The Trans-Siberian Railway: Tsar’s Gold is the Best-Value Rail Journey by Private Train

The Trans-Siberian Railway: Tsar’s Gold is the Best-Value Rail Journey by Private Train

The Tsar's Gold is a pleasant and comfortable, though not luxurious, private train that offers great value for your travel dollar. Compared to other Trans-Siberian rail journey by private train options, the least expensive Tsar's Gold option is nearly $7,000 less than the least expensive option on other private trains. A journey between Moscow and Beijing on the Tsar’s Gold stands out for 3 reasons... Read More


What to Pack for Travel in China, Tibet and Mongolia

What to Pack for Travel in China, Tibet and Mongolia

Travel to China, Tibet and Mongolia acquaints you with exotic, unfamiliar and exciting lands. In this part of the world, you’ll find everything from expansive deserts to subtropical jungles, and from remote high-altitude plateaus to frenetic megacities. But when you’re embarking on an adventure into the unknown, how do you know what to pack? Read More


How to Make Authentic Chinese Dumplings

How to Make Authentic Chinese Dumplings

I’ve adapted the basic recipe I learned in China, transferring it from scribbled notes and experimenting with alternative ingredients and techniques to come up with the following. Though it may feel like there are a lot of steps, potstickers are actually quite simple to make once you get the hang of it. Read More


MIR’s Most Adventurous Road Trip Has Just Become More Comfortable

MIR’s Most Adventurous Road Trip Has Just Become More Comfortable

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan are some of the most rugged and beautiful on Earth, soaring upward where the Himalayas, the Tien Shan and the Hindu Kush meet. This adventurous journey over the Pamir Highway is a breathtaking route, in use since the time of the Silk Road. And now it is significantly more comfortable, as well. MIR has recently secured bookings at several new hotels along the route. All the new hotels are much better than the ones that were previously available and scheduled to be used on our small group tour, Pamir Highway & Across Fabled Frontiers. Read More


MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR's roster of complex overland expeditions keeps growing; the latest is an around-the-world 1908 Great Race re-creation through Siberia, and beyond. Read More


What to Pack for a Trans-Siberian Railway Journey

What to Pack for a Trans-Siberian Railway Journey

Making travel dreams come true often has a practical element. For example, what do you bring when you take the plunge to travel on the Tran-Siberian Railway? It depends on what kind of train you’re riding: the luxurious Golden Eagle or Golden Eagle Danube Express private trains offer abundant amenities, while on other trains – the comfortable Tsar’s Gold and the local trains – you may need to take along a few more things. Read More