5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

Lake Baikal in south Siberia stands out from all other lakes on earth: it’s the deepest and the oldest lake in the world. The lake’s biggest island, Olkhon, stands out as well. Shrouded in lore and legend, the island has been spiritually important to the people of the region for hundreds of years and is incredibly beautiful, too. Set in a peculiar rain shadow, it has more sunny days than the Black Sea coast. Here are five of our favorite ways to experience the outstanding natural and cultural beauty of Olkhon Island. Read More


Amazing Experiences You Can Only Have in Georgia

Amazing Experiences You Can Only Have in Georgia

The bounteous country of Georgia in the South Caucasus is a heaven-on-earth kind of place. Georgia has everything a traveler could want. Now is the best time to travel to the Republic of Georgia. It’s gaining steam as a must-see destination thanks to an ever-expanding list of travel expert recommendations and acclaim. Go see it for yourself before this under-the-radar destination hits the big time. Check out this list of 5 wonderful experiences you can have in the gorgeous and welcoming country of Georgia. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth. With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia. Read More


Traveler’s Tale: Siberia’s Baikal Ice Marathon and Other Adventures on a Frozen Lake Baikal

Traveler’s Tale: Siberia’s Baikal Ice Marathon and Other Adventures on a Frozen Lake Baikal

Willis Hughes, a MIR Tour Specialist, has traveled extensively across Russia, the South Caucasus, Turkey, and Ukraine. This past winter he took his first trip to Siberia’s Lake Baikal, and he made good use of the time, skating, riding snowmobiles and driving a dog sled on the Baikal ice. Read More