What Has Happened to Uzbekistan?

What Has Happened to Uzbekistan?

Fred Lundahl spent 30 years serving in U.S. embassies abroad with the Foreign Service. He fell in love with Central Asia, and still travels there every couple of years. His import store in Langley on Washington State’s Whidbey Island, Music for the Eyes, is filled with exotic treasures personally collected from foreign lands, especially the Silk Road countries of Central Asia. Fred and his wife Sharon recently returned from a trip to Uzbekistan with fascinating observations on how much it has changed in the last few years. Special Offer: For a limited time, new bookings on select small group departures to Uzbekistan can save up to $300 per person. Read More



7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

For your epicurean pleasure, we’ve picked a handful of food writers and world travelers who have delved into regional cuisine and crafted cookbooks that help us learn more about these many fascinating cultures. Read More


5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

Each July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider new sites to add to its list of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. The sites are carefully vetted based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, awaiting their turn to shine. In 2018, the committee added 19 new sites and significantly expanded an older one. Five of these sites are found in MIR’s destinations. Read More


MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

Entering Uzbekistan, at the heart of the Silk Road, has just gotten simpler – much simpler. As of July 15, 2018, U.S. travelers can apply, pay for, and receive Uzbek visas online, within three business days of their application. The e-visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days in Uzbekistan, and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The consular fee for this is a mere $20.00 USD. Read More


Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Interview with Patricia Schultz, World Traveler and Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die

MIR chats with Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, about the traveling life and her upcoming gig as host of our small group tour Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova in 2019. 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



MIR in the News: AFAR Magazine, TravelAge West, Conde Nast Traveler, DestinAsian, and more!

MIR in the News: AFAR Magazine, TravelAge West, Conde Nast Traveler, DestinAsian, 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, including: a TravelAge West article featuring MIR VP Annie Lucas • Articles about MIR’s expertise in travel to Siberia & the Russian Far East, South Caucasus, and Central Asia. Read More