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Pretty waterways, timeless seaside towns and nostalgic steam trains

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20222023
5 days From £695 per person

2022 Tour code: NKB22

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 - Hethersett and Norwich

Our holiday begins at our hotel in Hethersett. This afternoon we head to 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, a rich collection of twisting lanes and narrow passageways. We see Elm Hill, a historic cobbled street with buildings dating back to the Tudor period that now house a jumble of antique shops, boutiques and cafés. We also see the traditional markets, which are still in use today and sell a host of fresh produce.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 - The Poppy Line and Sandringham

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 the summer months. We disembark and continue to Sandringham, a Royal country retreat. We explore the Sandringham Estate and gardens and with free time, you could also explore the Sculpture Trail.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 – Hethersett

Today is free for you to explore at your own pace. You could make another visit to Norwich to look around the quaint shops or open-air market. Norwich offers a mixture of museums and galleries, such as the Bridewell Museum, devoted to local trade, and the Castle Museum, exhibiting different periods in Norwich's trading industry. Or, you could venture further afield with a train ride to the coast.

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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.

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

Park Farm Hotel

Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett

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Trains

Bure Valley Railway
Mid-Norfolk Railway
North Norfolk Railway

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3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 79 reviews

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N West

4 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

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

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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Sandra Gillott

4 stars

Submitted 17/Sep

Quality hotel and good tours.

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S Lawson

4 stars

Submitted 15/Sep

Enjoyable trip

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Hazel Miles

4 stars

Submitted 25/Aug

Not as good as Scotland and Wales tours we have done recently. The overall tour itinerary could be altered to improve the experience and an additional visit included.

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Timbo Copthorne

3 stars

Submitted 25/Aug

Poor quality food served badly

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