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


Why 2019 is the Best Time to Travel to Uzbekistan

Why 2019 is the Best Time to Travel to Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is already extremely appealing, with its domed mosques and madrassahs clad in vivid ceramic tiles, and with the endemic hospitality of its culture. But now, after a first-ever International Tourism Forum, Uzbekistan is gearing up to raise the level of comfort, accessibility, and amenities for the more than 5 million travelers expected in 2019. There were a lot of exciting firsts in Uzbekistan in 2018 and a few marvelous updates already set for 2019 - all of which make now the best time to travel to this fabled land. Special Offer: For a limited time, new bookings on select small group departures to Uzbekistan can save up to $300 per person. Read More


A Story of Hope for Our Times: Traveler’s Holocaust Book Published

A Story of Hope for Our Times: Traveler’s Holocaust Book Published

In My Soul is Filled With Joy: A Holocaust Story, author (and MIR traveler) Karen Treiger relates the saga of her in-laws, who met in a Polish forest outside the Treblinka death camp. It was August 1943, and Sam had just escaped in a prisoner uprising in which fewer than a hundred survived. Esther was already in hiding, helped by a Polish family who agreed to shelter Sam as well. We are honored to have played a small part in helping Treiger research her book. Here we share details, as well as opportunities to hear her speak at one of her upcoming book readings and presentations. Read More


The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The fabled Trans-Siberian Railway rolls briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, pausing along the way in places that bring travelers face to face with the fascinating cultures of Russia. As one of the longest rail lines on earth, it’s no surprise that this legendary railway has an equally legendary history. Our historical rundown features a free downloadable map showing the most significant highlights of the Trans-Siberian’s story. Read More


The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Ulan Ude: Why This Siberian City Will Surprise You

In the middle of Russia just east of Lake Baikal is one of Siberia’s coolest cities, Ulan Ude. A smallish city of some 110,000, Ulan Ude is the capital of the Buryat Republic, a federal subject of Russia with a decidedly Mongolian flavor. Ulan Ude is a surprising destination with lots of unexpected things to do and see – and it’s under the radar for most travelers. Now is the time to explore it, while the old traditions are still practiced and the crowds are small. Here are five of our favorites found in this captivating Siberian city… Read More


Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty

Travel Guide to the Romanov’s Russia: Significant Sites of Russian Royalty

For 305 years, the powerful Romanov dynasty ruled the empire. The panorama of Russia’s pre-revolutionary past is a real-life Game of Thrones, filled with intrigue and high-minded reform, betrayal and murder, golden years and a tragic ending. Explore the dramatic history of Russia’s Romanov emperors and empresses with our Travel Guide to the Romanov's Russia and download our handy Romanov Family Tree PDF to reference on your journey. Read More



The Mysterious and Magnificent North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and Beyond

The Mysterious and Magnificent North Caucasus: Chechnya, Ossetia, Dagestan and Beyond

The North Caucasus is one of the world’s most gorgeous, mysterious, and rewarding “undiscovered” places. You may surprise your family and friends by traveling to this rarely-visited place, but just imagine their faces when you return with fabulous photos, unparalleled stories, and new-found understanding of this little-traveled area.  Read More