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: 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...
Another bite: Ian Parmenter's Aegean Lamb with orzo and vegetables

Another bite: Ian Parmenter’s Aegean Lamb with orzo and vegetables

“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. In recent years, it has been our privilege to welcome Ian Parmenter as a guest on several of our tours and cruises in Turkey and Greece. Born...
The Perils of Online Site Reviews

The Perils of Online Site Reviews

What should you go to see on your Mediterranean holiday? It depends on whom you ask! This blog, for example, serves a company specialised in cultural, especially archaeological, tours. Thus, it offers impressions of the sites, museums, landscapes, etc. we visit on our voyages, and which we know our guests to be interested in. And...
Another thing: Politics in action - Athenian ostraka

Another thing: Politics in action – Athenian ostraka

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or arresting object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. A series of smallish, circular and concave pottery disks, all covered in a shiny black slip and all with letters incised around the edge. Not too...
Another Bite: Santorini Fava (yellow split pea purée)

Another Bite: Santorini Fava (yellow split pea purée)

“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. After our recent posts on Assyrtiko wine and on tomatinia (cherry tomatoes), here’s our third instalment on the specialities of Santorini – our guests on Cruising to...