MIR Announces Christmas Traditions of Poland Tour

MIR Announces Christmas Traditions of Poland Tour

SEATTLE, WA - Take a tour of one of Krakow's small factories producing Poland's famous hand-blown Christmas ornaments. Learn how to make traditional Polish-style pierogi with your own private chef. Gather with a Polish family for a traditional Wigilia, the Christmas Eve vigil and dinner. The award-winning travel specialists at MIR Corporation are delighted to announce their 8-day "Christmas Traditions of Poland" tour from December 18-25, 2012. Read More


MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

SEATTLE, WA — During the past 25 years MIR Corpration has built a reputation as a leader in pioneering travel to destinations – from Tibet to Tehran and everyplace in between – considered obscure, exotic, remote, difficult and even controversial. This year we’re pleased to introduce a these imaginative new trips for 2012: Inside the Russian Space Program Looking for an out-of-this-world adventure? Witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station, enjoying unparalleled access to VIP viewing areas and briefing sessions. Back in Moscow, take in the classic sights before you observe the live Soyuz-International Space Station docking at Mission Control Center, an event that very few get to experience in such an intimate way. If you’ve ever dreamed of space travel, here is your chance. To enhance your near-space experience, the tour features an extremely knowledgeable study leaderaaaRead More


Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Remarkable Russia, Poland, and the fascinating countries of Central Europe are wonderful destinations to visit during the height of summer, when sun-drenched climes, al fresco dining, and fantastic festivals are in full swing. But those willing to brave the chill and travel here in the winter months are often rewarded with magnificent marvels and unconventional experiences all their own. Make this the year you celebrate an unconventional and adventurous winter holiday with MIR. With more than 30 years of specialty travel experience, we know how to do winter right in Russia, Poland, Central Europe, and beyond. Read More


Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Christmas in Poland is very different from Christmas on Puget Sound, near Seattle Washington, where Kathy Jones and Diane Gale live. For one thing, it’s cold in Poland. On Puget Sound, the weather, while often rainy and gloomy, rarely gets below freezing. Poland has a real winter, with cold, snow, sleigh bells and bundled-up children. For another thing, the Poles can claim more than a thousand years of venerable Christmas traditions. Recently we chatted with Kathy and Diane about their experiences during the Polish holidays. Read More


Holiday Cookies from Around the World

Holiday Cookies from Around the World

To help you get ready for the holiday baking season ahead, we compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday cookies from several of MIR’s destinations, each with a link to a recipe you can make for your next cookie party, for a family occasion, or as a treat to go with your eggnog. Read More


Peaceful Holidays in Kiev, Ukraine

Peaceful Holidays in Kiev, Ukraine

Preparations for a peaceful and joyous 2015 holiday season are underway in St. Sophia Square in the center of Kiev, Ukraine. Luba Rudenko, Director of MIR’s affiliate office in Kiev, shared this photo of the square's holiday tree taking shape. St. Sophia's 18th century blue bell tower stands on the east side of thousand-year-old St. Sophia Cathedral, festive in its green and gold cupolas. Built by Byzantine and Kievan masters in the early 11th century, the cathedral (now a museum) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The holiday tree, decorated with apples, oranges, nuts, candies and gingerbread cookies, serves to mark three holiday dates. Read More


Christmas Traditions in Poland: Waiting for Wigilia

Christmas Traditions in Poland: Waiting for Wigilia

Christmas Eve is celebrated in countless ways around the world, beyond simply giving and receiving presents. In Poland, Christmas Eve is festive and there's a bit of magic, as well as profound meaning in every holiday ritual. With MIR, you can celebrate it by joining a Polish family in their Warsaw home for the intimate Christmas Eve feast, Wigilia, complete with a home-cooked meal of 12 different traditional dishes. Read More


Orthodox Christmas: January’s Holy Holiday

Orthodox Christmas: January’s Holy Holiday

Thirteen days after the traditional Christmas in the West, Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. It may not be coded into your smartphone or laptop calendar automatically, but it is, indeed, a holiday celebrated by millions around the world, including many MIR destinations like Russia, the Baltics, Balkans, and Eastern Europe. Read More


Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

In this Santa Survey, I’m going to skip the towns of North Pole, Alaska, and Santa Claus, Indiana, as well as any of the flourishing Santa-themed parks in the U.S. Instead, I’m heading straight overseas to investigate some foreign Santa habitats. Read More