Archaeological vacations in Italy

Archaeological vacations in Italy

Italy has a rich cultural heritage shaped over millennia by a host of peoples and cultures: Etruscans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Spaniards and Austrians have all left their mark on the country's cuisine, architecture and language. Visit truly glorious destinations full of stunning monuments that this shared history has given Italy.
Cultural tours of Greece

Cultural tours in Greece

Join us 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, the landscapes and the generous hospitality of Greece, be it the Aegean islands, Crete or the mainland, then our many gulet cruises or our carefully designed land tours will be the perfect way to explore all the best that Greece has to offer.
Discover Croatia

Discover Croatia

Croatia, a country of stupendous diversity and breathtaking beauty: embedded in a fascinating scenery of mountains, sea and countless islands, a rich array of unique sites and monuments stands witness to the country's position between north and south, east and west. Illyrian tribesmen, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Slavs, Venetians and Austro-Hungarians have all left their mark, creating a unique patchwork of monuments. What better way to see them than on a gulet cruise?
Escorted tours in Turkey

Escorted tours in Turkey

Steeped in history, Turkey never ceases to fascinate us. The country's vast cultural heritage ranges from some of the world's most ancient settlements to the splendours of Istanbul, from Hittite fortifications to Byzantine monasteries, from Greek and Roman cities to Ottoman palaces. Travel with us and be astonished by layers upon layers of history, peoples and cultures and experience traditional Turkish hospitality.
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Travel Brochure 2017

Travel Brochure 2017

For the casual visitor: our new travel brochure for 2017 is being posted all over the world. It will start reaching our guests’ letterboxes in the coming days, and will be available for browsing or download on our website shortly. Below, we offer some impressions, comment and analysis on the travel experiences we are offering...
Meet our Team: Olivier Henry

Meet our Team: Olivier Henry

In our new series of blog posts, we are getting up close and personal with the guides, the staff and other people you may know from Peter Sommer Travels’ website and brochures, and some whom you might never have heard about before. In our second instalment, we would like to introduce you to Olivier Henry....
Another bite: cacio e pepe - an essential Roman pasta dish

Another bite: cacio e pepe – an essential Roman pasta dish

“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. A few weeks from now, our first ever tour of Rome will take place, as always led by extraordinarily well-informed expert guides. The inauguration of Exploring Rome...
Amorgos Chora, a Cycladic island's "capital village"

Amorgos Chora, a Cycladic island’s “capital village”

A few weeks ago, I showed my guests on “Cruising to the Cyclades” around Amorgos Chora, one of the most beautiful traditional settlements in the Cyclades. I do so every year, but our visit was especially memorable because it was the first time we had the opportunity to show a group around in September. Our...
Meet our Team: Peter Sommer

Meet our Team: Peter Sommer

In a new series of posts, we will be getting up close and personal with the guides, the staff and other people who you may know from Peter Sommer Travels’ website and brochures. Maybe you have already travelled with some of them? We thought it would be nice for you to learn a little more...
Another bite: stifado - Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

Another bite: stifado – Greek stew of beef, onions and spices

It’s been a while since we’ve given you a recipe. To make up for it, here’s a classic version of stifado, one of the most emblematic dishes in all of Greek cuisine – and one that is now rarely found well-made, although it is really not difficult. Stifado is a succulent slow-cooked stew of meat...
The History of Croatia - a summary

The History of Croatia – a summary

Peter Sommer Travels has recently announced its first ever tour in Croatia: Cruising the Coast of Dalmatia, an expert-led trip. Like all our tours, it is the outcome of careful and painstaking preparation. We make sure that the things and places we show you are the best, most informative or most beautiful there are in...
Croatia: the Coast and Islands of Dalmatia - a gallery

Croatia: the Coast and Islands of Dalmatia – a gallery

We’ve been rather busy lately, so this is just a short post, to alert our readers to some news and give them something nice to look at. The obvious question is: what’s our news?  The answer: Dalmatia! After years of consideration and preparation, we are proud – and excited – to announce the first Peter...
Exploring Siracusa - language, history and gastronomy

Exploring Siracusa – language, history and gastronomy

Siracusa is a city of one name and many names: Syrakousai in ancient Greek, Syracusae in Latin, Syracuse in English, Sarausa or Seragusa in the Sicilian dialect and Siracusa in modern Italian. These variations reflect the city’s long and changing history and they are a pointer towards her fascinating character. In Europe, if a city has...
Another thing: a game of glass and iron - the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

Another thing: a game of glass and iron – the Derveni Game Board in Thessaloniki

“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 showing you this time? Can you guess what this is? At face value, it is just a collection of rather unprepossessing items: four...
On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

Tis time to sail – the swallow’s note is heard, Who chattering down the soft west wind is come, The fields are all aflower, the waves are dumb Which erst the winnowing blast of winter stirred. Maybe it’s a little too early in the year for this sentiment? The poem is by a fairly obscure...
Another thing: a lot of things - Minoan pots from Phaistos

Another thing: a lot of things – Minoan pots from Phaistos

“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 lot of pots! Surely, you may think, this post is not going to describe all of them? Too much pottery! Not to worry, I am...