MIR News and Views: September 2009


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In this issue… 
  • Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia:  Attend the Czar’s Ball in Catherine’s Palace or dine in a private Russian home.
    Try something new and different this holiday season with a visit to Zhivago’s Russia!  New Year’s celebrations, world-class museums, traditional sleigh rides!

  • Venture across Russia on a deluxe Trans-Siberian winter rail journey accompanied by BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson.*
    Featured stop: frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia where you can experience traditional winter activities:  snowmobiling, a dog troika ride, or under-ice fishing!
    *John Simpson travels on the Eastbound trip February 7-20, 2010. Special offer available on  the reverse direction westbound rail journey.

  • Design your own Russian Winter Experience with the help of MIR travel experts 
    Interested in traveling privately?  Check out MIR’s Flexible Essential Private Trips, or contact us to design a custom journey just for you!

The Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace 

Celebrate the New Year in Imperial Russian style at a grand gala held inside the opulent Catherine’s Palace.

Set in luxurious Catherine’s Palace, the sumptuous Czar’s Ball recreates the imperial soirees of the 19th century, when no expense was spared to dazzle and entertain.  

Crowded with fragrant hothouse flowers, the parquet floors gleaming
in the candlelight, Catherine’s gilded Throne Room awakens with this magnificent New Year’s celebration as opera and ballet soloists entertain throughout.  

The celebratory feast is a splendid re-enactment of gatherings at the height of czarist opulence, replete with ice sculptures, fine French and Russian cuisine, champagne and caviar.

Note:  The Czar’s Ball is an optional event featured on MIR’s Russian Winter Wonder Land tour.  For ticket prices and details, email Charity Shaller atcharity@mircorp.com.


Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia 

New Year’s in Russia is an incomparable celebration.  Illuminated evergreen trees drip with ornaments, swags of brilliant lights tint the boulevards and fireworks flower at midnight.  Moscow and St. Petersburg take on a warm patina in the slanted winter sunlight, and theaters, restaurants and teahouses welcome passersby in from the snowy streets.

Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year’s in Russia 
   December 29, 2009-January 7, 2010 
    (View a slideshow
    (request a descriptive itinerary

Special Winter Group Tour Offers Please note:  the discount is applied to the final tour balance due.  Trip must book by October 15, 2009 to qualify for discount.  Discount is not applicable to Flexible Essential Private Journeys or to any custom program.

Venture across Russia on a deluxe rail journey with BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson

Travel by deluxe train between Moscow and Vladivostok on a fascinating Russian odyssey featuring tours of 9 locations, including the charming city of Suzdal in Russia’s Golden Ring and Siberia’s Lake Baikal. The eastbound route features onboard lectures by renowned BBC World Affairs Editor, John Simpson. 

Frozen in winter, Lake Baikal is the perfect location to experience the thrill of an ice ride. Choose an exciting snowmobile ride or opt to experience a dog troika ride, or try your hand at under-ice fishing and enjoy the freshly caught fish quick smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm – delicious!  Relax in the comfort of Russia’s most comfortable private train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express on the Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route.  

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route
   Eastbound: Moscow to Vladivostok with onboard lectures by John Simpson
      February 7-20, 2010

   Westbound: Vladivostok to Moscow with $500 extra services credit special offer
      February 18-March 3, 2010


Design your own Russian Winter Experience with the help of MIR travel experts

MIR’s Flexible Essential Private Trips are compact, well-designed private tour itineraries – researched and ready to book on the dates you choose.  Essential Russia or Essential St. Petersburg– great for solo travelers, couples, or private parties who prefer to travel independently but appreciate a savvy pre-designed program.  Contact a Private Travel Specialist today atprivatejourneys@mircorp.com.

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.

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