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Operation Market Garden


4 days from £329pp

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.

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Tour Includes


  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service
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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 start 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. Continue to our hotel in Wolfheze for a two-night stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Joe’s Bridge

Joe’s Bridge (1)

Key Visits

  • Joes-Bridge
  • Nijmegen
  • Valkenswaard War Cemetery
  • Ysselsteyn German 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

Oosterbeek Church

Oosterbeek Church (1)

Key Visits

  • Oosterbeek Church
  • Landing grounds Ginkel Heath
  • Wolfheze
  • Arnhem Oosterbeek Cemetery
  • Arnhem Bridge
  • Hartenstein Hotel Museum

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost). Museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €40.


DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - We have many parents and grandparents who wish to take their children on a battlefield tour to share the experience and learning together. We are pleased to offer a significant reduction for children aged between 8 & 17 year olds during the school holidays. Children pay half price on the following dates: Oct 26 2017; Jul 20 & Oct 25 2018. Call for details.

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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Hotel

You will stay for two nights in the 4-star Bilderberg Hotel in Wolfheze near Arnhem, situated in its own grounds. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and sauna.

Overnight stays in Belgium will be in a city-style hotel.


Travel Options

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...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

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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