Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

Central Europe, East Europe, and the Balkans are wonderful destinations, dotted with UNESCO Sites, handsome medieval churches and city centers, ancient ruins, and rustic villages. Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, these fascinatingly cosmopolitan countries claim a wealth of distinctive landscapes and unique cultural heritage. Trying to tackle all of these lesser-known locales can be tricky to accomplish on your own. Luckily, MIR makes it easy to discover Europe's uncommon and incredibly diverse destinations aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, allowing you the freedom to explore celebrated classic cities and unexpected treasures while traveling with comfort, efficiency, and style. We have three all-inclusive luxury rail journeys by private train that can take you through the heart of Europe, including two NEW journeys ready to book for 2017. Read More


The Castles of Transylvania: Bran Castle and Peles Castle

The Castles of Transylvania: Bran Castle and Peles Castle

Castles in the Transylvania region of Romania are already high on the imagination quotient, especially in places where everyone has read Bram Stoker’s Dracula, or seen one of the dozens of movies made about the sinister count. In other places, Transylvania is simply a historical region in central Romania. The Romanians called it Ardeal. Bordered on three sides by mountains, it’s a beautiful place. Here in Transylvania are two famous castles that fire the imagination, Bran Castle in Brasov, and Peles Castle in Sinaia (which is technically 31 miles from Transylvania, but close enough). Read More


Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

A memorable tour is one that widens your horizons, tickles your fancy and gives you something to think about. In each MIR trip you’ll experience at least one moment when you realize you’re learning something you’ve never known before. It might be about the history or habits of a place, or it might be how to make or do something grand. These moments are precious, and they can happen at any time or place. They will surely happen when you travel with MIR. Read More


Hidden in Poland: A Jewish Family Story

Hidden in Poland: A Jewish Family Story

Karen Treiger, a Jewish traveler from Seattle, is standing with her family at the edge of a hand-dug pit in the forests of Poland, looking down at the place where her husband’s parents hid from the Nazis. With the help of a family of Poles who risked their lives to feed and protect them, her father-in-law, Sam, and mother-in-law, Esther, survived the Holocaust. Read More



Super Poland: 7 Reasons to Visit Poland Now

Super Poland: 7 Reasons to Visit Poland Now

For years Poland has been one of the top 20 most visited countries in the world, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Few countries lay claim to such a wealth of architectural treasure and natural beauty as Poland. Lonely Planet designated it #7 in the Top Ten Countries to Visit in 2016, writing, “If any country in Europe can boast superpowers, it’s Poland.” Here are seven of its super charms. Read More


6 Hands-On Fun, Fascinating and Educational Travel Experiences

6 Hands-On Fun, Fascinating and Educational Travel Experiences

Are you one of those people who prefers to learn by doing, rather than by watching? You like to jump right in and get your hands into the paint, or the flour, or the dirt, to put on a hardhat and go where the action is. You can take the heat in the kitchen – in fact, you go looking for it. As it turns out, quite a few of MIR's intrepid travelers are this type of bold and action-oriented person. And we like to keep you happy learning to do things you may have never done before. Here’s a roundup of six fascinating and perhaps challenging hands-on experiences you can have on our small group tours. Read More


Travel Guide to Transylvania: Brasov, Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Travel Guide to Transylvania: Brasov, Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Transylvania, the storied territory west of Romania's Carpathian Mountains, can make for an entire trip on its own, or an unforgettable shore excursion from a Danube River cruise. Thanks to Bram Stoker's famous novel, Dracula, there's hardly a soul in the world who hasn't heard of Transylvania. We are all familiar with the spooky, forbidding atmosphere invoked by Stoker in his novel, but what is Transylvania really like? Read More



Star Wars: The Force is Strong in Croatia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Russia

Star Wars: The Force is Strong in Croatia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Russia

Recently Dubrovnik, Croatia, got some star-studded attention as one of the filming locations for Episode VIII of the Star Wars franchise. Already a TV star, Dubrovnik has appeared as King’s Landing in the popular series Game of Thrones, its winding cobbled streets and medieval stone fortresses doubling as authentic fantasy locations. This news made us curious about hidden connections between Star Wars and other countries we love... Read More