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Exploring Sicily and the Aeolian Islands with Peter Sommer Travels

March 22, 2018 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

European tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has a series of tours of Italy planned for this year, offering Australian travellers a chance to discover the rich history and gastronomic delights of Sicily or to cruise through the stunning Aeolian Islands on a traditional wooden gulet. 

A recent winner of the prestigious AITO Tour Operator of the Year gold award (for the second time in three years), Peter Sommer Travels’ itineraries are led by engaging hosts, each an expert in the region’s local history and living culture, while traditional food and wine enjoyed at premium local restaurants and trattoria play an equal role in the tours’ day-to-day proceedings.

Located in the heart of the Mediterranean, the picturesque island of Sicily is high on many travellers’ lists and Peter Sommer Travels offer three tours exploring the region’s history and local gastronomy:

  • Exploring Sicily – a 14-day tour taking in the island’s wonderfully preserved remains of the Greek, Roman and Phoenician cities that stud its coasts as well as the great modern metropolis, Palermo. The tour is led by Professor Tony Spawforth – a well-known BBC presenter and specialist in ancient history who has excavated on archaeological digs in Sicily – and Sicilian-born guide Lucia Iacono. Tours depart April 21 and October 20, 2018, with fares from £4595* per person twin share (approx AU$8300). Max 14 guests
  • A Gastronomic Tour of Sicily – an eight-day tour of eastern Sicily led by culinary and cultural specialist Marcello Baglioni and local Sicilian guide Lucia Iacono explores the island’s vibrant culinary tradition that combines delicious local produce with cooking styles drawn from its many foreign rulers, from the Byzantines to the Arabs, and from the Normans to the Spanish. This tour combines practical cooking experiences with highlights of the region’s cuisine and visits to key historical and cultural sites. Tours depart September 22 and September 29, 2018 with fares from £3,525* per person twin share (approx AU$6000). Max 10 guests
  • Cruising The Aeolian Islands – an eight-day gulet cruise of the stunning Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago off the northern coast of Sicily, renowned as a relaxed and luxurious retreat to rich and famous Italians, while also being home to some fascinating archaeological sites. Hosted by ancient history expert and editor of the Blue Guide to Sicily, Dr. Michael Metcalfe, this tour explores the appeal of each island, from the spectacular food and wines of verdant Salina and soaring majesty of Stromboli, with its smoking crater and lovely hiking trails, to the peaceful isolation on Filicudi and famed hedonism of Panarea. The tour departs on June 23, 2018 with fares from £3,650* per person twin share (approx. AU$6600). Max 10 guests

Specialising in small-group expeditions, Peter Sommer Travels offers 28 different expert-led gulet cruises and land tours in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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