Take the train on this very moving tour that commemorates the WW2 battles around Arnhem and Nijmegen...
2014 is the 70th anniversary if the D-Day landings. To commemorate this historic event the Liberation Route has been created so that people can trace the route of the armies as they fought their way to Germany.
One of the most famous episodes in this period of WW 2 was the attempt to bring the conflict to an early end by parachuting Allied troops into Holland and crossing the Rhine into Germany. Officially called Operation Market Garden the battle was portrayed in the film A Bridge Too Far. This journey takes you to Arnhem and Nijmegen, at the heart of where the battle was fought.
HOW TO BOOK THIS JOURNEY YOURSELF
Go to the Stena Line website and book your ticket on the Dutch Flyer. We suggest taking the overnight option to give you more time in Holland. The Dutch Flyer ticket allows you to carry on to any Dutch destination, so you can travel to Nijmegen and back to Hoek Van Holland Haven without paying extra. The tickets between Nijmegen and Arnhem can be booked at the station ( pay by cash ) and are only €4 each.
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Travelling from Liverpool Street, take a connecting train to Harwich International. The morning service leaves London at 06.38 and arrives in Harwich at 8.09, ready for the 9.00 am departure. In the evening it leaves at 19.32 to arrive at Harwich in time for the 23.15 sailing (Or take any service up to the 19.32).
You can also travel from any station in the Greater Anglia region.
It's a commuter train that runs out into the Essex countryside and along the banks of the River Stour. The train feels a bit like a school trip as it's packed with people going on holiday, surrounded by their luggage. As the train glides into Harwich International, which is right next to the ferry terminal, it passes the enormous superferry that now operates on the Harwich to Hook of Holland route.
It's a simple task to step off the train, head up to the departure terminal and check-in. MORE ON HARWICH INTERNATIONAL.
At the check-in desk you will be given your cabin key ( a cabin is obligatory on the night sailing and available at half price on day sailings), any meal vouchers and your onward Dutch rail ticket. The ferry is just a short walk from the terminal through a covered gangway.
Days 1 - 2
Take the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland. The ferries are brand new superferries and so are very comfortable to travel on.
The ferry docks at the Hook of Holland and disembarkation is simple and efficient. Again the terminal is right next to the simple 2 line station at Hook of Holland.
You should arrive at Rotterdam Central in plenty of time to catch the 09.20 train to Utrecht. Change at Utrecht for the train to Nijmegen. The whole journey from Rotterdam takes around 90 minutes and so you'll be in Nijmegen by late morning.
Check in to your hotel (we recommend the Hotel Sionshof, used as Headquarters by the German and Allied command ) and in the afternoon hire a bike to visit places of interest on the Liberation Route around Nijmegen and Groesbeek.
Days 2 - 4
Take the train from Arnhem to Rotterdam in time to connect with the service to the Hook of Holland, which leaves at 20.32. Board the Stena Line ferry to Harwich.
Once you've disembarked catch the early morning train from Harwich back to London. The train leaves from the platform next to the terminal. You travel along the banks of the River Stour and often see the big skies that inspired Constable to paint in the area. The train fills up the closer it gets to London with people on their way to work. But, by 9am you're back ready to go wherever you choose.
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