Penjikent: Sogdian Citadels, Mountain Mausoleums, and Valley Views in Tajikistan

Penjikent: Sogdian Citadels, Mountain Mausoleums, and Valley Views in Tajikistan

Jake Smith joined MIR after several years of living and working in Tajikistan. Having visited many times, the small town of Penjikent remains one of his favorite places to hang out. As Jake points out, Tajikistan has an abundance of treasures to offer a traveler. Here he shares a list of seven attractions that he recommends each visitor see while in Penjikent. Read More


Why 2019 is the Best Time to Travel to Uzbekistan

Why 2019 is the Best Time to Travel to Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is already extremely appealing, with its domed mosques and madrassahs clad in vivid ceramic tiles, and with the endemic hospitality of its culture. But now, after a first-ever International Tourism Forum, Uzbekistan is gearing up to raise the level of comfort, accessibility, and amenities for the more than 5 million travelers expected in 2019. There were a lot of exciting firsts in Uzbekistan in 2018 and a few marvelous updates already set for 2019 - all of which make now the best time to travel to this fabled land. Special Offer: For a limited time, new bookings on select small group departures to Uzbekistan can save up to $300 per person. Read More


8 Take-Aways on Uzbekistan from a First-Time Visitor

8 Take-Aways on Uzbekistan from a First-Time Visitor

Marisa Dodd, Assistant Tour Specialist at MIR, recently returned from her first trip to Uzbekistan – a country she had long dreamt of visiting. Her experience made a lasting impression. She was surprised to discover how smooth, comfortable, and safe the trip felt, for a wide variety of reasons. Find out some of the things she found most surprising from her travels through Uzbekistan. Special Offer: For a limited time, new bookings on select small group departures to Uzbekistan can save up to $300 per person. Read More


What Has Happened to Uzbekistan?

What Has Happened to Uzbekistan?

Fred Lundahl spent 30 years serving in U.S. embassies abroad with the Foreign Service. He fell in love with Central Asia, and still travels there every couple of years. His import store in Langley on Washington State’s Whidbey Island, Music for the Eyes, is filled with exotic treasures personally collected from foreign lands, especially the Silk Road countries of Central Asia. Fred and his wife Sharon recently returned from a trip to Uzbekistan with fascinating observations on how much it has changed in the last few years. Special Offer: For a limited time, new bookings on select small group departures to Uzbekistan can save up to $300 per person. Read More



7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

For your epicurean pleasure, we’ve picked a handful of food writers and world travelers who have delved into regional cuisine and crafted cookbooks that help us learn more about these many fascinating cultures. Read More


Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 60 Minutes

Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 60 Minutes

Out in the forbidding expanse of the Altai Mountains where Mongolia converges with Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, a dwindling number of Kazakh nomads carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent golden eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Recently, CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a new episode that took viewers on a journey into the Mongolian Altai to meet with a group of these famed eagle hunters. Read on for link to the full video of the episode, as well as a special online-only segment of a hunt from an eagle’s perspective on the 60 Minutes’ website. Read More


MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

Entering Uzbekistan, at the heart of the Silk Road, has just gotten simpler – much simpler. As of July 15, 2018, U.S. travelers can apply, pay for, and receive Uzbek visas online, within three business days of their application. The e-visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days in Uzbekistan, and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The consular fee for this is a mere $20.00 USD. Read More


Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

MIR chats with Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, about the traveling life and her upcoming gig as host of our small group tour Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova in 2019. Read More


MIR Uzbekistan Tour Lauded in National Geographic Traveler

MIR Uzbekistan Tour Lauded in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler included MIR’s Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan small group tour in a recent collection of “very best trips” explaining, “…this itinerary displays the whole spectrum of local color.” Discover how you can experience it yourself. Read More