St. Petersburg for the Win!

St. Petersburg for the Win!

St. Petersburg, cultural capital of Russia, has been crowned “World's Leading Cultural City Destination 2016” by the prestigious World Travel children. Considered the Oscars of the travel industry, World Travel children (WTA) has been acknowledging and rewarding excellence in travel since 1993, in an annual series of gala events. Read More




Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

Postcard from Doug: 2016 Year in Review

A typical travel year? In some ways, yes, and in others no. The number of journeys isn’t unusual for me, but some of the places and times of year were new and fresh. It’s always nice to get back to the places I know, to re-familiarize myself with the incredible draw of our destinations, remind myself of the beautiful sights, smells and sounds, and to re-connect with the fantastic people. Read More


MIR Iran Photo Gallery Featured in Travel Weekly

MIR Iran Photo Gallery Featured in Travel Weekly

It’s difficult to describe the colors and fragrances of the spices in Iran’s bazaars, the 2,500-year-old majesty of the ruins of Persepolis, or the hullabaloo surrounding a crowd of school kids meeting their first Americans. So we’re not even going to try. Take a look at these photos in the travel industry’s most trusted publication, Travel Weekly. Captured by MIR tour managers and travelers, they afford a glimpse of a few of the highlights of this fascinating, once-forbidden country. Read More



Book Your 2017 Trip by New Year’s Eve & Save

Book Your 2017 Trip by New Year’s Eve & Save

2016 is coming to a close, and while many people are getting ready hunker down for the holidays, we think there’s no better time to start looking forward to all the places you want to check off your bucket list next year. Whether you want to fulfill your own personal travel dreams or give an unforgettable gift to someone you care for, now is a great opportunity to set your 2017 travel plans in motion. For a limited time, MIR has a variety of special offers available on select small group tours and rail journeys by private train – but many of them expire on December 29, 2016. Act now before the trips fill up or the offers expire! Read More



MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

Thousands of clicks, likes, and shares later, the response from our fans has been overwhelming! We're grateful that there are so many intrepid travelers who are open to discovery and share our passion for our chosen off-the-beaten-path corner of the world. Here's a look back at some of your favorites of the year. Read More