14 UNESCO World Traditions to Experience in 2019

14 UNESCO World Traditions to Experience in 2019

Every December since 2008, members of UNESCO’s cultural committee meet to decide which of the world’s cultural traditions will be honored for the previous year. This year, 31 traditions were recognized by UNESCO, and 14 of them are in MIR’s destinations. Read More




Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

We caught up with MIR Tour Manager Abdu Samadov, who recently visited one of Uzbekistan’s renowned silk workshops in the Fergana Valley. While inside the studio, he captured this footage of a weaver creating a classic Uzbek silk fabric known as ikat. Take a brief look at the intricate process behind making these brilliant Silk Road textiles in this video. Read More



6 Hands-On Fun, Fascinating and Educational Travel Experiences

6 Hands-On Fun, Fascinating and Educational Travel Experiences

Are you one of those people who prefers to learn by doing, rather than by watching? You like to jump right in and get your hands into the paint, or the flour, or the dirt, to put on a hardhat and go where the action is. You can take the heat in the kitchen – in fact, you go looking for it. As it turns out, quite a few of MIR's intrepid travelers are this type of bold and action-oriented person. And we like to keep you happy learning to do things you may have never done before. Here’s a roundup of six fascinating and perhaps challenging hands-on experiences you can have on our small group tours. Read More


Silk Road Ceramics of Uzbekistan

Silk Road Ceramics of Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, that art is very much alive. Centers of Silk Road ceramics production sprang up in the vicinity of Gijduvan, Rishtan, Samarkand and Tashkent long ago, and are still flourishing. Just as food varies from region to region, so do ceramics. The clay itself is different from region to region, and so are the local ingredients used for dyes to paint the plates and jars. Even more, every artist's eye sees things a little differently. Read More


Ukraine’s Painted Eggs: An Ancient Art

Ukraine’s Painted Eggs: An Ancient Art

Ukraine and decorated eggs: they go together like Persia and hand-woven carpets. They’re gorgeous and make great gifts, but watching local artisans create them is even more amazing. In Ukrainian, these brilliantly-decorated eggs are called pysanky, from the verb “to write.” Designs aren't painted, but instead drawn on with melted wax using a pinpoint stylus. The symbols, motifs and chosen colors on the finished eggs have specific meanings and originally could be read as messages from different regions of the country. Read More


6 Favorite Arts and Handicrafts from Russia’s Golden Ring

6 Favorite Arts and Handicrafts from Russia’s Golden Ring

Russia's Golden Ring is a modern name given to the ancient towns that form an elliptical circle to the north and east of Moscow. This is where Russian art, architecture and culture began. The historic Golden Ring is celebrated for graceful old churches, famous frescoes and traditional craftsmanship. Here are some of the crafts that made these little towns famous... Read More