Arnhem - The True Story with Sir Antony Beevor

3 nights starting from
£949

  • Talk by Sir Antony Beevor, bestselling author of “ Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944.”

  • Visit the Hartenstein Airborne Museum

  • Visit Arnhem Bridge and the Arnhem-Oosterbeek British Cemetery

  • Led by acclaimed military historian, Julian Humphrys

One of Britain’s most renowned historians, Sir Antony Beevor has turned his attention to the epic airborne invasion of the Netherlands for his latest work, Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944 (Penguin, May 2018). We are proud to announce that Sir Antony will join our group in Arnhem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, for an exclusive lecture, which will be among the highlights of a special tour exploring the true story behind the battle. Sir Antony writes: “I hope you can join me in the city itself to hear about researching this dramatic episode in Second World War history - and the terrible reality behind it.”

Available Departures

From

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Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 13th September 2019 at 11:04

Returning: 16th September 2019 at 17:56

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras direct to Rotterdam and transfer by coach to Arnhem for three-night stay. En route visit to the lovely town of Utrecht, laid out on a network of canals with a lovely town square. Welcome reception, introductory lecture from your military tour guide, Julian Humphrys and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2: We start with the excellent Hartenstein Airborne Museum in the hotel building used as the British Headquarters, which offers an excellent overview of Operation Market Garden. Today, we will also focus on the evacuation of the 1st Airborne Division across the Rhine. Of over 10,600 men in the Division, 2071 were eventually evacuated. We stop at the Lonsdale Church where many of those evacuated took shelter while awaiting the evacuation. Nearby is the famous house of Kate ter Horst, used as a Regimental Aid Post to treat the wounded and featuring in the film ‘A Bridge Too Far’. We complete the day with a visit across the Rhine to Driel. Polish airborne troops landed here in a valiant attempt to reinforce the defenders of Oosterbeek and it was from here that the evacuation was organised. Return to the hotel in good time to freshen up before an evening talk from acclaimed and number one bestselling historian, Sir Antony Beevor, whose latest book, “Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944”, was published last year. All bookings will include a copy of the book. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: The day begins with a visit to Arnhem Bridge where men of the Parachute Regiment held out for four days while awaiting the arrival of the British 30 Corps. The tour then moves on to the Arnhem-Oosterbeek British Cemetery. This afternoon, we will also visit the bridge over the Waal at Nijmegan. The defence of this bridge by SS Engineers is, in the opinion of some, the major reason for the failure of Market Garden. We then drive to Grave Bridge where we see the preserved bunkers and learn the story of how the bridge was taken intact by men of the American 82nd Airborne Division. The day’s tour is completed by crossing the German border, to visit the atmospheric Reichswald Forest. British and Canadian forces took this area as part of Operation Veritable during early 1945 and we see the British cemetery here which is the largest in Germany. Many of the men killed in the final stages of the war are buried here, together with large numbers of airmen killed in the Allied bombing campaign. The final evening is free either to dine at the hotel or head into the town centre of Arnhem to eat at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Rotterdam. This is the anniversary of the beginning of the attack on Arnhem. This morning you will head to the Netherlands’ economic powerhouse, Rotterdam, for a brief visit – a great way to see the striking skyline of bold modern architecture. Don’t miss the impressive indoor food market or the amazing ‘cube’ houses. Afterwards, you will board the local train to Brussels, before catching the Eurostar back to London.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 47 passengers.

 

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar from St Pancras direct to Rotterdam, returning via Brussels
  • Three nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • Two welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel
  • Welcome introductory lecture from your military tour guide, Julian Humphreys
  • Talk from acclaimed historian and author, Sir Antony Beevor
  • Copy of “Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944”, one per booking
  • Full coach touring itinerary including entrance fees and transfers as detailed
  • Military tour guide and tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/local train. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities.

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages.Trollies are available at St Pancras and Brussels, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

Hotel Van Der Valk, Arnhem
Modern four-star hotel, located on the edge of Arnhem, well situated to visit the sites featured in the itinerary. Facilities at this well-run hotel include Hubertus basement bar, restaurant and comfortable bedrooms with all modern amenities.

Hotel Ven Der Valk website

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Your Lecturer - Sir Antony Beevor
Britain’s top-selling and most widely respected military historian, Sir Antony Beevor launched his latest book, Arnhem The Battle for the Bridges, 1944, in May last year. His previous books include Stalingrad, Berlin – The Downfall, D-Day – The Battle for Normandy and The Second World War, which were all international bestsellers. His books have appeared in 32 languages and have sold more than seven and a half million copies.

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All very positive except the return journey. I appreciate lack of return Eurostar direct from Rotterdam (what an absurd bureaucratic nonsense!), but we had long waits at Rotterdam and Brussels and a slow train between the two. Result - 11 hours from Arnhem to St Pancras, although that did include 2 hours in Dordrecht. Julian was an outstanding military guide.

Review by Allen who travelled 14-September-2018


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Brilliant tour . Julian was an excellent guide an Helen an excellent tour manager . Small point . A list of the names of the people on the tour would have been helpful as with a big group it was dificult to remember everyone's names !

Review by who travelled 14-September-2018


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Review by who travelled 14-September-2018


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Given the age profile of the group and the extra cost in money and time to many of starting and finishing at St Pancras there was an awful lot of time wasted in Dordrecht after a too early 9am start on the last day. I would have preferred a later start then a straight through coach trip to Rotterdam for an earlier train .

Review by Awford who travelled 14-September-2018


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