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Arnhem Bridge Arnhem & the Rhine Crossings This tour looks at the Allied attempts to cross the mighty River Rhine. After the failure of ‘Operation Market Garden’, there had to be a re-think about Allied strategy. Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Wolfheze on the outskirts of Arnhem for a four-night stay. Day 2 Arnhem Landing Grounds & Oosterbeek We start the tour at the Arnhem Airborne Museum. Located in the old Hartenstein Hotel, the building was there in 1944 and used as 1st Airborne Division’s Headquarters. Now an excellent museum of the battle, here we set the scene before travelling out to some of the landing grounds at Ginkel Heath and Wolfheze. Before lunch we see one of the original Arnhem memorials, and in the afternoon look at the bitter fighting in the Oosterbeek perimeter – the infamous ‘Cauldron’. We see Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery; visit Oosterbeek Church; see positions held by the Border Regiment and follow the story of the ‘Lonsdale Force’, before visiting the house where General Urquhart hid during the battle. B Day 3 Arnhem Bridge & The Island The battle of Arnhem Bridge is one of the iconic moments of Operation Market Garden and we see where the fighting took place around the bridge. After lunch in Nijmegen we visit Jonkerbos War Cemetery before examining events on ‘The Island’ in 1944/45, looking at the fighting around the De Laar Farm, and following the so-called ‘Driel Dash’. American Airborne troops also held The Island after the battle and we see their memorial, as well as the battle-scarred building where men from the Hampshire Regiment fought in October 1944. B Day 4 Reichswald Forest & The Rhineland Following on from the period of static fighting during the winter of 1944/45, we begin today at the National Liberation Museum at Groesbeek to help set the scene for the battles of 1945. We also visit Groesbeek War Cemetery before looking at the fighting in Reichswald Forest, seeing the War Cemetery there – the largest British Second World War cemetery in Europe with more than 7,000 graves. After lunch in Kleve we look at the advance on the Rhineland, examining the fighting at Xanten, Goch and the Hochwald Gap, before seeing where the Rhine crossings took place between Rees and Wesel. We end the day in the area where 6th (Airborne) Division landed during Operation Varsity. B Day 5 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/gar Includes... • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast • Specialist Battlefield Guide • Battlefield visits as described Plus... • Local joining points (see page 55 for your nearest) • Entrance to museums and places of interest (extra cost) Your Hotel Silver Service Tour Code: 5GARV Mar 27 2017 £439 Jun 19 2017 £489 Jul 24 2017 £489 Aug 28 2017 £489 Oct 16 2017 £469 Luxuria Tour Code: 5GARX May 29 2017 £539 32 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 615 WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 5 days from £439 You will stay for four nights at the 4-star Bilderberg Wolfheze Hotel or similar in Wolfheze on the outskirts of Arnhem. The hotel has a bar and restaurant, indoor swimming pool and sauna. The hotel has become a firm favourite with Leger guests. Oosterbeek Church Arnhem Memorial Airborne Museum Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £125.


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