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Meet our Team: Sophy Downes

Meet our Team: Sophy Downes

In our 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 third instalment, we would like to introduce you to Sophy Downes. Sophy...
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...
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...
Amalfi Coast: cruise diary

Amalfi Coast: cruise diary

“Sitting on the deck of the gulet in June 2012, watching the steep and verdant terraced slopes of the Amalfi coast slip by, I can’t help but wonder how this cannot be the most perfect way to experience Italy’s famous Tyrrhenian coastline.” Earlier this year, Julie Brown, our Office Manager, went along on our Cruise along...
Gulet shipyards

Gulet shipyards

If you have travelled on a Turkish gulet, perhaps even on one of our gulet cruises, you may well have wondered where these beautiful handcrafted wooden boats come from – where they are built and maintained. Last week, I was given a very hands-on approach to answering that question. Peter Sommer, Michael Metcalfe and I...
Impressions of Istanbul in January

Impressions of Istanbul in January

What did you do during the first week of the New Year? Resulting from a quick and unofficial poll, common answers include dealing with tax returns, skiing holidays, spending quality time with the family, or being in bed with the flu. While all those are surely very fine options (well, except the last one), I...
New Travel Brochure

New Travel Brochure

We are absolutely delighted to unveil our new brochure. It’s always a special moment for us when the brochures come back from the printers gleaming after so much time and effort has been spent preparing them.   2011 marked my 15th year of organising and leading archaeological tours. At the beginning, Peter Sommer Travels was...
New 2012 Tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy

New 2012 Tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy

Our 2012 brochure is now with the printers. We’re looking forward to mailing it out soon. We have some wonderful new escorted tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy as well as a collection of our classic favourites to tempt you for 2012. Here’s a taster of our new trips: A gulet cruise in Greece Cruising...
Family Gulet Cruises: A Chance for Cultural Adventures

Family Gulet Cruises: A Chance for Cultural Adventures

Simply the best  (or why our family cruises are a perfect experience for people of all ages ) “Look, mum – I’m using all the spolia!” This, as I was told by the proud mother, is what a 9-year-old boy from the US said to his mother while playing in the Kids’ Corner of an...
Peter Sommer Travels 2012 Tours

Peter Sommer Travels 2012 Tours

It’s Peter’s birthday today, a time to take stock, reflect and look forward to the myriad possibilities of the future. We’re doing exactly the same with Peter Sommer Travels and thought we’d bring you up to speed. We’ve been beavering away and have just finished finalising next year’s schedule of expert led gulet cruises in...
Upgrades to our gulet, the Almira

Upgrades to our gulet, the Almira

I had the pleasure recently of leading one of our escorted tours in Turkey aboard our primary gulet, the Almira and was able to stay on afterwards to shoot some photographs. It was delightful to have the opportunity to put my filmmaker’s hat back on and have a beautiful boat at my disposal cruising up...