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Arnhem and Operation Market Garden

Prices start from:

£279

per person

3 -
5 Days
World War 2
Netherlands
12 - 200 travellers

Overview

By September 1944 the Allies had broken out of Normandy and were advancing across Europe. Operation Market Garden was one of the boldest plans of the war, over 30,000 Allied troops were to be dropped behind enemy lines, into occupied Holland. Their mission was clear, to capture the bridges that spanned the rivers on the Dutch/German border, providing a corridor that would allow the Allied Army to advance rapidly into Germany. 

What were the plans that made up Operation Market Garden and what did it mean for the men who fought here? Unfortunately, this daring plan did not have the expected outcome; the Allies suffered heavy casualties and after nine days of fighting there was no alternative but to withdraw. Operation Market Garden had ended, but the war and battle to liberate Holland would continue.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach, departing from your chosen area
Return Channel Crossings with Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
Full services of our Expert Battlefield Guide
Visit to the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Meals other than those shown
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance
Single supplement available on request

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 4 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
Depart from your chosen pick up point and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing. On arrival in Calais we head to our accommodation for a three night stay.
Day 2:
This morning following breakfast, we head out to Joe’s Bridge and look at the attack by the Guards Division, followed by a visit to the Valkenswaard CWGC Cemetery, where some of those killed in the breakout lie. We will also visit the German Cemetery at Ysselsteyn before heading to Grave Bridge to hear about its importance and capture by the 82nd Airborne Division. Travelling to Nijmegen we learn about the fighting in this area and standing on the north bank of the Waal River we discuss the river crossing by the 504th Para Infantry Regiment on the 20th September 1944.
Day 3:
Another busy day as we look at the Airborne operations, starting with a visit to the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein, located in a villa, which during the war was used as the Headquarters for the British Airborne Troops. Leaving here we drive to the drop zone of the 1st Para Brigade and then follow 2 Para’s route to the bridge at Arnhem, including the attempted capture of railway bridge and actions around St Elizabeth Hospital. At the bridge we learn about the heroic stand of 2 Para and Lt Jack Grayburn VC. At Baskeyfield Tree, we look at the actions of L/Sgt John Daniel Baskeyfield on the 20th September 1944, which resulted in him being awarded the VC. Our penultimate stop today is in the landing zone of the Polish Parachute Brigade and the attempts to reinforce the perimeter by them and the 43rd Wessex Division. Finally, we learn more about the withdrawal of the 1st Airborne Division.
Day 4:
Our final day and this morning we visit the CWGC Cemetery at Oosterbeek, where there are three Victoria Cross holders buried and we will pay our respects and take a moment to reflect before we begin to make our way back to the UK.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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Price per person

48
3
from £279 pp
48
4
from £369 pp
48
5
from £469 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£279

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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