Experts Voted: 18 Places to Travel in 2017
In the January melee of travel articles predicting 2017’s hottest locations, MIR is emerging a winner. We’ve been facilitating travel to 18 of these stellar destinations for years. From Albania to Uzbekistan, we’ll take you there.
MIR’s destinations have been featured on these notable lists:
- New York Times: 52 Places to Go in 2017
- National Geographic Traveler: Best Cities in 2017
- Condé Nast Traveler: The Best Places to Travel in 2017
- Travel + Leisure: 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017
- Lonely Planet: Best in Travel 2017
- Bloomberg: Where to Go in 2017
- Bradt Guides: Exceptional Places to Visit in 2017
- Harper’s Bazaar: The 17 Best Places to Travel in 2017
- Traveller: The 17 Countries to Visit in 2017
- Money: 12 Great Places to Go in 2017
Want to know where the travel buzz is? Here are the places that scored big this year:
A remarkably complex region, the Balkans present a mosaic of competing cultures, ethnicities, languages and ideologies. The sun-drenched Adriatic coast has the rocky white-washed, red-roofed appeal of the Greek islands, while the interior segues from lowland farming regions into stony plains and forest-clad mountains.
- Belgrade, Serbia (Travel + Leisure, #3)
- Albania (Bradt Guide, #1)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina (Traveller, #10)
- Croatian Coast (Condé Nast, #9)
- Dubrovnik, Croatia (New York Times, #6)
- Istria, Croatia (New York Times, #41)
- Ohrid, Macedonia (Lonely Planet, #5 City)
Visit them all (and more) on MIR’s small group tour, Balkan Odyssey.
Or stop in some of them on a rail journey by private train:
- Hellenic Treasures by Private Train (Southbound) (Northbound)
- Budapest to Venice by Private Train
- Venice to Budapest by Private Train
- Russia (Lonely Planet, #8 Value; Traveller, #8)
- Moscow (Lonely Planet, #9 City; National Geographic Traveler, #6 City)
“Like a matryoshka nesting doll, Russia’s splendid capital city reveals itself in layers.” – National Geographic Traveler
See Western Russia on these tours:
- Russia’s Imperial Capitals & Ancient Villages
- Insider’s Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg Rediscovered
- A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture
- Russian Winter Wonderland
Or waltz across Russia on a Trans-Siberian adventure.
It’s hard to find a country more inspiring than Poland. 25 years after regaining its independence, Poland has become one of the powerhouses of Europe.
- Warsaw (Harper’s Bazaar, #10)
- Gdansk (Money, #7)
Explore Warsaw on these MIR tours:
Alternately, stop in Gdansk on the Treasure of Eastern Europe by Private Train rail journey.
- Bradt, #6
- Bloomberg, #7
“For intrepid travelers, the question is not whether to visit Iran; it’s how to get there before an influx of tourists…” – Bloomberg
In 2016, several articles described MIR tours to Iran:
- The Economist’s 1843 Magazine – “An American in Iran“
- Patricia Schultz wrote about Iran with MIR in Travel Weekly – “Opening Persia“
- Small Group Tours
Beautiful, rocky Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion. And Georgia, acclaimed for its fabulous food and drink, claims to be the first area to cultivate the wine grape.
Other travel destination recommendations include:
- Mongolia (Lonely Planet, #7)
- Uzbekistan (Bradt, #10)
- Kazakhstan (New York Times, #26)
- Budapest, Hungary (New York Times, #50)
Travel with MIR in 2017
Join MIR in celebrating our destinations this year. 30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
Wondering which destination or itinerary is right for you? In addition to browsing the pages of our free catalog, you can narrow down your choices online using our Trip Finder and the Destination Map. Or chat with our Private Journeys department to have a trip handcrafted to your interests, pace and budget.
Contact MIR today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-424-7289.
Top photo: Belgrade’s bohemian quarter. Photo credit: Dragan Bosnic, Branko Jovanovic, Srdjan Veljovic, NTOS archive.
PUBLISHED: January 17, 2017