NEW: Eastern Promise
with Tony Pragnell
Sunday 1st - Thursday 5th July 2018
5 daysDeposit: £75pp
Travel Insurance: £23.75pp
Single supplement: £79
Tony Pragnell has come up with this great new tour to East Anglia. Here is his promise……A grand stately home, a unique and beautiful garden, two historic cathedral cities, a coastal drive exploring pretty Norfolk seaside towns, a Broads cruise, and of course a steam train journey.
Your Holiday Hotel
THE HOLIDAY INN NORWICH CITY is just a ten-minute stroll from the heart of Norfolk’s cathedral city. This smart hotel is modern 4-star, with lifts, all the expected amenities, and good reviews. Rooms are spacious and have air-conditioning and tea/coffee making facilities. Unusually, it is incorporated alongside Norwich City’s Carrow Road stadium, with some rooms overlooking the pitch!
(DAY 1) Sunday 1st July
We drive to Bury St.Edmunds, a historic gem, with medieval architecture, Georgian squares, a Cathedral, and immaculate Abbey Gardens within the walls of a former monastery. After time to explore and find lunch we continue to Norwich, for a four-night stay.
(DAY 2) Monday 2nd July
Today we visit Blickling Hall, Garden and Park. Built in the 17th century, this National Trust property is one of England’s great Jacobean houses. The estate was the birthplace of Anne Boleyn, and the Hall is set in parkland, with orangery, secret garden and woodland dell. This afternoon we travel to East Ruston Old Vicarage Garden, a feast of formal design, decorative exuberance and brilliant planting.
(DAY 3) Tuesday 3rd July
A full day to enjoy Norwich at leisure. Norwich claims to be our most complete medieval city, headed by the 11th century Cathedral and Norman Castle. Discover charming medieval streets and hidden lanes, visit Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, and browse in the shops along Castle Mall and Royal Arcade.
(DAY 4) Wednesday 4th July
A leisurely touring day, exploring the North Norfolk coastline. Time for coffee in Wells-next-the-Sea, then on through Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea to the popular resort of Sheringham, where we spend lunchtime. Later, we board the steam train known as the ‘Poppy Line’ for the journey to Holt. Time to find tea in this attractive small town before heading back to Norwich.
(DAY 5) Thursday 5th July
Leaving the Hotel after breakfast, we begin the homeward journey. But first we enjoy a 90-minute boat trip on the Norfolk Broads. There will be a commentary from the skipper, explaining the origins of these beautiful waterways, with windmills and water birds as we cruise the peaceful and timeless landscape, providing a perfect finale to our Norfolk tour.