Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

Doug’s Travel Picks: 13 Favorite Things to Do at Siberia’s Lake Baikal

I first made it to Siberia’s Lake Baikal in the 1980s, when it was even more of a sparsely-populated backwater than it is today. I’ve seen it in all seasons, and I enjoy finding fun and challenging things to do whenever I touch down on either side of the deepest, oldest lake on earth. With a list that includes dog-sledding, ice-fishing, hiking the Great Baikal Trail, and barbecuing on the lake shore, my favorite things can be duplicated by any MIR traveler who wants to experience the best of Siberia. Read More



Author and Travel Expert Patricia Schultz to Host Tour of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova

Author and Travel Expert Patricia Schultz to Host Tour of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova

We’re thrilled to announce that Patricia Schultz, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die,” will serve as host on the first 2019 departure of MIR’s Belarus, Ukraine & Moldova small group tour, from May 5-18, 2019. Over the course of the 14-day tour, Patricia will offer her observations and share her expertise with other MIR travelers as they explore these fairly obscure destinations. Read More


Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Traveler Spotlight: Golden Eagle Luxury Train across Russia in ITN

Two MIR travelers recently spent two weeks living it up as they rode the luxurious Golden Eagle private train from one end of Russia to the other on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In their ITN tour diary, they share the details of the rail journey and their time on the train. Read More


Interview with Paul E. Richardson, author of Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution

Interview with Paul E. Richardson, author of Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution

Paul E. Richardson, publisher and editor of Russian Life magazine, discusses his latest book spotlighting the stories of 22 Russian centenarians born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution. The stories of these elders are told with tenderness and sympathy, and rigorous research and meticulous planning went into their telling. Read More


Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

Heartwarming Holidays: Spend an Unforgettable New Year’s Eve in Russia

There's no place is more enchanting during this time of the year than Russia and no one loves the holidays more than the Russians do: with parties, presents and champagne toasts, it’s the moment everyone’s waited for the whole year long, and you’re invited to share in the festivities. Read More



Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Housed in a renovated concrete seaplane hangar from 1916 whose high domed walls give it a space-age appearance, the Seaplane Harbor Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, is a cutting-edge interactive place with floor-to-ceiling exhibits, including a 1937 submarine, a full-size replica of a WWI Short 184 seaplane, and the wreck of the 16th century wooden sailing ship, the Maasilinn.  Read More