"I am writing to say how grateful I am due to Gareth and Marc in supporting the success of the trip. They were approachable and friendly to school staff, Rockley staff and to students and worked hard to ensure the students had the best experience possible. I can not speak highly enough of both of them.
We are booked in with PGL to go skiing on 27 March 2015 and back again to La Rive with Rockley on 23 August 2015 and I hope we are able to work with Gareth and Marc again."
"My family and I were unfortunate enough to be on the Roberts tour bus which broke down in France but managed to limp onto the ferry and become stranded at Dover.
Fortunately two of your drivers, Paul Tillet and Mark Bowden, saw the problems our driver was having and offered to transport all the passengers to Services just outside of London, where Robertson's met us within five minutes of arriving.
I would like to thank those two young men, for the kindness and consideration they showed to all of us, we were all tremendously grateful to them. They are both a credit to your company."
Val & Ray Wright, Pat & Phil Barsby.
"I have just returned from a trip to Germany with my swimming club and I must commend our driver, Ian. He was fantastic and participated with the club. We really enjoyed our trip and appreciated him getting involved- it is unusual to have such a helpful and knowledgeable driver. Thanks to Ian and the company."
"I was leader of a group of pupils and staff who travelled to Paris between 27th March and 1st April. We were met at Southend airport by our driver, Dave Ketely, who accompanied us throughout the trip.
I have travelled on more than 30 school trips, most of them involving coach travel. I think I can say that, without exception, Dave was the best driver I have encountered. Thoroughly professional in all aspects, he managed to negotiate the often horrendous Parisien traffic with complete equanimity, got us to our destinations in good time, was unfailingly helpful, good company, and an invaluable source of judicious advice. Not only that, the pupils took to him in a way that isn't always the case on these trips.
We will be returning to Paris with another group between the 20th and 25th of June. I'm not sure what arrangements Ferryhill have made, but if Galleon Travel are to be our coach company, I would be more than happy if Dave was to be our driver. That, I think, is the best testimonial I can offer. I think that Dave himself would be happy with that arrangement as well!
Please pass on my thanks to Dave for his contribution to what was a very enjoyable trip."
Belfast Royal Academy
"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for helping us out at short notice last week after being let down by a now well known coach brokers company!!
Jane in sales was a great help over the phone when I made the initial enquiry and was quick to call me back as promised with the information I wanted to hear.
On the day, our coach driver Ian turned up on time and throughout the whole day he was a massive help, we couldn't have asked for better service.
Even though we are based in Portsmouth, the fact you came out of area to help us was much appreciated.
I would definitely recommend Galleon Travel and use them again."
I'd just like to thank the two drivers that took all of the boys bus to France and back safely, Tina and Mark were fabulous drivers and really good fun and not only on behalf of the school but a personal thank you is given. You guys were great drivers, much appreciated and keep up with the cheerleading! wink emoticon
Oscar Houseago, Year 10 student, Wymondham College
Our relationship with our coach operators is based on trust and knowledge of their operation.
I am proud to include Galleon Travel as one of our "handpicked" operators.
Galleon Travel provide us with high quality coaches, drivers are professional and teachers and pupils alike got on well with them.
Helen Bowden and her team are friendly, very responsive and have a flexible approach that is required in our School market.
We enjoy our partnership and look forward to working on many more tours together.
Carole Fowles/Club Europe Ltd
We first used Galleon in 2015 every month from April 2015 to November 2015 inclusive and as we were extremely pleased with them we have booked them again for all our outings in 2016.
The coaches are very modern and immaculate. The drivers are smart, helpful, very knowledgeable about where we are going and coach parking.
Their quotes, invoices and paperwork are dealt with extremely efficiently and quickly. If we have any queries these are dealt with to our satisfaction.
We would not hesitate to recommend Galleon to any other group or organisation.
Tesco Retired Staff Association Group 46
We at Rayburn Tours have been contracting coaches from Galleon Travel for tour work for many years and we have always been extremely happy with the service provided. Even when something may not go quite to plan (as can be the case in this industry), I know that I can trust Galleon to resolve issues without fuss and with the groups' best interests in mind – this keeps us coming back time and time again. Being a school tour operator, we need to be confident in the safety and quality standards and service levels of our suppliers and therefore we carefully monitor the feedback of our groups. From our 2015/16 bookings, Galleon Travel was rated as good or excellent with average ratings as follows:
Vehicles: 4.7 out of 5
Drivers 4.6 out of 5 with a 93% recommendation rate
Some of our groups' comments reinforce their excellent experiences:
"Ian Wilson worked with us and was supportive and friendly with the girls and my son, whom he always included as the man on board on announcements. I would highly recommend Ian."
"Ian was extremely helpful and considerate. He rang the day before travel to introduce himself. He could not have done more to help us as a group. I would highly recommend him & would ask for him again."
"Our driver was jolly and fun and enhanced the trip!"
"The driver who picked us up and took us home, Marc Bacon, was amazing. He was attentive and entertained the children."
"Fantastic drivers! Really helpful, great with the students"
"Very efficient and helpful service given"
"Helpful, friendly and good with the pupils."
"Whilst the driver prided himself on his "Mr Grumpy" persona, we soon got through this and he was superb at his job and very knowledgeable. All the travel arrangements worked perfectly."
It is easy to underestimate what impact a good driver can make to the overall success of a tour and therefore credit must be given to Galleon Travel for consistently maintaining such high standards.
Thank you Galleon!
Voyager School Travel have worked with Galleon for a number of years and they are one of our favoured coach companies. Their quote and availability check service is always efficient and accurate and the 'end product' of coach provision and actually getting our school groups away is just as good. In the school travel business the relationship between driver and teacher is key and, in our experience and feedback from our schools, Galleon drivers are always well presented, courteous and well prepared for their tour day's work. If things go wrong, which they sometimes do, the sign of a good company is how they deal with that problem. Galleon have proven themselves highly reliable and trustworthy; all the tickboxes that make working with them such an ease. Whenever I see a school group are booked with Galleon I know there is nothing to worry about.
Voyager and Castaway School Travel
Can you please pass on my thanks to all who have supported us with our music tour. We were very impressed with the coach when it first arrived. It was comfortable, spacious and prompt. Please do let Galleon coaches know that the drivers were brilliant. In particular Dave, who really helped to make the trip smooth and fun.
Andrea, our tour guide, was amazing. She was so organised and forward thinking that everything was seamless. She also integrated brilliantly with students and staff and we all wanted to adopt her to take her home with us. The concert venues were excellent and the final concert in Fuschl in particular had a brilliant audience that encouraged the students to give an outstanding performance, which none of them will forget.
The trips, all booked through Club Europe, were entertaining and educational. Austria is a superb destination for a music trip and I look forward to booking our next trip with Club Europe. Thank you so much to the whole team.
Head of Music
Redborne Upper School
We would like to express out thanks for your assistance with our recent trip. The coach was excellent, had all the facilities required and was clean and tidy. Our driver Dave was superb, extremely capable, very flexible and happy to advise on any logistical aspect of the trip. The children loved him and enjoyed chatting to him over meal times etc!
We were delighted with the service provided by Galleon Travel.
Richard Kingham and Ellie Field
Caddington Village School