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Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas

6 days From £848 per person


Discover scenic waterways and heritage trains

Operated by our sister company Rail Discoveries

2023 Tour code: 24NFX

About the tour

Explore the heritage trains and meandering waterways of Norfolk over the Christmas period. Immerse yourself in the delights of this charming region from your base in the city of Norwich.


What’s included


Day 1 - Norwich

Your holiday begins today in Norwich, where you meet your Tour Manager at your hotel, enjoying a glass of mulled wine upon arrival. After checking in, you're free to settle in or begin exploring this historic city. Local Christmas markets, intricate light displays and beautifully decorated centuries-old buildings set the scene for this festive adventure. With a wonderful medieval centre, Norwich is dominated by its castle and spectacular cathedral.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Norwich on Christmas Eve

You have a guided tour of the historic city of Norwich this morning, a place steeped in history and filled with medieval buildings and crooked houses. This afternoon, you're free to continue exploring.

The beautiful and historic city 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 seemingly at every turn. At Christmas, the city takes on an even more magical quality, with pretty fairy lights and festive decorations brightening up the streets.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Christmas in Norwich

Enjoy plenty of time on Christmas Day to relax and enjoy the festivities. This afternoon you sit down to a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings, followed by time to continue exploring the beautiful city of Norwich. Perhaps enjoy a walk past the city's breathtaking castle, or visit the Plantation Garden, which was established in 1856 and sits tucked away at the heart of the city. This evening, there is a delicious Christmas buffet served at the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Cley Marshes and Fairhaven Gardens

Today is Boxing Day and this morning, we travel to the coast to explore the Cley Marshes wildlife reserve, one of the best birdwatching sites in the UK. We also learn about the wildlife of the reserve during an informative film and refreshments. While here, look out for seasonal visitors such as the distinctive pink-footed goose and the snow bunting. This afternoon we travel to the Norfolk Broads to visit Fairhaven Gardens. Combining cultivated gardens, woodland, and water gardens, it is dappled with seasonal blooms and a great place for additional birdwatching.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - From the Broads to the coast

Today commences with a charming journey on a narrow-gauge railway from the bustling Broads town of Wroxham. The Bure Valley Railway follows the meandering river through gentle countryside before reaching the historic market town of Aylsham. This afternoon, you travel along the North Norfolk Railway from the Georgian town of Holt to the Victorian seaside resort of Sheringham, along a route dubbed the Poppy Line. You journey through gentle countryside to the picture-perfect Weybourne station, carefully restored to its original condition, before enjoying great views of the sea on the way into your destination. From here, you travel to nearby Cromer for lunch at a fish and chip restaurant before having some free time in this vintage seaside town. Renowned for its Grade II-listed Victorian pier that stretches nearly 500 feet out to sea and its famous crabbing industry, Cromer is a delightful place to wander with a long esplanade on its beachfront. Back at the hotel, the group enjoys a three-course dinner together.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Homeward bound

After breakfast, your tour concludes as you say farewell to your fellow festive travellers and leave Norwich.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

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.


Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich

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