Consummate travelers partner with MIR to create far-ranging journeys for the very well traveled

Consummate travelers partner with MIR to create far-ranging journeys for the very well traveled

What makes a great traveler?

 Wanderlust, a sense of adventure, unquenchable curiosity, unlimited energy, determination – and good connections.
 MIR Corporation's extensive connections at the crossroads of Europe and Asia are a wellspring of opportunity for seasoned travelers. Seasoned traveler Bill Altaffer, a travel company owner and photographer who was declared the World’s Most Traveled Person in 2005, has sought out MIR for quite a few inventive itineraries. In August of 2009, Altaffer and fellow adventurers will cruise down Siberia’s Yenesei River past the Arctic Circle and on to Arctic ports that few westerners have glimpsed. Read More



MIR Corporation announces new ways to explore in 2009

MIR Corporation announces new ways to explore in 2009

2009 brings four new exciting opportunities to travel with MIR Corporation, a company that specializes in trips at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Travelers can choose from an array of scheduled small group active and cultural tours and sophisticated private rail journeys, or create their own custom-crafted private adventure. MIR Corporation gives adventurers the chance to go deep, far and wide across Russia, China, Mongolia, and the Silk Road on these imaginative scheduled group tour itineraries: Read More


Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy an Unconventional Winter in Russia, Poland & Europe

Remarkable Russia, Poland, and the fascinating countries of Central Europe are wonderful destinations to visit during the height of summer, when sun-drenched climes, al fresco dining, and fantastic festivals are in full swing. But those willing to brave the chill and travel here in the winter months are often rewarded with magnificent marvels and unconventional experiences all their own. Make this the year you celebrate an unconventional and adventurous winter holiday with MIR. With more than 30 years of specialty travel experience, we know how to do winter right in Russia, Poland, Central Europe, and beyond. Read More


Cruise Franz Josef Land: Discover the Wild Arctic Under the Midnight Sun

Cruise Franz Josef Land: Discover the Wild Arctic Under the Midnight Sun

Be one of the few people in the world to cruise the luminous world of the Midnight Sun as it hovers over the Arctic Circle on this one-time-only tour. If this experience is on your Bucket List (and if it’s not, it should be), cross it off with a flourish on MIR’s Special Journey to Remote Franz Josef Land. Located far above the Arctic Circle, some 470 miles away from the Eurasian mainland, the 191 islands that make up Franz Josef Land are some of the most secluded and under-explored locales on earth. Space is filling fast on the one-time-only 2018 departure. Read More


One-Time-Only Tour: Cruising the Remote Ob River in Siberia

One-Time-Only Tour: Cruising the Remote Ob River in Siberia

Russia is a country so vast that there are still little Russian river towns that few outsiders have ever heard of, let alone visited. MIR, in conjunction with renowned world traveler and Tour Leader Bill Altaffer, has handcrafted a one-time-only river cruise itinerary that explores some of these remote Russian locales: Ob River Cruise to the Arctic Circle. Read More


Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

Choose Your Arctic Circle Adventure: Summer White Nights or Winter Northern Lights

The lands north of the Arctic Circle are a remarkable study in contrasts. Winters this far north bring long nights, yet offer plenty of festive, frosty cheer. Summertime answers with 24 hours of luminous daylight, luring exuberant throngs of people outdoors. Regardless of when you visit, the changes in seasons allow travelers to see these lands at their most beautiful, whether under a blanket of fresh snowfall, or in full color during the few brief weeks of “White Nights.” They’re also among the few places where you can witness two of the earth’s most photogenic phenomena: the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer. Now travelers can rendezvous with these celestial sights and more on two luxury rail journeys by private train or one exciting expedition by icebreaker. Whether you’re a polar explorer or a sun-worshipper, a craver of culture or an adventurer, you’re bound to experience something decidedly different as you make your way beyond the Arctic Circle. Read More


MIR in the News: Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Boston Globe and more

MIR in the News: Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Boston Globe and more

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


The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

You can take an exhilarating snowmobile ride, race teams of sled dogs, fish for king crab and, given the town’s near-perfect northern location and dry subarctic climate, catch a glimpse of the beautiful phenomenon known as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. And for unusual experiences like this, you need an equally unusual hotel to top everything off. That’s where the world’s coolest hotel comes in: the Snow Hotel. Read More


Tour Remote Villages of Western Russia with One of the World’s Most Traveled People

Tour Remote Villages of Western Russia with One of the World’s Most Traveled People

When the world’s 5th Most Traveled Person, Bill Altaffer, plans a trip to Russia, you can be sure it won’t be run-of-the-mill, and will most likely feature places you’ve never heard of. He and his company, Expedition Photo Travel, have been partnering with MIR since 2005, putting together custom itineraries that feature destinations like Tuva, remote Sakhalin Island, the world's largest city built on permafrost (Yakutsk), the Soviet Hero Cities of WWII, and Birobidzhan, capital of Siberia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Read More