Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Creative Conveyances: Helicopters, Hovercraft, and Camels

Have you ever... • Ridden a camel across a desert with a name that translates to "you can get in but you can’t get out?" • 4-wheeled up a steep Tajik mountain pass on the Pamir Highway? • Strapped yourself into a helicopter for a flight over vast wilderness studded with volcanoes? • Zoomed over the clear waters of Lake Baikal in a hydrofoil? Or over its clear ice in a hovercraft? • Been rocked to sleep in a cozy cabin on a Trans-Siberian train? MIR's creative itineraries sometimes require creative transportation methods. These MIR tours add adventurous experiences to adventurous travel. Read More


MIR Road Trips: Our Favorite Scenic Spots Along the Way

MIR Road Trips: Our Favorite Scenic Spots Along the Way

Sometimes one of the best parts of a journey is simply watching the world go by. Little glimpses of everyday life that you might miss otherwise. We love that many of our trips offer travelers plenty of opportunities to see our destinations this way. Here are some of our favorite "along the way" photos from our Instagram. Read More


Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Choose Your Silk Route Adventure: Our New Brochure is Here!

Whether you want to travel on a rail journey by private train, with a small group, or on a custom, personalized adventure, now is the time to plan your 2016 Silk Route trip! And to help make the planning easier, MIR has just published our 2016 Silk Route brochure. With so many countries and itineraries to choose from, the new Silk Route brochure makes it simple – all your options are at your fingertips. Request a Silk Route brochure be sent to you via mail or made available for immediate download. Read More


Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

Instagram Year in Review: Your Favorite MIR Photos

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you this past year on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek of seeing what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 6,000 likes on more than 200 posts, and it just keeps growing! Here’s a look at our most popular posts from the past year. Read More


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


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


Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz: Celebrating Spring in Central Asia and Beyond

Navruz is celebrated from Tashkent to Tehran, London to L.A., Bukhara to Bloomington, from Samarkand to Seattle. It's a joyful time of eating, singing, dancing and celebrating the return of spring and the beginning of a new year. Read More


The Silk Route: The Ultimate Road Trip Brochure is here

The Silk Route: The Ultimate Road Trip Brochure is here

MIR’s 2015 Silk Route Brochure is now available! Request your Silk Route brochure via mail or for immediate download. Featuring details of all our Silk Road journeys, this new brochure is compact, colorful and packed with information. Tracing the path of the merchants, monks, adventurers and ancient entrepreneurs is easier than ever in 2015, when you travel with the Silk Road experts, MIR Corporation. Read More