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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When looks could kill: Medusa - an image of female rage?

When looks could kill: Medusa – an image of female rage?

There she is, her face a fearsome grimace, with fanged grinning mouth, protruding tongue and bulbous eyes. Her hair is not just a mess: it’s actually snakes sprouting from her head! This is the Gorgon Medusa, one of the most frequently repeated motifs in Greek (and later, in Roman) art. We meet her on sites...
Another bite: shaken or stirred – Greek frappé

Another bite: shaken or stirred – Greek frappé

“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. Sometimes, I long for a frappé. For example, just a few days ago, as I was exploring some remote sites in Lycia (southwest Turkey) with a trusted...
Another thing: Go with the Flow - a water distributor at Priene

Another thing: Go with the Flow – a water distributor at Priene

“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 circular stone bowl, quite roughly made, about half a metre (20″) across and pierced by a series of circular holes. Hardly a work of art,...
UNESCO World Heritage on our Tours and Cruises in Italy

UNESCO World Heritage on our Tours and Cruises in Italy

In two previous posts, we’ve been celebrating the fact that two of the places we visit on our itineraries (Ephesus being one of them!) have been recently added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, that remarkable and still-growing catalogue of places that have been made singularly impressive or significant either by human achievement...
Another thing: Wasters from Syracuse...

Another thing: Wasters from Syracuse…

“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. I don’t know what’s worse: the title of this post, or the dreadful image accompanying it. So, this short post is about wasters. In my student...
UNESCO World Heritage on our Tours and Cruises in Greece

UNESCO World Heritage on our Tours and Cruises in Greece

In our last post, we celebrated the recent addition of ancient Ephesus to the UNESCO World Heritage List by describing the various sites of such distinction that we visit on our tours and cruises of Turkey. The next post – incidentally – will be about Italy, where the Arab-Norman heritage of Palermo and surroundings received...
Ephesus! - UNESCO World Heritage on our Turkey Tours

Ephesus! – UNESCO World Heritage on our Turkey Tours

This post comes a little beyond schedule, as it based on news – and good news at that! A few days ago, I was guiding a group of guests through the stupendous ruins of ancient Ephesus, the huge Roman super-city in Ionia on what is now the west coast of Turkey. As has been my...
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...