Seattle native Doug Grimes, 54, founded MIR in 1987. The tour and travel services company (www.mircorp.com) operates in 35 countries in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and Iran.
Q: How did you get into this line of work?
Q. What’s the best time to travel to that region?
The season is very important. The travel season is quite short in Siberia; May as well as September are best for Central Asia. We try to schedule in spring and fall. Summers are too hot: 110 degrees in July in Uzbekistan. But some want to go in winter, even to Siberia: That’s a whole different kind of thing; in winter you go to experience the snow and the troika rides.
I supposed if we eased our regulations, they would probably follow suit.
Q. “Golden Ring?”
It’s a lot like old Russia; houses are built from logs. Modern Moscow, with its fancy hotels and bad traffic, is a two-hour drive away. To do the whole “Golden Ring” would take five days.