The county of Norfolk offers a rich historical heritage, pretty villages and varied landscapes including the famous Broads. We explore the area on two trains, by Mississippi Paddle Boat across the Broads and by coach on a scenic drive to the coast, and visit both Holkham and Blickling Halls.
Day 1 After enjoying our door to door service, we join the coach to drive north to the Cathedral town of Ely where we stop for refreshments. We continue to our hotel near Norwich arriving late afternoon.
Day 2 A scenic drive today via Fakenham to Holt. Here we take a steam train journey on the North Norfolk Railway – The Poppy Line to Sheringham. We continue to Blickling Hall, where we have access to the great Jacobean house and extensive gardens.
Day 3 This morning we have a guided tour of Norwich and the afternoon is free for your own exploration.
Day 4 A day out steaming and cruising through the Broads. We travel to Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway for the 9-mile trip to Wroxham. There is free time to get something to eat before we transfer to Horning to board the Southern Comfort, a Mississippi paddle boat for a 1½-hour cruise on the Broads.
Day 5 We visit Holkham Hall, a breathtaking 18th Century house on the coast with an outstanding art collection and wonderful panoramic landscapes.
Day 6 Leaving after breakfast, we travel via Lavenham, with its many halftimbered buildings dating from the 15th Century. We arrive in the local area late afternoon.
A majestic, Elizabethan-style mansion, built in 1859 and lovingly restored to its former glory, set in 150 acres of beautiful wooded Norfolk parkland. All bedrooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel also has a state of the art gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to most rooms.