Keeping You Informed

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A Message from MIR

Our first hope is always that you and yours are in good health. The safety and health of our travelers and our teams has always been the top priority and remains paramount.

Many of you have reached out over recent weeks to let us know how you’re doing, to share wonderful MIR trip memories and express your deep desire to get back to traveling the globe whenever possible – we are sincerely grateful for these inspiring exchanges and hopeful messages.

Since the beginning, MIR’s focus has been to connect people across cultures through travel and we remain committed to the principle that travel can be a force for good. Our resilient Seattle-based crew is working remotely to help support community wellness and remains available by phone and email to help keep your travel dreams alive.

The teams in our affiliated offices in Siberia, Western Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Ukraine, together with our network of partners spread from Tbilisi to Tallinn to Tirana, are staying safe while actively providing us with on-the-ground updates. As destinations begin to open up, we continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing landscape with updates from U.S. Department of State (DOS), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and other professional sources.

Things keep changing but despite the uncertainty of the times, we want to act when we can and pause when we need additional information. For our travelers booked for 2020, we have been reaching out personally and individually on trip status and flexible rebooking options, and to assist with managing airfare and travel insurance plans. Please contact us with any specific questions regarding your upcoming reservations.

Your decision to reschedule upcoming travel plans, rather than cancel, is a positive way to show support and provide hope to all involved in responsible travel, including our dedicated tour managers, guides, drivers, host families and local staff in MIR’s destinations who derive their livelihoods from intrepid travelers interested in venturing far from the familiar.

When the time is right for you, we look forward to talking travel with you. In the meantime, we hope you’ll wander about our new website and find fuel for your future travel dreams and read about what you can expect when returning to travel with MIR.

Stay healthy and stay connected.

Douglas Grimes

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