What Has Happened to Uzbekistan?

What Has Happened to Uzbekistan?

Fred Lundahl spent 30 years serving in U.S. embassies abroad with the Foreign Service. He fell in love with Central Asia, and still travels there every couple of years. His import store in Langley on Washington State’s Whidbey Island, Music for the Eyes, is filled with exotic treasures personally collected from foreign lands, especially the Silk Road countries of Central Asia. Fred and his wife Sharon recently returned from a trip to Uzbekistan with fascinating observations on how much it has changed in the last few years. Special Offer: For a limited time, new bookings on select small group departures to Uzbekistan can save up to $300 per person. Read More



MIR Corporation Offers 8 Ways to Travel the Silk Route

MIR Corporation Offers 8 Ways to Travel the Silk Route

SEATTLE, WA -- Traverse the Silk Route just as the early merchants did, concentrating on a single region or experiencing as much of the route as possible. Below MIR Corporation has detailed 8 unique ways to travel the Silk Road, taking routes as diverse as the old caravan trails and the people who traveled them. For more information or to book your spot call us at 1-111-111-1111 or email info(at)mircorp(dot)com. Read More


5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2019 Bucket List

Each July, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets to consider new sites to add to its list of the world’s most awe-inspiring places. The sites are carefully vetted based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Some have been on the UNESCO Tentative List for years, awaiting their turn to shine. In 2018, the committee added 19 new sites and significantly expanded an older one. Five of these sites are found in MIR’s destinations. Read More


MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

MIR News: Uzbekistan Introduces E-Visas for Travelers

Entering Uzbekistan, at the heart of the Silk Road, has just gotten simpler – much simpler. As of July 15, 2018, U.S. travelers can apply, pay for, and receive Uzbek visas online, within three business days of their application. The e-visa is good for a stay of up to 30 days in Uzbekistan, and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue. The consular fee for this is a mere $20.00 USD. Read More




Traveler’s Tale: Impressions of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s Peculiar Capital City

Traveler’s Tale: Impressions of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan’s Peculiar Capital City

MIR Tour Specialist Nathan Cox was born and raised in Utah, but has spent much of his adult life living and working in Russia and Ukraine. Since then, he’s traveled to a number of MIR's destinations, including China, Central Asia, the Baltics, and Europe. Here, Nathan shares his impressions and memories of his recent travels to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan's strange and fascinating capital city.  Read More


Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Celebrating Navruz in Uzbekistan: My Favorite Moments on a Festive Journey

Born and raised in Samarkand, Abdu Samadov is full of inside information about Uzbekistan. He has studied in England and the U.S. and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Russian. Abdu guides MIR travelers throughout Central Asia and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Here, Abdu recounts some of the highlights of his travels with MIR's small group tour Backstreets & Bazaars of Uzbekistan. Read More