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


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


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



Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past two years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 10,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


Ready to Roll:  Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

Ready to Roll: Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

A rail journey by private train is an experience to remember for the rest of your life. Combining the romance of Old World travel with modern amenities, these journeys allow you to experience endlessly fascinating and surprisingly diverse destinations in hassle-free comfort. To help you prepare for your next adventure, we’re pleased to announce our 2017 line-up of rail journeys by private train, making it even easier to take advantage of special savings offers, pick the routes, departure dates and cabins you want (before they sell out), and make the entire experience from beginning to end as smooth as possible. We have a full menu of rail journeys by private train to choose from: along the Trans-Siberian Railway, up to the Russian Arctic, across Iran and Central Asia, and through the South Caucasus, Southern Europe and the Balkans. Rounding out our roster of rail journeys are two new offerings by private train for 2017: Land of the Midnight Sun and Ottoman Treasures. Whether you choose to travel aboard the comfortable, budget-friendly Tsar's Gold, the luxurious Golden Eagle, or any of our other fine trains, a dedicated MIR travel specialist will be with you every step of the way, providing access to our in-house air expert, assistance with visas or a handcrafted private extension and answers to any questions you may have about the trains and destinations. Take a peek at MIR's 2017 rail journeys by private train — you've got plenty of time to prepare in advance so you can thoroughly savor your journey on the rails. Read More


New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

One of the world’s grandest empires, the Ottoman Empire conquered a vast stretch of land from Northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, and from the South Caucasus to the fringes of Central Europe, with Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) as its central bridge between East and West. Uniting diverse continents, civilizations and cultures, the Ottomans left a permanent mark on the social, political, economic and artistic development of the nations it once ruled. Now travelers can trace the path of this influential empire, and the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Ottoman Treasures by Private Train, rolling through Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Read More


The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

In honor of our 30th anniversary in 2016, we’ve added two new luxury Balkan rail journeys by private train to our collection: (1) Budapest to Venice by Private Train (2) Venice to Istanbul by Private Train Combining new and old, familiar and undiscovered, these tours take you on an introductory journey throughout the Balkans, allowing you to explore all the highlights of this incredible region along with some of Europe’s most sophisticated, classic cities. Read More



MIR’s “Best Nine” Instagram Photos

MIR’s “Best Nine” Instagram Photos

Thank you for all the likes and comments this past year! We are delighted to share photos from our fascinating destinations with you on Instagram. Our "2015bestnine" includes these photos taken in Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Latvia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Russia... Our "2015bestnine" includes photos from Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Latvia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Read More