MIR’s trip to Iran on McCool Travel’s “Absolutely Inspiring Places to Visit in 2017” List

MIR’s trip to Iran on McCool Travel’s “Absolutely Inspiring Places to Visit in 2017” List

Popular independent travel writer and blogger, Charles McCool, recently asked 34 professional travelers and industry influencers to name the places they most wanted people to visit in 2017. Number one on the list of 34 “Absolutely Inspiring Places to Visit in 2017” is Patricia Schultz’s pick – Iran with MIR! Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Place To See Before You Die, hosted MIR’s Ancient Persia, Modern Iran tour in spring of 2016, writing about her experience in Travel Weekly. Read More


Russia by River & Rail: A New Way to Experience the Largest Country on Earth

Russia by River & Rail: A New Way to Experience the Largest Country on Earth

Russia is the largest country on earth, and quite simply larger than life. On the new Grand Tour of Russia: Across Russia by River & Rail, passengers will be transported from end to end of the largest country on earth along the waterways and railways that helped shape its history, gliding from St. Petersburg, Russia's sophisticated capital of culture, all the way to the Pacific Rim city of Vladivostok. Across the miles, admire seven UNESCO World Heritage masterpieces. Read More


The Puzzle of Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 6 Reasons to Discover This Ancient City

The Puzzle of Plovdiv, Bulgaria: 6 Reasons to Discover This Ancient City

Plovdiv, Bulgaria is one of the oldest cities in Europe – in existence since the 12th century BC, but populated since the early Neolithic age. People settled here on a site protected by three hills, and the many layers of its history begin far below the level of today’s city. Putting together the puzzle pieces of Plovdiv’s splintered history creates a portrait of an enduring and diverse civilization built on layer upon layer of local cultures and connections. Let’s dig down and discover some of the parts that make up Plovdiv. Read More



St. Petersburg for the Win!

St. Petersburg for the Win!

St. Petersburg, cultural capital of Russia, has been crowned “World's Leading Cultural City Destination 2016” by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Considered the Oscars of the travel industry, World Travel Awards (WTA) has been acknowledging and rewarding excellence in travel since 1993, in an annual series of gala events. Read More




Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

A typical travel year? In some ways, yes, and in others no. The number of journeys isn’t unusual for me, but some of the places and times of year were new and fresh. It’s always nice to get back to the places I know, to re-familiarize myself with the incredible draw of our destinations, remind myself of the beautiful sights, smells and sounds, and to re-connect with the fantastic people. Read More


MIR Iran Photo Gallery Featured in Travel Weekly

MIR Iran Photo Gallery Featured in Travel Weekly

It’s difficult to describe the colors and fragrances of the spices in Iran’s bazaars, the 2,500-year-old majesty of the ruins of Persepolis, or the hullabaloo surrounding a crowd of school kids meeting their first Americans. So we’re not even going to try. Take a look at these photos in the travel industry’s most trusted publication, Travel Weekly. Captured by MIR tour managers and travelers, they afford a glimpse of a few of the highlights of this fascinating, once-forbidden country. Read More