Explore the timeless Norfolk railways and discover Sandringham
5 daysFrom £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
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, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
*Steam-hauled where possible.
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.
Your tour begins in Norwich, where you meet your Tour
Manager at the Holiday Inn Norwich City at
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.
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
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
Group rather large and we were a bit unlucky with the weather.
All good except "route march" around Norwich upon arrival. Too long and fast for the majority of the trsvellers.
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
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.