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Norwich & Norfolk

5 Days from £399per
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(Tour code: 20NFS)

Explore the timeless Norfolk railways and discover Sandringham

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage railways of Norfolk. Based in historic Norwich, this rural getaway takes in the North Norfolk Coast, the royal residence of Sandringham and quaint market towns.

Highlights
  • Norwich including a guided tour
  • North Norfolk Railway
  • Visit to Sandringham
  • Mid-Norfolk Railway
  • Bure Valley Railway
  • Cruise on the Norfolk Broads
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Norfolk Broads Cruise

Norwich & Norfolk 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Norwich
Norwich

Norwich

Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City. After time to check in, enjoy a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town and learn some of the city's fascinating history. The beautiful and historic city of Norwich, the capital of Norfolk, has much to recommend it.

Dominated by a magnificent Anglo-Norman cathedral built in 1096, Norwich is a pleasing jumble of historic and modern architecture, its shopping streets and open squares revealing museums, medieval churches, public gardens, and other attractions at every turn. Deceptively compact, Norwich is both delightful and rewarding to explore on foot.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 Sandringham House
Sandringham House

Sandringham

Travel by train along the Bittern Line to Sheringham, where you join the heritage North Norfolk Railway for a picturesque, steam-hauled* journey to Holt. Famed for its outstanding natural beauty, the railway is nicknamed 'The Poppy Line' thanks to the flora it passes.

The section of the Eastern & Midlands Railway now known as 'The Poppy Line' first opened in June 1887. It was well used, but like many rural railways, traffic declined from the mid-1930s and most of the line was closed in 1959, with the remainder closing in 1964. A preservation society was formed at the first closure. They believed that the charming scenery of the Norfolk Broads would be a popular tourist attraction, and so the line was reopened as a heritage railway after extensive restoration work in 1976.

From Holt, make a visit to the Royal residence of Sandringham, a favourite country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen set in acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. You have some time to explore the stunning house and its beautifully landscaped gardens at leisure before your transfer back to your hotel in the late afternoon.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Norwich Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral

At Leisure in Norwich

Discover Norwich at your own pace today. One of the oldest cities in the country, Norwich has a richness of culture and history. Visit the imposing Norman castle including its historic dungeons, and wander around the battlements for fine views over the city. The city's castle was intended for use as a Norman royal palace, but today serves as an excellent interactive museum and gallery whose treasures include important archaeological finds, fine artworks, and collections detailing Norfolk's natural, social, and regimental history.

You could also visit the Plantation Garden. Established in 1856 and tucked away at the heart of the city, the Plantation Garden is a hidden botanical gem which offers 3 acres of immaculate lawns, beautiful flower beds and features including an Italian terrace, rustic bridge, and a Gothic fountain.

Why not visit Norwich's famous market? Prior to the Norman Conquest of 1066, Norwich's colourful market was held in the space now occupied by the city's cathedral. Relocated to the city centre, Britain's largest Monday-to- Saturday open-air market is still going strong more than nine hundred years later and this atmospheric gathering of around two hundred stalls is an excellent place to find fresh local produce including fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, bread and cakes, cheeses and sweets.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads

Norfolk Broads

Today, discover beautiful Norfolk by heritage railway, visiting alluring towns and admiring the peaceful countryside. Transfer by coach to Dereham, where you join the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Travel on the restored line from Dereham to the picturesque small market town of Wymondham.

Next, transfer to the charming riverside town of Aylsham for an excursion on the Bure Valley Railway* which runs through the picturesque Bure Valley, following the meandering river through meadowland and stopping occasionally at small country villages.

After disembarking, enjoy a scenic cruise along the waters of the Norfolk Broads. With light refreshments available on board, this is a truly relaxing way to spend an afternoon. The broads are home to a plethora of wildlife, some of them endangered, including bitterns, moorhens, water voles, marsh harriers, and European eels.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Norfolk Lavender
Norfolk Lavender

Depart Norwich

After breakfast your holiday concludes and you are free to depart at your leisure. Alternatively, you could spend some more time exploring Norwich and the surrounding area.

Includes:
  • Breakfast

Departure Times

Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City at 14.00pm.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Guided tour of Norwich
  • Visit to Sandringham
  • North Norfolk Railway ('The Poppy Line')
  • Mid-Norfolk Railway & Bure Valley Railway
  • Cruise on the Norfolk Broads
  • Free time to explore Norwich

 

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

 

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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