MIR News and Views: December 2009


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The Best Place to Taste Wine: Georgia

Georgians were originally sun worshippers and believed that the sun’s chosen plant was the grape vine.  The winding characters of the Georgian alphabet resemble the trailing growth of the vine, and this motif is found in Georgian architecture throughout the country.  Georgia’s Kakheti region is its most important wine-growing area, but the complex Georgian wines are served and celebrated all over the country.

Tour Georgia with MIR:

Treasures of the Trans-Caucasus
   Small Group Tour
   May 4-18, September 14-28
    (view a slideshow
    (read a travel log
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Georgia & Armenia:  Mountains & Monasteries
   Small Group Tour
   July 12-26
    (view a slideshow
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Essential Caucasus
   Private Journey
   Your choice of dates 
   – start on a Saturday
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Essential Georgia
   Private Journey
   Your choice of dates 
   – start on a Thursday
    (view a slideshow)
    (request a descriptive itinerary


New Departure of MIR’s Small Group Tour “Journey Through Central Asia:  The Five ‘Stans” added for 2010

Because of heightened demand, MIR has added a fifth departure of its popular Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans.  The newest departure of this in-depth survey of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan runs fromOctober 19 to November 8, 2010.  

Several departures of this program are already sold out so call 1-800-424-7289 or email charity@mircorp.com now to reserve your space and find yourself exploring the mosques,madrassahs and minarets of the old Silk Road next autumn. 

Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans
   Small Group Tour
   April 13-May 3 (sold out!), 
   May 11-31, August 24-September 13,
   October 12-November 1 (sold out!), 
   October 19-November 8 (new!)
    (view a slideshow
    (request a descriptive itinerary


NYU highlights 
“Lost World of Old Europe” with artifacts from Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania

Along the the shores of the life-giving Danube Valley, before 5000 BC, some of the earliest civilizations of Europe flourished, producing settlements where as many as 10,000 souls lived and died.  Archaeological evidence from these Neolithic “Old European” cultures is most abundant in three of MIR’s destinations, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania, though artifacts have been discovered in southeastern Europe from Serbia to Ukraine.  You can learn about the NYU exhibit running now through April 1, 2010 on their website

MIR offers three ways to travel to this region:

Bulgaria & Romania:  Frescoes & Fortresses 
   Small Group Tour
   June 1-17 (featuring the Rose Festival),
   September 21-October 7 
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova 
   Small Group Tour
   May 16-31, August 15-30
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Essential Balkans 
   Private Journey
   Your choice of dates – start on a Thursday 
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Private Custom Journey 
   Your choice of dates
    (email us for more information)


Catch the Holiday Season Savings at MIR – 
Book a MIR Small Group Tour 
or Rail Journey and Save up to $800

Early Booking Discount: 
Save $100 per person per tour when you book by Dec 31, 2009.
Multi-Tour Discount: 
Book two trips by Dec 31, 2009 and save $400 per person.  
(Multi-tour discount is $100 per person, per tour; combinable with Early Booking Discount)
Here’s how to save up to $800 per couple:
1.  Choose two of MIR’s specially formulated back-to-back itineraries*
2.  Grab your partner
3.  Book your 2010 trips before December 31, 2009
*One popular pairing is Journey through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans combined with Treasures of the Trans-Caucasus.
Note:  Discounts apply to scheduled 2010 small group tours and private rail journeys.  Discounts are not applicable to Flexible Essential Private Journeys, custom or private travel. 


Extreme Trans-Siberian Railroad 
Winter Wonder Land Savings

Travel by deluxe train between Vladivostok and Moscow on a fascinating Russian odyssey featuring tours of nine locations, including the charming city of Suzdal in Russia’s Golden Ring and Siberia’s Lake Baikal. 

Book the westbound Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land Route tour aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train (February 18-March 3) and earn up to $500 per person credittoward additional services, such as pre- or post-tours and flights.  

This journey also features a one-time only extreme savings opportunity for single travelers:  No extra charge for single accommodations! That’s a savings of $3,200 in New Heritage Class; $5,700 in Silver Class; and $6,400 in Gold Class!

Both of these offers expire December 31, 2009 or when space is filled. 

Contact MIR Corporation

For more information on journeys to legendary destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia with MIR, contact our team of experts at 800-424-7289 or info@mircorp.com.

MIR Corporation – 85 South Washington Street – Suite 210 – Seattle, WA 98104 – USA

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© 2009 MIR Corporation and all rights reserved
                               Photos: Caucasus Travel, GW Travel Limited, 
Polish National Tourist Board, MIR Corporation

PUBLISHED: August 22, 2012

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