Penjikent: Sogdian Citadels, Mountain Mausoleums, and Valley Views in Tajikistan

Penjikent: Sogdian Citadels, Mountain Mausoleums, and Valley Views in Tajikistan

Jake Smith joined MIR after several years of living and working in Tajikistan. Having visited many times, the small town of Penjikent remains one of his favorite places to hang out. As Jake points out, Tajikistan has an abundance of treasures to offer a traveler. Here he shares a list of seven attractions that he recommends each visitor see while in Penjikent. Read More


Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

Doug’s Travel Picks: 10 Places to Visit in 2019

No matter how many times I’ve explored MIR’s diverse and dynamic slice of the globe, I’ve always found myself surprised and excited to see how these once-overlooked destinations have evolved since we first began organizing tours. Every year has brought new discoveries and more reasons to return again and again, whether it’s new and noteworthy hotel openings, hidden gems, outstanding cultural opportunities, or unique and memorable experiences you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not easy to narrow down a list of travel recommendations to a manageable number, but I’m giving it a whirl in honor of a brand new year. From the majesty of Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square to the rugged mountain ranges of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, here are 10 of my personal picks for the most intriguing and exciting places to visit in the year ahead. Read More


7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

7 Delicious Destinations: Recipes from Uzbekistan, Georgia, Russia, and Beyond

For your epicurean pleasure, we’ve picked a handful of food writers and world travelers who have delved into regional cuisine and crafted cookbooks that help us learn more about these many fascinating cultures. Read More


8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

8 Surprising Destinations for Your Summer/Fall Travel Wishlist

How will you spend your time this travel season? If you’re ready to step up to something a little different in a place you've never been before, have we got some ideas for you! Beat the crowds and gain outstanding bragging rights in these unusual destinations... Read More


Top 10 Places to Discover in Tajikistan: Undiscovered, Remote, Incredible

Top 10 Places to Discover in Tajikistan: Undiscovered, Remote, Incredible

Tajikistan is different, remote, adventurous, and undiscovered to this day. Very few travelers go there. Flights in and out are limited, and border crossings and the drives they entail are often arduous. In general, comfort can be difficult to find outside of a few hotels in the capital, but that same lack of infrastructure and the absence of any significant tourism means that authentic adventure and genuine cultural exchange are easy to find (in fact, difficult to avoid). Here's my list of 10 places (in no special offer) I recommend to travelers who want to experience this special, and undiscovered, destination: Read More


MIR’s Most Adventurous Road Trip Has Just Become More Comfortable

MIR’s Most Adventurous Road Trip Has Just Become More Comfortable

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan are some of the most rugged and beautiful on Earth, soaring upward where the Himalayas, the Tien Shan and the Hindu Kush meet. This adventurous journey over the Pamir Highway is a breathtaking route, in use since the time of the Silk Road. And now it is significantly more comfortable, as well. MIR has recently secured bookings at several new hotels along the route. All the new hotels are much better than the ones that were previously available and scheduled to be used on our small group tour, Pamir Highway & Across Fabled Frontiers. Read More


Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

Active Adventures: 6 Hikes We Recommend in Siberia, Ukraine, Romania and along the Silk Road

“There’s always a great hike in or near any of MIR’s destinations,” says tour manager extraordinaire Martin Klimenta, who has been leading tours for MIR since the 1990s. An active guy who loves to hike, bike and climb, Martin often explores on foot after his MIR travelers have retired to their hotel rooms for the night. “Sometimes on a tour there will be a client who loves to walk, too, and after dark we’ll head out together, just walking around a city for hours until we get hopelessly lost. Then we’ll call a taxi to take us back to the hotel.” Check out a few more formalized hikes recommended by some of MIR's adventurous destination experts. Read More


Silk Route Adventures: Travel to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 2015 and Save

Silk Route Adventures: Travel to Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in 2015 and Save

For more than a thousand years the web of trade routes we call the Silk Road diffused the lifeblood of culture, technology, art and spiritual practices throughout the known world. All up and down the spidery tracks, traces remain of the far-reaching transfusion of cultures that the great camel caravans made possible. Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are two of the countries that Silk Road merchants and pilgrims traversed, and they were affected in very different ways. Read More