Royal Norfolk & The Broads
AU5ACLOn this tour, we head East to the lovely East Anglian county of Norfolk to explore all this historic area has to offer. You'll be staying in the comfortable, family-run Dragonfly hotel, which is an excellent base for our excursion programme.
Situated in the West of the county, the ancient port of King's Lynn is a convenient and comfortable base to discover the area. As well as plenty of free time in this historic town itself, we also include a trip on the Mississippi Paddle Boat to take in the magnificent Broads and free time to explore the medieval city of Norwich. Another highlight is our visit to the Queen's Estate at Sandringham on the North Norfolk coast with entry to the superb house and garden along with a visit to the seaside resort of Cromer - made most famous by its delicious crabs! Why not join us to discover just why this corner of England has been so popular with visitors, both Royal and common alike?
An Ideal Choice for:
* Anyone who loves a paddle steamer!
* People curious to explore more about Norfolk's royal connections
* Couples and friends keen to see a lot without the hassle of driving or organising it themselves
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 2-4The medieval market town of King's Lynn provides our base for this tour and its lovely array of buildings from every age, fine independent shops and welcoming pubs and cafes make it a lovely location to relax and explore.
We also include a trip on the magnificent Mississippi Paddle Boat to experience the best of the Broads as well as free time to discover the delightful city of Norwich and a visit to the Queen's Estate at Sandringham where we include entry to both the magnificent house and gardens. The much loved country retreat of the Queen has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. There will also be time to join us on our visit to the lively seaside resort of Cromer, returning every evening for tasty meals and great fun with your fellow travellers.
Mississippi Paddle BoatThe Southern Comfort is a double-deck paddle boat purpose built for the Broads with a capacity of 100 passengers. Our boat is a luxury river cruiser which runs regular trips from the beautiful village of Horning, along the River Bure through the village and out to Ranworth Broad and back, passing lovely old thatched houses, windmills and Norfolk reed beds. Throughout the trip there is an excellent commentary and continual pointing out of all the water birds around at the time. There is the ever present bustle of river traffic with cruisers, yachts and the occasional wherry.
NorwichINCLUDED Visitor DestinationNorwich is a wonderful fusion of the modern and historic, one complementing the other. Like any great city its centre is easy to walk around and has a river at its heart. As well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it has a flourishing arts, music and cultural scene, superb independent as well as High Street shopping, lively restaurants, bars and nightlife and a heritage that is a delight to explore. It was also England's first UNESCO City of Literature – this is a city of stories and also the only UK city set in the middle of a National Park, the Norfolk Broads. You may enjoy exploring the history of the Norman Castle and 11th Century Cathedral, but for lighter pastimes there is also a great street market that is open 6 days a week.
Sandringham House and GardensINCLUDED Visitor Destination“Dear Old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world” King George V wrote, and you will experience what makes this residence of the Royal Family so special. A friendly and informal place to visit, with knowledgeable guides in every room of the house and acres of beautiful gardens to explore, while the museum houses extraordinary collections of royal vehicles, rare ceramics, photographs and memorabilia. There is plenty to see and do around the estate as well. Don't miss the parish church of St Mary Magdalene with its hosts of carved and painted angels and its many royal memorials, and of course the restaurant or Stables Tea Room can offer reviving hot or cold drinks, snacks and meals before you investigate the Visitor Centre shops.
King's LynnINCLUDED Visitor DestinationBrim full of history and with a vibrant town centre, the Hanseatic town of King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to spend a few hours, enjoying the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer. It was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th century and this maritime past is still very much in evidence today. Fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlooks the harbour. The town’s heritage is reflected in an amazing array of historic buildings. St Margaret’s Church , designated as a Minster Church in 2011 by the Bishop of Norwich, is surrounded by splendid buildings and there is also one of England’s grandest Market squares.
CromerCromer is a classic North Norfolk seaside town, situated on a cliff-top overlooking fine sandy beaches. Cromer Pier has survived despite bad damage over the years and is a traditional seaside pier with a Lifeboat Station and Pavilion Theatre, which still stages end of pier shows. Developed into a significant resort by the late Victorians, when healthy breezes were sought, the architecture of the time lends the town a feel of elegant grandeur. Cromer church dominates the town with the tallest tower in Norfolk. The streets and alleys are crammed with shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes for you to explore - a browser's delight!
- 4 nights hotel with English Breakfast and Evening Meals
- Entrance to Sandringham House & Gardens
- Trip on the Mississippi Paddle Boat and free time in Norwich
- Excursion to pretty Cromer
- Free time in King's Lynn
- Direct coach travel
- Net zero carbon offset certificate
Dragonfly Hotel Kings LynnThe Dragonfly Hotel in King’s Lynn is the perfect base for exploring the Norfolk area. Guests at this family run establishment are immediately welcomed by staff that are eager to meet your needs and make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Within the hotel there are 50 spacious rooms that are purpose built to offer the most relaxing and stress-free experience. Each of these rooms offers a 43” flat screen TV, free WiFi, as well as ironing and tea and coffee making facilities.
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