MIR Unveils New Departure of its Silk Route Caravan

MIR Unveils New Departure of its Silk Route Caravan

SEATTLE, WA - The ancient trade routes that linked Europe and China exposed Central Asia to foreign cultures, customs, and religions. Now, more than 2,000 years later, the award-winning travel specialists at MIR Corporation have created an epic, 21-day journey to five exotic countries along the old Silk Route - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan - that visits eight awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More


Seattle Asian Art Museum Contest Winner to Visit Uzbekistan with MIR

Seattle Asian Art Museum Contest Winner to Visit Uzbekistan with MIR

SEATTLE, WA - The award-winning travel company MIR Corporation is a proud sponsor of the Seattle Asian Art Museum's Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats exhibit happening March 15-August 5, 2012. The Seattle-based Central Asia specialists are offering the chance for one lucky museum visitor to win a trip for two to visit Uzbekistan on a small group tour entitled "Silk Route Odyssey: Caravan Across Uzbekistan". The winner of this fully-escorted, 15-day small-group tour has the option to join a September 14-28, 2012 departure or an alternative tour date leaving in 2013. Read More


MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

MIR’s New & Improved Tours for 2012

SEATTLE, WA — During the past 25 years MIR Corpration has built a reputation as a leader in pioneering travel to destinations – from Tibet to Tehran and everyplace in between – considered obscure, exotic, remote, difficult and even controversial. This year we’re pleased to introduce a these imaginative new trips for 2012: Inside the Russian Space Program Looking for an out-of-this-world adventure? Witness the manned launch of the Soyuz spacecraft on its way to relieve the crew of the International Space Station, enjoying unparalleled access to VIP viewing areas and briefing sessions. Back in Moscow, take in the classic sights before you observe the live Soyuz-International Space Station docking at Mission Control Center, an event that very few get to experience in such an intimate way. If you’ve ever dreamed of space travel, here is your chance. To enhance your near-space experience, the tour features an extremely knowledgeable study leaderaaaRead More


MIR Provides Access to Uzbekistan Museum seen in “The Desert of Forbidden Art”

MIR Provides Access to Uzbekistan Museum seen in “The Desert of Forbidden Art”

SEATTLE, WA -- MIR Corporation announces group and private travel options to Uzbekistan that encompass the Savitsky Collection at the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art, subject of a new documentary, "The Desert of Forbidden Art." This critically acclaimed film has earned accolades from the Los Angeles Times and KCRW's ArtTalk. The New York Times recently published a review and an article about the museum. 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


Hear the Sounds of the Silk Route: Music of the Karakalpaks (VIDEO)

Hear the Sounds of the Silk Route: Music of the Karakalpaks (VIDEO)

In the remote desert region of western Uzbekistan lies the small city of Nukus. It’s here that you’ll find the famous Savitsky Art Museum, which houses a massive collection of banned Russian avant-garde art. On a recent trip to Uzbekistan, MIR staffers caught some footage of a traditional Karakalpak musical performance while touring the Savitsky Museum. The footage highlights two distinct musical styles and types of performers. Musicians once held a most important role in Karakalpak society, acting as both singers and storytellers. They were an essential part of special occasions and weddings, many of which lasted for days, sometimes weeks. Read More


Why Travel the Silk Road, and Why Now?

Why Travel the Silk Road, and Why Now?

The Silk Road was not a single road; it was a far-flung web of lonely camel track routes from East to West and back again. Mother of all road trips, the Silk Road became a conduit for spreading belief systems, architecture, agriculture, music and art to the world. Read More


Hidden Treasures: Savitsky Museum of “Forbidden Art”

Hidden Treasures: Savitsky Museum of “Forbidden Art”

Hidden in plain sight in a Central Asian desert, once-banned Soviet paintings of a time gone by are treasured and preserved at the Savitsky Museum in remote Nukus, Uzbekistan. The story of how they got here is the stuff of movies – literally. Read More