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: 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...
Living on the Edge - Ancient Morgantina on Sicily

Living on the Edge – Ancient Morgantina on Sicily

In recent posts, I have written about two ancient Greek cities, each of them special and fascinating for its own reasons. The first was Lato in Greece, namely on the island of Crete, notable for its clear reflection of the basic structures and characteristics of an “Archaic” Cretan state. The second was Priene, near the...
Another thing: Enigma - An Archaic smile from Miletus

Another thing: Enigma – An Archaic smile from Miletus

“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. She’s definitely smiling. There may not be all that much we can say about her, but that she’s smiling is certain. And although we will never...
The most unusual harbour town in Greece: Lakki on Leros

The most unusual harbour town in Greece: Lakki on Leros

I started writing this post last week, on a gulet moored in the Bay of Lakki on Leros, one of the finest natural harbours in the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the stops on the just-finished Cruising to the Cyclades tour. Looking across the water, I was presented with what might well be the strangest...
Another Bite: The famous Santorini Tomato and a recipe

Another Bite: The famous Santorini Tomato and a recipe

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. I am posting this article while travelling on our Cruising to the Cyclades, at anchor in Santorini, perhaps the most famous of the Cycladic islands in Greece....
Another thing: Recovered loss – altar from the Morgantina Treasure

Another thing: Recovered loss – altar from the Morgantina Treasure

“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. Dazzling, isn’t it? Also, you are not likely to have seen one of these before. This is the only object of its kind currently known to...