Ready to Travel? Take a Look at MIR’s 2017 Tour Catalog!
The wait is over – our new 2017 tour catalog is fresh off the presses and coming to a home near you!
If your travel dreams involve the unfamiliar and unconventional, then we invite you to peruse our 2017 catalog, brimming with captivating panoramic photos and new travel ideas to spark your wanderlust. Discover why we love our chosen corner of the world and join us on an unforgettable journey in 2017.
Our new 2017 tour catalog will be arriving in households in the coming weeks, but you can flip through the pages of the online catalog now. It’s easy to request a free catalog, if you haven’t already. Or, check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates and prices for the 2017 season and narrow down your choices.
What’s New for 2017
While paging through our 2017 catalog, be on the lookout for these six new tour offerings and special departures, in addition to our regular line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train:
Small Group Tours
NEW! Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistanhosted by travel writer Caroline Eden
Join renowned travel, culture and food writer Caroline Eden as you taste your way through vibrant Uzbekistan during the height of the Uzbek New Year, Navruz. Explore the exciting culinary tastes, brilliant bazaars, and ancient architecture of three Silk Road oases – Bukhara, Khiva and Samarkand – and celebrate Navruz with the locals as they welcome you into their homes and communities.
Special Departure! Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultureshosted by author Patricia Schultz – SOLD OUT! Waitlist available.
Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, will host a special departure of Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures, from May 11-26, 2017. A traveler and expert on must-see sites around the world, Patricia will share her expertise with other MIR travelers as they explore Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo.
Rail Journeys by Private Train
NEW! Hellenic Treasures by Private TrainBetween Budapest and Athens aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train
Glide in style from the edges of the old Ottoman Empire in Budapest to the heart of Ancient Greece, glorious Athens, exploring the modern Balkan countries of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Bulgaria along the way. Encounter four UNESCO sites on either a southbound or a northbound route.
NEW! Land of the Midnight Sun by Private TrainWhite Nights Across the Arctic Circle aboard the Golden Eagle private train
Join a band of adventurous travelers during the “White Nights” of summer on a luxury rail journey celebrating the Midnight Sun. Beginning in magnificent Moscow, take advantage of the long, sun-filled days as the train heads north beyond the Arctic Circle and finally rolls to a stop down south in sumptuous St. Petersburg.
NEW! Tibet & China Rail DiscoveryFrom Lhasa to Urumqi by private train
Explore the City of the Sun, Lhasa, with its massive, UNESCO-listed Potala Palace. Then hop the special high-altitude train, descending from Lhasa’s 12,000 feet down to Golmud at 9,200, and transfer to a comfortable private train to discover the Buddhist caves and teeming bazaars of exotic Western China.
NEW! Treasures of Eastern Europe by Private TrainFrom Venice to Budapest aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train
Range across six European countries – Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria and Hungary – and encounter seven UNESCO sites on this deluxe 14-day rail journey through the heart of Europe. From romantic Venice, roll through Prague, Berlin, the Baltic Coast of Poland, Krakow, and Vienna, ending in Budapest for concerts and a cruise on Lake Balaton.
Over 30 Years of Pioneering Travel
MIR launched in 1986 backed by a simple yet powerful mission: to connect people through travel and citizen diplomacy. From our early years of facilitating cultural exchanges between the U.S. and the once-forbidden cities of the old U.S.S.R., we continued to venture into relatively obscure, remote, and even controversial places, expanding our offerings to 35 destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
More than 30 years later – and counting – MIR’s vision remains more important than ever, as today’s travelers seek out meaningful experiences and ways to connect with the world around them. Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to open the doors to destinations once thought impossible and introduce travelers to some of the most unusual, unknown, and ultimately rewarding regions on the planet.
Travel in 2017 with MIR
MIR is celebrating over 30 years of connecting travelers with fascinating destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations.
Wondering which destination or itinerary is right for you? In addition to browsing the pages of our free catalog, you can narrow down your choices online using our Trip Finder and the Destination Map. Or chat with our Private Journeys department to have a trip handcrafted to your interests, pace and budget.
Contact MIR today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-424-7289.
(Top photo: Emily Kelso captured some of the catalog pages as they came off the printing press. Catalog cover photo by Russ & Ellen Cmolik.)
PUBLISHED: September 30, 2016