Norfolk – A Royal Retreat, Railways & Broads
A 3-night, 4-day tour – Thursday 07th to Sunday 10th September 2023
Sandringham • Norwich • Norfolk Broads • Bure Valley Steam Railway
With the nation's interest in the Royal Family having grown in recent years, we have enhanced our popular Norfolk Broads tour and included a visit to Sandringham Estate, Her Majesty's Norfolk retreat. This, together with a nostalgic railway journey and Broad’s cruise, provides a truly enjoyable tour
Thursday: A breakfast time departure with a comfort stop then we enhance our journey with a lunchtime visit to Southwold – a charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. All the attractions of the working lighthouse, beach huts, award-winning pier, busy harbour, cliff top cannon and of course the beach, combine to make Southwold a quintessentially English resort town. We continue to our hotel with time at leisure before evening dinner.
FRIDAY: After breakfast, we join an official local guide for a panoramic city tour of Norwich, by coach and on foot. This afternoon, the highlight of the tour is a visit to Sandringham house, gardens and museum. Built for Edward VII, Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of her Majesty the Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. Sandringham has passed through generations of royals but the decor remains true to its Edwardian heritage. The fascinating museum is home to a number of vintage royal vehicles and commemorative china. Back to the hotel to relax before evening dinner.
SATURDAY: Enjoy breakfast then we explore the beautiful Norfolk Broads with an enjoyable nine-mile nostalgic journey by steam through the Norfolk countryside on the Bure Valley Steam Railway. Next, we transfer to Wroxham Bridge allowing time for lunch before a leisurely Broads cruise. Before we return to our hotel for evening dinner, we enjoy an afternoon beside the seaside with a trip to the coastal resort of Cromer. Perched on the very edge of the north Norfolk coast, it is famous for its tasty crabs, open beaches, traditional pier and is awash with small independent shops.
SUNDAY: Bidding farewell to our hosts after breakfast, our homeward journey includes a lunchtime stop at Peterborough – the city at the heart of rural East England, bridging the Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire borders. Peterborough and its region have an important place in the history of Britain – with prehistoric Bronze Age sites, a stunning cathedral, Roman sites and medieval murals. There’s also one of the most extensive outdoor sculpture collections in the country plus all the hustle and bustle you’d expect in a city. There’s one final tour highlight as we depart Peterborough by steam train for 50-minute journey to Wansford. The Nene Valley Railway is the UK’s leading international steam attraction. As both a living heritage railway, it is tended to by its loyal band of volunteers and is a thriving attraction which offers the chance to experience the thrill of riding a steam engine; learn about the railway’s history; and explore the picturesque surroundings of the Nene Valley area. We re-join our coach and continue our journey home to arrive during the early evening with great memories of our adventure.
The Hotel:The 3-star Mercure Norwich Hotel is our ideal base and is superbly located near Norwich. All bedrooms offer supremely comfortable beds, HD TVs, complimentary high-speed WiFi, en suite bathrooms, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Relax in the comfort of the Bar and Brasserie whilst sampling mouth-watering dishes created with fresh produce in the restaurant offering such a choice of menu options.
What’s Included:3 nights half board, porter service, full English breakfast, 3 course dinner with choice and tea/coffee, a guided tour of Norwich, admission to Sandringham Estate, a Bure Valley Steam Railway journey, a Norfolk Broads cruise, a single journey on the Nene Valley railway and the services of a Tour Guide throughout.