Time to Plan Your 2016 Trip! MIR’s New Small Group Tours Brochure Now Available

Time to Plan Your 2016 Trip! MIR’s New Small Group Tours Brochure Now Available

It can be a daunting task to narrow down your travel choices to a trip that matches your time and budget. Our Small Group Tours brochure is fresh off the presses and ready for you to flip through to help select the right itinerary for your 2016 travels. MIR's 2016 Small Group Tours brochure is a sampling of our small group tour choices, filled with our newest, most popular, and most innovative trip itineraries. Request or view a small group tours brochure now! Read More



A Traveler’s Tale: Yurt Living in Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

A Traveler’s Tale: Yurt Living in Sary Tash, Kyrgyzstan

Our guest blogger is Caroline Eden, a journalist and travel writer from the U.K. specializing in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Caroline’s travel stories have appeared in Conde Nast, Wanderlust and National Geographic Traveler, among other publications. Read More


Singing the Plate Song in Uzbekistan: Katta Ashula

Singing the Plate Song in Uzbekistan: Katta Ashula

In Uzbekistan, traditional folk songs are known as Ashula. Ashula reflects the diverse influences that shaped the region’s music as well as the inner feelings, hopes, loves and attitudes of the natives. One of the types of Ashula is called Katta Ashula, which literally means big or great song. The tradition of Katta Ashula is popular in the Fergana Valley, where many languages and cultures come together. Folk singers from Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan have mastered this traditional style. It requires special training, a strong voice and the ability to improvise - which is illustrated in this video. Read More


Iran Travels and Tastes: Taftoon Flatbread (VIDEO)

Iran Travels and Tastes: Taftoon Flatbread (VIDEO)

While leading a tour through Iran, MIR Tour Manager Jamshid Fayzullaev spotted a baker preparing dough for the flat Iranian taftoon bread that will soon grace the tables of a Yazd restaurant. Enjoy this video of the baker as he shapes it into balls, ready to roll out flat for baking in the tandoor oven. After he rolls it out, he’ll score it and flip it onto the padded mitt that you can see by the oven. Read More


Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Whether you want to travel on a rail journey by private train, with a small group, or on a custom, personalized adventure, now is the time to plan your 2016 Silk Route trip! And to help make the planning easier, MIR has just published our 2016 Silk Route brochure. With so many countries and itineraries to choose from, the new Silk Route brochure makes it simple – all your options are at your fingertips. Request a Silk Route brochure be sent to you via mail or made available for immediate download. Read More


New Year’s News: 3 New 2016 Departures to Iran and Mongolia

New Year’s News: 3 New 2016 Departures to Iran and Mongolia

MIR has just announced new departures on our quickly-filling small group tour of Iran, Ancient Persia – Modern Iran, and on the adventurous Mongolian Explorer: The Gobi & Beyond with Naadam Festival. With nearly 30 years of unmatched travel planning experience hand-crafting tours to legendary destinations, we're the ones to call. Starting your 2016 journey is just a phone call away. Contact MIR today at [email protected] or 1-111-111-1111. Read More


2 More Reasons to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2016: Expert Lecturers aboard a Luxury Train

2 More Reasons to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2016: Expert Lecturers aboard a Luxury Train

In honor of the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 100th anniversary in 2016, two of our new Trans-Siberian rail journeys aboard a luxury private train will feature expert lecturers and, for a limited time, you can save $1,000 per person! Travelers aboard these new rail journey routes will ride in luxury over eight time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok, seeing remote parts of Siberia that most travelers don’t usually experience. They'll enjoy a variety of onboard amenities, including lectures by a train expert & author and a former British soldier & historian. Read More


Luxury Travel by Train: A Ride Aboard the Golden Eagle Private Train (VIDEO)

Luxury Travel by Train: A Ride Aboard the Golden Eagle Private Train (VIDEO)

MIR travelers can ride the Golden Eagle private train along the Trans-Siberian Railway, north to the Arctic Circle, or through Iran, Central Asia or the South Caucasus. And, for a limited time, travelers can save up to $1,000 per person on select rail journey by private train departures aboard the Golden Eagle. No matter the destination, the journey is first class all the way. Here's a video snapshot of a trip aboard the Golden Eagle along the Trans-Siberian Railway... Read More


MIR’s “Best Nine” Instagram Photos

MIR’s “Best Nine” Instagram Photos

Thank you for all the likes and comments this past year! We are delighted to share photos from our fascinating destinations with you on Instagram. Our "2015bestnine" includes these photos taken in Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Latvia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Russia... Our "2015bestnine" includes photos from Croatia, Slovenia, Turkey, Latvia, China, Kyrgyzstan and Russia. Read More