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



Iran for Everyone: Nine Ways to be Amazed

Iran for Everyone: Nine Ways to be Amazed

As relations between Iran and the U.S. grow more cordial, more American travelers are seizing the opportunity to visit this once off-limits country. With a complex history spanning over 2,500 years, Iran has enthralled visitors with its fabulous bazaars, splendid architecture, magnificent archaeological sites and friendly people. MIR has been introducing intrepid travelers to Iran for over 15 years and we offer 10 different ways to travel throughout this amazing country, from culturally immersive small group trips to fully customized private journeys. Read More


Travel by Train in 2016: MIR’s New Rail Journeys Brochure Makes It Easy

Travel by Train in 2016: MIR’s New Rail Journeys Brochure Makes It Easy

Happy New Year! 2016 is a year of celebration – it’s MIR’s 30th anniversary year, and it’s the 100th anniversary of the Trans-Siberian Railway’s completion, running solely on Russian soil. It’s a great year for riding the train, and a great time to receive our 2016 Rail Journeys brochure! We can mail it to you, or you can download it right now. And, to top it off, we’re offering new rail journeys and new ways to save! Read More


The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

The Coolest Hotel on the Edge of the World: Kirkenes’ Snow Hotel

You can take an exhilarating snowmobile ride, race teams of sled dogs, fish for king crab and, given the town’s near-perfect northern location and dry subarctic climate, catch a glimpse of the beautiful phenomenon known as the Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis. And for unusual experiences like this, you need an equally unusual hotel to top everything off. That’s where the world’s coolest hotel comes in: the Snow Hotel. Read More


Third Time’s the Charm: Celebrating the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 3rd 100-year Anniversary

Third Time’s the Charm: Celebrating the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 3rd 100-year Anniversary

One of the world’s greatest train routes, Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway covers 5,771 miles of track on its way east from Moscow to Vladivostok. Begun in 1891, it took 25 years to complete. In 1916, as the last rivet was pounded into place on the Amur River Bridge in Khabarovsk, the line reached its full length, running exclusively through Russian territory. The 100-year anniversary of the Trans-Siberian Railway will be in 2016. Yet the centennial anniversary of its construction has been celebrated twice before: in 2001 and 2005. Why? It’s explained by the fact that the Trans-Siberian was built in stages. Celebrate and Save: For a limited time, save $1,000 on our two new Trans-Siberian rail journeys by private train: • The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) Route • The Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery Route Read More


The Heart of Persia by Private Train: 30th Anniversary Savings & Enhanced Itinerary

The Heart of Persia by Private Train: 30th Anniversary Savings & Enhanced Itinerary

Enter the Heart of Persia on an enhanced rail journey by luxury private train in 2016 – just in time for our 30th anniversary! Now with an additional two full days of touring, the new Heart of Persia itinerary includes extra time in Tehran to explore the capital, as well as an exciting day trip along the Trans-Iranian railway and an optional overnight to the UNESCO-listed cities of Susa and Shushtar. Combined with our 30th anniversary savings offer, this private train journey becomes an even better deal: Sign up for the Heart of Persia rail journey by private train before January 31, 2016 and save $1,000 per person (more info). Act fast, because there's only one chance to travel along this extraordinary route in 2016: November 24-December 7, 2016. Read More


Train Travel News: 7 Rail Journeys by Private Train and 6 Ways to Save

Train Travel News: 7 Rail Journeys by Private Train and 6 Ways to Save

Last week we told you about our two new Small Group Tours, handcrafted in honor of our 30th anniversary – Insider’s Russia and Iran Unveiled. This week we’re focusing on our seven new rail journeys by private train, and some special savings offers that might convince you to step aboard. Train travel is a magical way to see the world – effortless, efficient and delightful. And we’ve teamed up with Golden Eagle and the Orient Silk Road Express to bring you special savings offers for each of these new rail journeys by private train. Read More


A Traveler’s Tale: Ride the Rails at Siberia’s Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

A Traveler’s Tale: Ride the Rails at Siberia’s Lake Baikal (VIDEO)

A MIR passenger shoots video riding the rails of the Trans-Siberian Railway's Circumbaikal Route, as it rolls along the shoreline of Siberia's legendary Lake Baikal. For many train buffs, this scenic Circumbaikal leg is a childhood dream: a rock-n-roll ride of rails, 33 tunnels and more than 200 bridges and viaducts. Read More


Crossword Puzzle: Test Your Trans-Siberian Railway Knowledge

Crossword Puzzle: Test Your Trans-Siberian Railway Knowledge

A trip along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway is a thoroughly relaxing journey with an old-world flavor. There's a reason it's on the list of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. MIR's 25+ years travel experience is why the best-selling book recommends MIR as the company to talk to about a Trans-Siberian journey. Whether you go by regularly scheduled train or by chic and comfortable private train, a Trans-Siberian rail trip is an experience to remember for the rest of your life. PUZZLE TIME: Test your knowledge of this legendary rail line with MIR's Trans-Siberian Railway crossword puzzle. If you prefer, here's a PDF for you to download and print to play along at home. Read More