Discover the incredibly rich treasures of one of the world’s most ancient civilisations with MIR Corp on a rail journey through Iran aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle private train. Admire the royal Golestan Palace in Tehran, classical Persian gardens, and the thousand-year-old mud-brick citadel of Rayen. Explore the remains of Susa, a flourishing city in 4000BC, and witness Shushtar’s complete system of dams, aqueducts and canals. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery of the Trans-Iranian Railway, including a crossing of the arch of the Veresk Bridge, and experiencing 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the deserts, mountains and urban spaces of Iran. Prices for this 14-day tour happening 24 November to 7 December 2016 range from $16,495 to $64,935.
Days 1-4: Tehran • Mashad
Visit a Tehran bazaar, the glittering State Jewels Museum and the National Museum of Iran, displaying Persian antiquities, art and artefacts from Iran’s long past. Board the private train and discover one of the holiest Shi’ite shrines in Iran, Imam Reza’s Tomb, as well as the Persian poet Ferdowsi’s mausoleum.
Days 5-7: Rayen • Mahan • Kerman • Yazd
Explore the courtyards, caravanserai and bathhouses of Kerman’s Grand Bazaar, and the ancient mud-brick fortress of Rayen; the UNESCO-listed Prince Garden, with its stairway of terraced pools; and the tomb of 14th-century Sufi leader Shah Nematollah Vali. See the Eternal Flame at Yazd’s Zoroastrian Fire Temple.
Days 8-10: Isfahan • Persepolis • Shiraz • Kashan
Wander Isfahan’s graceful UNESCO-listed Imam Square, visit Vank Cathedral in the Armenian neighbourhood, admire the Friday Mosque and shop the 17th-century bazaar. Explore the remains of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings. In Shiraz, survey the stunning Pink Mosque, the UNESCO-listed Eram Garden and the Tomb of Hafez, Iran’s favourite poet. Explore another wonderful classical Persian garden, the 16th-century Bagh-e Fin in Kashan, an important centre for Persian carpets.
Days 11-14: Shushtar • Susa • Trans-Iranian Railway • Tehran
Board an Iranian train for day trips to experience two rarely visited World Heritage Sites – the Shushtar Hydraulic System, a system of dams and canals begun in the fifth century BC, and Chogha Zanbil, an ancient Elamite sacred complex. Continue to the archaeological site of Susa, one of the world’s oldest settlements. Follow the Trans-Iranian Railway through the Alborz Mountains via 55 tunnels and over the arch of the Veresk Bridge. The Veresk Bridge was called Pol-e-Piroozi, the Bridge of Victory, during WWII because of its strategic importance carrying fuel and supplies to the allies from Tehran. The line descends from the mountains over the “Three Golden Lines”, a spectacular railway spiral that passes the same place at three different heights. Return to Tehran and tour UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace complex, including the Marble Throne, created from 65 pieces of yellow Yazd marble.