Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of his travels with MIR's small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More


MIR in the News: Baltimore Sun, Global Traveler, International Travel News & more!

MIR in the News: Baltimore Sun, Global Traveler, International Travel News & more!

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and destinations is noticed and shared. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... Read More


Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

The complex Silk Road rhythms, melodies, and musical instruments of Uzbekistan are utterly fascinating. It is enchanting to watch dancers clothed in richly detailed hand-woven and hand-tailored costumes twirling and swaying in smooth, well practiced moves handed down from generation to generation. Our travelers agree, saying it makes for a richer travel experience and deeper connection with local people. Find out about travel opportunities to connect with local people at dance performances in interesting locales, such as the tiled courtyard of a madrassah or right next to your dinner table alongside locals. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

I’ve explored all of MIR’s destinations – some more than 100 times – and yet there’s always something new to discover in each one. Here are my recommendations, ranging from the wild Arctic seas to the depths of space, and from remote Russia to the booming capital of Kazakhstan – and many intriguing places in between. 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


Classic Celebrations: Wedding Traditions in Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Classic Celebrations: Wedding Traditions in Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Uzbek weddings are joyous occasions full of feasting, dancing, and meaningful rituals. Learn more about the country’s traditional wedding customs through photos and video footage from lucky MIR travelers invited to join the celebration. Read More



Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More