August 23, 2016 | Peter Sommer Travels
Cultural and archaeological tour specialist offers expert-led itineraries to some fascinating regions in Croatia, Greece, Italy and Turkey
From the vibrant culinary traditions of Italy and the coastal delights of Croatia to intriguing archaeological journeys in Greece and Turkey, Peter Sommer Travels offers a tempting array of escorted cultural tours this autumn.
Travelling in small groups of up to 18 people (often less), enjoy some of Europe’s most fascinating regions while the weather – and sea water temperatures – are still delightfully warm, and the summer crowds have dispersed. Choose from inland tours exploring regions of outstanding natural beauty or hop on board a traditional gulet and cruise along stunning coastlines. Visit pretty islands, picturesque villages and enjoy the expert guiding for which Peter Sommer Travels is renowned, while touring fascinating archaeological and ancient sites.
Each of Peter Sommer Travels’ expert guides has an impressive academic background in history, art and/or archaeology and is passionate about their specialism/s. As well as their vast store of knowledge, local stories and interesting anecdotes that simply can’t be found in a guide book, these are people who are keen to share what they know, and to make each escorted tour an unforgettable experience.
All that exploring can be hungry work, of course. Just as well, then, that Peter Sommer Travels’ itineraries also include delicious meals, washed down with fine local wines. Comfortable accommodation is a key ingredient in every tour, too: well-appointed gulets offer comfortable cabins complete with air conditioning, and private en-suite facilities, while hotels are chosen for their high standards of customer care and friendly hospitality, as well as their location and facilities.
Peter Sommer Travels currently has availability on the following autumn tours, departing soon:
Cruising to Ephesus – beginning in Bodrum, this eight-day classic cruise sails along the shores of ancient Caria and Ionia before culminating in a visit to the monumental ruins of Ephesus. Led by tour guide Dr. Olivier Henry, ancient cities and sanctuaries are central themes of this itinerary with excursions to Labraunda, Miletus and the colossal temple of Apollo at Didyma among the many highlights.
Departing 17 September, the price is from £2,225 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full-board accommodation and all crew services on a traditional gulet, expert-led excursions & airport transfers. Flights extra.
A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily – this eight-day escorted tour of Eastern Sicily treats guests to tasty meals and cookery demonstrations at local restaurants, where they will also learn how to prepare regional specialities. Aromatic tours of herb and olive farms will inspire cooks and gardeners alike, while guided visits to historical temples, Baroque towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites will not disappoint. Led by Lucia Iacono or Marcello Baglioni.
Departing 24 September, the price is from £2,945 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ hotel B&B, six lunches, three dinners, expert-led excursions and airport transfers. Flights extra.
Cruising the Coast of Dalmatia – this eight-day cultural cruise, led by archaeologist Dr. Helena Tomas, discovers the rich heritage and unique beauty of Croatia’s coast from the comfort of a traditional Turkish gulet. Explore the historic cities of Dubrovnik and Split, visit the unspoilt islands of Brȃc, Hvar and Korčula, swim in the azure waters of the Adriatic and sample tasty Croatian food and wine.
Departing 1 October, the price is from £2,795 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full-board accommodation and all crew services on a traditional gulet, expert-led excursions and airport transfers. Flights extra.
Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore – led by Peter Sommer himself, this 15-day walking and archaeological adventure strolls along Roman roads, tracing the routes of 2,000 year-old aqueducts and visiting impressive ancient sites such as the historic ruins of Sidyma and the lost city of Phellos. Complemented by the pleasures of a relaxing traditional gulet cruise, this is an ideal holiday for lovers of land and sea alike.
Departing 1 October, the tour costs from £3,775 pp (two sharing) including 14 nights’ full-board accommodation and all crew services on a traditional gulet, expert-led excursions & airport transfers. Flights extra.
Walking and Cruising the Carian Coast – a delightful eight-day experience, combining a traditional gulet cruise along the unspoiled Carian coast with walks along the Carian Trail, one of Turkey’s most spectacular footpaths. Led by Serdar Akerdem, discover magnificent sites, quiet coves and forgotten valleys, enjoy glorious fresh and seawater swims, and tuck into mouth-watering Turkish food, much of it prepared on board by the gulet’s multi-talented crew.
Departing 8 October, the tour costs from £2,225 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full-board accommodation and all the crew services on a traditional gulet, expert-led excursions & airport transfers. Flights extra.
Exploring Rome – uncover the fascinating history of the Eternal City on this eight-day tour, led by Dr Michael Metcalfe and Paul Beston. Visit the Roman Forum, the magnificent Colosseum and the lavishly decorated Baths of Caracalla. Discover the wondrous collections of the Vatican Museums and Capitoline Museum, the unforgettable Sistine Chapel, refined Renaissance palaces and much more.
Departing 22 October, the tour costs from £2,895 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full board hotel accommodation, expert-led excursions & airport transfers. Flights extra.
For further information or to book, call Peter Sommer Travels on 01600 888 220 (www.petersommer.com).