Holiday Cookies from Around the World

Holiday Cookies from Around the World

To help you get ready for the holiday baking season ahead, we compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday cookies from several of MIR’s destinations, each with a link to a recipe you can make for your next cookie party, for a family occasion, or as a treat to go with your eggnog. Read More


Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

Expert Picks: 4 Reasons to Fall in Love with Georgia (VIDEO)

We love the spirit of Georgia, and over three decades of experience crafting tours to this compelling country in the South Caucasus have gained an insider's knowledge of what to do, see, eat, and drink while you're here. That's why we created a special culinary and culture-focused small group tour dedicated exclusively to Georgia called A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture. Designed by MIR Vice President, Annie Lucas (who's fallen in love with Georgia over her many visits to the region), the tour celebrates the history and living traditions of this ancient country through its chefs, winemakers, artisans, and musicians. In our newest video, Annie shares her reasons to travel to the gorgeous Republic of Georgia, all of which you can experience on A Taste of Georgia. Read More


Republic of Dance: Passing It On in Signagi, Georgia (Video)

Republic of Dance: Passing It On in Signagi, Georgia (Video)

Signagi’s a small town – only 3,000 people live here – but it’s a powerhouse. This is a region where wine grapes flourish, wine-makers depend on traditional methods, and artists breathe new life into ancient Georgian songs and dances. 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



Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

We caught up with MIR Tour Manager Abdu Samadov, who recently visited one of Uzbekistan’s renowned silk workshops in the Fergana Valley. While inside the studio, he captured this footage of a weaver creating a classic Uzbek silk fabric known as ikat. Take a brief look at the intricate process behind making these brilliant Silk Road textiles in this video. Read More


MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

MIR Moments: Dances, Dinners & Delights in Uzbekistan

Every few years, internationally respected dance ethnologist Helene Eriksen leads a group of enthusiasts to a different region of the world to explore its traditional dances, costumes and music. Since 2016, Helene has teamed up with MIR for a Dance Tour Through Uzbekistan, which takes travelers on an unconventional journey to the heart of the Silk Road – Uzbekistan – to explore the dances, costumes and music of the Central Asian desert region. Tour Manager Abdu Samadov shares some favorite highlights and surprise moments from the most recent departure of the trip. Read More


Dancing in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (VIDEO)

Dancing in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (VIDEO)

Turkmen people love to dance. As a scattering of nomadic tribes, they reserved dancing for gatherings and special occasions. Today, everyone from young children to the elderly will find any excuse to flaunt their best moves at festivals, weddings, holidays, and national performances. It’s not just a fun outlet, it’s a way to express pride for their country and cultural traditions. Enjoy this three-part video from a recent trip to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which captures some of the most famous Turkmen dances. Read More