Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Two Unforgettable Ways to Celebrate New Year’s in St. Petersburg, Russia

Letting loose and reveling in a bit of free-spirited fun is what makes the holidays feel so special — and it’s something that we often lose sight of during a typically stressful season. This year, why not reignite some of that celebratory magic and bid farewell to 2017 on MIR’s festive small group tour Russian Winter Wonderland? Revolving around New Year’s in glorious St. Petersburg, the tour also includes visits to Moscow and the ancient medieval capitals of Russia’s Golden Ring. Discover Russia’s warm hospitality and cherished holiday traditions at either a low-key New Year’s Eve party in a private St. Petersburg home, or an all-out opulent affair at the Czar’s Ball at Catherine’s Palace. Whichever option you choose is sure to make for an unforgettable evening. How will you choose to spend your New Year’s Eve? Read More


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

It’s been 25 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We’re marking the anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of MIR) with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. Katya Boyarskaya, Director of our affiliate office in St. Petersburg, was living there during the time of the 1991 August Coup. Here’s her story. Read More



Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

Meet the Masters: 4 Ways to Learn from the Best as You Travel

A memorable tour is one that widens your horizons, tickles your fancy and gives you something to think about. In each MIR trip you’ll experience at least one moment when you realize you’re learning something you’ve never known before. It might be about the history or habits of a place, or it might be how to make or do something grand. These moments are precious, and they can happen at any time or place. They will surely happen when you travel with MIR. 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


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Doug’s Memories of August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Doug’s Memories of August 1991

It's been 25 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We're marking the anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of MIR) with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. In this installment, Doug shares his memories of the fateful days of the August coup in 1991, and his travels from Seattle to Moscow to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. Read More


Ready to Roll:  Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

Ready to Roll: Announcing Dates for 2017 Rail Journeys by Private Train

A rail journey by private train is an experience to remember for the rest of your life. Combining the romance of Old World travel with modern amenities, these journeys allow you to experience endlessly fascinating and surprisingly diverse destinations in hassle-free comfort. To help you prepare for your next adventure, we’re pleased to announce our 2017 line-up of rail journeys by private train, making it even easier to take advantage of special savings offers, pick the routes, departure dates and cabins you want (before they sell out), and make the entire experience from beginning to end as smooth as possible. We have a full menu of rail journeys by private train to choose from: along the Trans-Siberian Railway, up to the Russian Arctic, across Iran and Central Asia, and through the South Caucasus, Southern Europe and the Balkans. Rounding out our roster of rail journeys are two new offerings by private train for 2017: Land of the Midnight Sun and Ottoman Treasures. Whether you choose to travel aboard the comfortable, budget-friendly Tsar's Gold, the luxurious Golden Eagle, or any of our other fine trains, a dedicated MIR travel specialist will be with you every step of the way, providing access to our in-house air expert, assistance with visas or a handcrafted private extension and answers to any questions you may have about the trains and destinations. Take a peek at MIR's 2017 rail journeys by private train — you've got plenty of time to prepare in advance so you can thoroughly savor your journey on the rails. Read More


4 Must-See WWII Sites in St. Petersburg: The Siege of Leningrad

4 Must-See WWII Sites in St. Petersburg: The Siege of Leningrad

St. Petersburg: Russia’s capital of art and culture, with extravagant palaces, magnificent theaters, world-renowned museums and miles of canals. But during the Second World War, Leningrad (as St. Petersburg was known then) was an entirely different sight. Here are our recommendations for four must-see sights where you can pay tribute to the heroic deeds of this enduring city: Read More


Sixty Restaurant – Best Views in Moscow, Russia

Sixty Restaurant – Best Views in Moscow, Russia

Out on a scouting excursion around Moscow, I boarded a high-speed computer-controlled elevator in the West Federation Tower that swept me quickly up 11 stories to the cloakroom of Moscow’s highest restaurant, appropriately named “Sixty.” I’d been told that the best views are from the tables near the restaurant’s windows, but I can assure you that the panoramic city view can be seen from almost any table. You can also enjoy the view of the sky, as the ceiling is made out of glass. Day or night, this restaurant has the best view in Moscow. Read More