Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: A Tour Leader’s Blog

Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: A Tour Leader’s Blog

Follow along with seasoned MIR Tour Manager, Michel Behar, as he blogs his way through MIR's Ancient Persia - Modern Iran small group tour. Spend each day with him as he recounts his favorite traditional Persian foods, his discoveries at the outdoor markets, and his impressions of the gardens, art and architecture of Iran. Read More





Beginner’s Guide to Romania’s Painted Monasteries of Bucovina

As a MIR tour manager for more than 17 years, I've led many MIR tours to the Bucovina region of Romania and to its painted monasteries, constructed in medieval times. Bucovina is a remote province tucked in the northeastern corner of Romania near Ukraine. Today the painted monasteries are pilgrimage sites for Romanian Orthodox believers, as well as highlights for travelers from all over the world. Nuns live and work at most of these monasteries, standing out in their distinctive black habits and veils. Here are some notes on what to look for when you visit four of Bucovina's most notable monasteries: Voronet, Sucevita, Moldovita, Humor. Read More





Spiritual & National Roots of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

Spiritual & National Roots of Mongolia’s Naadam Festival

Mongolia’s colorful Naadam Festival in July is an annual celebration of athletic prowess, strength, and stamina dating to the times of warrior Genghis Khan. Beyond a joyful celebration, Naadam is rooted in shamanism and Buddhism, and now reflects a Mongolian national revival of cultural identity. Read More