Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz is celebrated from Tashkent to Tehran, London to L.A., Bukhara to Bloomington, from Samarkand to Seattle. It's a joyful time of eating, singing, dancing and celebrating the return of spring and the beginning of a new year. Read More


Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

Postcard from Doug: A visit to Darvaza’s burning gas crater in Turkmenistan

One of the most unusual excursions in Turkmenistan is a spectacle you can witness on a visit to the Kara Kum desert north of Ashgabat. On my last visit to Turkmenistan I had the opportunity to drive up to Darvaza, a burning gas crater set on fire by Soviet engineers in 1971. Read More






Why Travel the Silk Road, and Why Now?

Why Travel the Silk Road, and Why Now?

The Silk Road was not a single road; it was a far-flung web of lonely camel track routes from East to West and back again. Mother of all road trips, the Silk Road became a conduit for spreading belief systems, architecture, agriculture, music and art to the world. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s Tours Exploring Central Asia, Celebrating Winter in Russia and more

MIR in the News: Articles about MIR’s Tours Exploring Central Asia, Celebrating Winter in Russia and more

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


MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov

MIR Spotlight: Anvar Nasimov

MIR’S Anvar Nasimov was born and raised in one of the most fascinating places on the planet: Samarkand, Uzbekistan, heart of the Silk Road. Anvar offers his perspective on his country, and the satisfaction he feels in showing travelers the beauty and history of his beloved homeland. Read More