Essential Moscow

Essential Moscow

Moscow is the political, historical, and emotional heart of Russia — a booming metropolis where centuries-old landmarks stand shoulder-to-shoulder with 21st-century high-rises. This comprehensive tour delves deep into the long and fascinating history of the Russian capital, surveying glittering cathedrals and ancient fortresses, as well as incredible art galleries and modern monuments. Read More


Albania: Beyond the Guidebook

Albania: Beyond the Guidebook

Experience the abundant natural beauty and hospitality of Albania, a burgeoning Balkan nation ready to step into the spotlight after decades of isolation and obscurity. Discover the country’s communist history, marvel at forgotten remnants of Greco-Roman and Ottoman architecture, admire spectacular vistas in the Albanian Alps, and step into the lives of villagers who still hold tight to ancient traditions. 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


Kaliningrad & The Baltics

Kaliningrad & The Baltics

This overland journey roves the countryside and urban centers of four distinct nations:  the three independent Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – and Kaliningrad, an exclave of Russia.  Together they form a mosaic of countries ruled over in early years by the traders of the Hanseatic League, and later occupied by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. Read More


Essential Albania, Macedonia & Kosovo

Essential Albania, Macedonia & Kosovo

Albania boasts miles of Adriatic and Ionian Sea coastline, as well as spectacular Roman ruins. Land-locked Kosovo has a reputation for fine skiing and mountaineering, sophisticated cafés and shops, and a forward-looking young population. And Macedonia is a compact jewel of a country, blue with lakes and green with forested mountains. Visit all three, from the mountains to the sea, on this 10-day jaunt across the little-traveled, yet fascinating lower Balkan Peninsula. Read More


Return to the North Caucasus

Return to the North Caucasus

Join MIR on a one-of-a-kind adventure as we return to the fascinating and complex North Caucasus region, today experiencing the very beginnings of a revitalization of tourism. Discover the ravishing mountain landscapes, medley of cultures and overflowing hospitality of North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan, where ancient mountain tribes have guarded their way of life for thousands of years. Read More


Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Travel on regularly scheduled Trans-Siberian trains over a dramatic and variegated route that offers limitless opportunities to meet the diverse local people – Mongol, Buryat and Russian. Experience the rolling green hills and nomadic traditions of Mongolia, Siberia’s UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, and endless taiga forest on your way to the booming capital, Moscow. The July departure features Mongolia’s Naadam Festival.Read More


Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Join a band of rail voyagers venturing far above the Arctic Circle on a winter hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights, in the warmth and comfort of a private train. Head north from beautiful St. Petersburg to the frosty twilight of the polar region. Rolling through the taiga until the trees thin and lose their stature, the train crosses the Arctic Circle. Chase the Northern Lights through the tundra, visit a hotel made of packed snow, and ride a dogsled behind a team of huskies. Read More


Essential Balkans

Essential Balkans

Explore seven Balkan countries on this compact overland journey through history. Visit the capitals, the countryside, and the competing cultures of the Balkan Peninsula. This circular driving itinerary begins and ends in lovely Dubrovnik. In between, survey the capitals and classic sites of the meeting point of ancient Greece and Rome, Christianity and Islam.Read More


Essential Poland

Essential Poland

Modern Poland is one of Europe’s most exciting countries, brimming with lively urban centers, beautiful countryside, saw-toothed mountains, cultural treasures and deep beliefs. Survey Poland’s capital, animated Warsaw and the former royal city of Krakow with its medieval town square and underground pubs. On this focused tour, visit four Polish UNESCO sites in six days ­– Warsaw’s Old Town, Krakow’s Historic Center, the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp and the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Read More