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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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:...
The Secret History - hidden corners of Athens

The Secret History – hidden corners of Athens

Last November, travel journalist Dana Facaros joined our guides in Athens for a press preview of our Exploring Athens tour. She appears to have enjoyed it: her text has appeared in the monthly Sunday Times Travel Magazine a few days ago, and her byline states that our “new tour reveals a side of the ancient...
Another view: Francis Beaufort describing Bodrum in 1812

Another view: Francis Beaufort describing Bodrum in 1812

“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. “It seems generally agreed that Bodroom occupies the place...
Another thing: All that's left of an Ancient Wonder at Olympia

Another thing: All that’s left of an Ancient Wonder at Olympia

“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 these. Not very impressive, are they? Just some flat pieces of baked clay, about 30cm (12”) or so across, sort of wavy in the...
Turkey through a Canadian Travel Writer's Eyes

Turkey through a Canadian Travel Writer’s Eyes

Peter (as in Peter Sommer Travels) was born in Toronto and his mother lived in Canada for some 14 years back in the 50’s and 60’s, so although we are based in the UK we have a very soft spot for Canada and Canadians. We were lucky enough to host one of the finest travel...
Another view: Pausanias - the Father of Guidebooks

Another view: Pausanias – the Father of Guidebooks

“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. Most appropriately, we start the series with an appreciation...
Feasting - Celebrating a Very Ancient Tradition

Feasting – Celebrating a Very Ancient Tradition

Feasting – for most, the term conjures up colourful associations of flavours, aromas and convivial experiences. For us archaeologists, it describes a significant social activity that can be identified across periods and civilisations. In a broader perspective, feasting is a cultural feature that distinguishes virtually all human societies – and one that we all participate...
Another Bite: Xinomavro Wine and a Recipe from Northern Greece – Shaking up our palates

Another Bite: Xinomavro Wine and a Recipe from Northern Greece – Shaking up our palates

“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. Half a year ago, I first wrote about Greek wines and the wine tasting experiences that complement many of our land tours and cruises. At that time...
Rumeli Hisarı Fortress at Istanbul – A Castle and a City Between Two Worlds

Rumeli Hisarı Fortress at Istanbul – A Castle and a City Between Two Worlds

The Fortress of Rumeli Hisarı, located on the European shore of the Bosphorus and in the northernmost district of Istanbul, is a striking monument. Every year, hundreds of thousands of visitors to this great city follow the long-established tradition of taking a Bosphorus cruise and see the impressive castle from afar. Few of them realise...
A Slice of Roman City Life - Terrace House 2 at Ephesus

A Slice of Roman City Life – Terrace House 2 at Ephesus

Ephesus – one of the most famous and most visited archaeological sites in the world. The stupendous remains of what was Ephesus (that’s it’s Roman name; the original Greek version was Ephesos, in modern Turkish it is called Efes) most certainly are a key site on our itineraries in Turkey. We admire the place greatly:...