Castles of Transylvania by Private Train

Castles of Transylvania by Private Train

Take a short and sweet week-long rail journey that begins in historic Istanbul, heads north through beautiful Bulgaria and Romania’s Transylvania region, and rolls on to sophisticated Budapest.  Explore alluring capital cities, walk the halls of palaces and royal castles from a range of eras and empires, and watch the unfamiliar world of the Carpathian Mountains and the Hungarian Plain stream past your own cozy private cabin.Special Offer:Save on the cost of the single supplement on the 2020 departure of this rail journey by private train. Must be booked by January 31, 2020 (more info). Read More


Jewels of the Silk Road by Private Train

Jewels of the Silk Road by Private Train

Discover the legendary history, artistic and cultural traditions, and archaeological sites of the Silk Road on this epic rail journey by private train, experiencing three fabled ‘Stans of Central Asia and five UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way.  This is one of three shorter versions of the Republics of the Silk Road by Private Train tour, a 17-day journey from Moscow to Almaty, April 5-21, 2020.  Please call for details on our 10-day, 12-day, and 14-day tour options.  Read More


Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Crossroads of Ancient Civilizations

Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Crossroads of Ancient Civilizations

The rugged sunburnt Anatolian Plateau of Eastern Turkey and the steep-sided green valleys of Georgia are brilliantly paired on this unusual backroad exploration. Begin in iconic Istanbul, where both continents and cultures collide, and follow traces of the old Silk Road through arid valleys and rocky hills rich with the traces of early civilizations. Then explore the beautiful little country of Georgia, where guests are welcomed at tables laden with some of the finest food and wine on earth. Read More


Republics of the Silk Road by Private Train

Republics of the Silk Road by Private Train

Discover the incredible history and diversity of the Silk Road on this epic rail journey by private train, experiencing the fabled five ‘Stans of Central Asia and six UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Explore legendary oasis cities, ancient archaeological sites, and intriguing modern monuments, and witness the artistic and cultural traditions that have sustained this multifaceted region for centuries. Read More


Essential Slovenia

Essential Slovenia

Take a close-up look at a jewel of a country, lovely Slovenia. Slovenia has it all – coast, mountains, lakes, castles – and all within an hour or so of each other. On this in-depth exploration, range from the political and cultural capital, Ljubljana, through the countryside from the Julian Alps to the Adriatic Coast, admiring tidy villages and towns, grand mountain vistas, and aquamarine rivers and lakes. Visit a stud farm of the original Lipizzaner horse, attend a wine-tasting in the “Tuscany of Slovenia,” explore a cave system and a cave castle, and dine in an award-winning restaurant. Read More


The Pamir Highway: From the Tien Shan to the High Pamirs

The Pamir Highway: From the Tien Shan to the High Pamirs

Join an adventurous journey through two of the most remote and rarely explored countries in Central Asia – Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Experience the proud traditions and hospitality of Kyrgyz nomads in the highlands, enjoy visits with local Tajiks in their timeless mountain villages, and take in majestic and hauntingly beautiful landscapes along one of the world’s most scenic drives, the Pamir Highway. Read More


Essential Mongolia

Essential Mongolia

On this incredible week-long journey in Mongolia, get an instinctual feel for the nomadic life a world away from home. Explore the capital, Ulaanbaatar, witness the glow of the Flaming Cliffs at sundown, experience the living traditions of the Mongolian people on intimate visits to local ger camps, and open to the unfamiliar resonances of Mongolian throat-singing, created to combat the loneliness of the nomadic herder under the big sky. Read More


Essential Romania

Essential Romania

Romania is a country that has everything – fortified medieval towns, gorgeous mountain landscapes, castles complete with vampire legends, fascinating ethnographic museums, and hospitable people – and travelers are just beginning to discover it. From the vibrant capital, Bucharest, roam the green, forested hills and meadows of this little-known country, visiting folktale villages that seem to have stepped out of the Middle Ages, and walking in the footsteps of Bram Stoker’s legendary literary creation, Dracula. Read More


North Pole: Top of the World

North Pole: Top of the World

Join MIR on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the very top of the earth, experiencing life at its most remote and mysterious at 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


Remote Russia: Yakutia & Kamchatka

Remote Russia: Yakutia & Kamchatka

Explore the remote corners of Russia, including the wild Kamchatka Peninsula, uneasily perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and Yakutia, a challenging northern frontier known for mammoths and diamonds. Meet the indigenous peoples of these far-flung locales, and admire two natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites as you contrast the Kingdom of Permafrost in Yakutsk with the steaming Valley of the Geysers in Kamchatka. Read More