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.
Take a gulet cruise along the turquoise coast and enjoy total relaxation, beautiful food, and superb swimming – the perfect vacation. Or discover some of the finest archaeological sites in the world on our spectacular ‘Exploring’ land adventures such as In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, Exploring Crete, Exploring Athens, Exploring Sicily, Exploring Rome, Exploring the Peloponnese or Exploring Istanbul.
Expert Tour Guides:
A team of the finest guides, archaeologists and historians, vividly bring the past to life on our escorted tours and gulet cruises. Friendly and knowledgeable, they are natural enthusiasts steeped in the history and culture of Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK.
Why we Organise Gulet Cruises and Escorted Tours
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 in Turkey, Greece and Italy, 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 – primarily gulet cruises – 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 12 cabin 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 the same qualities that distinguish our scheduled gulet cruises: 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 e.g. Athens and Crete in Greece, Sicily and Rome in Italy, Split, the Islands and Zagreb in Croatia or Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey. Maybe you’d like to combine the highlights of several different countries, such as a tour of the classical capitals of Europe, combining Rome with Athens and Istanbul. 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 explore and discover with all the background logistics 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.
Peter Sommer Travels is a 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.