Archaeological vacation in Italy

Archaeological vacation in Italy

Italy has a rich cultural heritage shaped over millennia by a host of incomers: Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards and Austrians have all left their mark on the cuisine, architecture and language. Visit these glorious destinations with stunning monuments that this shared history has given Italy.
Cultural tours of Greece

Cultural tours of Greece

Cruise in style on incredible journeys of discovery that have to be experienced to be believed. If you’re looking for a truly relaxing and invigorating holiday, discovering the ancient sites, bays, coves and harbours of Greece, then one of our many gulet cruises will be perfect for you.
Escorted Gulet tours in Turkey

Escorted Gulet tours in Turkey

Steeped in history, Turkey holds of some of the very earliest cities, like Çatalhöyük, stretching back 10,000 years. Travel with us and be astonished by layers upon layers of history, peoples and cultures, from Hittite fortifications to Byzantine churches. Find out about our Turkey tours.
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Turkey through a Canadian Travel Writer's Eyes

Turkey through a Canadian Travel Writer’s Eyes

Peter (as in Peter Sommer Travels) was born in Toronto and his mother lived in Canada for some 14 years back in the 50’s and 60’s, so although we are based in the UK we have a very soft spot for Canada and Canadians. We were lucky enough to host one of the finest travel...
Another view: Pausanias - the Father of Guidebooks

Another view: Pausanias – the Father of Guidebooks

“Another view” is an occasional series of posts presenting the sites and areas we see on our travels through the eyes of writers. From the great ancient sources via travellers of recent centuries to contemporary literature, it aims to reveal different perspectives across space and time. Most appropriately, we start the series with an appreciation...
Feasting - Celebrating a Very Ancient Tradition

Feasting – Celebrating a Very Ancient Tradition

Feasting – for most, the term conjures up colourful associations of flavours, aromas and convivial experiences. For us archaeologists, it describes a significant social activity that can be identified across periods and civilisations. In a broader perspective, feasting is a cultural feature that distinguishes virtually all human societies – and one that we all participate...
Another Bite: Xinomavro Wine and a Recipe from Northern Greece – Shaking up our palates

Another Bite: Xinomavro Wine and a Recipe from Northern Greece – Shaking up our palates

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Half a year ago, I first wrote about Greek wines and the wine tasting experiences that complement many of our land tours and cruises. At that time...
Rumeli Hisarı Fortress at Istanbul – A Castle and a City Between Two Worlds

Rumeli Hisarı Fortress at Istanbul – A Castle and a City Between Two Worlds

The Fortress of Rumeli Hisarı, located on the European shore of the Bosphorus and in the northernmost district of Istanbul, is a striking monument. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors to this great city follow the long-established tradition of taking a Bosphorus cruise and see the impressive castle from afar. Few of them realise...
A Slice of Roman City Life - Terrace House 2 at Ephesus

A Slice of Roman City Life – Terrace House 2 at Ephesus

Ephesus – one of the most famous and most visited archaeological sites in the world. The stupendous remains of what was Ephesus (that’s it’s Roman name; the original Greek version was Ephesos, in modern Turkish it is called Efes) most certainly are a key site on our itineraries in Turkey. We admire the place greatly:...
Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2014

Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2014

It’s December already… Festive motifs decorate shops and even websites, chocolate Santas are on the shelves (actually, where I am writing from, that same figure is identified as Saint Vasilios) and seasonal music is hard to avoid – in other words, we’re approaching Christmas rapidly. Surely, everyone among our readers has his or her own...
Impressions of Sicily: Atmospheric and Enigmatic Segesta

Impressions of Sicily: Atmospheric and Enigmatic Segesta

Segesta – what a beautiful name (pronounce the “g” like the “g” in “gem” and let the vowels run their course as is proper for an Italian word, especially the second “e”). Today, that name is associated – for those who associate it with anything at all – with a particularly remote and evocative archaeological...
Another bite: Braised Pork with Leeks – a traditional Greek savoury dish

Another bite: Braised Pork with Leeks – a traditional Greek savoury dish

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. Milder and sweeter than onions, leeks are a member of the same allium family, but have their own distinct and elegant flavour, making them a perfect accompaniment...
The Kasta Tumulus at Amphipolis - what we know for now

The Kasta Tumulus at Amphipolis – what we know for now

(All images used in this post – unless indicated otherwise – are from press releases by the Greek Ministry of Culture and copyright rests with that institution.) Between August and early November of this year, much has been reported both in Greece and internationally about the 2014 season of excavations at the Kasta Tumulus near...
Another thing: Mad About the Boy - a Grave Relief in Lycia

Another thing: Mad About the Boy – a Grave Relief in Lycia

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. If you have any knowledge or experience of ancient art, the word that comes to your mind on looking at our image is probably “typical”. That...
Travel Brochure 2015

Travel Brochure 2015

It’s that time of year yet again. At Peter Sommer Travels, we are looking back on the 2014 travel season, which ended just a few weeks ago, taking stock of another successful year. But not for long: in the same breath, we are looking ahead to the next one, getting ready for the various bits...