- 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.
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 turkeytravelplanner.com.
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.
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!
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.