Operation MARKET GARDEN Tours

Follow in the footsteps of the British XXX Corps fighting their way along Hell’s Highway as they try to reach the bridge over the River Rhine at Arnhem. Visit the places where the three Airborne Divisions of the First Allied Airborne landed to secure the bridges along the route. Discuss the battles of the American Airborne at Eindhoven, Son en Breugel, Best, Grave, Overasselt, Groesbeek and Nijmegen. Walk the battlefields around Arnhem following the route taken by the British 1st Airborne Division.

Operation MARKET GARDEN Tours

The best way to explore the Operation MARKET GARDEN Battlefields

Join one of our team of battlefields historian on this four-day tour that leads you across the ground over which this epic battle was fought. Listen as they tell you about the momentous events that took place and recount stories of the heroic deeds carried out by the soldiers who took part.

Operation MARKET GARDEN Tour film Strip

Day 1: Outward journey

Our In The Footsteps® Four-Day Tour of Operation MARKET GARDEN begins at 09:00 hrs when we collect you from your agreed pick-up location in London and drive to Folkestone to catch the 11:36 hrs Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. On arriving in Calais, we head to Nijmegen and check into our tour hotel. Dinner this evening can be purchased in our tour hotel or the local area, as you prefer.

Day 2: The American Airborne and the advance along Hell’s Highway

Day two begins when we leave the reception of our hotel at 09:00 hrs to begin exploring the battlefields.

Our first stop is at Lommel where the Guards Armoured Division, the spearhead of XXX Corps, crossed JOE’s Bridge over the Bocholt–Herentals Canal to begin their drive northwards up Hell’s Highway. From JOE’s Bridge, we follow Hell’s Highway to Valkenswaard the place where XXX Corps spent the first night.

From Valkenswaard we continue northwards along Hell’s Highway to Eindhoven where we begin taking in the key American Airborne sites. We will visit the bridge at Son-en-Brugel, the bridge at Grave, the Overasselt drop zone, the bridge at Heumen, Klein Amerika, Groesbeek and Nijmegen Bridge.

With day two complete, we return to our hotel where you spend the evening at your leisure either in the hotel or local area.

Day 3: The British Airborne landings and the route into Arnhem

Day three begins when we leave the reception of our hotel at 09:00 hrs to continue exploring the battlefields.

Today we follow in the footsteps of the British Airborne at their drop zones and landing zones and along their routes into Arnhem.

We begin at the drop zone near Heelsum (DZ-X and DZ-Z) where the 1st Parachute Brigade parachuted on 17 September 1944. From the drop zones, we head to Wolfheze and the Psychiatric Institute before continuing to the Reijers Camp landing zone (LZ-S) where the 1st Airlanding Brigade landed on 17 September 1944.

From LZ-S we follow in the footsteps of Major Gough’s Reconnaissance Squadron as they tried to drive down Route LEOPARD to Arnhem and the bridge. We then return to Wolfheze to head north up Wolfhezerweg to the spot where R Company of the 1st Parachute Battalion came under heavy fire from the woods ahead.

We continue along Wolfhezerweg to the junction with Amsterdamesweg where we turn right to the Ginkel Heath drop zone (DZ-Y) where the 4th Parachute Brigade jumped in on 18 September 1944.

From Ginkel Heath, we retrace our steps to Wolfheze and on to the southeast past the Hotel Wolfhezen which was the headquarters of SS Training Battalion Krafft. We follow this road down to join Route TIGER close to the spot where General Kussin, the German commander of Arnhem, was killed on 17 September 1944.

We then follow Route TIGER to the Koude Herberg Crossroads before heading back along Route TIGER to Heelsum to join Route LION. We follow Route LION into Oosterbeek where we visit the Airborne Museum.

With our day complete, we return to our hotel where you spend the evening at your leisure either in the hotel or local area.

Day 4: The Oosterbeek Perimeter, Arnhem Bridge, and the withdrawal across the Neder-Rijn

Day four begins when we check out of our hotel at 09:00 hrs to continue exploring the battlefields.

Today we follow in the footsteps of the British Airborne in the Oosterbeek Perimeter and at Arnhem Bridge.

We begin at John Frost Bridge (Arnhem Bridge) where we discuss the epic fight for control of the bridge and the actions of Lieutenant Colonel Frost’s 2nd Parachute Battalion in the vicinity.

We then head into Oosterbeek to explore the Oosterbeek Perimeter visiting key locations including Hartenstein, Ommershof, the White House, the Medical Dressing Station, Tafelberg, Pietersberg, the Concert Hall, and Oosterbeek Church.

We then head to the northern bank of the Neder-Rijn (Lower Rhine) to discuss the withdrawal of the remnants of the British 1st Airborne Division from the Oosterbeek Perimeter.

With our following in the footsteps done, we head to the Oosterbeek Airborne Cemetery to pay our respects to the fallen.

With our tour complete, we begin our return journey by heading to Calais to catch the 18:20 hrs Eurotunnel to Folkestone. On arrival in the UK, we return to London and drop you off at your agreed location at approximately 20:00 hrs.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

From £925.00 GBP* per person

* This price is based upon:

  • Pick-up and drop-off from your tour hotel
  • Six people touring
  • Travel in a dedicated tour vehicle driven by our expert battlefield historian
  • Two people sharing a twin room.

Costs may vary from those shown above due to the availability and selection of hotels, and other associated cost variations at the time of booking.

A supplement of £175.00 GBP applies where single occupancy is required.

An additional supplement may apply for anniversary dates to cover any increase in the associated costs.

A deposit of 30% or £200.00 per person, whichever is the greater, is payable on booking.

Booking indicates your acceptance of our Standard Terms and Conditions.

In The Footsteps Tours Limited activities are bound by the Package Travel and Linked Arrangements Regulations 2018 and all monies paid to us are held in a Travel Trust Association holding account. Our tours are protected by the TTA's Standalone Safe Seat Plan Guarantee.

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