Simply put, exploring Russia and all its neighbors has been our overriding passion since 1986 – it’s all we do.

There’s no other American tour outfitter that deals exclusively with this slice of the globe, and none with more first-hand experience, stronger on-the-ground contacts, or more affection for the region.

 

Endlessly Rewarding Experiences

We love it here. In spite of – or perhaps because of – its wrinkles, flaws and complexities, we have found it to be endlessly rewarding, both as travelers and as human beings.

Portions of the region are becoming more and more accessible: formerly secret off-limits places now see the light of day, classy five star hotels and little boutique properties are springing up at a great rate, and the recent concept of the private train journey has infused the utilitarian rail lines with a new generation of high-end railway cars designed for the express comfort of foreign travelers.

 

Complicated Travel Arrangements = MIR’s Specialty

However, some places on our roster of destinations continue to be more challenging and continue to be hampered by fluctuating flight routes, complicated visa regimens and ever-changing border requirements.That’s why it’s so important that our Seattle travel planning staff is a hand-picked team of specialists dedicated to keeping up with the changes. Every one of our planners has a personal interest in the region, and has lived, studied and/or traveled extensively in our destinations.

  • It’s why the resourceful creative individuals who head up our affiliated offices in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan spends countless hours to ensure that your trip is authentic, hassle-free and extraordinary.

  • It’s why the principals of MIR have spent the last three decades crisscrossing the area, traveling the back roads, sustaining long-term friendships and developing important contacts that are put to use every day.
  • It’s also why MIR has twice been rated one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure. Esteemed institutions from The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture to the alumni travel programs of Stanford, Harvard, Princeton and MIT, among many others, put their trust in MIR.