National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

National Geographic Traveler Honors MIR’s “Inside the Russian Space Program” Tour

SEATTLE, WA - Award-winning Russia tour specialist, MIR Corporation, is thrilled to announce that its Inside the Russian Space Program tour has been selected as one of National Geographic Traveler magazine's 2012 50 Tours of a Lifetime, and will be featured in the May 2012 issue as well as listed on a special Tours of a Lifetime landing page. The 10-day tour, offered only once in 2012, allows travelers to witness both the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station and the live docking of the Soyuz at Mission Control Center in Moscow. Read More


MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

SEATTLE, WA — During the past 25 years MIR Corpration has built a reputation as a leader in pioneering travel to destinations – from Tibet to Tehran and everyplace in between – considered obscure, exotic, remote, difficult and even controversial. This year we’re pleased to introduce a these imaginative new trips for 2012: Inside the Russian Space Program Looking for an out-of-this-world adventure? Witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station, enjoying unparalleled access to VIP viewing areas and briefing sessions. Back in Moscow, take in the classic sights before you observe the live Soyuz-International Space Station docking at Mission Control Center, an event that very few get to experience in such an intimate way. If you’ve ever dreamed of space travel, here is your chance. To enhance your near-space experience, the tour features an extremely knowledgeable study leaderaaaRead More


MIR Pushes Adventure Envelope By Hosting Exclusive Tour of Russia’s Space Program

MIR Pushes Adventure Envelope By Hosting Exclusive Tour of Russia’s Space Program

SEATTLE, WA -- MIR Corporation that's staging an around-the-world car rally is pushing the adventure envelope yet again, this time by hosting an insider's tour of Russia's space program. - Politics aside, this is a serious, highly exclusive 11-day program for only 20 people that begins and ends in Moscow with a representative of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center joining the welcome dinner. Guests spend a day at the once-classified Star City where the center is located, exploring the MIR Space Station and other simulators and learning how crews acquire the skills to walk in space. The world's largest centrifuge, used for simulating G-loads, is on the program as well. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

Doug’s Travel Picks: 8 Places to Visit in 2018

I’ve explored all of MIR’s destinations – some more than 100 times – and yet there’s always something new to discover in each one. Here are my recommendations, ranging from the wild Arctic seas to the depths of space, and from remote Russia to the booming capital of Kazakhstan – and many intriguing places in between. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Beyond the Stars, Inside the Russian Space Program (VIDEO)

MIR’s award-winning tour, "Inside the Russian Space Program," is capped with a Soyuz space launch in Kazakhstan. Read More


5 Formerly Forbidden Places, Now Ready for Travelers

5 Formerly Forbidden Places, Now Ready for Travelers

The world is opening more and more to curious travelers. So many places that were once forbidden are now everyday destinations. Take Vladivostok, Russia’s rather ordinary Pacific Rim port on the country’s east coast. Due to its importance as a border zone city, Vladivostok was declared off-limits to foreigners and even most Russians following WWII. It was only on January 1 1992, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, that the city was declared officially open, and began to welcome travelers. MIR regularly introduces travelers to Vladivostok via the Trans-Siberian Railway (it's the end of the line) and on handcrafted, custom private trips. Here are five formerly forbidden places you can travel to with MIR... Read More


What To Know Before You Go: Kazakhstan

What To Know Before You Go: Kazakhstan

Nearly five times the size of France, surprising Kazakhstan lays claim to soaring mountains, boundless steppe and abundant natural wildlife, attracting attention from adventure-seekers and European elite (like Prince Harry). Enjoy MIR’s Insider Tips on Travel to Unconventional Destinations: MIR founder and president Doug Grimes shares a collection of his insider’s tips on what to see, do, and eat in Kazakhstan. Read More


Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Postcard from Doug: Watch a Soyuz Launch at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (VIDEO)

Last year in May, I was fortunate enough to be at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to watch a phenomenal night launch of the manned Soyuz spacecraft. The rocket was floodlit, but still we could barely make out the towers as they fell away from the rocket. Then the fuel ignited like a huge bonfire and the sky lit up with billows of white smoke and steam, as the rocket lifted majestically away from the earth. I was able to capture the whole thing on video: Read More



A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

We love a good reason to party. Our 2019 calendar is already filling up with festivals and special events to rejoice over. No matter where or how you want to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or latest grand achievement, MIR has the destination expertise and experience to help you mark the special occasion on a trip to any of our legendary destinations along the Silk Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, through Siberia, Mongolia, Iran, the Balkans, the South Caucasus and beyond. Looking to add a celebration or festival to your own calendar, and add some revelry to your next trip? Here are a few ideas... Read More