New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

Elegant Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, was indisputably the center of the musical world in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today a dynamic blend of gorgeous imperial architecture and potent post-modern style, its renown as one of Europe’s most beautiful, romantic, and creative cities remains intact. Now travelers can experience the finest of what this brilliant cultural capital has to offer, all while celebrating one of the most festive times of the year, on a brand new rail journey for 2017, New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train. Read More


Cruise Franz Josef Land: Discover the Wild Arctic Under the Midnight Sun

Cruise Franz Josef Land: Discover the Wild Arctic Under the Midnight Sun

Be one of the few people in the world to cruise the luminous world of the Midnight Sun as it hovers over the Arctic Circle on this one-time-only tour. If this experience is on your Bucket List (and if it’s not, it should be), cross it off with a flourish on MIR’s Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land. Located far above the Arctic Circle, some 470 miles away from the Eurasian mainland, the 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land are some of the most secluded and under-explored locales on earth. Space is filling fast on the one-time-only 2018 departure. Read More


One-Time-Only Tour: Cruising the Remote Ob River in Siberia

One-Time-Only Tour: Cruising the Remote Ob River in Siberia

Russia is a country so vast that there are still little Russian river towns that few outsiders have ever heard of, let alone visited. MIR, in conjunction with renowned world traveler and Tour Leader Bill Altaffer, has handcrafted a one-time-only river cruise itinerary that explores some of these remote Russian locales: Ob River Cruise to the Arctic Circle. Read More


Dubrovnik in Photos: Croatia’s Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Dubrovnik in Photos: Croatia’s Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Croatia's walled seaport city, Dubrovnik, is known not only as the "pearl of the Adriatic," but also as the setting for the TV fantasy series, "Game of Thrones." Destroyed in a 1667 earthquake and again in the 1990s wars, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and its Old Town are now faithfully restored, with indelibly memorable views from the seaside hills, stone walls, and marble streets. Year after year, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik makes the must-see lists of places to visit and explore. The views from its hills, walls and streets illustrate why Dubrovnik is such a dazzling destination. Read More



Undiscovered Siberia: A Riverboat Trip on the Yenesei

Undiscovered Siberia: A Riverboat Trip on the Yenesei

In the summer of 2001, my travel companions and I were on a one-time custom-made tour that MIR had put together, partnering with people from a USDA program affiliate called Project Aid Siberia (PAS), now defunct. We were to ride along as PAS workers motored down the Yenesei, delivering cartons of food aid to the remote Siberian villages along the shores – not an easy job. Read More


Why I Love Mongolia: An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Jack Weatherford

Why I Love Mongolia: An Interview with New York Times Bestselling Author Jack Weatherford

Jack Weatherford is a New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed books on Genghis Khan and Mongolian history and culture, including Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World and The Secret History of the Mongol Queens. We caught up with Jack to ask him about his latest book, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God, as well as to discuss his fascination with the extraordinary land and people of Mongolia. Read More


8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

How will you spend your time this travel season? If you’re ready to step up to something a little different in a place you've never been before, have we got some ideas for you! Beat the crowds and gain outstanding bragging rights in these unusual destinations... Read More



Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

A strange and fascinating capital city, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan is a showcase of modernity set in an ancient desert landscape. Soviet-style apartment buildings mingle with modern marble and gold monuments. So many, in fact, that in 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Ashgabat the record for the highest density of white marble buildings in the world. How did it happen? Read More