Peter Sommer Travels – Trips & Yacht Cruises

Last Updated on January 23, 2024

Peter Sommer is a British archaeologist, writer, photographer, lecturer and award-winning documentary filmmaker who trekked across Turkey, fell deeply in love with travel and now takes discerning travelers from around the world on expert-led cultural tours and gulet cruises each year.

Peter writes: “When I first went to Turkey back in 1994, it was to walk 2,000 miles across the country retracing the route of Alexander the Great. In those five months of trekking I fell in love with the land, its ancient ruins, and the warm, hospitable Turkish people.” Peter and his wife, Elin, founded Peter Sommer Travels in 2002, which makes 2024 the company’s 22nd anniversary. This specialist boutique family-run travel company are six-time winners of the UK’s prestigious Tour Operator of the Year Award.

Want a truly personal travel experience with knowledgeable and friendly expert enthusiasts, and small groups (maximum 14 on gulet vacations, 16 on land-based tours)? Consider joining one of their specialist escorted tours. The majority of their trips are cultural gulet cruises (Their gulet holidays neatly solve the yacht cabin charter problems). Peter’s trekking experience later served him well as he worked on the acclaimed BBC/PBS documentary In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great. His tour of that name was chosen by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the world’s top ten learning holidays. That’s only one of his many documentary efforts which include Tales from the Green Valley; Millennium: a thousand years of history; and Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy.


Peter is a fascinating, multi-talented guy, and over the decades he has assembled a team of fabulous tours leaders, some of the world’s best and most learned companions for trips in Turkey. His company has a wide range of scheduled archaeological tours, food tours and hiking tours in Turkey (and other countries) from April through October

Alongside scheduled trips, they also create bespoke and expert-led gulet charters and land-based private tours.

Peter Sommer Travels’ trips tend to be fully booked early, so make your decision and register for your trip as soon as possible. Start plotting your own grand adventure today with the peerless travel experts. Have a look at their selection of tours in Turkey and act quickly to reserve your place. Most of Peter’s cruises depart from Bodrum or Gocek. You may want to spend a few days in these sunny paradises before or after your cruise.  Here’s an article from The Globe and Mail newspaper of Canada, by a past President of The Society of American Travel Writers, about Peter Sommer Travels’ gastronomic gulet cruise.

When you contact Peter, be sure to mention TTP. Here’s why.

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