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This tour was indeed magical for me. I had never be fore been to Turkey but I quickly fell in love with the country. The ancient sites, the warm, clear, blue water of the Mediterranean sea , cruising along the beautiful Lycian coast and sharing wonderful, healthy Turkish meals with a great group of new friends made this trip truly memorable - a once in a lifetime experience. The guides and crew spared nothing and words cannot express my heart felt appreciation for all that you did to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. Thank you !
Nancy Brown, CA, USA

I loved the ancient sites, the Turkish coastline and the wonderful swimming.
Christine Gough, Edinburgh, UK

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

Excellent gulet, very beautiful and maintained to high standard...Food excellent and healthy, with good range and including lovely fish...Beautiful scenery. Good, knowledgeable, and humorous guide (with very nice Turkish local guide)...Very nice crew.
Ed Prosser, London, UK

Excellent itinerary, beautiful anchorages… So enjoyed the combination of idyllic leisure with a learning experience…My two weeks on the gulet were some of the happiest in my long generally happy life. It was one of the most comfortable sailing experiences I’ve had. A flawless operation. Your enthusiasm, imagination and knowledge made the experience extraordinary. Thanks for a truly amazing experience. I cannot thank you enough. 
Andrea Levine, New York, USA

We could not have asked for anything more. It was more than a wonderful vacation, you made it a true adventure. We travelled 2500 years in a fortnight, saw and experienced things most people could never even imagine. Your enthusiasm, passion and organizational skills made the whole time a true holiday. Thank you so much.
Greg Sturgess, Delta, BC, Canada

“We planned this vacation as a ‘once in a life time’ trip. Who were we kidding? - We certainly cannot limit ourselves to only once in our life! The food, the locations, the history, the people we met, the way we were catered for.... Ready to start planning for a ‘twice in a life time’ trip..... Thanks for a wonderful time! ”
Karen Remhoff & Ken Maher, NJ, USA

“This was the best vacation of my life (and I haven‘t been the least bit deprived!). I learned more in these two weeks in Turkey than in any year in college with the best professors, and I absorbed it in a way that will continue to inform my understanding of the world for the rest of my life.”
Ann Senechal, Boston, USA

Escorted Tours by Country:     Turkey    Greece    Italy

Italy Tours and Gulet Holidays

We are delighted to offer a range of expert-led Italy tours that have received rave reviews. This year we have a brand new tour, Exploring Rome. Led by two archaeologists, Paul Beston, a connoisseur of the city, and Dr. Michael Metcalfe, Peter Sommer Travels’ Italy expert, the tour aims to offer a definitive experience of one of the world’s most celebrated cities, with its vast history ranging from antiquity to the present. Based in a hotel that is itself a historical building, it will include tours of the famous main sites, such as the Colosseum, the Forum or the Pantheon, but also of hidden gems. The jaw-dropping collections of the Capitoline and Vatican Museums will introduce our guests to key works of ancient art. The tour also includes excursions to the astonishingly well-preserved Roman port town of Ostia and to the emperor Hadrian’s vast and luxurious villa at Tivoli. Additionally, there’ll be ample opportunity to savour Italy’s famous cuisine.

We are also offering our Exploring Sicily tour again following the fabulous feedback it received from its first outing in 2014. You’ll be personally escorted by Dr. Michael Metcalfe who lived in Sicily for many years, was Assistant Professor in Ancient History at The Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily, is the editor of the Blue Guide to Sicily and is fluent in Italian. Alongside this cultural and archaeological tour of Sicily, we are once again running our 1-week food tour of Sicily, a gastronomic adventure that explores the cuisine and culture of this beautiful island.

In the autumn we also have a 1-week escorted gulet cruise in Italy that explores the Bay of Naples and Amalfi Coast - a tour that visits some of the finest archaeological sites in the world such as Pompeii and Villa Oplontis, together with beautiful locations such as Capri and Ischia. All that together with wonderful Italian food, hedonistic relaxation, and super swimming! We have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback this trip has received since we ran it for the first time. 

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

£2,895 GBP per person

Italy tours Rome holidays

Exploring Rome

Sat Oct 17 - Sat Oct 24 2015

£2,895 GBP per person

Sicily holidays Tour

Exploring Sicily

Sun April 10 - Sat April 23, 2016

£3,995 GBP per person

Italy tours Amalfi Coast holidays

Cruising the Amalfi Coast

Sat Sept 3 - Sat Sept 10, 2016

£3,595 GBP per person

“Travelling for a month in Italy, the highlight of our trip was the Peter Sommer Travels gulet trip on the Amalfi Coast.  A fabulous way to visit and learn about the history of the area while living and eating great food on the Deriya Deniz.  Michael went above and beyond as a guide and his knowledge and enthusiasm are amazing.  This being our second Peter Sommer Travels trip, I’m sure it won’t be our last.”
Linda Coolidge, Montana, USA

Exploring Italy
Italy has a uniquely rich cultural heritage shaped over millennia by the interaction between the native inhabitants and a host of incomers: Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards have all left their mark on the cuisine, architecture and language of the country.

Ancient wonders abound at every turn: vast theatres, magnificent temples and elegant colonnades. Ranging from the depths of prehistory right through to the modern day, the sites we visit reflect layer upon layer of civilisation. We explore these ancient worlds against the dynamic backdrop of modern Italian lifestyle, itself deeply grounded in tradition. The old juxtaposed against the new makes for a remarkable and entertaining contrast. Imagine exploring a baroque town in Italy on the local patron saint’s day: the sights, sounds and aromas of the here and now will be all around us as we delve into the rich remains of Italy’ past cultures and peoples.

Tour Italy by Gulet
For our gulet holidays in Italy we work with a number of beautiful boats based near Naples, traditional Turkish gulets that have been refitted in Italy. You’ll cruise along the Italian coast in splendour and visit key historical and cultural sites, from Pompeii to Amalfi, Capri to Naples. Would you like to experience one of our gulet cruises in Italy? Find out more.

“Michael made it for us. Nothing was too much trouble to ensure that the trip was special.”
Glenn Honey, Cornwall, UK

As well as our scheduled Italy tours, we can also offer these as bespoke tour packages and gulet charters for private groups. Please let us know if you are interested or have any questions, or indeed if you have any suggestions for tours in Italy you’d like us to create.

“Michael is one of the best teachers we have ever had!!! We will remember this cruise and tour for the rest of our lives and share it with anyone interesting in listening.”
Dot Arthurs, Ontario, Canada

Getting In Touch
We are only too pleased to discuss our trips in detail and help you find the perfect Italy tour for you. If you’re interested in archaeological, gastronomic, or cultural tours of Italy, or if you have an idea for a particular tour itinerary exploring the Italian mainland or islands, why not get in touch with us now?