Archaeological and cultural tour specialist Peter Sommer Travels has introduced extra departures for some of its most popular expeditions, unlocking some of the greatest treasures of the ancient Mediterranean in its newly released 2016 brochure.
From the Amalfi Coast to the Ramparts of Rhodes, the small-group tours and gulet cruises offer a fascinating insight into past civilisations while at the same time exploring some of the most spectacular scenery in Turkey, Greece and Italy.
Hosted by expert guides from fields including archaeology, ancient history and the arts, each expedition delves into the vivid history of past empires while also offering a chance to enjoy the magnificent culture, food and wine of each country.
Twin departures have been scheduled in 2016 for some of the most sought-after tours:
- Exploring Sicily – A 14-day journey among the wonderfully preserved remains of the Greek, Roman and Phoenician cities that line Sicily’s coast, as well as the ancient temples, orchards and baroque towns that hug its steep hills. New departure May 8, 2016. From £3995* per person twin share (approx A$8370).
- Exploring Crete – A 13-day expedition on the largest of the Greek islands, once home to civilisations ranging from Stone Age seafarers and Neolithic farmers to the mysterious and fascinating Minoans. New departureOctober 11, 2016. From £3425* per person twin share (approx A$7175).
- Cruising the Dodecanese – A 15-day cruise aboard a traditional wooden gulet, travelling from the isle of Samos southwards through the entire Dodecanese chain to Rhodes, including some of the most beautiful of the Greek islands and three UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites. Departures June 4 and September 24, 2016. From £3795* per person twin share (approx A$7950).
- Cruising the Amalfi Coast – An eight-day cruise along Italy’s most celebrated coastline, combining the breath-taking mountains and villages of the Amalfi Coast with archaeological treasures like the Roman frescoes of the Villa Oplontis. Departures August 27 and September 3, 2016. From £3595* per person twin share (approx A$7530).
Dozens of expeditions are available in the Peter Sommer Travels 2016 program, including city tours, land tours and cruising expeditions aboard traditional wooden gulets. Exploring Turkey, Greece and Italy, they cater to no more than 18 guests at a time. Peter Sommer Travels also offers tailor-made expert-led gulet charters and land-based tours for private groups.
*Tour and cruise prices include transport, accommodation, most meals, crew and guide services, and all entrance fees and tips on excursions. Excludes airfares.