5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

Each July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider new sites to add to its list of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. The sites are carefully vetted based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, awaiting their turn to shine. In 2018, the committee added 19 new sites and significantly expanded an older one. Five of these sites are found in MIR’s destinations. Read More


Trans-Siberian Spotlight: Our Favorite UNESCO-listed Why end mights on the Rails

Trans-Siberian Spotlight: Our Favorite UNESCO-listed Why end mights on the Rails

One of the world's greatest train routes, the Trans-Siberian is chock-full of UNESCO-listed treasures and traditions. Take a deeper look at our favorites. Read More


10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More


New 2016 UNESCO Sites: Our 3 Picks for Sites in Uzbekistan and Iran

New 2016 UNESCO Sites: Our 3 Picks for Sites in Uzbekistan and Iran

Every July, UNESCO throws a big conference and decides which of the world’s most amazing places qualify as new World Heritage Sites. The stakes are high, with tourism money flooding in to the new sites, but so are the requirements. Not only do the sites have to have universal cultural or natural significance, but they have to be sufficiently protected from development and encroachment. In 2016, the UNESCO committee added 21 new sites to its list, including seven in MIR’s destinations. Here are our picks for three sites to add to your bucket list – two in Iran, and one in Uzbekistan. Read More


8 Reasons to Travel to Iran Now

8 Reasons to Travel to Iran Now

Iran’s fabulous bazaars, amazing archaeological sites, and unfailingly warm and friendly people are favorites of intrepid travelers and media outlets. Discover for yourself why it deserves a place at the top of any traveler’s list. Read More


Tehran’s Golestan Palace: A Photo Essay

Tehran’s Golestan Palace: A Photo Essay

One of the highlights of Iran's capital city, Tehran, is one of its oldest clusters of buildings. The lavish UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace complex is only what remains after the 20th century Pahlavi court razed some of the original buildings. The palace is the first and, so far, the only UNESCO Site in the modern city of Tehran, and still inspires Persian poets and architects. Read More