On this new 12-day Iran Unveiled tour, guests will explore Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan with an experienced MIR Corporation guide. Browse the bazaars, connect with locals, admire the Crown Jewels, discover six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd, observe the luminous bridges of Isfahan, tour the sixth century BC ruins of Pasargadae, and walk Imam Square.
The first Iran Unveiled tours of 2017 are slated for 9-20 April & 7-18 May and start at $5595 per person.
“Iran has everything serious cultural travellers search for in a destination,” said MIR Corporation vice president Annie Lucas. “Extraordinary archaeological and architectural sites introduced by incredibly well-educated and sophisticated Iranian guides, combined with eclectic bazaars and an incredibly hospitable culture.”
Days 1-4: Tehran
Tehran is a metropolis of more than eight million, boasting fashionable boutiques, restaurants, tea houses and museums. Sample the city’s best, including the Museum of Glass and Ceramics and the Carpet Museum, as well as the fabulous Crown Jewels. Drive through the affluent neighbourhoods of northern Tehran, where luxurious shops, residences and embassies take advantage of cool mountain breezes, and dine in a favoured restaurant.
Days 5-6: Shiraz, day trip to Persepolis
Fly to Shiraz and enjoy UNESCO-listed Eram Garden, with its peaceful fountains and flowers. Browse the 11th century Vakil Bazaar, and visit with local people as they stroll and relax at the tomb of Iran’s favourite poet, Hafez. Spend a day in one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, monumental Persepolis.
Days 7-8: Pasargadae, Yazd
Drive to the magnificent city of Yazd, stopping to explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of sixth century BC Pasargadae. Note the tall badgirs, or wind catchers of Yazd, ingenious Persian structures that vent and cool the buildings. Visit the Fire Temple and Towers of Silence, and learn about the city’s Zoroastrian heritage.
Days 9-12: Maybod, Naein, Isfahan
On the road to Isfahan, stop in Maybod, with its 2000-year-old mud brick castle; and in the little town of Naein, where traditional weavers are renowned for their mantles and rugs. Explore celebrated Isfahan, with its graceful UNESCO-listed Imam Square. Stroll the 17th-century Quaisarieh Bazaar, its narrow lanes lined with brass and copperware craftsmen, jewellers, miniature painters and rug merchants.