Tag Archives: Georgia

Haydarpasa Station, Istanbul

Great news. The iconic Haydarpasa Train Station on the Asian side of the Bosporus will re-open for train journeys from 2019. The station has been closed since 2013 as it was refurbished and the line from Istanbul to Ankara was electrified. I first travelled from there in 2009 as I made my way to Aleppo […]

Train Tours In Eastern Europe #5

This is the last train tour that we undertook in 2014, or it will be until our 2017 route planned for September. Istanbul to Ankara to Erzurum to Batumi (bus) to Yerevan to Tbilisi The trip started with a flight and a long journey by tram across Istanbul, a train under the Bosphorus and out […]

My Top Five Overseas Train Pleasures

The UK is getting all train nostalgic with the now regular trips that can be undertaken being pulled by such iconic engines as the Flying Scotsman, Brighton Belle and now the Tornado. Could we ever see a renaissance of the Puffing Billy and Stephenson’s Rocket I wonder? Almost certainly not, so we will have to […]

MEMORABLE OVERSEAS TRAIN JOURNEYS #5 – GEORGIA TO ARMENIA

To set the scene, Hamish & I were embarking on an overnight train from rain-lashed Batumi on the Black Sea Coast of Georgia to Yerevan, the splendid capital of Armenia. We had booked a berth each on the overnight sleeper and were hoping against hope that we had a private compartment. Makhinjauri (Batumi) – Yerevan […]