About us

Established in 1989 by Barry Matthews, Galina initially focused upon battlefield tours and shortly afterwards, when Ian Matthews joined the company, expanded its portfolio to include school tours.  Galina has been built upon the principle that to be truly value for money, a study tour must be directly relevant to the curriculum and not just a holiday with worksheets!

Galina is owned and managed by qualified teachers, each with a different subject specialism & between them, over 60 years of teaching and travel experience.  Coupled with our Product Development Staff, all of whom are qualified teachers, and our team of highly qualified Tour Sales Administrators, this provides our clients with access to a wealth of knowledge & advice both in terms of their tour logistics and curriculum content.


A Message from our Chairman, Dr Barry Matthews

Thank you for visiting our website. Here is Galina's commitment to you, your students and your school: we will treat you honestly and ethically at all times. We will never advertise ourselves as 'the best', 'the experts', 'the leading tour company' etc., for such quantitative and qualitative statements are not within our compass to assess. Such praise falls within the remit of our clients.

What we can say is that we will endeavour to provide you with a quality experience delivered by a company that will try its best to satisfy your requirements. To that end we will allocate you a university-educated graduate Tour Sales Administrator who will deal with you from enquiry to booking, through to the conclusion of your tour.

For ethics delivered as standard, we ask that you consider Galina International as your tour provider.

Dr. Barry Matthews BA(Hons), PGCE, MA, PhD

  Barry Matthews

Curriculum Relevance is our Business

All our study tours can be tailored to your specific requirements.  Whether it is for the purposes of completing an assignment for GCSE / A-Level or revision, as a KS3 curriculum enhancement activity or as a cross-curricular school experience, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a prompt, supportive and reliable service. Galina employ a wide range of teachers and examiners from all 10 subject areas we offer to ensure that they directly relate to the current National Curriculum and to the relevant GCSE / A-Level specifications.
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