MIR’s Remote Russia Tour Makes the Rounds

MIR’s Remote Russia Tour Makes the Rounds

MIR’s off-the-beaten-path small group tour Remote Russia: Yakutia & Kamchatka has been trending in numerous travel publications recently. The 14-day journey, which began its inaugural run in 2018, has become one of MIR’s most popular tour offerings, particularly with travelers who are searching for something totally unique, as James Shillinglaw of the Insider Travel Report points out:In historic times, sending someone to Siberia was considered a punishment. Now it’s an exotic vacation filled with new experiences. On a new tour offered by MIR Corporation, intrepid travelers can explore the remote corners of Russia, including Yakutia, a rugged northern frontier known for mammoths and diamonds, and the wild Kamchatka Peninsula, perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire.Read the full articles online at Insider Travel Report, Ultimate Adventures, and ManTrippingRead More


Railway Resolutions

Railway Resolutions

Scott McMurren, a regular contributor to the travel column of the Anchorage Daily News, advises adding a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway to your list of resolutions to make in 2019. His article entitled, “There’s a Big World Out There — Why Not Resolve to See More Of It in 2019,” endorses MIR Corporation as a tour operator you might want to consult for your journey across the legendary rail route.Read the full article on the Anchorage Daily News website.Read More


Silk Road Shout-Out From NYT Bestselling Author Patricia Schultz

Silk Road Shout-Out From NYT Bestselling Author Patricia Schultz

Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling travel book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, included both Uzbekistan and Central Asia in her list of top five places to visit in 2019.I doubt that Uzbekistan — or any of its 4 independent neighbours of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan — could be found on the world map by the average traveler. But the Stans were known far and wide as flourishing outposts along the fabled Silk Road for centuries and their welcoming hospitality in the heartland of Asia was, and remains, the stuff of legend…Noting some of the region’s most unusual and incredible highlights, Schultz recommends MIR as the company to talk to about travel to Central Asia.Read the full article on the Vancouver Sun website.Read More


Recommend.com Finds Inspiration in China’s Silk Road & Tibet

Recommend.com Finds Inspiration in China’s Silk Road & Tibet

Recommend.com recently featured MIR’s 18-day journey exploring Tibet and Western China — China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants — in its “Get Inspired” column. Following an ancient branch of the Silk Road, the tour visits a number of fascinating and fabled places along the way that are sure to inspire travelers, including the bustling Sunday Market in Kashgar; the Mogao Buddhist Caves with their vibrant frescoes and painted statues; the gold-roofed Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse; and Lhasa’s UNESCO-listed Potala Palace.Read the full article on the Recommend.com website.Read More


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