4 Must-See WWII Sites in St. Petersburg: The Siege of Leningrad

4 Must-See WWII Sites in St. Petersburg: The Siege of Leningrad

St. Petersburg: Russia’s capital of art and culture, with extravagant palaces, magnificent theaters, world-renowned museums and miles of canals. But during the Second World War, Leningrad (as St. Petersburg was known then) was an entirely different sight. Here are our recommendations for four must-see sights where you can pay tribute to the heroic deeds of this enduring city: Read More


Super Poland: 7 Reasons to Visit Poland Now

Super Poland: 7 Reasons to Visit Poland Now

For years Poland has been one of the top 20 most visited countries in the world, according to the UN World Tourism Organization. Few countries lay claim to such a wealth of architectural treasure and natural beauty as Poland. Lonely Planet designated it #7 in the Top Ten Countries to Visit in 2016, writing, “If any country in Europe can boast superpowers, it’s Poland.” Here are seven of its super charms. Read More


A History Buff’s Guide to Lesser-Known World War II Sites in Western Russia

A History Buff’s Guide to Lesser-Known World War II Sites in Western Russia

It's been more than 70 years since of the end of World War II in 1945, and lately there’s been renewed interest in visiting some of the historic sites of the Great Patriotic War, as Russians call it. Here are some lesser-known sites that should also be on the radar of any military or history buff traveling through Western Russia. 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


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


Travel Guide to Transylvania: Brasov, Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Travel Guide to Transylvania: Brasov, Bran and Dracula’s Castle

Transylvania, the storied territory west of Romania's Carpathian Mountains, can make for an entire trip on its own, or an unforgettable shore excursion from a Danube River cruise. Thanks to Bram Stoker's famous novel, Dracula, there's hardly a soul in the world who hasn't heard of Transylvania. We are all familiar with the spooky, forbidding atmosphere invoked by Stoker in his novel, but what is Transylvania really like? Read More


Favorite Places Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Favorite Places Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

While the Trans-Siberian Railway travels through some sparsely populated parts of Russia and Siberia, stops along the way reveal a cavalcade of history, from Cossack fur traders to Soviet gulag prisoners. Here you can find stories of pioneering spirit, cloak-and-dagger intrigue, unbelievable suffering and radiant hope. Here are a few favorite places along the way... Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Kazakhstan

What To Know Before You Go: Kazakhstan

Nearly five times the size of France, surprising Kazakhstan lays claim to soaring mountains, boundless steppe and abundant natural wildlife, attracting attention from adventure-seekers and European elite (like Prince Harry). Enjoy MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR founder and president Doug Grimes shares a collection of his insider’s tips on what to see, do, and eat in Kazakhstan. Read More


Discovering Georgia (the Country): 7 Reasons to Go Now

Discovering Georgia (the Country): 7 Reasons to Go Now

An ancient land with up-to-the-minute strategic importance, Georgia is a country of superlatives. And it’s not just MIR that’s buzzing about Georgia. Trending now in such publications as Forbes, National Geographic and The New York Times are these articles reviewing the country of Georgia and some of the reasons you will want to travel there – among them, wine, cuisine, landscapes and culture. Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Buryatia Region (VIDEO)

What To Know Before You Go: Siberia’s Lake Baikal and Buryatia Region (VIDEO)

MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR founder and president Doug Grimes shares a collection of his insider’s tips on what to see, do, and eat in the heart and soul of Siberia – the Lake Baikal and Buryatia region. Read More