The Trans-Siberian Railway In Pictures

The Trans-Siberian Railway In Pictures

Whether you desire adventurous cultural immersion aboard the local trains, or comfort and even luxury aboard private trains, traveling the Trans-Siberian has never been easier. But until you’re ready to embark on an epic adventure of your own, you can satisfy your curiosity and wanderlust with our collection of favorite Trans-Siberian images taken from clients and MIR staff alike, showcasing some of the many sights you can spot along the rails. Check out some of our favorite Trans-Siberian photos! Read More


5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

5 Ways to Travel the Legendary Trans-Siberian by Private Train

There’s a reason the Trans-Siberian Railway has been called one of the greatest journeys on earth. Rolling briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe, and mountain, it’s the longest railway line in the world, and after more than a century of revolution, wars, and calamities continues to be a vital lifeline for millions of Russians living and traveling across the largest country on earth. How will you choose to ride the rails? Read More


Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

Instagram Roundup: Our Best Travel Photos from the Last Year

We’ve had a wonderful time sharing photos of fantastic destinations with you these past two years on Instagram. It also looks like our followers are enjoying seeing a sneak peek at what’s in store on a trip to Central Asia, the Balkans or Siberia. To date, we’ve had over 10,000 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


Client Photo Spotlight: The Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok

Client Photo Spotlight: The Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Vladivostok

MIR traveler and blogger Lynn Lewis recently returned from riding the rails on the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express private train. She took the “Classic Route,” rolling from across Russia from Moscow to Vladivostok via Mongolia, and she snapped dozens of photos along the way. Here’s a selection of her pictures. You can see more about her trip at her blog, “Two Girls from Texas in a Car.” 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


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


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


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