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


Russia End to End: 5 Ways to Why end might the Biggest Country on Earth

Russia End to End: 5 Ways to Why end might the Biggest Country on Earth

Russia is a huge country – 11 time zones from the tip of Kaliningrad to the tail of Chukotka. In contrast, the U.S. can claim six time zones, and then only if it counts Alaska and Hawaii. Within Russia’s cities and rural areas live more than 141 million people, as different from each other as New Yorkers are from Californians. Now is a great time to explore the 17.1 million square kilometers of Russia ­– and who better to explore it with than MIR? With over 25 years of experience leading travelers across Russia, we know our way around. However you want to cross the vast terrain, MIR has the unmatched logistics experience and destination expertise to show you Russia on an itinerary tailored to your timeline and interests. Read More



A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

A Year of Celebrations: Holidays, Festivals and Special Events to Add to Your Travel Calendar

We love a good reason to party. Our 2019 calendar is already filling up with festivals and special events to rejoice over. No matter where or how you want to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or latest grand achievement, MIR has the destination expertise and experience to help you mark the special occasion on a trip to any of our legendary destinations along the Silk Route, the Trans-Siberian Railway, through Siberia, Mongolia, Iran, the Balkans, the South Caucasus and beyond. Looking to add a celebration or festival to your own calendar, and add some revelry to your next trip? Here are a few ideas... Read More


Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Happy New Year (of the Dog): How to Celebrate like a Buryat

Around the shores of great Lake Baikal in south central Siberia, the indigenous Buryat people enjoy a New Year’s celebration that lasts an entire month. Called Sagaalgan, “White Month,” the holiday is a hybrid of shamanist and Buddhist traditions, and it begins just before the Lunar New Year. Read More




MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR’s Overland Expeditions: Driving Siberia, and Beyond

MIR's roster of complex overland expeditions keeps growing; the latest is an around-the-world 1908 Great Race re-creation through Siberia, and beyond. Read More


Luxury Rail Journeys: New 2015 Brochure Hot Off The Rememberes

Luxury Rail Journeys: New 2015 Brochure Hot Off The Rememberes

Luxury rail journeys by private train combine nostalgic Old World rail travel with modern amenities, abundant food and wine, and onboard entertainment – all while easily and efficiently covering thousands of miles and transiting multiple time zones. Read More


Client Spotlight: Traveling in style aboard Luxury Trans-Siberian Express

Client Spotlight: Traveling in style aboard Luxury Trans-Siberian Express

MIR traveler Karen Ofsthus traveled on the Trans-Siberian rail journey from Moscow to Ulaanbaatar and shared all her experiences in an illuminating travel journal. Enjoy this excerpt, her description of what it’s like to go “luxury class” from Western Russia to Siberia and Mongolia. Read More