The East Anglian

Friday 6th September to Thursday 12th September 2019
7 - Days


Prices from: £1545


Based in the historic towns of Norwich and later King’s Lynn, you’ll experience the best of East Anglia’s small railways.


Departure Date: 06-Sep-2019
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Based in the historic towns of Norwich and later King’s Lynn, you’ll experience the best of East Anglia’s small railways, with steam trips on the Bure Valley, Mid Norfolk, Wells and Walsingham and North Norfolk lines to enjoy, set against a backdrop of ancient castles, quaint villages and delightful seaside towns. There’s an afternoon boat cruise on the Norfolk Broads to savour, a trip to Her Majesty The Queen’s country estate at Sandringham, and an epic steam-hauled excursion to Chester on the Cheshireman added for good measure. With accommodation in 4-star hotels, sumptuous dining and the services of a tour manager included, this outstanding East Anglian tour holiday is a must for seasoned traveller and novice alike. So why not treat yourself to an unparalleled steam adventure as only the Railway Touring Company can provide, and be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!

Friday 6th September
From London to Norwich in First Class comfort; tour of Norwich Castle
Your holiday tour starts at Liverpool Street Station in London this morning with a greeting from your Tour Manager. You then travel north in First Class accommodation through the scenic East Anglian countryside to Norwich. On arrival you check in to the centrally located 4-star Maids Head Hotel, for the next four nights. A coach then takes you to nearby Norwich Castle for a private guided tour, before you enjoy a welcome dinner at your historic hotel this evening. (D)

Saturday 7th September
Cheshireman over the Fens to Nuneaton; West Coast Main Line to Chester
This morning you join The Cheshireman steam train at Norwich train station for an impressive departure steam-hauled by one of the magnificent A4 Class Pacific steam locomotives No.60009 Union of South Africa or No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland. Breakfast will be served on the train as you take the line to Ely and cross the verdant Fenland landscape to the market town of Thetford. Your train then follows the cross-country line through Stamford and continues westwards to pass Rutland Water towards Oakham. Carrying on into Leicestershire, you run through Melton Mowbray and follow the main line to Wigston Junction, where you branch off onto the Nuneaton and Birmingham line. Your route continues westwards through Hinckley to Nuneaton, where it joins the West Coast Main Line. Heading northwards, your steam locomotive can now get up to speed as you make for Tamworth and Lichfield. The line splits at Colwich Junction and you follow the WCML through Shugborough Park to round Queensville Curve at Stafford. Continuing northwards through rural Staffordshire your steam loco works hard as it tackles the long climb to Whitmore Summit, before slowing to approach the major railway junction at Crewe. The final part of your journey takes you across the Cheshire Plain past Beeston Castle to Chester. Here you have plenty of time to enjoy the local sights before enjoying a four-course, silver-served dinner at your seat on the return trip to Norwich. (B D)

Sunday 8th September
Free time in historic Norwich; steam-hauled to Wymondham Abbey
This morning is free for you to explore the wonderful medieval city of Norwich, which boasts a magnificent Cathedral right next to your hotel, with the bustling city centre only a short walk away. There are craft shops, department stores and the famous market to discover, with countless quaint pubs and cafes to relax in. Cobbled streets, half-timbered houses and winding lanes all add to the charm and timeless history of this vibrant University city. After lunch, a private coach takes you to Dereham for a steam-hauled trip on the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Savour an afternoon travelling under steam from Dereham to Wymondham Abbey, one of the grandest religious buildings in East Anglia. You’ll soak up the sights and sounds of the Norfolk countryside en route, and on the trip back to Dereham enjoy a delicious cream tea served at your seat before returning to Norwich and your hotel for dinner. (B D)

Monday 9th September
Steam-hauled on the Bure Valley Railway; boat cruise on the Norfolk Broads
After breakfast today you travel by coach to Aylsham and board a steam-hauled train on the Bure Valley Railway to Wroxham, a delightful town situated on the Norfolk Broads. The man-made landscape of the Broads comprises over 125 miles of navigable lock-free waterways and a quick coach ride takes you to the bridge at Wroxham for an afternoon of cruising on the serene rivers and placid, reed-fringed lakes of this National Park. After an adventurous afternoon you return to Wroxham with time to explore this charming little town on the river Bure, before heading back once more to your hotel in Norwich for dinner. (B L D)

Tuesday 10th September
Day trip to Wells-next-the-Sea; steam-hauled along the North Norfolk coast
Today you depart by coach to Wells-next-the-Sea, a beautiful little seaside town on the North Norfolk Coast. With its harbour front and fishing vessels, long sandy beach and famous brightly coloured beach huts, it’s a lovely place to visit. From here you depart steam-hauled on the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway to Walsingham, before returning back to Wells for a leisurely lunch at one of its many restaurants, or to enjoy fish and chips on the sea front by the harbour. After lunch you travel by coach eastward along the coast to Sheringham, for a steam-hauled trip on the North Norfolk Railway to Holt, travelling along the coast and through the North Norfolk countryside before returning to Sheringham. Here a private coach takes you to King’s Lynn where you check-in to the 4-star Dukes Head Hotel for dinner and overnight accommodation. (B D)

Wednesday 11th September
Trip to Castle Rising; Afternoon exploration of Sandringham House and Gardens
Following breakfast at your hotel this morning, you depart by coach to Castle Rising, a beautiful little village near King’s Lynn. It’s home to one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in England, surrounded by 20 acres of mighty earthworks. You’ll have time to visit the castle and explore the village with its quaint tea-room before departing by coach to Sandringham, home of the Queen’s Norfolk Country House. Here you’ll have lunch in the restaurant before spending the afternoon immersed in the history and elegance of Sandringham House and its grounds. Sandringham is the country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house is set in 24 hectares of stunning gardens and is at the heart of the 8000 hectare Sandringham Estate. After absorbing the atmosphere and culture of Norfolk’s most famous stately home you return to King’s Lynn for dinner and accommodation at your hotel. (B L D)

Thursday 12th September
Exploration of King’s Lynn; return to London
You’ll enjoy another lavish breakfast at your hotel on this the last day of your tour. Afterwards you spend the morning exploring and shopping in the busy town centre and finding somewhere for lunch at one of the many different places to eat. King’s Lynn was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th century, and fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House that overlooks the harbour. After a morning of discovery, you board a coach to take you back to Norwich before heading to the station to catch a train home. (B)


Details

Price

  • Tour price £1545
  • Single supplement £235

All prices shown are per person.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast in 4-star hotels
  • 5 breakfasts in hotels and 1 on the train
  • 5 dinners in hotels and 1 on the train
  • 2 lunches
  • All train travel as detailed in the itinerary
  • All seat reservations and coach transfers
  • The services of a tour manager

Meals included each day are shown as:
B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner


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