A Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land

A 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 remote and under-explored locales on earth. Discovered only 150 years ago, this volcanic, glaciated archipelago was once a major stopping point for famous polar explorers making the dangerous (and often deadly) passage to the North Pole. Enjoy fantastic views of rugged icebergs and glacier-capped peaks rising majestically from the icy waters as you cruise north through the Barents Sea. Discover the vast array of wildlife that this area plays host to, from nesting auks to colonies of walrus. Read More


Grand Tour of Russia: Across Russia by River & Rail

Grand Tour of Russia: Across Russia by River & Rail

Embark on a Grand Tour of Russia, traveling from end to end of the largest country on earth along its waterways and railways. Begin in St. Petersburg, where Peter the Great ordered laborers to dig miles of canals to drain the wetlands along the Gulf of Finland, then board an elegant modern riverboat to follow a leisurely route to Moscow. Discover the classic sites of the capital, then board the luxury Golden Eagle private train on its way east through Siberia to the Pacific Rim city of Vladivostok, counting seven UNESCO World Heritage masterpieces across the miles. Read More


Land of the Midnight Sun by Private Train

Land of the Midnight Sun by Private Train

Join a band of adventurous travelers during the “White Nights” of summer on a luxury rail journey celebrating the Midnight Sun. Beginning in magnificent Moscow, take advantage of the long, sun-filled days as the train heads north beyond the Arctic Circle. The journey culminates in sumptuous St. Petersburg, where fashionable boulevards and serene canals glisten in the oblique rays of the Midnight Sun. Read More


Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery Route: Eastbound

Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery Route: Eastbound

From the capital of Moscow past the Urals into Asia and through Siberia’s dynamic cities, villages and wilderness to the Pacific Ocean, the Trans-Siberian Railway rolls across a third of the globe. This epic journey across the world’s largest country explores parts of Siberia that rail travelers don’t usually experience. The itinerary departs from the main Trans-Siberian line here and there to visit isolated towns bypassed by the busy train traffic and left to fend for themselves in the challenging Siberian hinterlands. Read More


The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral Route: Eastbound

The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral Route: Eastbound

The seldom-traveled Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM for short) runs up and over the top of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and east through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, through the radiant Sayan and dramatic Kodra Mountains (sometimes called the “Russian Alps”), and over miles of tundra where lichen and tiny bushes struggle for a foothold on the permafrost. Outside the windows of the train is some of the most glorious and unspoiled scenery in the world. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites. Read More


Insider’s Russia:  Moscow & St. Petersburg Rediscovered

Insider’s Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg Rediscovered

Get to know Western Russia from the inside out. Enter into medieval Moscow and imperial St. Petersburg and follow them through the cataclysm of revolution and war, then perestroika, collapse and rebirth. Enjoy intimate conversations with local people, insider perks like a ballet master class and dinner at a private dacha; and soak up the absolute best of Russian culture at superb museums and theaters.MIR first led trips to Western Russia 30 years ago, when it was still the USSR.  To celebrate our 30 years of travel expertise, we’ve developed this trip that takes us back to our roots – a real and remarkable Russia.Read More


Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel present: Western Russia from the Arctic to the Southern Steppe

Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel present: Western Russia from the Arctic to the Southern Steppe

Join Bill Altaffer, one of the world's most traveled people, in this exceptional itinerary explores three distinct regions of Russia, all of them within one time zone in a country that covers 11 time zones from tip to tail. Beginning in the imperial capital of St. Petersburg, head north almost to the Arctic Circle, to Solovetsky Island, the first camp of what Alexander Solzhenitsyn referred to as The Gulag Archipelago. Read More


Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Join a band of rail voyagers venturing far above the Arctic Circle on a winter hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights, in the warmth and comfort of a private train. Head north from beautiful St. Petersburg to the frosty twilight of the polar region. Rolling through the taiga until the trees thin and lose their stature, the train crosses the Arctic Circle. Chase the Northern Lights through the tundra, visit a hotel made of packed snow, and ride a dogsled behind a team of huskies. Read More