Self-drive Itineraries & Tours of the WW1 Battlefields
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.
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 Suggested Itineraries & Trails
- Self-Drive Battlefield Tours (Paid-for Arrangements/Itineraries)
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
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).
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:
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.
- The Retreat from Mons Remembrance Trail (250 miles, 2-3 days)
- The Forgotten Front Remembrance Trail, Pas de Calais (30 kms, 4 hours)
- Gallipoli (coming soon)
- Battle of Loos (coming soon)
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
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.
Self-Drive Battlefield Tours (Paid-for Arrangements/Itineraries)
Battlefields by 4x4
Telephone: 0701 424 1418 (calls charged at premium rate)
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:
- The Somme 1916
- Arras 1917
- The Tank 1917
- D Day 1944 (annual tour in June available from 2015)
- Battlefields of the Aisne, Champagne and Meuse in Eastern France to be announced
For more information, bookings and answers to any questions you may have, visit the website:
Galina Battlefield Tours
Official Tour Operators to the Normandy Veterans Association; Member of ABTA No. Y4466
Address: Galina International Battlefield Tours, 16 Bridge Street Row, Chester, CH1 1NQ
Telephone: 01244 340 777
Galina Battlefield Tours is a well-established battlefield tour company offering quality tours for groups and individuals. Self-drive tour itineraries are also available from Galina. Self-drive tours can be tailored to suit your requirements, your travel dates, accommodation needs, and the places you wish to visit.
For full details and to request a free quotation visit the Self-drive page on the Galina Battlefield Tours website:
Website: www.wartours.com Self-drive
Somme Battlefield Tours Ltd.
Member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG)
Telephone: +44 (0)1202 - 880 211
A small company which specializes in Self-Drive tours to the Somme and Ypres battlefields.
Maps for Travel to the WW1 Battlefields
For recommended modern road, cycling and walking maps on the Western Front battlefields, see our page:
Visiting the WW1 Western Front Battlefields
Advice and useful information about travelling, accommodation and tourist information for visitors to the 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:
International Guild of Battlefield Guides
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:
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: