Archaeological vacations in Italy

Archaeological vacations in Italy

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

Cultural tours in Greece

Join us 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, the landscapes and the generous hospitality of Greece, be it the Aegean islands, Crete or the mainland, then our many gulet cruises or our carefully designed land tours will be the perfect way to explore all the best that Greece has to offer.
Discover Croatia

Discover Croatia

Croatia, a country of stupendous diversity and breathtaking beauty: embedded in a fascinating scenery of mountains, sea and countless islands, a rich array of unique sites and monuments stands witness to the country's position between north and south, east and west. Illyrian tribesmen, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians have all left their mark, creating a unique patchwork of monuments. What better way to see them than on a gulet cruise?
Escorted tours in Turkey

Escorted tours in Turkey

Steeped in history, Turkey never ceases to fascinate us. The country's vast cultural heritage ranges from some of the world's most ancient settlements to the splendours of Istanbul, from Hittite fortifications to Byzantine monasteries, from Greek and Roman cities to Ottoman palaces. Travel with us and be astonished by layers upon layers of history, peoples and cultures and experience traditional Turkish hospitality.
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Meet our Team: Peter Sommer

Meet our Team: Peter Sommer

In a new series of posts, we will be getting up close and personal with the guides, the staff and other people who you may know from Peter Sommer Travels’ website and brochures. Maybe you have already travelled with some of them? We thought it would be nice for you to a learn little more...
Another bite: stifado - Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

Another bite: stifado – Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

It’s been a while since we’ve given you a recipe. To make up for it, here’s a classic version of stifado, one of the most emblematic dishes in all of Greek cuisine – and one that is now rarely found well-made, although it is really not difficult. Stifado is a succulent slow-cooked stew of meat...
The History of Croatia - a summary

The History of Croatia – a summary

Peter Sommer Travels has recently announced its first ever tour in Croatia: Cruising the Coast of Dalmatia, an expert-led trip. Like all our tours, it is the outcome of careful and painstaking preparation. We make sure that the things and places we show you are the best, most informative or most beautiful there are in...
Croatia: the Coast and Islands of Dalmatia - a gallery

Croatia: the Coast and Islands of Dalmatia – a gallery

We’ve been rather busy lately, so this is just a short post, to alert our readers to some news and give them something nice to look at. The obvious question is: what’s our news?  The answer: Dalmatia! After years of consideration and preparation, we are proud – and excited – to announce the first Peter...
Exploring Siracusa - language, history and gastronomy

Exploring Siracusa – language, history and gastronomy

Siracusa is a city of one name and many names: Syrakousai in ancient Greek, Syracusae in Latin, Syracuse in English, Sarausa or Seragusa in the Sicilian dialect and Siracusa in modern Italian. These variations reflect the city’s long and changing history and they are a pointer towards her fascinating character. In Europe, if a city has...
Another thing: a game of glass and iron - the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

Another thing: a game of glass and iron – the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

“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. What are we showing you this time? Can you guess what this is? At face value, it is just a collection of rather unprepossessing items: four...
On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

Tis time to sail – the swallow’s note is heard, Who chattering down the soft west wind is come, The fields are all aflower, the waves are dumb Which erst the winnowing blast of winter stirred. Maybe it’s a little too early in the year for this sentiment? The poem is by a fairly obscure...
Another thing: a lot of things - Minoan pots from Phaistos

Another thing: a lot of things – Minoan pots from Phaistos

“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. A lot of pots! Surely, you may think, this post is not going to describe all of them? Too much pottery! Not to worry, I am...
Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Another year has nearly run its course and once again the winter celebrations of various denominations and articulations have begun (or summer ones, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). Like every year, I am stealing a little time on (or near) Christmas Day to reflect on some aspect of that context and perhaps...
Another thing: a local triumph? The Pompeii amphitheatre fresco

Another thing: a local triumph? The Pompeii amphitheatre fresco

“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. Each post in the “another thing” series so far has been devoted to an item for its inherent interest, as the introduction above promises. Up to...
Another view: Then as now, longing, 2600 years ago - Sappho

Another view: Then as now, longing, 2600 years ago – Sappho

“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. This series of posts is normally about travel and...
Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2015

Christmas Gifts for History Lovers, Travellers and Gourmets, 2015

How time flies – another December is upon us. That song by Wham! is on the radio, as are ads full of children’s voices and the inevitable “ho ho ho”, the news sites have started their various themed reviews of the year and I’m developing an irrational desire for gingerbread and mulled wine (actually mulled...