Discover three of Norfolk's most scenic railway lines, the Bure Valley Railway, the Mid-Norfolk Railway, and the North Norfolk Railway, on a tour that showcases some of the most beautiful areas of this idyllic county at Christmas, all from your base near historic Norwich.
Arrive in Norwich today, where your Tour Manager is waiting to meet you at the 4-Star Barnham Broom Hotel, located in a lovely village outside of the main city of Norwich. We dine in the hotel this evening.
On Day 2, we venture into Norwich to enjoy a guided tour of some of the most famed sights of the city, including the magnificent cathedral. This afternoon, you are at leisure to continue exploring Norwich. The city boasts of an incredible heritage, with over 1,500 years of history to recommend it.
Enjoy a fabulous Christmas Day at leisure today, with plenty of food and optional festivities to inspire and improve your festive mood. After an elegant Bucks Fizz breakfast, perhaps take the time to explore the pretty scenery around the village, and make plenty of room for lunch. Before lunch, there is a drinks reception as well as a visit from Santa, and lunch is served with all of the trimmings. This afternoon, there is the option to enjoy a game of Bingo, and in the evening, we enjoy a light buffet meal ahead of a quiz night.
Enjoy an exciting Boxing Day on board the North Norfolk Railway. We begin by taking a coach to Sherringham, transferring to the station, then boarding the steam-hauled locomotive for a return journey on the festive Mince Pie service. Delight in the beauty of the passing Norwich scenery as you wind your way through the picturesque countryside.
There is time for lunch here, before we board a coach and transfer to Fairhaven Woodland Garden. This incredible oasis of peace and greenery is a truly marvellous way to lose yourself in the beauty of nature, and we take a guided tour around, learning about the flora that flourishes here.
Today, we venture to Wroxham on board the Bure Valley Railway, taking us through the lovely Bure Valley on our way. From here, we transfer by coach to Wymondham for a journey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway to Dereham, a delightfully quaint little town which epitomises the small-town beauty of Norwich. After breakfast on Day 6, our tour comes to an end, and you are free to depart at your leisure.
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The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line which runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' with country stations serving the villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. The 18-mile round trip on the Bure Valley Railway runs through the picturesque countryside following the meandering river through meadowland and ancient pasture stopping occasionally at small country villages.
The surviving section of the North Norfolk Railway was originally built by the Eastern & Midlands Railway, and began to run trains in 1887. For many years the line saw prosperity, carrying considerable numbers of passengers and a large amount of freight. Apart from being absorbed by the Midland & Great Northern Railway in 1893, it saw very little change for its first half century.
What better way to discover the idyllic countryside of Norfolk than from the comfortable carriages of the Mid-Norfolk Railway? Covering 11 miles of Norfolk's classic British countryside, this enchanting railway covers some truly beautiful countryside as it curls through forests and meadows between Wymondham and Dereham. Timeless and endearing, the Mid-Norfolk Railway rediscovers the subtle majesty of the Great British outdoors. A variety of heritage railway societies operate on this line, many of which organise heritage train runs and preserve the track for all the passengers who travel on it. The track itself dates all the way back to the 1840s, and many of the stations reflect that time period, hailing from a time where rail travel was king.
The 4-Star Barnham Broom hotel is a wonderfully calm and comfortable base for our time in Norfolk. Every room comes well equipped with an ensuite bathroom, a television, tea & coffee making facilities, an in-room safe, and complimentary Wi-Fi.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
We can book UK rail tickets from your local station to and from Norwich. Please call us to discuss your requirements.
Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase, and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you at your first main hotel in Europe.
We are pleased to provide the services of the GRJ Luggage Concierge Service - supported by our partner The Baggage Man, offering luggage transport from as little as £50 for one suitcase and £115 for two suitcases.
Please contact us for details of this service.