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Pathways of Communication Conference at Ankara

Pathways of Communication Conference at Ankara

In late March, it was my privilege to go to Ankara for four days. This was my first ever visit to Turkey’s capital city, but I had little time for sightseeing – alas: the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, the Temple of Augustus and the Byzantine castle are great sites to behold by all accounts. Instead,...
Travel Brochure 2014

Travel Brochure 2014

The lively 2013 season’s end is a good six weeks behind us, and we at Peter Sommer Travels have been busy with a lot of things. Most importantly, we have finalised our plans for next year, culminating in the production of our 2014 travel brochure. As always, much thought and effort have gone into that...
Ancient Lycia - history and mystery

Ancient Lycia – history and mystery

Lycia is in many ways an archaeological wonderland. Even within Turkey, a country rich in well-preserved ancient sites, the region stands out for its wealth of evocative ancient remains, all set within a very beautiful Mediterranean landscape. Thus, it is hardly a surprise that Lycia figures among Peter Sommer Travels’ offerings in a big way,...
Intrepid Explorers of the Lycian Shore

Intrepid Explorers of the Lycian Shore

A few weeks ago, our esteemed guide, Alan M. Greaves, himself a very intrepid individual, led our annual family cruise, this time along the western part of the celebrated Lycian Shore. He has just sent us a riveting and action-packed report on the exploits of his even more intrepid guests: The Lycian shore of Turkey...
Exploring Crete: Images and a Recipe

Exploring Crete: Images and a Recipe

Nearly a month ago, we concluded our first ever Exploring Crete – Archaeology, Nature and Food tour. In the course of 12 days, we travelled the length and breadth of that beautiful Greek island, offering our guests a comprehensive panorama of its extraordinary wealth in archaeological and historical sites, beautiful and diverse landscapes and rich...
The Tomb of Roxane? The Kasta Tumulus at Amphipolis

The Tomb of Roxane? The Kasta Tumulus at Amphipolis

Sensational news from Northern Greece! Last week, the 26th Annual Scientific Meeting on Archaeological Works in Macedonia and Thrace took place at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. This is an important event, as it offers some preliminary access to very recent excavations and research – often years before formal publications become available – for a region...
The Carian Trail

The Carian Trail

NB: Nearly immediately after publishing this post, we started to research our options for offering tours along the Carian Trail. The first result of that effort is our Walking and Cruising the Carian Coast, introduced in 2015. Excellent News: The Carian Trail (or Carian Way) was officially inaugurated on February 3rd. We’d been waiting for...
News from the Antikythera Wreck

News from the Antikythera Wreck

Eight months ago, our blog promoted the Athens National Museum’s ongoing exhibition about the Antikythera Shipwreck and its cargo of statues and other valuables, one of the key finds in Greek underwater archaeology. This month, the wreck is in the news again. At the annual conference of the American Institute of Archaeology at Seattle, Brendan...
2013 World Guide Awards

2013 World Guide Awards

It’s that time of year again: Wanderlust Travel Magazine has opened nominations for the 2013 World Guide Awards. The 2012 ones went to a very interesting array of guides, active in various countries all over the world. At Peter Sommer Travels, we salute them for their achievement. We also commend Wanderlust and its sponsors for...
Crete in December

Crete in December

Crete is very much a late-spring-to-summer destination. Hardly anyone travels there in winter. I just did. The largest of the Greek islands is one of Europe’s best-known holiday destinations. It draws massive crowds of young people each summer, usually heading for the big resorts and looking for sea, sun and many kinds of fun. They...
Travel brochure 2013

Travel brochure 2013

It’s that time of the year again – our new travel brochure (2013) has just been printed and is being posted all over the world as I am writing this. As every year, it is attractive, informative and full of enticing images. Likewise as every year, there has been a lot of work in it...
James Bond and beyond - Istanbul on the big screen

James Bond and beyond – Istanbul on the big screen

Over the coming months, millions of people will gaze at striking images of Istanbul in cinemas worldwide. Perhaps you will be (or have already been) among them? If so, you can skip the next paragraph – but if you have no idea what I am talking about, here it is: A week ago, Skyfall, the...