About Peter Sommer Travels
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 ancient civilizations, and the Turkish people. A British archaeologist, filmmaker, and tour guide, Peter created Peter Sommer Travels in 1996, offering unique escorted tours and gulet cruising holidays.
‘Peter is one of the world’s best tour guides for trips in Turkey’
Tom Brosnahan, originator of the Lonely Planet and Frommer’s travel guides to Turkey, and creator of turkeytravelplanner.com.
Peter personally leads a number of our archaeological tours in Turkey. We also work with a number of other superb archaeologists and historians, noted for their knowledge and communication skills, who lead our gulet cruises and tours in Turkey, Greece, and Italy. To find out more about them visit the page about our expert tour guides
A a UK-based tour operator specialising in cultural tours, gulet cruises and private charters in Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Our expertise stems from an intimate knowledge of these areas - their geography, history, people, and much more.
Peter Sommer led his first historical tour in Turkey in 1996. Since then we have created a rich and varied collection of escorted small group tours with a difference. Our tours in Turkey, Greece, and Italy bring to life the rich heritage of these countries from profoundly ancient times to the modern era.
A small family run firm, we take pride in our personal approach, treating our customers as guests with extra special care - before, during, and after a tour.
Julie, our Office and Operations manager efficiently keeps track of all that is going on and will carefully look after you and all your travel needs.
Julie is at the heart of all we do, and generally your first point of contact.
Dr. Michael Metcalfe
Dr. Michael Metcalfe, an historian and archaeologist specialising in ancient inscriptions, is the innovative and organisational force behind our tours in Italy. He is responsible for our private charters and is one of our principle tour leaders.
You can find out more about Michael on our tour guides webpage.
Heinrich Hall, an archaeologist living in Athens, focuses on creative content and our marketing in continental Europe and is one of our core tour leaders.
Michael and Heinrich together are responsible for developing our tours in Greece.
You can find out more about Heinrich on our tour guides webpage.
Elin, Peter’s wife, is co-Director of Peter Sommer Travels and is at the heart of operations, overseeing general strategy and marketing. She particularly enjoys going on our family gulet cruises and likes to check how good they are as often as she can.
In her spare time Elin also runs Nothing Nasty, creating natural skin care products.
Cem Yucesoy, our main logistics coordinator, has helped organise all our Turkey tours to date, from choosing minibus drivers to booking local guides. As a specialist Turkey TV fixer, Cem has helped arrange the filming of many documentaries in Turkey. As well as personally accompanying many of our trips in Turkey, Cem is also a key member of our team helping to plan new tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy.
Our Local Partners
The success of any tour depends on logistics. These basic, behind the scenes, practical arrangements are the very necessary nuts and bolts of making a trip a success - from making sure a vehicle arrives at the right location, to the crucial matter of timing.
Meticulous planning is all very well, but actually making it happen is key. We depend on our local partners to ensure our escorted trips run smoothly.
In Turkey we work with Travel Atelier, a travel agency run by Murat Özgüç and his wife Pinar. We have worked with them for many years and rate them very highly. Murat organises hotels, transfers,and all other travel arrangements for our guests.He helps us both with our scheduled tours and our custom created tours. Cem Yücesoy is our logistics co-ordinator and tour manager extraordinaire. He has organised all our Turkey tours to date, from choosing minibus drivers to booking local guides.
In Greece we work with Dolphin Hellas, a travel agency of long standing offering a complete range of travel services. Our point person there, Aliki Hamosfakidou, assists us in shaping and then coordinating perfect itineraries for our cultural tours throughout Greece.
In mainland Italy we work principally with Plaghia Charter, a family-run company led by Alberto Esposito, which owns a select number of Turkish gulets refitted with Italian panache.
In Sicily we work with Agave Travel Creative, run by Marcello Baglioni who specialises in slow travel, an in-depth exploration of Sicily’s culture and cuisine. All our Italian tour logistics are coordinated through a team of local companies committed to outstanding customer service.
Come sailing, cruising, or exploring with us, and see some of the very finest temples and tombs, baths and aqueducts, theatres and castles. Discover an archaeological paradise full of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman treasures!
A recent traveller told us after a gulet cruise: “The hospitality aboard was exceptional, we felt like guests rather than customers.” This is very much what we strive for in all our holidays in Turkey, Greece, and Sicily.
If you have any questions, please get in touch. We look forward to helping you in any way we can.