. Taking a pause in the Northern Cape, marvel at the Big Hole of Kimberley and stroll through the Mine Museum to view uncut diamonds and jewelry from the diamond rush heydays. Your journey ends in cosmopolitan Cape Town, where you have seven days to take in the colorful culture, world-class cuisine, exceptional wines and bucket-list activities of South Africa’s Mother City.  

Romantic Rovos Rail & Twelve Apostles Train to Sea Journey

Your Itinerary

1 night in Gauteng

Gauteng is home to some of the most iconic places and monuments from South Africa’s history, such as Soweto, Constitution Hill, the Voortrekker Monument and the Union Buildings. It’s the economic powerhouse of the country, and as such, is known for its multicultural mix of people, eclectic heritage, and bustling jacaranda-lined cities fringed by scenic natural landscapes.

It might be South Africa’s smallest province, but it is packed to the brim with things to do and places to see. From your accommodation at The Maslow Time Square, you are within convenient reach of some popular attractions, including the Cradle of Humankind and Sterkfontein Caves – the very place that birthed civilization.


Discover experiential Afro-Asian dining at its best at The Maslow Time Square’s sophisticated rooftop restaurant.

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The Maslow Time Square

Situated in the Menlyn Maine Precinct, The Maslow Time Square enjoys an enviable location in South Africa’s first “green city” where the focus is on shopping and wellness activities in a walkable and bustling environment. 

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2 nights onboard Rovos Rail

All aboard the most luxurious train in the world! Leaving Gauteng behind, you’re invited to slip into the spirit of a bygone travel era on Rovos Rail. A pause on route to Cape Town gives you the chance to discover a small town with a big history. Kimberley is synonymous with the birth of the international diamond trade. Today, it’s renowned for the Big Hole, which is the largest man-made excavation in the world.

A visit here will give you an opportunity to explore some impressive historical attractions scattered throughout the town, such as the Kimberley Mine Museum, which takes you on a trip back in time to when diamonds were first found in South Africa in 1866. Three years later the 83-carat ‘Star of South Africa’ was discovered, unleashing a frenzied diamond rush not seen before or since.

Next stop: Matjiesfontein. After breakfast, you have an opportunity to disembark the train at Whitehill Siding to explore the historic village centered around the Lord Milner Hotel.


Meals on board Rovos Rail are served in one sitting only in the dining cars and are complemented by a selection of fine South African wines. An enthusiastic team of chefs is responsible for overseeing the very important task of ensuring your every need is catered for. Wear your best – the dress code is formal.

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Rovos Rail

Rovos Rail has earned an international reputation for its luxury old-time travel experiences. The authentically refurbished Edwardian-style train features the most spacious train suites in the world, each with its own en-suite bathroom and subtle modern conveniences.  

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7 nights in Cape Town

The last leg of your journey takes you to Cape Town, where your accommodation at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa will treat you to views for miles, exceptional dining and award-winning wines. Poised above the Atlantic Ocean, flanked by the majestic Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles mountain range, the ‘12A’ enjoys a breathtaking location, while also ensuring you are within convenient reach of the best that Cape Town has to offer.

Explore the bustling inner city and the working harbor at the V&A Waterfront. Discover the wonders of the Cape Peninsula on a scenic journey via Chapman’s Peak Drive, famous for its dramatic cliffs and ocean views. Visit Cape Point, where two oceans meet, Simonstown, which is home to a colony of African penguins, and Kalk Bay (dubbed the world’s coolest place to live).

Adding to your already packed list of things to do, there’s the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Robben Island, the Constantia Wine Route, and, further inland, the Cape Winelands to explore. Of course, you can’t visit Cape Town without riding the cable car to the Summit of Table Mountain, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.


Recognized as one of South Africa’s top places for wining and dining, The Twelve Apostles will delight your taste buds with its Afro-French menu. Don’t forget the wine! More than 95% of the items on the menu are sourced from the Western Cape — and paired to perfection by the hotel’s sommelier.

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The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

The award-winning Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is repeatedly voted as one of Cape Town’s best hotels, and for good reason. Its elegant, individually designed bedrooms and suites, including a lavish Presidential Suite, offer spectacular views completed by splendid service, generous hospitality and exquisite cuisine.  

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1 night The Maslow Time Square Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis
Transfer from Maslow Time Square Hotel to Capital Park Station for your connection to Rovos Rail
2 nights aboard Rovos Rail from Johannesburg to Cape Town on a full board basis (all meals, all drinks), including Kimberly City Tour, Diamond Mine Museum visit and the Big Hole, Matjiesfontein village walk
Transfer from Cape Town Train Station Platform 24 to the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
7 nights Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in a Classic Room on a bed and breakfast basis
Transfer from Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa to Cape Town International Airport


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Our rates are per person sharing unless expressly identified. Please treat all pricing as a guide only: All rates are an estimation, subject to availability and may change without notice. Single supplements may apply. Enquire now or speak to one of our expert Travel Planners for updated rates.

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