Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Last year in May, I was fortunate enough to be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to watch a phenomenal night launch of the manned Soyuz spacecraft. The rocket was floodlit, but still we could barely make out the towers as they fell away from the rocket. Then the fuel ignited like a huge bonfire and the sky lit up with billows of white smoke and steam, as the rocket lifted majestically away from the earth. I was able to capture the whole thing on video: Read More


Foreign Correspondence column features MIR founder

Foreign Correspondence column features MIR founder

John Borsden, longtime travel editor of The Charlotte Observer, caught MIR founder and president Douglas Grimes between overseas trips for an informal Q&A this May. In Borsden’s nationally distributed Foreign Correspondence column, Grimes spoke candidly about his own travels (myriad), the best time to visit Siberia (summer), the impact on travel of the Russia-Ukraine hostilities (not so good), and one of his favorite countries (Georgia). Read More


Postcard from Doug: Watch the rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from Inside the Russian Space Program

Postcard from Doug: Watch the rollout of the Soyuz spacecraft from Inside the Russian Space Program

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to lead small group of travelers on our special tour, Inside the Russian Space Program. It’s hard for me to describe the amazing experience of being there at the Russian cosmodrome in Kazakhstan watching an actual manned space launch. Here is a little taste of one of my favorite parts of the whole experience – the rollout of the Soyuz rocket. Read More


MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR's roster of complex overland expeditions keeps growing; the latest is an around-the-world 1908 Great Race re-creation through Siberia, and beyond. Read More


Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

One of the most unusual excursions in Turkmenistan is a spectacle you can witness on a visit to the Kara Kum desert north of Ashgabat. On my last visit to Turkmenistan I had the opportunity to drive up to Darvaza, a burning gas crater set on fire by Soviet engineers in 1971. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s tours to Russia, Central Asia, China, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania

MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s tours to Russia, Central Asia, China, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania

It's always nice when notable publications share news about our tours and destinations. Here are some of MIR's recent mentions in the press Read More