Author and Travel Expert Patricia Schultz to Host Tour of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova

Author and Travel Expert Patricia Schultz to Host Tour of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova

We’re thrilled to announce that Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” will serve as host on the first 2019 departure of MIR’s Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova small group tour, from May 5-18, 2019. Over the course of the 14-day tour, Patricia will offer her observations and share her expertise with other MIR travelers as they explore these fairly obscure destinations. Read More


MIR Corporation Adds Ukraine Travel to Its Luxury Train Journeys

MIR Corporation Adds Ukraine Travel to Its Luxury Train Journeys

SEATTLE, WA --MIR Corporation is excited to announce the addition of Ukraine travel to its stable of luxury train trips aboard the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. The new journey by private train begins with a tour to Russia, exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg, then takes travelers through the capitals of Belarus and Moldova, stopping at gilded churches and powerful fortresses, tasting local wines and sampling local delicacies. The luxury train then glides onto the sunny Crimean Peninsula, where the warm Mediterranean climate created "the playground of the czars" on the shores of the Black Sea before travelers visit Kiev, Ukraine's busy capital city. Read More


Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Tiny Transdniester is a landlocked Eastern European region that few have ever heard of. This thin sliver of land offers travelers a fascinating chance to go back in time and peek at a small piece of the former Soviet Union. It's a place where communist-era monuments still take center stage — and where little has changed since the days of the USSR. Read More


Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past three years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying sneaking a peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. Looking back over the last year, we’ve had over 14,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts. Read More


Client Spotlight: Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

Client Spotlight: Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova

In the spring of 2017, MIR traveler James Burch set off on MIR’s Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova small group tour, sending almost daily reports on his progress. We saved his refreshing and good-natured missives and observant photos, and put them together for you to enjoy as we did. Follow along as James Burch shares his perspective on Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova – three countries that don’t often get a lot of love from travelers. Read More


8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

How will you spend your time this travel season? If you’re ready to step up to something a little different in a place you've never been before, have we got some ideas for you! Beat the crowds and gain outstanding bragging rights in these unusual destinations... Read More


6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

Summertime may get all the glory, but why wait until then to set off on your next great adventure? Some of the world's most popular destinations are at their absolute best during the spring season: milder weather, beautiful locales awash in colorful blooms, and the start of outdoor fun and festivals get travelers and locals alike buzzing with excitement about the warmer months ahead. Ready to break free from the familiar this season? Here are six favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations sure to put a little spring in your step: Read More


Why Move Eastern Europe to the Top of your Travel Bucket List?

Why Move Eastern Europe to the Top of your Travel Bucket List?

How about choosing destinations your friends have never been to, or even considered? How about discovering people in places totally off your travel radar that nevertheless are happily going about their business in a dimension you are unaware of? How about joining “Journey to Eastern Europe,” a MIR Private Journey that has been opened to travelers who are ready to go beyond the familiar? Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia strut their stuff on this wildly different one-time-only itinerary. Read More


Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova: An In-depth Study of Three Unsung Countries & Transdniester

Travel to Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova: An In-depth Study of Three Unsung Countries & Transdniester

Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova are three of the least familiar countries in Europe. Belarus is a great place to catch a glimpse of the old Soviet Union, if you didn’t get a chance to visit before its demise. Ukraine, although bigger than either France or Germany, is much less frequented and more unspoiled. Moldova, in spite of its growing reputation as prime wine country, remains one of the most neglected countries in Europe. MIR’s small group tour, Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova, gathers these three countries into one 13-day itinerary, a trip that was once pronounced a “Tour of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler. Read More


Volya: Bringing Belarus to Seattle, through Folk Songs and Traditions

Volya: Bringing Belarus to Seattle, through Folk Songs and Traditions

Volya is a native Belarusian. She was born and raised in the capital city of Minsk. Now, years later and a continent away, Volya is the lead singer in a Belarusian folk group that she organized, VOLYA, based in Seattle, Washington. The singers proudly wear hand-made traditional folk costumes that were donated to Volya by Belarusian villagers. Watch her performance of the winter solstice song, “Kaza,” at the Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle. Read More