New MIR Trip Honored as “Tour of a Lifetime”

New MIR Trip Honored as “Tour of a Lifetime”

National Geographic Tour of a LifetimeSEATTLE, WA — Once again, National Geographic Traveler has honored a MIR tour: the 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. 

MIR has one 2011 departure of the trip, August 27-September 10, 2011 with some space still available. 

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

For more information on any of MIR’s small group tours or independent journeys, visit, email info (at) mircorp (dot) com or call 800-424-7289. 

About MIR Corporation

MIR whose name means “peace” and “world” in Russian, has specialized in tours to Russia (and neighboring countries) for 23 years. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia – including remote destinations such as Tuva – as well as Silk Road tours, tours to Mongolia, and tours along the Trans-Siberian Railroad, MIR and its Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country. For more information, please visit or call 800-424-7289.

Press inquiries should be directed to:
Liz Riley
MIR Corporation
liz (at) mircorp (dot) com
85 South Washington St Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98104

PUBLISHED: April 22, 2011