Travel Guide to Transylvania: Brasov, Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Travel Guide to Transylvania: Brasov, Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Transylvania, the storied territory west of Romania's Carpathian Mountains, can make for an entire trip on its own, or an unforgettable shore excursion from a Danube River cruise. Thanks to Bram Stoker's famous novel, Dracula, there's hardly a soul in the world who hasn't heard of Transylvania. We are all familiar with the spooky, forbidding atmosphere invoked by Stoker in his novel, but what is Transylvania really like? Read More


MIR in the News: Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Boston Globe and more

MIR in the News: Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Boston Globe and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Iran and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is shared in the press. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press. Read More


3 MIR Journeys in Forbes’ “Top 10 Travel Adventures for 2016”

3 MIR Journeys in Forbes’ “Top 10 Travel Adventures for 2016”

Trending in the Lifestyle section of Forbes.com is a Top Ten List of travel adventures that three MIR small group journeys can provide. The article talks about the grasslands of Mongolia & Siberia, the wine and culinary flare of the Republic of Georgia and the complex history and fascinating combined cultures of Bulgaria & Romania, and recommends MIR as one of the adventure travel companies you can trust to get you there. Read More


Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you this past year on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek of seeing what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 6,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


MIR in the News: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, MSN and more

MIR in the News: The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, MSN and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Iran and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is shared in the press. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... Read More


Video Check-In: Meeting a Master Romanian Icon Painter

Video Check-In: Meeting a Master Romanian Icon Painter

MIR Tour Manager Michel Behar and his group of MIR travelers check in from the road from Romania, with a visit to a legendary icon painter and priest in Transylvania. It was one of many highlights on MIR's June tour, Bulgaria & Romania: Frescoes & Fortresses. Read More


Beginner’s Guide to Romania’s Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

Beginner’s Guide to Romania’s Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

As a MIR tour manager for more than 17 years, I've led many MIR tours to the Bucovina region of Romania and to its painted monasteries, constructed in medieval times. Bucovina is a remote province tucked in the northeastern corner of Romania near Ukraine. Today the painted monasteries are pilgrimage sites for Romanian Orthodox believers, as well as highlights for travelers from all over the world. Nuns live and work at most of these monasteries, standing out in their distinctive black habits and veils. Here are some notes on what to look for when you visit four of Bucovina's most notable monasteries: Voronet, Sucevita, Moldovita, Humor. Read More


Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

“There’s always a great hike in or near any of MIR’s destinations,” says tour manager extraordinaire Martin Klimenta, who has been leading tours for MIR since the 1990s. An active guy who loves to hike, bike and climb, Martin often explores on foot after his MIR travelers have retired to their hotel rooms for the night. “Sometimes on a tour there will be a client who loves to walk, too, and after dark we’ll head out together, just walking around a city for hours until we get hopelessly lost. Then we’ll call a taxi to take us back to the hotel.” Check out a few more formalized hikes recommended by some of MIR's adventurous destination experts. Read More


For Sale: Dracula’s Castle

For Sale: Dracula’s Castle

That infamous and creepy place known as Dracula’s Castle is formally called Bran Castle, perched high on a hill in Romania. It’s the stuff of legends and literature, most famously Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Unlike typical open houses, where everything is all spiffed up for sale, this is an “as is” buy for a rumored $80 million. All reasonable offers considered. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s tours to Russia, Central Asia, China, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania

MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s tours to Russia, Central Asia, China, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania

It's always nice when notable publications share news about our tours and destinations. Here are some of MIR's recent mentions in the press Read More