The Art of Country Collecting


What makes a great traveler?

Wanderlust, a sense of adventure, unquenchable curiosity, unlimited energy, determination – and good connections. After all, Marco Polo just “happened” to be born into a savvy and risk-taking trading family ready to pull up stakes and go where the opportunities were. Lord Curzon, who traveled the world in the late 1800s, just “happened” to be a peer of the realm and a public servant as well as a gifted linguist and compulsive traveler. And the wildly adventurous Alexandra David-Neel, the first western woman to enter Tibet, just “happened” have close ties with the King of Sikkim, where she began her journeys. 

MIR Corporation’s extensive connections at the crossroads of Europe and Asia are a wellspring of opportunity for savvy travelers, who have the opportunity to link MIR trips together back to back, and the freedom to create their own personalized adventures or customized pre- and post-tours. MIR seeks to maximize exposure to an entire region with its creative and efficient multi-country tours. 

For example, one of MIR’s multi-country tours is called Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans. A modern-day caravan on an epic journey, the tour visits the five exotic countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

Another is Treasures of the Trans-Caucasus, an in-depth exploration of the three countries wedged between the Black and the Caspian seas – Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. These two trips can be linked together for a total of eight fascinating countries in 36 indescribable days.

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