Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

There's no place is more enchanting during this time of the year than Russia and no one loves the holidays more than the Russians do: with parties, presents and champagne toasts, it’s the moment everyone’s waited for the whole year long, and you’re invited to share in the festivities. Read More


Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of last year’s small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More




Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Time Warp to Transdniester: Moldova’s Surreal Soviet Breakaway Territory

Tiny Transdniester is a landlocked Eastern European region that few have ever heard of. This thin sliver of land offers travelers a fascinating chance to go back in time and peek at a small piece of the former Soviet Union. It's a place where communist-era monuments still take center stage — and where little has changed since the days of the USSR. Read More


Why end might the BAM Route & the Naadam Festival on a Luxury Rail Journey by Private Train

Why end might the BAM Route & the Naadam Festival on a Luxury Rail Journey by Private Train

The seldom-traveled Baikal-Amur Magistral, or BAM route, is an epic a railway journey. Rolling through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, the BAM blazes a path through miles of glorious, unspoiled scenery, dramatic mountains, and out-of-the-way towns and villages that seem to have remained remarkably untouched by Russia's rapid, modern changes. Read More


Ten New Tours for 2018 + Three Ways to Book Now and Save

Ten New Tours for 2018 + Three Ways to Book Now and Save

If you've dreamt of travel to the unfamiliar and under-explored corners of our world, or if you've been thinking about which destinations to cross off your bucket list next, then wait no longer — MIR is here to help you narrow down your travel choices and plan ahead with an exclusive sneak peek at next year's exciting tour season, splashed all across the pages of our brand-new 2018 catalog. Our new 2018 tour catalog will be arriving in households in the coming weeks for those on our mailing list, but you can flip through the pages of the online catalog now. It’s easy to request a free catalog, if you haven’t already. Or, check out our Trip Finder or Destination Map to view published dates and prices for the 2018 season, enjoy special savings offers and get a jumpstart on your travel plans for next year – before MIR’s 2018 catalog becomes available this fall.  While paging through our 2018 catalog, be on the lookout for NINE NEW tours and special departures, in addition to our current line-up of small group tours and rail journeys by private train. View our 2018 catalog now! Read More


Why end might the Most Luxurious Way to Travel on a Rail Journey by Private Train

Why end might the Most Luxurious Way to Travel on a Rail Journey by Private Train

All luxury rail journeys by private train in MIR's extensive menu provide chic and comfortable accommodations in every cabin category. But the most luxurious cabins on the most exclusive private trains in our collection — the Golden Eagle and the Golden Eagle Danube Express — offer that extra special "first class" touch that makes for an even more memorable travel experience. Here's a peek at what it's like to experience the best of the best aboard two of the world's finest private trains: the Golden Eagle and the Golden Eagle Danube Express. Read More


All Aboard! 3 New Ways to Ride the Rails with MIR in 2018

All Aboard! 3 New Ways to Ride the Rails with MIR in 2018

Get ready to set your travel plans in motion! We've published dates for our 2018 rail journeys by private train, including two new routes. For a limited time: Book your 2018 rail journey by private train now and pay 2017 prices PLUS get an extra $500 off. Read More


New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

New Year’s in Vienna: Celebrate in Style on a Luxury Rail Journey

Elegant Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria, was indisputably the center of the musical world in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today a dynamic blend of gorgeous imperial architecture and potent post-modern style, its renown as one of Europe’s most beautiful, romantic, and creative cities remains intact. Now travelers can experience the finest of what this brilliant cultural capital has to offer, all while celebrating one of the most festive times of the year, on a brand new rail journey for 2017, New Year’s in Vienna by Private Train. Read More