Postcard from the Road: Clients Try Their Hand at Traditional Woodcrafts in a Small North Caucasus Village

Postcard from the Road: Clients Try Their Hand at Traditional Woodcrafts in a Small North Caucasus Village

Tour Manager Michel Behar checked-in from the road while on MIR’s Return to the North Caucasus small group tour. Michel and his tour group in five jeeps were traveling between Derbent and Makhachkala in the North Caucasian Republic of Dagestan when they made a stop up a winding road to a small village called Untsukul. Upon arrival, they were met by Shamil Nurmagomedov, a fourth generation woodcarver and one of five master craftsmen left in Untsukul. Shamil gave Michel and his group an inside peek into his one-of-a-kind craft. Read More


A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

When MIR traveler Susanna Markiewicz McNeil signed up for MIR’s Return to the North Caucasus small group tour, she was – literally – returning. Susanna was born in a village in Dagestan, an out-of-the-way region her Polish parents fled to during the atrocities of WWII. Prior to her departure, Susanna shared with MIR that her family had once lived in Dagestan, and that she was actually born there. MIR worked diligently with our Tour Manager and local MIR guide to find a way for her to visit her birthplace and reconnect with her roots. We used our destination expertise and on-the-ground connections to make it happen. We are grateful to have Susanna share her story of her very personal return to the North Caucasus, and to the small town where she was born and lived the first few years of her life. Read More


The Mysterious and Magnificent North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and Beyond

The Mysterious and Magnificent North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and Beyond

The North Caucasus is one of the world’s most gorgeous, mysterious, and rewarding “undiscovered” places. You may surprise your family and friends by traveling to this rarely-visited place, but just imagine their faces when you return with fabulous photos, unparalleled stories, and new-found understanding of this little-traveled area.  Read More