How to Design the Trip of Your Dreams with MIR’s Private Travel Expertise
What’s your idea of the perfect dream trip — one that goes beyond the guidebooks, beyond the one-size fits all approach and the usual list of must-sees, and takes you into realm of the extraordinary?
Make Your Dream Trip Come Alive
Journeys of a lifetime like these often require careful planning, an insider’s regional knowledge and on-the-ground connections, and the time and energy to troubleshoot all the particulars, from arranging convenient hotels and transportation to navigating the sometimes tricky requirements for visas and border crossings.
You need someone to get you started on the right foot — that’s where MIR comes in. Our knowledgable team of Custom & Private Journeys Specialists have the drive and dedication to take your travel plans, however lofty or logistically complex, and put them in motion. Backed by our decades of destination expertise and the determination to take on virtually any travel challenge, we can help you dream it and do it all on your terms.
Ready to Get Started?
We offer two fantastic ways to explore the treasures of our destinations on your terms:
Option 1Thoughtfully Handcrafted: Create your own completely customized journey from the ground up with MIR’s expert assistance. Learn more! Option 2Researched & Ready-to-Go: Select one of our “Flexible Essential” trips — readymade itineraries available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates. Learn more!
4 Easy Steps to Design the Private Journey of Your Dreams
Custom travel doesn’t have to be complicated. Once you have an idea in mind for a personalized, private journey of your own:
Contact our Private Journeys Specialists and tell us what your dream is for this trip: where you want to go, what type of accommodations you’re looking for, what you especially want to see or do. Your personal travel specialist will listen, ask questions, and make creative suggestions.
In collaboration with you, we’ll design an itinerary that suits your personal travel goals, budget, and style. We can either suggest one of our Flexible Essential itineraries to start with and fine-tune to fit your preferences, or custom-craft a signature adventure from the ground up. Then, we’ll send it off for your review and feedback.
Once you’re ready to reserve your trip, send in the required reservation form and non-refundable deposit. We’ll book all of your arrangements and send you a full confirmation packet with lots of information to help you prepare and pack for your trip.
Escape the everyday, and dive into your destination — with in-country transportation, lodging, knowledgeable local guides, and private drivers ready and waiting.
Custom Private Journeys
A MIR custom private journey is the perfect choice for travelers who want the advantages of traveling alone — flexibility and privacy — but who also value the security and comfort of knowing that capable guides and drivers have been selected, accommodations are waiting at the end of the day, and transportation to the next town or country is already arranged.
Beyond the Basics
When you book a custom, private journey with MIR, you’ll work directly with a tour specialist who’ll guide you through the planning process from start to finish — from deciding the destinations and daily activities, to recommending the best route and transportation options for your journey.
In addition to lodging, excursions, and transportation, we’ll also help you navigate your visa, international airfare, and travel insurance needs. When you work with MIR, you have the full support of our Seattle-based and in-country operations teams, the full benefit of our knowledge and expertise, and our full dedication towards helping you get exactly what you want out of your private journey.
Your Trip, Your Dates, Your Signature Experience
We’ve helped thousands of travelers craft unique and well-planned itineraries to our chosen corner of the globe, handling everything from creative culinary tours to multi-day hiking and camping expeditions, and from cross-country driving journeys to unforgettable ancestry tours that have connected families on an even deeper level to their heritage.
We go above and beyond to design one-of-a-kind trips tailored to your specific interests — not only focusing on the classic sights in our destinations, but also adding enriching and authentic opportunities that open our travelers to the fascinating cultural traditions and warm-hearted people of our region.
Your Travel Memories with MIR
On a MIR custom private journey, we can offer you an exclusive opportunity to go far from the familiar and:
- Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia, enjoying a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, attending the classic Nutcracker ballet performed on one of Russia’s world-class stages, and sampling Russian zakuski, or appetizers, at a nobleman’s fireside.
- Discover your family heritage, visiting the villages, towns, and cities where your ancestors grew up, finding the graves of your great-grandparents, or tracking down living relatives in Poland, Ukraine, Central Europe, and other settlements “beyond the Pale.”
- Journey to the back of beyond in Mongolia’s great Gobi Desert, sleeping under the stars in a traditional nomadic ger, and learning firsthand about the dinosaurs that once roamed this legendary land.
- Uncover the ancient secrets of Silk Road crafts through exclusive visits to private studios and workshops, learning about hand-painted silks, the wonderful embroidered Uzbek suzani, Kyrgyz felted rugs, and Persian carpets.
- Experience an unforgettable Siberian winter adventure with your family, dogsledding across the clear ice of Lake Baikal, ice-fishing for the endemic omul, and hovercrafting to the Bronze Age petroglyphs of Sagan-Zaba and sacred Olkhon Island.
- Set off in search of outdoor thrills on an active adventure in the Balkans, hiking, rafting, kayaking, and even zip-lining your way through Croatia, Bosnia, Slovakia, and beyond.
- Savor the creative culinary and winemaking traditions of the South Caucasus, learning to make local specialties like juicy Georgian khinkali dumplings or the savory stuffed tolma of Armenia in a village home, and tasting the region’s acclaimed natural and organic wines.
- Traverse the furthest reaches of our destinations on an epic overland expedition, driving from the ever-changing face of China across the gorgeous rolling steppe of Mongolia, through the charming towns and villages of Siberia, and to historic cities like Samarkand, Tbilisi, Kiev, and Moscow.
Flexible Essential Private Journeys
Prefer that we suggest an itinerary to get you started, or just want a pre-planned, pre-packaged travel option that’s ready to go when you need it? Check out our series of Flexible Essential Private Journeys — private travel itineraries already researched and ready to book on the dates you choose.
Your Travel Essentials
With our Flexible Essential itineraries, you get the freedom of traveling on your own, but without the stress of making and troubleshooting all the arrangements — we’ve already done the legwork required of a completely customized journey on your behalf.
MIR’s Flexible Essential itineraries showcase all the essential highlights of a country in a brief, compact tour, with many of the same inclusions featured on our escorted Small Group Tours. They’re perfect for those who want to travel privately, but don’t know where to start, or for those looking for an effortless extension to another tour.
Your Custom Comforts
On every Flexible Essential itinerary, you’ll be met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip; in-country transportation will be pre-arranged; your lodging will be pre-booked; and while traveling, your own private, expert local guide will ensure that you and your companions get the most out of your visit.
When you book a Flexible Essential Private Journey with us, a dedicated MIR travel specialist will oversee all the details of your trip, answering your questions and providing customized suggestions, visa guidance, and air tickets from our in-house agency, as desired.
Shake It Up!
Found an itinerary you like, but want to add extras like reservations at a top-notch restaurant, or a chance to witness a unique local ceremony? Maybe you just want to arrange for an extra day or two in a city that piques your travel fancy? No problem — we can take any Flexible Essential program and tailor it to meet your needs.
There’s lots of Flexible Essential itineraries to choose from, covering all our core destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. And we’re offering even more options in 2019 to suit your style:
New Flexible Essential Private Itineraries
Essential Golden Ring
Road Trip Through Russia’s Heartland
Circle the enchanting town’s and villages of Russia’s historic Golden Ring, admiring ancient kremlins, wooden churches, fascinating frescoes, and time-honored handicrafts.
Journey Through the Land of Genghis Khan
Explore breathtaking landscapes, visit nomadic families, and venture deep into the vast expanse of the Gobi as you discover the ancient culture and traditions of Mongolia.
Cultures & Contrasts in the Land of Fire
Explore Azerbaijan’s cosmopolitan capital, Baku, then take to the hills to visit villages lost in time, ancient archaeological sites, and a stained-glass-lit khan’s palace.
Essential Central Europe
Highlights of Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary
Sample the best of Central Europe’s capitals, admiring the medieval masterpieces of Prague, the spires and squares of Bratislava, and the breathtaking baroque architecture of Budapest.
Essential Albania, Macedonia & Kosovo
Valleys and Villages of Three Balkan Beauties
Traverse the lesser-known Balkan nations, exploring the stunning hilltop fortresses of Albania, the sweeping shore of UNESCO-listed Lake Ohrid, and the cosmopolitan capital of Kosovo, Pristina.
Myths, Mountains & Monasteries of Romania
Roam the fortified medieval towns and gorgeous mountains of Romania. Visit folktale villages and UNESCO-listed monasteries, and walk in Dracula’s Transylvanian footsteps.
The MIR Difference
Commitment to Customization
Private Journeys are about you — where, when, why, and how you want to travel. You choose your companions, pick the place, and set the pace — we take care of all the details, letting you kick back and relax so that you can enjoy the trip planning as much as the journey.
We cater to groups of all shapes and sizes, from solo travelers and couples to an entourage of close-knit family members and friends. No matter which destinations you want to visit or what your interests are, we’d love to take your ideas and weave them into a trip tailored especially for you.
Your Style — Our Years of Expertise
MIR can create memorable and innovative itineraries to intriguing destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. This vast, varied, and under-explored region includes the architectural masterpieces of the legendary Silk Route; the imperial palaces of the Russian czars; the breathtaking beauty of Siberia’s Lake Baikal; and the savory culinary traditions and rich wines of Georgia and the South Caucasus.
As specialists in Russia, Siberia, the Silk Route, and beyond, MIR leverages over 30 years of destination expertise, backed by our exceptional team of travel specialists and regional, on-the-ground partners, as well as our personal, flexible approach to program planning. The result – truly authentic, hassle-free, and extraordinary travel experiences that last a lifetime.
Real, Authentic, Vital
With our exclusive connections and insider’s knowledge of our destinations, we seek to enhance each and every one of our private tours with one-of-a-kind experiences that are relevant, real, and often challenging to find on your own.
From an intimate visit to a local family’s home, to a private meeting and studio tour with a renowned artist, these unique and uncommon elements go beyond the usual tourist mainstays and give travelers the opportunity to interact in a meaningful way with the local people and their culture.
Design Your Personalized, Private Journey with MIR
MIR has been handling the ins and outs and special requests of personalized travel in our destinations for more than 30 years. With MIR affiliate offices in Western Russia, Siberia, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine, we can assure you of an on-the-ground partner possessing some of the most extensive travel and tourism experience in the region, as well as an unmatched ability to plan fascinating and unusual itineraries.
To schedule your own adventure in any of MIR’s destinations, contact our Private Journey Specialists with a list of things you’ve always wanted to do, see, or experience, or send us your thoughts using our easy Custom Travel Inquiry Form.
Need fresh ideas to inspire your wanderlust? In addition to browsing the pages of our free catalog, you can request one of MIR’s regional custom travel planners, available for each of our destinations including Western Russia, the South Caucasus, Central Asia & Iran, and more. Or, narrow down your choices online using our Trip Finder and the Destination Map.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-424-7289 to get started today.
Top photo: Private helicopter tour, Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia. Photo: Vladimir Kvashnin
PUBLISHED: December 12, 2018