MIR in the News: National Geographic Traveler, AFAR Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more

MIR in the News: National Geographic Traveler, AFAR Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and destinations is noticed and shared. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... Read More



Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth. With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

I’ve explored all of MIR’s destinations – some more than 100 times – and yet there’s always something new to discover in each one. Here are my recommendations, ranging from the wild Arctic seas to the depths of space, and from remote Russia to the booming capital of Kazakhstan – and many intriguing places in between. Read More


Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan: Why I Love This Unfamiliar Frontier

Kyrgyzstan is a remote, unfamiliar frontier, wide open to travelers who are eager to experience wild beauty, meet nomadic people, and discover the traditions of their forbears. MIR President Douglas Grimes offers a few of the many reasons Kyrgyzstan is so special. Read More


Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More



MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s award-winning tour, "Inside the Russian Space Program," is capped with a Soyuz space launch in Kazakhstan. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Overland Expeditions, and Channeling Siberia (VIDEO)

One of MIR's more memorable overland expeditions: Siberia and beyond, involving a channeler, her 62 followers, their special sacred crystals – and a lightning strike! Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Siberia’s Beauty of Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

MIR President Douglas Grimes shows why few places on the planet stir hearts more than Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and the surrounding Baikal region. Read More