This tailor-made package includes executive coach travel throughout the holiday and from three nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in the Norwich area to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.
- Our suggested itinerary could include:
- Visit to Burghley House
- Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
- The National Stud & Newmarket & Mildenhall
- Norwich & the Castle
- Felbrigg Hall (NT) & Blickling Estate (NT)
- The Bure Valley Railway & Broads Cruise
- East Ruston Old Vicarage
- Group Organiser benefits
- No single room supplements (selected tours only)
To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.
Day 1 - Burghley House was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, between 1555 and 1587 and the main part of the House has 35 major rooms on the ground and first floors. There are also more than 80 lesser rooms and numerous halls, corridors, bathrooms and service areas. The Gardens of Surprise as well as beautiful walks around the historic parkland laid out by Capability Brown are still occupied by a herd of fallow deer.
Day 2 - Cambridge University Botanic Gardens has been an inspiration for gardeners since 1846. It houses plants from all over the world which are displayed in a 40-acre oasis of gardens and glass-houses. As you discover this wonderful garden, you will note that it is an unparalleled collection of plants used for research and teaching, cared for in a Grade II registered heritage landscape. Accompanied by your knowledgeable guide you will visit the garden, its collections and seasonal highlights. The National Stud in Newmarket is the showcase for British Thoroughbred breeding. It comprises over 500 acres of prime pastureland and is the headquarters of racing in the UK. Its facilities include accommodation for eight stallions and up to 200 mares in nine separate yards. Your experience here will depend on the time of year, but each tour takes in the superb Stallion Unit, with an opportunity to view the stallions in residence, plus the Foaling Unit and Nursery Yards. Medieval Mildenhall has strong links to the US air force, having both the Lakenheath and Mildenhall air bases on its doorstep. The town boasts an historic Market Cross and pump, whilst St Mary's church is one of the finest in Suffolk. The town's museum holds a replica of 4th century Roman silver tableware discovered in the area in 1942.
Day 3 - The city of Norwich is steeped in atmosphere and peppered with unique architectural treasures. It is dominated by its magnificent Norman Cathedral, boasting the largest cloisters in England, the second tallest spire in the country and an amazing 1,200 carved stone roof bosses. The 12th century Castle is one of the finest Norman secular buildings in Europe. Today, as the county's principal museum, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has a resident collection of national importance. At the Royal Norfolk Regimental museum you can learn about the everyday lives of soldiers and their families and follow their stories around the world, through three hundred years of war and peace. Read moving poems, diaries, letters and cards written to loved ones from the Front. See the kit, rations and personal items the men carried with them everyday. Felbrigg Hall & Gardens (NT) is one of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia. Truly a hidden gem, the Hall is a place of surprises and delights, a mixture of opulence and homeliness where each room has something to feed the imagination. Outside, the decorative and productive walled garden is a gardener's delight, providing fruit and vegetables for the restaurant, flowers for the hall and inspiration.
Day 4 - The Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line which runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' with country stations serving the villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. This 18 mile round trip runs through the picturesque Bure valley countryside following the meandering river through meadowland and ancient pasture stopping occasionally at small country villages. A Broads Tours boat will take you on a 90 minute cruise of the Norfolk Broads. Blickling Estate (NT) has been at the heart of this north Norfolk community since the sixteenth century. It is one of the most imposing and complete country estates in Norfolk and offers a glimpse into the lives of those who lived and worked above and below stairs. The estate is a treasure trove of romantic buildings, beautiful gardens, and landscaped park.
Day 5 - East Ruston Old Vicarage the owners, Graham and Alan first came to the Old Vicarage when there was no garden whatsoever. This was no bad thing because it afforded them the opportunity to vent their creativity. Every garden was designed entirely by Alan and Graham as were the various buildings and due to the maritime influence, the garden suffers little in the way of serious frost damage. This enhances the garden's unique microclimate which enables the growth of such a huge range of plants.
With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.