New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

Europe is packed with intriguing opportunities and there are still many places unknown to most travelers. MIR has a variety of hand-crafted travel options to help you discover even the most remote parts. You can choose to focus on a single country and traverse it’s big cities and remote villages, or visit as many countries as your travel time allows. Read More


Patricia Schultz on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey in Travel Weekly

Patricia Schultz on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey in Travel Weekly

Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” is a seasoned world traveler. As an expert on must-see sites around the world, Patricia has hosted three tours for us, the latest one being Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures. As a writer, she has written about her experience for the premier travel industry publication, Travel Weekly. Read More



Why Move Eastern Europe to the Top of your Travel Bucket List?

Why Move Eastern Europe to the Top of your Travel Bucket List?

How about choosing destinations your friends have never been to, or even considered? How about discovering people in places totally off your travel radar that nevertheless are happily going about their business in a dimension you are unaware of? How about joining “Journey to Eastern Europe,” a MIR Private Journey that has been opened to travelers who are ready to go beyond the familiar? Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia strut their stuff on this wildly different one-time-only itinerary. Read More


A Balkan Odyssey with Author Patricia Schultz

A Balkan Odyssey with Author Patricia Schultz

MIR was honored in 2014 when Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” joined one of our signature tours, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans. Impressed with the journey and MIR’s high level of service, she reached out again in 2015, offering to host MIR’s ever-popular Ancient Persia – Modern Iran tour, which departed earlier this spring. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that Patricia Schultz will be returning for her third tour with us as a host on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures, from May 11-26, 2017. A world traveler and expert on must-see sites around the world, Patricia will offer her observations and share her expertise with other MIR travelers as they explore Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. Read More


New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

One of the world’s grandest empires, the Ottoman Empire conquered a vast stretch of land from Northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, and from the South Caucasus to the fringes of Central Europe, with Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) as its central bridge between East and West. Uniting diverse continents, civilizations and cultures, the Ottomans left a permanent mark on the social, political, economic and artistic development of the nations it once ruled. Now travelers can trace the path of this influential empire, and the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Ottoman Treasures by Private Train, rolling through Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Read More


The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

In honor of our 30th anniversary in 2016, we’ve added two new luxury Balkan rail journeys by private train to our collection: (1) Budapest to Venice by Private Train (2) Venice to Istanbul by Private Train Combining new and old, familiar and undiscovered, these tours take you on an introductory journey throughout the Balkans, allowing you to explore all the highlights of this incredible region along with some of Europe’s most sophisticated, classic cities. Read More


Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

A remarkably complex region, the beautiful Balkan Peninsula includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. It is a brilliant mosaic of competing cultures, ethnicities, languages and ideologies, and serves as a sampler of contrasting landscapes. The region is a collection of cultures for the connoisseur. For anyone traveling there, it’s hard to know exactly where to go and what to see. Here’s our Beginner’s Guide to the Balkans to help you sort out these contrasting little countries and get the most out of your travel there. Read More


7 Balkan Nations: Touring from the Dalmatian Coast to the Dinaric Alps

7 Balkan Nations: Touring from the Dalmatian Coast to the Dinaric Alps

MIR's Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures is a 16-day journey through seven Balkan countries that digs deeply into the drama and history of an astonishingly divergent region. "In 20 minutes you feel like you're jumping from one planet to another," says MIR Director of Sales Joanna Millick, who researched and helped create this tour after a three-week journey along the backroads of the Balkans. Read More