History in the Med

Cathy's verdict
Visiting ancient sites with an expert guide is the ideal way to bring history to life, so it’s no surprise that culture lovers return again and again to Peter Sommer’s tours in Croatia, Greece, Turkey, the UK and Ireland. Focusing on older explorers, the land and sea trips attract plenty of solo travellers with a mix of first-timers and regulars.

Recommended tour operator: Peter Sommer Travels

Peter Sommer Travels says

Our archaeological tours on board our gulets and on land in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Turkey and the UK attract solo travellers, friends and couples who all share a passion for travel and discovering new countries and cultures. Some are seasoned explorers whilst others have never been on this sort of holiday before.

  • expert-guided groups
  • meals included
  • popular with solos

Most come to us through personal recommendation and we have a lot of repeaters – all of which makes for a happy, inclusive and engaging holiday with like-minded travellers. There’s a wide age range mostly between 40 and 70 years – one client recently celebrated his 83rd birthday on board one of our gulets.

On all escorted tours, our own friendly and expert guides are on hand to bring the amazing archaeological sites to life.

Gulet based holidays include Cruising the Dodecanese in the Greek Islands, a gastronomic cruise in Croatia and Walking and Cruising Western Lycia in Turkey.

If you’re more of a land-lubber, with a keen interest in ancient history, we offer land-based escorted archaeological tours in such places as Sicily, Ireland and Crete.

Our Greek Easter tour is based in a five star hotel in the heart of Athens, combining all the excitement of traditional Greek Easter festivities and an insight in to Ancient Greece.

On most of our tours, most meals (and wine with dinner) are included and are renowned for their variety, authenticity and delicious flavours.

We’re a family-run company founded by me, Peter Sommer. In 1994. I walked 2,000 miles across Turkey in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and fell in love with the country, its ancient civilisations and people. A British archaeologist and documentary maker, I’ve been organising and leading unique historical and cultural holidays ever since.

With such a bespoke experience, we do have to charge a single supplement. If we have two solo travellers of the same sex, we are happy to offer a twin-share option with no supplement, of course, but generally our clients prefer to enjoy their own spacious double cabin or hotel room with en suite facilities.

We’re particularly proud to have been awarded AITO’s 2015 and 2017 Tour Operator of the Year Gold Award and 2016, 2018 and 2019 Tour Operator of the Year Silver Award, based on exceptional independent customer reviews.

Find out more about our unique cultural and archaeological holidays.

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