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2015 TOUR DATES

Sun Apr 12 - Sat Apr 25
Exploring Sicily


Thu Apr 16 - Thu Apr 23
Exploring Istanbul


Fri Apr 24 - Wed May 6
Exploring Crete: Archaeology, Nature and Food


Mon Apr 27 - Thu May 7
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: The Conquest of Asia Minor - Part One

Tue Apr 28 - Tue May 5
Walking & Cruising Western Lycia

Fri May 8 - Fri May 15
Exploring Athens

Sat May 16 - Sat May 30
Cruising to the Cyclades


Sat May 23 - Sat May 30
A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat May 30 - Sat June 6
Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat June 6 - Sat June 13
Cruising to Ephesus

Sat July 25 - Sat Aug 1
Cruising the Carian Coast - from Mediterranean to Aegean: A Family Tour

Sat Aug 29 - Sat Sep 12
Cruising the Lycian Shore

Sat Aug 29 - Sat Sept 5
Cruising the South-East Aegean: Greek Isles and Turkish Shores

Sept 2015 tbc
From the Slopes of Mt Olympus to the Shores of the Aegean: the archaeology, food & wine of Macedonia

Sat Sep 5 - Sat Sep 12
Exploring Istanbul

Sat Sept 5 - Sat Sept 12
Cruising to Ephesus

Sat Sep 5 - Sat Sep 12
Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Sept 5 - Sat Sept 12
Cruising the Amalfi Coast


Sat Sep 12 - Sat Sept 19
Cruising the South-East Aegean: Greek Isles and Turkish Shores

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Oct 3
Cruising the Dodecanese

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Sep 26
Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat Sept 19 - Sat Oct 3
From Halicarnassus to Ephesus

Sat Sep 26 - Sat Oct 3
A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily


Sat Sep 26 - Sat Oct 3
A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat Sept 26 - Sat Oct 10
Walking & Cruising the Lycian Shore


Sat Oct 3 - Sat Oct 10
Walking & Cruising the Carian Coast

Sun Oct 4 - Tue Oct 13
Walking and Exploring Cappadocia and The Land of the Hittites


Sat Oct 10 - Sat Oct 17
Walking & Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Oct 17 - Sat Oct 24
Exploring Rome


TESTIMONIALS

The gulet cruise was magical...your itinerary made me fall in love with Turkey, with the ancient world, with the land in and around the Mediterranean Sea, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Fay Sutherland, Boston, USA

This was my most memorable holiday; a magical historical adventure brought to life by Peter with vivid descriptions and awesome knowledge and enthusiasm for the lives of Greeks and Romans as we climbed and scrambled freely through the ruins of ancient cities, temples, fortresses and tombs on the Carian coast of Turkey.  The gulet, guests and crew were a delight as well as the most beautiful turquoise and blue secluded bays where we moored and swam.  The delicious and bountiful food deserves high praise.
Diane Du Bois, UK

“Much as I love to relax on holiday, I need to learn as well. Otherwise I may as well just stay lying in the back yard in the sunshine. The gulet cruise met my needs perfectly. A swim (or two or three) every day in the beautiful Aegean. Lounging on a gulet, reading and catching the sun. Fresh delicious food. And exploring the history, the landscape and the archeological sites. Was I happy? Absolutely.”
Ann Tonks, Victoria, Australia

“Fabulous food, great crew, beautiful boat, wonderful guides, fun guests, truly the trip of a lifetime.”
Lawrence and Brenda Johnson, Switzerland

My husband, 16-year-old son and I just spent a week on the gulet in Turkey. It was one of the best travel experiences we’ve ever had. Worth every penny. I can’t recommend Peter Sommer Travels highly enough. We have travelled extensively and we all agreed that this was one of the most fun, most relaxing, and most interesting things we have done anywhere.
Sue Siluch, BC, Canada

We usually take care of our own travel details but now we have seen the magic than can be wrought by the hands of experts. Peter and Cem transported us across the breathtaking landscape of Turkey and backwards in time to the ancient world while feeding us delicious food in beautiful spots, billeting us in lovely accommodations, and giving us just the breathing time we needed to absorb the learning and make our own discoveries. In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great was not just a trip, it was an unforgettable life experience.
Denise Arai, Boston, USA

“We had the most brilliant holiday, everything about it was wonderful, the guide, the boat, the crew, the itinerary, all the people; thank you so much, I have not stopped recommending it.”
Jacky Laurie, Gers, France

Escorted Tours and Gulet Cruises: Turkey, Greece & Italy

We specialise in small group escorted tours (max 18 people) in Turkey, Greece and Italy, primarily gulet cruises aboard traditional Turkish gulets. Below is our current schedule of archaeology tours, escorted holidays and gulet cruises. Many of our cultural adventures book up many months in advance, so we recommend booking your places early!

A long established tour operator (Peter led his first historical Turkey tour in 1996), we have assembled a team of leading experts and specialists to lead our cultural holidays and archaeological tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. We offer a wide range of escorted tours from spring to autumn: from adventure family holidays to gastronomic tours and walking vacations.

We are happy to design custom made tours for small groups. As well as our scheduled trips below, we also offer bespoke gulet cruises and charters. If one of our escorted tours is full or there is a particular itinerary you’d like us to create, or you have any questions about our escorted holidays, gulet trips or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Escorted Tours by Country:     Turkey    Greece    Italy


Tours in Turkey 


Turkish food gastronomic tour

A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat Sept 20 - Sat Sept 27 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Turkey gulet cruise Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat Sep 20 - Sat Sep 27, 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Walking holiday Lycian Way Turkey

Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore

Sat Sept 27 – Sat Oct 11 2014

£3,665 GBP per person


Walking holiday Lycian Way Turkey

Walking and Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Oct 4 – Sat Oct 11 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


tours of Cappadocia

Walking and Exploring Cappadocia and The Land of the Hittites

Sun Oct 5 - Tue Oct 14, 2014

£2,450 GBP per person


Istanbul tour | Escorted tour Istanbul | Archaeological tour of Istanbul

Exploring Istanbul

Thu Apr 16 - Thu Apr 23, 2015

£2,195 GBP per person


Alexander the Great Turkey tour

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: The Conquest of Asia Minor - Part One

Mon Apr 27 - Thu May 7 2015

£2,795 GBP per person


Walking holiday Lycian Way Turkey

Walking and Cruising Western Lycia

Tue Apr 28 - Tue May 5, 2015

£1,995 GBP per person


Turkish food gastronomic tour

A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat May 23 - Sat May 30, 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Turkey gulet cruise Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast - from Mediterranean to Aegean

Sat May 30 - Sat June 6, 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Ephesus escorted tour

Cruising to Ephesus

Sat June 6 - Sat June 13, 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Turkey gulet cruise Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast - Family Tour

Sat July 25 - Sat Aug 1, 2015

£2,295 GBP per person
£2,175 GBP per child under 12


Gulet cruise in Lycian Turkey

Cruising the Lycian Shore

Sat Aug 29 - Sat Sep 12, 2015

£3,695 GBP per person


Istanbul tour Turkey

Exploring Istanbul

Sat Sep 5 - Sat Sep 12, 2015

£2,225 GBP per person


Turkey escorted tour Ephesus

Cruising to Ephesus

Sat Sept 5 - Sat Sept 12 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Turkey tour gulet cruise Lycia

Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Sept 5 - Sat Sept 12 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Turkey gulet cruise Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Sep 26, 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Turkey tours Halicarnassus to Ephesus

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus

Sat Sept 19 - Sat Oct 3 2015

£3,695 GBP per person


Turkish food gastronomic tour

A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat Sept 26 - Sat Oct 3 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Walking holiday Lycian Way Turkey

Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore

Sat Sept 26 - Sat Oct 10 2015

£3,695 GBP per person


Walking holiday Lycian Way Turkey

Walking and Cruising the Carian Coast

Sat Oct 3 - Sat Oct 10, 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


tours of Cappadocia

Walking and Exploring Cappadocia and The Land of the Hittites

Sun Oct 4 - Tue Oct 13, 2015

£2,450 GBP per person


Walking holiday Lycian Way Turkey

Walking and Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Oct 10 - Sat Oct 17, 2015

£2,175 GBP per person


Tours in Greece 


Greece Dodecanese escorted tour

Cruising the Dodecanese

Sat Sep 20-Sat Oct 4, 2014

£3,695 GBP per person


Greece Crete Island Tour

Exploring Crete: Archaeology, Nature & Food

Fri Apr 24 - Wed May 6, 2015

£3,295 GBP per person


Athens Greece tour

Exploring Athens: Archaeology, Culture & Food

Fri May 8 - Fri May 15, 2015

£2,375 GBP per person


Greece tour Cyclades islands

Cruising to the Cyclades

Sat May 16 - Sat May 30, 2015

£3,775 GBP per person


Greece gulet tour Aegean

Cruising the South-East Aegean: Greek Isles and Turkish Shores

Sat Aug 29 - Sat Sept 5, 2015

£2,375 GBP per person



Greece gulet tour Aegean

Cruising the South-East Aegean: Greek Isles and Turkish Shores

Sat Sep 12 - Sat Sept 19, 2015

£2,375 GBP per person


Greece Dodecanese escorted tour

Cruising the Dodecanese

Sat Sep 19 - Sat Oct 3, 2015

£3,745 GBP per person


Tours in Italy 


Sicily holidays Food Tour

A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily

Sat Sep 27 - Sat Oct 4 2014

£2,795 GBP per person


Sicily holidays Tour

Exploring Sicily

Sun Apr 12 - Sat Apr 25, 2015

£3,665 GBP per person


Italy tours Amalfi Coast holidays

Cruising the Amalfi Coast

Sat Sept 5 - Sat Sept 12 2015

£3,595 GBP per person


Sicily holidays Food Tour

A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily

Sat Sep 26 - Sat Oct 3 2015

£TBC GBP per person


Italy tours Rome holidays

Exploring Rome

Sat Oct 17 - Sat Oct 24 2015

£2,895 GBP per person



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Turkish gulet cruising

Other escorted tour itineraries

We change our guided archaeological tours and gulet cruising itineraries on an annual basis. Below, you can see examples of other trips we have offered previously. If there is a particular escorted holiday in Turkey, Greece or Italy you would like to do, get in touch! One of our team of expert archaeologist tour leaders will be delighted to accompany you.

We also create tailor-made archaeological tours for small groups. If you would like to explore part of Turkey, Greece or Italy in the company of an archaeologist or historian, we’ll be delighted to work with you to develop an escorted tour that fits your wishes. There are so many archaeological wonders to discover in the Mediterranean. We look forward to welcoming on our very special tours, archaeological adventures with a difference!


Escorted tours eastern Lycia

Eastern Lycia cruise

Escorted tour in Turkey by gulet


Guided Turkey tour Pamphylia

Springtime in Pamphylia - a land based tour

Escorted archaeological tour in Turkey


Greece tour Southern Dodecanese

Cruising the Southern Dodecanese

Escorted tour of the Greek Islands


Sicily holidays | Escorted tour Sicily

Sailing the Sicilian Shore

Escorted tour in Sicily


Turkey tour writing and sailing

Writing & Sailing in Caria

Travel writing tour in Turkey


Escorted tour | Sicily holidays

Cruising by Etna

Escorted tour of Sicily


Turkey gulet tour Bodrum Cup

The Bodrum Cup Regatta

Gulet holiday in Turkey


Turkey gulet cruise Ceramic Gulf

Cruising the Ceramic Gulf

Gulet tour in Turkey


Guided Turkey tour of Ephesus

Exploring Ephesus and Ionia by land

Archaeological tour in Turkey


Alexander the Great: tour in Greece

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: from Boy to King

Escorted archaeological tour in Greece


Alexander the Great: tour Turkey

In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great

Escorted archaeological tour of Turkey


Family Holiday Turkey tour

From Halicarnassus to Didyma

Escorted gulet cruise in Turkey


guided Turkey tour Caria

A Carian Odyssey

Escorted vacation in Turkey


guided Turkey tour Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast

Gulet cruise combining Turkey and Greece


Greece gulet tour Dodecanese islands

Cruising the Northern Dodecanese

Escorted cruise of the Greek Islands