Holiday Cookies from Around the World

Holiday Cookies from Around the World

To help you get ready for the holiday baking season ahead, we compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday cookies from several of MIR’s destinations, each with a link to a recipe you can make for your next cookie party, for a family occasion, or as a treat to go with your eggnog. 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


Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

Three Ways to Explore Europe by Luxury Train

Central Europe, East Europe, and the Balkans are wonderful destinations, dotted with UNESCO Sites, handsome medieval churches and city centers, ancient ruins, and rustic villages. Hidden from view for much of the 20th century, these fascinatingly cosmopolitan countries claim a wealth of distinctive landscapes and unique cultural heritage. Trying to tackle all of these lesser-known locales can be tricky to accomplish on your own. Luckily, MIR makes it easy to discover Europe's uncommon and incredibly diverse destinations aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, allowing you the freedom to explore celebrated classic cities and unexpected treasures while traveling with comfort, efficiency, and style. We have three all-inclusive luxury rail journeys by private train that can take you through the heart of Europe, including two NEW journeys ready to book for 2017. Read More


5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

There’s a reason the Trans-Siberian Railway has been called one of the greatest journeys on earth. Rolling briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, it’s the longest railway line in the world, and after more than a century of revolution, wars, and calamities continues to be a vital lifeline for millions of Russians living and traveling across the largest country on earth. How will you choose to ride the rails? Read More


Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Letting loose and reveling in a bit of free-spirited fun is what makes the holidays feel so special — and it’s something that we often lose sight of during a typically stressful season. This year, why not reignite some of that celebratory magic and bid farewell to 2017 on MIR’s festive small group tour Russian Winter Wonderland? Revolving around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, the tour also includes visits to Moscow and the ancient medieval capitals of Russia’s Golden Ring. Discover Russia’s warm hospitality and cherished holiday traditions at either a low-key New Year’s Eve party in a private St. Petersburg home, or an all-out opulent affair at the Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace. Whichever option you choose is sure to make for an unforgettable evening. How will you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve? Read More



Ready to Travel? Take a Look at MIR’s 2017 Tour Catalog!

Ready to Travel? Take a Look at MIR’s 2017 Tour Catalog!

Our new tour catalog is fresh off the presses! Discover why we love our chosen corner of the world and join us on an unforgettable journey in 2017. While paging through our 2017 catalog, be on the lookout for these six new tour offerings and special departures, in addition to our regular line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train. Read More


4 New Ways to Ride the Rails with MIR in 2017

4 New Ways to Ride the Rails with MIR in 2017

In an age when travel is often about finding the quickest way from point A to point B, rail journeys by private train provide a refreshing escape from the familiar. Effortless and efficient, yet brimming with Old World charm, these journeys allow you to roll across thousands of miles through fascinating destinations along the rails while still enjoying access to modern comforts and amenities.Our impressive roster of rail journeys can take you through many of MIR’s core destinations, from along the Trans-Siberian Railway to across the Silk Route and through the South Caucasus. And for 2017, we’re offering more ways to ride the rails than ever before with the addition of 4 new rail journeys by private train.From the complex Balkan chessboard to the wild Russian Arctic, the exotic cultural landscapes of Tibet and Western China and the sophisticated cities of Central and Eastern Europe, our new rail journeys can take youaaaRead More


Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

We caught up with MIR Tour Manager Abdu Samadov, who recently visited one of Uzbekistan’s renowned silk workshops in the Fergana Valley. While inside the studio, he captured this footage of a weaver creating a classic Uzbek silk fabric known as ikat. Take a brief look at the intricate process behind making these brilliant Silk Road textiles in this video. Read More


Hear the Sounds of the Silk Route: Music of the Karakalpaks (VIDEO)

Hear the Sounds of the Silk Route: Music of the Karakalpaks (VIDEO)

In the remote desert region of western Uzbekistan lies the small city of Nukus. It’s here that you’ll find the famous Savitsky Art Museum, which houses a massive collection of banned Russian avant-garde art. On a recent trip to Uzbekistan, MIR staffers caught some footage of a traditional Karakalpak musical performance while touring the Savitsky Museum. The footage highlights two distinct musical styles and types of performers. Musicians once held a most important role in Karakalpak society, acting as both singers and storytellers. They were an essential part of special occasions and weddings, many of which lasted for days, sometimes weeks. Read More