Ready to Travel? Take a Look at MIR’s 2017 Tour Catalog!

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 nowIt’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.

                     View our 2017 Tour Catalog now!

Big Award for a Big Year2016 was cause for much celebration, as it marked MIR’s 30th year of leading travel to unfamiliar and under-explored locales. So you can imagine our delight when we found out that our 2016 catalog won a prestigious Magellan award from Travel Weekly magazine. It’s the sixth time in a row that we’ve received this honor, and a perfect way to top off our 30th anniversary year.


What’s New for 2017
Young girls dressed in their finest outfits for NavruzPhoto credit: Abdu Samadov

Young girls dressed in their finest outfits for Navruz
Photo credit: Abdu Samadov

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.


Rail Journeys by Private Train

  • 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 Train From 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
Travel like a local and make friends in Iran.Photo credit: Taylor Broadfoot

A MIR client makes friends in Iran
Photo credit: Taylor Broadfoot

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 travelers and their experienced MIR tour manager enjoy a sunny picnic in the Gobi Desert Photo credit: Anvar Nasimov

MIR travelers and their experienced MIR tour manager enjoy a sunny picnic in the Gobi Desert
Photo credit: Anvar Nasimov

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 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

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