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Grand Tour of East Anglia

Grand Tour of East Anglia

New for 2020 - We have a 2 centre holiday based in Norwich for the first 5 days incorporating a nostalgic train ride followed by a cruise on the broads and a visit to Sheringham before moving south to Sudbury for 4 days to visit Colchester and Constable Country plus much more!

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New for 2020 - We have a 2 centre holiday based in Norwich for the first 5 days incorporating a nostalgic train ride followed by a cruise on the broads and a visit to Sheringham before moving south to Sudbury for 4 days to visit Colchester and Constable Country plus much more!

EARLY BIRD BOOKING OFFER - BOOK AND PAY YOUR DEPOSIT BEFORE 31st OCTOBER 2019 TO GET A £20 PER PERSON DISCOUNT.  

ENTER THE DISCOUNT CODE "EARLY BIRD 20" WHEN PROMPTED DURING THE BOOKING PROCESS. 

 

 

Sunday 5th - Sunday 12th April 2020

 

£795 per person

 

 

Price Includes: 4 night's Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Accommodation at the 3 star Holiday Inn, Norwich City and 3 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at the 4 star Mill Hotel, Sudbury, plus a train journey on the Bure Valley Railway, a boat trip on the beautiful Norfolk Broads, entry to Thursford Steam Collection museum, St Georges Distillery (including tour & 2 course lunch), Tiptree Jam Factory tour and visits to Sheringham, Norwich, Lavenham and Colchester.

 

There will be no single room supplement for the first 4 guests to book, extra single rooms will be on a request basis only and subject to a supplement of £140 per person.

Sunday

We leave Plymouth at 7am and make our way to Norwich. Due to the time and distance we will be travelling comfort and lunch stops will be kept as close to the motorways as possible. We aim to arrive at our hotel early evening.

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Monday

After breakfast we visit Thursford to see the world's largest collection of steam engines and organs, hear Robert Wolfe - one of the world’s leading theatre organists - play the mighty Wurlitzer at 12.30pm and 2pm daily, ride on fairground carousels and the gondola, enjoy "Back Stage Tours" and watch silent movies. (Please note fairground rides & the Behind the Scene Tour are subject to availability and are not included in the admission price). This afternoon we visit the seaside town of Sheringham before returning to our hotel.

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Tuesday

Enjoy a full day exploring the medieval city of Norwich, with its 900-year-old Norman Cathedral and Castle at its heart. Around every corner you will discover ancient and beautiful buildings, and it is a pleasure to wander around the medieval streets.

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Wednesday

Today we combine a nostalgic steam train ride with a cruise on the Norfolk Broads. You join the train at Aylsham for a 9 mile ride witnessing beautiful scenery as the train winds along the river Bure to your destination, Wroxham. We then board a boat for a 90 minute cruise on the beautiful Norfolk Broads.

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Thursday

We leave our hotel today and travel to St George's Distillery - home of The English Whisky Co. the first distillery in England in over 100 years and part of Norfolk's heritage. The beautiful distillery was designed and built by the Nelstrop family for the specific purpose of producing the very finest English Single Malt Whisky. Following our one hour tour, we enjoy a 2-course set lunch before travelling to the Lavenham which has been called "the most complete medieval town in Britain", a tribute to its fine collection of medieval and Tudor architecture. Mansions of wealthy merchants mingle with simple cottages, some of which mix crooked timber beams with sprightly pink-painted infill. We then travel on to the Mill Hotel in Sudbury our hotel for the next 3 nights.

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Friday

This morning we visit Colchester, the former capital of England and Britain's first city. It has a rich and varied history that can be explored today through its museums, ruins, and by walking its streets. It has particularly strong connections to both its Roman heritage, and the scars left by the Siege of Colchester during the English Civil War. Today Colchester is a thriving and expanding town with plenty to keep you entertained with numerous galleries, theatres and arts venues as well as a bustling town centre with plenty of restaurants and shops. This afternoon we visit the Tiptree Jam Shop and Tearooms. Over 50 years ago, John Wilkin began collecting the paraphernalia of preserve making and Essex village life. The John Wilkin Collection is now jam packed with artefacts! Get a real taste of Tiptree in the building where the famous jam was first prepared. We enjoy tea/coffee and a scone with Tiptree jam and clotted cream, served in the Tiptree Tea rooms followed by a free flow visit of the visitor centre and a little pot of Tiptree jam to take home as a souvenir. Following this we visit the Tiptree museum that includes a 10-15 minute DVD presentation on how Tiptree jams are made (from when the fruit is picked to the labelling stage), some artefacts and machinery used in the production.

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Saturday

Today, we explore Constable Country, located on the Suffolk and Essex border. East Bergholt is the site of John Constable's Studio and St Mary's Church, built in the 15th and 16th centuries and renowned for the absence of a tower or spire to house the bells; it is also the birthplace of the famous painter. At Dedham our tour takes in sights such as Constable's School and Dedham Parish Church, dedicated to St Mary the Virgin in 1492. Bridge Cottage at Flatford is located upstream from Flatford Mill and houses an exhibition on John Constable, several of whose paintings famously feature the mill.

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Sunday.

Sadly, we must make our way back towards the West Country today. There will be comfort stops and a longer break for lunch along the way arriving back into Plymouth early evening.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Derrys Cross Roundabout Derrys Cross Roundabout
Bottom of Royal Parade, outside Rumpus Cosy Cafe
Exeter Exeter
Exeter Services, M5, J30
Ivybridge Ivybridge
Town Hall bus bay
Milehouse Milehouse
Bus stop opposite Bus Depot, Alma Road
Plympton Plympton
Harewood House bus stop
Plymstock Broadway Plymstock Broadway
Outside Lidls
Saltash Saltash
Fore Street opposite the Co-op
Saltash, Ploughboy Saltash Ploughboy
Outside the pub
St Budeaux St Budeaux
Bus stop facing City Centre
Wolseley Road Wolseley Road
Bus stop opposite The Co-op
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