Traveler’s Tale: Siberia’s Baikal Ice Marathon and Other Adventures on a Frozen Lake Baikal

Traveler’s Tale: Siberia’s Baikal Ice Marathon and Other Adventures on a Frozen Lake Baikal

Willis Hughes, a MIR Tour Specialist, has traveled extensively across Russia, the South Caucasus, Turkey, and Ukraine. This past winter he took his first trip to Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and he made good use of the time, skating, riding snowmobiles and driving a dog sled on the Baikal ice. Read More



10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More




A Sneak Peek at MIR’s 2018 Tour Catalog! (Plus NEW Small Group Tours & Rail Journeys By Private Train)

A Sneak Peek at MIR’s 2018 Tour Catalog! (Plus NEW Small Group Tours & Rail Journeys By Private Train)

If you've dreamt of travel to the unfamiliar and under-explored corners of our world, or if you've been thinking about which destinations to cross off your bucket list next, then wait no longer — MIR is here to help you narrow down your travel choices and plan ahead with an exclusive sneak peek at next year's exciting tour season, splashed all across the pages of our brand-new 2018 catalog. Our new 2018 tour catalog will be arriving in households in the coming weeks for those on our mailing list, but you can flip through the pages of the online catalog now. It’s easy to request a free catalog, if you haven’t already. Or, check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates and prices for the 2018 season, enjoy special savings offers and get a jumpstart on your travel plans for next year – before MIR’s 2018 catalog becomes available this fall.  While paging through our 2018 catalog, be on the lookout for NINE NEW tours and special departures, in addition to our current line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train. View our 2018 catalog now! Read More



Patricia Schultz on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey in Travel Weekly

Patricia Schultz on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey in Travel Weekly

Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” is a seasoned world traveler. As an expert on must-see sites around the world, Patricia has hosted three tours for us, the latest one being Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures. As a writer, she has written about her experience for the premier travel industry publication, Travel Weekly. Read More


MIR in the News: Travel Weekly, Travel Channel, Luxury Travel Magazine & More

MIR in the News: Travel Weekly, Travel Channel, Luxury Travel Magazine & More

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is noticed and shared. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press. Read More


Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Christmas in Poland is very different from Christmas on Puget Sound, near Seattle Washington, where Kathy Jones and Diane Gale live. For one thing, it’s cold in Poland. On Puget Sound, the weather, while often rainy and gloomy, rarely gets below freezing. Poland has a real winter, with cold, snow, sleigh bells and bundled-up children. For another thing, the Poles can claim more than a thousand years of venerable Christmas traditions. Recently we chatted with Kathy and Diane about their experiences during the Polish holidays. Read More