Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

There's no place more enchanting during this time of the year than Russia and no one loves the holidays more than the Russians do: with parties, presents and champagne toasts, it’s the moment everyone’s waited for the whole year long, and you’re invited to share in the festivities. Read More


Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty

Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty

For 305 years, the powerful Romanov dynasty ruled the empire. The panorama of Russia’s pre-revolutionary past is a real-life Game of Thrones, filled with intrigue and high-minded reform, betrayal and murder, golden years and a tragic ending. Explore the dramatic history of Russia’s Romanov emperors and empresses with our Travel Guide to the Romanov's Russia and download our handy Romanov Family Tree PDF to reference on your journey. Read More


Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

Honeymoon Hideaways: 10 Under-the-Radar Romantic Destinations

We've gathered 10 romantic off-the-radar destinations where you and your sweetheart can experience an unforgettable honeymoon or couple's getaway — no matter what your style and personal preferences are. Read More





St. Petersburg for the Win!

St. Petersburg for the Win!

St. Petersburg, cultural capital of Russia, has been crowned “World's Leading Cultural City Destination 2016” by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Considered the Oscars of the travel industry, World Travel Awards (WTA) has been acknowledging and rewarding excellence in travel since 1993, in an annual series of gala events. Read More


Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Letting loose and reveling in a bit of free-spirited fun is what makes the holidays feel so special — and it’s something that we often lose sight of during a typically stressful season. This year, why not reignite some of that celebratory magic and bid farewell to 2017 on MIR’s festive small group tour Russian Winter Wonderland? Revolving around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, the tour also includes visits to Moscow and the ancient medieval capitals of Russia’s Golden Ring. Discover Russia’s warm hospitality and cherished holiday traditions at either a low-key New Year’s Eve party in a private St. Petersburg home, or an all-out opulent affair at the Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace. Whichever option you choose is sure to make for an unforgettable evening. How will you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve? Read More


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

It’s been 28 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We’re marking the anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of MIR) with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. Katya Boyarskaya, Director of our affiliate office in St. Petersburg, was living there during the time of the 1991 August Coup. Here’s her story. Read More


St. Petersburg’s Five Must-Stroll Streets (that are not Nevsky)

St. Petersburg’s Five Must-Stroll Streets (that are not Nevsky)

So you have walked all 2.8 miles of St. Petersburg's Nevsky Prospect. You've seen all sorts of beautiful buildings: imperial palaces, art nouveau shopping malls and banks, the old market place, Catholic and Lutheran churches – you name it. But you have only scratched the surface. In fact, most locals tend to avoid Nevsky because it is too touristy and crowded. And if you are looking for the best restaurants and bars, it's time to need to leave Nevsky behind. And so, here are five must-stroll streets in the Northern Palmyra, once you get off Nevsky (with convenient links to Google Street View, so you can explore the streets virtually too). Read More