Hemmings Holidays Reservations Hotline: 01237 451282 hemmingsholidays@hotmail.com
LITTLE BOATS AND TRAINS OF NORFOLK

LITTLE BOATS AND TRAINS OF NORFOLK

Sunday 4 to Thursday 8 July 2021

  • 5 Days £400
  • Single supplement £96
  • Holiday insurance £23

The network of meandering rivers and open expanses of water that make up the Norfolk Broads creates an environment that is unique throughout Britain. The Norfolk Broads, Britain’s largest protected wetland, is packed with wildlife and rare plants and interlaced with dykes and rivers. The most important of these are the Bure, the Yare and the Waveney which, together with their principal tributaries the Ant and the Thurne, provide nearly 200 miles of navigable waterways.


SUNDAY: We depart the Westcountry and travel east making comfort stops along the way to arrive on the outskirts of Norwich and the Holiday Inn.

  • An excursion to the North Norfolk Heritage Coast to the wonderful Georgian market town of Holt, where we shall board ‘The Poppy Line’ for a heritage steam train ride with stunning views of the Norfolk countryside and coastline through to Sheringham, a traditional seaside town which grew up around its old fishing village, Continue to the coastal resort of Cromer, famous for its pier and tasty crabs.
  • We shall drive to Dereham to board the Mid Norfolk Railway, a standard-gauge preserved railway, running through the heart of rural Norfolk to Wymondham Abbey. Your coach will then take you into Norwich to complete the day.
  • Today our tour will start with a trip to Wroxham for our morning coffee. We then board the ‘Broads Tours’ boat to enjoy a picturesque circular cruise along the Wroxham Barns where you can browse in the traditional craft and gift shops. Time to grab some lunch before boarding the Bure Valley Steam Railway for a single journey through the unspoilt countryside to Aylsham.

THURSDAY: We depart after breakfast and make our way home late afternoon/early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.

On all railway excursions, for operational reasons on the day of travel, steam vehicles may be replaced by a diesel locomotive.


HOLIDAY INN, NORWICH ***

Ideally located for our tour to Norfolk, this modern hotel is on the outskirts of Norwich.  All 119 comfortable en-suite bedrooms have satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities, television, a hairdryer and a choice of pillows to help you sleep. Relax, work out or book a spa treatment at the Spirit Health Club, which has a pool, a steam room and a well-equipped gym. Overlooking the garden, the Junction Restaurant serves delicious breakfasts and hearty dinners, with snacks and Starbucks coffee available all day in the bar. There is no lift but ground floor bedrooms available.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, a train ride on the North Norfolk Railway, Bure Valley Steam Railway and Mid Norfolk Railway, cruise on the Norfolk Broads and excursion programme.

 

ISLE OF MAN – Britain’s Treasure Island

ISLE OF MAN – Britain’s Treasure Island

Monday 5 to Sunday 11 July 2021

  • 7 Days £600
  • Single supplement £95
  • Holiday insurance £25

One of the world’s most beautiful islands lying in the middle of the Irish Sea, the Isle of Man is a treasure chest waiting to be discovered. You will find natural beauty, breath-taking scenery, unspoilt beaches and a pace of life that is unique. The Isle of Man is steeped in its heritage, with a mix of Celtic crosses, crafting communities, Viking burial sites, medieval castles as well as the world’s largest working water wheel – The Lady Isabella. With a working Victorian transport system of narrow gauge steam trains, electric and horse-drawn trams, the Isle of Man is a step back in time for you to enjoy.


MONDAY: We depart the Westcountry and drive to our overnight hotel in the Lancashire area.

TUESDAY: We board the ferry from Heysham to Douglas, we then continue to the Rutland Hotel.


EXCURSION PROGRAMME:

  • First, we visit Tynwald Hill, home of the World’s most continuous parliament, then onto Peel, a historic fishing port popular for its fine sands and delicious Manx Kippers. We complete our day with a visit to Ramsey which takes the position as the second-largest town on the Isle of Man.
  • A visit to the Laxey Wheel and Snaefell for an optional train ride on the Mountain Railway, the only mountain electric railway in the British Isles, which takes you on a breath-taking 5-mile journey from Laxey to the summit of Snaefell (please note we have based this visit on 2019 opening hours and may be subject to change).
  • First a visit to Castletown the old capital of the island. Onto Calf of Man, a small island at the south-western extremity of the Isle of Man from which it is separated by a narrow strait of water known as Calf Sound. We continue onto Port Erin well known as an old smuggling site and a pretty Victorian seaside town.

SUNDAY: We board the ferry from Douglas to Heysham and then continue south and travel back home for arrival during the early evening.


Please Note: Admissions and fares are not included in the price unless stated below.


RUTLAND HOTEL, DOUGLAS***

Located on the desirable Queen’s promenade, overlooking the spectacular Douglas Bay, your hotel offers comfort, style and a welcoming atmosphere that will help you unwind. All bedrooms are accessible via the lift (not suitable for wheelchairs) and are en-suite with telephones, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite television, broadband and hairdryer. There are nine steps to access the hotel entrance, there are no ground floor rooms.


INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

Executive coach travel, 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, ferry crossings, entertainment during your stay on the Isle of Man only and excursion programme.