Postcard from the Road: A Photo Finish at the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

Postcard from the Road: A Photo Finish at the Naadam Festival in Mongolia

Tour Manager Tatiana Pokalova sent us this postcard from the road while on MIR’s Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure small group tour. Find out what’s happening here and in other photos taken on the regularly scheduled Trans-Siberian train traveling over a dramatic and variegated route. Read More


5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2020 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2020 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of awe-inspiring places around the globe. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, waiting for their turn to shine. In 2019, the UNESCO committee added 29 new sites to its list, and significantly expanded an older one. Read More


Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

For hundreds of years, travel to the North Pole represented the pinnacle of pioneering endeavors. This remote, icy realm on top of the world stirred the hearts and minds of countless adventurers, daring them to discover the vast wilderness of the Arctic North. Even today, many consider the chance to reach 90ºN as an astounding travel achievement worthy of adding to their bucket lists. Now you can be one of the few to experience life at its most mysterious on MIR's once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the North Pole. Retrace the path of early polar explorers as you cruise aboard the world’s largest icebreaker, keeping a lookout for the astonishing array of wildlife in the Arctic and enjoying fantastic views of an endless, frozen icescape. Read More


Congratulations on your retirement, Mariana!

Congratulations on your retirement, Mariana!

For nearly two decades, the words of MIR’s Senior Copywriter, Mariana Noble, have graced countless pages in our catalogs, brochures, destination guides, and reading materials, not to mention numerous stories and personal travel accounts written especially for the MIR blog. Throughout her long tenure at our Seattle office, she has been a dedicated co-worker, a thoughtful travel companion, a warm and generous mentor, and a cherished friend. Today, with bittersweet emotions, we bid Mariana a fond farewell as she heads into new adventures in retirement. Read More


MIR’s Siberia Travel Expertise Mentioned in Men’s Journal Magazine

MIR’s Siberia Travel Expertise Mentioned in Men’s Journal Magazine

A recent feature in Men’s Journal Magazine about adventurous — yet still accessible — far north destinations included both the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway and the route’s most naturally stunning highlight, UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, in its round-up.Surrounded by mountains, Lake Baikal is also the world’s deepest lake—it descends more than a mile down into the earth’s surface. Geologists estimate Lake Baikal to be 25 to 30 million years old, and it’s also one of the clearest, with visibility of more than 100 feet in the wintertime.The article names MIR Corporation as the company to talk to about adventures to Siberia.Read the full article on the Men’s Journal website.Read More


MIR’s Russian Space Tour “One-of-a-Kind”

MIR’s Russian Space Tour “One-of-a-Kind”

Iconic Life, and online publication that spotlights up-and-coming trends in travel, fashion, food, and luxury goods, recently included MIR’s Inside the Russian Space Program small group tour in its list of “Favorite One-of-a-Kind Experiential Gifts.”For the person who says they have been everywhere, a trip to space may be in order…MIR Corporation offers a behind-the-scene tour of Star City, Russia’s top cosmonaut training facility with their Inside the Russian Space Program tour. At the remote Russian launch facility, guests can mingle with space veterans and family members of the space crew as they witness the launch of the Soyuz on its way to the International Space Station.Read the full article on the Iconic Life website.Read More


MIR’s Travel Expertise Praised in “Perfect Adventures” Round-Up

MIR’s Travel Expertise Praised in “Perfect Adventures” Round-Up

Influential travel website VacationIdea Magazine recently spotlighted MIR’s extensive travel planning expertise in its round-up of “25 Perfect Adventure Vacations.” Citing MIR as the company to talk to for independent journeys to “Russia, Siberia, Tibet, Uzbekistan, the Ukraine, and other Central Asian locations,” the article also mentions MIR’s small group trips to the same destinations, as well as the “world-class air travel and accommodations secured by the company’s full-service guest service departments.”Read full article on the VacationIdea Magazine website.Read More


Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival Soars in the Spotlight

Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival Soars in the Spotlight

Australian travel blogger Winsor Dobbin recently featured MIR’s celebratory small group tour Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Festival on his popular blog, the Gourmet on the Road. The signature highlight of the 12-day tour is the chance to attend the Golden Eagle Festival in remote Ulgii, where travelers can witness thrilling competitions as “the eagle handlers display their birds’ speed, skill and training, as well as the bond that forms between bird and human.”Read the full article on Winsor Dobbin’s blog, the Gourmet on the Road.Read More


Siberia Spotlighted in Condé Nast Traveller’s Romance Round-Up

Siberia Spotlighted in Condé Nast Traveller’s Romance Round-Up

If cozying up by a warm fire after a long day of playing in the snow sounds like your idea of a fun date, Condé Nast Traveller encourages you to “channel a little bit of Doctor Zhivago” and consider a wintertime journey across the wilds of Siberia. The destination was given the #10 spot in the magazine’s recent round-up of “30 Romantic Adventures.”Thanks to U.S.-based travel company Mir Corporation, even the Siberian wilderness in the depths of winter is a vacation possibility…Sure, you could have taken the (much warmer) Trans-Siberian railway, but as Traveler contributor Sophy Roberts writes, when practically every inch of the globe is now mapped, “the ultimate luxury is having the freedom to travel widely in the first place, to parts of the world where one encounters no other tourists.”Read the full article on the Condé Nast Traveller website.Read More


MIR’s Ultimate Siberian “Luxpedition”

MIR’s Ultimate Siberian “Luxpedition”

If you think Australians are all about sunshine and days of surfing by the beach, think again. MIR’s Siberian Winter Escapade small group tour was recently included in the Sunshine Coast Daily’s round-up of cool, new “luxpeditions” — journeys that “bring together some of the world’s best active adventures and luxury accommodations.”Explore wild and wooded Siberia on a MIR Corporation trip in winter, when Lake Baikal freezes hard enough to travel over its surface. Dash through the taiga on a traditional troika ride, race teams of sled dogs and sweep across the frozen lake by hovercraft to sacred Olkhon Island.Read the full article in the February 2nd, 2019 edition of the Sunshine Coast Daily Weekend Magazine.Read More