New MIR Trip Honored as "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler

New MIR Trip Honored as "Tour of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler

Once again, National Geographic Traveler has honored a MIR tour: our new Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire is featured as a “Tour of a Lifetime” in their May/June2011 issue

The editorial team was looking for 2011’s “most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours.” The unique Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire itinerary fills the bill.

“The outfitters we selected continue to find new ways travelers can connect with places and people,” notes National Geographic Traveler Senior Editor Norie Quintos, who headed up the project. “More and more, it’s about human interaction.”

On this tour, travelers visit the workshop of a local potter as well as enjoying lunch in a private village home, and observing a felt-making demonstration. 

The rugged sunburnt Anatolian Plateau of Eastern Turkey and the steep-sided green valleys of Georgia are brilliantly paired on this unusual back-road exploration. The trip begins among the folded hills of out-of-the-way Anatolia, rich with the traces of early civilizations, and continues along the balmy Black Sea Coast to the unfamiliar little country of Georgia, where guests are welcomed at tables laden with some of the finest food and wine on earth, and hosted by an official Georgian toastmaster. 

Other MIR tours picked in past years by National Geographic Traveler as “Tours of a Lifetime” are:


Georgia & Armenia: Mountains & Monasteries


Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

(Top photo credit: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

PUBLISHED: April 27, 2011