Historic Arnhem & ‘A Bridge Too Far’

Our packaged itinerary highlights Arnhem’s rich and eventful past from the 17th century to WWII and includes visits to the Netherlands Open Air Museum, Het Loo Palace Gardens and the Airborne Museum. The tour is based at our group friendly hotel, located in the heart of this welcoming historic city.

Tina says...
“Arnhem is one of the friendliest and best cities to explore in Holland. This central hotel extends the warm welcome and great hospitality that highlights the unique link the British have with this historic destination”
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel this afternoon with time to settle in prior to dinner this evening

Day 2 Paleis Het Loo Gardens & Netherlands Open Air Museum 82km/51 mile round trip
After breakfast this morning, we will visit the beautiful botanic gardens of the Dutch Baroque 17th century Paleis Het Loo, the former royal residence of the Dutch Royal Family (please note the main house will be closed for refurbishment during 2018 but the gardens, stables and restaurants will still be open as usual).The fully restored gardens reflect how they looked at the time when its first royal residents lived there, with garden sculptures of mythical gods and goddesses, a croquet lawn and some of the highest spouting fountains in Europe. We can enjoy lunch here before we travel to the Netherlands Open Air Museum with over 80 historic houses, farmhouses and mills. A 1 hour guided tour really brings the history and culture of the Netherlands to life! We can meet friendly farmers, the blacksmith, fisherman and miller and travel on an historic tram around the park.

Day 3 ‘A Bridge Too Far’ & Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’ 17km/11 mile round trip
This morning our guide joins our coach for a half day tour and we learn of events that took place in Arnhem during WWII including Operation Market Garden, when British and Polish troops were parachuted behind enemy lines. We will have the opportunity to view the John Frost Bridge, named after the British commanding officer, and made famous in the 1977 film ‘A Bridge Too Far’. After our tour, we then visit the Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’, a superb and very moving museum dedicated to the 1944 Battle of Arnhem story, housed within the impressive 19th century Villa Hartenstein (former headquarters of the British command during the battle). Before returning we visit the Oosterbeek War Cemetery where nearly 2,000 Allied servicemen are buried. Following a fascinating guided tour, we spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the lovely city of Arnhem.

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast this morning, we begin our journey home.

Best Western Plus Hotel Haarhuis

AAA+ Central Location
Located in the city centre of Arnhem, this historic 4 star hotel is traditional and elegant in style with excellent public areas and a great standard of food. The hotel’s 118 bedrooms are decorated to a good standard and all are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Coach parking is off-site, directly in front of the hotel, and is free of charge.

Best Western Plus Hotel Haarhuis

3 Nights Half Board
March - September 2018
Twin from £219pp to £235pp
Single Supplement from £65

• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of juice on arrival
• Set menu on arrival night
• Choice of menu on 2 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Paleis Het Loo Gardens
• Entrance and 1 hour guided tour Netherlands Open Air Museum
• Half day step on WWII guide
• Entrance to Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’
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Prices starting from...

£219 for 4 days

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Features of this tour

  • Entrance to Paleis Het Loo Gardens

  • Entrance and 1 hour guided tour Netherlands Open Air Museum

  • Half day step on WWII guide

  • Entrance to Airborne Museum ‘Hartenstein’