Moscow Transformed: 4 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel There

Moscow Transformed: 4 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel There

MIR co-founder and president, Doug Grimes, journeys overseas for months each year, looking for new experiences in favorite old places and updating itineraries to bring you the best of the best in MIR’s slice of the globe. He recently returned from Moscow and reported that it has gone through a major transformation over the last three or four years. Because of all the recent updates, he suggests travelers spend a few extra days in Moscow to really take in the city and all its beautiful architecture, pedestrian streets, cool restaurants, museums and cultural events. Here are four recent changes that have given Moscow a different look and feel today, and make the city a fabulous place to explore. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

No matter how many times I’ve explored MIR’s diverse and dynamic slice of the globe, I’ve always found myself surprised and excited to see how these once-overlooked destinations have evolved since we first began organizing tours. Every year has brought new discoveries and more reasons to return again and again, whether it’s new and noteworthy hotel openings, hidden gems, outstanding cultural opportunities, or unique and memorable experiences you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not easy to narrow down a list of travel recommendations to a manageable number, but I’m giving it a whirl in honor of a brand new year. From the majesty of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square to the rugged mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, here are 10 of my personal picks for the most intriguing and exciting places to visit in the year ahead. Read More


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


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