Tours Designed - European Coach Tours, School Trips
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Channel crossing options for your school trip or school tour to Europe.

Tours Designed holds trade contracts with all the major channel crossing operators. As all school tours are designed around your specific requirements we will work to your instructions, finding the best possible option to suit your school trip's itinerary and budget. Here are a few possibilities, but the list is not exhausted.



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Euro Tunnel Le Shuttle Logo

Route: Folkestone - Calais Crossing Time: 35 mins

With a crossing time of only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, Eurotunnel offers the fastest Channel crossing with your vehicle. Its reliable service operates round the clock, 365 days a year and with up to 4 departures an hour during peak periods - no other cross-Channel operator offers you more choice.

The most environmentally friendly way to cross the Channel by coach!


P&O Ferries logo from Dover to Calais Route: Dover Calais Crossing Time: 90 mins

With over 46 crossings a day, this is by far the most popular route to mainland Europe. Whilst onboard the Dover to Calais crossings you’ll find a great choice of places to eat and drink, whatever your appetite - so you can enjoy a coffee and a snack in the coffee shop, or savour a wholesome cooked meal in one of their restaurants. While on your ferry crossing to France, you can also take advantage of the bureau de change, which offers commission free foreign exchange and they provide an ATM machine with an E Top up facility. Plus don’t miss the bargains to be found in the onboard shopping areas, with savings of up to 50% off UK high street prices. They've got travel entertainment covered with a great range of books including the top 20 magazines and newspapers.

Please note that all passenger areas on Dover-Calais crossings are designated non-smoking.


Brittany Ferries route map imageBrittany Ferries Logo Brittany Ferries operates one of the most modern fleets on the Channel, with a total of 8 passenger ships. The Pont-Aven is their luxurious £100m flagship ferry setting new standards in passenger ferry travel. With elegant surroundings, stylish bars and lounges and superb restaurants, not to mention the award-winning service and excellent on board facilities, you can just sit back, unwind and enjoy the experience. Cabins provide an ideal base during the crossing. By day or by night, they give you a place to relax, sleep and store your belongings. All of the cabins are ensuite and air conditioned.

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PDF Document LogoArmorique ship guide (2.4 Mb) PDF Document Logo Mont St Michel ship guide (3.2 Mb) PDF Document Logo Cap Finistère ship guide (2.9 Mb)

PDF Document LogoPont-Aven ship guide (3.6 Mb) PDF Document Logo Normandie ship guide (3.2 Mb) PDF Document Logo Bretagne ship guide (3.3 Mb)



P&O Ferries Logo Hull Rotterdam Hull Rotterdam / Hull Zeebruge

Tours Designed Photo of a P&O Ferry Hull Rotterdam Calais Dover

Hull Rotterdam: The Hull Rotterdam ferry is the gateway to Holland and Germany, thanks to the city’s excellent motorway connections. With night sailings on two luxury cruise ferries, you can enjoy great onboard entertainment and delicious food choices on board your Hull ferry to Holland. You’ll be assured of a good night's sleep too, thanks to the comfortable ensuite cabins. Taking the ferry to Rotterdam will cut miles of driving from your journey, and as it's all at night, those miles will disappear while you are asleep. When you wake up the next morning, you’ll arrive at Rotterdam refreshed and ready to go.

Hull Zebrugge: The Hull Zeebrugge ferries take you straight to the excellent motorway connections of Belgium, into France and beyond. Zeebrugge is located along the great sandy beaches of the Belgian coast and is close to all the major resorts such as Ostend and Blankenberge. Just a few miles away is the medieval town of Bruges, with its great restaurants and famous Belgian chocolate! Why not stroll along Bruges' canals and romantic cobbled streets, or enjoy a visit to the bustling market square? Alternatively you could go further afield with Antwerp, Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg or the Ardennes, all brought within easy reach.

Tours Designed works closely with all the major ferry companies to provide you with the right

channel crossing for your itinerary and budget.

Tours Designed Accreditations - IPP, ABTA, STF


Tours Designed Accreditations - IPP, ABTA, STF