Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More


Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

Photo Essay: 10 Reasons To Love Tbilisi, Georgia

With bounteous food, rivers of wine, sophisticated museums, historic architecture, cutting-edge restaurants, and Soviet chic, Tbilisi, Georgia, has most everything you could ask for in a destination. Growing more popular and “discoverable” with every travel season, Georgia’s capital city is ripe for the picking. Here are 10 reasons to discover Tbilisi before everyone else does. Read More


Undiscovered Kamchatka: Where Reindeer Reign in Russia

Undiscovered Kamchatka: Where Reindeer Reign in Russia

Get an up-close look at northern reindeer and their herders in rugged, remote UNESCO-listed Kamchatka Peninsula. It's a Russian Far East treasure filled with rarely seen volcanoes and geysers, perfect for intrepid travelers. Read More


Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Poland’s Mona Lisa: Lady with an Ermine

Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine has a checkered past, having kept company with artists, noblemen, gentlewomen, thieves, and Nazis. But from now on, her heart belongs to Poland. The famous Czartoryski Collection, her cohort since 1798, has been purchased by the state, with the hope that she will never roam again. Read More


Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s Royally Remarkable Town

Veliko Tarnovo: Bulgaria’s Royally Remarkable Town

Bulgaria might not be a country you typically associate with empire, but that’s only if you don’t know your swashbuckling, bloody, battle-hardened Bulgarian history. It’s as packed with glory and tragedy as Game of Thrones, but without the dragons. And Veliko Tarnovo is its epicenter. Dig into the history of this picturesque town and find out why you should visit Veliko Tarnovo. Read More


Canyoning in Croatia, Plus 7 More Active Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast

Canyoning in Croatia, Plus 7 More Active Adventures on the Dalmatian Coast

Croatia, from the mountains to the sea, boasts a range of lush and captivating landscapes, and is now gaining a solid reputation as the next big playground for outdoor aficionados and thrill-seekers of all types. Recently, I decided to set off in search of Croatia's outdoor thrills when I traveled to Split, the nation's second largest city, and tackled a new adventure sport for the first time — canyoning. Read More


Tuva: Explore Siberia’s Remote and Undiscovered Treasure

Tuva: Explore Siberia’s Remote and Undiscovered Treasure

Travelers find that Tuva has more to offer than simply its remoteness and its peoples’ mysterious musical traditions. Ancient Scythian burial mounds filled with golden treasure, the hospitality of nomads on the steppe, animistic shamans, and Buddhist lamas all contribute to Tuva’s peculiar appeal. Add to those a salt lake teeming with such diverse wildlife that it’s been designated a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you have a worthy destination indeed. Read More


Russia’s Royal Treasures in Photos: Kremlin Armory Museum

Russia’s Royal Treasures in Photos: Kremlin Armory Museum

The Kremlin Armory is Moscow's most prestigious and treasure-filled museum, with more than 4,000 Russian artifacts, from imperial clothing, regalia and royal carriages to Fabergé eggs, icons – and true to its namesake – armor, cannons and weapons. Read More


Explore 3 Ancient Cave Towns in Georgia, South Caucasus

Explore 3 Ancient Cave Towns in Georgia, South Caucasus

Several historic rock-hewn cave towns in South Caucasus' Georgia are today unique destinations, highlights for many MIR travelers. Three stand-out favorites include David Gareja Monastery Complex, Uplistsikhe, and Vardzia. Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Baku, Azerbaijan and the Shores of the Caspian Sea

A Traveler’s Tale: Baku, Azerbaijan and the Shores of the Caspian Sea

MIR’s Jake Smith recently traveled through Azerbaijan and its highlight, Baku. In his tour diary and photo gallery, discover his favorite finds in this historic city that features both old town charm and modern marvels. Read More