Operation Market Garden

4 days from £419pp

About the tour: Operation Market Garden

Tour Introduction

During WW2, Operation Market Garden was devised by General Bernard Montgomery to shorten the war in the autumn of 1944. On this tour, we follow the ground troops along their original route and examine the ill-fated operation that resulted in the deaths of so many troops. We see Joe’s Bridge, take a look at the assault of the Irish Guards, resume the route of the XXX Corps at Grave Bridge and visit the Hartenstein Hotel Museum. We also pay a visit to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery before we visit the area around Arnhem Bridge and see where the pivotal battle took place.


Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Our guide was most knowledgeable and had obviously a passion and interest in his subject which was underpinned by his own research.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Joe's Bridge to Nijmegen

We travel to Joe’s Bridge, the starting position of the Guards Armoured Division at the beginning of Operation Market Garden. We look at the Irish Guards assault and see their graves at Valkenswaard War Cemetery. We then see the vast German cemetery at Ysselsteyn before visiting the impressive Overloon War Museum. After lunch, we resume the XXX Corps route at the Grave Bridge, before looking at the tough fighting for Nijmegen and the crossing of the Waal River by American Airborne forces. We continue to our hotel ion the outskirts of Arnhem for a two-night stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Joe’s Bridge

Joe’s Bridge (7)

Key Visits

  • Ysselstyn German Cememetery
  • Joe’s Bridge
  • Nijmegen Bridge
  • Valkenswaard War Cemetery
  • Overloon War Museum
  • Grave Bridge

Day 3 - Hartenstein Hotel & The Battle of Arnhem

We begin at the Hartenstein Hotel, headquarters of the 1st Airborne Division during the Arnhem battle, and now an excellent museum. We then see an original memorial at Wolfheze and look at one of the landing grounds at Ginkel Heath. Following a visit to the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery we have lunch and then see some of the positions in the Oosterbeek Perimeter before visiting the area around Arnhem Bridge, where the pivotal battle for the outcome of Operation Market Garden took place.

Included meals: Breakfast

Arnhem Bridge

Arnhem Bridge (7)

Key Visits

  • Arnhem War Cemetery
  • Hartenstein Hotel, Oosterbeek
  • Ginkel Heath Landing Grounds Memorial
  • Airborne Memorial. Ginkel Heath
  • Wolfheze Landing Zone Memorial
  • Arnhem Bridge

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost.

Museum package available whilst on tour approx cost €40.

Pre-Tour Reading

A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.

  • Kershaw, R. It Never Snows In September (Ian Allan 2010)
  • Lynch, T. Operation Market Garden (History Press 2011)
  • Margry, K. Operation Market Garden: Then & Now (After The Battle 2004)
  • Middlebrook, M. Arnhem 1944: The Airborne Battle (Pen & Sword 2009)
  • Urquhart, R.E. Arnhem (Pen & Sword 2008)
  • Waddy, J.R. A Tour of the Arnhem Battlefields (Pen & Sword 1998)

Passenger Information

The Tour

Operation Market Garden in September 1944 was General Bernard Montgomery’s attempt to end the war before Christmas by launching a ground offensive through Holland into Germany with the route secured by Airborne forces. Market were the Airborne troops who would secure the bridges along the route and Garden were the ground forces from the British XXX Corps. At the far end British 1st Airborne Division found itself embattled at Arnhem waiting for XXX Corps; a battle in which only 2,000 Airborne troops would escape out of 10,000.Our Operation Market Garden tour takes you to some of the most famous locations in Holland connected with the fighting in September 1944 and will help put ‘A Bridge Too Far’ and ‘Band of Brothers’ into their correct context.

Foreign Currency

The Operation Market Garden tour takes place in Holland and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as most banks in Holland do not provided currency exchange services.

What to Bring

The weather in Holland can be changeable and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential and comfortable walking boots or trainers are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water, which is usually on sale on the coach as well.

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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You will stay two nights at the 4-star Hotel De Bilderberg in Oosterbeek. Overnight stays in Belgium will be in a city-style hotel.

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


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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