Space Tour Spotlight in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lonely Planet Blog & More

Space Tour Spotlight in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lonely Planet Blog & More

MIR’s one-of-a-kind exploration of the Russian space program has gotten a starring role in several media outlets recently, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, leading Spanish-language travel magazine Conocedores, the Matador Network, and the Lonely Planet blog.Read the full articles on the websites for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Conocedores, the Matador Network, and the Lonely Planet blog.Read More


Trending Now: Travel to Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

Trending Now: Travel to Kyrgyzstan & Tajikistan

Luxury Travel Advisor, a leading publication covering “the latest news and trends in luxury travel,” advises adding MIR’s new small group journey From the Heavenly Tien Shan to the High Pamirs to your 2019 bucket list. The 18-day tour, led by veteran MIR tour leader Michel Behar, guides travelers through the spectacular natural scenery of Kyrgyzstan (recently named one of Lonely Planet’s top countries to visit in 2019), as well as along the epic Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.Highlights include overnighting in a yurt near Son Kul Lake, dining with a local family in Kochkor, browsing the 2,000-year-old Jayma Bazaar, experiencing an evening service at an Ismaili Muslim prayer house and exploring the mountain village of Kalaikhumb. New for 2019, the “From the Heavenly Tien Shan to the High Pamirs” tour is scheduled for August 5-22, 2019.Read the full article on the Luxury Travel Advisor website.Read More


Space — Above and Beyond the Standard

Space — Above and Beyond the Standard

Luxury Standard Magazine, a limited edition publication focusing on luxury travel and lifestyle trends for men, featured an article about MIR’s popular Inside the Russian Space Program tour, where travelers spend a week in Moscow and on the remote Kazakh steppe going behind-the-scenes of Russia’s premier launch facility.16 select guests will witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station, tour Russia’s premier cosmonaut training facility, participate in optional cosmonaut training, rub shoulders with top international space officials, and visit an array of space-related museums and UNESCO sites.Read the full article on the Luxury Standard Magazine website.Read More


Space Program Shout-out From AFAR and MSN

Space Program Shout-out From AFAR and MSN

AFAR Magazine and MSN.com are spotlighting MIR’s Inside the Russian Space Program tour in an article entitled, “Train Like a Russian Cosmonaut on This Dream Trip for Space Nerds.”Fifty years ago, American civilians could only dream of getting a behind-the-scenes look at the Soviet space program as the Cold War and Space Race tensions built up between the two countries. But this fall, you can join MIR Corporation—a Seattle-based adventure travel outfitter that has been giving tours of Russia and its neighboring countries since 1986—on its annual trip inside Russia’s space program.The article details many of the signature highlights of this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour, noting that travelers can “witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), tour the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, and even participate in optional cosmonaut training.”Read the full articles on MSN.com and the AFAR website.Read More


The Inside Scoop on Inside the Russian Space Program

The Inside Scoop on Inside the Russian Space Program

Insider Travel Report, a travel industry website that offers “analysis of key issues affecting travel agents, better perspective on the industry, and more video content than any other website in the field,” recently wrote a feature piece on MIR’s out-of-this-world tour, Inside the Russian Space Program. Quoting MIR’s founder and president, Douglas Grimes, the article highlights some of the tour’s most unique and exclusive experiences:“At Baikonur, the remote Russian launch facility on the Kazakh steppe, we will observe the early morning roll-out of the Soyuz Rocket and follow it to the launch pad site together with the press, military personnel, cosmonauts and their relatives,” said MIR Corporation President Douglas Grimes. Guests will get VIP seating at the crew press conference at the Cosmonaut Hotel and experience behind-the-scenes events, including the send-off of the space crew from the Cosmonaut Hotel, and the official Ready-To-Go Report.Read the full article on the InsideraaaRead More


MIR Director of Sales Interviewed in New York Times Article

MIR Director of Sales Interviewed in New York Times Article

MIR’s Director of Sales, Joanna Millick, was quoted in an August 22 New York Times article about travel to Montenegro. The tiny Balkan country, still little-known to most Americans, has started to gain more and more recognition in the travel world for its dramatic natural scenery, beautiful beaches, and laidback charm:Most visitors come for the sea, a crowd-eluding alternative that historically has been popular with Russians and Ukrainians seeking warm weather. Compared with its neighbor across the Adriatic, it’s “a more affordable Italy,” said Joanna Millick, director of sales and private journeys at MIR Corporation, which offers Balkan tours.Read the full article on the New York Times website.Read More


The (Georgian) Taste of Adventure

The (Georgian) Taste of Adventure

Luxe Beat Magazine recently rounded up its favorite picks for adventure travel tours for 2019, and MIR’s culinary focused offering, A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, made the cut. According to the article, a newly released travel industry survey revealed that “adventure travel is not just for the under 40 set and experienced adventure enthusiasts anymore,” noting that many adventure tour companies are now including more cultural and culinary components in their trips.Read the full article on the Luxe Beat Magazine website.Read More


National Geographic Traveler Names Backstreets & Bazaars One of “19 Must-Take Tours Throughout Asia”

National Geographic Traveler Names Backstreets & Bazaars One of “19 Must-Take Tours Throughout Asia”

Taking the #10 spot in a round-up article featured in the magazine’s July 2018 issue, National Geographic Traveler listed MIR’s Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan small group tour among its collection of “the very best trips” to take in Asia. The magazine not only sought out “unique tours that [would] expose some of the continent’s richest landmarks and historical sites,” but that also “[ventured] beyond the familiar” to uncover the region’s lesser known secrets and secluded spots.For 10 days, MIR Corporation showcases them all in the “Backstreets and Bazaars of Uzbekistan” itinerary. From off-roading on red desert sands, to dancing amid the pastel pinks and yellows of a seasonal festival, to sifting through bright violet and lime textiles in the markets, this itinerary displays the whole spectrum of local color.Read the full article on the National Geographic website.Read More


St. Louis Dispatch Touts MIR Balkans Tour as “Trip of the Week”

St. Louis Dispatch Touts MIR Balkans Tour as “Trip of the Week”

The travel editors at the St. Louis Dispatch recently selected MIR’s Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures small group tour as their pick for “Trip of the Week.” Featured in the paper’s Sunday travel section, the piece sums up the tour’s signature highlights, which include “a Roman amphitheater, the birthplace of Mother Teresa…the Stari Most, a bridge built in Ottoman times…a Macedonia feast with live music, a cable-car ride up Dajti Mountain and a visit to the somber Sarajevo Tunnel Museum to talk with a survivor who used the tunnel to escape Serbian shelling in the 1990s.”Read the full article on the St. Louis Dispatch website.Read More


Balkan Odyssey Buzzes in the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times & More

Balkan Odyssey Buzzes in the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times & More

The Balkans are getting some much-deserved attention in the Sunday Travel section of several prestigious media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the L.A. Times, and the San Diego Union Tribune, all of which are spotlighting MIR’s Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures small group tour. Phil Marty of the Chicago Tribune notes that while “the Balkans don’t spring to mind when looking for places to explore in Europe,” that certainly doesn’t mean they’re lacking in fabulous highlights:Modern-day Belgrade, the Serbian capital, tempts with its artists’ quarter, Skadarlija. There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Balkans, including the Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which dates from Ottoman times, and Dubrovnik’s famed Old Town on the Adriatic coast in southern Croatia. There’s also Kotor, Montenegro, guarded by walls as old as Roman times.Read the full articles in the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the L.A. Times,aaaRead More