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2014 TOUR DATES

Sun Apr 6 - Fri Apr 18
Exploring Sicily


Thur Apr 24 - Tue May 6
Exploring Crete: Archaeology, Nature and Food

Mon Apr 28 – Thu May 8
In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great: The Conquest of Asia Minor - Part One

Sat May 17 - Sat May 31
Cruising to the Cyclades


Sat May 24 – Sat May 31
A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat May 31 - Sat June 7
Cruising to Ephesus

Sun June 1 - Sun June 8
Exploring Athens

Sat June 7 - Sat June 14
Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat June 14 - Fri June 27
Exploring Macedonia: The Homelands of Alexander the Great

Sat July 12 - Sat July 19
Cruising Western Lycia - Family Tour

Sat Aug 30 - Sat Sep 6
Cruising to Ephesus

Sat Aug 30 - Sat Sep 13
Cruising the Lycian Shore

Sat Sept 6 - Sat Sept 13
Cruising the South-East Aegean: Greek Isles and Turkish Shores

Sat Sept 6 - Sat Sept 13
Cruising the Amalfi Coast

Sat Sept 6 - Sat Sept 13
Cruising the Carian Coast - from Mediterranean to Aegean

Sat Sep 13 - Sat Sep 20
Exploring Istanbul

Sat Sep 13 - Sat Sep 20
Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Sep 13 – Sat Sep 20
Cruising to Ephesus

Sat Sep 20 - Sat Sep 27
A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat Sep 20 - Sat Sep 27
Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat Sep 20 - Sat Oct 4
Cruising the Dodecanese

Sat Sept 27 – Sat Oct 11
Walking & Cruising the Lycian Shore


Sat Sep 27 - Sat Oct 4
A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily

Sat Oct 4 – Sat Oct 11
Walking & Cruising Western Lycia

Sun Oct 5 - Tue Oct 14
Walking and Exploring Cappadocia and The Land of the Hittites


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 


Alexander the Great Turkey tour

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

Mon April 28 – Thu May 8 2014

£2,695 GBP per person


Turkish food gastronomic tour

A Gastronomic Gulet Cruise

Sat May 24 – Sat May 31 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Ephesus escorted tour

Cruising to Ephesus

Sat May 31 - Sat June 7, 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Turkey gulet cruise Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast - from Aegean to Mediterranean

Sat June 7 - Sat June 14 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Turkey tour gulet cruise Lycia

Cruising Western Lycia - Family Tour

Sat July 12 - Sat July 19, 2014

£2,275 GBP per person
£2,150 GBP per child under 12


Turkey escorted tour Ephesus

Cruising to Ephesus

Sat Aug 30 - Sat Sep 6, 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Gulet cruise in Lycian Turkey

Cruising the Lycian Shore

Sat Aug 30 - Sat Sep 13, 2014

£3,665 GBP per person


Turkey gulet cruise Caria

Cruising the Carian Coast - from Mediterranean to Aegean

Sat Sept 6 - Sat Sept 13, 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Istanbul tour Turkey

Exploring Istanbul

Sat Sep 13 - Sat Sep 20 2014

£2,185 GBP per person


Turkey tour gulet cruise Lycia

Cruising Western Lycia

Sat Sept 13 - Sat Sept 20 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


Turkey escorted tour Ephesus

Cruising to Ephesus

Sat Sept 13 – Sat Sept 20 2014

£2,125 GBP per person


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

£2,695 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


Tours in Greece 


Greece Crete Island Tour

Exploring Crete: Archaeology, Nature & Food

Thur Apr 24 - Tues May 6, 2014

£3,135 GBP per person


Greece tour Cyclades islands

Cruising to the Cyclades

Sat May 17 - Sat May 31, 2014

£3,725 GBP per person


Athens Greece tour

Exploring Athens: Archaeology, Culture & Food

Sun June 1 - Sun June 8, 2014

£2,345 GBP per person


Exploring Macedonia: tour in Northern Greece

Exploring Greece: The Archaeology, Food and Wine of Macedonia

Sat June 14 - Fri June 27, 2014

£3,295 GBP per person


Greece gulet tour Aegean

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

Sat Sept 6 - Sat Sept 13, 2014

£2,340 GBP per person


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 May, 2015

£3,295 GBP per person


Greece tour Cyclades islands

Cruising to the Cyclades

Sat May 16 - Sat May 30, 2015

£3,775 GBP per person


Tours in Italy 


Sicily holidays Tour

Exploring Sicily

Sun Apr 6 - Fri Apr 18, 2014

£3,295 GBP per person


Italy tours Amalfi Coast holidays

Cruising the Amalfi Coast

Sat Sept 6 - Sat Sept 13 2014

£3,595 GBP per person


Sicily holidays Food Tour

A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily

Sat Sep 27 - Sat Oct 4 2014

£2,795 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


Turkey tours Halicarnassus to Ephesus

From Halicarnassus to Ephesus

Archaeological cruise 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