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 bite: In Praise of Turkish Pomegranate Syrup

Another bite: In Praise of Turkish Pomegranate Syrup

“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. Travelling at its best is about exploration and discovery, about getting to know an area and its culture, and finding things to enjoy, marvel at and share...
An Enduring Mystery - Ancient Eleusis

An Enduring Mystery – Ancient Eleusis

Half an hour’s drive from central Athens, along the main motorway that links the Greek capital with the south and west of the country, lies the suburb of Elefsina, known today for its petrol refineries, which are the main feature visible when driving by. But there is more to the place: entering its centre, one...
Another thing: Two in One - the Euaion/Perseus Krater

Another thing: Two in One – the Euaion/Perseus Krater

“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. Look at him: A young man standing in a thoughtful pose, his left foot placed on a rock, the knee supporting his left arm, on which,...
Pathways of Communication Conference at Ankara

Pathways of Communication Conference at Ankara

In late March, it was my privilege to go to Ankara for four days. This was my first ever visit to Turkey’s capital city, but I had little time for sightseeing – alas: the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, the Temple of Augustus and the Byzantine castle are great sites to behold by all accounts. Instead,...
Impressions of Mainland Greece: Kastoria

Impressions of Mainland Greece: Kastoria

This June, we are running our new 14-day-tour Exploring Greece: The Archeology, Food and Wine of Macedonia for the first time. On that fascinating itinerary, we pass through a variety of Greece’s key archaeological and historical landscapes, where Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, Jews and Ottomans have left their traces behind for us to explore. We shall...
Another thing: Emotion - Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women

Another thing: Emotion – Sarcophagus of the Mourning Women

“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. Do we need to tell you that these carvings are part of a sarcophagus, in other words a stone-carved receptacle for a dead body? Probably not...
A Cosmopolitan Heritage Lost: The Jews of Thessaloniki

A Cosmopolitan Heritage Lost: The Jews of Thessaloniki

We are happy to welcome Nota Karamaouna, who accompanies most of our tours in Greece and is our tour expert for Cappadocia, as a contributor to Peter Sommer Travels’ blog. For another post by her, see Discovering Cappadocia.  One of the fundamental features of Thessaloniki – Greece’s second city, sometimes known as Salonica – since...
Another thing: A Female Mystery - Cycladic Figurines

Another thing: A Female Mystery – Cycladic Figurines

“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. Today is International Women’s Day, so what would be more appropriate than an object representing an especially enigmatic group of artefacts, directly linked to prehistoric concepts...
Impressions of Sicily 2: Monreale

Impressions of Sicily 2: Monreale

As I recently reported, in February I had the opportunity to visit Sicily, helping Michael in preparing his Exploring Sicily tour. Most of the many astonishing sites we saw will make an appearance on this blog before long. Two weeks ago, we posted a first “Impressions of Sicily”, focusing on the site of Agrigento, ancient...
Kos Town - Walking through History

Kos Town – Walking through History

On the mosaic floor in front of me, Europa, in her nude glory, clings to the neck of a brown bull. A dolphin is playing in the waves beneath them. Faded frescoes on the wall above them reflect the pale light of the full moon. From beyond the walls and pillars behind me, the cry...
Impressions of Sicily 1: Agrigento (Akragas)

Impressions of Sicily 1: Agrigento (Akragas)

Sicily in February? Not the obvious season for an Italian holiday – and yet, I have just returned from a 6-day stint on the largest island in the Mediterranean. But then, it was not a vacation. In April, our new 14-day Exploring Sicily tour will run for the first time. Thus, our expert guides, Michael...
Minoan Frescoes: Windows into Past Worlds

Minoan Frescoes: Windows into Past Worlds

The largest of the Greek Islands, Crete, has been on our list of destinations since 2013. The island is famous for reams of reasons, such as its long and turbulent history; its beautiful and diverse landscapes, ranging from fine beaches via fertile plains to rugged mountains; its picturesque mountain villages and lovely Venetian port towns;...