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Sandringham and the Norfolk Broads with Jennie Bond
The Norfolk countryside is simply idyllic - its rolling fields and quiet canals evoking a romantic image of England's rural past. It's no wonder, then, that one of the Queen's favourite properties, her country residence at Sandringham, is located there.
On this five-day tour of the county you can enjoy a rare opportunity to tour Sandringham Estate with the former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond, who'll share insights about the family and the history of this magnificent country manor. You'll also enjoy unforgettable railway journeys on the Bure Valley Railway and the Poppy Line, plus a memorable cruise along The Broads on the Southern Comfort Mississippi paddle boat.
Reasons to book
Tour Sandringham with Jennie Bond
Historic train journeys
Norfolk Broads Cruise
- Sandringham Estate tour with Jennie Bond
- Four nights' half board accommodation in Norwich
- Train journeys on the Bure Valley Railway, The Bittern Line and the Poppy Line
- Broads cruise aboard the Southern Comfort Mississippi paddle boat
- Exclusive Q&A at the hotel with Jennie Bond
Day1Arrive in NorfolkNorwich, United Kingdom
Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Norwich North, where you meet your Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Day2Bure Valley Railway & the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle BoatAylsham, United Kingdom
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.
Day3The Bittern Line, the Poppy Line & CromerCromer, United Kingdom
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.
Day4Jennie Bond Q&A, Sandringham House & GardensSandringham, United Kingdom
This morning at the hotel we enjoy an exclusive talk and Q&A with Jennie Bond.
Afterwards, we proceed by coach to Sandringham, country residence of the Queen. Here you are free to admire the beautiful grounds and explore the house, which has knowledgeable guides on hand to talk to visitors.
Day5Return homeNorwich, United Kingdom
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.
Holiday Inn Norwich North
Comfortable four-star hotel and restaurant in stunning North Norfolk
Located to the north of Norwich, this hotel is a great base for exploring the stunning North Norfolk coast and its villages and picturesque harbours. Guest rooms are well appointed over three floors including standard, executive rooms and suites, some of which overlook the courtyard garden. All 121 bedrooms and bathrooms have recently gone a refubishment and include comforts such as 24-hour room service, TV entertainment, pillow menu, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board, work desk, high-speed internet connection, on-site car parking.
The Health & Leisure Club features a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spin room. The new Open Lobby offers an all day menu until 11pm. With the restaurant open for breakfast from 5am and dinner from 6pm daily. Our bar offers Starbucks tea and coffee and is open to all. Free car-parking for guests using the hotel facilities for up to 3 hours.
In the bright and modern Open Lobby and Restaurant, full English breakfasts are served from 5.00 am and the dinner menu includes baked Camembert, lamb rump, pan-roasted seabass and a tabbouleh salad.