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: a very short story from Akrotiri, ca. 1600 BC

Another thing: a very short story from Akrotiri, ca. 1600 BC

“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 conical vase of simple shape. Along with some stripes near top and bottom, a few flowers are the only decoration. Apparently painted quite casually and...
Off the beaten track - Sidyma in Lycia

Off the beaten track – Sidyma in Lycia

A truck parked on the overgrown steps of a long-gone portico, goats scratching themselves on the doorway of an ancient grave, a Greek inscription built into the wall of a recent mosque, ornate tombs sticking out between terrace walls and olive groves, traversed by age-old cobbled trackways and shaded by enormous oak trees… These bucolic...
Variations on a theme – the houses of Symi

Variations on a theme – the houses of Symi

The harbour town of Symi is – as we often state in our brochure and on our website – widely regarded as one of the most picturesque in the Greek Islands. Rightly so: its serried rows of hundreds of “traditional houses” each of them decorated with a Neoclassical façade and painted in bright pastel tones,...
Another thing: graffiti - an ancient gaming board at Didyma

Another thing: graffiti – an ancient gaming board at Didyma

“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. At first sight, what you see is simple enough: some basic shapes roughly carved into a slab of stone. It looks hardly like a work of...
Walls, vistas and worship - the Castle of Panteli on Leros

Walls, vistas and worship – the Castle of Panteli on Leros

A series of crumbling medieval walls, perched high above a deep blue sea, overlooking a fascinating scenery of coves and bays, a dense jumble of ornate mansions and distant shores in all directions. This is the castle of Panteli on the small island of Leros in the Dodecanese, the archipelago of Greek islands that is...
Another view: a 16th century English tourist in Istanbul

Another view: a 16th century English tourist in Istanbul

“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. Sir, considering the goodnesse of your Nature which is...
Another thing: Splendour - a golden myrtle crown from Pydna

Another thing: Splendour – a golden myrtle crown from Pydna

“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. Beautiful – isn’t it? – And quite astonishing, too! What you are looking at is an extraordinary piece of ancient craftsmanship: a wreath or crown made...
Another view: "The key to everything" - Goethe in Sicily

Another view: “The key to everything” – Goethe in Sicily

“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. Do you know the land where lemon blossom grows?...
Another bite: Zesty Italian Lemon Cake

Another bite: Zesty Italian Lemon Cake

“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. Among my earliest memories of travel is how fascinated I was with first seeing lemon trees richly bearing fruit while on a trip to Greece. For me,...
Ancient marvels in a monumental setting: Herakleia Latmos

Ancient marvels in a monumental setting: Herakleia Latmos

Have you ever heard of Kapıkırı? Almost certainly not: it is a small, poor and quite ramshackle village of a few stone houses, a few kilometres off the main road that links the seaside resorts of Bodrum and Didim in Western Turkey. The tourist infrastructure of Kapıkırı is limited to a few rent rooms, a...
Bringing the past back to life: interactive archaeology online

Bringing the past back to life: interactive archaeology online

At Peter Sommer Travels, we are constantly engaged in making ancient monuments accessible and approachable to our guests, usually in a fairly hands-on manner, by “bringing antiquity back to life” while guiding on the various sites themselves. It is certainly a privilege to be able to do so, but we are also interested in other...
Another thing: Love and War - Aphrodite from Perge

Another thing: Love and War – Aphrodite from Perge

“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 looking at? A mostly nude marble lady with no head, holding a shield. In other words, just another typical piece of ancient sculpture:...