Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Two MIR travelers recently spent two weeks living it up as they rode the luxurious Golden Eagle private train from one end of Russia to the other on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In their ITN tour diary, they share the details of the rail journey and their time on the train. Read More


The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The fabled Trans-Siberian Railway rolls briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe and mountain, pausing along the way in places that bring the traveler face to face with the fascinating cultures of Russia. It’s one of the longest rail lines on earth. It’s no surprise that the most legendary railway has a legendary history. Follow along with the riveting historical rundown with a free downloadable map showing highlights of the Trans-Siberian’s story. Read More


Save $500 Per Person on Select Rail Journeys by Private Train

Save $500 Per Person on Select Rail Journeys by Private Train

Effortless and efficient, yet brimming with Old World charm, rail journeys by private train allow you to roll across thousands of miles through fascinating destinations along the rails while still enjoying access to modern comforts and amenities. Each rail journey by private train departure is all-inclusive with onboard entertainment. You can choose to travel by the luxury Golden Eagle train or the comfortable, budget-friendly Tsar's Gold train — both feature all-inclusive amenities with onboard entertainment. And for those who choose to travel on one of the below select tours, we’ve made it a little easier with our $500 per person special offer.  Read More


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


5 Ways to Explore the Silk Route by Private Train

5 Ways to Explore the Silk Route by Private Train

During our 30 years of operation, we’ve seen interest in travel to Central Asia skyrocket, and we couldn’t be happier that one of our longtime favorite regions has grown in popularity. The Five ‘Stans, along with Iran, are rich repositories of treasures waiting to be discovered. And MIR is a rich repository of expertise and insider knowledge about them. The time to visit these fascinating Silk Road countries is now, and what better way to traverse their vast desert expanses than in the comfort and style of a private train? Read More


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


Early Adopter: Be One of the Few to Explore Iran by Private Train

Early Adopter: Be One of the Few to Explore Iran by Private Train

Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Iran has been inspiring travelers everywhere with its elaborately decorated architecture, fascinating archaeological sites, and gracious, hospitable people. It’s a favorite destination of MIR clients and staff – and one of the best ways to admire this remarkable country is by private train, rolling from one magnificent place to another in comfort and class. The election of Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, in 2013, initiated an uptick in investment in tourism, which included issuing permits for western private trains to cross the borders for the first time, traveling on the existing tracks. These private trains are encouraging more travelers to make the trip to Iran via the comfortable efficiency of rail travel. You can join the ranks of “early adopters” by being one of the first in your circle to explore this fabled country on a rail journey by private train. Since 2014, we've added several new opportunities. Read More


The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

The Balkans or Bust – Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with a Rail Journey

In honor of our 30th anniversary in 2016, we’ve added two new luxury Balkan rail journeys by private train to our collection: (1) Budapest to Venice by Private Train (2) Venice to Istanbul by Private Train Combining new and old, familiar and undiscovered, these tours take you on an introductory journey throughout the Balkans, allowing you to explore all the highlights of this incredible region along with some of Europe’s most sophisticated, classic cities. Read More


2 More Reasons to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2016: Expert Lecturers aboard a Luxury Train

2 More Reasons to Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway in 2016: Expert Lecturers aboard a Luxury Train

In honor of the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 100th anniversary in 2016, two of our new Trans-Siberian rail journeys aboard a luxury private train will feature expert lecturers and, for a limited time, you can save $1,000 per person! Travelers aboard these new rail journey routes will ride in luxury over eight time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok, seeing remote parts of Siberia that most travelers don’t usually experience. They'll enjoy a variety of onboard amenities, including lectures by a train expert & author and a former British soldier & historian. 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