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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Another thing: Warrior Goddess - Bronze Athena from Himera on Sicily

Another thing: Warrior Goddess – Bronze Athena from Himera on Sicily

“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. As always, have a look at the image and take it in for yourself before reading what follows. Our image shows a small bronze figurine, just...
A most generous gift: the City of Messene

A most generous gift: the City of Messene

Ancient Messene in the southwestern Peloponnese, the southern peninsula of the Greek Mainland, has in the last two decades become one of the most spectacular among the country’s many great archaeological sites. In spite of its wonderful setting and impressive remains, including stupendous city walls, a grand theatre and one of Greece’s finest ancient stadiums,...
Another thing: A Thessaloniki tomb fresco and Early Christian funeral rites

Another thing: A Thessaloniki tomb fresco and Early Christian funeral rites

“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 small barrel-vaulted space, lavishly painted with scenes of plants, animals and humans: the interior of a vaulted tomb from the 4 th century AD. It...
Off the beaten track: Loryma

Off the beaten track: Loryma

Have you ever heard of Loryma? Chances are you have not, unless you  are a specialist in ancient military architecture, or an avid traveller along the southwestern shores of Turkey. Loryma is one of those off-the-beaten-track archaeological sites that we are so eager to include in our itineraries, to complement the famous “must-see” highlights and...
Another thing:  Let's Dance - an ivory lyre-support from Samos

Another thing: Let’s Dance – an ivory lyre-support from Samos

“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. Out of the many extraordinary objects we enjoy showing to our guests, this is one of the most arresting – and one of the most easily...
Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) in Göreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia

Karanlik Kilise (the Dark Church) in Göreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia

This is the 100th post on the Peter Sommer Travels Blog. At this stage, a little over three years after launching the project, we feel that we have found a way to use the blog as a regular forum for information, insights, thoughts and images(!) relevant to the fascinating history and culture of the areas...
Another thing: A Warrior's Attribute - Archaic helmet from Aiani

Another thing: A Warrior’s Attribute – Archaic helmet from Aiani

“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. “Don’t they have to wear helmets?” is a question quite commonly asked by our guests on tours in Greece, on observing the many individuals seen travelling...
Will the real Augustus please stand up?

Will the real Augustus please stand up?

Last week marked the 2000th anniversary of the death of Augustus, that most famous of Roman emperors, on August 19th of AD 14. To mark the occasion, Paul Beston, who will lead our soon-to-be-unveiled Exploring Rome tour in 2015, has written a fascinating appreciation of that complex and somewhat ambiguous character. August and September were...
Another Bite: Aegean oven-roasted aubergines with tomato and halloumi

Another Bite: Aegean oven-roasted aubergines with tomato and halloumi

“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. Aubergine, or eggplant in American and Australian English, but also Melanzane (Italian), Melitzana (Greek) or Patlıcan (Turkish), is one of the most widely used and tasty ingredients...
Another thing: Phoenician grimace - a mask from Motya

Another thing: Phoenician grimace – a mask from Motya

“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 do you make of this face and its expression? Does it seem friendly or menacing, eerie, funny or just strange? It is certainly an intriguing...
Sailing to Byzantium - Patronage and the Chora Monastery in Constantinople

Sailing to Byzantium – Patronage and the Chora Monastery in Constantinople

Sailing to Byzantium is a celebrated poem by William Butler Yeats, describing the spiritual, mystical and inner world and thoughts of the famous Irish poet in regard to the apocalyptic end of life and eternity. Written in 1926, it was published in 1928, late in his life. Here, I would like to especially thank Paul...
Seven Reasons to Visit Ancient Kaunos in Turkey

Seven Reasons to Visit Ancient Kaunos in Turkey

The impressive ruins of ancient Kaunos are a major highlight on our cruises in Caria, as well as on many of our private gulet charters in Turkey. Guests booked on our Lycian cruises also often visit the site as an add-on before or after they travel with us. Turkey is, of course, very rich in...