A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

We love a good reason to party. Our 2019 calendar is already filling up with festivals and special events to rejoice over. No matter where or how you want to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or latest grand achievement, MIR has the destination expertise and experience to help you mark the special occasion on a trip to any of our legendary destinations along the Silk Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, through Siberia, Mongolia, the Balkans, the South Caucasus and beyond. Looking to add a celebration or festival to your own calendar, and add some revelry to your next trip? Here are a few ideas... Read More



Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Table traditions are built up over centuries. They are the “best practices” that give shape to a culture, born in a time when meals brought a family together to tell stories and pass on knowledge. Feasts are like meals on steroids. Read More



South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

South Caucasus: Why I Love This Place

The South Caucasus countries of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are quite simply my favorite destinations. Why do I have such a strong affinity for this region? Read More


A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

A Taste of Georgia: Photo Check-In of Wine, Feasts and… Puppies

MIR’s very own copywriter, Mariana Noble, is traveling on the inaugural departure of our A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture small group tour as we speak. She left a few days ago and has some delightful snapshots to share. The most mouth-watering dispatch so far is above: a shot of the dinner table at the beginning of a Georgian feast. She reported, “By the end, there were dozens more dishes on the table – they just kept coming.” Read More


Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

Demystifying Megrelian Cuisine

The Megrelian people of western Georgia are rightfully proud of their food. Hot, spicy and varied, Megrelian cuisine has been handed down through the generations since the time of the Kingdom of Colchis. More is better here: hotter, creamier, saltier. Read More