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Norwich, Sandringham and the Norfolk Broads

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5 days From £695 £645 per person
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Experience the friendly coastal towns, lively nature, and nostalgic steam trains of Norfolk.

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2024 Tour code: NKB24

About the tour

Discover timeless seaside towns, wonderful wildlife, and a royal stately home on this delightful holiday. Explore the pretty waterways of the Norfolk Broads, journey on the heritage Mid and North Norfolk Railways, and tour the picturesque city of Norwich.

Unforgettable Experiences

Norfolk Broads
Norfolk Broads
Sail along the Norfolk Broads, watching out for wildlife and admiring the beautiful scenery as we cruise the gentle waters.
Wander the beautiful gardens and enchanting halls of Sandringham, one of Britain’s finest stately homes.
North Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway
Journey on the North Norfolk Railway, travelling through scenic countryside along the ‘Poppy Line’.
Cley Marshes
Cley Marshes
Explore the wild landscapes of Cley Marshes and enjoy an insightful talk about birdwatching in the area.
Discover the fascinating history of Norwich on a guided tour through the cobbled streets of its Old Town.
Bure Valley Railway
Bure Valley Railway
Gaze at flower-filled meadows and verdant scenery that pass by your window aboard the Bure Valley Railway.

What’s included


Day 1 - The welcoming atmosphere of Norwich

Checking into our Norwich hotel in the mid-afternoon, our holiday begins as soon as you arrive with an optional city tour. The lively capital of Norfolk is a city brimming with cultural delights and a warm, inviting atmosphere which we discover with our guide. Strolling through the Old Town, we learn some of the city's fascinating history and see the magnificent Anglo-Norman cathedral that dominates its skyline. The streets and open squares reveal museums, medieval churches, public gardens, and other attractions.

Alternatively, you could choose to check in later this afternoon and explore the city at your own pace. Wandering the cobbled streets, you'll uncover a vibrant arts scene, bustling markets, and a rich literary heritage. In the evening, we gather as a group for dinner at the hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Birdspotting at Cley Marshes, cheerful Sheringham, and the scenic North Norfolk Railway

After breakfast, we start our day by visiting Cley Marshes. One of the oldest nature reserves in the country, it's famed for its breathtaking landscape and diverse wildlife. Our time here combines the beauty of the marshland with an expert talk about the birds found in the area. Once we've gained an insight into the birds we could see during our visit, you can wander along the trails, find strategically positioned hides for optimal bird viewing, and try to spot and identify the birds on your own.

Afterwards, our coach takes us to Sheringham, a traditional seaside town on the Deep History Coast. There's some time at leisure to wander along the colourful promenade, discover the fine beaches, or enjoy lunch with a coastal view. We then head to the train station to join the heritage North Norfolk Railway on a picturesque, steam-hauled journey to Holt.

The railway is famously known as 'The Poppy Line' because of the vibrant red flowers that spring up on the route during the summer. Riding in vintage carriages, we admire sweeping views of the stunning coastline, heathland, rolling hills, meandering rivers, and small villages. After experiencing this slice of railway history, our coach takes us back to our hotel, giving us some time to relax before dinner this evening.

*Steam-hauled where possible, however due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Elegant Sandringham

Today we visit Sandringham, a favourite Royal residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II and now a cherished retreat to King Charles III and Queen Camilla. The magnificent estate gives a fascinating insight into the heritage of the Royal Family and inside the house, the décor and contents have been kept the same since Edwardian times. The Gardens have a unique variety of ancient trees, two lakes, a rock garden, and even a delightful summer house known as 'Alexandras Nest'.

There's plenty of time to explore its opulent interiors, royal collections, and its acres of beautifully landscaped gardens before we return to our hotel in the late afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - A heritage journey on the Mid-Norfolk Railway and sailing the Norfolk Broads

We make the most of every minute on our final full day and discover Norfolk by heritage railway. After heading to Dereham by coach, we join the Mid-Norfolk Railway* for a journey through the picturesque countryside to the market town of Wymondham. From here our coach takes us to Aylsham, an unspoilt market town where we board the Bure Valley Railway.

Following the meandering River Bure through the Bure Valley, we pass serene meadows, historic pastures, and idyllic villages within the beautiful Broadland region. We disembark in the peaceful village of Wroxham for a unique experience of the beautiful Norfolk scenery - aboard a Mississippi paddle boat. Drifting along the Norfolk Broads, we admire the wonderful landscapes and wildlife it's celebrated for. With light refreshments available on board, this is a truly relaxing way to spend our afternoon.

*Steam-hauled where possible however due to timetable changes or weather conditions, heritage diesel locomotives may be running instead.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning, it's time to say goodbye. Our holiday comes to an end and you can make your way home with lovely new memories.

  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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.


The George Hotel, Norwich

The George Hotel, Norwich

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Bure Valley Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
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4.0 stars4.0 / 5 · 106 reviews

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Paul Powell

4 stars

Submitted 19/Sep

Food average , served in a seperate Dining room to the main restaurant........short of staff, and we experienced slightly belligerent staff due to this.

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rjapet 2060

3 stars

Submitted 16/Sep

Did not consider full priced holiday as value for money. Hotel pleasant and clean but service at meals too slow. Train trip that was reduced to short return journey would have been better if substituted with something else.

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K Wilmer

5 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

Excellent, hotel, first class, Tour Manager first class.

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Jeannie Stirrup

4 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

Excellent tour guide, nice hotel and good food. A couple of the train journeys were a bit underwhelming. The fantastic weather helped to enhance the whole experience.

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5 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

A great and as always well organised trip by GRJ. The hotel used in Norwich as our base was excellent. The tour guide was helpful & efficient. I enjoyed the coach visits to Sandringham , Cley Marshes nature reserve and also the heritage rail trips. If I am picky, I would say that the boat cruise on the Broads was too full with other groups of people. However, it was still enjoyable.

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5 stars

Submitted 14/Sep

Excellent holiday, good trips out and lovely hotel in Norwich. Very enjoyable all round.

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