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Liberation route

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This tour takes you to the area where a military operation played out that almost ended the Second World War a year earlier. You will visit historic sites and cycle over hard-won routes.

E-bike
4 days
150 km / 93 mi
€ 1,240.-
  • All inclusive E-bike tour (all meals and entrance fees)
  • Historic 4-star hotel with great atmosphere
  • Including lecture and guided tours of selected attractions
  • Group size 8-16 persons
  • Transfers from and to Amsterdam included

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Details

Type
E-bike
Duration
4 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Individual: with GPS and map
Guided:  with cycling guide
Guided
Distance per day
20-40 km / 12-25 mi
Total distance
150 km / 93 mi
Lodging
Standard = 1-2 star hotel or B&B
Comfort = Comfortable 3 star hotel
Premium = Unique 3-5 star hotel
Comfort, full board
Bicycle
Included
Dates
03 May 2018 - 06 May 2018
04 May 2018 - 07 May 2018
02 Jul 2018 - 05 Jul 2018
06 Aug 2018 - 09 Aug 2018
Dates are flexible for larger groups
Start
Mook (12.00 | 12 noon)
Finish
Oosterbeek (16.00 | 4 pm)

Prices

Tour price
€ 1,240.-
E-bike
Bicycle with electric motor assistance included
Single supplement
€ 100.-

Itinerary

4 days -3 nights

Operation Market Garden took place between 17 and 26 September 1944 in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. It was the codename for a large airborne operation. Three Allied airborne divisions were dropped over the Dutch cities of Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem to pave the way for the allied army advancing from the south. It was to be a surprise attack on Nazi Germany and thus force an early end to the Second World War. However the ambitious and complex operation failed because the bridge over the Rhine at Arnhem (movie: “A Bridge Too Far”) could not be taken in time. Due to the failure of the operation, the northern half of the Netherlands was not liberated until May 1945.

Day 1 – Transfer to Mook and introduction ride
The tour leader will pick you up in Amsterdam and after a 1.5 hours shuttle you will arrive at the beautiful hunting lodge of De Mookerheide near the village of Mook. The hotel also has an interesting WWII history. After a brief introduction during lunch and making eventual adjustments to your e-bike, we start off with a short cycle along the River Meuse (Maas) and to a few WWII memorials. After having dinner in the hotel, there is a detailed presentation all about Operation Market Garden.

Day 2 – The Liberation Museum and the Nijmegen Bridge
We cycle to the Liberation Museum in Groesbeek and afterwards continue to Nijmegen over the Zeven Heuvelen (Seven Hills) area. These low hills are easy to climb on your e-bike. After a visit to the bridgehead on the bridge over the River Rhine, you cycle back to the hotel. Before arriving back at your hotel, you can make an optional visit to the Canadian War Cemetery.

Day 3 – The marching line
Today we cycle part of the September 20-21, 1944 Eindhoven-Nijmegen marching line taken by the allied forces that runs between the villages of Uden and Grave. While cycling this route, the tour guide will give details about the memorials, the battlefields and other points of interest. In Grave you cross the bridge over the River Maas before returning to your hotel.

Day 4 – The Airborne Museum
After breakfast on the last day of the tour you head for Oosterbeek by shuttle bus to visit the Airborne Museum. The museum is located in an old mansion house that served as the most northerly situated Allied Headquarters during Operation Market Garden. The tour finishes after lunch with the shuttle transport back to Amsterdam.

Map & Routes

Map
Satellite

Bicycle

e-bike E-bike (included)
- Front hub engine
- Front wheel suspension
- Adjustable handlebars
- Easy and intuitive drive unit handling
- Li-ion battery with 80 km range
- Shimano Nexus 7-speed gearing
- One small rear panniers



•     An E-bike is not about traveling at high speed, and it is not an electric moped or scooter. The electric assistance only complements, and therefore does not replace the necessary human pedaling power. The E-bike gives you the extra ‘push’ when accelerating and riding against a headwind, and it therefore makes cycling easier.
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