It has been decades since we hauled the train by steam! Join us on board for two nights in September for this unique undertaking.

In 1930, Bentley racing driver Woolf Barnato wagered a bet that he could easily beat the famous Le Train Bleu to Calais at the wheel of his own Speed Six Bentley. At 5:45pm on 13 March 1930 as the train left Cannes, Barnato and his companion set off. The duo arrived in Calais so far ahead of the train that Barnato sought to put the challenge to bed by making it all the way to London before the train pulled into Calais. They crossed the English Channel on a packet steamer, completed another 100km or so and, to loud applause, Barnato parked outside the Conservative Club in St James Street at exactly 3:20pm – four minutes before the train arrived at Calais Station. 

The Heidelberg Great Train Race salutes this maverick event with a convoy of vintage cars and motorbikes, Rovos Rail’s thundering steam locomotives and daring enthusiasts in their flying machines roaring overhead... All for one unforgettable photographic moment.

23-25 SEPTEMBER 2021 2 nights
Special rates per person sharing
Pullman Gold Suite
R11 950
Deluxe Suite
R18 250

INCLUDES Sparkling wine and red-carpet reception at Rovos Rail Station; site tour; secure parking for guest vehicles; accommodation; all meals and beverages on board; Heidelberg Great Train Race ticket; catered lunch and beverages at airfield boma; limited laundry; govt tax. EXCLUDES Pre- and post-tour accommodation, flights and transfers; travel insurance; visas; gratuities; international / French Champagne; personal expenses.

Single supplement +50%. Subject to availability. Provisional booking: 50% deposit required (refundable up to 31 days prior to departure). Confirm booking: Final payment due by 22 August 2021 (32 days prior). Cancellation: 100% cancellation fee within 30 days of departure. All other standard T&C apply.


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