Arnhem 80th Anniversary


4 - 5 days from £529pp

About the tour: Arnhem 80th Anniversary


Tour Introduction

In September 2024 we remember Operation Market Garden with the 80th Anniversary of Arnhem. Join us on a 5 Day Tour to remember the actual anniversary of the start of the battle, or join us on a 4 Day tour for the commemorative weekend with the Airborne Drop and ceremony at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. On both tours we will also see some of the key Battle of Arnhem sites.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to the Arnhem area for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - Airborne Commemorative Drop

Today, we attend the annual Airborne Drop at Ginkel Heath, where modern Airborne forces and veterans make an annual parachute jump to commemorate the Anniversary. This is likely to be a very busy event. Later, we will tour some key sites on the Arnhem battlefield including Arnhem Bridge and the Oosterbeek area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Oosterbeek Commemorations

Oosterbeek Commemorations (7)

Key Visits

  • Ginkel Heath Memorial
  • Arnhem Bridge
  • Hartenstein Hotel Museum
  • Arnhem Commemorative Drop
  • Arnhem Commemorative
  • Oosterbeek Commemorations

Day 3 - 80th Anniversary Commemoration

This morning, we attend the 80th Anniversary of Arnhem and the commemorative service in the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. Here, local school children lay flowers on the graves and veterans of the battle may be in attendance. In the afternoon, we continue with a battlefield tour of the Arnhem area, seeing the Oosterbeek Perimeter and the Oosterbeek Old Church.

Included meals: Breakfast

Ceremony at Arnhem War Cemetery

Ceremony at Arnhem War Cemetery (5)

Key Visits

  • Oosterbeek Church
  • Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery
  • Oosterbeek Perimeter
  • Ceremony at Arnhem War Cemetery

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to the Arnhem area for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - Operation Market Garden 80th Anniversary

Today is the 80th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden. We will attend any major local ceremonies and visit the Landing and Drop Zones around Arnhem, where the 1st Airborne Division began their operations on this day in 1944. We will spend time at the Hartenstein Hotel, the battle headquarters of the Airborne, and now an important museum explaining the history of what happened here. Later, we visit Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery.

Included meals: Breakfast

Glider Memorial Arnhem

Glider Memorial Arnhem (5)

Key Visits

  • Arnhem War Cemetery
  • Hartenstein Hotel
  • Drop Zone Memorial Arnhem
  • Glider Memorial Arnhem

Day 3 - The Advance into Arnhem

Today, we will follow the routes of Airborne forces towards Arnhem and see where German forces blocked their approach to Arnhem Bridge. At the Arnhem Bridge itself, we will look at this key aspect of the battle, walk on and around the area of the bridge, and see the nearby Visitor’s Centre. Later, we will examine the battle of the Oosterbeek Perimeter, seeing the streets where the fighting took place, the White House, Hackett’s Hollow, and the ground where the Border Regiment fought, witnessing a lot of evidence of the fighting from 1944.

Included meals: Breakfast

Arnhem Bridge

Arnhem Bridge (4)

Key Visits

  • Oosterbeek
  • Arnhem Bridge
  • White House
  • Hackett's Hollow

Day 4 - Groesbeek Memorial – Arnhem Evacuation

This morning, we look at the fighting in the approach to Arnhem where ground units of 30 Corps made their advance and US Airborne forces were in action. We travel to Grave Bridge, where a linkup between American Paratroopers and British soldiers occurred, and then travel across to the important Groesbeek Heights area and visit the Groesbeek Memorial, where the Missing of Arnhem are commemorated. Later, we will visit Nijmegen Bridge, which was captured by 30 Corps and was where American Airborne soldiers crossed the river in assault boats. We then look at the final stages of the battle and the evacuation of Arnhem from the area of the Old Church at Oosterbeek across to Driel on the other side of the Lower Rhine.

Included meals: Breakfast

Grave Bridge

Grave Bridge (6)

Key Visits

  • Oosterbeek Church
  • Nijmegen Bridge
  • Driel Memorial
  • Grave Bridge
  • Groesbeek Memorial

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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Hotel

You will stay for three or four nights at a minimum 3-star hotel such as the Hotel Oud London in Zeist or the Wageningen International Conference Centre in Gelderland.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Executive Coach

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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