Traveler Spotlight: A Caspian Odyssey Thumbs Up

Traveler Spotlight: A Caspian Odyssey Thumbs Up

International Travel News (ITN) has a regular feature called Travelers’ Intercom where people write in to give either a thumbs up or a thumbs down to tours they have recently taken. MIR traveler Nyckle Wijbrandus of East Petersburg, Pennsylvania, used the forum to recommend one of our rail journeys by private train, the Caspian Odyssey. He enjoyed the luxury Golden Eagle train, as well as the six countries it made its way through on either side of the Caspian. MIR’s air department was characterized as “…an excellent air department very willing to work with travelers. They came up with better prices than I could find…” Mr. Wijbrandus wrote... Read More


6 Hands-On Fun, Fascinating and Educational Travel Experiences

6 Hands-On Fun, Fascinating and Educational Travel Experiences

Are you one of those people who prefers to learn by doing, rather than by watching? You like to jump right in and get your hands into the paint, or the flour, or the dirt, to put on a hardhat and go where the action is. You can take the heat in the kitchen – in fact, you go looking for it. As it turns out, quite a few of MIR's intrepid travelers are this type of bold and action-oriented person. And we like to keep you happy learning to do things you may have never done before. Here’s a roundup of six fascinating and perhaps challenging hands-on experiences you can have on our small group tours. Read More


6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (video)

6 Reasons to Visit Svaneti – Georgia’s Undiscovered and Unrivaled Mountain Region (video)

Svaneti is a ravishing mountain region of Georgia, home of the self-sufficient Svan people, whose traditions and culture have survived for thousands of years, thanks to the region’s remoteness. Tell anyone down in the capital that you’re on your way to Svaneti and they get a far-away look in their eyes and admit they wish they could go with you. As untouched as it has been until now, Svaneti is beginning incrementally to change and modernize. The time to visit is now, before these changes sweep away the rituals and practices perfectly suited to an isolated and challenging environment. Here are 6 reasons Svaneti is an unrivaled favorite – in Georgia, and among discerning travelers... Read More


South Caucasus Travel: Jewish Heritage in Azerbaijan

South Caucasus Travel: Jewish Heritage in Azerbaijan

Jewish heritage is not always easy to trace in an Islamic country; it may have been covered up, forgotten, or forcibly erased. The South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan is different. Though nominally a Shi’a Islamic country, Azerbaijan has had a historic tolerance for its Jewish communities beginning in the 5th and 6th centuries. That’s when people now called “Mountain Jews” began arriving from Persia. Read More





What To Know Before You Go: Republic of Georgia

What To Know Before You Go: Republic of Georgia

MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR Vice President Annie Lucas shares her insider tips on what to see, do, eat, and drink in the gorgeous Republic of Georgia. Tucked into the South Caucasus region, the little country of Georgia is a gorgeous place boasting fabulous food, music and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Read More


Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Tasting local foods, learning to prepare local dishes, sampling regional wines and characteristic adult beverages, expanding your culinary capabilities – these are the hallmarks of Food Tourism. Entering into the local culture, meeting the local people and experiencing the natural heritage of an off-the-beaten-path location – these are attributes of Adventure Tourism. Mix them together on these delicious tours from MIR... Read More