The accent is on luxury, backwater lanes, fine food and good companionship

24th - 28th July 2022

Five days , Four nights

Backwater Classic Tours invites you to discover one of England’s most beautiful and undiscovered counties, travelling its fascinating villages and byways in style and comfort.

Often underrated, Suffolk is incredibly beautiful and the lack of constant tourists makes it a great destination for some peace and quiet. 

Suffolk Discovery Tour:
Our classic Backwater Tour introduces you to an east English county acknowledged by artists such as Constable, Gainsborough and Munnings. On this five day tour we give you a flavour of the landscapes in Suffolk and seeing the ‘Chocolate Box’ villages and historic locations.

You will pass through charming medieval towns and villages as well as visiting the world-famous Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo and taking a leisurely lunch at Dedham Boathouse on the River Stour. All this, in a five-day, four-night tour where the accent is always on quality, good food, companionship and fun.

Where you’ll be staying:
The delightful 4-star Hintlesham Hall Hotel is a wonderful base from which to explore Suffolk. The Hall is a fine, Grade I Listed building offering spacious reception rooms and beautiful bedrooms and suites. Backwater tourers are booked into a superior room as standard. In-house facilities include an ironing and laundry service and a compact spa. The restaurant cuisine is excellent with locally sourced food and many seasonal ingredients coming from the hotel’s own well-stocked herb and vegetable garden.

What’s on offer:
The five-day tour takes in a variety of Suffolk villages, landscapes and coastal towns. Every run has been carefully planned so that every stop on the way will have been selected to maximise your motoring pleasure. We provide clear and easy-to-follow instructions allowing navigators to enjoy the day as much as the drivers.

Tour book:

Said to be the most comprehensive such tour guide on offer – ensures that you never miss out on places of scenic or historical interest.

Tulip routes include visits to Flatford Mill (the site of Constable’s ‘The Hay Wain’), Sutton Hoo and the coastal towns of Southwold, Woodbridge and Aldeburgh (famous for its annual festival celebrating the works of Benjamin Britten).

We also visit Thorpeness – home to the Mere and ‘The House in the Clouds’.

The Suffolk Observation Trophy:

This optional, light-hearted competition draws on the fact that Suffolk is renowned for its village signs (there over 375 of them in total). Tourers have to look for the various signs included in their tour book and identify the villages concerned. Each correctly identified sign scores a point and on the last evening, the scores are added up and the winners are awarded The Suffolk Spot-the-Sign Observation Trophy to take home and keep. Lots of good-natured fun and rivalry!

What's Included
  • Hintlesham Hall, Superior Rooms as standard
  • Three Tulip Runs
  • Constable and Flatford
  • Lunch at Dedham Boathouse
  • Suffolk villages, Lavenham, Southwold, Aldeburgh etc.
  • Sutton Hoo visit
  • Long Melford Hall NT
  • Photo observation competition, optional
  • Five days, four nights, three course dinners and breakfast each day
  • Coffee stops
  • Comprehensive tour book, rally plate
What's Not Included
  • Cost of any entrance fees that are not stated
  • All drinks are extra to accommodate individual preferences
Suffolk Tour Brochure 2021
Suffolk Discovery Tour 2022
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Suffolk Discovery Tour 2022


Cost is based on two people sharing one room.