Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Queen’s country retreat with the former royal correspondent and explore the Norfolk countryside on charming heritage trains

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The Queen's Norfolk home, Sandringham, is one of her favourites, and on this new tour you'll see exactly why. With its seemingly endless grounds and beautiful historical architecture, it's one of the finest palaces in Europe. On this five-day tour you'll get a rare chance to tour Sandringham Estate alongside Jennie Bond, who, as a former BBC royal correspondent, can tell you all about the property - and the royals past and present who've stayed there.

You'll also get to explore the idyllic countryside of Norfolk, with its charming canals, pretty fields and sweeping coastline. You'll enjoy unforgettable railway journeys on the Bure Valley Railway and the Poppy Line, plus a memorable cruise along The Broads on the Southern Comfort Mississippi paddle boat.

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Jennie Bond
Broadcaster and journalist

As a royal correspondent for 14 years, broadcaster and journalist Jennie Bond was at the heart of events that made headlines. She gave a personal account of her time as a royal correspondent in a documentary for Channel 5, Jennie Bond's Royals, and is the author of several books on the subject.

I’ve reported on the royal family for 30 years, through divorces and deaths, right up to the popularity the monarchy is currently enjoying. I hope my stories will help you understand what goes on behind palace walls – and make you laugh at the adventures royal reporting entails.

Jennie Bond

Price includes

  • Tour the Sandringham Estate with Jennie Bond
  • Four nights' half board accommodation in Norwich
  • Take train journeys on the Bure Valley Railway, The Bittern Line and the Poppy Line
  • Cruise on The Broads aboard the Southern Comfort Mississippi paddle boat
  • Exclusive Q&A at the hotel with Jennie Bond

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Jul 7, 2021
To
Sun, Sun, Jul 11, 2021
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£669*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £120pp. Deposit: £150. Subject to availability. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager’s discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. For full cancellation info, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other selected media.
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Norfolk
    Norwich, United Kingdom

    Make your own way to the Holiday Inn Norwich North, where you meet your Tour Manager and enjoy a relaxing evening.

  2. Day
    2
    Bure Valley Railway & the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat
    Aylsham, United Kingdom

    This morning we board our coach and travel to the market town of Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway. This delightful route takes in some of the most unspoilt countryside as it crosses 17 bridges and passes through idyllic villages to reach Wroxham, known as the 'capital of the Norfolk Broads'. You have some free time here before we travel to the pretty village of Horning and board the Southern Comfort Mississippi Paddle Boat for a cruise on the Broads. The route takes us along the Bure river, passing thatched cottages, windmills and Norfolk reed beds, with an excellent commentary which also points out the water birds.

  3. Day
    3
    The Bittern Line, the Poppy Line & Cromer
    Cromer, United Kingdom

    Today we are taken to Norwich station where we join the Bittern Line, named after the wading bird, for a journey to Sheringham. We then join the North Norfolk Railway, which is affectionately known as the Poppy Line, and enjoy a scenic trip along the coast and through heathland to the lovely town of Holt. After some free time here we head to the nearby seaside resort of Cromer and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  4. Day
    4
    Jennie Bond Q&A, Sandringham House & Gardens
    Sandringham, United Kingdom

    This morning at the hotel we enjoy an exclusive talk and Q&A with Jennie Bond.

    Afterwards, we proceed by coach to Sandringham, country residence of the Queen. Here you are free to admire the beautiful grounds and explore the house, which has knowledgeable guides on hand to talk to visitors.

  5. Day
    5
    Return home
    Norwich, United Kingdom

    After breakfast you are free to check out of our hotel and depart at leisure; you could even take the opportunity to explore some more of Norfolk.

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Norwich North

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Holiday Inn Norwich North , United Kingdom

Four-star hotel and restaurant in stunning North Norfolk

Located to the north of Norwich, this hotel is a great base for exploring the stunning North Norfolk coast and its villages and picturesque harbours. Guest rooms are well appointed over three floors including standard, executive rooms and suites, some of which overlook the courtyard garden. All 121 bedrooms and bathrooms have recently gone a refubishment and include comforts such as 24-hour room service, TV entertainment, pillow menu, bathroom amenities, iron and ironing board, work desk, high-speed internet connection, on-site car parking.

The Health & Leisure Club features a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spin room. The new Open Lobby offers an all day menu until 11pm. With the restaurant open for breakfast from 5am and dinner from 6pm daily. Our bar offers Starbucks tea and coffee and is open to all. Free car-parking for guests using the hotel facilities for up to 3 hours.

In the bright and modern Open Lobby and Restaurant, full English breakfasts are served from 5.00 am and the dinner menu includes baked Camembert, lamb rump, pan-roasted seabass and a tabbouleh salad.

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Jul 7, 2021
To
Sun, Sun, Jul 11, 2021
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£669*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement £120pp. Deposit: £150. Subject to availability. Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and at the tour manager’s discretion. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Arena Travel, a company wholly independent of Hearst UK. For full cancellation info, go to arenatravel.com/travel-information/booking-conditions. This offer is exclusive to Hearst UK and may be promoted by other selected media.
Call now to book 01473797365
Quote ref: HEARST BOND