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Rail Tourism - www.jbtours.co.za

Postby brutegirl » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:35 am

When one looks at Holiday Brochures, ads on TV and radio, e-mail offers and internet prices, all about promoting holiday destinations and experiences, one wonders where these service providers will get their clients from? The reason why we ask this question is because the majority of holiday packages, weekend breaks, overnight facilities and excursions are very expensive. For the normal ‘man-on-the-street’ it is just not possible to afford or participate in it.

One of our aims or goals at JB Train Tours is to host Affordable tours in order to enable anybody and everybody to go on holiday or explore new destinations. This has been the practice for many years and will remain in place for years to come. Our Budget tours address the needs of the individual and family or groups alike, making life easy and simple to be enjoyed.

Our market is primarily South Africans. We do have people from abroad traveling with us, especially on the Premier Classe train, and they are very welcome to do so. However, with the weakening of the Rand against the US Dollar, Pound Sterling and Euro, we expect more foreigners to travel with us PLUS more South Africans as well, because it is becoming more expensive to travel abroad.

Many of our passengers are regulars, traveling with us annually – sometimes more than once a year. Thanks for doing so and we are always looking forward in welcoming you on board.

The Mossel Bay Town Council in the Southern Cape gave permission on December 1st, 2011 that the Buffalo Rally (the ‘Buff’) can be held in the town for the next 3 years. This very popular motorbike rally is one of the oldest and biggest rallies in the country and annually thousands of bikers from all over the country gather there to rally in style.

The agreed dates are: 15 to 18 March 2012, 21 to 24 March 2013 and 20 to 23 March 2014.

It will be held again at the Santos Caravan Park in town. The chalets at De Bakke will be availed to bikers at a discounted rate.

Note: JB Train Tours annually hosts a Motorbike-on-Train train trip from Jo’burg to this event

During 2012 we’ll be hosting two new tours on various dates by luxury coach to Mozambique.

The 4-day package departs of a Thursday afternoon from Pretoria’s GauTrain station and arrives back on Sunday early evening. More info
The 8-day package departs of a Saturday morning from Pretoria’s GauTrain station and arrives back the next Saturday afternoon. More info

This neighbouring country is still recovering from a long civil war, but the growth is visible. Old buildings are being re-painted, re-constructed and re-vamped. The Portuguese influence is still visible - either in the architect and buildings, wide open boulevards in Maputo, food in restaurant and obviously the language spoken.

During the 4-day tour passengers will spend most of their time in Maputo with the opportunity to visit Catembe and Inhaca Island. This is an ideal opportunity to be introduced to our Eastern neighbouring country.
On the 8-day tour passengers will spend time in Maputo and then travel north towards Maracuenne, Manhica, Bilene and Xai-Xai to overnight in local lodges. En route time will be spent in Swaziland (one day) and the Kruger National Park (one day). This tour is also suitable for people from the Western & Eastern Cape – fly in and join the tour in Jo’burg.

Who will be the top team in 2012? Will the Lions improve their position on the log after a successful 2011 Currie Cup season? Will the Stormers win a cup or trophy after being on the brink of doing so? Have the Bulls enough depth to replace the veteran players who have left or retired? Can the Cheetahs re-build (again) their team after some of their star players were purchased by the richer unions? What can the Sharks deliver in 2012 after their spectacular failure in the 2011 Currie Cup final?

JB Train Tours will again be hosting a number of rugby train tours from Jo’burg to Durban and Cape Town respectively to attend Super 15 rugby games where the Sharks and Stormers are involved in. The first train tour already departs in February whilst the last one is hosted in July 2012. These trips are very popular with the rugby public.
Stormers games
Sharks games

Have you ever been on a rugby train tour? Supporting the Springboks? Dressed in green & gold? Do it this year.

The Springboks will be playing a number of rugby tests during the period June to October 2012. Some of them will be hosted in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. JB Train Tours will again be hosting these very popular Bok-train tours from Jo’burg to the coastal cities.
More info – Durban Test
More info – PE Test Sorry, no train tour to be hosted to CPT for the Puma (Argentina) test.

he ocean cruising season is now rapidly nearing its end in South Africa,

JB Train Tours has put together 26 different tour packages whereby clients can enjoy an affordable trip on the world famous Blue Train (or upmarket Premier Classe train), experience a 2- or 3- or 4-day cruise on the Melody or Sinfonia ship from Cape Town, sleep a night or more in the Mother City, be transported by coach to the harbour or airport and fly back to Johannesburg. The duration of the tours vary between 5 and 8 days.

We have negotiated these exclusive and unique tour packages with all the service providers, starting in November 2011 and continuing until March 2012. Unfortunately we could only secure limited space per trip. Hence, contact us NOW at upmarket@jbtours.co.za or click on 4-in-1 tour package for full details. More info

Note: The tour prices on all these packages are in certain cases less than the price of the normal Blue Train ticket price between Pretoria and Cape Town! It is ideal for holidays, honeymoons, incentives, anniversaries, engagements and much more. Spoil yourself and use your December bonus on this ‘never to be repeated’ special offers. Tick this off your ‘Bucket List’ of things you ‘still have to do’!

January 2012 TRAIN TOURS
Budget Tours:

4-in-1 Budget tours
From January until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Tour package varies from 5 to 8 days. Travel on a Tourist Class Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back to Jo’burg.. Prices from R4500 pp sharing. More info

Upmarket Tours:

ALL the tours below are hosted every weekend of every month - subject to availability.

Durban Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB – DBN
Travel from Egoli to the Holiday City on a 3 night break-away weekend. Enjoy the luxury on the Premier Classe train for two nights (return trip) and sleep one night in a hotel in Durban.
More info

Cape Town Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB – CPT
Travel on the Premier Classe train from Jo’burg to the Mother City on a Thursday afternoon, sleep two nights in an upmarket hotel in Cape Town and fly back on a Sunday afternoon. It is value for money, good food is served, fun in CPT and a different way of spending a 3-night weekend break. More info

Cape Town Stylish 4-day Honeymoon & Anniversary: JHB – CPT
This special offer is available to anybody celebrating something in 2012! Travel on the Premier Classe train from Jo’burg to CPT, celebrate en route, stay two nights in CPT in a top hotel and fly back on the Sunday. More info

Blue Train 4-Day packages: Pretoria to Cape Town
For many South Africans a trip on the luxurious Blue Train is a life-long dream. We make it happen with a very special tour package offer to people living in Africa. I.e.: Africa citizens only. Board the train travel in luxury (all meals included), stay two nights in an upmarket hotel and fly back. All transfers included. All this at a price less than the normal train ticket.
Since introduction of this tour package in April 2011, many South Africans went on this tour to fulfill a dream.
From Jo’burg
From CPT


4-in-1 Upmarket tours
During January 2012 and onwards until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Travel on a luxury Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back. More info

February 2012 TRAIN TOURS
Budget Tours:

4-in-1 Budget tours
From January until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Tour package varies from 5 to 8 days. Travel on a Tourist Class Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back to Jo’burg.. Prices from R4500 pp sharing. More info

Garden Route: Jo’burg to PE to Knysna
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to Port Elizabeth by train. Continue by luxury bus to Plet, Knsyna, Wildernis, Tsitsikama, George, Oudtshoorn and Meiringspoort before joining the train again in Beaufort West. 19 – 25 Feb 2012. From R5300 pp sharing More info

Maputo weekend: Gauteng to Maputo in Mozambique
Depart from Pretoria’s Gauteng station and travel by luxury coach the capital of our neighbouring country. Go enjoy the Portuguese food, night life, 2M Beer and experience a country rebuilding. This is a new tour and suitable for anyone. 9 - 12 Feb 2012.
From R2999 pp sharing. More info

Upmarket Tours:

ALL the tours below are hosted every weekend of every month - subject to availability.

Durban Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB – DBN
Travel from Egoli to the Holiday City on a 3 night break-away weekend. Enjoy the luxury on the Premier Classe train for two nights (return trip) and sleep one night in a hotel in Durban.
More info

Cape Town Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB – CPT
Travel on the Premier Classe train from Jo’burg to the Mother City on a Thursday afternoon, sleep two nights in an upmarket hotel in Cape Town and fly back on a Sunday afternoon. It is value for money, good food is served, fun in CPT and a different way of spending a 3-night weekend break. More info

Cape Town Stylish 4-day Honeymoon & Anniversary: JHB – CPT
This special offer is available to anybody celebrating something in 2012! Travel on the Premier Classe train from Jo’burg to CPT, celebrate en route, stay two nights in CPT in a top hotel and fly back on the Sunday. More info

Blue Train 4-Day packages: Pretoria to Cape Town
For many South Africans a trip on the luxurious Blue Train is a life-long dream. We make it happen with a very special tour package offer to people living in Africa. I.e.: Africa citizens only. Board the train travel in luxury (all meals included), stay two nights in an upmarket hotel and fly back. All transfers included. All this at a price less than the normal train ticket.
Since introduction of this tour package in April 2011, many South Africans went on this tour to fulfill a dream.
From Jo’burg
From CPT


4-in-1 Upmarket tours
During January 2012 and onwards until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Travel on a luxury Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back. More info

March 2012 TRAIN TOURS
Budget Tours:

4-in-1 Budget tours
From January until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Tour package varies from 5 to 8 days. Travel on a Tourist Class Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back to Jo’burg.. Prices from R4500 pp sharing. More info

Durban Weekend: Jo’burg to Durban
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to Durban by train. Enjoy the weekend on the beach, at uShaka Marine World, a night club or at the casino. 2 – 5 Mar 2012. From R1900 pp sharing More info

Super 15 Rugby: Jo’burg to Cape Town
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to CPT by train. Watch the rugby at Newlands between the Stormers and the Sharks, stay one night in a hotel and have fun in the Mother City. Rugby ticket included. 2 – 5 Mar 2012. From R2700 pp sharing More info

Super 15 Rugby: Jo’burg to Durban
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to DBN by train. Watch the rugby at Kingspark between the Sharks and the Lions and have fun in the Holiday City. 9 – 12 Mar 2012. From R2050 pp sharing More info

Super 15 Rugby: Jo’burg to Durban
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to DBN by train. Watch the rugby at Kingspark between the Sharks and the Reds and have fun in the Holiday City. 16 – 19 Mar 2012. From R2050 pp sharing More info

Argus Cycle Race: Jo’burg to Cape Town
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to CPT by train. Participate in The Race or support, stay three nights in a hotel and have fun in the Mother City. Bicycle on the train included. 8 – 13 Mar 2012. From R3690 pp sharing More info

Buffalo Rally: Jo’burg to Beaufort West (to Mossel Bay)
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to Beaufort West by train. Continue by bike to Mossel Bay. Own accommodation arrangements at the Rally. Motorbike on the train included in the tour price. 14 – 19 Mar 2012. From R3700 pp sharing Pillion pays only R1700 pp More info

PE Weekend: Jo’burg to Port Elizabeth
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to PE by train. Enjoy the weekend on the beach, at Bay World, a night club or at the casino. 16 – 19 Mar 2012. From R2200 pp sharing More info

Cape Town Budget Holiday: Jo’burg to Cape Town
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to CPT by train. Enjoy the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point and much more. Stay four nights in a hotel and have fun in the Mother City. Bus transport in CPT included. 18 – 24 Mar 2012 (7 Days). From R4350 pp sharing More info

Cape Town Jazz Festival: Jo’burg to Cape Town
Depart from Jo’burg and travel to CPT by train. Enjoy the annual CPT Jazz Festival in the CTICC and pay visits to the V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain, Robben Island and much more. Stay three nights in a hotel and have fun in the Mother City. 28 Mar – 2 Apr 2012 (6 Days). 2-Day entry pass to Jazz festival included. From R3990 pp sharing More info

KKNK in Oudtshoorn: Jo’burg na Oudtshoorn
Vertrek vanaf Johannesburg en reis per trein tot op Beaufort Wes. Reis dan verder per bus tot in Oudtshoorn. Geniet die KKNK se opvoerings, musiek, stalletjies, heerlike kos en atmosfeer. Oornag 4 nagte in die plaaslike hoërskool se netjiese koshuis. 30 Mar – 5 Apr 2012 (7 Dae). Vanaf R3300 pp wat deel Meer inligting

Maputo weekend: Gauteng to Maputo in Mozambique
Depart from Pretoria’s Gauteng station and travel by luxury coach the capital of our neighbouring country. Go enjoy the Portuguese food, night life, 2M Beer and experience a country rebuilding. This is a new tour and suitable for anyone. 22 - 25 Mar 2012. From R2999 pp sharing. More info
Upmarket Tours:

Cape Town Jazz Festival Train Tour: JHB – CPT
During January 2012 and onwards until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Travel on a luxury Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back. More info

Durban Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB – DBN
Travel from Egoli to the Holiday City on a 3 night break-away weekend. Enjoy the luxury on the Premier Classe train for two nights (return trip) and sleep one night in a hotel in Durban.
More info

Cape Town Stylish weekend Train Tour: JHB – CPT
Travel on the Premier Classe train from Jo’burg to the Mother City on a Thursday afternoon, sleep two nights in an upmarket hotel in Cape Town and fly back on a Sunday afternoon. It is value for money, good food is served, fun in CPT and a different way of spending a 3-night weekend break. More info

Cape Town Stylish 4-day Honeymoon & Anniversary: JHB – CPT
This special offer is available to anybody celebrating something in 2012! Travel on the Premier Classe train from Jo’burg to CPT, celebrate en route, stay two nights in CPT in a top hotel and fly back on the Sunday. More info

Blue Train 4-Day packages: Pretoria to Cape Town
For many South Africans a trip on the luxurious Blue Train is a life-long dream. We make it happen with a very special tour package offer to people living in Africa. I.e.: Africa citizens only. Board the train travel in luxury (all meals included), stay two nights in an upmarket hotel and fly back. All transfers included. All this at a price less than the normal train ticket.
Since introduction of this tour package in April 2011, many South Africans went on this tour to fulfill a dream.
From Jo’burg
From CPT


4-in-1 Upmarket tours
During January 2012 and onwards until March 2012, JB Train Tours will host various 4-in-1 Tour packages from Pretoria and Jo’burg to Cape Town. Travel on a luxury Train, enjoy a cruise on a luxury Ship, be transported by luxury Bus to the airport and Fly back. More info

DAY TRAIN TRIPS


There are only two companies in Gauteng, one in KZN & one in Cape Town hosting day trips by train. This is ideal for families, companies, churches, clubs, etc. and especially for children who have never been on a train trip. Both these companies haul the train with a steam locomotive engine!

Pretoria area: Friends of the Rail
Contact Mr. Arno Victor at Tel: 082 293 4616 or sales@friendsoftherail.com or visit their website at www.friendsoftherail.com
They travel mostly from Pretoria to Irene and a circular route around Pretoria..

Johannesburg area: Reef Steamers
Contact Tel: 011 025 4363 or bookings@reefsteamers.com or Mr. At de Necker at 083 651 5424 or visit their website at www.reefsteamers.com
They travel mostly from Maraisburg to Magaliesburg.

KZN (Durban & PMB) area: Umgeni Steam Rail
Contact Mr. Rob McGregor at Tel: 031-303 3003; 082-353 6003 or
087-808 7715 or robbie@umgenisteamrailway.co.za or visit their website at www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za.
They travel mostly from Inchanga, Kloof & PMB.

Cape Town area: Atlantic Rail
Contact them at Tel: (021) 556-1012 or info@atlanticrail.co.za or visit their website at www.atlanticrail.co.za
They travel mostly from Cape Town station to close by destinations in the Peninsula and Boland.
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