Tour Operator of the Year Silver Award 2019 – AITO (Assoc. of Independent Tour Operators)
Tour Operator of the Year Silver Award 2018 – AITO (Assoc. of Independent Tour Operators)
Tour Operator of the Year Gold Award 2017 – AITO (Assoc. of Independent Tour Operators)
Tour Operator of the Year Silver Award 2016 – AITO (Assoc. of Independent Tour Operators)
Tour Operator of the Year Gold Award 2015 – AITO (Assoc. of Independent Tour Operators)
One of the world’s “Top Ten Learning Retreats” – National Geographic Traveller
Multi-award-winning family-run travel company Peter Sommer Travels offers expert-led archaeological and cultural tours for small groups. In February 2016 and 2018 we received the UK’s Tour Operator of the Year Gold Award and in February 2017, 2019 and 2020 the Tour Operator of the Year Silver Award from AITO, the UK’s most prestigious and leading organisation for specialist tour operators.
In 1994, Peter Sommer walked 2,000 miles across Turkey, retracing the route of Alexander the Great, and in the process fell in love with the country, its archaeology and the Turkish people. A British archaeologist and documentary maker led his very first archaeology tour in Turkey in 1996. Since then, Peter and the team here at Peter Sommer Travels has been organising unique archaeological and cultural tours and gulet cruising holidays, escorted by the finest experts.
“Want a truly personal travel experience with a knowledgeable, witty, friendly guide, and small groups? Consider joining of Peter Sommer Travels’ tours.” Tom Brosnahan, originator of the Lonely Planet and Frommer’s travel guides to Turkey and creator of turkeytravelplanner.com.
Small Group Tour Operator:
A UK-based specialist tour operator, we offer cultural vacations and holidays with a professional and above all personal touch. On our small group expert-led tours we take only small groups of like-minded people typically between 10 and 16 on our gulet tours (max 18 on our Cruising the Cyclades/Dodecanese trips) and between 10 and 18 on our land tours – travelling in an easy-going informal style.
Private Gulet Charters:
Alongside our scheduled gulet cruises in Croatia, Greece and Turkey, we also create bespoke gulet cruising holidays to order. Our private gulet charters feature comfortable and stylish boats, painstakingly prepared itineraries, a perfectly balanced mix of relaxation and activity and of course – delicious food, all accompanied by our expert guides and local guides. We provide a range of fully crewed boats, maintained to the highest safety standards, ranging from 4 to 11 cabins (6 to 22 guests).
Private Group Tours: Tailor made Land and City Tours
Our tailor-made expert-led land tours can focus on a single region or city, or we can create a bespoke itinerary for you that weaves together several different regions within one country or several different countries. From family-run boutique hotels and country houses to 5 star luxury hotels, we will find the accommodation that most closely suits your needs. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and capacity to arrange all aspects of your journey so you can travel and explore with all the details smoothly taken care of.
We strive to offer the finest small group cultural tours. If you have any questions, please get in touch. We’ll be delighted to help.
We are a trusted and longstanding member of ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents), The Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO), the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and a number of other travel industry bodies.
See the independent reviews of our tours as submitted directly by guests on the website of AITO (The Association of Independent Tour Operators)
Select a Destination
A country of fascinating archaeological sites, superb landscapes and seascapes and great hospitality: cruise through the Greek Islands on a gulet, Explore Athens or the Peloponnese, experience the wonders of Crete and follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great from the heart of his Macedonian kingdom.
Tremendous cultural riches, breath-taking beauty, vibrant lifestyle and world-famous cuisine: Discover Italy! Experience a gulet charter on the Amalfi Coast, a city tour of Rome, an exploration of the whole island of Sicily, a food tour or learn Italian while enjoying the art and cuisine of Sicily in ancient Syracuse.
A grandiose Adriatic Coast and countless islands; an immensely varied cultural heritage, beautiful medieval harbour towns, splendid ancient monuments, great wines and superb cuisine, mixing elements from the Mediterranean and the Balkans, West and East. Discover Croatia on one of our cruises!
Experience a fascinating country, straddling two continents and home to many cultures from prehistory to present. We offer 1 and 2-week expert-led gulet cruises on the turquoise coast, food tours, family tours, walking holidays and cultural vacations exploring Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and much more.
A fascinating island: prehistoric mysteries, Roman traces, a warlike medieval past, and the splendours of more recent ages, all set in a country of contrasts, from verdant rolling hills to rugged mountains. Come and see the best of Britain with Peter Sommer Travels.
Embedded within the beauties of the “Emerald Isle”, Neolithic tombs, Celtic forts, Early Christian monasteries, lovely villages and much more await you. Experience Ireland, its landscape, history, traditions and hospitality, on a very special tour through time.
Take a gulet holiday in Italy, Greece, Croatia or Turkey. Gulet cruises offer relaxation, beautiful food and superb swimming. We’ve added expert guides, archaeological adventures, wonderful walking and culinary forays to make them truly cultural experiences!
Our family tours are designed to be relaxing and stimulating, fascinating and fun. Led by an expert guide, you’ll explore the world of the Greeks and Romans in colourful detail and have the opportunity to relax on a beautiful gulet, swim, snorkel and kayak.
Take your family and friends on a fully-crewed gulet charter along the coast of Italy, Greece, Croatia or Turkey or explore some of the finest regions and classical cities in the Mediterranean on a tailor-made private land tour.
Bespoke land tours, designed to showcase the best of a region’s or city's archaeology, culture and gastronomy, based on our experts' in-depth knowledge and experience. Profound explorations of landscapes and cityscapes, of past and present. The perfect tours to understand a place and its spirit.
Gourmet delights and traditional cuisine, local ingredients and authentic recipes, fine wines and delicate specialities. Approaching a region, its history and its people through their produce and preparations – a uniquely enjoyable way to explore, offering cultural insight and culinary pleasure alike.
Our walking tours are a more active kind of travel. Experience the natural beauty and human heritage of historical regions on foot. From coastal footpaths to goat tracks up in the hills and from age-old cemeteries to monumental ruined cities, these tours provide stimulation and relaxation for mind, body and soul.
Discover our range of add-on tours that offer you the chance to extend your travels immediately before or after one of our tours or gulet cruises. Take one of our guided cultural tours of Athens or Rome and experience the wonders of these incredible cities.
The Peter Sommer Travels Blog offers a rich array of stories, news and thoughts to do with the areas we travel and with archaeology, history and culture in general. News on recent discoveries, reading suggestions, the occasional recipe and much more, accompanied by fine images from our travels.
Watch a selection of videos about our gulet cruises. If you’ve not yet been on one of our cultural gulet trips, sit back, relax, and prepare to have your appetite whetted. We hope these travel videos give you a real sense of our gulet holidays, whether you would like to come on one of our scheduled tours or have a bespoke private charter created for you.