Jewish Heritage in Russia: Travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan

Jewish Heritage in Russia: Travel to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Birobidzhan

Russia has changed a great deal since the fall of the Soviet Union. A new generation of Russians is reconnecting with Jewish heritage and welcoming those who want to explore their ancestry. MIR is an expert at hand-crafting itineraries for travelers searching for their roots, or their relatives, in Russia. For those interested in traveling to Russia to explore Jewish heritage, here are some places you could include on your trip… Read More


MIR in the News: Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Boston Globe and more

MIR in the News: Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Robb Report, Boston Globe and more

As experts in travel to Central Asia, Russia, Iran and beyond, it's always gratifying when word of our tours and news is shared in the press. Here are some of MIR’s recent mentions in the press. Read More



Russian Reprise: The Bells Toll Again from Moscow’s Kazan Cathedral (VIDEOS)

Russian Reprise: The Bells Toll Again from Moscow’s Kazan Cathedral (VIDEOS)

The bells are back, with Russia's venerable Kazan Cathedral restored on Moscow's Red Square. Demolished by Stalin in Soviet times, it was rebuilt in 1993. Enjoy this video and hear the complex patterns and rhythms ring out from the bell tower, inviting all to pause, and to listen. Read More


Third Time’s the Charm: Celebrating the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 3rd 100-year Anniversary

Third Time’s the Charm: Celebrating the Trans-Siberian Railway’s 3rd 100-year Anniversary

One of the world’s greatest train routes, Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway covers 5,771 miles of track on its way east from Moscow to Vladivostok. Begun in 1891, it took 25 years to complete. In 1916, as the last rivet was pounded into place on the Amur River Bridge in Khabarovsk, the line reached its full length, running exclusively through Russian territory. The 100-year anniversary of the Trans-Siberian Railway will be in 2016. Yet the centennial anniversary of its construction has been celebrated twice before: in 2001 and 2005. Why? It’s explained by the fact that the Trans-Siberian was built in stages. Celebrate and Save: For a limited time, save $1,000 on our two new Trans-Siberian rail journeys by private train: • The Trans-Siberian Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) Route • The Trans-Siberian Railway – Siberia Discovery Route Read More


Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Sip & Save $200: Experiential Taste Adventures to Georgia or Russia

Tasting local foods, learning to prepare local dishes, sampling regional wines and characteristic adult beverages, expanding your culinary capabilities – these are the hallmarks of Food Tourism. Entering into the local culture, meeting the local people and experiencing the natural heritage of an off-the-beaten-path location – these are attributes of Adventure Tourism. Mix them together on these delicious tours from MIR... Read More


Founder’s Five Favorites: Russia Collection Special Offer

Founder’s Five Favorites: Russia Collection Special Offer

I’ve been traveling to Russia for the last 30 years, and there’s simply no place that is as complex and rewarding. From the Russian Far East and Siberia to the West, Russia offers an amazingly diverse range of experiences, and the people are not just hospitable, they're wonderfully deep and soulful. It’s the largest country on earth, and though I’ve crisscrossed its great landscapes more times than I can count, I never tire of returning to Russia. Here are five of my favorite MIR Russia tours. Book your spot on one of these select departures of the Founder’s Five in 2016 by December 31, 2015 and save $300. Read More


Russia and Poland: Winter and Holiday Tours Extravaganza

Russia and Poland: Winter and Holiday Tours Extravaganza

Ever considered traveling to unconventional places during an unconventional season? It's time you did: both Russia and Poland are at their most regal in winter under a blanket of fresh snow, and other travelers are few. Read More