MIR launches new Essential Baltics Tour

MIR launches new Essential Baltics Tour

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, clustered along the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea in northern Europe, stepped out from the shadow of the Soviet Union in the late 20th century. And 2009 is a banner year in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. Chosen as one of this year’s two European Capitals of Culture, Vilnius will be hosting over 300 cultural, artistic and social programs and projects throughout the year. Read More


Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Housed in a renovated concrete seaplane hangar from 1916 whose high domed walls give it a space-age appearance, the Seaplane Harbor Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, is a cutting-edge interactive place with floor-to-ceiling exhibits, including a 1937 submarine, a full-size replica of a WWI Short 184 seaplane, and the wreck of the 16th century wooden sailing ship, the Maasilinn.  Read More



8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

How will you spend your time this travel season? If you’re ready to step up to something a little different in a place you've never been before, have we got some ideas for you! Beat the crowds and gain outstanding bragging rights in these unusual destinations... Read More


6 Obscure – but Vital – Aspects of the Undiscovered Countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

6 Obscure – but Vital – Aspects of the Undiscovered Countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

But besides their complicated histories and red-roofed capitals, there are other reasons to travel to the Baltics. Here are two striking elements for each of these yet-to-be-discovered countries that make them so arresting. Read More


6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

6 Offbeat Destinations for Your Next Spring Adventure

Summertime may get all the glory, but why wait until then to set off on your next great adventure? Some of the world's most popular destinations are at their absolute best during the spring season: milder weather, beautiful locales awash in colorful blooms, and the start of outdoor fun and festivals get travelers and locals alike buzzing with excitement about the warmer months ahead. Ready to break free from the familiar this season? Here are six favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations sure to put a little spring in your step: 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


1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 Anniversary: Hands Across the Baltics

1989 was a year of violence, freedom, and bravery in such places as Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall. The Baltics were no exception; it's now more than 25 years since the "Hands Across the Baltics" led to independence for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Read More


Legendary World Traveler Bill Altaffer Leads 2014 Baltics & Finland Tour

Legendary World Traveler Bill Altaffer Leads 2014 Baltics & Finland Tour

At last look, California’s Bill Altaffer is “#5 Most Traveled People," and just a few years ago was #1. Now this legendary world traveler is leading a 20-day tour organized through MIR of Finland, Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania in August 2014. Read More