6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (video)

6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (video)

Svaneti is a ravishing mountain region of Georgia, home of the self-sufficient Svan people, whose traditions and culture have survived for thousands of years, thanks to the region’s remoteness. Tell anyone down in the capital that you’re on your way to Svaneti and they get a far-away look in their eyes and admit they wish they could go with you. As untouched as it has been until now, Svaneti is beginning incrementally to change and modernize. The time to visit is now, before these changes sweep away the rituals and practices perfectly suited to an isolated and challenging environment. Here are 6 reasons Svaneti is an unrivaled favorite – in Georgia, and among discerning travelers... Read More


Iran Travels and Tastes: Taftoon Flatbread (VIDEO)

Iran Travels and Tastes: Taftoon Flatbread (VIDEO)

While leading a tour through Iran, MIR Tour Manager Jamshid Fayzullaev spotted a baker preparing dough for the flat Iranian taftoon bread that will soon grace the tables of a Yazd restaurant. Enjoy this video of the baker as he shapes it into balls, ready to roll out flat for baking in the tandoor oven. After he rolls it out, he’ll score it and flip it onto the padded mitt that you can see by the oven. Read More



Iran Unveiled: 4 Reasons to Travel to Iran (VIDEO)

Iran Unveiled: 4 Reasons to Travel to Iran (VIDEO)

Lately travelers from around the world have been showing an increased interest in Iran, with its 2,500-year-old civilization, its culture of hospitality, its fabulous bazaars and amazing archaeological sites. Now, more than ever, is the time to travel to Iran. Enjoy this video of MIR’s Director of Sales and Iran Travel Expert, Joanna Millick, as she shares her 4 reasons to travel to Iran, all of which are included among the experiences on our new Iran Unveiled small group tour. Read More




Top 5 Reasons to Love the South Caucasus

Top 5 Reasons to Love the South Caucasus

Located between the Black and Caspian Seas, the South Caucasus region plays host to dozens of languages, religions, musical styles and landscapes. For such a small region, the South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan offer a staggering amount variety... and things to love. Read More



Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

One of the aspects of my position that I love best is tasting food for MIR. As I sit at my desk and write this, I have a feeling of euphoria running through my body that comes from just having visited “Djon Djoli” restaurant and sampled as much of the wonderful food as I could at one sitting. Read More


Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

What could be better than feasting and toasting your way across a country you’ve heard glowing reports of for years? The little country of Georgia has everything a traveler could hope for – highly valued and gently-used historic sites, warm and wonderful people, gorgeous mountain vistas and some of the finest food and wine on earth. I had the good fortune to join a handful of others traveling there on MIR's A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, in October of 2014. Read More