Ten New Tours for 2018 + Three Ways to Book Now and Save

Ten New Tours for 2018 + Three Ways to Book Now and Save

If you’ve dreamt of travel to the unfamiliar and under-explored corners of our world, or if you’ve been thinking about which destinations to cross off your bucket list next, then wait no longer — MIR is here to help you narrow down your travel choices and plan ahead with a look at our exciting 2018 tour season.

Our new 2018 tour catalog will be arriving in households in the coming weeks for those on our mailing list, but you can flip through the pages of the online catalog nowIt’s easy to request a free catalog, if you haven’t already.

Or, check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates and prices for the 2018 season, enjoy special savings offers and get a jumpstart on your travel plans for next year. 

View our 2018 Tour Catalog now!

View our Special Offers now!

While paging through our 2018 catalog, be on the lookout for these TEN NEW tours and special departures, in addition to our current line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train:


NEW Special Tours for 2018
Picturesque Franz Josef Land. Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions

Picturesque Franz Josef Land
Photo credit: Poseidon Expeditions

NEW! A Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land

Far above the Arctic Circle, the 191 islands of Franz Josef Land are some of the most remote and gorgeous locales on earth. Aboard the M/V Sea Spirit, follow the watery path of pioneers who dared to conquer the arctic north. A first-ever MIR offering.


Hunter at the Golden Eagle Festival. Photo: Nomadic Expeditions

A young hunter at the Golden Eagle Festival learns the ropes
Photo credit: Nomadic Expeditions

NEW! Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival — SOLD OUT! Waitlist available

On the rocky ridges overlooking the boundless steppe in western Mongolia, the Golden Eagle Festival celebrates the raptors’ speed, skill and training, as well as the deep bond that forms between bird and human. Beforehand, admire the Flaming Cliffs in the South Gobi Desert, and the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.


NEW Small Group Tours
Derbent craftspeople. Photo: Shamil Shangereev

Crafts vendors in Derbent, Russia’s southernmost city in the North Caucasus
Photo credit: Shamil Shangereev

NEW! Return to the North Caucasus

Discover the ravishing mountain landscapes, medley of cultures, and overflowing hospitality of North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya, and Dagestan in the North Caucasus region, where ancient mountain tribes have guarded their way of life for thousand of years.


A view from the mountainside in Mestia in Svaneti. Photo credit: Ia Tabagari

A view from the mountainside in Mestia, Svaneti
Photo credit: Ia Tabagari

NEW! Village Traditions of the South Caucasus

Step deep into the cultures of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, experiencing local life in one of the most hospitable regions of the world. Meet the highland people of Georgia’s stunning Svaneti and Tusheti mountain regions, an Azeri craftsman in his village home, and a carpet master in small-town Armenia.


Lena Pillars, Yakutsk, Russia. Photo: Lisa Peterson

The limestone Lena Pillars near Yakutsk, towering nearly 650 feet above the river, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012
Photo credit: Lisa Peterson

NEW! Remote Russia: Yakutia & Kamchatka

Explore the remote corners of Russia, including the wild Kamchatka Peninsula, uneasily perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and Yakutia, a challenging northern frontier known for mammoths and diamonds. Visit the steaming Valley of the Geysers in Kamchatka, as well as the Kingdom of Permafrost in Yakutsk.


World Nomad Games, Cholpan-Ata, Kyrgyzstan. Photo: Vlad Ushakov

Horsing around in Cholpan-Ata, Kyrgyzstan
Photo credit: Vlad Ushakov

NEW! In Search of Nomads & Mountains: Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

Range from alpine Lake Issyk-Kul in the Kyrgyz outback, where the exciting World Nomad Games present contests in eagle hunting, stick wrestling, and intense Central Asian horse games, to the high, jagged mountains of the remote Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.


NEW Rail Journeys by Private Train
Wien, Ringstrasse, Rathaus, Adventmarkt, Adventzauber

Vienna’s grand neo-Gothic Rathaus is decked out for the holidays
Photo credit: Österreich Werbung / Wiesenhofer

NEW! New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train
Budapest and Central Europe aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train

Glide in style on a circular rail route from Budapest, where layer upon layer of civilizations have flowered and faded, on to a date with a brilliant New Year’s celebration in magnificent Vienna. Along the way, admire four spectacular Central European countries.


Dressing up for opening ceremonies at Mongolia's Naadam Festival Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Dressing up for opening ceremonies at Mongolia’s Naadam Festival
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

NEW! Trans-Siberian BAM Explorer with Naadam Festival
From Vladivostok to Ulaanbaatar along the BAM route aboard the Golden Eagle private train

The seldom-traveled Baikal-Amur Magistral (BAM for short) rolls through some of the most glorious and unspoiled scenery in the world. Experience this leg of the Trans-Siberian Railway, as well as Mongolia’s favorite festival, Naadam.

Book Now and Save $500!Reserve your spot on the Trans-Siberian BAM Explorer with Naadam Festival 2018 departure before December 31, 2017 and save $500 per person. (more info)


Steaming across a bridge in the North Caucasus

Steaming across a bridge in the North Caucasus

NEW! North Caucasus & South Russia by Steam Train
Overlooked Whistle-Stops in Southern Russia aboard the Golden Eagle private train

Discover the natural beauty and spirited cultures of the complex and seldom-visited North Caucasus region on this rail journey powered by Soviet-era steam locomotives. Admire mountain vistas and historic cities that guarded the crossroads of East and West, and ride one of Russia’s few remaining narrow-gauge railways.


Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful Lake Issyk-Kul

Kyrgyzstan’s beautiful Lake Issyk-Kul
Photo credit: Vlad Ushakov.

NEW! Essence of the Silk Road & Beyond by Private Train
From Almaty to Tashkent aboard the Orient Silk Road Express

Traverse four of the five ‘Stans of Central Asia on this private rail journey along the Silk Road. Begin in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city. Continue into Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and on to Uzbekistan. Experience four UNESCO sites in 16 days, with seven hotel nights and eight nights onboard the comfortable Orient Silk Road Express private train.


Special Offers & Savings
Girls are allowed to participate in archery competition at the Naadam Festival in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia. Photo credit: Helge Pedersen.

A young archer takes aim at the Naadam Festival in UlaanBaatar, Mongolia
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Save money on your next small group tour or rail journey by private train with MIR by taking advantage of our special offers.

We have several special offers available for those ready to book now and save.

  • Save $500 per person on one of these rail journeys by private train: Caspian Odyssey or the Trans-Siberian BAM Explorer with Naadam Festival. (more info)
  • Early Booking Discount: Save $100 per person on the price of your tour when you sign up for any scheduled MIR departure of a 2018 small group tour or rail journey by private train on or before December 31st, 2017. (more info)
  • Multi-Tour Discount: Enjoy a $100 per person/per tour discount when you sign up at the same time for two or more 2018 scheduled group tour departures. This offer can also be combined with the above Early Booking Discount. (more info)


Why Travel with MIR?
Old Believers, Ulan Ude, Russia. Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin

Old Believers in Ulan Ude, Russia
Photo credit: Vladimir Kvashnin

MIR’s small group tours and rail journeys by private train offer great opportunities to join like-minded travelers on an exploration through uncommon, and ultimately rewarding, destinations far from the familiar. Our all-inclusive tours boast creative itineraries packed with world-class attractions, innovative cultural components and inventive extras, led by experienced tour managers who offer expert insights of our destinations.

MIR’s knowledgeable in-house experts oversee all the details of your tour, providing customized trip extensions, personalized airfare services and visa guidance as needed, while our on-the-ground overseas staff are there to make your travel experience as unforgettable as possible. These hand-picked professionals are all deeply passionate about our destinations, and endeavor to produce extraordinary experiences for our travelers.

Still wondering if traveling on a small group tour or rail journey by private train is right for you? Check out our 5 big reasons why small group tours are a great way to go, or see what it’s like to travel onboard a luxury private train.


Travel in 2018 with MIR
Timelessness: horses of the Silk Road – and their riders – at Burana Tower Photo credit: Vlad Ushakov

A sense of timelessness with these horses of the Silk Road – and their riders – at Burana Tower
Photo credit: Vlad Ushakov

MIR is celebrating more than 30 years of connecting travelers to fascinating destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

Over 30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations.

Wondering which destination or itinerary is right for you? In addition to browsing the pages of our free catalog, you can narrow down your choices online using our Trip Finder and the Destination Map. Or chat with our Private Journeys department to have a trip handcrafted to your interests, pace and budget.

Contact MIR today at info@mircorp.com or 1-800-424-7289.

(Top Photo: Jessica Clark captured some of the catalog pages as they came off the printing press. Catalog cover photo by Jeremy Woodhouse.)

PUBLISHED: October 4, 2017

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