Sandringham and Norfolk by rail

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18 Jul 2019 - 22 Jul 2019
Duration: 5 days
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On this unique rail holiday, in association with BBC Gardeners' World magazine, visit Norfolk - where the royal family come to unwind - and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea at Sandringham estate, as well as a special guided visit of the parks spectacular grounds. Opened to the public by King Edward VII in 1908, the sixty acres of gardens offer spectacular sights of natural beauty, as you take in the sweeping floral displays of Edwardian influence. Add to this the nostalgic feeling of travelling along heritage railways with a little steam train chugging away up front and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable experience. We include no less than four different railway journeys on this short break, along with plenty of time to explore each destination, If the charms of Norfolk are good enough for the Queen, that’s a good enough reason for us to go!

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Four nights’ half board accommodation in Norwich
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • Entrance to Sandringham Estate with afternoon tea
  • A guided tour of the spectacular Sandringham Estate gardens
  • Join the steam train journey on the Bure Valley Railway
  • Cruise on the broads aboard the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat
  • Enjoy free time in Wroxham, Horning & Holt
  • Journey aboard the Bittern Line
  • Steam train journey on the Poppy Line
  • Visit the seaside gem of Cromer
  • Board the historic steam journey on the Mid Norfolk Railway

Day 1: Norfolk

Make your own way to our hotel, where you meet our Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

Day 2: Bure Valley Railway & the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat

This morning we board our coach and travel to the market town of Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway. This delightful route takes in some of the most unspoilt countryside as it crosses 17 bridges and passes through idyllic villages to reach Wroxham, known as the ‘capital of the Norfolk Broads’. You have some free time here before we travel to the pretty village of Horning and board the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat for a cruise on the Broads. The route takes us along the Bure river, passing thatched cottages, windmills and Norfolk reed beds, with an excellent commentary which also points out the water birds. .

Day 3: The Bittern Line, the Poppy Line & Cromer

Today we are taken to Norwich station where we join the Bittern Line, named after the wading bird, for a journey to Sheringham. We then join the North Norfolk Railway, which is affectionately known as the Poppy Line, and enjoy a scenic trip along the coast and through heathland to the lovely town of Holt. After some free time here we head to the nearby seaside resort of Cromer and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. .

Day 4: Mid Norfolk Railway & Sandringham Gardens

Wymondham is our destination today where we join the Mid Norfolk Railway for a steam train journey. We alight in Dereham and are taken by coach to Sandringham Estate, where we enjoy an exclusive guided tour of the house and gardens, followed by a delicious afternoon tea. Sandringham is country residence of the Queen, and is set in 24 acres of stunning scenery. Said to be the finest of all the Royal Gardens, the unique grounds have influences from each generation of the Royal Family which has lived there, from the North Garden to the woodland walks.

Day 5: Home

After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure; you could even take the opportunity to explore some more of Norfolk.

Please note: We cannot guarantee that all rail journeys will be steam hauled.

Holiday Inn Norwich

Accommodation will be in the 3 star AA rated Holiday Inn Norwich. The hotel is 2 ½ miles from Norwich City Centre. All of the hotel’s bedrooms offer a television, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and are en suite with a bath and shower. The Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa and a fully equipped gym. The hotel also has reception level rooms for your convenience. We are confident that the warm and friendly welcome you receive from the hotel and its staff will add to the overall enjoyment of your holiday.