Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Why end mights in Uzbekistan

Insider’s Guide to the Top 8 UNESCO Sites & Why end mights in Uzbekistan

The relatively undiscovered Central Asian country of Uzbekistan is studded not only with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but UNESCO cultural experiences as well. With a new, reform-minded government in place, it's easier than ever to visit Uzbekistan: still relatively uncrowded with visitors, and still abounding in authenticity and open-handed hospitality. This insider's guide offers 8 breathtaking ways you can experience UNESCO treasures in Uzbekistan. Read More


5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

5 Favorite Sites on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal’s Biggest Island

Lake Baikal in south Siberia stands out from all other lakes on earth: it’s the deepest and the oldest lake in the world. The lake’s biggest island, Olkhon, stands out as well. Shrouded in lore and legend, the island has been spiritually important to the people of the region for hundreds of years and is incredibly beautiful, too. Set in a peculiar rain shadow, it has more sunny days than the Black Sea coast. Here are five of our favorite ways to experience the outstanding natural and cultural beauty of Olkhon Island. Read More


Taste the World In One Spot at The Depot in Moscow

Taste the World In One Spot at The Depot in Moscow

John Seckel is a long-time director of MIR’s affiliated Moscow office. Originally from Wisconsin, John has made his home in Moscow for more than 20 years, and never has he seen a place that made him forget just for a moment that he was in Russia – until now. A new food hall and market has opened in a former tram depot that lets you taste foods from all over the world in one spot. Read More


My 5 Favorite Remote Places and Hidden Gems in Azerbaijan

My 5 Favorite Remote Places and Hidden Gems in Azerbaijan

MIR’s Kevin Testa knows the backroads and corners of so many MIR destinations, having traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, and beyond. He recently returned from his first visit to Azerbaijan, where he had an opportunity to experience the country’s ancient culture and village life away from the booming capital. Here, Kevin shares insider information on some of his favorite places and experiences in Azerbaijan’s remote corners. Read More



Traveling the Torugart Pass: 7 Incomparable Highlights in the Remote Tien Shan

Traveling the Torugart Pass: 7 Incomparable Highlights in the Remote Tien Shan

MIR’s Jake Smith, Director of Special Projects, has lived and worked in Central Asia for years, gathering first-hand knowledge of this part of the world. Enjoy his insider’s guide to some of the most stunning stops along the route through the Tien Shan Mountains – from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Kashgar, China. Read More


MIR in the News: Conde Nast Traveler, Vancouver Sun, Sunshine Coast Daily, and more

MIR in the News: Conde Nast Traveler, Vancouver Sun, Sunshine Coast Daily, and more

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


Moscow Transformed: 4 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel There

Moscow Transformed: 4 Reasons Why Now Is the Best Time to Travel There

MIR co-founder and president, Doug Grimes, journeys overseas for months each year, looking for new experiences in favorite old places and updating itineraries to bring you the best of the best in MIR’s slice of the globe. He recently returned from Moscow and reported that it has gone through a major transformation over the last three or four years. Because of all the recent updates, he suggests travelers spend a few extra days in Moscow to really take in the city and all its beautiful architecture, pedestrian streets, cool restaurants, museums and cultural events. Here are four recent changes that have given Moscow a different look and feel today, and make the city a fabulous place to explore. Read More