WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides: Starting in Belgium & France

Tour group at Hill 60.

There are a number of guides offering tours starting from within Belgium and France. Some provide daily tours by minibus or car which will be bookable from a local tourist office or museum, and those same guides will usually also offer to create a bespoke tour especially for you as an individual, family group or group of friends. Others may operate as a guide from the Bed & Breakfast accommodation they run and will arrange the tour according to your stay with them on the battlefields. Or guides may offer their services privately and can be contacted via their website for individual one-to-one tours or as a guide for leading a group that you may wish to organize.

In most cases you will be able to ask to visit particular locations to personalize your tour so you can see places of specific interest to you. Be sure to give your guide plenty of notice as last minute requests may be difficult to include if research needs to be carried out. Guides will often be happy to carry out research on your behalf, but do be aware that some may require payment for this if only to cover their costs and time.

Guides will usually be able to help with travel information for your independent travel to the battlefields and to join with their tour.

The guides and companies listed below are known to greatwar.co.uk or if they are not, and have asked to be listed on this website, they are taken in good faith that they will provide a professional and satisfactory service for battlefield visitors. You are advised to contact the tour guides listed below directly about the tours and services they offer. They are responsible for informing you that they comply with travel, package holiday and package tours regulations as appropriate. Greatwar.co.uk cannot be held responsible for a guide or tour company failing to comply with package holiday travel regulations and public liability cover.

Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

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Badged Guides, Members and Supporters are highlighted in our list of guides and tour companies below.

Somme Battlefields' Partner, France

The Somme Battlefields' Partner is a network for visitors to the Somme including organizations and individuals involved in tourism and the history of the Somme battlefield.

Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides based in Belgium and France

The following guides and tours are are based in Belgium or France on or near the WW1 battlefields. These tours can provide English, Dutch or French speaking guides. Tours can be booked directly with these operators through their website, email or telephone contacts.

1916, Une Page D'Histoire

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)6 62.29.01.00

Email: pereira.ve@wanadoo.fr

Véronique Pereira Bon: Guide for tours of the Somme battlefield based in Aveluy on the Somme battlefield. (Tours start in France.)

2xplore Flanders Fields

Telephone: (Belgium) 0475 51 98 28 ; (International) +32 475 51 98 28

Email: info@2xplore.be

Website: www.2xplore.be

WW1 battlefield tours on “Flanders Fields”. The tours are run by an English-speaking guide, Patrick, who was born in Diksmuide and who grew up on the battlefields around Ypres. Patrick served in the Belgian Armed Forces for a number of years and saw active service. Tours are arranged for a maximum of 6 persons, with pick-up and drop-off at your hotel or B&B as arranged with you.

Tours offered by 2xplore Flanders Fields feature:

Battlefield Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)57 - 20 43 42

Website: www.visit-ypres.be

Tour company based in Ypres, Belgium, with English speaking guides.

Battlefields Alive

Telephone: +32 (0)478 066 379

Email: battlefields.alive@gmail.com

Website: www.ww1battlefieldsalive.com

Guide, Bob Findley, is based near Ypres, Belgium. Tours available include:

Guided tours are available for groups of up to four people and travel is by luxury Volvo S80. Research into the place of action of a relative can be offered free of charge, and will be provided with accompanying maps. Please give as much notice as possible if this additional research is required. Advice can be offered about accommodation if required. Guiding for a coach group is offered by arrangement, and bespoke tours to other parts of the Western Front can also be organized. See the Battlefields Alive website for further details.

The Battlefields Experience

Somme Battlefields Partner; fully compliant with The Package Tour Regulations 1992; Fully Licensed & Insured; Registered French Company

Telephone & Fax: +33 32 27 62 960

Email: jackie@battlefieldsexperience.co.uk

Website: www.thebattleofthesomme.co.uk

The Battlefields Experience is a battlefield tour company formed in 2000 by Jackie and Rod Bedford. Both Rod and Jackie have served in the British Army and have many years of guiding experience. Rod is Chairman of the Royal British Legion Somme Branch. They are based at Mailly-Maillet on the Somme battlefield and offer a wide range of highly researched scheduled tours and bespoke tours. Accommodation can be organized on your behalf as part of the tour, ranging from B&B to luxury chateaux.

To find out more about the tours and your guides visit the website:

Website: www.thebattleofthesomme.co.uk

Camalou: Battlefield Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)57 20 43 42

Email: info@camalou.com

Website: www.camalou.com/battlefieldtours

Annette and Christian Linthout have lived on or close to Ypres and the battlefields of the Ypres Salient for all their lives. As specialists in guided tours around the Salient since 1987 they offer a one day tour around the Salient, including special visits to cemeteries or battlefield locations which can be arranged. See the website for further information.

Cobbers Battlefield Tours Ltd.

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)3.21.73.46.16

Website: www.anzac-tours.com

Tour company based in Ligny-Thilloy on the Somme battlefield. The first legal registered Australian tour guide on the Somme.

Flanders Battlefield Tour

Members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +32 (0)57 - 360 460

Email: info@ypres-fbt.com

Website: www.ypres-fbt.com

Tour company based in Ypres, Belgium, with experienced English and Dutch speaking guides. Flanders Battlefield Tour is run by Jacques Ryckebosch and his partner Genevra Charsley, both of whom are members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. Jacques is a former full-time Warden and guide at Toc H (Talbot House) in Poperinge. He has been a qualified guide in Belgium for over 30 years and is a Committee Member of the Last Post Association in Ypres.

Tours offered by Flanders Battlefield Tour (tours start in Belgium or France):

Fromelles & Flanders Battlefield Tours

Tel : + 33 6 65 43 69 26

Email: rememberfromelles@gmail.com

Website: www.fromellesandflandersbattlefieldtours.com

Battlefield guide Greg Célerse, who lives in Lille, offers private tailoured tours of Flanders (both France and Belgium), Fromelles and Ypres area, as well as Vimy in the Arras sector. To find out about the tours, prices and for references from previous travellers visit the website. (Tours start in France or Belgium.)

Entente Cordiale Battlefield Tours

Telephone: +44 (0)1244 - 341 920

Website: www.ententecordialetours.co.uk

Frontline Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)474 36 76 08

Telephone: +32 (0)57 444 680

Website: www.frontline-tours.com

Tour company based in Ypres, Belgium, with English speaking guides.

Chemins d'Histoire

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)3 23.67.77.64

Website: www.cheminsdhistoire.com

Guide based at St. Quentin, offering tours of the Somme and Artois battlefields.

Great War Pilgrimage Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)476 22 96 36

Website: www.greatwarpilgrimage.com

WW1 guide, Sabine, was born and brought up near Ypres. She speaks Dutch, French and English. Sabine offers individual visitors and groups to the Ypres Salient bespoke battlefield tours from a couple of hours to a whole day.

Guided Battlefield Tours by B&B Afrodite, Zonnebeke

Telephone: +32 (0)496 507 054 or +32 (0)496 625 000

Website: www.bbafrodite.be

Guided battlefield tour package (2-3 hours) for visitors to this Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the Ypres Salient. See B&B Afrodite on our page for Ypres Salient B&B accommodation:

Bed & Breakfast and Self-catering accommodation on the Ypres Salient

Great War Tours

Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides; Member of the European Tour Operators Association.

Telephone: +44 (0)785 585 0889

Website: www.battlefield-guides.com

Great War Tours is a family-run tour company based on the Somme battlefields at Hardecourt-aux-Bois.

A number of experienced guides, members of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, offer a range of tours to the Western Front battlefields from the Belgian coast to Verdun. Tours for groups or individuals feature:

For tour options, prices and availability visit the website.

Self-catering accommodation on the battlefield of the Somme is available at Hardecourt-aux-Bois and Longueval. See either Chavasse Farm or Snowden House on our Somme accommodation page at:

Self-catering and B&B Accommodation on the Somme

Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders)

Founding members Tank Memorial Ypres Salient; Overseas Supporting Member of The Western Front Association; member of the Last Post Association; Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders) maintains third party insurance with KBC Insurance (Belgium) for travellers whilst on a tour; registered as official collectors for St. Dunstan's Charity No. 216227

Telephone: +32 (0) 51 62 33 31

Email: info@lestweforgettours.com

Website: www.lestweforgettours.com

Company Director/Owner: Ms Milena Kolarikova BA (Tourism management)

Milena worked as Tour Manager for 18 years with Globus Gateway (Cosmos) & Rostad tours before creating Lest We Forget Battlefield Tours (Flanders) in 2006. The company fully supports the ideas and principles laid out by the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Principal Assistant: Mr Chris Lock

Chris formerly served with the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps and Royal Tank Regiment. Today he is a member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. He also enjoys honorary life membership of the Northern Ireland Veterans Association along with the post of NIVA Ambassador to Belgium.

In 2010, both Milena and Chris were awarded HM Britannic Ambassador to Belgium commendations for their work on behalf of Great War Tank Corps commemoration.

Pilgrimage/touring arranged and dedicated to the following battlefields or areas of conflict:

For further information visit the website:

Website: www.lestweforgettours.com

Lost Generation 1914-1918 Battlefield Tours

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides

Experienced battlefield guide Tim Wright offers a range of battlefield tours to suit both first-time visitors and those wishing to arrange a bespoke tour. Tim specializes in tours for individuals, families or small groups. Tim is the Chairman and a founding member of the Somme branch of The Western Front Association. Tim and his wife Gill also run Freeman Farm Bed & Breakfast in Miraumont.

For further details about tours email Tim, telephone or visit the website below.

Email: enquiries@lostgeneration1914-18.com

Website: www.lostgeneration1914-18.com

Telephone: From UK 00 33 322 757 203; Mobile phone from UK 00 44 79 1914 18 08 or 00 44 7500 1914 18

Over the Top Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)57 - 42 43 20

Website: www.overthetoptours.be

Tour company based in Ypres, Belgium, with English speaking guides.

Ploegsteert Sector Battlefield Experience

Telephone: +32 56 58 84 41

Telephone: (mobile) +32 477 50 01 46

Email: www.battlefieldguide.be Contact

Website: www.battlefieldguide.be

Claude Verhaege is the owner of L'Auberge Ploegsteert opposite the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing at the southern end of the Ypres Salient. For over 30 years Claude has assisted authors and historians researching the First World War with his local knowledge of the Plugstreet and Messines sector.

Claude and his team of guides are qualified, experienced and fully insured to take travellers in a comfortable 9 seater vehicle. The team specializes in tours covering the southern sector of the Ypres Salient and Ploegsteert (Plugstreet) battlefields, Fromelles and the Somme battlefields. Custom-made tours can be arranged and research can be carried out to follow in the footsteps of a WW1 relative.

Tours include:

Visit the website or contact Claude by email or telephone for more information.

See L'Auberge Ploegsteert on our recommended places to eat on the Ypres Salient battlefields at:

Cafés and Restaurants on the Ypres Salient Battlefields

Vic and Diane Puik

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)3 22.85.14.56

Website: www.lesalouettes.net

Guides based in Hardecourt-aux-Bois. Tours for individuals (and groups on request).

Salient Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)57- 214 657

Website: www.salienttours.be

Tour company based in Ypres, Belgium, with English speaking guides.

Mickael Smith

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)3.22.27.20.80

Email: frenchtours@aliceadsl.fr

Guide based at Pont-Remy offering tours of the Somme battlefields.

Somme 1916 Museum, Albert, France

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)3 22.75.16.17

Website: www.musee-somme-1916.eu

Tours of the Circuit du Souvenir (Circuit of Remembrance) available from this museum located in Albert, France, with a combined entry fee for the museum.

Terres de Mémoire

Somme Battlefields' Partner

Telephone: +33 (0)3.22.84.23.05

Website: www.terresdememoire.com

Tour guide based in Péronne. Half-day tours of the Somme and Artois battlefields; Guided tour of the Somme Circuit of Remembrance.

Trench Map Tours

Telephone: +32 (0)57 - 48 61 31

Email: tours@trenchmaptours.com

Website: www.trenchmaptours.com

Tour company based in Ypres, Belgium, with English speaking guides led by Iain McHenry. Aswell as conducting his own Trench Map Tours Iain is a guide for Leger Holidays, Rifleman Tours, Battlefield Select Tours and Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd. Iain is a founding member of the La Boisselle Study Group, is an author and has been involved with a significant number of television programmes. His special interest is 177 Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers.

Walk With Me: In the Footsteps of the Fallen

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides

Telephone: +33 3 22 75 12 02

Email: enquiries@number56.co.uk

Website: www.number56.co.uk

David Thomson, battlefield guide and owner of the B&B Number Fifty6 at La Boisselle, offers tours of the Somme battlefields. Whether you are staying at the B&B or not, you can book a tour with David. Tours can be personalized to visit areas of the battlefield of special interest to you and you are advised to contact David in advance so that he can prepare an itinerary for your visit.

For a video preview and more information see the Walk With Me page on the website:

Website: www.number56.co.uk Walk With Me

For accommodation at NumberFifty6 B&B on the Somme battlefield see our listing at:

NumberFifty6: B&B Accommodation on the Somme

The Western Front Revisited

Somme Battlefields Partner

Telephone: (Belgium) + 32 (0)4 75 81 06 08; (France) +33 (0)7 88 24 59 01

Email: carl.ooghe@gmail.com

Website: www.the-western-front-revisited.fr

Qualified guide Carl Ooghe established his battlefield tour company in 1987. He specializes in tours to the battlefields of Flanders, The Somme, The Aisne, The Marne and Meuse-Argonne. Carl operates tours for up to 7 people in a comfortable minibus on a daily basis 7/7 including public holidays.

For prices, arranging a bespoke tour to visit places of special interest to you, assistance and arrangements for travel to main rail destination stations in Belgium and France, visit the website.

Carl also offers cycling tours on the Western Front. See details on our page:

Cycling Routes & Tours on the WW1 Battlefields: Cycling on the Western Front Tours

Williamsomme Tours

Telephone: +44 (0)1795 538 069 or +44 (0)1795 591863

Email: mawilliamsonuk@yahoo.co.uk

Website: www.williamsommetours.co.uk

Guided four day tours for groups of up to 4 people by Mike Williamson. Larger groups and longer tour durations can be available by arrangement. Eurotunnel or ferry crossing, travel costs, accommodation, meals, museum charges are arranged by your guide as part of an all-inclusive price per person.

Related Topics

Visiting the WW1 Western Front Battlefields

Tour group at the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, Belgium.
Tour to Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium

Advice and useful information about travelling, accommodation and tourist information for visitors to the Western Front battlefields:

Visiting WW1 Western Front Battlefields

Battlefields of the Western Front

Pages on the battlefields by area including comprehensive listings and locations of military cemeteries, main memorials, battle remains, museums and accommodation:

The Ypres Salient, Flanders, Belgium French Flanders and Artois The Somme, Picardie, France

International Guild of Battlefield Guides

greatwar.co.uk is proud to be a Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides
Supporter of the Guild of Battlefield Guides logo.

The International Guild of Battlefield Guides is for guides with a specialism in battlefield history, providing an organization where guides can meet one another, share information and approaches to the subject. Members of the Guild can take part in an accreditation programme to become a “Badged Guide”. Visit:

Website: www.gbg-international.com

Somme Battlefields' Partner, France

The Somme Battlefields' Partner website is at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com

Battlefield Tours

Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides (from the United Kingdom)

Battlefield Tour Companies and Guides based in Belgium and France

Cycling Routes & Tours on the WW1 Battlefields

Self-drive Itineraries & Tours of the WW1 Battlefields

Battlefield Tours by Rail

WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies for Students & School Groups