Battlefield Tours

Operation Market Garden Highlights Battlefield Tour

Operation Market Garden Highlights Battlefield Tour
In this full-day Market Garden highlights battlefield tour, we are going to look at a number of locations which were important during the operation. This tour is a good option if you only have one day available and want to see as much of the area as possible. That also means that it is a “light version” so the location visits will be shorter and there is more driving involved. After picking you up we will drive to the drop and landing zones near Son en Breugel in the 101st Airborne sector where the tour begins with some footage and pictures of of the landing. Then we’ll be off to the Son bridge, which was the first objective of the 506th Parachute Infantry. Our next stop will be Heeswijk Castle, which is east of Veghel. This is a medieval castle where the 1st Battalion of the 501st PIR landed by mistake after the pathfinder plane was shot down. We will then leave the 101st Airborne area and move north towards the 82nd Airborne sector and visit the Grave bridge the only bridge that was to be taken by a “coup-de-main” assault. After a visit to the Jonkerbos GWGC Military Cemetery we will visit the location where the heroic crossing of the Waal river took place. This was done in broad daylight and the paratroopers rowed across the river in canvas boats under murderous German fire to secure a bridgehead and attack the nearby bridges from the north. We’ll then visit the Nijmegen road bridge which was captured in a combined assault with American paratroopers and British tanks and infantry. Our final destination is the 1st Airborne sector in Arnhem where we will visit the road bridge. There we will talk about how the north end of the bridge was captured by John Frost and his men. We will discuss their defensive positions and the German attacks which lead to their eventual defeat.

Tour itinerary

101st Airborne sector:
  • Son Drop & Landing Zones
  • Son bridge
  • Heeswijk Castle
82nd Airborne sector:
  • Grave bridge
  • Jonkerbos CWGC Cemetery
  • Waal crossing
  • Nijmegen bridge
1st Airborne sector:
  • Arnhem bridge

Languages

This tour is available in English and in Dutch.

Pricing

We have a flat fee price for our tours:
  • Price for a full day private tour for 1 to 4 persons including transportation is €450.
  • For 5-8 persons I have to charge €620 to cover the rent of a large minivan.
  • Lunch is not included in the price.
  • For a group of more than 4 persons please visit my Groups page

Bookings for 2025

Please contact me using the contact form for booking a tour in 2025.

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Please note that I’m only available on the dates that you can select in the date picker below, all other dates I’m already fully booked.
By Joris

My name is Joris Nieuwint and I will be your tour guide! Please allow me to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I've been doing over the past years. For the past 10 years I've been living in Veghel, and before that, I've lived in Arnhem for almost two decades. Living so close to the battlefields meant that Operation Market Garden always had my interest and I've been studying the battles for all those years. Sharing what I've learned over the years has been my passion and becoming a tour guide was one of my dreams. Keeping the sacrifices of these men alive by telling their stories and showing the locations where it happened is my greatest passion.

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