From history and heritage to culture and art, our Eastern Corner has it all, fantastic museums, stately homes and wonderful Cathedrals. Explore Constable Country, punctuated by pretty market towns and villages, the unique Norfolk Broads and Aldeburgh, famous for its music festival
Norwich - 4 nights
Ipswich - 3 nights
Explore England’s eastern corner visiting Suffolk and Norfolk. Experience nature, wildlife, stately homes, scenic and steam train journeys, a cruise and brewery tour. Discover heritage from Boudicca to Boleyn and Cromwell to Nelson and culture from Constable to Gainsborough with a special visit to Aldeburgh to learn of Britten’s legacy.
Nature & Wildlife
Landscapes & Seascapes
Heritage & Culture
Expert Local Guides
Group Size: 6 – 18
Day 1 Make your own way to Barnham Broom a beautiful property on the outside of the city of Norwich for a four-night stay. Enjoy dinner and meet your fellow travellers. (D)
Day 2 Transfer to the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Board your custom ferry with your expert guide as we go in search of the famous Blakeney seals. Head along Morston Creek out into the expanse of Blakeney Harbour, one of the most important regions for migrating birds in Europe, keep an eye out for sandwich terns, black-headed gulls and Brent Geese. Continue to Blakeney Point, the best vantage point to see the lovable and curious Grey and Common seals. Return to Morston Quay and head to the quaint seaside town of Sheringham with free time to explore. Continue to North Norfolk Railway Station for an exciting round trip steam-train journey on the Poppy Line to the Georgian town of Holt, hugging the coastline. (B)
Day 3 Enjoy a visit to Blickling Hall just north of the historic market town of Aylsham. This Jacobean-style stately home dates back to the 15th century and was previously in the possession of the Boleyn family. Is it said that Anne Boleyn was born in Blickling Hall and the Hall today is home to a statue of this famous wife of Henry VIII. Transfer to the Broads town of Wroxham with free time to admire the waterways. Later take to the Norfolk Broads for a scenic boat journey through this impressive water network. The Norfolk Broads is an internationally important wetland, with more than 40 Broads or small lakes linked together by six rivers. (B)
Day 4 From Norwich train station take a scenic journey through south-west Norfolk into the county of Cambridgeshire. Visit the family home of Oliver Cromwell, enjoy a guided tour with a guide in historical garb and learn about the Lord Protector, the English Civil War as well as the Cromwell family tree. Spend time in Ely with free time for lunch before a guided tour of spectacular Ely Cathedral. Dating back to the 11th century it is Romanesque in style with Gothic elements with a famous octagonal central tower. Enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral, returning to Norwich by train. (B)
Day 5 Guided tour of Norwich, from the Middle Ages until the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was the largest city in England and held a place of importance, both politically and economically. View Norwich’s 11th-century Cathedral and the ancient thoroughfare of Tombland, explore Norwich Castle, a medieval fortification dating back to the Norman period and Elm Hill, a historic cobbled lane, finishing at the Norwich market, the perfect place to grab some lunch. Later transfer to Novotel Ipswich Centre for a three-night stay. (B, D)
Day 6 Enjoy a visit to Aldeburgh, former home of famous British composer, Benjamin Britten. Be immersed in the musical history of this beautiful coastal town, famous for the annual Aldeburgh Festival. Explore the Red House, former residence of Benjamin Britten which he shared with his long-term partner, Peter Pears, with an expert local guide. Enjoy time at the beachfront in Aldeburgh to soak up the spectacular sea scenery before heading to the small Suffolk village of Snape, located on the River Alde. Enjoy an expert-guided visit to Snape Maltings, an art complex, best known for its concert hall which is the central stage of the Aldeburgh Festival. (B, D)
Day 7 Transfer to Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty located of the Suffolk-Essex border. Renown as a place of inspiration for painters Constable and Gainsborough, and noted for its beautiful, quintessentially English countryside. Visit Flatford, a Grade I Listed watermill dating back to the 17th century, located on the River Stour. Enjoy a walk alongside the riverbanks admiring the spectacular scenery which so inspired Constable and Gainsborough as we make our way to Dedham Village. Here enjoy some time for lunch before we travel to Bury St Edmunds. Explore the town by foot, visiting the well-kept Bury St Edmunds Abbey Gardens. Later, we will head to the Greene King Brewery, dating back to the end of the 18th century. Take a virtual tour whilst you enjoy eight-tasters of beer accompanied by delicious chutneys. (B, D)
Day 8 After breakfast, begin our homeward journeys.
This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot including several sites with inclines or steps.
Parking, for those who wish to arrive independently by car, is included for the duration of your stay. We will arrange your return transfer by rail and road to Norwich to collect your car.
Ideally located on the outskirts of Norwich and set in 250 acres of Norfolk countryside, this country hotel has an award-winning restaurant, a spa, swimming pool, gym, and 2 golf courses. The on-site restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes. The 46 stylish guest rooms and suites offer modern luxury combined with traditional charm.
Superior double/twin rooms are furnished with a Super King sized double bed, en-suite facilities, bath and shower with complimentary The White Company luxury toiletries. Each superior room comes equipped with: free Wi-fi, large flat screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, fridge, dressing gowns, safe, tea/coffee making facilities.
This luxurious 4-star hotel is within close proximity of The Witchbottle Theatre and St Mary at the Elms. During your stay at Novotel Ipswich, you'll be minutes from the vibrant St Peter's by the Waterfront, Cardinal Park and the city centre. Just re-furbished, the stylish, modern rooms will give plenty of space to unwind, relax and take in the scenery - and you'll enjoy delicious food fresh from the in-house Elements Restaurant with a carefully-selected menu featuring some fine dishes, there is also a stylish bar and a multi-purpose gym.
Make yourself at home in one of the 101 air-conditioned rooms, accommodation is in refurbished rooms with a queen or twin beds, 188 sq. ft. (17.5m²) and features a soothing rain shower, a 40" LCD TV with media hub, hair dryer. phone, safe and minibar, as well as free WiFi.
per person in a double/twin room
Supplements per person
Single supplement £350
Rail Travel from London’s Liverpool Street, (including hotel transfers) £110
Arrival and departure transfer add £50
Extra Nights – Norwich/Ipswich
Barnham Broom Hotel
(per night) £90
Single Supplement £42
The MGM Muthu Bealstead Brook Hotel
(per night) £75
Single Supplement £32
7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 3 dinners, itinerary as described, entrance fees, ale tasting, scenic rail journey, return rail from Norwich to Ely, services of expert local guides and tour manager
Travel insurance, arrival/departure transfers, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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