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



Silk Road Tour Spotlight: Journey Through Central Asia (video)

Silk Road Tour Spotlight: Journey Through Central Asia (video)

MIR's iconic Silk Road tour, Journey Through Central Asia: The Five 'Stans, explores exotic Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, with many UNESCO-listed sites along the way. Result: an exotic mix of foreign cultures, customs, architecture and religions. This story and comprehensive video take a visual deep dive into what travelers can see, hear, and experience on MIR's beloved tour. Read More




Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

Making Ikats: Colors of the Silk Road (VIDEO)

We caught up with MIR Tour Manager Abdu Samadov, who recently visited one of Uzbekistan’s renowned silk workshops in the Fergana Valley. While inside the studio, he captured this footage of a weaver creating a classic Uzbek silk fabric known as ikat. Take a brief look at the intricate process behind making these brilliant Silk Road textiles in this video. Read More



Turkey’s “Green” Bursa, First Ottoman Capital

Turkey’s “Green” Bursa, First Ottoman Capital

Newly listed in 2014 as UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Turkish city of Bursa and nearby ancient town of Cumulikizik are noted for their significance in world civilization. Bursa was the Ottoman Empire's first capital, while Cumulikizik today is a well-preserved outdoor ethnographic museum. 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