Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

No matter how many times I’ve explored MIR’s diverse and dynamic slice of the globe, I’ve always found myself surprised and excited to see how these once-overlooked destinations have evolved since we first began organizing tours. Every year has brought new discoveries and more reasons to return again and again, whether it’s new and noteworthy hotel openings, hidden gems, outstanding cultural opportunities, or unique and memorable experiences you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not easy to narrow down a list of travel recommendations to a manageable number, but I’m giving it a whirl in honor of a brand new year. From the majesty of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square to the rugged mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, here are 10 of my personal picks for the most intriguing and exciting places to visit in the year ahead. Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Kazakhstan

What To Know Before You Go: Kazakhstan

Nearly five times the size of France, surprising Kazakhstan lays claim to soaring mountains, boundless steppe and abundant natural wildlife, attracting attention from adventure-seekers and European elite (like Prince Harry). Enjoy MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR founder and president Doug Grimes shares a collection of his insider’s tips on what to see, do, and eat in Kazakhstan. Read More


Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Last year in May, I was fortunate enough to be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to watch a phenomenal night launch of the manned Soyuz spacecraft. The rocket was floodlit, but still we could barely make out the towers as they fell away from the rocket. Then the fuel ignited like a huge bonfire and the sky lit up with billows of white smoke and steam, as the rocket lifted majestically away from the earth. I was able to capture the whole thing on video: Read More


A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

We love a good reason to party. Our 2019 calendar is already filling up with festivals and special events to rejoice over. No matter where or how you want to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or latest grand achievement, MIR has the destination expertise and experience to help you mark the special occasion on a trip to any of our legendary destinations along the Silk Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, through Siberia, Mongolia, the Balkans, the South Caucasus and beyond. Looking to add a celebration or festival to your own calendar, and add some revelry to your next trip? Here are a few ideas... Read More


Postcard from Doug: Watch the rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from Inside the Russian Space Program

Postcard from Doug: Watch the rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from Inside the Russian Space Program

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to lead small group of travelers on our special tour, Inside the Russian Space Program. It’s hard for me to describe the amazing experience of being there at the Russian cosmodrome in Kazakhstan watching an actual manned space launch. Here is a little taste of one of my favorite parts of the whole experience – the rollout of the Soyuz rocket. Read More


Sarah Brightman: Cosmonaut Space Training in Star City, Russia

Sarah Brightman: Cosmonaut Space Training in Star City, Russia

Sarah Brightman, acclaimed British soprano, has begun her cosmonaut training in Star City, just outside Moscow, Russia. She is preparing for her blast-off to the International Space Station, scheduled for later in the year; the very launch that is a featured event in MIR's Inside the Russian Space Program group tour. Read More


Train Like a Cosmonaut in Russia

Train Like a Cosmonaut in Russia

Train like a Russian cosmonaut on MIR's "Inside the Russian Space Program," where you can experience zero gravity, don a space suit, experience 4-G on the world's largest centrifuge and witness a space launch. Read More


July 20, 1969: Moon Landing Anniversary

July 20, 1969: Moon Landing Anniversary

On July 20, 1969, a tiny space capsule containing two American men landed on the moon. Six hours later, the world watched as astronaut Neil Armstrong set his lunar-boot-clad foot onto the moon’s surface. No one alive at the time can forget that live broadcast, the astronauts’ jerky, bouncing movements, their crackling static-y voices and the mind-boggling knowledge that right that very moment, people were walking... Read More


Russia’s Cosmonautics Day: Beyond the Stars

Russia’s Cosmonautics Day: Beyond the Stars

It’s not “Cosmonauts Day” as you might think, but “Cosmonautics,” which rhymes with “robotics” and “aeronautics.” They’re all appropriate words when it comes to Russia’s Yuri Gagarin and the world’s first manned space flight on April 12, 1961. Read More