Thursday 4 July to Sunday 7 July 2019
A three night break is offered staying in the historic city of Norwich, a coach is included
- Exclusive two hour Cruise on Paddle Steamer on the Broads
- Royal Sandringham House & Museum tour included
- Chance to see Norwich and Norfolk Lavendar fields
- Felbrigg (NT) or Cromer
Thursday 4th – Check in at the hotel after 2pm. There will be a welcome meeting with an included welcome drink before your evening meal at the hotel this evening.
Friday 5th – This morning you will have some free time to explore the historic City of Norwich at your leisure, which has many famous landmarks. Norwich Cathedral is the most complete Norman cathedral in England with over 900 years of history. Discover the largest cathedral close and monastic cloister in England. Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy their fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections. Strangers' Hall was for centuries the home of wealthy merchants and mayors of Norwich. Step back in time and explore this rambling medieval town house with its maze of rooms furnished in the styles of many different historical periods, from Tudor to Victorian.
Medieval to modern day, the Museum of Norwich tells the story of the city’s industries and the people who lived and worked here. From the textile trade which was at the heart of the city’s wealth, to the production of shoes, chocolate and mustard, the story of how Norwich constantly adapted to changing fortunes and how it coped with two World Wars which is told in ten galleries over two floors. (Entrances in Norwich are all payable locally).
Later this morning we travel by coach to Horning where you will board the Southern Comfort, a double-deck paddle boat, purpose-built for the Norfolk Broads. Your group will have exclusive use of this luxury river cruiser which departsfrom the beautiful village of Horning and travels along the River Bure to Ranworth Broad and back during which you will pass picturesque thatched houses, windmills and the Norfolk reed beds. Throughout the trip there is an excellent commentary and you will be made aware of the water birds around at the time. The upper deck has seating for 68
passengers and provides excellent views across the reed beds - the lower deck has a plush lounge seating 46 and it also has a fully stocked bar at reasonable prices. A cold light lunch can be pre-booked whilst on board this 2 hour cruise (hot and cold drinks are payable locally).
2. The coastal town of Cromer where the streets today are little changed from how they looked in the Victorian era. Most of the great landmarks, many of which were created by the well-to-do Victorian ‘summer timers’, still stand as familiar to the holiday makers of today as they were to their counterparts a hundred years ago. Cromer does however have a much more ancient history, as the magnificent church is a medieval legacy, a relic from the days when Cromer was still known as Shipden, a modest settlement of fishermen and merchants. Returning to Norwich your evening
meal is included at the hotel.
Saturday 6th – Departing the hotel by coach, we travel north for an included visit to Royal Sandringham House, Museum & Gardens, the Royal Family's Country retreat. Originally built in 1870, it has been passed down through four generations of British monarchs. The house is surrounded by 60 acres of glorious gardens, and the museum features a collection of Royal cars as well as much more. You will have several hours at your leisure here and can purchase lunch before this afternoon’s included guided tour by coach of the famous Lavender Fields. During this coach tour you will
discover the great tradition of English Lavender growing and visit the distillery, as well as touring the local villages where you will find out about some of the folklore and legends. Your tour will finish with an afternoon Cream Tea before returning to the hotel where your evening meal is included at the hotel.
Sunday 7th – Full English breakfast included. Check out by 11am.
£371 per person for half board, there is a single room supplement of £29.
A light lunch is also available on the Broads river cruise at a cost of £8 per person.
A non-refundable deposit of £75 is required to hold the booking and the balance is due by the 17.05.2019.