5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

There’s a reason the Trans-Siberian Railway has been called one of the greatest journeys on earth. Rolling briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, it’s the longest railway line in the world, and after more than a century of revolution, wars, and calamities continues to be a vital lifeline for millions of Russians living and traveling across the largest country on earth. How will you choose to ride the rails? Read More


Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Letting loose and reveling in a bit of free-spirited fun is what makes the holidays feel so special — and it’s something that we often lose sight of during a typically stressful season. This year, why not reignite some of that celebratory magic and bid farewell to 2017 on MIR’s festive small group tour Russian Winter Wonderland? Revolving around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, the tour also includes visits to Moscow and the ancient medieval capitals of Russia’s Golden Ring. Discover Russia’s warm hospitality and cherished holiday traditions at either a low-key New Year’s Eve party in a private St. Petersburg home, or an all-out opulent affair at the Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace. Whichever option you choose is sure to make for an unforgettable evening. How will you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve? Read More


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

It’s been 28 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We’re marking the anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of MIR) with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. Katya Boyarskaya, Director of our affiliate office in St. Petersburg, was living there during the time of the 1991 August Coup. Here’s her story. Read More



Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

A memorable tour is one that widens your horizons, tickles your fancy and gives you something to think about. In each MIR trip you’ll experience at least one moment when you realize you’re learning something you’ve never known before. It might be about the history or habits of a place, or it might be how to make or do something grand. These moments are precious, and they can happen at any time or place. They will surely happen when you travel with MIR. Read More



Client Photo Spotlight: The Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok

Client Photo Spotlight: The Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok

MIR traveler and blogger Lynn Lewis recently returned from riding the rails on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train. She took the “Classic Route,” rolling from across Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok via Mongolia, and she snapped dozens of photos along the way. Here’s a selection of her pictures. You can see more about her trip at her blog, “Two Girls from Texas in a Car.” Read More


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: Doug’s Memories of August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: Doug’s Memories of August 1991

It's been 28 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We're marking the anniversary with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. In this installment, Doug shares his memories of the fateful days of the August coup in 1991, and his travels from Seattle to Moscow to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. Read More


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


Sixty Restaurant – Best Views in Moscow, Russia

Sixty Restaurant – Best Views in Moscow, Russia

Out on a scouting excursion around Moscow, I boarded a high-speed computer-controlled elevator in the West Federation Tower that swept me quickly up 60 stories to the cloakroom of Moscow’s highest restaurant, appropriately named “Sixty.” I’d been told that the best views are from the tables near the restaurant’s windows, but I can assure you that the panoramic city view can be seen from almost any table. You can also enjoy the view of the sky, as the ceiling is made out of glass. Day or night, this restaurant has the best view in Moscow. Read More