Postcard from the Road: A Visit to Remote Villages in Kyrgyzstan

Postcard from the Road: A Visit to Remote Villages in Kyrgyzstan

Tour Manager Michel Behar shared some photos from the road while traveling on MIR’s Pamir Highway: From the Tien Shan to the High Pamirs small group tour in August. While journeying through remote villages on "the Silk Road Less Traveled," Michel and his tour group met with several families of semi-nomads in Kyrgyzstan. Read More


Postcard from the Road: Clients Try Their Hand at Traditional Woodcrafts in a Small North Caucasus Village

Postcard from the Road: Clients Try Their Hand at Traditional Woodcrafts in a Small North Caucasus Village

Tour Manager Michel Behar checked-in from the road while on MIR’s Return to the North Caucasus small group tour. Michel and his tour group in five jeeps were traveling between Derbent and Makhachkala in the North Caucasian Republic of Dagestan when they made a stop up a winding road to a small village called Untsukul. Upon arrival, they were met by Shamil Nurmagomedov, a fourth generation woodcarver and one of five master craftsmen left in Untsukul. Shamil gave Michel and his group an inside peek into his one-of-a-kind craft. Read More



A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

When MIR traveler Susanna Markiewicz McNeil signed up for MIR’s Return to the North Caucasus small group tour, she was – literally – returning. Susanna was born in a village in Dagestan, an out-of-the-way region her Polish parents fled to during the atrocities of WWII. Prior to her departure, Susanna shared with MIR that her family had once lived in Dagestan, and that she was actually born there. MIR worked diligently with our Tour Manager and local MIR guide to find a way for her to visit her birthplace and reconnect with her roots. We used our destination expertise and on-the-ground connections to make it happen. We are grateful to have Susanna share her story of her very personal return to the North Caucasus, and to the small town where she was born and lived the first few years of her life. Read More


One of MIR’s Most Experienced Tour Managers Recommends Travel to These Four Remote Destinations in 2019

One of MIR’s Most Experienced Tour Managers Recommends Travel to These Four Remote Destinations in 2019

2019 promises to be an exciting travel year for long-time tour manager Michel Behar. His plans include leading four wildly different MIR tours to wildly different destinations. Some of these special tours may only be offered in 2019. One takes intrepid travelers to an isolated village in western Mongolia, where the age-old art of hunting with eagles is experiencing a revival. Another is an exploration of the remote mountainous North Caucasus region of Russia – complex, hospitable, and spectacular. Two others venture beyond the oases of Central Asia into the faraway corners where travelers are fewer and farther between. Michel is looking forward to these tours and here he tells us one of the many reasons he’s excited about each one. Read More


Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 60 Minutes

Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 60 Minutes

Out in the forbidding expanse of the Altai Mountains where Mongolia converges with Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, a dwindling number of Kazakh nomads carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent golden eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Recently, CBS’ 60 Minutes aired a new episode that took viewers on a journey into the Mongolian Altai to meet with a group of these famed eagle hunters. Read on for link to the full video of the episode, as well as a special online-only segment of a hunt from an eagle’s perspective on the 60 Minutes’ website. Read More


Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

MIR chats with Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, about the traveling life and her upcoming gig as host of our small group tour Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova in 2019. Read More