4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
3 course menu, 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Entrance and guided tour of Sutton Hoo
2 hour River Deben boat cruise with tea/coffee & scones
Entrance to Helmingham Hall & Gardens
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.
Today we enjoy a tour along the picturesque Suffolk coast, starting with a visit to Southwold, complete with its famous painted beach huts and lovely pier. We then continue to the pretty village of Thorpeness, with its pretty mock Tudor houses and the fairytale 'House in the Clouds'. We enjoy free time in Thorpeness for lunch before continuing to Aldeburgh, which retains features from a bygone era.
Sutton Hoo & Deben Boat Cruise
Today, we enjoy a guided tour at the world famous Anglo Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo, the hauntingly beautiful 255 acre estate which is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. We discover the story of the ship burial of an Anglo Saxon king, explore the award winning exhibition and the full-size reconstruction of the burial chamber (please note, the walk to the burial mounds is a 10-15 minute outdoor walk on flat ground, passengers who are less mobile can visit the exhibition, café and small shop).
In the afternoon, we make our way to Waldringfield where we enjoy a 2 hour cruise with tea/coffee and scones along the river Deben, one of the most beautiful and scenic spots on the east coast.
Ipswich Marina & Helmingham Hall Gardens
This morning, we enjoy free time relaxing and exploring the beautiful marina surrounding our hotel, before travelling to the spectacular Grade I Listed Helmingham Hall Gardens where we have time for lunch before exploring at our own pace. They themselves say that "It is hard to exaggerate the effect this beautiful park, with its red deer, spectacular moated Hall in mellow patterned red brick with its famous gardens will have on the visitor." And they aren't wrong, there's a magical feel to this peaceful estate.
After breakfast, we make our way home.
4* Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich
A contemporary, boutique hotel and restuarant set on the stunning Ipswich waterfront. It's sea-salted brickwork exterior has been restored and rejuvenated into a ship shape contemporary warehouse of rich modern interiors and rooms adorned with vintage furniture, sculptures and eclectic art.
Restaurant Bar TV Hairdryer Tea/coffee making facilities Lift