Travel Extras

1. Travel Insurance

          TRAVEL INSURANCE From 1st January 2020

Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged competitive travel insurance from Travel & General Insurance Services Limited to specifically meet your needs on your holiday.
Insurance premiums are £59.95 per person under the age of 80 at the date of departure for holidays up to 8 days and £79.95 for two weeks.
You must be a UK resident.   You can see Insurance Product Information here and full policy wording here.

We regret cover is not available to persons aged over 80 years at the date of departure. Goodtogo offer insurance for over 80’s – 0330 024 9952.

You may, of course, make your own insurance arrangements. Here is a link to advice from ABTA about making travel insurance arrangements.



2. Airport Hotels & Car Parking

This service is offered by our partner Holiday Extras, not by Preferred Travel Services. Holiday Extras Terms and Conditions apply. We strongly recommend you include cancellation waiver (usually £1.99) if available. Please click here.

3. Airport Lounges & Fast Track (some airports only)

This service is offered by our partner Holiday Extras, not by Preferred Travel Services. Holiday Extras Terms and Conditions apply. We strongly recommend you include cancellation waiver (usually £1.99) if available. Please click here.

4. Reading List

Many of our customers express an interest in books set in the places visited on our holidays. In some cases, people have been inspired to visit a destination by something they have read. These are NOT guidebooks, but mainly light reading set at least in part in the places we feature on our holidays).

This list is made up of books our Tour Directors have come across on their travels, on recommendations from past travellers and a bit of internet surfing. We liked:        

If there is something you think we should add to it, please email It’s inevitably a rather eclectic list: we hope you like some of them at least!


Estonia and Latvia – Purge (Sofi Oksanen); The Compromise (Sergei Dovlatov); Cover Story (Colin Forbes); The Dogs of Riga (Henning Mankel)


Languedoc – Labyrinth , Sepulchre, Citadel (Kate Mosse); Narrow Dog to Carcassonne (Terry Darlington); Clouds over the Montagne Noire, Carcassonne Dreams (Catherine Parr); and obviously, Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code…

Provence – A Year in Provence, Encore Provence (Peter Mayle)

Cote d’Azur and Monte Carlo – Loser takes all (Graham Greene); Super Cannes (J G Ballard); Tender is the Night (F Scott Fitzgerald; It all Began in Monte Carlo (Elizabeth Adler); Monaco (Eric Robert Morse); Under the Streets of Nice (Ken Follett); The Holiday (Guy Bellamy)


Crete – The Island (Victoria Hislop)

Athens – I’d Like (Amanda Michalopalou); My Brother Michael (Mary Stewart)


Liguria –  The Foreign Correspondent (Alan Furst); The Talented Mr Ripley (Patricia Highsmith); Beautiful Ruins (Jess Walter); Last Train from Liguria (Christine Dwyer Hickey)

Lakes – Good Blood (Aaron Elkins)

Trieste – Houdini and the Séance Murders (Christopher Farran), Confessions of Zeno (Italo Svevo). Incidentally, Svevo was a student and later a great friend of James Joyce, who lived in Trieste for a period.

Tuscany – The Savage Garden (Mark Mills); A room with a view (E M Forster); The Sixteen Pleasures (Robert Hellenga); The Birth of Venus (Sarah Dunant); Under the Tuscan Sun (Frances Mayes); The Chasm (Victor Canning); Agostino (Alberto Moravia)

Elba – the Constant Gardener (Le Carre), The Count of Monte Cristo (Dumas), Lost in Italy (Kate Cornwell)

Venice – Death in Venice (Thomas Mann); The City of Falling Angels (John Berendt); Mystery Tour (Douglas Rutherford); Through a Glass Darkly (Karleen Koen); Death at La Fenice and approx. 20 more novels in the Guido Brunetti series (Donna Leon); In the Company of the Courtesan (Sarah Dunant); The Last Gondola (Edward Sklepovich); The Comfort of Strangers (Ian McEwan); Isobel (Rosemary Enright); A Very Venetian Murder (Haughton Murphy)

Apulia – Involuntary Witness, Reasonable Doubts, A Walk in the Dark (Gianrico Carofiglio); Matera – Sasso (James Sturz)


The Dream Merchant of Lisbon (Gene Coyle);  The Lisbon Labyrinth (David Ebsworth); The Lisbon Crossing (Tom Gabbay); A Small Death in Lisbon, the Company of Strangers (Robert Wilson); The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Elephant’s Journey (José Saramago); The Following Story (Cees Noteboom); 300 days of Sun (Deborah Lawrenson)


Dracula, of course; Windmills of the Gods (Sidney Sheldon); the Shriek and Rattle of Trains (Dominic Ambrose)


Yugoslavia, My Fatherland (Goran Vojnovic)

The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova), also features Romania and more.


Andalucia – Seville – Ignorance of Blood, The Blind Man of Seville, the Hidden  Assassins and other Javier Falcon books (Robert Wilson); the Maze of Cadiz (Aly Munro); Tales of the Alhambra (Washington Irving); Driving Over Lemons (Chris Stewart); the Return (Victoria Hislop)

Catalonia – Cathedral of the Sea (Ildefonso Falcones), Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon), The Angel’s Game (same author), Zorro (Isabel Allende), The Foreign Correspondent (Alan Furst), Two Wheels over Catalonia ‐ Cycling the Back Roads of North Eastern Spain (Richard Guise), Stone in a Landslide  (Maria Barbal), Lies (Henrique de Heriz); the Pepe Carvalho series of detective novels by Manuel Vazquez Montalban; The Time of the Doves (Mercé Rodoreda); Homage to Catalonia (Orwell), For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway),

Pamplona – The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway)

Mallorca – Bread and Oil (Tomas Graves); Wild Olives (William Graves); The Vacationers (Emma Straub); The Rocks (Peter Nichols)

Minorca – the Faithless Wife (Jo Eames)

Valencia – A Death in Valencia, Or the Bull Kills You (Jason Webster)


On the Shores of the Mediterranean (Eric Newby)

All of these can be ordered from our partner bookshop, Wordery. Their normal terms and conditions apply.

5. PTS Christmas Quizzes

Every year since 2014 we have sent our customers a fiendishly difficult Christmas Quiz. Occasionally we get asked for back copies by people who have to organise a quiz. You are welcome to use these questions for your own quizzes: obviously we would appreciate a mention, publicity is always good!

Here are links to our quizzes to date.

2014 Quiz                                                2014 Answers

2015 Quiz                                                2015 Answers

2016 Quiz                                                2016 Answers

2017 Quiz                                                2017 Answers

2018 Quiz                                                2018 Answers

2019 Quiz                                                2019 Answers

2020 Quiz                                               2020 Answers