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Pretty waterways, timeless seaside towns and nostalgic steam trains

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2023 Tour code: NKB23

About the tour

Discover timeless seaside towns, nostalgic steam trains and historic stately homes on this delightful holiday. Explore the pretty waterways of the Norfolk Broads and tour the picturesque city of Norwich, dominated by its two ancient cathedrals.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Norwich

Our holiday begins at our hotel in Norwich, a beautiful and historic city and the capital of the county of Norfolk. We embark on a guided walking tour of the city's Old Town. We see Elm Hill, a historic cobbled street with buildings dating back to the Tudor period - now a jumble of antique shops, boutiques and cafés. We also see the traditional markets of fresh produce, which are still in use today. This evening, dinner is served at our hotel.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - The Poppy Line

We head to Cley Marshes for a visit to the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, where we learn about why Norfolk is an incredible location for birdwatching. We continue to the quaint coastal town of Sheringham, where we board the steam-hauled North Norfolk Railway for a journey on the Poppy Line to Holt. The heritage line dates back to 1887 and earned its name due to the many flowers that line the route in summer. On our return to Norwich you may like to explore a local museum or gallery, such as the Bridewell Museum, devoted to local trade, and the Castle Museum, showcasing Norwich's trading industry. We enjoy dinner at our hotel.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Sandringham

Today we travel by coach to Sandringham, once the country retreat of Queen Elizabeth II. We explore the Sandringham Estate and gardens, with time to visit the Sandringham Exhibition and Transport Museum, which you'll find in the former coach house and stables. With free time, you could explore the Sculpture Trail. There's also Sandringham's Country Park to stroll through, and you might like to visit the Sandringham Cafe & Coffee shop or the Stables Tea Room. We return to our hotel for dinner.

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  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Historic Railways and the Norfolk Broads

We travel by coach to Dereham, where we board the Mid-Norfolk Railway for a delightful journey along the restored railway line. Covering 11 miles of Norfolk's countryside, the railway curls through forests and meadows between Dereham and Wymondham. The track dates back to the 1840s, and many of the stations reflect that time period. Arriving in the market town of Wymondham, we travel by coach to Aylsham for a journey on the Bure Valley Railway to Wroxham. Our scenic journey through the Bure Valley is undertaken by a restored steam engine and takes us into the heart of the Norfolk Broads. After disembarking, we enjoy a boat cruise along the wide and picturesque waterways that provide a home for a stunning array of wildlife - bitterns, cuckoos, otters and water voles - many of them unique to Norfolk. This evening we enjoy a final dinner at our hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Home

After breakfast, our tour concludes, and you are free to leave Norwich.

Includes
  • 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.

Hotel

The George Hotel, Norwich

The George Hotel, Norwich

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Trains

Bure Valley Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway

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S Jones

4 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2022

Enjoyable holiday but felt the first full day was to crowded.

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Christine griggs

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2022

Our guide was excellent. Trips out well organised and lovely.

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Tony Carr

4 stars

Submitted 28 Sep 2022

An enjoyable holiday which could have been better. The full free day in Norwich was excessive and the inability to visit Sandringham was unfortunate but understandable. The choice of only two main courses for evening dinner on the first night including a vegetarian option was not acceptable. This was corrected on subsequent nights

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Mr Larkin

5 stars

Submitted 28 Sep 2022

Very well organised from start to finish, Excellent hotel and a very efficient and friendly tour manger.

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N West

4 stars

Submitted 27 Sep 2022

Excellent hotel, couldn’t fault it. One or two of the excursions were less than perfect.

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David Holmes

4 stars

Submitted 23 Sep 2022

Hotel was excellent. North Norfolk and Bure railway trips were good, except we could only go half-way on the NFR line due to track problems. Mid Norfolk line was very disappointing. Not steam, scruffy railcar instead which you could not see out of. Staff enthusiastic, but the trip was slow and uninteresting. Trip to Cley Marshes was good, but no time to visit the Marches themselves, only a video presentation. Coach driver was very good but feel that the time in the coach was a lot - maybe the order of visits could be looked at to see if this could be cut down. Further options could be given for the free day in Norwich e.g.trip to Cromer or more time at one of the other venues (even if this were an extra). s.

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