5 Formerly Forbidden Places, Now Ready for Travelers

5 Formerly Forbidden Places, Now Ready for Travelers

The world is opening more and more to curious travelers. So many places that were once forbidden are now everyday destinations. Take Vladivostok, Russia’s rather ordinary Pacific Rim port on the country’s east coast. Due to its importance as a border zone city, Vladivostok was declared off-limits to foreigners and even most Russians following WWII. It was only on January 1 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, that the city was declared officially open, and began to welcome travelers. MIR regularly introduces travelers to Vladivostok via the Trans-Siberian Railway (it's the end of the line) and on handcrafted, custom private trips. Here are five formerly forbidden places you can travel to with MIR... Read More


Early Adopter: Be One of the Few to Explore Iran by Private Train

Early Adopter: Be One of the Few to Explore Iran by Private Train

Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran has been inspiring travelers everywhere with its elaborately decorated architecture, fascinating archaeological sites, and gracious, hospitable people. It’s a favorite destination of MIR clients and staff – and one of the best ways to admire this remarkable country is by private train, rolling from one magnificent place to another in comfort and class. The election of Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, in 2013, initiated an uptick in investment in tourism, which included issuing permits for western private trains to cross the borders for the first time, traveling on the existing tracks. These private trains are encouraging more travelers to make the trip to Iran via the comfortable efficiency of rail travel. You can join the ranks of “early adopters” by being one of the first in your circle to explore this fabled country on a rail journey by private train. Since 2014, we've added several new opportunities. Read More