MIR Corporation Adds Ukraine Travel to Its Luxury Train Journeys

MIR Corporation Adds Ukraine Travel to Its Luxury Train Journeys

SEATTLE, WA --MIR Corporation is excited to announce the addition of Ukraine travel to its stable of luxury train trips aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. The new journey by private train begins with a tour to Russia, exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg, then takes travelers through the capitals of Belarus and Moldova, stopping at gilded churches and powerful fortresses, tasting local wines and sampling local delicacies. The luxury train then glides onto the sunny Crimean Peninsula, where the warm Mediterranean climate created "the playground of the czars" on the shores of the Black Sea before travelers visit Kiev, Ukraine's busy capital city. Read More


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. Read More


MIR Corporation’s custom journeys inspired by your travel dreams

MIR Corporation’s custom journeys inspired by your travel dreams

July 4th marked the end of the GlobeRiders’ 2008 World Tour, the fifth that MIR has facilitated for the motorcycle adventure company. This year they roared across seven countries in 53 days, from China to Germany. Starting their engines 300 kilometers outside of Beijing, the riders headed north through eastern China up to Russia’s Lake Baikal region, across the entire length of Siberia, and down the Volga to the Black Sea, where they boarded a ferry to Ukraine and rolled through the lowlands of Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia into Germany and the end of the tour. Read More


Introducing MIR’s Flexible Essential Trips and custom travel planners

Introducing MIR’s Flexible Essential Trips and custom travel planners

MIR Corporation, experts in travel to Russia, the Silk Road, the Trans-Siberian Railway and beyond, has developed a new planning tool for your clients who prefer to travel solo, with their family or friends. Now you can offer them the freedom to create their own completely customized journey to the crossroads of Europe and Asia, with MIR’s expert assistance. Or, select one of MIR’s streamlined Flexible Essential Trips — suggested itineraries available on a private departure basis with your client’s choice of dates. Read More


Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Tiny Transdniester is a landlocked Eastern European region that few have ever heard of. This thin sliver of land offers travelers a fascinating chance to go back in time and peek at a small piece of the former Soviet Union. It's a place where communist-era monuments still take center stage — and where little has changed since the days of the USSR. Read More


Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past three years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying sneaking a peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. Looking back over the last year, we’ve had over 14,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts. Read More


Client Spotlight: Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Client Spotlight: Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

In the spring of 2017, MIR traveler James Burch set off on MIR’s Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova small group tour, sending almost daily reports on his progress. We saved his refreshing and good-natured missives and observant photos, and put them together for you to enjoy as we did. Follow along as James Burch shares his perspective on Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova – three countries that don’t often get a lot of love from travelers. Read More


Finding Your Roots with MIR: Spotlight on Ancestry Travel

Finding Your Roots with MIR: Spotlight on Ancestry Travel

On the Travel Channel blog, writer and family travel expert Erin Gifford tells us, “Ancestry Travel is a Thing, You Should Try It.” In the article, Gifford gives us a special shout-out as an expert in arranging custom itineraries for Jewish people seeking their lost families in Eastern Europe. Read More


8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

How will you spend your time this travel season? If you’re ready to step up to something a little different in a place you've never been before, have we got some ideas for you! Beat the crowds and gain outstanding bragging rights in these unusual destinations... Read More


Ancient Autographs: Graffiti of Kiev’s St. Sophia Cathedral

Ancient Autographs: Graffiti of Kiev’s St. Sophia Cathedral

Built in the early 11th century by Kiev’s first Grand Princes, Volodymr the Great and Yaroslav the Wise, St. Sophia’s imposing asymmetrical green domes, rising over white plastered walls, are tipped with gold, and golden scales cover its 94-foot central dome. Apparently, though, some early Kievans weren’t as impressed as they should have been with this magnificence. Researchers with magnifying glasses have over time discovered some 300 graffiti scratched into the walls of the cathedral; most of them are at eye-level, but a few of the graffiti artists needed ladders or scaffolds to make their marks. Read More