MIR Corporation connects travelers with their family heritages in Ukraine and Poland

MIR Corporation connects travelers with their family heritages in Ukraine and Poland

Imagine shaking hands with a distant cousin you never knew you had, in a place you’ve never been before that seems somehow familiar; or discovering a restaurant serving a soup exactly like Grandma made; or learning that you share your name with your maternal great-grandmother’s sister. Researching family names and dates often leads to an irresistible longing to see the places and meet the people your family left behind. Now, travelers who want to take a journey into their own family heritage can utilize the resources of Seattle-based tour operator MIR Corporation, which has been creating unusual itineraries to Russia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and beyond for over 20 years. Read More


MIR’s 30 Years: Handcrafted Journeys – Making MIR Movies (VIDEO)

MIR’s 30 Years: Handcrafted Journeys – Making MIR Movies (VIDEO)

Think of MIR as an executive producer of clients’ unique and challenging “travel movies." For 30 years MIR has been helping people imagine the "screenplays" of their travel dreams, and turning them into reality. Read More


Hidden in Poland: A Jewish Family Story

Hidden in Poland: A Jewish Family Story

Karen Treiger, a Jewish traveler from Seattle, is standing with her family at the edge of a hand-dug pit in the forests of Poland, looking down at the place where her husband’s parents hid from the Nazis. With the help of a family of Poles who risked their lives to feed and protect them, her father-in-law, Sam, and mother-in-law, Esther, survived the Holocaust. Read More


South Caucasus Travel: Jewish Heritage in Azerbaijan

South Caucasus Travel: Jewish Heritage in Azerbaijan

Jewish heritage is not always easy to trace in an Islamic country; it may have been covered up, forgotten, or forcibly erased. The South Caucasus country of Azerbaijan is different. Though nominally a Shi’a Islamic country, Azerbaijan has had a historic tolerance for its Jewish communities beginning in the 5th and 6th centuries. That’s when people now called “Mountain Jews” began arriving from Persia. Read More


Jewish Heritage in Russia: Travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan

Jewish Heritage in Russia: Travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan

Russia has changed a great deal since the fall of the Soviet Union. A new generation of Russians is reconnecting with Jewish heritage and welcoming those who want to explore their ancestry. MIR is an expert at hand-crafting itineraries for travelers searching for their roots, or their relatives, in Russia. For those interested in traveling to Russia to explore Jewish heritage, here are some places you could include on your trip… Read More


Return from Auschwitz: MIR Travelers and Holocaust Artifacts

Return from Auschwitz: MIR Travelers and Holocaust Artifacts

In July 2015, MIR organized and operated a custom tour to Jewish heritage sites for Seattle's Holocaust Center for Humanity. The tour, led by MIR's Joanna Millick, took travelers to the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp, where earlier this year, 14 artifacts on loan from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum were carefully packed and shipped to Seattle to take their places among the exhibits at Seattle’s new Holocaust Museum, which opened in October 2015. The list of everyday objects includes... Read More