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



Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Whether you want to travel on a rail journey by private train, with a small group, or on a custom, personalized adventure, now is the time to plan your 2016 Silk Route trip! And to help make the planning easier, MIR has just published our 2016 Silk Route brochure. With so many countries and itineraries to choose from, the new Silk Route brochure makes it simple – all your options are at your fingertips. Request a Silk Route brochure be sent to you via mail or made available for immediate download. 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




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