Georgian Military Highway: A Road For All Time

Georgian Military Highway: A Road For All Time

The Georgian Military Highway in the South Caucasus is one of the most spectacular roads in this region, with the jagged snow-capped Caucasus Mountains, rippling emerald-green hills and valleys, wandering sheep, and ancient cathedrals, monuments, and fortresses still keeping vigil. And yes, its name reflects its history as a highway. Read More


Celebrating Orthodox Easter in Russia, Ukraine, East & Central Europe

Celebrating Orthodox Easter in Russia, Ukraine, East & Central Europe

Yes, there are two Easters! The holiest day in the liturgical calendar, Orthodox Easter is celebrated April 28, 2019 in Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and beyond. There's no Easter bunny, but the food is fantastic. Read More


Insider’s Guide to Georgia’s Wine Country

Insider’s Guide to Georgia’s Wine Country

The little South Caucasus 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. Georgia's Kakheti region is famous for its wine, and the towns and wineries here are definitely worth a visit... and a wine-tasting... Read More


A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

A Monastery Hike at Georgia’s David Gareja

The David Gareja monastery complex, on Georgia’s southeastern border with Azerbaijan, is a long-established site of great significance for Georgians. Founded in the 6th century, the complex is still active today and features numerous cells carved straight into the bare rock face. These caves function as living quarters, refectories, chapels, libraries and rooms for instruction and silent meditation. Read More


Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

Travel Photos: A Taste of Georgia’s Remarkable Food, Wine and Folk Traditions

What could be better than feasting and toasting your way across a country you’ve heard glowing reports of for years? The little country of Georgia has everything a traveler could hope for – highly valued and gently-used historic sites, warm and wonderful people, gorgeous mountain vistas and some of the finest food and wine on earth. I had the good fortune to join a handful of others traveling there on MIR's A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, in October of 2014. Read More


Yerevan’s Cascade: Armenia’s Beacon of Art and Design

Yerevan’s Cascade: Armenia’s Beacon of Art and Design

Right in the heart of Yerevan stands a towering monument of art and design built into the northern slope of the city. It is called the Cascade, and it's home to the Cafesjian Center for the Arts. The monument is comprised of a series of escalators and exterior stairs that “cascade” down from the Monument neighborhood to the lower Kentron district near Yerevan’s Opera House. There is remarkable art to behold at several levels along the journey. But this ambitious project seemed like a distant dream for decades before its completion. Read More


Travel to Eastern Turkey and Georgia: History, Culture and Cuisine

Travel to Eastern Turkey and Georgia: History, Culture and Cuisine

Eastern Turkey and Georgia together – what a treat. The cuisine alone is worth the trip. Add to that the famous stone heads of Nemrut Dag, Turkey’s kaleidoscopic bazaars, thousand-year-old churches, magnificent cave towns and a Georgian feast overflowing with wine, laden with food and celebrated with song, and you have an unequalled travel experience. Read More



A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

We love a good reason to party. Our 2019 calendar is already filling up with festivals and special events to rejoice over. No matter where or how you want to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or latest grand achievement, MIR has the destination expertise and experience to help you mark the special occasion on a trip to any of our legendary destinations along the Silk Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, through Siberia, Mongolia, the Balkans, the South Caucasus and beyond. Looking to add a celebration or festival to your own calendar, and add some revelry to your next trip? Here are a few ideas... Read More


A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

A Cappella in Armenia: The Harmonies of Ensemble Luis

The Armenian women’s a cappella group, Ensemble Luis, are known to give performances at the Temple of Garni, the nearby Geghard Monastery and the Khor Virap Monastery with a view of Mount Ararat. All three sites are ideal backdrops for their heavenly voices. Read More