Fifteen years ago, a recently-graduated British archaeologist decided to walk 2,000 miles across Turkeywalk 2,000 miles across Turkey, following a section of Alexander the Great’s ancient path from Troy to Iskenderun (with a heavy backpack and plenty of stops at ruins and ancient battle sites along the way).
Well, maybe a little. But it seems to have worked out, because right now Peter Sommer (the aforementioned archaeologist and Alexander the Great enthusiast) is embarking on yet another tour that hits many of the same highlights he explored back in 1994. These days, however, he is paid to do it.
Sommer runs Peter Sommer Travels, which offers expert-led tours throughout Turkey and Greece. Given the background of the tour guides (historians and archaeologists – many with PhDs), the tours are certainly educational, but there is also plenty of time for fun, relaxation, and eating wonderful Turkish meals…oh, and did I mention that the tours get from one place to the next on hand-built gulets?
“We tend to cruise for about three to four hours per day, with stops in idyllic coves for swimming, snorkeling, or something more physical like kayaking or windsurfing,” says Sommer. “We normally visit one ancient city per day, usually in the late afternoon, when the heat of the day has passed. That’s when our specialist guides bring the ruins and the history to life.”
So, basically, sail through paradise, then let an expert tell you stories of past civilizations while you stand on the ground where history was made. I’m sold!
A variety of tours are offered spring through fall. Check out www.petersommer.com for more details. And stay tuned for more amazing and enriching tours in the May/June issue of Traveler.
Photo courtesy of Peter Sommer Travels
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