5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

Lake Baikal in south Siberia stands out from all other lakes on earth: it’s the deepest and the oldest lake in the world. The lake’s biggest island, Olkhon, stands out as well. Shrouded in lore and legend, the island has been spiritually important to the people of the region for hundreds of years and is incredibly beautiful, too. Set in a peculiar rain shadow, it has more sunny days than the Black Sea coast. Here are five of our favorite ways to experience the outstanding natural and cultural beauty of Olkhon Island. Read More


Taste the World In One Spot at The Depot in Moscow

Taste the World In One Spot at The Depot in Moscow

John Seckel is a long-time director of MIR’s affiliated Moscow office. Originally from Wisconsin, John has made his home in Moscow for more than 20 years, and never has he seen a place that made him forget just for a moment that he was in Russia – until now. A new food hall and market has opened in a former tram depot that lets you taste foods from all over the world in one spot. Read More


MIR in the News: Conde Nast Traveler, Vancouver Sun, Sunshine Coast Daily, and more

MIR in the News: Conde Nast Traveler, Vancouver Sun, Sunshine Coast Daily, and more

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


Moscow Transformed: 4 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel There

Moscow Transformed: 4 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel There

MIR co-founder and president, Doug Grimes, journeys overseas for months each year, looking for new experiences in favorite old places and updating itineraries to bring you the best of the best in MIR’s slice of the globe. He recently returned from Moscow and reported that it has gone through a major transformation over the last three or four years. Because of all the recent updates, he suggests travelers spend a few extra days in Moscow to really take in the city and all its beautiful architecture, pedestrian streets, cool restaurants, museums and cultural events. Here are four recent changes that have given Moscow a different look and feel today, and make the city a fabulous place to explore. Read More


MIR Corporation Announces Siberian Winter Escapade Tour

MIR Corporation Announces Siberian Winter Escapade Tour

SEATTLE, WA -- The thought of Siberia tends to conjure images of punishment, exile, and vast expanses of nothingness - of a place of no return. But, in fact, Siberia is a wild and wooded country of inconceivable beauty. MIR Corporation's 8-day Siberian Winter Escapade tour is perfect for the adventurous traveler who's seen it all. On UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal, race teams of sled dogs, ice-fish and sweep across the lake by hovercraft. Read More


MIR Corporation Unveils First-time Culinary Tours in Georgia and Russia

MIR Corporation Unveils First-time Culinary Tours in Georgia and Russia

SEATTLE, WA -- MIR Corporation is thrilled to announce two unprecedented culinary tours to Russia and the Republic of Georgia. The A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture tour, led by a passionate local foodie, allows guests to eat their way through Moscow and St. Petersburg, visiting definitive cultural sites, and meeting famous chefs for hands-on cooking classes. A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture traverses a country of lush valleys and heart-stopping mountain vistas alongside an organic winemaker and a Georgian ethnologist. Read More


Experience Russia’s Wintertime Beauty or Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg

Experience Russia’s Wintertime Beauty or Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg

SEATTLE, WA -- Nobody loves New Year's Eve like the Russians. It's the most festive holiday of the year, with parties, presents, and vodka toasts. Russia is at its most beautiful in the winter, the crackling air burnished by fresh snowfall and residents sipping vodka, and luxuriating at a healthful banya bathhouse. MIR Corporation has specialized in Russia travel for more than 25 years and offers an array of exciting winter tours. One celebratory tour revolves around New Year's in glorious St. Petersburg, with Moscow merrymaking and a visit to 12th century Suzdal. Read More


Huge Discounts on 2014 Trans-Siberian Railway Tours

Huge Discounts on 2014 Trans-Siberian Railway Tours

SEATTLE, WA - MIR Corporation is offering 2013 pricing for early birds targeting 2014 travel on select eastbound Trans-Siberian Rail Journeys and Silk Road by Private Train tours aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Savings range from $1,000 per couple in Gold Class up to $7,800 per couple in an Imperial Suite, with higher per person savings available for singles. The tours must be booked before March 31, 2013. For more information, contact MIR at 800-424-7289. Read More


New Tour to Russia’s Southern Steppe: Cossacks, Kalmyks & Caviar

New Tour to Russia’s Southern Steppe: Cossacks, Kalmyks & Caviar

SEATTLE, WA - The award-winning travel specialist, MIR Corporation, is leading a new 14-day tour of Russia's Southern Steppe, an unfamiliar region spiced with a spirited array of independent cultures, including freedom-loving Cossacks and descendants of the Golden Horde. Highlights include: studying modern caviar production in Astrakhan; attending a cultural performance of Don Cossacks; and exploring a wildlife reserve for the critically endangered Saiga Antelope. Read More


National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

SEATTLE, WA - Award-winning Russia tour specialist, MIR Corporation, is thrilled to announce that its Inside the Russian Space Program tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine's 2012 50 Tours of a Lifetime, and will be featured in the May 2012 issue as well as listed on a special Tours of a Lifetime landing page. The 10-day tour, offered only once in 2012, allows travelers to witness both the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station and the live docking of the Soyuz at Mission Control Center in Moscow. Read More