3 Reasons to Visit Georgia Now: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (VIDEOS)

3 Reasons to Visit Georgia Now: Wine, Cuisine & Culture (VIDEOS)

MIR Vice President Annie Lucas has traveled the world, and declares Georgia – an undiscovered travel gem of a country in the South Caucasus – her favorite place in the world. In this video, Annie shares why she designed a small group tour for MIR that highlights so many cultural and culinary treasures of gorgeous Georgia. Read More


6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

Summertime may get all the glory, but why wait until then to set off on your next great adventure? Some of the world's most popular destinations are at their absolute best during the spring season: milder weather, beautiful locales awash in colorful blooms, and the start of outdoor fun and festivals get travelers and locals alike buzzing with excitement about the warmer months ahead. Ready to break free from the familiar this season? Here are six favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations sure to put a little spring in your step: Read More


South Caucasus Travel: Jewish Heritage in Azerbaijan

South Caucasus Travel: Jewish Heritage in Azerbaijan

Jewish heritage is not always easy to trace in an Islamic country; it may have been covered up, forgotten, or forcibly erased. The South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan is different. Though nominally a Shi’a Islamic country, Azerbaijan has had a historic tolerance for its Jewish communities beginning in the 5th and 6th centuries. That’s when people now called “Mountain Jews” began arriving from Persia. Read More


Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Whether you want to travel on a rail journey by private train, with a small group, or on a custom, personalized adventure, now is the time to plan your 2016 Silk Route trip! And to help make the planning easier, MIR has just published our 2016 Silk Route brochure. With so many countries and itineraries to choose from, the new Silk Route brochure makes it simple – all your options are at your fingertips. Request a Silk Route brochure be sent to you via mail or made available for immediate download. Read More


Top 5 Reasons to Love the South Caucasus

Top 5 Reasons to Love the South Caucasus

Located between the Black and Caspian Seas, the South Caucasus region plays host to dozens of languages, religions, musical styles and landscapes. For such a small region, the South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan offer a staggering amount variety... and things to love. Read More


The Magic of Making Carpets: Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus

The Magic of Making Carpets: Iran, Turkey, Central Asia, and the South Caucasus

The art of making carpets – it’s almost magical. Iran, Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus all lay claim to carpets woven a thousand years ago. Even today you can see those same traditional designs woven in ways that were used back in ancient times. Read More


A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

The David Gareja monastery complex, on Georgia’s southeastern border with Azerbaijan, is a long-established site of great significance for Georgians. Founded in the 6th century, the complex is still active today and features numerous cells carved straight into the bare rock face. These caves function as living quarters, refectories, chapels, libraries and rooms for instruction and silent meditation. Read More



South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More


Cheers! Wines of the South Caucasus

Cheers! Wines of the South Caucasus

Fine wines flow freely all over the South Caucasus. Georgia claims to be the place where the wine grape originated, while Armenia and Azerbaijan offer their own traditions of wine and wine-making. Read More