Personal Information


Peter Sommer


Chippenham House; 102 Monnow St.






NP25 3EQ


01600 888 220

Email Address


Specialist Activities

freelance writer, photographer, and film-maker

Specialist Areas

Turkey in particular and more generally archaeology and archaeological tours, gulet cruises and specialist tours in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK

Professional Details

Short Biography

I am a freelance writer, photographer, and film-maker. Trained as an archaeologist, I also run a specialist travel company, and regularly give talks about travel and my documentaries.

Professional Activities

In 1994 I walked 2,000 miles across Turkey, retracing the route of Alexander the Great, and in the process fell in love with the country, its people, and its ancient civilizations. Since 1996 I have run Peter Sommer Travels, an award-winning specialist tour operator, taking small groups on archaeological tours, food tours, family tours, walking tours, gulet cruises and gulet charters in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, mainland Italy, Sicily, Turkey and the UK. As a Producer/Director I have worked on many acclaimed BBC historical documentaries, including In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great (BBC/PBS), Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy (PBS/BBC), and Millennium: A thousand years of history (BBC/CNN). My most recent 12 part series, Tales from the Green Valley, about five experts working a Welsh farm as it would have been 400 years ago, was shown to rave reviews on BBC2 in the autumn of 2005.

Recent Publications

I have written articles on a range of subjects, from travel to history, farming to film-making, for a variety of newspapers including The Times (UK), The Brisbane Sunday Mail (Australia), & The South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). My features have also been printed in an array of magazines and specialist publications including Cruise Magazine, Abroad, Retirement Today, Emerging Turkey, Archaeological Diggings, Deckchair, The Good Holiday Guide, The Travel Magazine, Countryman etc. Most recent articles include:; Sailing through history; In the footsteps of Alexander the Great; Tales from the Green Valley: A window on the past. For more info see


Tour Operator of the Year 2015 (AITO), Explorers Club of America Young Expeditioners’ award. Kathleen & Margery Elliott travel scholarship. University of Birmingham graduate travel scholarship.

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