The Surprises of Norfolk
5 days from £419 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Norwich is the most complete medieval city in Britain with a magnificent cathedral, Norman castle, cobbled streets, half timbered houses and the delightful old Watergate town by the riverside. The Norfolk Broads are the UK’s largest protected wetland and an important area for wildlife. We include a scenic cruise along the Broads, a steam railway journey and a visit to the Queen’s much loved country retreat of Sandringham.
We depart your chosen pick up points and make our way to lovely Ely, once an island for most of its history until the Fens surrounding it were drained in the 18th century. We enjoy admission to The cathedral which was built by William the Conqueror after the bloody rebellion by Hereward the Wake and stands as a fine example of his religious devotion and to his overwhelming victory. Most of the present building was completed by 1189 in the Romanesque style, with some additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries. Because this great cathedral appears to float high above the flat surrounding landscape, it has long been known as “The Ship of the Fens”. We continue to our hotel for the next 4 nights.
We begin the day with a short journey to the ancient walled city of Norwich for a guided tour. Here we will learn of its rich Anglo- Saxon and Norman origins. Amongst the major attractions are the 11th century Cathedral and the Castle, first constructed by the Normans following their victory in 1066. In the afternoon we head for a relaxing river cruise along the lovely Norfolk Broads followed by a short stop at Ranworth Broad Visitor Centre, home to the Broads Wildlife Centre. Here we will discover how the Broads were created, their past uses and the present day pressures in their conservation. We return to our hotel by a circular route through Potter Heigham and Horning, giving us the chance to view more of the panorama of the Broads.
Today we visit Sandringham, the much loved country retreat of the Queen and the private home of four generations of British monarchs since1862. The house, set in 60 acres of stunning gardens, is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk. The estate has a thriving mixed landscape, including the tidal mudflats of The Wash, woodland and wetland, livestock, fruit farms and commercial and residential properties. It provides a place of enjoyment not only for the Royal Family but for the many thousands of visitors who come to see the House, Museum and Gardens.
After breakfast we travel to Sheringham for a railway journey on the North Norfolk Railway. The journey travels through some of Norfolk’s stunning coastal countryside designated as being of outstanding natural beauty. To the south are wooded hills and to the north, the sea. After our coach collects us, we will then journey along the Norfolk coast with stops in scenic coastal resorts such as Cromer, most famous for its succulent Cromer Crabs. With its long beaches, landscaped cliff top gardens, promenades and pier, Cromer still retains much of the flavour of its Edwardian heyday.
Today we leave this lovely corner of England and begin our journey home.
This 4 star country house hotel retains a traditional elegance amidst 170 acres of landscaped grounds and is located 8km from the city of Norwich. The sizeable public areas include an elegantly decorated traditional bar and an impressive restaurant. Each of the 169 bedrooms are equipped with modern facilities including hairdryer, TV tea coffee making facilities. Take the opportunity to relax in the enviable leisure facilities, including indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, and steam room. Don’t miss the chance to experience the great spa facilities for a relaxing treatment or two.
• Executive coach travel throughout
• 4 nights accommodation
• Welcome drink tea or coffee on arrival
• Meals on a half board basis
• Tea or coffee after dinner
• Free use of leisure facilities – indoor pool, sauna, steam room & Gym
• Excursions and admissions as stated in itinerary
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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