3 MIR Journeys in Forbes’ “Top 10 Travel Adventures for 2016”

3 MIR Journeys in Forbes’ “Top 10 Travel Adventures for 2016”

Trending in the Lifestyle section of Forbes.com is a Top Ten List of travel adventures that three MIR small group journeys can provide. The article talks about the grasslands of Mongolia & Siberia, the wine and culinary flare of the Republic of Georgia and the complex history and fascinating combined cultures of Bulgaria & Romania, and recommends MIR as one of the adventure travel companies you can trust to get you there. Read More


Return from Auschwitz: MIR Travelers and Holocaust Artifacts

Return from Auschwitz: MIR Travelers and Holocaust Artifacts

In July 2015, MIR organized and operated a custom tour to Jewish heritage sites for Seattle's Holocaust Center for Humanity. The tour, led by MIR's Joanna Millick, took travelers to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where earlier this year, 14 artifacts on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum were carefully packed and shipped to Seattle to take their places among the exhibits at Seattle’s new Holocaust Museum, which opened in October 2015. The list of everyday objects includes... Read More



Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

The request was for a trip to unusual places guaranteed to wear out the client's energetic early-twenties grandsons. It had to be packed with continuous adventures, one after the other, with enough time in between for cold beers. Read More


Holocaust Center for Humanity Museum: Objects from Auschwitz

Holocaust Center for Humanity Museum: Objects from Auschwitz

Five artifacts will be arriving in Seattle from Auschwitz, transported by travelers on a journey sponsored by the Holocaust Center for Humanity, and partially operated by Seattle’s MIR Corporation. They will find a home in Seattle's new Holocaust Museum. Read More


Christmas Traditions in Poland: Waiting for Wigilia

Christmas Traditions in Poland: Waiting for Wigilia

Christmas Eve is celebrated in countless ways around the world, beyond simply giving and receiving presents. In Poland, Christmas Eve is festive and there's a bit of magic, as well as profound meaning in every holiday ritual. With MIR, you can celebrate it by joining a Polish family in their Warsaw home for the intimate Christmas Eve feast, Wigilia, complete with a home-cooked meal of 12 different traditional dishes. Read More


Video Check-In: Meeting a Master Romanian Icon Painter

Video Check-In: Meeting a Master Romanian Icon Painter

MIR Tour Manager Michel Behar and his group of MIR travelers check in from the road from Romania, with a visit to a legendary icon painter and priest in Transylvania. It was one of many highlights on MIR's June tour, Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses. Read More


Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova: An In-depth Study of Three Unsung Countries & Transdniester

Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova: An In-depth Study of Three Unsung Countries & Transdniester

Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova are three of the least familiar countries in Europe. Belarus is a great place to catch a glimpse of the old Soviet Union, if you didn’t get a chance to visit before its demise. Ukraine, although bigger than either France or Germany, is much less frequented and more unspoiled. Moldova, in spite of its growing reputation as prime wine country, remains one of the most neglected countries in Europe. MIR’s small group tour, Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova, gathers these three countries into one 13-day itinerary, a trip that was once pronounced a “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler. Read More


Volya: Bringing Belarus to Seattle, through Folk Songs and Traditions

Volya: Bringing Belarus to Seattle, through Folk Songs and Traditions

Volya is a native Belarusian. She was born and raised in the capital city of Minsk. Now, years later and a continent away, Volya is the lead singer in a Belarusian folk group that she organized, VOLYA, based in Seattle, Washington. The singers proudly wear hand-made traditional folk costumes that were donated to Volya by Belarusian villagers. Watch her performance of the winter solstice song, “Kaza,” at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. Read More


Beginner’s Guide to Romania’s Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Beginner’s Guide to Romania’s Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

As a MIR tour manager for more than 17 years, I've led many MIR tours to the Bucovina region of Romania and to its painted monasteries, constructed in medieval times. Bucovina is a remote province tucked in the northeastern corner of Romania near Ukraine. Today the painted monasteries are pilgrimage sites for Romanian Orthodox believers, as well as highlights for travelers from all over the world. Nuns live and work at most of these monasteries, standing out in their distinctive black habits and veils. Here are some notes on what to look for when you visit four of Bucovina's most notable monasteries: Voronet, Sucevita, Moldovita, Humor. Read More