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Explore the timeless Norfolk railways and discover Sandringham

5 days From £429 per person

2020 Tour code: 20NFS

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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Itinerary

Day 1 - Norwich

Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City. After time to check in, enjoy a guided walking tour of Norwich's Old Town and learn some of the city's fascinating history. The beautiful and historic city of Norwich, the capital of Norfolk, 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 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.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

Please Note: For departures 20NFS22 & 20NFS23 due to Sandringham being closed for the winter, you will now visit Blickling Estate instead.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Sandringham House
Day 3 - At Leisure in Norwich

Discover Norwich at your own pace today. 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. The city's castle was intended for use as a Norman royal palace, but today serves as an excellent interactive museum and gallery whose treasures include important archaeological finds, fine artworks, and collections detailing Norfolk's natural, social, and regimental history.

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 3 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-to- Saturday 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 - Norfolk Broads

Today, discover beautiful Norfolk by heritage railway, visiting alluring towns and admiring the peaceful countryside. Transfer by coach to Dereham, where you join the Mid-Norfolk 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.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Norfolk Broads
Day 5 - Depart Norwich

After breakfast your holiday concludes and you are free to depart at your leisure. Alternatively, you could spend some more time exploring Norwich and the surrounding area.

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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Mr G Travis

Submitted 30/10/2019

Yes. Would have probably been 5* but unfortunately, due to "beyond your control" weather we were unable to complete part of the Burr Valley rail journey and none of the Broads cruise. Otherwise we were very happy with the hotel and all other aspects.

Mr C Lewis

Submitted 23/10/2019

Excellent hotel with good staff and varied food Facilities and location of hotel very good Good variety of excursions with an excellent driver Some long coach journeys

Mr T Vale

Submitted 23/10/2019

Group rather large and we were a bit unlucky with the weather.

Anonymous

Submitted 18/09/2019

All good except "route march" around Norwich upon arrival. Too long and fast for the majority of the trsvellers.

Anonymous

Submitted 31/07/2019

A very good holiday, the only issue was dinner at the hotel very unimaginative, budget ingredients.. Might have preferred to have dined locally in the evening.

Mr T Mason

Submitted 30/07/2019

Tour Manager was excellent. The whole trip was well organised and everyone's needs were taken into account. The venues and tri[ps were very much appreciated by all. Coach driver was knowledgeable and helpful Hotel staff were helpful.

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