Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Experiences in Uzbekistan

Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Experiences in Uzbekistan

The relatively undiscovered Central Asian country of Uzbekistan is studded not only with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but UNESCO cultural experiences as well. With a new, reform-minded government in place, it's easier than ever to visit Uzbekistan: still relatively uncrowded with visitors, and still abounding in authenticity and open-handed hospitality. This insider's guide offers 8 breathtaking ways you can experience UNESCO treasures in Uzbekistan. Read More


5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

Each July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider new sites to add to its list of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. The sites are carefully vetted based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, awaiting their turn to shine. In 2018, the committee added 19 new sites and significantly expanded an older one. Five of these sites are found in MIR’s destinations. 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


10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More


Undiscovered Kamchatka: Where Reindeer Reign in Russia

Undiscovered Kamchatka: Where Reindeer Reign in Russia

Get an up-close look at northern reindeer and their herders in rugged, remote UNESCO-listed Kamchatka Peninsula. It's a Russian Far East treasure filled with rarely seen volcanoes and geysers, perfect for intrepid travelers. Read More


Dubrovnik in Photos: Croatia’s Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Dubrovnik in Photos: Croatia’s Picture-Perfect Coastal Town

Croatia's walled seaport city, Dubrovnik, is known not only as the "pearl of the Adriatic," but also as the setting for the TV fantasy series, "Game of Thrones." Destroyed in a 1667 earthquake and again in the 1990s wars, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik and its Old Town are now faithfully restored, with indelibly memorable views from the seaside hills, stone walls, and marble streets. Year after year, UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik makes the must-see lists of places to visit and explore. The views from its hills, walls and streets illustrate why Dubrovnik is such a dazzling destination. Read More