The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

In honor of our 30th anniversary in 2016, we’ve added two new luxury Balkan rail journeys by private train to our collection: (1) Budapest to Venice by Private Train (2) Venice to Istanbul by Private Train Combining new and old, familiar and undiscovered, these tours take you on an introductory journey throughout the Balkans, allowing you to explore all the highlights of this incredible region along with some of Europe’s most sophisticated, classic cities. Read More



UNESCO Spotlight: Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina

UNESCO Spotlight: Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina

Named after its Old Bridge, Stari Most, the town passed from the Ottomans to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 19th century. After WWI, it became a part of newly-formed Yugoslavia. Engulfed in war after Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence in 1992, the town was shelled repeatedly. Its Old Town, including its namesake bridge, was all but destroyed. Read More


Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

Traveling with Teens and Young Adults: An Active Adventure through Europe and the Balkans

The request was for a trip to unusual places guaranteed to wear out the client's energetic early-twenties grandsons. It had to be packed with continuous adventures, one after the other, with enough time in between for cold beers. Read More


Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

Travel to the Balkans: A Beginner’s Guide

A remarkably complex region, the beautiful Balkan Peninsula includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. It is a brilliant mosaic of competing cultures, ethnicities, languages and ideologies, and serves as a sampler of contrasting landscapes. The region is a collection of cultures for the connoisseur. For anyone traveling there, it’s hard to know exactly where to go and what to see. Here’s our Beginner’s Guide to the Balkans to help you sort out these contrasting little countries and get the most out of your travel there. Read More


7 Balkan Nations: Touring from the Dalmatian Coast to the Dinaric Alps

7 Balkan Nations: Touring from the Dalmatian Coast to the Dinaric Alps

MIR's Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures is a 16-day journey through seven Balkan countries that digs deeply into the drama and history of an astonishingly divergent region. "In 20 minutes you feel like you're jumping from one planet to another," says MIR Director of Sales Joanna Millick, who researched and helped create this tour after a three-week journey along the backroads of the Balkans. Read More


New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

New Year – New Europe: 17 Extraordinary Countries from the Baltics down to the Balkans

MIR has a variety of tour itineraries and an even more dynamic list of signature experiences for each of these charismatic destinations. Explore the travel possibilities to... Read More


Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

Travel Gems: Backwaters of Bosnia

MIR's Private Journeys Specialist Lisa Peterson loves the Balkans and considers this region her 'home away from home.' She found these travel gems on her latest trip to Bosnia, including Tito's hideout, Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andric's home, and nature hikes galore. Read More