Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 11 Minutes

Learning to Fly: Mongolia’s Golden Eagle Hunters Featured on 11 Minutes

Out in the forbidding expanse of the Altai Mountains where Mongolia converges with Russia, China, and Kazakhstan, a dwindling number of Kazakh nomads carry on a 6,000-year-old tradition — hunting with magnificent golden eagles, one of the world’s largest predatory birds. Recently, CBS’ 11 Minutes aired a new episode that took viewers on a journey into the Mongolian Altai to meet with a group of these famed eagle hunters. Read on for link to the full video of the episode, as well as a special online-only segment of a hunt from an eagle’s perspective on the 11 Minutes’ website. Read More


Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

Travel Like a Local: 4 Ways to Discover the Dances of Uzbekistan

The complex Silk Road rhythms, melodies, and musical instruments of Uzbekistan are utterly fascinating. It is enchanting to watch dancers clothed in richly detailed hand-woven and hand-tailored costumes twirling and swaying in smooth, well practiced moves handed down from generation to generation. Our travelers agree, saying it makes for a richer travel experience and deeper connection with local people. Find out about travel opportunities to connect with local people at dance performances in interesting locales, such as the tiled courtyard of a madrassah or right next to your dinner table alongside locals. 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




Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

Good Manners in Iran: 3 Tips for Travelers

American travelers to Iran are often surprised by the warm welcome they receive. In Iran they really roll out the red carpet for Americans, and want to speak English with you and take photos of you. This is genuine and comes from the heart.  That said, there are some long-standing traditions and some modern rules that may be unfamiliar to Iran-bound travelers. Here are three ways to help you navigate them, and come away with a richer travel experience. Read More




Classic Celebrations: Wedding Traditions in Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Classic Celebrations: Wedding Traditions in Uzbekistan (VIDEO)

Uzbek weddings are joyous occasions full of feasting, dancing, and meaningful rituals. Learn more about the country’s traditional wedding customs through photos and video footage from lucky MIR travelers invited to join the celebration. Read More


Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Expert Picks: Top Reasons to Travel to Uzbekistan (VIDEOS)

Uzbekistan is the heart and soul of the Silk Road. The Old Towns of its four UNESCO-listed oasis cities – Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand and Shahrisabz – are incredible mazes of exotic architecture and gorgeous decorative art. Most of our Seattle staff have been here at least once, and some have lived here, so we asked them what they liked best about this Central Asian country at the heart of the Silk Road. Read More