FerriesFerry crossings used by Galina Group Tours include the Dover-Calais short-sea route, Hull-Rotterdam/Zeebrugge & Portsmouth-Caen (Ouistreham). We are travel partners with all the major ferry companies operating these routes: P&O Ferries, P&O North Sea Ferries, DFDS & Brittany Ferries.
Dover crossings are always day sailings whereas Hull crossings are overnight. Portsmouth crossings are usually day sailings but you can request an overnight sailing if required.
Dover crossings take 90 minutes with regular sailings throughout the day.
Hull overnight crossings sail every evening at 18.30 hours (Zeebrugge) & 19.00 hours (Rotterdam). Both arrive the following morning between 08.00 & 09.00 hours.
Portsmouth afternoon sailings depart at 14.45 hours (subject to tides) & arrive in Ouistreham at 21.30 hours. Morning return crossings are at 08.30 hours. Overnight sailings are at 22.00 hours. Disembarkation is at 08.00 hours the following morning. Return overnight sailings are at 23.00 hours with arrival in Portsmouth at 08.00 hours the following morning.
Ferry information, including departure time & booking reference number, will be supplied with your Final Tour Details. Your coach driver or tour guide will ensure that you are checked-in & made aware of timings & disembarkation procedures.
Your group can also travel via Eurotunnel from Folkestone. If you have booked a one-day or two-day tour, this option allows your group to maximise the time available on the ground. Whilst our longer tours are costed on the assumption that a cross-Channel ferry will be used, we are also happy to quote for travel via Eurotunnel.
Facilities for changing currency, shops, cafés & restaurants are available on all ferries. Overnight ferries additionally include on-board entertainment, cinema, cabaret & disco. Cabins with en-suite facilities are provided on these crossings. Evening meals & breakfasts on board are included in your price if you opt to travel via Hull. They are not included on overnight or daytime crossings via Portsmouth.
All ferries contracted for use are subject to validation of all relevant maritime certification in relation to seaworthiness. The relevant international conventions are the Athens Convention (sea travel) & the Berne Convention (rail travel).