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


New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

One of the world’s grandest empires, the Ottoman Empire conquered a vast stretch of land from Northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, and from the South Caucasus to the fringes of Central Europe, with Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) as its central bridge between East and West. Uniting diverse continents, civilizations and cultures, the Ottomans left a permanent mark on the social, political, economic and artistic development of the nations it once ruled. Now travelers can trace the path of this influential empire, and the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Ottoman Treasures by Private Train, rolling through Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Read More


UNESCO Spotlight: Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina

UNESCO Spotlight: Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina

Named after its Old Bridge, Stari Most, the town passed from the Ottomans to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the late 19th century. After WWI, it became a part of newly-formed Yugoslavia. Engulfed in war after Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence in 1992, the town was shelled repeatedly. Its Old Town, including its namesake bridge, was all but destroyed. Read More


7 Balkan Nations: Touring from the Dalmatian Coast to the Dinaric Alps

7 Balkan Nations: Touring from the Dalmatian Coast to the Dinaric Alps

MIR's Balkan Odyssey: Crossroads of Cultures is a 16-day journey through seven Balkan countries that digs deeply into the drama and history of an astonishingly divergent region. "In 20 minutes you feel like you're jumping from one planet to another," says MIR Director of Sales Joanna Millick, who researched and helped create this tour after a three-week journey along the backroads of the Balkans. Read More