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


Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Tiny Transdniester is a landlocked Eastern European region that few have ever heard of. This thin sliver of land offers travelers a fascinating chance to go back in time and peek at a small piece of the former Soviet Union. It's a place where communist-era monuments still take center stage — and where little has changed since the days of the USSR. Read More


Ten New Tours for 2018 + Three Ways to Book Now and Save

Ten New Tours for 2018 + Three Ways to Book Now and Save

If you've dreamt of travel to the unfamiliar and under-explored corners of our world, or if you've been thinking about which destinations to cross off your bucket list next, then wait no longer — MIR is here to help you narrow down your travel choices and plan ahead with an exclusive sneak peek at next year's exciting tour season, splashed all across the pages of our brand-new 2018 catalog. Our new 2018 tour catalog will be arriving in households in the coming weeks for those on our mailing list, but you can flip through the pages of the online catalog now. It’s easy to request a free catalog, if you haven’t already. Or, check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates and prices for the 2018 season, enjoy special savings offers and get a jumpstart on your travel plans for next year – before MIR’s 2018 catalog becomes available this fall.  While paging through our 2018 catalog, be on the lookout for NINE NEW tours and special departures, in addition to our current line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train. View our 2018 catalog now! Read More


Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

A memorable tour is one that widens your horizons, tickles your fancy and gives you something to think about. In each MIR trip you’ll experience at least one moment when you realize you’re learning something you’ve never known before. It might be about the history or habits of a place, or it might be how to make or do something grand. These moments are precious, and they can happen at any time or place. They will surely happen when you travel with MIR. Read More