Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Experiences in Uzbekistan

Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Experiences in Uzbekistan

The relatively undiscovered Central Asian country of Uzbekistan is studded not only with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but UNESCO cultural experiences as well. With a new, reform-minded government in place, it's easier than ever to visit Uzbekistan: still relatively uncrowded with visitors, and still abounding in authenticity and open-handed hospitality. This insider's guide offers 8 breathtaking ways you can experience UNESCO treasures in Uzbekistan. Read More


MIR Uzbekistan Tour Lauded in National Geographic Traveler

MIR Uzbekistan Tour Lauded in National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler included MIR’s Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan small group tour in a recent collection of “very best trips” explaining, “…this itinerary displays the whole spectrum of local color.” Discover how you can experience it yourself. 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



Learn from the Locals: Navruz in Uzbekistan

Learn from the Locals: Navruz in Uzbekistan

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge with other travelers. Navruz is his favorite holiday. Navruz is the time when rituals and traditions come alive all across the region. In his hometown there are a number of rituals that he has been witnessing over the years, some of which are rarely practiced nowadays in the urban areas. Read More


MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

Every few years, internationally respected dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen leads a group of enthusiasts to a different region of the world to explore its traditional dances, costumes and music. Since 2016, Helene has teamed up with MIR for a Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan, which takes travelers on an unconventional journey to the heart of the Silk Road – Uzbekistan – to explore the dances, costumes and music of the Central Asian desert region. Tour Manager Abdu Samadov shares some favorite highlights and surprise moments from the most recent departure of the trip. Read More


Dancing in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (VIDEO)

Dancing in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (VIDEO)

Turkmen people love to dance. As a scattering of nomadic tribes, they reserved dancing for gatherings and special occasions. Today, everyone from young children to the elderly will find any excuse to flaunt their best moves at festivals, weddings, holidays, and national performances. It’s not just a fun outlet, it’s a way to express pride for their country and cultural traditions. Enjoy this three-part video from a recent trip to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which captures some of the most famous Turkmen dances. Read More



Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz is celebrated from Tashkent to Tehran, London to L.A., Bukhara to Bloomington, from Samarkand to Seattle. It's a joyful time of eating, singing, dancing and celebrating the return of spring and the beginning of a new year. Read More