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


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


Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past three years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying sneaking a peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. Looking back over the last year, we’ve had over 14,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts. Read More


Canyoning in Croatia, Plus 7 More Active Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast

Canyoning in Croatia, Plus 7 More Active Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast

Croatia, from the mountains to the sea, boasts a range of lush and captivating landscapes, and is now gaining a solid reputation as the next big playground for outdoor aficionados and thrill-seekers of all types. Recently, I decided to set off in search of Croatia's outdoor thrills when I traveled to Split, the nation's second largest city, and tackled a new adventure sport for the first time — canyoning. 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


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


MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

Thousands of clicks, likes, and shares later, the response from our fans has been overwhelming! We're grateful that there are so many intrepid travelers who are open to discovery and share our passion for our chosen off-the-beaten-path corner of the world. Here's a look back at some of your favorites of the year. Read More


Holiday Cookies from Around the World

Holiday Cookies from Around the World

To help you get ready for the holiday baking season ahead, we compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday cookies from several of MIR’s destinations, each with a link to a recipe you can make for your next cookie party, for a family occasion, or as a treat to go with your eggnog. Read More


Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

Central Europe, East Europe, and the Balkans are wonderful destinations, dotted with UNESCO Sites, handsome medieval churches and city centers, ancient ruins, and rustic villages. Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, these fascinatingly cosmopolitan countries claim a wealth of distinctive landscapes and unique cultural heritage. Trying to tackle all of these lesser-known locales can be tricky to accomplish on your own. Luckily, MIR makes it easy to discover Europe's uncommon and incredibly diverse destinations aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, allowing you the freedom to explore celebrated classic cities and unexpected treasures while traveling with comfort, efficiency, and style. We have three all-inclusive luxury rail journeys by private train that can take you through the heart of Europe, including two NEW journeys ready to book for 2017. Read More