Ancient Persia - Modern Iran (trip)

Ancient Persia - Modern Iran

  • Tehran Airport, Iran
  • Active & Adventure
“"Traveling in Iran was an interesting experience - altogether different from traveling anywhere else. I was fascinated by its rich… ”
Iran, Asia

from $5,995* per person18 DaysApril, September
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: MIR Corporation 16 people max
Persia, the exotic land that is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, has been known in the west as Iran since 1935, and is a modern country of almost 69 million people. On this 18-day journey that crisscrosses the country, explore Iran's fabulous bazaars, admire its splendid architecture and complex ornamentation, discover its formidable archaeological sites and converse with the people who call it home.

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Iran, Asia

2 testimonials about this trip

  1. Reviewer: H. Evans located in Shreveport, LA USA
    "Traveling in Iran was an interesting experience - altogether different from traveling anywhere else. I was fascinated by its rich cultural history and by the expertise and knowledge of our guide. Of the many ruins we saw, Persepolis was the most fascinating. The drive from Yerevan to the border was spectacular - perhaps one of the best kept secrets in the world of travel."
  2. Reviewer: F. Hayet located in San Rafael, CA USA
    “I had a great trip and VERY safe, I do not understand why people do not go there, it was most interesting. We had a fantastic tour guide Rouin Ghanavati extremely knowledgeable, I recommend him highly. The people were great, they wanted to speak English with us and were always very nice. In the tea house they put an American flag on our table.”

3 testimonials about the provider, MIR Corporation:

  • Reviewer: K. Knack located in Malibu, CA USA
    Every day I am grateful for this fabulous trip. The destinations you specialize in are of much more interest now that I know what a well-delivered service you provide.

    MIR's tour manager made my trip more deeply meaningful and made sure that everyone on the train came away with a greater appreciation for this vast country. Thank you so much for your great itinerary, for the tremendous abilities of your staff... You can be certain I will recommend your company.

  • Reviewer: The Tobys located in Rockville Center, NY USA
    …It is safe to say without the expertise of your superb cadre of guides in the country we never could have put it all together. In fact, we were totally dependent on them to benefit from the extraordinary experienced of visiting three regions of [Ukraine] within a two-week time period.

    Clearly, MIR Corporation has a well-deserved reputation for superb customer service. We support that well-deserved reputation, which is possibly rooted in the fact that your associates like their jobs and that job satisfaction has been transferred to customer and client relations….

    Honestly, we were duly impressed with each of the regional guides and the drivers who accompanied us. Their local knowledge of the unique features of their respective region was so evident, impressive, and unmatched by any we have encounters over our 40 years of visiting 140 countries.

    I want to thank you for a most stupendous trip; 5 stars plus. Loved Ukraine, the people, the sites, the precision of our tour; the fine quality of the guides and drivers - how much they care, how much they know and how much they kept our interests foremost in their hearts and their minds. It was just stupendous.

    It was so fabulous we cannot stop talking about it. Again, thank you very much. And I will certainly recommend MIR Corporation when it is appropriate for our friends & colleagues.

    It was excellent beyond all expectations.

  • Reviewer: The Repkos located in Princeton, NJ USA
    We don’t know where to start – a perfect itinerary which satisfied all of our needs, excellent accommodations superbly located, flawless execution of all aspects including visas, vouchers, theatre tickets, etc., and last but certainly not least, truly outstanding and professional guides and drivers.

    …We only wish that MIR provided tours everywhere, in which case we would never use another tour company again..

    MIR Office in Seattle was outstanding…We have already told several friends about MIR and how wonderful they are! You all put together a trip for us that was perfect to our budget, time frame and interests. Russia is a fabulous destination – wonderful history, magnificent sites we can’t say enough about MIR and Russia.

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Special information

  • May accommodate certain types of disabilities. Contact the operator for more information.


Days 1-5: Tehran, Bandar-e Anzali, Masuleh

Begin in Tehran, sampling a few excellent museums before a foray into the Caspian Sea region. Wind along the coast from Bandar-e Anzali to the mountain village of Masuleh, built into the side of a steep hill, with the rooftops of one tier of houses serving as the street for the houses above.

Days 6-9: Yazd, Kerman, Rayen, Mahan

Fly to the desert town of Yazd, famous for its wind towers and silk textiles. Drive to Kerman and the ancient citadel of Rayen. In Mahan, visit the beautiful UNESCO-listed Shazadeh Garden, one of perhaps ten true Persian gardens left in Iran.

Days 10-14: Shiraz, Persepolis, Firuzabad, Kazerun, Yasuj

Journey on to Shiraz, an important medieval city that reigned as the capital of several Islamic dynasties. Spend a day at one of Iran's most famous archaeological sites, the astonishing ruins of Persepolis. Darius I initiated the building of Persepolis in the 5th century BC, a huge undertaking of art and architecture. Visit Firuzabad, winter quarters of the Qashqai tribe. Continue along a mountainous road to Kazerun to see the remains of the old city of Shapur and its imposing palace.

Days 15-16: Isfahan

In Isfahan, admire the magnificent Islamic buildings of Imam Square, decorated with pale blue tiles. Shah Abbas the Great built the graceful ensemble in the early 17th century. Lose yourself at the covered Grand Bazaar, overflowing with jewelry, enamelware, carpets, beaten copper, spices, silks and block-printed textiles.

Days 17-18: Tehran

Return to Tehran and enjoy a farewell dinner.

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