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Expert-led Tours of Turkey, Greece & Italy

- A “100 Best Holidays” Company 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2011, The Sunday Times
- One of the world’s ‘Top Ten Learning Retreats’ - National Geographic Traveller
We design inspirational trips of a lifetime: stimulating and enlightening expert-led tours, relaxing and beautiful gulet cruises. We offer a range of archaeology tours, food tours and walking holidays by land and sea. Our escorted tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy will take you to some of the world’s best preserved ancient and historic sites. For all of our trips, both land based tours and gulet holidays visit our escorted tours page.

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Take a gulet cruise along the turquoise coast of Turkey, through the Greek Islands, or along the shore of Italy and enjoy total relaxation, beautiful food, and superb swimming - the perfect vacation. Or explore some of the finest archaeological sites in the world on land on adventures such as our In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Exploring Crete, Exploring Athens, Exploring Istanbul or Exploring Sicily tours.

Expert tour guides: A team of the finest guides, archaeologists and historians vividly bring the past to life on our escorted tours and gulet cruises. Friendly and knowledgeable, they are natural enthusiasts steeped in the history and culture of Turkey, Greece and Italy.

Turkish Gulet Charters: tailormade gulet cruises
Alongside our scheduled tours of Turkey, Greece and Italy, we also create bespoke gulet cruising holidays to order. We charter traditional Turkish gulets with from 2-11 cabins, beautiful boats handcrafted in Turkey’s boatyards, run by experienced local crews. We can arrange a gulet cruise so you can relax in style, accompanied by a specialist archaeologist guide just like our scheduled escorted tours.

Why we organise gulet cruises and escorted tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy
In 1994, Peter Sommer walked 2,000 miles across Turkey, retracing the route of Alexander the Great and in the process fell in love with the country, its archaeology and the Turkish people. A British archaeologist and documentary filmmaker led his very first archaeology tour in Turkey in 1996. Since then, Peter and the team here at Peter Sommer Travels has been organising unique archaeological and cultural tours and gulet cruising holidays in Turkey, Greece and Italy, escorted by the finest experts.

”Want a truly personal travel experience with a knowledgeable, witty, friendly guide, and small groups? Consider joining of Peter Sommer Travels’ tours.”
Tom Brosnahan, originator of the Lonely Planet and Frommer’s travel guides to Turkey and creator of

Small Group Tour Operator: A UK-based specialist tour operator, we offer cultural vacations and holidays - primarily gulet cruises - with a professional and above all personal touch. On our guided tours of Turkey, Greece and Italy, we take only small groups (max 18) of like-minded people, travelling in an easy-going, informal style.

Family tours
Our Find out more are designed to be relaxing and stimulating, fascinating and fun. Like our other escorted tours they are cultural gulet cruises and led by an expert guide. Visits to archaeological sites will take you and your children deep into the past. You’ll explore the world of the Greeks and Romans in colourful detail: from what they ate to how they built temples, from what their loos were like to how they were treated at the doctors.
Alongside our archaeological adventures, there is the gulet cruise itself aboard a beautiful traditional wooden boat (Turkish gulet - aka goulette, gulette or gullet). Our gulet cruising holidays offer plenty of opportunities for families with children to swim, kayak or snorkel in azure seas, to lie back and read as the world goes by, and to enjoy delicious home-cooked food. When we hike off into the hills, we’re almost certain to see goats, tortoises, and creepy crawlies, and while at sea there is always the chance we’ll see some dolphins!

Food tours:
We consider fabulous food to be a very important part of all our escorted tours and gulet holidays. Food is so important to us that we offer a fabulous food tour in Turkey, aboard a traditional Turkish gulet. We have also created a marvellous escorted food tour in Sicily.

Private Group Tours:
As well as bespoke gulet cruises we also create tailor-made itineraries for groups - expert-led private tours of Greece, Turkey or Italy. We can personalise your very own group tour - focusing more on archaeology, food, walking - however you would like us to arrange and organise your trip.

We strive to offer the finest tours of Turkey, Greece and Italy. If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’ll be delighted to help.

Peter Sommer Travels is a member of ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents), The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and a number of other travel industry bodies.

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This was one of the best vacations of my life. It was the perfect mix of sybaritic swims and mind-blowing archaeology, awe-inspiring walks and meals featuring the freshest fruits and vegetables that Turkey, this beautiful country, has to offer. And the travellers you’ll meet on the gulet cruise are a special breed - curious, intelligent, and adventurous. Just the sort of people you want to spend 2 weeks with! We loved the tour, absolutely loved it!
Tess Gerritsen, Maine, USA

It was the most marvellous escorted trip further enhanced by the delightful and well-informed company. The fortnight on a gulet in Turkey was packed with interest and Michael a superb tour leader. His gift is to make the stones and dust come alive. Anna Ford, Middlesex, UK

See more than 100 independent live reviews of our tours as submitted directly by guests on the new reviews website of AITO (The Association of Independent Tour Operators).



Take an expert-led gulet cruise through the Greek Islands, or explore the wonders of Athens or the splendours of the Peloponnese or Macedonia, or discover the wonders of Crete.



Join one of our expert-led tours in Turkey. We offer 1 & 2-week gulet cruises on the turquoise coast, food tours, family tours, walking holidays & cultural vacations exploring Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and much more.



Explore Pompeii, the Bay of Naples and the Amalfi coast on an expert-led gulet cruise, or join a food tour of Eastern Sicily, a tour of Rome or explore the whole island of Sicily.



Take a gulet holiday in Italy, Greece or Turkey. Gulet cruises offer relaxation, beautiful food & superb swimming. We’ve added expert guides, archaeological adventures, wonderful walking and culinary forays to make them truly cultural experiences!




Our family tours are designed to be relaxing & stimulating, fascinating & fun. Led by an expert guide, you’ll explore the world of the Greeks and Romans in colourful detail and have the opportunity to relax on a beautiful gulet, swim, snorkel and kayak. We can also create and customise family tours to order.




Charter a fully-crewed traditional Turkish gulet and cruise with family or friends along the coast of Italy, Greece or Turkey. Gorgeous gulets for groups of 2 to 22 guests. We tailormake the itinerary according to your wishes and provide an expert-guide to bring the history, archaeology and culture to life and ensure everything is taken care of.