Experts in group ferry travel AFerryGroups picks ten of the best crossings to ensure your next group holiday is plain sailing.
Dover to Calais
Calais is the gateway to northern France and a popular haunt for groups wanting to experience either the war graves of the Nord Pas de Calais or Picardy, the excellent shopping of the city of Lille, or for those who want to travel further south towards Paris.
Dover to Dunkirk
This is the easy access route to the picturesque town of Bruges, perennially popular for groups of all ages. It’s also a hop off point for the coastal town of Ostend, which is renowned for its beaches and seaside atmosphere.
Portsmouth to St Malo
This route sets you up to visit the coast of Brittany, the megaliths, the gaufres waffles, and the famous Mont St.Michel, with recently updated and improved access to make it even more delightful.
Newhaven to Dieppe
Next to Le Tréport (recently seen in Witnesses on the TV) Dieppe is also one of the best portals into Normandy, with its gardens, cider and, of course, Giverny, aka Claude Monet’s garden.
Harwich to Hook of Holland
This is the access point to the bulb fields and the fascinating city of Amsterdam. Alternatively you can travel further afield from here, into northern Germany, the Rhine and Cologne.
Holyhead to Dublin
This route serves up the delights of County Wicklow and the city of Dublin – home of Guinness – or it’s the place to go for a golf weekend for groups looking for some of the best courses in Europe.
Liverpool to Belfast
Now known as a party destination, Belfast is top of the hen and stag circuit, but maybe a sightseeing trip to the Giant’s Causeway is more up your street.
Portsmouth to Bilbao
Bilbao is thegateway to the Basque Country with its distinctive cuisine. It’s also home of Guernica and the portal to the Pyrénées for skiers, walkers and hikers. Plus, it’s a good option for groups wanting to experience the running of the bulls in Pamplona.
Portsmouth to Channel Islands
With Continental flavour, a mild climate and easy going tranquillity, the Channel Islands are always a favourite for those looking for a quieter pace of life.
Portsmouth to Fishbourne
Fishbourne opens up the Isle of Wight Festival with Osbourne House for the history buffs or Cowes for the sailors. It’s quick and easy to get to, and they speak the same language.
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