Experts Voted: 18 Places to Travel in 2017

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:

Want to know where the travel buzz is? Here are the places that scored big this year:

Dubrovnik, Croatia. Photo credit: Croatian Tourist Board

Red roofs of Dubrovnik, Croatia
Photo credit: Croatian Tourist Board

The Balkans

 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.

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:


St. Basil's church glows under beautiful lighting in Red Square. Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

St. Basil’s cathedral glows under darkening skies in Red Square
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen


  • 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:

Or waltz across Russia on a Trans-Siberian adventure.


National price in Warsaw, Poland. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta

Warsaw, Poland
Photo credit: Martin Klimenta


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.


Isfahan mosque in Iran

The complex Persian architecture of beautiful Isfahan, Iran


  • 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:

You can visit Iran in a number of ways: on a small group tour, on a rail journey by private train, or on an independent trip put together just the way you want it.


Tatev Monastery in Armenia Photo Credit: Ana Filonov

Tatev Monastery in Armenia
Photo Credit: Ana Filonov

South Caucasus

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.

Visit both these fascinating countries on our survey of the South Caucasus countries, Treasures of the South Caucasus.

Concentrate on Georgia on a tour mentioned in the May 2016 National Geographic Traveler – A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture.


Friendly smiles greet travelers in Bukhara, UzbekistanPhoto credit: Ana Filonov

Friendly smiles greet travelers in Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Photo credit: Ana Filonov

Other travel destination recommendations include:


MIR travelers going "Inside the Russian Space Program" with a visit to Yuri Gagarin's statue in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo credit: Christopher Prentiss Michel

MIR travelers going
“Inside the Russian Space Program” with a visit to Yuri Gagarin’s statue in Baikonur, Kazakhstan
Photo credit: Christopher Prentiss Michel

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 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

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