Russian Reprise: The Bells Toll Again from Moscow’s Kazan Cathedral (VIDEOS)

Russian Reprise: The Bells Toll Again from Moscow’s Kazan Cathedral (VIDEOS)

The bells are back, with Russia's venerable Kazan Cathedral restored on Moscow's Red Square. Demolished by Stalin in Soviet times, it was rebuilt in 1993. Enjoy this video and hear the complex patterns and rhythms ring out from the bell tower, inviting all to pause, and to listen. Read More


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


Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Tasting local foods, learning to prepare local dishes, sampling regional wines and characteristic adult beverages, expanding your culinary capabilities – these are the hallmarks of Food Tourism. Entering into the local culture, meeting the local people and experiencing the natural heritage of an off-the-beaten-path location – these are attributes of Adventure Tourism. Mix them together on these delicious tours from MIR... Read More



Beginner’s Guide to World War II Sites in Western Russia

Beginner’s Guide to World War II Sites in Western Russia

The memory of World War II is still a big deal in Russia, and understandably so. Almost an entire generation of men was wiped out in what is known here as the Great Patriotic War. Estimates of casualties in Russia alone range from 7 million to 14 million, half of them civilians of all ages and genders. Everyone lost someone, and no one has forgotten. A sobering story of treachery, tragedy, heroism and survival, Russia’s memory of its World War II experience has been an important influence on its contemporary character. These are some of the most important of Western Russia’s WWII sites... Read More



Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

Georgian Delight in the Heart of Moscow

One of the aspects of my position that I love best is tasting food for MIR. As I sit at my desk and write this, I have a feeling of euphoria running through my body that comes from just having visited “Djon Djoli” restaurant and sampled as much of the wonderful food as I could at one sitting. Read More


Moscow’s Red Square: Beautiful in Red

Moscow’s Red Square: Beautiful in Red

Depending on how you translate it from Russian, Moscow’s Red Square ­– “Krasnaya Ploshchad’”– is either red, or beautiful. To many, it's definitely both. Red Square is home to history, from St. Basil's and the Kremlin to the military celebrations of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917. Read More