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Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

4.5 stars(13 reviews)

Discover scenic waterways and heritage trains

6 days Not yet on sale

2023 Tour code: 24NFX

About the tour

Explore the heritage trains and meandering waterways of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Immerse yourself in the delights of this charming region from your base in the city of Norwich.


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What’s included


Day 1 - Norwich

You holiday begins today in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel, enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie upon arrival. After checking in, you're free to settle in or begin exploring.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Norwich

Enjoy a Christmas Eve as you take a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town, a place steeped in history and filled with medieval buildings and crooked houses. This afternoon, you're free to continue exploring.

The beautiful and historic city 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 seemingly at every turn. At Christmas, the city takes on an even more magical quality, with pretty fairy lights and festive decorations brightening up the streets.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Norwich

Enjoy plenty of time on Christmas Day to relax and enjoy the festivities. This afternoon you sit down to a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, followed by time to continue exploring the beautiful city of Norwich. Perhaps enjoy a walk past the city's breathtaking castle, or visit the Plantation Garden, which was established in 1856 and sits tucked away at the heart of the city. This evening, there is a delicious Christmas buffet served at the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - North Norfolk Coast

Today is Boxing Day, where you have a guided tour by coach of the North Norfolk Coast.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Journeys on two of Norfolk's Railways

Join the Mid-Norfolk Railway at Dereham for a wonderful rail journey. Covering 11 miles of Norfolk's classic British countryside, this enchanting railway covers some truly beautiful countryside as it curls through forests and meadows. Next, enjoy some free time in Wymondham. This afternoon, you enjoy a trip on the Bure Valley Railway, a cheerful heritage railway which curls through the Broads National Park. Afterwards, round off your day as you stop for a seasonal drink at a local café.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Homeward bound

After breakfast, your tour concludes and you are free to depart.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

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4.5 stars4.5 / 5 · 13 reviews

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A Dunkley

3 stars

Submitted 9/Jan

Hotel very good. Overall experience disappointing because of poor communication of excursion cancellation and lack of free time to explore Norwich when venues open. The manager and guide at Fairhsven garden was so enthusiastic and knowledgable

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Mr Grant Stallwood

5 stars

Submitted 5/Jan

hotel excellent trips superb

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M Baynes

5 stars

Submitted 12 Jan 2022

Norwich is a lovely City to spend Christmas,hotel was pleasant although not in the most salubrious area unless your a football fan.All the staff were very helpful and friendly, food was very good with plenty of choice,even for a vegetarian !! Ken our holiday guide was excellent doing his best to please quite a large party. I wouldn't consider another rail discoveries holiday at that time of year due to the over crowding ( not your fault) of the trains. Mary Baynes

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Alex Smith

5 stars

Submitted 10 Jan 2022

Excellent holiday, although weather was wet all the time, the hotel (Holiday Inn Carrow Road), staff and tour guide were brilliant, could not do enough for you.

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5 stars

Submitted 09 Jan 2022

Really enjoyed my first Christmas break. Something happening every day with tour guide taking the stress out of itinerary. Thanks.John

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M Richards

4 stars

Submitted 04 Jan 2022

The usual great service from Rail Discoveries. Ken was an excellent tour manager who was very good at finding alternatives when the schedule had to be altered. The Holiday Inn did a great job, especially Christmas Day lunch, but I was disappointed that the final two dinners did not match up to the standard of the first three, presumably because of a change of chef. Staff very efficient and welcoming. So good to be holidaying with you again RD. I thoroughly enjoyed my excellent Christmas holiday.

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