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Peter Sommer Tours
Peter Sommer Travels specialises in expert-led small group archaeological tours in Turkey, Greece and Italy. We offer escorted and themed gulet cruises: archaeology tours, food tours, family tours and walking holidays as well as a range of cultural land tours such as Exploring Crete, Exploring Istanbul, Exploring Sicily and In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great. We also organise bespoke escorted land tours and private gulet charters in Turkey, Greece and Italy. Our archaeological holidays have been selected one of the ’10 best learning retreats’ and ‘100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life’ by National Geographic. [Website]
Thomas Dowson Tours
Small group archaeology tours, or private bespoke guided tours led by Thomas Dowson, founder of Archaeology Travel. Drawing on my professional background in archaeology and art history, ten years running a highly praised B&B in Normandy, as well as my passion for travel, I offer truly unique experiences. Whether you are looking to visit for yourselves as many decorated caves in France as you can in a specified number of days, or you prefer a more relaxed approach and wish to take in all that surrounds the Stone Age caves, I can help make your holiday one to remember for all the rights reasons. Private, bespoke guided archaeology tours are my speciality, particularly where prehistoric and ancient art is concerned. See All Tours
Archaeological & Architectural Splendours of Puglia
Trulli of Alberobello.
From Neolithic/Bronze Age dolmens to the ubiquitous Medieval churches and castles, this small-group tour of the cultural heritage of Puglia provides visitors an introduction to a region of Italy that has seen many come and go. From the Ancient Greeks and Romans, to the Normans, the Hohenstaufens and Angevins. Each of these have left their mark, by building anew or modifying existing architecture. This all inclusive, ten-day tour will run in October 2015 and late March/April 2016, staying in four-star accommodation in three interesting cities. On hand will be local guides to ensure we experience the best cuisine in the region.
Small group archaeology of Puglia and neighbouring regions.
Ice Age Cave Art of France
The Hall of Bulls, Lascaux II.
France is well known for its Stone Age cave art; those stunning images that were painted or engraved on the walls of limestones caves of the Dordogne and further south tens of thousands of years ago. The most famous of these caves is of course Lascaux, now closed to the public for conservation reasons. There are, however, many other still open to the public that together offer a wonderful opportunity to see first hand some of the most spectacular prehistoric art in the World. I offer private guided tours, but I also create itineraries for self-guided tours.
Private, bespoke guided tours of the cave art of France.
Byzantine Greece, Past & Present
St Titus’s Cathedral, Gortyn
For many centuries Greece and the Greek islands were at the cultural centre of the Byzantine Empire. Churches, monasteries and museums bear testament to the artistic traditions that developed here. Traditions of architecture and icon painting continue to influence religious practices today. For 11 days and taking in the Orthodox Easter weekend, this tour explores Byzantine art in Greece from its earliest manifestation to the present. We travel from Athens to Crete via the islands of Paros and Ios visiting archaeological and religious sites and museums to see some of the finest Byzantine artefacts and architecture and experience contemporary traditions that draw on a Byzantine past.
Small group tour of the Byzantine Art of Athens and the Greek Islands, including Paros, Ios and Crete.