Northern Lights in Luxury: Arctic Circle by Private Train

Northern Lights in Luxury: Arctic Circle by Private Train

Imagine indulging in caviar and champagne as you travel aboard a deluxe private train barreling through Russia toward the Arctic Circle for a rendezvous with Aurora Borealis. This romantic and festive evening is included in MIR’s new rail journey by private train, Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights. Read More




Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg

Celebrating New Year’s in Russia: St Petersburg

The Director of MIR’s St. Petersburg affiliate office, Katya Boyarskaya, is a native of St.Petersburg, a city that – along with the entire country – loves to celebrate New Year’s. Katya does, too. We asked her to share some of her favorite holiday memories and tips. Read More


Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

Secret Santas in Belarus, Poland, Russia, Finland and Latvia

In this Santa Survey, I’m going to skip the towns of North Pole, Alaska, and Santa Claus, Indiana, as well as any of the flourishing Santa-themed parks in the U.S. Instead, I’m heading straight overseas to investigate some foreign Santa habitats. Read More


MIR in the News: Articles about Experiencing Holiday Traditions in Poland, Russia and more

MIR in the News: Articles about Experiencing Holiday Traditions in Poland, Russia and more

MIR’s winter tours celebrate a great time of year to travel to some of MIR’s snowy destinations, with all the beauty of the season and its holidays – and no waiting in line. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press Read More


Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Cuisine and Culture: Epic (and Epicurean) Travel in Russia and Georgia

Table traditions are built up over centuries. They are the “best practices” that give shape to a culture, born in a time when meals brought a family together to tell stories and pass on knowledge. Feasts are like meals on steroids. Read More


Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia?  Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

Travel to St. Petersburg or Siberia? Cultural Capital or the Great Outdoors?

There’s so much to choose from between St. Petersburg’s world-class museums and the reindeer herds of Kamchatka, with the endless miles of Siberian taiga thrown in for good measure. Both these destinations have their own superlatives ­– and more in common than you might think. Read More



New Tour: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Caviar and the Northern Lights aboard a luxury private train

New Tour: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Caviar and the Northern Lights aboard a luxury private train

Here’s an original suggestion for this New Year’s Eve: Spend it indulging in caviar and champagne aboard a deluxe private train barreling through Russia toward the Arctic Circle for a rendezvous with Aurora Borealis. This romantic and festive evening is included in MIR’s new rail journey by private train, Arctic Explorer: Quest for the Northern Lights. Read More