Third Time’s the Charm: Celebrating the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 3rd 100-year Anniversary

Third Time’s the Charm: Celebrating the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 3rd 100-year Anniversary

One of the world’s greatest train routes, Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway covers 5,771 miles of track on its way east from Moscow to Vladivostok. Begun in 1891, it took 25 years to complete. In 1916, as the last rivet was pounded into place on the Amur River Bridge in Khabarovsk, the line reached its full length, running exclusively through Russian territory. The 100-year anniversary of the Trans-Siberian Railway will be in 2016. Yet the centennial anniversary of its construction has been celebrated twice before: in 2001 and 2005. Why? It’s explained by the fact that the Trans-Siberian was built in stages. Celebrate and Save: For a limited time, save $1,000 on our two new Trans-Siberian rail journeys by private train: • The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) Route • The Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery Route Read More


Favorite Places Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Favorite Places Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

While the Trans-Siberian Railway travels through some sparsely populated parts of Russia and Siberia, stops along the way reveal a cavalcade of history, from Cossack fur traders to Soviet gulag prisoners. Here you can find stories of pioneering spirit, cloak-and-dagger intrigue, unbelievable suffering and radiant hope. Here are a few favorite places along the way... Read More


Chilly Cheer: Ice-fishing on Lake Baikal

Chilly Cheer: Ice-fishing on Lake Baikal

Not for the faint of heart, ice-fishing is a cold and sometimes lonely pursuit. But on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, it’s often a social activity – something to fill up the long dark hours of winter, as well as to fill up the larder with smoked Baikal omul. Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Buryatia Region (VIDEO)

What To Know Before You Go: Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Buryatia Region (VIDEO)

MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR founder and president Doug Grimes shares a collection of his insider’s tips on what to see, do, and eat in the heart and soul of Siberia – the Lake Baikal and Buryatia region. Read More


Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you this past year on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek of seeing what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 6,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Ride the Rails at Siberia’s Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

A Traveler’s Tale: Ride the Rails at Siberia’s Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

A MIR passenger shoots video riding the rails of the Trans-Siberian Railway's Circumbaikal Route, as it rolls along the shoreline of Siberia's legendary Lake Baikal. For many train buffs, this scenic Circumbaikal leg is a childhood dream: a rock-n-roll ride of rails, 33 tunnels and more than 200 bridges and viaducts. Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Hear the Songs of Siberia’s Old Believers (VIDEOS)

A Traveler’s Tale: Hear the Songs of Siberia’s Old Believers (VIDEOS)

An unforgettable highlight in Siberia is listening to the polyphonic singing of Old Believers, exiled here in the 17th century for their religious beliefs. Read More


Luxury Winter Wonder Land: A Ride Across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Luxury Winter Wonder Land: A Ride Across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Glide across seven time zones by luxury train between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land rail journey by private train. This fascinating Russian odyssey features tours of nine locations, including the charming city of Suzdal in Western Russia's Golden Ring and Siberia's Lake Baikal. Relax in the comfort of Russia's most exclusive private train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Enjoy a stop at Siberia's Lake Baikal. Frozen in winter, it is the perfect location to experience the thrill of an ice ride. Choose a speedy snowmobile ride or opt to ride a dog sled. Try your hand at ice fishing and enjoy the freshly caught fish quick-smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm – delicious! Read More


Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

“There’s always a great hike in or near any of MIR’s destinations,” says tour manager extraordinaire Martin Klimenta, who has been leading tours for MIR since the 1990s. An active guy who loves to hike, bike and climb, Martin often explores on foot after his MIR travelers have retired to their hotel rooms for the night. “Sometimes on a tour there will be a client who loves to walk, too, and after dark we’ll head out together, just walking around a city for hours until we get hopelessly lost. Then we’ll call a taxi to take us back to the hotel.” Check out a few more formalized hikes recommended by some of MIR's adventurous destination experts. Read More


Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Around the shores of great Lake Baikal in south central Siberia, the indigenous Buryat people enjoy a New Year’s celebration that lasts an entire month. Called Sagaalgan, “White Month,” the holiday is a hybrid of shamanist and Buddhist traditions, and it begins just before the Lunar New Year. Read More