Feasting, Fanfare and Fireworks: Chinese New Year

Feasting, Fanfare and Fireworks: Chinese New Year

For thousands of years, the Chinese have celebrated the Lunar New Year as a way to pay respect to their ancestors, honor deities and welcome the arrival of a new year. With festivities stretching out over 15 days, it’s the longest and most important holiday in China, and millions of Chinese from all over the world make the journey home each year to reconnect with their families. In fact, the travel period before, during and after Chinese New Year has often been called the world’s largest annual migration, with over 2 billion passenger journeys made every year. How did this celebration of the new year begin? Read More


Happy Chinese New Year: Save $300 on Travel to Western China & Tibet

Happy Chinese New Year: Save $300 on Travel to Western China & Tibet

February 8, 2016 ushers in the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Zodiac sign that highlights the clever, curious and creative traits in us all. People born under the sign of the Monkey love to have adventures and go unusual places. But they can also be impulsive and mischievous, and may need a little structure to keep them from getting into trouble. Enter MIR’s adventurous and unusual small group tour to Western China and Tibet – with just the right amount of structure and expert guidance. Be clever like a monkey, and benefit from our special Chinese New Year offer. Reserve your space on the September 2016 departure of MIR's small group tour to Western China and Tibet, China’s Silk Road & Tibet: Route of Monks & Merchants, before March 31, 2016 and save $300 per person. 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


Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse

Good fortune comes to those born in the “Year of the Horse.” So says the Chinese calendar with its 12 revolving signs of the zodiac, each one reigning for a year. In 2014, it’s the horse that’s taking the reins as Chinese New Year welcomed the "Year of the Horse" on January 31st. And what a great sign to be born under: these horses we ride, take into battle, and love as our best four-legged friends. Read More