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



MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s award-winning tour, "Inside the Russian Space Program," is capped with a Soyuz space launch in Kazakhstan. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

One of MIR's more memorable overland expeditions: Siberia and beyond, involving a channeler, her 62 followers, their special sacred crystals – and a lightning strike! Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes shows why few places on the planet stir hearts more than Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and the surrounding Baikal region. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Why I’m Sold on Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Why I’m Sold on Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes was one of the first to see parts of Siberia that few Westerners had ever seen; since then, he's totally "sold on Siberia." From wild Kamchatka Peninsula with its volcano-studded landscape to the vast beauty of Lake Baikal, Siberia is a pristine, natural wonder for intrepid travelers – and MIR's long-time specialty. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Roving the World in Land Rovers

MIR’s 30 Years: Roving the World in Land Rovers

MIR is known for its creativity in finding truly uncommon places and sharing those destinations, people, and cultures with MIR travelers. One way is on overland expeditions in Land Rovers, most notably with the Hong Kong Land Rover Club. Read More



MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Running Through Russia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Running Through Russia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR is known for its imaginative overland expeditions, including one of its most complex: on foot, more than 15,000 miles, in 16 countries in 95 days – with the runners' goal to raise awareness and money for safer, cleaner water. Read More