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


Turkey’s “Green” Bursa, First Ottoman Capital

Turkey’s “Green” Bursa, First Ottoman Capital

Newly listed in 2014 as UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Turkish city of Bursa and nearby ancient town of Cumulikizik are noted for their significance in world civilization. Bursa was the Ottoman Empire's first capital, while Cumulikizik today is a well-preserved outdoor ethnographic museum. Read More


GO UNESCO: New Sites for 2014

GO UNESCO: New Sites for 2014

In 1978, a newly-formed UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the first 12 World Heritage Sites. On June 25, 2014, as the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee ended, the number of protected sites hit – and passed – the 1,000 mark. This year 26 new sites were named to the list. Five of them are in MIR’s destination countries. Read More