National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

SEATTLE, WA - Award-winning Russia tour specialist, MIR Corporation, is thrilled to announce that its Inside the Russian Space Program tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine's 2012 50 Tours of a Lifetime, and will be featured in the May 2012 issue as well as listed on a special Tours of a Lifetime landing page. The 10-day tour, offered only once in 2012, allows travelers to witness both the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station and the live docking of the Soyuz at Mission Control Center in Moscow. Read More


MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

SEATTLE, WA — During the past 25 years MIR Corpration has built a reputation as a leader in pioneering travel to destinations – from Tibet to Tehran and everyplace in between – considered obscure, exotic, remote, difficult and even controversial. This year we’re pleased to introduce a these imaginative new trips for 2012: Inside the Russian Space Program Looking for an out-of-this-world adventure? Witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station, enjoying unparalleled access to VIP viewing areas and briefing sessions. Back in Moscow, take in the classic sights before you observe the live Soyuz-International Space Station docking at Mission Control Center, an event that very few get to experience in such an intimate way. If you’ve ever dreamed of space travel, here is your chance. To enhance your near-space experience, the tour features an extremely knowledgeable study leaderaaaRead More


MIR Pushes Adventure Envelope By Hosting Exclusive Tour of Russia’s Space Program

MIR Pushes Adventure Envelope By Hosting Exclusive Tour of Russia’s Space Program

SEATTLE, WA -- MIR Corporation that's staging an around-the-world car rally is pushing the adventure envelope yet again, this time by hosting an insider's tour of Russia's space program. - Politics aside, this is a serious, highly exclusive 11-day program for only 20 people that begins and ends in Moscow with a representative of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center joining the welcome dinner. Guests spend a day at the once-classified Star City where the center is located, exploring the MIR Space Station and other simulators and learning how crews acquire the skills to walk in space. The world's largest centrifuge, used for simulating G-loads, is on the program as well. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

No matter how many times I’ve explored MIR’s diverse and dynamic slice of the globe, I’ve always found myself surprised and excited to see how these once-overlooked destinations have evolved since we first began organizing tours. Every year has brought new discoveries and more reasons to return again and again, whether it’s new and noteworthy hotel openings, hidden gems, outstanding cultural opportunities, or unique and memorable experiences you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not easy to narrow down a list of travel recommendations to a manageable number, but I’m giving it a whirl in honor of a brand new year. From the majesty of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square to the rugged mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, here are 10 of my personal picks for the most intriguing and exciting places to visit in the year ahead. Read More



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


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


Sarah Brightman: Cosmonaut Space Training in Star City, Russia

Sarah Brightman: Cosmonaut Space Training in Star City, Russia

Sarah Brightman, acclaimed British soprano, has begun her cosmonaut training in Star City, just outside Moscow, Russia. She is preparing for her blast-off to the International Space Station, scheduled for later in the year; the very launch that is a featured event in MIR's Inside the Russian Space Program group tour. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about Experiencing Holiday Traditions in Poland, Russia and more

MIR in the News: Articles about Experiencing Holiday Traditions in Poland, Russia and more

MIR’s winter tours celebrate a great time of year to travel to some of MIR’s snowy destinations, with all the beauty of the season and its holidays – and no waiting in line. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press 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