Festive Norwich and Little Trains of Norfolk

Join us this festive season in the centre of Norwich, staying at the charming George Hotel. Boasting an excellent reputation for its relaxed atmosphere and friendly service, guests can enjoy well-furnished rooms, tempting dining options at the No. 10 Arlington Coffee Lounge, Bar and Bistro, and a convenient location. During this magical pre-Christmas break to Norfolk, we include a journey onboard the Bure Valley Railway, through gorgeous countryside and into the heart of the Norfolk Broads, a visit to Holkham Hall by candlelight, plus a cruise along the Norfolk Broads with mulled wine and mince pies. With all of this to do and more, this lovely break is sure to fill you with Christmas spirit!

Your Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 3 evening meals
  • Services of an experienced Tour Manager
  • Coach transfers for our excursions
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Itinerary

Please choose your preferred 4 day itinerary

Make your own way to our hotel in Norwich, where you will meet an experienced Tour Manager. Dinner is served in the hotel tonight.

Included Meals

  • Dinner

This morning, we board our coach and travel to Wroxham, known as the – ‘capital of the Norfolk Broads' – to join the Bure Valley Railway. This delightful journey takes in some of the most unspoilt countryside as it crosses 17 bridges and passes through idyllic villages to reach the market town of Aylsham. On arrival, we will enjoy festive tea and cakes in the station café.

Afterwards, we travel back to Wroxham by coach for an afternoon festive cruise to discover the Norfolk Broads. The knowledgeable skipper will explain the origins of the broads and all it has to offer, and you’ll be served mulled wine and mince pies! Sit back and relax as Christmas music is played before the cruise returns to Wroxham. There’s time for a stroll around Wroxham before returning by coach to the hotel for dinner this evening.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Norfolk Broads
  • Bure Valley Railway

Today, we are taken to Norwich station where we join the Bittern Line, named after the wading bird, for a journey to Sheringham. The traditional seaside town of Sheringham grew up around its old fishing village with cliffs, fine sands and bracing air – just some of the reasons why Sheringham is so popular. The promenade runs in and out of the low cliffs, and Sheringham town has plenty to offer, including many interesting shops, pubs, restaurants and tea rooms. Enjoy time to explore before we travel by coach to Holkham Hall.

Nestled within 25,000 acres of rolling parkland, Holkham Hall is an 18th-century Palladian style house, based on designs by William Kent and built by Thomas Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester. The current Earl and his family take great pride in opening their doors and sharing the treasures within. You’ll find the Marble Hall, a truly breathtaking introduction to your visit, with its impressive 50ft dome ceiling and elegant walls of English alabaster – not marble as the name suggests! A grand staircase leads to a myriad of state rooms: from the Saloon with its rich, red velvet-lined walls, gilded coffering, and lofty ceiling, many sumptuous bedchambers where royalty once lay, state dining rooms adorned with exquisite porcelain, galleries of statuary and art by the Old Masters, libraries bursting with books and manuscripts and, of course, the Old Kitchen with its rows of polished copper pots, pans and moulds.

Holkham has remained largely unchanged since the late-18th century, and much of what you will see is as Thomas Coke intended. Each generation has left a little something of themselves in the house, right up to the present day. December is a truly magical time to visit Holkham, to enjoy the magnificent state rooms in all their festive finery, with a glass of fizz and a mince pie on arrival and plenty of time to tour the staterooms at your own pace. This will make for a wonderful afternoon.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Included Highlights

  • Sheringham
  • Holkham Hall
  • Bittern Line

After a leisurely breakfast, it is time to check out of the hotel and make your way home.

Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

You will stay for 3 nights on a half-board basis at the 3-star George Hotel in Norwich.  

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