MIR Corporation Offers Cultural Tours to Little-known Russia and Central Asia

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Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR's Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar.

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Discover Tuvan throat-singing, an eerie-sounding musical form in which one person produces several sounds simultaneously.

Three weeks are spent following the Silk Road where spices, tea, precious metals and jewels once made their way from one world to another.

MIR Corporation is excited to offer two distinctive summer tours to little-known destinations in Russia and Central Asia. The “Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia” tour 8/21-9/13 follows in the footsteps of early explorers who plied the trade routes connecting East with West. And the “Siberian Odyssey: Legends of Lake Baikal & Tuva” tour 8/5-8/18 explores South Siberia, a remote and atmospheric land where mounted Scythians thundered across the steppe long ago. For more information, visit http://www.mircorp.com or call 800-424-7289.

On the “Siberian Odyssey” tour, guests will meet the Buryats of UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal and the Tuvan and Khakass people, whose Mongolian neighbors influenced their culture with Buddhism, shamanism and throat-singing. Highlights of this 14-day Siberia tour include exploring sacred Olkhon Island, witnessing a traditional shamanic ceremony in remote Tuva, visiting "Valley of the Czars," where ancient Scythian horsemen buried their royalty, and countless interactions with nomadic people of the region.

“Unforgettable cultural experiences like private throat-singing lessons and an overnight ride on the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway comprise this exclusive itinerary,” said MIR Corporation Founder Douglas Grimes. “For history buffs, we visit Shushenskoye, an obscure Siberian village where Lenin was exiled.”

Chinese Turkestan & Central Asia” encompasses visits to Almaty, Kazakhstan's most important city, Urumqi and Kashgar, renowned Chinese Silk Road hubs, the oasis city of Shache and even the Taklamakan Desert on camelback. Other highlights of this 24-day tour include bargaining at the legendary Sunday market in Kashgar, witnessing traditional Kyrgyz horse games, overnighting in a yurt along the Silk Route, and visiting an array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

“The word ‘epic’ comes to mind when describing this tour,” said Grimes. “Three weeks are spent following the Silk Road where spices, tea, precious metals and jewels once made their way from one world to another.”

About MIR Corporation:

MIR Corporation, whose name means "peace" and "world" in Russian, has specialized in Russia (and neighboring countries) since 1986. Offering scheduled and custom journeys to Russia, along the Trans-Siberian and across the Silk Route, MIR's Seattle-based experts design imaginative trips that take travelers far from the familiar, and work closely with local affiliates in Western Russia, Siberia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to carry them out. MIR has twice been named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth," and is a preferred operator for museum, alumni and special interest organizations across the country. For more information, visit http://www.mircorp.com or call 800-424-7289.

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