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Testimonials


From archaeological adventures on land to expert led gulet cruises and private gulet yacht charters, we like to think we offer the very finest cultural tours and holidays in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Sicily in particular and Turkey – but we are always trying to improve.

Our clients come from very different walks of life and age groups. We're delighted that many come back to travel on our escorted historical tours and small group cruises again and again. We feel that their testimonials describe who we are and what we do far better than we ever could. Here's a small selection.

You can also see live independent reviews of our tours as submitted directly by our guests on the AITO (The Association of Independent Tour Operators) website.

Michael made it for us. Nothing was too much trouble to ensure that the trip was special.

Glenn Honey, Cornwall, UK

Lazy swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, sailing under clear blue skies, walking to remote and ancient cities with an expert guide and finishing the day with a glass of wine and delicious Turkish food. The Walking the Lycian Shore holiday in Turkey provided all this and more, every day, for two wonderful weeks.

Carol Johnston, Melbourne, Australia

Nota our guide was wonderful... and the hotel in Cappadocia was wonderful... I just loved the hotel and staff. The meals were also a highlight. The choice of restaurants in Cappadocia was excellent.

Diane Sharland, Fairlight, Australia

The planning was excellent. Nota was terrific and we all loved her. I loved the food...I loved the people I met there...The history of this beautiful country is fascinating, and this tour of Cappadocia gave us a window into that history which I think many of the other tourists in the area did not have. Having such knowledgeable guides added depth to the experience which was especially important for me.

Barbara Sutherland, MA, USA

An excellent and well organised trip, that, strangely (and uniquely), catered for all tastes - walking, cruising, touring, architecture and history - in a happy and inclusive atmosphere. The catering and transport were excellent, as was the accommodation - which was also surprisingly spacious for a small boat. One felt as if one had been invited to cruise on their private yacht by old friends who had specially picked the other guests; and who were determined to cater for your every whim, while letting you enjoy the peace and serenity of the Lycian coast, about whose history and archaeology they were passionate.

Memo and Maria Spathis, London, UK

I commend you especially on the pacing of the trip. It was a wonderful mix of activities spaced out nicely over the week. Every day was full, but not too full. Really really well done in that regard. Clearly a lot of thought and care went into the preparation of the trip, and it showed.

Davis Hartwell, Portland, USA

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 were a small select group, guided by Peter Sommer and his team in the 'Footsteps of Alexander the Great' and through Peter's contagious enthusiasm Anatolia's past came back to life. We also learnt about Turkey's many cultural phases from before Alexander to Ataturk and beyond through archaeology, history, geography, gastronomy and present day politics...Every day brought new wonders on a carefully planned itinerary - such quality organisation and a truly unforgettable journey of discovery.

Simon Blackmore, Oxford, UK

It was brilliant. I enjoyed everything. I had a wonderful time and am happily recommending you to all my friends. I was particularly impressed by the attention to detail in the organisation - the water on the bus, the selection of dishes at each meal, the luggage waiting in my room when I reached the new destination.

Diane Robinson, Auckland, New Zealand

The trip was absolutely wonderful. Your historical commentary and the selection of locations, from the Hellespont to Issus made the adventure extraordinarily memorable. The pace could not have been better, and each day brought a new experience that was inevitably better than the one before. We were amazed that we were almost always the only group visiting every site. Furthermore, the availability of yourself as guide, alongside your Turkish coordinator and 2 drivers, for every day over 3 weeks made this trip absolutely the best value of any we have taken.

Kirk Wilhelmus, Texas, USA

The organisation enroute was exceptional. Cem was active and proactive, always in a very friendly, caring and positive way. Peter was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that it was impossible not to be swept up into the drama of the day.

Jane McDougall, Wellington, New Zealand

Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed this escorted tour in Turkey - even better than we had anticipated. Your enthusiasm and knowledge really brought Alexander and the other periods to life for us. We loved all the archaeological sites we visited, and to see some of them late in the day, and have them to ourselves was a real treat. Well done. We thank you for one of our very best trips.

Tom and Peggy Robinson, Centennial, CO, USA

The beauty and history of Turkey combined with our guide's in-depth knowledge and attention to detail, the hiking , the swimming , the sailing and the friendliness of the crew and the people we met, combined to make one of our best holidays ever. Thank you.

Paddi Clay, Gauteng, South Africa

The combination of sailing, walking through fascinating archaeological sites, meeting friendly Turkish villagers, swimming in warm clear waters and being fed delicious healthy Turkish food in good company - is just a winner. It is the best holiday we have ever had. Many thanks for your meticulous attention to our comfort.

Suzie Allman, Roseville, NSW, Australia

The walking was superb. We visited many beautiful sites and as a reward for some steep climbs, we got some fantastic views. My favourite was the extraordinary Roman aqueduct which we visited. The view of the Xanthos valley as we walked to Patara following the course of the aqueduct was just wonderful. Our guides were superb as always - I always feel when I travel with you that I'm being hosted by friends who are delighted and proud to show off their country.

Jim Cleary, London, UK

This was my most memorable holiday; a magical historical adventure brought to life by Peter with vivid descriptions, awesome knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for the lives of the Greeks and Romans. The gulet's crew and guests were a delight as were the most beautiful turquoise bays where we moored and swam. The delicious and bountiful food deserves high praise.

Diane Du Bois, Herefordshire, UK

Michael Metcalfe is a gem...a sensational and enthusiastic teacher...generous in time and knowledge and made our trip a wondrous adventure

Lee Coleman and John Pandolfini, Victoria, AUS

Cathie's in-depth knowledge and storytelling ability really brought the sites to life for us. No question went unanswered! Her jovial and easygoing personality really brought together everyone on the boat. Thanks Cathie for an unforgettable week!

Christian Vezeau and Talitha Nabbali, Ottawa, Canada

There is no better way to enjoy the glorious ancient ruins and the excellent modern dining in Sicily than by joining this tour.

Jane Atkins, Florida, USA

Our Exploring Sicily trip combined extraordinary guides, a carefully organized itinerary, lovely accommodations and meals to make a very special trip. In addition, the small size and multi-national composition of the group enhanced the experience. We miss our travel family!

Harry and Anne Whitley, Washington, USA

I don't know which was best - the wonderful food, the camaraderie, the sailing and sea breeze, the intellectual stimulation--all of which gave me one of the most interesting and unique holidays I have ever enjoyed.

Joyce Moore, Florida, USA

We'd like to single out our tour guide Serdar for particular mention - he really made the tour special. His knowledge and enthusiasm about the archaeological sites and history were a definite bonus and the arrangements for the gastronomic outings ashore were all terrific. We should also mention the cooking demos and meals onboard, which were delicious. We really enjoyed our Gastronomic Gulet Cruise and hope to sail with Peter Sommer Travels again sometime.

Carol Henning, Berkeley, CA, USA

We had the most brilliant holiday, everything about it was wonderful, Serdar, the boat, the crew, the itinerary, all the people; thank you so much, I have not stopped recommending it.

Jacky Laurie, Gers, France

This was probably one of our favourite vacations we have ever taken! A GREAT way to celebrate our 25th anniversary, cruising the beautiful sea and enjoying food, conversation and history.

Paul and Karla Reimer, Kansas, USA

An absolutely phenomenal trip. We incredibly enjoyed our beautiful boat, the wonderful company and crew, and, most importantly, the excellent cuisine. The hikes through the Turkish countryside were beautiful and the trip was very well organised. The food on board was delicious, but made more memorable by the local hand given when we had lunch in a Turkish house, or tea with a goat herder. A very unique experience.

Lily Faust, Victoria, USA

Frequent 'on water' holidaymakers, our recent gastronomic tour in Turkey was the best ever. Our guide/leader Serdar was terrific on all fronts: archaeology, gastronomy, organisation, and friendliness. The crew were great from cook to captain to deckies. Food was superb both onboard and onshore, as were our experiences with various chefs and cooks. We're planning to do it all again with Peter Sommer Travels!

Ian Parmenter (food writer and lapsed TV chef) and Ann Dewar (grape farmer), Margaret River, Australia.

Peter and Cem were terrific guides. This was our first archaeological tour, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We learned so much about Alexander thanks to Peter's knowledge and enthusiasm. Cem's choice of restaurants and assistance during our travels were outstanding. I hope to take another Peter Sommer Travels' tour very soon!

Alice Bruemmer, Wilmette, IL, USA

Traveling 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 gulet, 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. You do a top notch job of planning these trips and it shows in the execution. What a great time we had... Thank you for another amazing tour.

Linda and Del Coolidge, Montana, USA

The Exploring Istanbul tour was extremely stimulating, intellectually and visually... I hung on the guide's every word and wished I could go back to College to study the Byzantine period... It was one of the best family holidays we ever had.

Jennifer O' Riada, County Kildare, Ireland

Thank you for a truly sensational trip this past week. A perfect balance of relaxation, ancient exploration, beauty, incredible food and very congenial company. We look forward to our next... thanks again from us both for an extraordinary trip!

Bernard Gustin and Belinda Shepard, USA

There were lots of places on the boat where we could sit back and just enjoy the scenery or read a book or get together with the other passengers. The food was fabulous and wine was provided with dinner each night. Each day had a planned site visit for about three or four hours and there was plenty of time to swim and relax. lt was a fascinating trip for those who like to dig a little deeper than the generic guidebook, as the cruise does visit well known and remote archaeological sites. We enjoyed the company of others from around the world who seemed to have led interesting and varied lives.

Jane and Brettt Rushton, Albany, Australia

The 14 day 'Exploring Sicily' tour with Peter Sommer Tours was outstanding.

Carolyn Harper, Australia

A fascinating trip that was both enjoyable & educational. There is so much more to see in Sicily than I had realised, and this trip really showed us beautiful scenery, superb cooking, fine wines, and complicated history, in addition to the famous temples & churches that I'd anticipated. Our guides were excellent - a great combination of local & historical knowledge and careful organisation.

Jim Cleary, UK

Wonderful holiday in a remote part of southern Turkey walking the newly opened Carian trail and staying on a Turkish gulet. We felt privileged to explore this very new walk with an excellent tour guide and local guide. I think we only met three other walkers. The food on the gulet was exceptionally nutritious and well presented and the crew were wonderfully adaptive and responsive to clients needs.

Bill Castleden, Margaret River, Western Australia

This was a well organised and exciting trip delving into the history of the area. The gulet was very spacious and comfortable and the food nutritious, delicious and well cooked. The walking was quite challenging for me but manageable and at a steady pace. The views were stunning. A very interesting trip accessible for a complete amateur with no knowledge of archaeology due to the dynamic presentation. Our tour leader was very interesting, recounting the history of the sites visited in a very accessible manner. The tour manager was excellent and it was all very enjoyable. Very well organised from beginning to end. I really recommend this trip.

Val Bale, Surrey, UK

The beauty and history of Turkey combined with our guide’s in-depth knowledge and attention to detail, the hiking , the swimming , the sailing and the friendliness of the crew and the people we met, combined to make one of our best holidays ever. Thank you.

Paddi Clay, Gauteng, South Africa

Lazy swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, sailing under clear blue skies, walking to remote and ancient cities with an expert guide and finishing the day with a glass of wine and delicious Turkish food. The Walking the Lycian Shore holiday in Turkey provided all this and more, every day, for two wonderful weeks.

Carol Johnston, Melbourne, Australia

A superb trip round the Peloponnese. Two weeks of excellent archaeology, beautiful scenery and amazing food. We spent a full two weeks in the Peloponnese, visiting not only the well-known archaeological sites (Mycenae, Corinth, Tiryns, Epidauros, Olympia, Bassae, Pylos, Messene etc.) but also more remote and beautiful places such as the Mani peninsula, mountainous Dimitsana and Monemvasia. Everywhere we had great local food - sausages with orange in the Mani, wild boar in Dimitsana, suckling pig in Mavromati, seafood all over! I have been on tours with Peter Sommer Travels many times (13 so far) and never been disappointed.

Jim Cleary, UK

Fabulous Tour of the Peloponnese! We had an amazing tour of the Peloponnese with a fabulous itinerary and super knowledgeable and fun expert guides. This is our second Peter Sommer Travels’ tour and we will definitely sign up for more. Peter Sommer Travel is the best tour operator for people who want a small group experience and expert guides. Highly recommended!

Mark Ryan, 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

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 and Ken Maher, NJ, 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

The chance to explore a country in the company of knowledgable and expert guides is what we see as most important in undertaking these trips - all the benefits we enjoy as independent travellers but with expertise as a bonus...We had been to Crete on a previous trip, but had no idea what we had missed until this tour. What an amazing place - the people we met, the places we visited, all gave us an experience of this wonderful part of Greece that we would otherwise not have been able to find for ourselves.

Lynne Sheen, WA, Australia

The Peter Sommer Travels tour that we took to Cruise the Cyclades was a joy from start to finish. We assembled on the boat a mixture of people from USA, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and UK ,tried to remember names and meet the crew who would daringly look after us as well as Heinrich and Nota our guides. We talked over the meal which was excellent and off the next morning for an adventure which was such fun and educational. The pleasure we had getting to know everyone, lounging on the boat, watching the brave swimmers and on the land trips was immense. The food was better than excellent. Heinrich was so passionate about his subject you could not help but be enthralled by his talks. I can thoroughly recommend this voyage.

Margaret Harris, Pulloxhill, UK

Thank you for a truly sensational trip this past week. A perfect balance of relaxation, ancient exploration, beauty, incredible food and very congenial company. We look forward to our next... thanks again from us both for an extraordinary trip!

Bernard Gustin and Belinda Shepard, USA

There were lots of places on the boat where we could sit back and just enjoy the scenery or read a book or get together with the other passengers. The food was fabulous and wine was provided with dinner each night. Each day had a planned site visit for about three or four hours and there was plenty of time to swim and relax. lt was a fascinating trip for those who like to dig a little deeper than the generic guidebook, as the cruise does visit well known and remote archaeological sites. We enjoyed the company of others from around the world who seemed to have led interesting and varied lives.

Jane and Brett Rushton, Albany, Australia

excellent, excellent, excellent - so knowledgeable, so much enthusiasm, and such fun. Brought the history to exciting life. I can't imagine a better guide.

Monica Bloxam, London, UK

We had a great time, the food was very tasty and the crew extremely friendly and helpful. All in all a wonderful experience of Turkish hospitality.

Russel and Karen Bainbridge, Western Australia

We had terrific food and extraordinary historic sites, we couldn't have been happier.

Peter Thompson, Hong Kong

We had the most fantastic time on board the gulet in Turkey and thoroughly enjoyed the company, your expertise and the entire archaeological tour on the Lycian coast. It was unanimous that it was one of our top holidays we have ever taken as a family and that is saying a lot because these last few years we have been doing a lot of traveling! Many thanks for the amazing adventure.

Suzy Lautze, Oregon, USA

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

It was a great learning experience, guided by expert archaeologists.

Rene Zorrilla, Mexico

Our visit to Sicily was the highpoint of our third trip to Italy. We really feel that we experienced the country in a way we have not previously. We loved meeting our fellow travelers at our opening introductory dinner, we loved our shopping expedition to the Ortigia market, our cooking lessons, our sailboat ride and our trip to Mt. Etna. This was a memorable vacation for my wife and I and we hope to travel with Peter Sommer Travels again.

John Brouder, MA, USA

Heinrich is well-informed, interesting, and sociable. He did a magnificent job. Fabulous and outstanding. I can't imagine anyone doing it better...

Carol Henning, Berkeley, CA, USA

Ben and I loved the Alexander the Great tour in Turkey and it just gets better with each passing month as the happy memories float back into
mind. And what delightful company.

Ann Senechal, Boston, USA

Traveling as a guest on the Alexander the Great Tour in Turkey was a highlight of my life. This was my first trip abroad and my first to Turkey. The food was outstanding, the accommodations comfortable and convenient, the tour guides knowledgeable and courteous, and the cities and historic locations visited were incredible. I look forward to my next Peter Sommer tour.

Daniel Vilardo, Virginia, USA

I find it hard to summarize this tour as two entirely different worlds are being put together, yet tied by strange and unexpected links. Nota's knowledge however is absolutely brilliant. Bringing the huge and really ancient site like Hattusha to life in combination with the artefacts from the museums is quite an achievement. Travelling through Cappadocia, Nota definitely found a way to explain this complex Byzantine art in such a way that it sticks to the mind. Amazing!
The walks were a real treat; not too strenuous, not too long and well paced. This is exactly what I expected to find in the Cappadocian landscape. The utter silence of the place with only the rustling of the leaves, the murmur of the streams and the song of an occasional bird. All in all, a wonderful experience that I can highly recommend!

Leonie B, Brussels

Trip exceptional - well-organised, guides most informative and friendly,area visited extremely interesting and spectacular. Accommodation beautiful, food great. Balloon ride great. All very professionally organised.

Elizabeth Eastmond, Auckland, New Zealand

Our Carian Coast tour was really well organised with highly competent and experienced captain and crew , tour guide (Chen) and Archaeologist (Olivier) all contributing to make this trip a fantastic experience . Scenery and water was stunning .Touring party was very well catered for, nothing was too much trouble which made the trip very relaxing and enjoyable.

John and Pam Farragher, NSW, Australia

The extra enjoyment that expert guides like Heinrich and Nota provide is one of the reasons I keep travelling with Peter Sommer Travels.

Jim Cleary, London, UK

Heinrich our tour guide was supremely competent in every way, interesting and interested, charming and a true gentleman. A pleasure to observe

Patricia Kartiganer, Boston, USA

The boat was beautiful, the food excellent, fresh and delicious. Our guide took us to visit special gems like the monastery at Tilos that we would never have found on our own. Our guide was in tune to our every need and thoroughly helpful and enjoyable. He felt like a (superknowledgeable) friend of ours from day one. Outstanding.

Lisa Querimit, Woodside, CA, USA

This was my most memorable holiday; a magical historical adventure brought to life by Peter with vivid descriptions, awesome knowledge and genuine enthusiasm for the lives of the Greeks and Romans. The gulet's crew and guests were a delight as were the most beautiful turquoise bays where we moored and swam. The delicious and bountiful food deserves high praise.

Diane Du Bois, Herefordshire, UK

The holiday of a life time - our gulet adventure in the Southern Dodecanese Greek Islands was without a doubt our favourite family trip. The comfort and beauty of the gulet, the incredibly caring crew, the delicious food, the history we learned from our competent and friendly leader, along with the stunning beauty of the islands. Swimming in the most gorgeous coves, kayaking on crystal blue waters, hiking around ruins and into small remote villages and relaxing on the boat... it was the best trip ever.

Suzy Lautze, Oregon, USA

Cathie's in-depth knowledge and storytelling ability really brought the sites to life for us. No question went unanswered! Her jovial and easygoing personality really brought together everyone on the boat. Thanks Cathie for an unforgettable week!

Christian Vezeau and Talitha Nabbali, Ottawa, Canada

Time with Ivana in Istanbul was magical. She brought the long and complex history of this amazing place to life and her passion was contagious. It was such a privilege seeing through her eyes and learning more about how the threads of many places and many cultures were woven together. Her expertise in art, history and architecture was truly impressive. I look forward to travelling with her again soon, in Turkey, Italy or beyond.

JJ, New Zealand

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would like to thank all involved for making it so good, Michael especially was fantastic, being courteous, enthusiastic, most knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Our tour manager, Cem, was also wonderful. We left Turkey feeling very relaxed and wanting to stay longer! Thanks again to all at Peter Sommer Travels.

Penny Hughes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Our memories of the southern Turkey gulet voyage with you are among the happiest we have.

Angus and Sue Wright, Monoblet, France

This tour was an amazing experience seamlessly orchestrated and a celebration of life under the expert and passionate guidance of Michael Metcalfe. I enjoyed the variation in activities, choice of accommodation and restaurants, commitment of service providers (local guides, driver of vehicle, skipper of sailing boat, chef etc), knowledge, commitment and general demeanor of our tour guide. There is nothing that I didn't enjoy...In my experience the best tour I have been on...Very good value for money...Everything happened on time, as planned and seemingly without any effort at all (although obviously a lot of work went into assuring that) ). Michael Metcalfe is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, passionate, professional, kind, accommodating, gracious - everything one could ever wish for in a guide.

Anname de Villiers, Fairlands, South Africa

This was my second trip with Peter Sommer Travels, and once again, it was pure pleasure. Every day of the journey reminded me of just why I signed up again: lovely accommodation, wonderful food, and most of all the thrill of knowing that every day would bring a new adventure. Thank you, Peter, for once again proving that your tours are the very best in Turkey.

Tess Gerritsen, Maine, USA

We so enjoyed the gulet cruise in Turkey. As a tour guide myself, I am, I suppose, the most critical sort of audience, but I was simply knocked over by the whole experience: we loved the wonderful gulet with its delightful and efficient crew, and those beautiful sites explained with such passion and sensitivity. Well done indeed.

Professor Richard Holmes, Winchester, UK

Peter Sommer Travels provided us an unparalleled opportunity to explore Turkey from ancient to modern times. The tremendous beauty of the natural setting combined with the knowledge and expertise of the guide made for an unforgettable adventure! The gulet's accommodations and elegance - including the sumptuous meals and extraordinary opportunities to swim or explore on kayak or windsurfer - made a relaxing and reviving base, too. We will never forget this trip with Peter Sommer Travels...and are already planning for another one!

Beth Dusinberre, USA

The combination of sailing, walking through fascinating archaeological sites, meeting friendly Turkish villagers, swimming in warm clear waters and being fed delicious healthy Turkish food in good company - is just a winner. It is the best holiday we have ever had. Many thanks for your meticulous attention to our comfort.

Suzie Allman, Roseville, NSW, Australia

After 2 wonderful gulet cruises in Turkey with Peter we thought it might be hard to repeat the magic - we needn't have worried. Sailing to Ephesus was the best of them all. The 5 kids with us loved it and still talk about it as one big adventure. Hats off again to Peter who manages effortlessly to hold adults and children entranced with his evocative narratives.

Andy Wilson, London, UK

When you sign up for a 'gulet tour' you have to understand that just by the very nature of the trip, on a Turkish Gulet, you will not be traveling on a 'luxurious' cruise by the behemoth tour ships' standards. BUT THAT IS THE TRUE LUXURY of this type of trip. We went places where no cruise ship could go, and because the groups are small, you are not herded around like a flock of sheep. The vistas and archaeological sights were breathtaking, the clear blue waters mesmerizing and the people and culture, enchanting. Best of all, you have a choice of participating in an activity, or just lying back and reading a book, or swimming in crystal clear waters.

Lynne Redding, Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

There were lots of places on the boat where we could sit back and just enjoy the scenery or read a book or get together with the other passengers. The food was fabulous and wine was provided with dinner each night. Each day had a planned site visit for about three or four hours and there was plenty of time to swim and relax. lt was a fascinating trip for those who like to dig a little deeper than the generic guidebook, as the cruise does visit well known and remote archaeological sites. We enjoyed the company of others from around the world who seemed to have led interesting and varied lives.

Jane and Brettt Rushton, Albany, Australia

We had a fabulous time and saw some wonderful sites with Vergina, Olympia and Delphi and accompanying museums perhaps being the highlights. Our tour guides were entertaining and informative and extremely good company.

Jean Harper, UK

This is the trip you always dreamed about but never imagined could happen. Seeing the Classical treasures of the Ionian coast in Turkey by sea with knowledgeable guides, an expert crew, and terrific fellow passengers was the adventure of a lifetime. The archaeologist in me was thrilled every moment; the writer in me was inspired beyond belief. I can't say enough good things about the delicious food, the friendly Turkish people, the breath-taking sites, and the blend of relaxation, indulgence, and adventure Peter Sommer Travels creates. If I had to pick just one big word, it would be: Epic. We'll definitely be back for more!

Dana Cameron, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - award-winning writer

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 Sultan A 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

We had a fabulous time and saw some wonderful sites and accompanying museums. Our tour guides were entertaining and informative and extremely good company. Once you've experienced first - hand the fabulous organisation and experienced the professionalism, attention to detail and expert knowledge of the guides, you appreciate just how much time and effort goes into planning every part of these trips and realise they provide wonderful value for money.

Jean Harper, Berkshire, UK

It really was a wonderful holiday; the perfect combination of culture and relaxation. Swimming in secluded bays, excellent food and good company. What more could one ask for? Everyone looked after us so well and we came back refreshed and relaxed and much better informed.

Simon Tompsett and Alison Ledgerwood, Middlesex, UK

Our tour of Istanbul was everything we imagined it to be. This trip gave us all the experiences we'd hope for - culturally, historically and traditionally. Well done! Thank you to Peter Sommer Travels for putting together a wonderful tour!

Tom Pearce and Carolyn Tinsley-Pearce, Winnipeg, Canada

We had a fabulous time. 12 of the 18 people on the trip had travelled with Peter Sommer Travels before and we all really got along well. This no doubt was the most well travelled group of people I have ever met and their stories kept us up late into the night. An amazing adventure - not to mention how gorgeous and awesome the Greek islands are just in and of themselves. The gulet Aegean Clipper was very comfortable for a sailboat. The captain and crew were very highly skilled and we especially appreciated that. It is the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guides that raises this trip so far above others.

Andrea Levine, New York, USA

An excellent trip and grateful thanks to Heinrich, Nota and Cem who all worked very hard to make it a wonderful experience for us all. We had excellent meals on board the gulet, and some wonderful meals onshore in little local tavernas which were lovely.

David Mansfield, London, UK

Exploring Istanbul was our very first experience on a guided tour. We were somewhat fearful of participating in a group tour but our guide convinced us otherwise. His passion for Turkey and its history ensured we were captivated by descriptions of eras previously beyond our imagination. We now feel we know Istanbul intimately. Our group was fun, our discussions lively and the dancing at dinner on our final night was indicative of a really fun week.

Jayne and Maurice Pitard, Victoria, Australia

I loved this tour of Athens - though I have visited the city before I have never done so in the company of such knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides as Nota and Heinrich , who brought alive for me the huge and varied history of the capital and its surrounding area. This was my first Peter Sommer Travels' tour and I have already started planning my next - the standards in all areas are very high and the quality of the tour overall would be very hard to beat.

Gail Pitty, County Durham, UK

The dynamic duo of Nota and Heinrich have done it again. They really are the best. I consider myself fortunate to have enjoyed the experience of their excellent guiding and lecturing skills.

Jay Olson, Hong-Kong, China

It really was a wonderful holiday; the perfect combination of culture and relaxation. Swimming in secluded bays, excellent food and good company. What more could one ask for? Everyone looked after us so well and we came back refreshed and relaxed and much better informed.

Simon Tompsett and Alison Ledgerwood, Middlesex, UK

Fabulous food, great crew, beautiful boat, wonderful guides, fun guests, truly the trip of a lifetime.

Lawrence and Brenda Johnson, Switzerland

I enjoyed the whole ambience of the gulet tour, thoroughly relaxing. The cruising was beautiful, as was the scenery. The historical sites were fascinating.

Helen Abell, Tewkesbury, UK

From start to finish this was a fabulous experience- the scenery was breathtaking, the intellectual stimulation and greater appreciation for Turkey's history was exciting and the food-oh how we looked forward to each meal! The pace was perfect with hikes, swimming , exploring little ports, one lunch and one dinner off the boat, and 2 lovely sails. Thank you Peter for planning such a great travel experience.

Barbara Fouhy, USA

Our second Peter Sommer Travels tour exceeded our expectations as did our first tour in Turkey. The Amalfi Coast tour had outstanding guides, gorgeous scenery, gourmet dining and relaxing accommodations with a helpful crew.

Jane Bokan and Ronald Smith, Oakland, CA, USA

The most successful, enjoyable and very best small group tour that I have taken primarily due to the fact that you had Heinrich as tour leader AND a local Greek tour guide Nota. They both worked seamlessly to ensure the success of this tour. Heinrich handled all problems with ease and by the nature of his personality - calm and cool - ensured that we all had a fabulous time. What set this trip above all others was his ability to connect with all members of the group - that personal touch means a lot to us. I wish that all small group tours had tour leaders of Heinrich's calibre.

Jay Olson, Hong Kong, China

Another excellent trip with Peter Sommer Travels, eating wonderful local food and staying in lovely places full of character and local characters. You really do provide access to places that truly show Crete at it's best. My personal highlights were sunrise on Mount Kofinas, where we counted 16 eagles wheeling and soaring overhead, and the hotel in Chania, where I felt like a privileged house-guest, lucky enough to chat to the owner, who still lived there, in the house that she was born in.

Jim Cleary, London, UK

I loved the ancient sites, the Turkish coastline and the wonderful swimming.

Christine Gough, Edinburgh, UK

Heinrich is well-informed, interesting, and sociable. He did a magnificent job. Fabulous and outstanding. I can't imagine anyone doing it better...

Thomas Carter, Maryland, USA

Fabulous food, great crew, beautiful boat, wonderful guides, fun guests, truly the trip of a lifetime.

Lawrence and Brenda Johnson, Switzerland

What can I say? An amazing trip... The best that either of us have done with any company. Apart from the fact that Crete is amazing, Heinrich and Vangelis (the local guide) did a superb job... Informative, organised, and we weren't warned about their sense of humour! Both of them... Hysterical.

Ian Parmenter, WA, Australia

Our family had been looking forward to travelling with Peter Sommer Travels for years. Finally the kids were old enough, and we went....and it was everything we dreamed it would be and more. Relaxing, educational, a gorgeous boat, the most delicious food, beautiful scenery, and we made such good friends. Now my two boys want to be archaeologists when they grow up! To say they got a lot out of the tour would be a massive understatement and it was THE educational experience of a lifetime! We can't wait to come back for another family tour!

Rochelle Benning, California, USA

The Captain, crew, chef, Turkish guide and Heinrich, the tour guide were among the best I have ever seen! They also worked together in complete harmony. The food was incredible.

Fred Kern, Santon, South Africa

Not only did Heinrich have the knowledge and background to bring the past alive, his social skills are perfectly suited for the task. He was very sensitive to different styles among the clientele and engaged our interest not only on the sites themselves, but also throughout the rest of day and evening. He did not overstep, but engaged us intellectually as well as socially. Well done!

Terry Millar, WI, USA

We thoroughly enjoyed our Dodecanese cruise. Our creature comforts were considered at all times and it was a wonderful mix of visits to amazing sights and pure relaxation. Our guides couldn't have been more professional and their knowledge of their chosen fields ensured that each visit was enjoyable as well as educational. We couldn't recommend it more highly and hope to return a take another tour.

Jennifer and David Bowman, Victoria, Australia

We've been to the southern coast of Turkey on an archaeological family cruise aboard a Turkish gulet with Peter Sommer Travels three times now. Our very first, way back in 2006, was along the beautiful Lycian shore, from Gocek to Fethiye. It perfectly married the freedom and relaxation that one requires from a holiday. If your idea of escorted tours conjures up images of dry lectures and ageing crowds, then think again! Our lively trip along Turkey's turquoise coast inspired both the younger and slightly older members on board. With an archaeologist-cum-guide who was a dab hand at bringing stories to life, we visited ancient burial sites riddled with 2,500 year old tombs, Byzantine and Ottoman castles and monumental Patara - the birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus/Father Christmas)... All in all, the perfect family trip.

Andrew Wilson, London, UK

Heinrich our tour guide was supremely competent in every way, interesting and interested, charming and a true gentleman. A pleasure to observe.

Patricia Kartiganer, Boston, USA

This was a superb tour... beautifully crafted, taking us through the long history of the island and travelling from the arid East to the green West. The accommodation was wonderful and the food/wine experiences truly memorable. Heinrich is not only a fount of knowledge but a wonderful host and has a great sense of humour. Heinrich and Vangelis (the local guide) both went to great lengths to provide us with experiences much beyond expectations and I cannot thank them enough.

Ann Dewar, WA, Australia

This tour was indeed magical for me. I had never before 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 heartfelt appreciation for all that you did to ensure our comfort and enjoyment. Thank you!

Nancy Brown, CA, USA

It goes without saying that the scenery was incredible, the meals excellent, the onshore tours extremely educational and good exercise both physically and mentally. We will remember this cruise and tour for the rest of our lives and share it with anyone interesting in listening. Thank you Peter and all of your team for helping us have the very best vacation ever.

Jim and Dorothy Arthurs, Kenora, Ontario, Canada