Cycling holiday Airborne route: 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands

5 or 7 day self-guided cycling trip along historical places of Operation Market Garden in September 1944

Operation market garden: A Bridge Too Far

Operation Market Garden was one of the largest Allied operations in the second world war and took place in the Netherlands in September 1944. This highly ambitious operation was executed by more than 40.000 English, American, Canadian and Polish airborne troops and ground forces to secure key bridges and towns along the allied line of advance against the German army. The goal was to secure the bridges over the rivers Maas (Meuse), Waal and Rhine in the hope that with a swift advance towards Berlin the war would be over before Christmas.

After the successful Battle of Nijmegen but due to several setbacks the allied army did not manage to take the last bridge in Arnhem: the proverbial ‘Bridge Too Far’.

The allied soldiers had to abort the operation and retreated south of the Rhine. What followed was a long harsh winter with extreme scarcity of food in large parts of the Netherlands. People were forced to eat tulip bulbs and sugar beet and many died of starvation before the country was liberated in May 1945.

Cycling past visible memories: 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands

Many of these historical events have left visible memories. Museums, memorials and special audio spots along the way tell the story of the long road to freedom. At the same time, the scenic routes take you through a variety of beautiful and typically Dutch landscapes. You’ll cycle through one of the oldest parts of the country, formed in the ice age when glaciers pushed the flat surface into ramparts. Later the rivers Rhine and Meuse found their way through the landscape to the North Sea and formed the Dutch Delta.

The cycle routes are between 37 and 57 kilometres long and are easy to navigate, using an elaborate junction to junction network with numbers indicating the connecting junctions. The cycle routes are also available in GPX format.

Finest area of scenic beauty in the Netherlands

Dutch people voted the Veluwe region as the finest area of scenic beauty in the country. It’s where forests, sand drifts, lichen steppes and moors form a splendid natural landscape where you can spot the Dutch ‘Big Five’: fox, badger, roe deer, wild boar and red deer, as well as Highland cattle, beavers and hundreds of other mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

Second-largest collection of Van Gogh’s artworks in the world

The Veluwe region is also where, right in the middle of De Hoge Veluwe National Park, you can visit the Kröller-Müller Museum, which houses a huge art collection assembled by Helene Kröller-Müller. It includes the second-largest collection of Van Gogh’s artworks in the world. 

Luxury 4-star hotels in 2 different locations

During your cycling holiday you will stay in luxury 4-star hotels in two different locations, in Berg en Dal and Wageningen. You start the journey in Berg en Dal, south of Nijmegen, for the first part of the trip. For the second part you’ll cycle to the next hotel in Wageningen where your luggage is waiting for you upon arrival. From the hotel in Wageningen you’ll cycle the remaining routes of your holiday.

The holiday in a nutshell

During the cycle routes in the vicinity of Berg en Dal, you will get acquainted with a wide variety of landscapes, such as the river landscape of Maas and Niers and the rolling landscape near Groesbeek. The cycle routes pass through numerous historical sites, monuments and audio spots. A cycle path leads you along an old railway line to the German city of Kleve on the edge of the imposing Reichswald, a historical site because of the Airborne landings.

You cross the famous bridge of Nijmegen and cycle through the typically Dutch polder landscape of the Betuwe, nicknamed ’the island’ by the allied soldiers. The hotel in Wageningen overlooks the Lower Rhine River. During the second part of the journey, the cycle routes include Arnhem, Oosterbeek and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Park De Hoge Veluwe.

Travel period

This memorable cycling holiday can be booked from March to November. You can start on Thursday or Friday, regardless of the desired travel time of 5 or 7 days.

5-Day Bike Tour

Day 1. Arrival hotel Berg en Dal

Day 2. Liberation Route or Reichswald Route (50 km / 50 km)

Day 3. Berg en Dal- Wageningen (37 km)

Day 4. Airborne route or Hoge Veluwe Route (40 km / 55 km)

Day 5. Departure

  • 2 Accommodations in Berg en Dal
  • 2 Accommodations in Wageningen

7-Day Bike Tour

Day 1. Arrival hotel Berg en Dal

Day 2. Liberation Route (50 km)

Day 3. Reichswald Route (50 km)

Day 4. Berg en Dal - Wageningen (37 km)

Day 5. Airborne route (25 mi / 40 km)

Day 6. Hoge Veluwe Route (55 km)

Day 7. Departure

  • 3 Nights in Berg en Dal
  • 3 Accommodations in Wageningen


  • 4 or 6 hotel nights in 4-star hotels based on bed and breakfast
  • luggage transport from the hotel in Berg en Dal to the hotel in Wageningen
  • Detailed travel information
  • directions and map material
  • CyclingRoutes in GPX-format
  • Useful tips and advice on the go
  • Technical support for defect ing to Rent


  • Travel to start and final destination
  • Rentbike (hybrid, e-bike or tandem)
  • Other meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Customer Contribution Guarantee Fund GGTO

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Airborne route: 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands

Netherlands (surrounding Nijmegen and Arnhem), hotel trek, 5 or 7 days (self-guided)

Prices per person (based on 2 persons per room)

Self-guided trip (GPS), bed and breakfast, luggage transport
Prices are based on a minimum of 2 people.


5-day holiday

March to June 2020 € 349,-
July and August 2020 € 369,-
September to November 2020 € 349,-
Surcharge half board (2-course à la carte) € 110,-
Single surcharge € 150,-
Rent hybrid, 24 gears € 45,-
Rent e-bike, 10 gears € 80,-
Rent tandem € 75,-


7-day holiday

March to June 2020 € 529,-
July and August 2020 € 549,-
September to November 2020 € 529,-
Surcharge half board (2-course à la carte) € 165,-
Single surcharge € 200,-
Rent hybrid, 24 gears € 75,-
Rent e-bike, 10 gears € 120,-
Rent tandem € 125,-