The Roads Less Traveled in Turkey and Georgia
- Admire the UNESCO-listed Hittite and Bronze Age sites of Hattusa, Yazilikaya and Alacahoyuk.
- Visit the remote UNESCO-listed Great Mosque and Hospital Complex of Divrigi, a place like no other in Turkey.
- Learn about Svanetian culture over a meal with a family in a private home.
- Be a guest at a potter’s home outside of Kutaisi and learn about Georgia’s signature pottery style.
- Stroll the streets of Tbilisi, stopping to sample fresh baked bread or pick up a bottle of Georgian wine from a local market.
- Savor an authentic “Georgian Table,” featuring an abundance of local specialties and an official Georgian toastmaster.
- Ankara’s Anatolian Civilizations Museum
“Each time I walk through the domed covered market that houses the Anatolian Civilizations Museum, I find it hard to grasp that I’m staring at rare artifacts from as far back as 8,000 B.C. Here, in the heart of civilization, the dots of history are connected in display after display of our human history, from Paleolithic to relatively modern times. I’m especially blown away by items from Çatalhöyük – the world’s most significant Neolithic site – along with ancient writing tablets, carvings, jewelry, and the Hittite bulls that once were the symbol of Ankara.”
- The Mountains of Svaneti, Georgia
“Our group made the spectacular drive up to Georgia’s Svaneti region in the fall of the year. As we climbed, the leaves got more and more fiery, the peaks higher and higher, and the ravines deeper and steeper. Svaneti is one of the most beautiful and remote places I’ve ever seen.”
- Georgia’s Vardzia Cave Monastery
“What amazed me about Vardzia was the vastness of this cave monastery, which extends high and deep into the side of a mountain. Early visitors to Vardzia must have been awe-struck by its scope and grandeur.”
MIR maintains close connections to the people in Turkey and Georgia, and can arrange for you to do just about anything – from boarding a gulet, the small traditional sailing boats that ply the beautiful Mediterranean coast of Turkey, to enjoying a comparative tasting of Georgian wines made with an 8,000-year-old method.
You can also experience the hospitality of the Georgian people on these MIR tours:
- A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture
- Treasures of the South Caucasus
- Essential Georgia
- Essential Caucasus
- Essential Georgia & Armenia
Alternately, you can create your own Custom, Private Tour to Turkey and Georgia with our expert assistance.
Top photo: The ruins of Ani, Turkey. Photo credit: Mike Belton
PUBLISHED: November 11, 2015