In this full-day Market Garden highlights battlefield tour, we are going to look at the locations where the operation was decided. This tour is a good option if you only have one day available and want to see as much of the area as you can.
This tour starts at the Son bridge in the 101st Airborne sector and the objective of the 506th Parachute Infantry. From there we will head north generally following 30 corps’ route and our next stop will be the battle of Koevering, just south of Veghel. This is where the Germans cut the corridor and blocked it for over 40 hours, it proved to be a fatal blow to the operation.
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. We will then visit the location where the heroic crossing of the Waal river took place. In broad daylight, 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 then visit the Nijmegen road bridge which was captured in a combined assault with American patroopers 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.
101st Airborne sector:
- Son bridge
- Koevering battle, where the Germans cut the road
82nd Airborne sector:
- Grave bridge
- Waal crossing
- Nijmegen bridge
1st Airborne sector:
- Arnhem bridge
This tour is available in English and in Dutch.
We have a flat fee price for our tours:
- Price for a full day private tour for 1 to 4 persons including transportation is €400.
- For 5-8 persons I have to charge €550 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