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
Journey on the North Norfolk Railway, travelling through the scenic countryside of the ‘Poppy Line’
Wander the beautiful gardens and enchanting halls of Sandringham, one of Britain’s finest stately homes.
Discover the fascinating history of Norwich on a guided tour.
Travel past flower-filled meadows and verdant scenery on the Bure Valley Railway.
Sail along on the Norfolk Broads, watching out for wildlife as you cruise the gentle waters.
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
4 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Day 5 - Home
After breakfast your holiday ends and you are free to
Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour
Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City at
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