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Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

(Tour code: 17NFX)Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period.

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage trains of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Based in Norwich, discover charming woodland gardens and historic guided tours, experiencing the very best the region has to offer.

Tour Highlights
  • Norwich including a guided tour
  • North Norfolk Railway
  • Woodland Garden excursion
  • Privately-chartered train journey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway
  • Journey on the Bure Valley Railway’s ‘mince pie special’ service
  • Cruise on the Norfolk Broads
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
    Privately-chartered train journey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway
  • Norfolk Broads Cruise

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Norwich Cathedral
Day 1


Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City and are welcomed with mulled wine and mince pies. After checking in, you are free to begin exploring until dinner is served at the hotel this evening.

  • Dinner
  • Free Day
Norfolk Broads
Day 2

Christmas Eve cruise

Your day begins with a special Christmas Eve cruise along the spectacular Norfolk Broads. Boarding the boat at Wroxham, experience the enchanting winter countryside of East Anglia as you sail past historical homes, thatched cottages and idyllic surroundings with a glass of mulled wine - all accompanied by interesting commentary throughout. Continue this afternoon with a guided walk through the Woodland Garden at Fairhaven. Boasting over 3.5 miles of winding, flowering pathways with camellias, snowdrops, pieris and cyclame. The gardens are also home to a wide variety of wildlife including deer, otters and kingfishers, making it a joy to discover at Christmas time.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Christmas Eve cruise along the spectacular Norfolk Broads.
Norwich Cathedral
Day 3

At leisure

Enjoy Christmas Day at leisure. Perhaps take a relaxing walk through Norwich's historic centre, or unwind at the hotel making the most of the included facilities such as the sauna, pool and steam room. This afternoon sit down to a traditional three-course Christmas lunch, followed by a Christmas buffet in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Free Day
Norwich Castle
Day 4

Guided walking tour of Norwich’s Old Town

On Boxing Day take a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town, home to the city's imposing Norman Castle and Anglican Church, before a coach trip to seaside Sheringham. After time in Sheringham, you board the historic North Norfolk Railway, or 'Poppy Line' as it is locally known, for a festive-special return trip. (B,D)

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Bure Valley Railway
  • Mid-Norfolk Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
Day 5

Mid-Norfolk Railway

This morning join the Mid-Norfolk Railway at Dereham for a journey with a difference, travelling aboard a privately chartered diesel train. This afternoon experience the Bure Valley Railway's 'mince pie special' service.

  • Breakfast
Norwich Cathedral
Day 6

Homeward bound

After breakfast your tour concludes and you are free to depart at your leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to continue to explore Norwich and the fantastic surrounding area.

  • Breakfast
  • Free Day

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