Self-drive Itineraries & Tours of the WW1 Battlefields

Car at French cemetery.

Travellers wishing to tour the battlefields independently by car, motorbike, motorhome or bicycle can do so with help from specific itineraries drawn up by an expert guide to the WW1 battlefields.

Visiting the Australian 1st Division Memorial on the Somme battlefield.
Australian 1st Division Memorial, Somme battlefield.

The organizations listed here either offer itineraries and route information to download for your self-drive independent travel to the battlefields, or there are companies which will create tour itineraries and arrange accommodation for you.

Any company listed on greatwar.co.uk is offered to help travellers to the battlefields find a tour company or guide to suit specific requirements. You are advised to contact the tour guide or company directly with any enquiry about the tours or itineraries they offer. Where appropriate you should ensure they comply with any travel, package holiday and package tours regulations. 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.

Self-Drive Battlefield Tour Itineraries

Australian Remembrance Trail: France and Belgium

Australian visitors may be interested to see a website established by the Australian Government which provides information about the major sites to visit in France and Belgium where the Australian forces fought and where they are commemorated.

Website: www.ww1westernfront.gov.au Australian Remembrance Trail

“Circuit of Remembrance”, Self-drive Tour, Somme Battlefields, France

Poppy symbol for the Circuit of Remembrance on the Somme battlefields, France.
Poppy symbol for the Circuit of Remembrance on the Somme battlefields, France.

The Somme “Circuit of Remembrance” has been set up by the Somme Battlefields' Partner. It is a route of approximately 40 miles in total with 12 stops at important sites between the towns of Albert and Péronne. This is a route that can be followed if you are visiting the battlefield independently and you either want to make the visits yourself or alternatively there are local guides who can arrange to take you round (there would be a charge for this option).

London Cemetery at Bois des Fourcaux (High Wood) on the Circuit of Remembrance route, Somme battlefield, France.
London Cemetery at Bois des Foureaux or High Wood, on the Circuit of Remembrance route, Somme battlefield, France.

An MP3 audiofile can be downloaded for free or you can pick up a pre-loaded MP3 player from a Tourist Office. The route can be followed using the poppy signposts at the roadside. The other ways to travel on all or part of the route are: by horse and cart, by taxi, on foot, by bike, by plane or even by steam engine.

For information about the “Circuit of Remembrance”, the location of the 11 main destinations with numerous historical sites to be seen along the route and the audiofiles to download (including a sample file) go to:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Remembrance Trails

The CWGC is producing a number of themed trails to help visitors plan routes on the First World War battlefields, with information, stories and special sites to visit.

For more information about the trails and to download the leaflets go to the CWGC website:

Website: www.cwgc Trails

Great War Journeys (Online Resource)

Email and Telephone contact details: www.greatwarjourneys.com Contact Us

Website: www.greatwarjourneys.com

This is a website for visitors to the battlefields of Belgium and Northern France, who are planning and organizing travel by vehicle, independent of an arranged group tour. The website has been established by the tourist boards of the Westhoek, Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Somme and Aisne. It gives useful information on how to get to the battlefield sites, recommended driving routes and there is a free region map you can download.

Road Trip: The Great War and More

Vicarious Media self-drive road trip guide.

This is the first in a new series of itineraries for self-driving tours from Vicarious Media. The tour includes travel visiting historical locations for the First and Second World Wars, taking in five cities across France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The tour is suitable for motorbikes, cars, motorhomes and campervans.

For more information, testimonials, features, a sample of the guide and how to purchase it visit the Vicarious Media website:

Website: vicarious-shop.com Road Trip: The Great War and More

Self-Drive Battlefield Tours (Paid-for Arrangements/Itineraries)

Battlefields by 4x4

Telephone: 0701 424 1418 (calls charged at premium rate)

Email: hq@battlefieldsby4x4.com

Website: www.battlefieldsby4x4.com

Battlefield tours led by experienced battlefield guides and qualified off-road drivers, which are specifically designed for owners of standard four wheel drive vehicles. Commentary by your guides is delivered to your own vehicle and an A5 bound booklet will be given to you with photographs and information about the places you are to visit. Every assistance will be given to lead you through spectacular countryside, including off-road driving, and show you the well-known and not so well-known battlefield sites. Most tours are organized over three days, two and a half days of this consisting of driving time.

Tours are based on either pre-arranged itineraries, or a combination of tour destinations, or on a tour customised to your own requirements. Pre-arranged tour itineraries include:

For more information, bookings and answers to any questions you may have, visit the website:

Website: www.battlefieldsby4x4.com

Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd.

Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)

Telephone: +44 (0)1202 - 880 211

Website: www.battlefield-tours.com

A small company which specializes in Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields.

Related Topics

Our map showing locations of the Western Front battlefield areas.
Western Front map.

Visiting the WW1 Western Front Battlefields

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

Gordon Cemetery on the Somme battlefield.
Gordon Cemetery on the Somme battlefield.

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

The Yser Battlefields & the Belgian Coast

The Ypres Salient, Flanders, Belgium

French Flanders and Artois

The Somme, Picardie, France

Maps for Travel to the WW1 Battlefields

For recommended modern road, cycling and walking maps on the Western Front battlefields, see our page:

Maps for Travel to the WW1 Battlefields

Apps for the WW1 Battlefield Visitor

Apps for the WW1 Battlefield Visitor

Somme Battlefields' Partner, France

The Somme Battlefields' Partner is a new network for visitors to the Somme, where local professionals involved in tourism and the history of this battlefield area have come together. The Somme Battlefields' Partner website is at:

Website: www.somme-battlefields.com

Battlefield Tours

Battlefield Tours & Travel

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

Walking the WW1 Battlefields

Motorcycling Tours on the WW1 Battlefields

Battlefield Tours by Rail

WW1 Battlefield Tour Companies for Students & School Groups

Accommodation

Accommodation on the Western Front Battlefields