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





Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia?  Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia? Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

There’s so much to choose from between St. Petersburg’s world-class museums and the reindeer herds of Kamchatka, with the endless miles of Siberian taiga thrown in for good measure. Both these destinations have their own superlatives ­– and more in common than you might think. Read More


Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

Frolic on a Frozen Lake Baikal: Dog Sleds, Ice-Fishing, Hovercrafts and More

When you think of Siberia, you may think of punishment and exile, of barren tundra and vast expanses of nothingness - of a place of no return. But that's comparable to thinking that everybody in Alaska lives in igloos. Read More


Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

Dashing Through the Snow: MIR Sleigh Rides (video)

From Finland to New England, horse-drawn sleighs are symbols of an earlier time when winter travel was more fun and adventurous than steering a four-wheel drive SUV over a paved road on studded snow tires. Read More



Whistle-Stop History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

Whistle-Stop History of the Trans-Siberian Railway

They go hand-in-hand, the phrase “journey of a lifetime,” and the Trans-Siberian Railway. It's a legendary journey born out of books, movies, history and imagination, with unforgettable stops along the way. Read More