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


Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

We've gathered 10 romantic off-the-radar destinations where you and your sweetheart can experience an unforgettable honeymoon or couple's getaway — no matter what your style and personal preferences are. Read More



10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More


Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Christmas in Poland is very different from Christmas on Puget Sound, near Seattle Washington, where Kathy Jones and Diane Gale live. For one thing, it’s cold in Poland. On Puget Sound, the weather, while often rainy and gloomy, rarely gets below freezing. Poland has a real winter, with cold, snow, sleigh bells and bundled-up children. For another thing, the Poles can claim more than a thousand years of venerable Christmas traditions. Recently we chatted with Kathy and Diane about their experiences during the Polish holidays. Read More


Finding Your Roots with MIR: Spotlight on Ancestry Travel

Finding Your Roots with MIR: Spotlight on Ancestry Travel

On the Travel Channel blog, writer and family travel expert Erin Gifford tells us, “Ancestry Travel is a Thing, You Should Try It.” In the article, Gifford gives us a special shout-out as an expert in arranging custom itineraries for Jewish people seeking their lost families in Eastern Europe. Read More


Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine has a checkered past, having kept company with artists, noblemen, gentlewomen, thieves, and Nazis. But from now on, her heart belongs to Poland. The famous Czartoryski Collection, her cohort since 1798, has been purchased by the state, with the hope that she will never roam again. Read More


On Location at the Home of The Zookeeper’s Wife in Warsaw, Poland

On Location at the Home of The Zookeeper’s Wife in Warsaw, Poland

The Warsaw Zoo was opened in 1928, just 11 years before the Nazis invaded Poland. During the occupation, the Nazis closed the zoo, and sent the “best” animals to Germany, killing those they deemed less worthy. The zookeeper and his wife stayed on and risked their lives to help some 300 Jews escape the Warsaw ghetto, and continue to safety through the nearly 100-acre zoo grounds. This is the true story of The Zookeeper’s Wife, a film based on the book by Diane Ackerman, itself based on the memoirs of Antonina Zabinska, the zookeeper's wife. It’s a story about the hazardous choices that ordinary Poles had to make during the Nazi occupation. Read More