Exile’s End: The Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk

Exile’s End: The Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is a pleasant, tree-lined Siberian city of near 110,000 on the banks of the Angara River. Before the Trans-Siberian Railroad arrived, czarist political exiles and prisoners who had served their terms in the labor camps settled here, denied permission to return to their homes in Western Russia. Some of these were Decembrists, young officers who had become advocates of political reform. The House Museum of the Decembrists belonged to one of these officers and his wife. Read More


Siberia and Mongolia: A Perfect Pairing

Siberia and Mongolia: A Perfect Pairing

MIR's Siberia & Mongolia: Spirits & Nomads small group tour travels by train, hydrofoil and plane into the heart of Mongolia and Siberia, including a trip to the Gobi Desert and visits to Old Believers, nomads, and Buddhist monasteries. Because it shows Siberia and Mongolia at their most beautiful and exotic, this tour is a favorite among our travelers, usually selling out year after year. Read More