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Experience the beautiful landscapes of Norfolk by heritage railway, exploring historic towns and treasures along the way.

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2024 Tour code: 24NFS

About the tour

Explore the meandering waterways and heritage railways of Norfolk. Based in historic Norwich, experience scenic journeys on the Mid and North Norfolk railways, sail the Norfolk Broads on a Mississippi paddle boat, and visit Sandringham - the royal's country retreat.

Unforgettable Experiences

North Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway
Journey on the North Norfolk Railway, travelling through the scenic countryside of the ‘Poppy Line’.
Sandringham
Sandringham
Wander the beautiful gardens and enchanting halls of Sandringham, one of Britain’s finest stately homes.
Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads
Sail along the Norfolk Broads, watching out for wildlife as you cruise the gentle waters.
Norwich
Norwich
Discover the fascinating history of Norwich on a guided tour.
Bure Valley Railway
Bure Valley Railway
Travel past flower-filled meadows and verdant scenery on the Bure Valley Railway.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - A warm welcome in Norwich

Your holiday begins today in Norwich, the lively capital of Norfolk, where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel. Once you've checked in, you can start familiarising yourself with the city's cultural delights and welcoming atmosphere. Wandering the cobbled streets at leisure, you'll discover Norwich's vibrant arts scene, bustling markets, and rich literary heritage.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - Exploring Norwich

Today you 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, Norwich is a pleasing jumble of historic and modern architecture. Its streets and open squares reveal museums, medieval churches, public gardens, and other attractions. Deceptively compact, Norwich is delightful and rewarding to explore on foot.

This afternoon you can discover more of Norwich at leisure. As well as Norwich Cathedral, the city has a second cathedral you could visit. The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is one of the finest examples of great Victorian Gothic Revival Architecture in the UK. Next to this masterpiece, you'll find Plantation Garden, a calm escape from the bustle of the city with its Gothic-style fountain, flower beds, lawns, Italianate terrace, and more.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - A heritage journey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway and sailing the Norfolk Broads

You discover Norfolk by heritage railway today. After heading to Dereham by rail, you join the Mid-Norfolk Railway* for a journey through the picturesque countryside to the market town of Wymondham. From here your coach takes you to Aylsham, an unspoilt market town where you board the Bure Valley Railway.

Running through the Bure Valley, the line follows the meandering River Bure passing by serene meadows and historic pastures. Along the way, you also journey through idyllic villages within the beautiful Broadland region.

Arriving in Wroxham, you experience the beautiful Norfolk scenery in a unique way. Aboard a Mississippi paddle boat, you cruise along the Norfolk Broads, renowned for its wonderful landscapes and wildlife. With light refreshments available on board, this is a truly relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

*Steam-hauled where possible , however due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The scenic North Norfolk Railway to elegant Sandringham

This morning you start with a scenic rail journey along the Bittern Line to Sheringham. Once you've arrived, you join the heritage North Norfolk Railway* for a picturesque, steam-hauled journey to Holt. The railway is famously known as the 'Poppy Line' because of the vibrant red flowers that spring up along the route during the summer.

After experiencing this slice of railway history, your day continues with a visit to Sandringham, the Royal residence that was a favourite country retreat of the late Queen Elizabeth II. You have some time to explore the stunning house and its acres of beautifully landscaped gardens before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Please Note - For departure 20/09/2024 our journey on the North Norfolk Railway falls on there 1940's weekend.

*Steam-hauled where possible , however due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, it's time to say goodbye to new friends as your holiday comes to an end. Head home with the lovely new memories you've made this week, or you could explore more of Norfolk's treasures on your own.

Includes
  • Breakfast

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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Kim “Google user”

5 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2023

Loved this Tour. Great guide and holiday full of activities. Exceptional!

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Mr Wills

4 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2023

A lovely holiday in Norwich staying in a good hotel. Went on 3 preserved train lines and also saw Sandringham estate. Could have had more time at Sandringham, but what I saw was worth seeing (including the beautiful church)

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Martin Sinnock

4 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2023

Good trip. Nice hotel and interesting excursions. Slightly spoiled by a dreadful coach-driver who seemed to think that he was a Standup Comedian. I'd rather coach-drivers concentrate on driving and let the Tour Manager give a short commentary.

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Lynne Roberts

5 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2023

Lovely holiday. This is the second rail discovery holiday we have had this year & I can thoroughly reccomend them.We stayed in a Holiday Inn on the outskirts of Nowich City next to the football stadium.We had a good buffet breakfast & waiter served 3 course dinner.The trips were excellent,apart from one slight disappointment where another train was sustituted for a steam train.The 2 hour sail on the Broads was excellent.Our rep Trevor was pleasant & well organised,as was the coach driver.

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Pauline Hulance

2 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2023

Too long on a coach and not enough time on a train but well organised

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Mr Turner

5 stars

Submitted 17 Oct 2023

Excellent itinerary great value and professional organisation. Highly recommended tour with a very good hotel location.

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