About Us

‘‘Distinctive holidays from an airport near you’’ pretty much sums up our approach to tour operating.
We are a small independent tour operator, founded in 2000, holders of CAA Air Licence No 5537, and members of ABTA (No W3692).

Yes a small company, but with big company expertise and experience. The two directors, Tony and Steve, met at the University of Surrey in 19….. well, a long time ago! We were recent Modern Languages graduates embarking on post-graduate studies in tourism. While Surrey provided the theory, Leicester based Page & Moy gave us an excellent grounding in tour operating practice.

We really enjoy coming up with tour ideas which are highly original without being overly specialist. Tony is based near Barcelona and develops contacts all over Europe who provide the nuts and bolts for the itineraries we design.

Together with the rest of our team, Tony and Steve develop our holidays and Steve uses his legal experience overseeing the UK office.

To judge by the level of repeat customers we enjoy, we like to think we get it right most of the time.

In resort:

Our resort-based team includes walking guides and tour directors (some of whom do both) who live full-time close to your resort area, bringing extra expertise and interest to your holiday. And, despite our best-laid plans, if (say) unusual weather strikes, local expertise is invaluable!

A few of our Tour Directors

 Christian
 Concha
 Daniela
 Janica
 Javier
 Joao
 Larry
 Manuel
 Mike
 Ineke
 Valentina
 Carlos

A few of our walking guides

 Laury
 Vivien
 Nauzet
 Emilio
 Francesca
 Hayo
 John
 José Maria
 Marco
 Katy
 Patricia
 Ricarda

Awards

Preferred Travel Services was voted ‘Tour Operator of the Year’ by the Association of Reader Travel, in both 2007 and 2008 (the last two years the award was made), outscoring all the U.K.’s other, respected, reader travel tour operators.These prestigious awards were voted for at the annual conferences of reader travel delegates drawn from national and local newspapers throughout the United Kingdom. In 2009 we were voted ‘Best Tour Operator’ by the Municipality of Rennes-le-Château in France.