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


Breaking Down Barriers: MIR in Vogue

Breaking Down Barriers: MIR in Vogue

In a July 2017 Vogue article entitled, “Why Travel to the Middle East Is on the Rise,” travel writer Michaela Trimble touched base with several intrepid tour companies that travel to once-forbidden places, believing in the power of travel to connect the world’s people, and “…hoping to dispel popular cultural bias, ultimately changing the conversation from that of fear to understanding.” MIR Vice President Annie Lucas has a few things to say on that subject; MIR started out taking travelers to the USSR – Ronald Reagan’s “Evil Empire” – in the late 80s. And in 2016, MIR’s fastest-growing destination was Iran. Read More


Classic Celebrations: Wedding Traditions in Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Classic Celebrations: Wedding Traditions in Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Uzbek weddings are joyous occasions full of feasting, dancing, and meaningful rituals. Learn more about the country’s traditional wedding customs through photos and video footage from lucky MIR travelers invited to join the celebration. Read More



MIR in the News: The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Luxury Travel Magazine & more

MIR in the News: The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, 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


Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan is a remote, unfamiliar frontier, wide open to travelers who are eager to experience wild beauty, meet nomadic people, and discover the traditions of their forbears. MIR President Douglas Grimes offers a few of the many reasons Kyrgyzstan is so special. Read More


Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More