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Norwich & Norfolk at Christmas


Discover scenic waterways and heritage trains

6 days From £599 per person
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 - Broadlands on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve 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. Free time in the ancient riverside village of Horning precedes a visit to Fairhaven Gardens. Combining cultivated gardens, woodland, and water gardens, it is dappled with seasonal blooms and a great place for some birdwatching.

Returning to the hotel, the group enjoys a traditional festive meal as you get into the Christmas spirit ahead of the big day.

  • 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 - Exploring Norwich

Today is Boxing Day, where you have a guided tour of the historic city of Norwich, 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 5 - From rural Norfolk to the coast

Join the Mid-Norfolk Railway at Dereham for a wonderful rail journey. Covering 11 miles of classic Norfolk countryside, this enchanting railway covers some truly beautiful scenery as it curls through forests and meadows. Next, enjoy some free time in Wymondham with its octagonal, half-timbered market cross dating from the early 17th century. This afternoon, you travel to the North Norfolk coast for fish and chips in Cromer. This vintage seaside town has a Grade II-listed Victorian pier that stretches nearly 500 feet out to sea. 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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