Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

Cruise the North Pole: The Ultimate Journey on Top of the World

For hundreds of years, travel to the North Pole represented the pinnacle of pioneering endeavors. This remote, icy realm on top of the world stirred the hearts and minds of countless adventurers, daring them to discover the vast wilderness of the Arctic North. Even today, many consider the chance to reach 90ºN as an astounding travel achievement worthy of adding to their bucket lists. Now you can be one of the few to experience life at its most mysterious on MIR's once-in-a-lifetime voyage to the North Pole. Retrace the path of early polar explorers as you cruise aboard the world’s largest icebreaker, keeping a lookout for the astonishing array of wildlife in the Arctic and enjoying fantastic views of an endless, frozen icescape. Read More



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


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


MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

Entering Uzbekistan, at the heart of the Silk Road, has just gotten simpler – much simpler. As of July 15, 2018, U.S. travelers can apply, pay for, and receive Uzbek visas online, within three business days of their application. The e-visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days in Uzbekistan, and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The consular fee for this is a mere $20.00 USD. Read More



Travel the Unfamiliar Corners of the World with MIR’s 2019 Tour Catalog & Special Offers!

Travel the Unfamiliar Corners of the World with MIR’s 2019 Tour Catalog & Special Offers!

If you've dreamt of travel to the unfamiliar and under-explored corners of our world, or if you've been thinking about which destinations to cross off your bucket list next, then wait no longer — MIR is here to help you narrow down your travel choices and plan ahead with a look at our exciting 2019 tour season. Our new 2019 tour catalog is on the press now and will be arriving in households in the coming weeks for those on our mailing list, but you can flip through the pages of the online catalog now.  It’s easy to request a free catalog, if you haven’t already. Or, check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates and prices for the 2019 season, enjoy special savings offers and get a jumpstart on your travel plans for next year.  Read More


Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Remarkable Russia, Poland, and the fascinating countries of Central Europe are wonderful destinations to visit during the height of summer, when sun-drenched climes, al fresco dining, and fantastic festivals are in full swing. But those willing to brave the chill and travel here in the winter months are often rewarded with magnificent marvels and unconventional experiences all their own. Make this the year you celebrate an unconventional and adventurous winter holiday with MIR. With more than 30 years of specialty travel experience, we know how to do winter right in Russia, Poland, Central Europe, and beyond. Read More


Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

There's no place more enchanting during this time of the year than Russia and no one loves the holidays more than the Russians do: with parties, presents and champagne toasts, it’s the moment everyone’s waited for the whole year long, and you’re invited to share in the festivities. Read More


Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of his travels with MIR's small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More