Give the Gift of Travel
Buying a gift for a friend, a family member, or a loved one isn’t always so easy. We put lots of pressure on ourselves to find not just a great gift, but the perfect gift: something unique, meaningful, and memorable. Oftentimes, we think that means buying the latest and greatest gadgets and apps, bestselling books, or trendy designer items.
Great gifts don’t have to be material possessions — they can be extraordinary experiences that teach us about human discovery and personal growth, that allow us to connect with the world, with our loved ones, and with ourselves, in ways we never thought possible. They can be a way of showing how important it is to spend time together with the people we care about the most, by creating memories that’ll last a lifetime. That’s what the gift of travel can be.
This year, why not ditch the shopping malls and online stores and give your friends and family the gift of a great getaway with the help of your friends at MIR. No matter who you’re traveling with, where you want to go, and how you want to do it, MIR can help you craft a journey filled with unforgettable experiences, and has something to suit every travel style and budget.
Discover how MIR can create a journey that you and yours will remember for years to come with our:
- Small Group Tours – never more than 16 travelers
- Rail Journeys by Private Train – travel by luxury private train
- Independent Trips – travel when, where, and how you want
Small Group Tours
MIR’s small group tours are the perfect all-in-one package: if you want to give a gift that’ll expand someone’s horizons through uncommon and educational experiences, can offer them the companionship and comfort that comes from traveling with a small yet diverse group of travelers, or if you’re simply searching for the biggest bang for your buck, then a small group tour is the way to go.
Boasting creative itineraries and ingenious extras, our signature small group tours are innovative programs designed by experts, packed with world-class sites, overlooked corners, and relevant, authentic, and sometimes surprising elements that enrich the trip, from visiting with a children’s English class, to a behind-the-scenes tour at an artist’s workshop, or being welcomed into a private home for a memorable meal.
Our small group tours can accommodate a wide range of interests, and offer something to suit every personality type. Need a gift for a foodie friend? We have three epicurean-focused tours that can get their culinary juices flowing: Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan, A Taste of Georgia: Wine, Cuisine & Culture, or A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture. For the adventurous spirit in your life, Central Asian Epic Overland Expedition, Siberian Odyssey: Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva, or any of our Explorer Series trips might be right up their alley.
Each tour comes complete with fully comprehensive inclusions — access to a knowledgeable and dedicated travel planner throughout the pre-trip process, personalized airfare services, and all-inclusive land tour pricing.
But what really sets us apart – and what our travelers comment on the most – are our hand-picked tour managers. A combination of personal guide, destination expert, magician and diplomat, MIR’s tour managers are among the best in the business, and are on the spot to ensure that you get the most out of your trip. He or she can smooth out the wrinkles during your travels or shake things up with unexpected opportunities to interact with the locals.
Or if you need a little inspiration to get you started, check out the following list of top travel experiences you can have on a MIR small group tour — just click on any of the experiences listed below to find a curated selection of MIR tours based on that particular interest. Whether your gift recipient prefers festivals, adventure, cultural classics, or culinary extravaganzas, we can match them up with a great small group tour:
Rail Journeys by Private Train
If you’re searching for a gift for someone who appreciates the finer things in life, or want to pull out all the stops to celebrate a special occasion, then we suggest a rail journey by private train. Combining the romance of Old World travel with modern amenities, abundant food and wine, and onboard entertainment, these journeys allow you to experience endlessly fascinating and surprisingly diverse destinations in hassle-free comfort.
Each itinerary is well-planned and comprehensive in scope, with comfortable accommodations and superb service on board the train, giving you freedom to relax, knowing that all the logistics and small details have already been taken care of for you.
Whether you choose to travel aboard the comfortable Tsar’s Gold, the luxurious Golden Eagle, or any of the fine trains available, a dedicated MIR travel specialist will be with you every step of the way, providing access to our in-house air expert, assistance with visas or a handcrafted private extension, and answers to any questions you may have about the trains and destinations.
We have an extensive menu of rail journeys by private train that can take you to some of our most extraordinary and exciting destinations: along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway, up to the Russian Arctic, across Iran and Central Asia, and through the South Caucasus, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and Tibet and China.
Wondering which rail journey by private train is right for you? You can narrow down your choices by browsing through our full list of rail journeys by private train, or by using our Trip Finder and Destination Map. With so many rail journeys to choose from, one of them is sure to fit your style, schedule, and budget.
Do you want to celebrate a wedding anniversary, birthday, graduation, or other special occasion in a more intimate setting, or give something totally unique and unforgettable for that special someone? Or do you simply prefer to travel solo, with your family, or with a group of friends? Consider gifting a completely customized journey of your own, relying on MIR’s expert assistance. You choose your companions, pick the place, and set the pace – we’ll make all the arrangements.
We have two options to choose from when designing your custom private journey:
MIR has been specializing in personalized, private journeys for over 30 years, handling the ins and outs and special requests of our travelers, and designing unforgettable itineraries that span the breadth and depth of our destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
When you travel independently with MIR’s support, you collaborate with your travel specialist to make sure that the itinerary encompasses everything you crave, efficiently sequenced so it makes sense geographically, and so it makes your time and resources stretch the farthest. Whether you want to arrange a memorable tour in search of your family’s heritage, or traverse the far reaches of the back of beyond on an epic overland expedition, MIR can help turn your travel dreams into a reality.
Researched & Ready
Prefer that we suggest an itinerary for you? No problem — the classic itineraries featured in our series of Flexible Essential Private Trips are well-designed private tour itineraries already researched and ready to book on the dates you choose.
On our Flexible Essential Private Trip itineraries, you get the freedom of traveling on your own, but without the stress of making and troubleshooting all the arrangements. You’ll be met on arrival and seen off at the end of your trip; in-country transportation will be pre-arranged hassle-free; your lodging will be pre-booked; and while traveling, your own private, expert local guide will ensure that you and yours get the most out of your visit.
Give the Gift of Travel with MIR
MIR is celebrating over 30 years of connecting travelers with fascinating destinations at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. MIR’s full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
30 years of travel expertise means that the specialists at MIR know how to get there, what to do while you’re there, and how to enhance your trip in each of our destinations.
Wondering which destination or itinerary is right for you? In addition to browsing the pages of our free catalog, you can narrow down your choices online using our Trip Finder and the Destination Map. Or chat with our Private Journeys department to have a trip handcrafted to your interests, pace and budget.
(Top photo: A MIR client makes a visit to a nomadic home in Firuzabad, Iran. Photo credit: Lindsay Fincher.)
PUBLISHED: November 22, 2016