New Tour to Russia’s Southern Steppe: Cossacks, Kalmyks & Caviar

New Tour to Russia’s Southern Steppe: Cossacks, Kalmyks & Caviar

SEATTLE, WA - The award-winning travel specialist, MIR Corporation, is leading a new 14-day tour of Russia's Southern Steppe, an unfamiliar region spiced with a spirited array of independent cultures, including freedom-loving Cossacks and descendants of the Golden Horde. Highlights include: studying modern caviar production in Astrakhan; attending a cultural performance of Don Cossacks; and exploring a wildlife reserve for the critically endangered Saiga Antelope. 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


New MIR Trip Honored as “Tour of a Lifetime”

New MIR Trip Honored as “Tour of a Lifetime”

SEATTLE, WA -- Once again, National Geographic Traveler has honored a MIR tour: the new Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire is featured as a "Tour of a Lifetime" in their May/June2011 issue. The editorial team was looking for 2011's "most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours." The unique Eastern Turkey & Georgia: Legacy of Empire itinerary fills the bill. Read More


MIR Corporation Celebrates its 25th Year of Travel

MIR Corporation Celebrates its 25th Year of Travel

SEATTLE, WA -- Cultural tour operator MIR Corporation is celebrating its 25th year of travel to St. Petersburg, Siberia, the Silk Road and beyond with a 100-page catalog of its popular trips for 2011. The company is offering five departures of its signature small-group tour to Central Asia, Journey through Central Asia: The Five 'Stans, which sold out last year, and featuring a new 20-day trip along the Silk Road called Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia and Iran which features stops in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. Read More


MIR Corporation’s custom journeys inspired by your travel dreams

MIR Corporation’s custom journeys inspired by your travel dreams

July 4th marked the end of the GlobeRiders’ 2008 World Tour, the fifth that MIR has facilitated for the motorcycle adventure company. This year they roared across seven countries in 53 days, from China to Germany. Starting their engines 300 kilometers outside of Beijing, the riders headed north through eastern China up to Russia’s Lake Baikal region, across the entire length of Siberia, and down the Volga to the Black Sea, where they boarded a ferry to Ukraine and rolled through the lowlands of Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia into Germany and the end of the tour. Read More


Birdwatching in Bulgaria: An Interview with Expert Iordan Hristov

Birdwatching in Bulgaria: An Interview with Expert Iordan Hristov

Bulgaria may not be on your shortlist of places to travel, but if you're a lover of the great outdoors, it should be. Stacked above Greece on the Balkan Peninsula, this little-known country is home to some of Europe's most diverse, untamed, and unspoiled landscapes. Since the country has remained relatively untouched compared to the rest of Europe, Bulgaria can boast an exceptionally rich array of plant species and wildlife - in particular, birds. The country's temperate climate offers plenty of year-round opportunities to go birdwatching, and its 11 Ramsar Sites and protected wildlife areas ensure that Bulgaria's wildlife can continue to flourish here for years to come. We caught up with Bulgarian birdwatching expert Iordan Hristov, who's led several birding tours to Bulgaria for MIR clients, to learn more about what makes this country such a boon for birders. Read More