National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

National Geographic Tour of a LifetimeSEATTLE, WA – Award-winning Russia tour specialist, MIR Corporation, is thrilled to announce that its Inside the Russian Space Program tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine’s 2012 50 Tours of a Lifetime, and will be featured in the May 2012 issue as well as listed on a special Tours of a Lifetime landing page. The 10-day tour, offered only once in 2012, allows travelers to witness both the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station and the live docking of the Soyuz at Mission Control Center in Moscow. The trip runs $13,995 per person and is scheduled October 9-18, 2012. For more information, visit MIR’s website, or call 800-424-7289. 

Led by Dr. Steven Lee of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and MIR founder Douglas Grimes, this tour provides exclusive access and insight into Russia’s Space Program. Space enthusiasts will not only witness the manned Soyuz launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and tour a mock-up of the International Space Station (ISS) at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, but for an extra fee, travelers can attend actual cosmonaut training, which can include a ride on the world’s largest centrifuge, a zero gravity flight, or a chance to climb into a Russian Orlan space suit. 

“We are elated to receive this honor from National Geographic Traveler,” said Grimes. “Having been born in 1960, I grew up during the “Space Race” and dreamed of being an astronaut. It has certainly been an honor for me to create a trip that offers such an intimate glimpse into Russia’s rich and historical space program.” 

Other MIR tours picked in past years by National Geographic Traveler as “Tours of a Lifetime” are:


Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire


Georgia & Armenia: Mountains & Monasteries


Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia

Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

For more information on any of MIR’s small group tours or independent journeys, visit, email info (at) mircorp (dot) com or call 800-424-7289. 

About MIR Corporation

MIR Corporation, whose name means “peace” and “world” in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR’s Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country.

Press inquiries should be directed to:
Liz Riley
MIR Corporation
liz (at) mircorp (dot) com
85 South Washington St Suite 210
Seattle, WA 98104

PUBLISHED: April 12, 2012