MIR Corporation connects travelers with their family heritages in Ukraine and Poland

MIR Corporation connects travelers with their family heritages in Ukraine and Poland

Imagine shaking hands with a distant cousin you never knew you had, in a place you’ve never been before that seems somehow familiar; or discovering a restaurant serving a soup exactly like Grandma made; or learning that you share your name with your maternal great-grandmother’s sister.

Researching family names and dates often leads to an irresistible longing to see the places and meet the people your family left behind.  Now, travelers who want to take a journey into their own family heritage can utilize the resources of Seattle-based tour operator MIR Corporation, which has been creating unusual itineraries to Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and beyond for over 20 years.  MIR has a dedicated team of Private Journey Specialists who can work with on-the-ground staff in Ukraine and Poland to handcraft itineraries that let travelers connect with their family heritage in whatever way they wish.

Past MIR travelers have been introduced to archivists and libraries where they can look at family birth and death certificates, and have traveled to remote villages in Ukraine and Poland to meet with old friends of their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents, all with the expert guides that only MIR can provide.

Travelers sometimes use their family heritage trips as springboards to deeper explorations of these two fascinating countries, with help from MIR’s new Regional Custom Trip Planners, which highlight the major sights in Eastern Europe.

“Starting off as a ‘roots’ trip, I came away with a true sense of place, learning much about Ukraine’s past and its present with hope for its future,” said Marilyn S. after her 2008 trip to Ukraine.

For more information, call MIR at 800-424-729, visiting http://www.mircorp.com or email privatejourneys@mircorp.com

PUBLISHED: February 5, 2009