MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Driving Siberia and Beyond (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions – Driving Siberia and Beyond (VIDEO)

One of MIR’s favorite – as well as challenging –- overland expeditions in its 30-year history: driving Siberia and beyond in a 1928 Plymouth Roadster. MIR's president and co-founder, Douglas Grimes, recalls the many creative "out-of-the-box" solutions that led to the group's automotive success. Read More


5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

There’s a reason the Trans-Siberian Railway has been called one of the greatest journeys on earth. Rolling briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, it’s the longest railway line in the world, and after more than a century of revolution, wars, and calamities continues to be a vital lifeline for millions of Russians living and traveling across the largest country on earth. How will you choose to ride the rails? Read More


10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Spanning nearly 6,000 miles and crossing 7 time zones, this epic journey allows passengers to experience remote destinations and see the most of what this vast and variegated region has to offer in the least amount of time. You could easily finish the entire route in as little as six days. But many opt to spend even more time along the Trans-Siberian, breaking up the journey at fascinating points along the line. We frequently hear from past travelers that these off-train excursions are what make the trip so satisfying. Whether you’re wandering the massive metropolis of Moscow, taking in the astonishing beauty of Lake Baikal or mingling with the diverse people that call this region home, the Trans-Siberian is full of surprises. Here’s just a sampling of our favorite things to do along one of the world’s greatest train routes... Read More


Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Have you ever... • Ridden a camel across a desert with a name that translates to "you can get in but you can’t get out?" • 4-wheeled up a steep Tajik mountain pass on the Pamir Highway? • Strapped yourself into a helicopter for a flight over vast wilderness studded with volcanoes? • Zoomed over the clear waters of Lake Baikal in a hydrofoil? Or over its clear ice in a hovercraft? • Been rocked to sleep in a cozy cabin on a Trans-Siberian train? MIR's creative itineraries sometimes require creative transportation methods. These MIR tours add adventurous experiences to adventurous travel. Read More


Feasting, Fanfare and Fireworks: Chinese New Year

Feasting, Fanfare and Fireworks: Chinese New Year

For thousands of years, the Chinese have celebrated the Lunar New Year as a way to pay respect to their ancestors, honor deities and welcome the arrival of a new year. With festivities stretching out over 15 days, it’s the longest and most important holiday in China, and millions of Chinese from all over the world make the journey home each year to reconnect with their families. In fact, the travel period before, during and after Chinese New Year has often been called the world’s largest annual migration, with over 2 billion passenger journeys made every year. How did this celebration of the new year begin? Read More


Wonder of the World: The Great Wall of China

Wonder of the World: The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China – ­­longest man-made structure ever built ­– is considered one of the greatest wonders of the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stretching 5,500 miles, the Great Wall is a hodge-podge of materials, made of wood or stone in some places, brick and compacted earth in others. It’s long enough to cross the U.S. and not quite back, and often compared to a dragon or snake winding around mountains, deserts, parks, and plateaus. The wall is 15 to 30 feet thick, and up to 26 feet tall: imposing enough in a physical and psychological sense to keep people in and invaders out. Read More


Happy Chinese New Year: Save $300 on Travel to Western China & Tibet

Happy Chinese New Year: Save $300 on Travel to Western China & Tibet

February 8, 2016 ushers in the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Zodiac sign that highlights the clever, curious and creative traits in us all. People born under the sign of the Monkey love to have adventures and go unusual places. But they can also be impulsive and mischievous, and may need a little structure to keep them from getting into trouble. Enter MIR’s adventurous and unusual small group tour to Western China and Tibet – with just the right amount of structure and expert guidance. Be clever like a monkey, and benefit from our special Chinese New Year offer. Reserve your space on the September 2016 departure of MIR's small group tour to Western China and Tibet, China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants, before March 31, 2016 and save $300 per person. Read More


MIR’s “Best Nine” Instagram Photos

MIR’s “Best Nine” Instagram Photos

Thank you for all the likes and comments this past year! We are delighted to share photos from our fascinating destinations with you on Instagram. Our "2015bestnine" includes these photos taken in Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Latvia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Russia... Our "2015bestnine" includes photos from Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Latvia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Read More