MIR in the News: Luxury Travel Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and more

MIR in the News: Luxury Travel Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Iran and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is shared in the press. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press... 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


A Traveler’s Tale: Hear the Songs of Siberia’s Old Believers (VIDEOS)

A Traveler’s Tale: Hear the Songs of Siberia’s Old Believers (VIDEOS)

An unforgettable highlight in Siberia is listening to the polyphonic singing of Old Believers, exiled here in the 17th century for their religious beliefs. 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



The Trans-Siberian Railway: Tsar’s Gold is the Best-Value Rail Journey by Private Train

The Trans-Siberian Railway: Tsar’s Gold is the Best-Value Rail Journey by Private Train

The Tsar's Gold is a pleasant and comfortable, though not luxurious, private train that offers great value for your travel dollar. Compared to other Trans-Siberian rail journey by private train options, the least expensive Tsar's Gold option is nearly $7,000 less than the least expensive option on other private trains. A journey between Moscow and Beijing on the Tsar’s Gold stands out for 3 reasons... Read More


Luxury Winter Wonder Land: A Ride Across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Luxury Winter Wonder Land: A Ride Across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Glide across seven time zones by luxury train between Moscow and Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Winter Wonder Land rail journey by private train. This fascinating Russian odyssey features tours of nine locations, including the charming city of Suzdal in Western Russia's Golden Ring and Siberia's Lake Baikal. Relax in the comfort of Russia's most exclusive private train, the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express. Enjoy a stop at Siberia's Lake Baikal. Frozen in winter, it is the perfect location to experience the thrill of an ice ride. Choose a speedy snowmobile ride or opt to ride a dog sled. Try your hand at ice fishing and enjoy the freshly caught fish quick-smoked in a mobile smokehouse and served warm – delicious! Read More


Celebrating Orthodox Easter in Russia, Ukraine, East & Central Europe

Celebrating Orthodox Easter in Russia, Ukraine, East & Central Europe

Yes, there are two Easters! The holiest day in the liturgical calendar, Orthodox Easter is celebrated April 8, 2018 in Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and beyond. There's no Easter bunny, but the food is fantastic. 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