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Explore the timeless Norfolk railways and discover Sandringham

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20202021
5 days From £379 per person
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2021 Tour code: 21NFS

About the tour

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

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Norwich

Your tour begins in Norwich, the capital of Norfolk, where you meet at your hotel. After checking in, enjoy a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town and learn some of the city's fascinating history. 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
Norwich
Day 2 - 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sandringham House
Day 3 - Norwich

Discover Norwich at your own pace. 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. 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 three 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-toSaturday 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
Norwich Cathedral
Day 4 - Heritage railways & Norfolk Broads

Discover beautiful Norfolk by heritage railway, visiting alluring towns and admiring the peaceful countryside. Transfer by coach to Dereham, where you join the MidNorfolk 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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Norfolk Broads
Day 5 - Home

After breakfast your holiday ends and you are free to depart.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Norfolk Lavender

Additional information

Departure times

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

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.

Hotel

Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

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Trains

Bure Valley Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway

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93% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr Martin Sirot-Smith

Submitted 3 weeks ago

Basic experience was as good as could be expected considering all the limitations regarding Covid. Could not be 5 Star as some of the advertised experiences did not take place.

ian dove

Submitted 4 weeks ago

well organised and the hotel was great

Anonymous

Submitted 24/10/2020

The accommodation was good but the food could have been better although I realise that the current situation makes everything difficult.

Anonymous

Submitted 09/10/2020

Excellent short break with going variety of day trips

Mrs Susan Emery

Submitted 08/10/2020

Excellent holiday, well organised with a great our manager.

Anonymous

Submitted 08/10/2020

Excellent organisation well managed in the current situation

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