Ready to Roll:  Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

Ready to Roll: Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

A rail journey by private train is an experience to remember for the rest of your life. Combining the romance of Old World travel with modern amenities, these journeys allow you to experience endlessly fascinating and surprisingly diverse destinations in hassle-free comfort. To help you prepare for your next adventure, we’re pleased to announce our 2017 line-up of rail journeys by private train, making it even easier to take advantage of special savings offers, pick the routes, departure dates and cabins you want (before they sell out), and make the entire experience from beginning to end as smooth as possible. We have a full menu of rail journeys by private train to choose from: along the Trans-Siberian Railway, up to the Russian Arctic, across Iran and Central Asia, and through the South Caucasus, Southern Europe and the Balkans. Rounding out our roster of rail journeys are two new offerings by private train for 2017: Land of the Midnight Sun and Ottoman Treasures. Whether you choose to travel aboard the comfortable, budget-friendly Tsar's Gold, the luxurious Golden Eagle, or any of our other fine trains, a dedicated MIR travel specialist will be with you every step of the way, providing access to our in-house air expert, assistance with visas or a handcrafted private extension and answers to any questions you may have about the trains and destinations. Take a peek at MIR's 2017 rail journeys by private train — you've got plenty of time to prepare in advance so you can thoroughly savor your journey on the rails. Read More


New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

One of the world’s grandest empires, the Ottoman Empire conquered a vast stretch of land from Northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, and from the South Caucasus to the fringes of Central Europe, with Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) as its central bridge between East and West. Uniting diverse continents, civilizations and cultures, the Ottomans left a permanent mark on the social, political, economic and artistic development of the nations it once ruled. Now travelers can trace the path of this influential empire, and the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Ottoman Treasures by Private Train, rolling through Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. 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