Consummate travelers partner with MIR to create far-ranging journeys for the very well traveled

Consummate travelers partner with MIR to create far-ranging journeys for the very well traveled

What makes a great traveler?

 Wanderlust, a sense of adventure, unquenchable curiosity, unlimited energy, determination – and good connections.
 MIR Corporation's extensive connections at the crossroads of Europe and Asia are a wellspring of opportunity for seasoned travelers. Seasoned traveler Bill Altaffer, a travel company owner and photographer who was declared the World’s Most Traveled Person in 2005, has sought out MIR for quite a few inventive itineraries. In August of 2009, Altaffer and fellow adventurers will cruise down Siberia’s Yenesei River past the Arctic Circle and on to Arctic ports that few westerners have glimpsed. Read More



Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

No matter how many times I’ve explored MIR’s diverse and dynamic slice of the globe, I’ve always found myself surprised and excited to see how these once-overlooked destinations have evolved since we first began organizing tours. Every year has brought new discoveries and more reasons to return again and again, whether it’s new and noteworthy hotel openings, hidden gems, outstanding cultural opportunities, or unique and memorable experiences you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not easy to narrow down a list of travel recommendations to a manageable number, but I’m giving it a whirl in honor of a brand new year. From the majesty of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square to the rugged mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, here are 10 of my personal picks for the most intriguing and exciting places to visit in the year ahead. Read More


Traveler’s Tale: Impressions of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s Peculiar Capital City

Traveler’s Tale: Impressions of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s Peculiar Capital City

MIR Tour Specialist Nathan Cox was born and raised in Utah, but has spent much of his adult life living and working in Russia and Ukraine. Since then, he’s traveled to a number of MIR's destinations, including China, Central Asia, the Baltics, and Europe. Here, Nathan shares his impressions and memories of his recent travels to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan's strange and fascinating capital city.  Read More


Silk Road Tour Spotlight: Journey Through Central Asia (video)

Silk Road Tour Spotlight: Journey Through Central Asia (video)

MIR's iconic Silk Road tour, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five 'Stans, explores exotic Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, with many UNESCO-listed sites along the way. Result: an exotic mix of foreign cultures, customs, architecture and religions. This story and comprehensive video take a visual deep dive into what travelers can see, hear, and experience on MIR's beloved tour. Read More



Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

Ashgabat: Turkmenistan’s Lavish Capital of Marble and Gold

A strange and fascinating capital city, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan is a showcase of modernity set in an ancient desert landscape. Soviet-style apartment buildings mingle with modern marble and gold monuments. So many, in fact, that in 2013, the Guinness Book of World Records awarded Ashgabat the record for the highest density of white marble buildings in the world. How did it happen? Read More


6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

Summertime may get all the glory, but why wait until then to set off on your next great adventure? Some of the world's most popular destinations are at their absolute best during the spring season: milder weather, beautiful locales awash in colorful blooms, and the start of outdoor fun and festivals get travelers and locals alike buzzing with excitement about the warmer months ahead. Ready to break free from the familiar this season? Here are six favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations sure to put a little spring in your step: 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