6 Ways to Explore the Silk Road by Private Train

6 Ways to Explore the Silk Road by Private Train

During our 30 years of operation, we’ve seen interest in travel to Central Asia skyrocket, and we couldn’t be happier that one of our longtime favorite regions has grown in popularity. The Five ‘Stans are rich repositories of treasures waiting to be discovered. And MIR has mined years of expertise and insider knowledge about them. Read More


Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Two MIR travelers recently spent two weeks living it up as they rode the luxurious Golden Eagle private train from one end of Russia to the other on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In their ITN tour diary, they share the details of the rail journey and their time on the train. Read More


The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The fabled Trans-Siberian Railway rolls briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, pausing along the way in places that bring travelers face to face with the fascinating cultures of Russia. As one of the longest rail lines on earth, it’s no surprise that this legendary railway has an equally legendary history. Our historical rundown features a free downloadable map showing the most significant highlights of the Trans-Siberian’s story. Read More


Save $500 Per Person on Select Rail Journeys by Private Train

Save $500 Per Person on Select Rail Journeys by Private Train

Effortless and efficient, yet brimming with Old World charm, rail journeys by private train allow you to roll across thousands of miles through fascinating destinations along the rails while still enjoying access to modern comforts and amenities. Each rail journey by private train departure is all-inclusive with onboard entertainment. You can choose to travel by the luxury Golden Eagle train or the comfortable, budget-friendly Tsar's Gold train — both feature all-inclusive amenities with onboard entertainment. And for those who choose to travel on one of the below select tours, we’ve made it a little easier with our $500 per person special offer.  Read More


10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Spanning nearly 6,000 miles and crossing 7 time zones, this epic journey allows passengers to experience remote destinations and see the most of what this vast and variegated region has to offer in the least amount of time. You could easily finish the entire route in as little as six days. But many opt to spend even more time along the Trans-Siberian, breaking up the journey at fascinating points along the line. We frequently hear from past travelers that these off-train excursions are what make the trip so satisfying. Whether you’re wandering the massive metropolis of Moscow, taking in the astonishing beauty of Lake Baikal or mingling with the diverse people that call this region home, the Trans-Siberian is full of surprises. Here’s just a sampling of our favorite things to do along one of the world’s greatest train routes... Read More


Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Have you ever... • Ridden a camel across a desert with a name that translates to "you can get in but you can’t get out?" • 4-wheeled up a steep Tajik mountain pass on the Pamir Highway? • Strapped yourself into a helicopter for a flight over vast wilderness studded with volcanoes? • Zoomed over the clear waters of Lake Baikal in a hydrofoil? Or over its clear ice in a hovercraft? • Been rocked to sleep in a cozy cabin on a Trans-Siberian train? MIR's creative itineraries sometimes require creative transportation methods. These MIR tours add adventurous experiences to adventurous travel. Read More


2 More Reasons to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2016: Expert Lecturers aboard a Luxury Train

2 More Reasons to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2016: Expert Lecturers aboard a Luxury Train

In honor of the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 100th anniversary in 2016, two of our new Trans-Siberian rail journeys aboard a luxury private train will feature expert lecturers and, for a limited time, you can save $1,000 per person! Travelers aboard these new rail journey routes will ride in luxury over eight time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok, seeing remote parts of Siberia that most travelers don’t usually experience. They'll enjoy a variety of onboard amenities, including lectures by a train expert & author and a former British soldier & historian. Read More


The Trans-Siberian celebrates 100 Years of Rolling: New Tours and Ways to Save

The Trans-Siberian celebrates 100 Years of Rolling: New Tours and Ways to Save

To celebrate the Trans-Siberian Railway's historic centennial, we’ve added two new one-time rail journeys by private train to our roster of Trans-Siberian expeditions, both of them even more Siberian than our other offerings. They both branch off from the mainline and stop in little Siberian towns that travelers rarely see. And, for a limited time, enjoy a $1,000 per person special savings offer. Read More


Family Fun in Poland: Activities for Children of All Ages

Family Fun in Poland: Activities for Children of All Ages

It’s hard to find a country more inspiring than Poland. Little over two decades after regaining its independence, Poland has become one of the powerhouses of Europe. With more than two decades of travel experience in Poland, MIR is an expert at crafting tours to Poland for those of any age or interests. Traveling to Poland with kids and looking for an itinerary the children will enjoy? Here are some of my expert tips... Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Ride the Rails at Siberia’s Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

A Traveler’s Tale: Ride the Rails at Siberia’s Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

A MIR passenger shoots video riding the rails of the Trans-Siberian Railway's Circumbaikal Route, as it rolls along the shoreline of Siberia's legendary Lake Baikal. For many train buffs, this scenic Circumbaikal leg is a childhood dream: a rock-n-roll ride of rails, 33 tunnels and more than 200 bridges and viaducts. Read More