Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

American travelers to Iran are often surprised by the warm welcome they receive. In Iran they really roll out the red carpet for Americans, and want to speak English with you and take photos of you. This is genuine and comes from the heart.  That said, there are some long-standing traditions and some modern rules that may be unfamiliar to Iran-bound travelers. Here are three ways to help you navigate them, and come away with a richer travel experience. Read More


Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Client Spotlight: Have Yourself a Merry Polish Christmas

Christmas in Poland is very different from Christmas on Puget Sound, near Seattle Washington, where Kathy Jones and Diane Gale live. For one thing, it’s cold in Poland. On Puget Sound, the weather, while often rainy and gloomy, rarely gets below freezing. Poland has a real winter, with cold, snow, sleigh bells and bundled-up children. For another thing, the Poles can claim more than a thousand years of venerable Christmas traditions. Recently we chatted with Kathy and Diane about their experiences during the Polish holidays. Read More


Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

Instagram Roundup: See our Most Popular Travel Photos from the Last 12 Months

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past three years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying sneaking a peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. Looking back over the last year, we’ve had over 14,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts. Read More


Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More



MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

MIR’s Best of 2016! Your Favorites From Our Blog, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube

Thousands of clicks, likes, and shares later, the response from our fans has been overwhelming! We're grateful that there are so many intrepid travelers who are open to discovery and share our passion for our chosen off-the-beaten-path corner of the world. Here's a look back at some of your favorites of the year. Read More


Jewish Heritage Travel in Vienna and Prague: History and Holocaust Sites

Jewish Heritage Travel in Vienna and Prague: History and Holocaust Sites

Vienna and Prague are not places that automatically come to mind when Americans remember the Holocaust. But Austria and Czechoslovakia were the first places the Nazis took for their own, and therefore some of the first places where the Jews were targeted. 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


A Balkan Odyssey with Author Patricia Schultz

A Balkan Odyssey with Author Patricia Schultz

MIR was honored in 2014 when Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” joined one of our signature tours, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans. Impressed with the journey and MIR’s high level of service, she reached out again in 2015, offering to host MIR’s ever-popular Ancient Persia – Modern Iran tour, which departed earlier this spring. This year, we’re thrilled to announce that Patricia Schultz will be returning for her third tour with us as a host on MIR’s Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures, from May 11-26, 2017. A world traveler and expert on must-see sites around the world, Patricia will offer her observations and share her expertise with other MIR travelers as they explore Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. Read More


10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

10 Favorite Things to Do Along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Spanning nearly 6,000 miles and crossing 7 time zones, this epic journey allows passengers to experience remote destinations and see the most of what this vast and variegated region has to offer in the least amount of time. You could easily finish the entire route in as little as six days. But many opt to spend even more time along the Trans-Siberian, breaking up the journey at fascinating points along the line. We frequently hear from past travelers that these off-train excursions are what make the trip so satisfying. Whether you’re wandering the massive metropolis of Moscow, taking in the astonishing beauty of Lake Baikal or mingling with the diverse people that call this region home, the Trans-Siberian is full of surprises. Here’s just a sampling of our favorite things to do along one of the world’s greatest train routes... Read More