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:  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...
Life and Death in Ancient Athens - The Kerameikos

Life and Death in Ancient Athens – The Kerameikos

A striking 2400-year-old marble relief, showing a mounted warrior defeating an enemy, towers over an ancient roadway. It stands upon a massive terrace that contains the graves of the soldier’s family. Lining the road all around are similar funerary monuments, marking the burial places of his fellow Athenian citizens. The site is the Kerameikos, the...
Another bite: Greek Halva, an East Mediterranean flavour

Another bite: Greek Halva, an East Mediterranean flavour

“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. Along the shores of the Eastern Mediterranean, from northern Africa and the southern Balkans eastwards to Lebanon and Syria, the desserts of each country contain more or...
Another thing: A Hellenistic pebble mosaic in Rhodes

Another thing: A Hellenistic pebble mosaic in Rhodes

“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. Later this year, it will be my first time to participate in Peter Sommer Travels’ two-week Cruising the Dodecanese, which will take us from the island...
Long before the World Cup - an ancient passion for sports

Long before the World Cup – an ancient passion for sports

Tonight, millions of people all over the world will be watching the final match of the 2014 Football (or Soccer) World Cup. Whatever one might think about the nature of such mega-events, including their commercial and media-driven aspects, it appears to be the case that the spectacle of two teams of (relatively) young men pitching...