Which of your travel goals will you achieve in 2019? Check out MIR’s travel brochure

Which of your travel goals will you achieve in 2019? Check out MIR’s travel brochure

If you're like us, the list of places you want to travel is always growing. MIR’s 2019 Travel Brochure is guaranteed to help you decide which of your travel dreams to check off next. Our new brochure is compact, colorful, and packed with information — it recaps all our 2019 small group tours and rail journeys by private train, and it's headed your way in the mail! Read More


New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

Europe is packed with intriguing opportunities and there are still many places unknown to most travelers. MIR has a variety of hand-crafted travel options to help you discover even the most remote parts. You can choose to focus on a single country and traverse it’s big cities and remote villages, or visit as many countries as your travel time allows. Read More





A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

A Traveler’s Personal Story of Her Return to the North Caucasus

When MIR traveler Susanna Markiewicz McNeil signed up for MIR’s Return to the North Caucasus small group tour, she was – literally – returning. Susanna was born in a village in Dagestan, an out-of-the-way region her Polish parents fled to during the atrocities of WWII. Prior to her departure, Susanna shared with MIR that her family had once lived in Dagestan, and that she was actually born there. MIR worked diligently with our Tour Manager and local MIR guide to find a way for her to visit her birthplace and reconnect with her roots. We used our destination expertise and on-the-ground connections to make it happen. We are grateful to have Susanna share her story of her very personal return to the North Caucasus, and to the small town where she was born and lived the first few years of her life. Read More


MIR in the News: National Geographic Traveler, AFAR Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more

MIR in the News: National Geographic Traveler, AFAR Magazine, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and destinations is noticed and shared. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... Read More


7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

For your epicurean pleasure, we’ve picked a handful of food writers and world travelers who have delved into regional cuisine and crafted cookbooks that help us learn more about these many fascinating cultures. Read More


One of MIR’s Most Why end mightd Tour Managers Recommends Travel to These Four Remote Destinations in 2019

One of MIR’s Most Why end mightd Tour Managers Recommends Travel to These Four Remote Destinations in 2019

2019 promises to be an exciting travel year for long-time tour manager Michel Behar. His plans include leading four wildly different MIR tours to wildly different destinations. Some of these special tours may only be offered in 2019. One takes intrepid travelers to an isolated village in western Mongolia, where the age-old art of hunting with eagles is experiencing a revival. Another is an exploration of the remote mountainous North Caucasus region of Russia – complex, hospitable, and spectacular. Two others venture beyond the oases of Central Asia into the faraway corners where travelers are fewer and farther between. Michel is looking forward to these tours and here he tells us one of the many reasons he’s excited about each one. Read More