Iran From Top To Bottom

Persia, the extraordinary 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 more than 77 million people. On this 18-day journey, experience eight wonderful UNESCO Sites, explore fabulous bazaars, admire splendid architecture, discover formidable archaeological sites and converse with the welcoming Iranian people.

18 Day Trip

  • Small Group
    Limited to 16 passengers
  • Travels to:
    Iran
  • Cultural Series:
    Tabriz to Isfahan

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Visit with Qashqi nomads
    Visit with members of the nomadic Qashqai tribe on the way to or from their summer pastures....
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  • Meet with weavers in their workshops
    Meet with local weavers in their workshops and learn about this ancient art....
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  • Browse the fabulous bazaars of Tehran
    Join the crowds of shoppers in the fabulous bazaars of Tehran, shopping for jewelry, carpets and clothing....
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  • Wander the splendid Shazadeh Garden
    Wander UNESCO-listed Shahzadeh, or Prince Garden, a walled oasis with a stairway of terraced pools flowing one into the next below a white palace....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 15 years of Iran travel experience
  • Educational and alumni travel programs from the US, New Zealand and beyond have chosen MIR to guide them to Iran
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
  • Recommended by Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-5: Tabriz, Zanjan, Qazvin

Begin in Tabriz, browsing its labyrinthine UNESCO-listed bazaar, flourishing since the 13th century, and visit the nearby cave-town of Kandovan. Head to Zanjan to admire the turquoise dome of the beautifully restored Soltaniyeh Mausoleum, and tour Qazvin, founded in the 3rd century BC.

Highlights

  • Tabriz's 15th century Blue Mosque
  • UNESCO-listed Tabriz Bazaar
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Days 6-10: Tehran, Kerman, Yazd

Survey the jewel-encrusted crowns and scepters in Tehran’s collection of Crown Jewels, and its 16th century Golestan Palace. Fly to Kerman and stroll among the pools and greenery of UNESCO-listed Shahzadeh Garden, then sip tea in an old hammam. In Zoroastrian Yazd, visit the Fire Temple and the Towers of Silence, and look for the wind towers, called badgirs, that cool the homes.

Highlights

  • Tehran’s Reza Abbasi Museum, tracing the evolution of Iran’s decorative arts
  • UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace, with yellow Marble Throne
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Days 11-14: Shiraz, Persepolis, Firuzabad, Bishapur, Yasuj

Inspect the ruins of Cyrus the Great’s Pasargadae before arriving in romantic Shiraz, the “City of Roses and Nightingales.” Explore one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, Persepolis, and visit Firuzabad, winter quarters of the Qashqai nomads. Continue along a mountainous road to Kazerun to see the remains of the old city of Bishapur and its imposing palace.

Highlights

  • Achaemenid tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Shiraz, the “City of Roses and Nightingales”
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Days 15-18: 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.

Highlights

  • Isfahan’s Maiden-e Naghsh-e Jahan or Imam Square, among the world’s most beautiful squares and a UNESCO Site
  • Ali-Qapu Palace, gateway to the other royal palaces
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 18 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 6-16 Travelers $7,095
  • Plus Internal Air $130
  • Single Supplement $1,395

2017 Dates

  • April 10-27 - Sold out! Waitlist is available
  • April 17-May 4 - Only 1 spot left!
  • April 24-May 11 - Sold out!
  • May 1-18 - Sold out! Waitlist is available.
  • September 4-21 - New Departure!!
  • September 11-28
  • October 2-19 - Sold out!
  • October 16-November 2 - New departure added!
  • October 23-November 9 - Sold out!
  • $7,095
  • Max 16 Travelers
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Group Size

Small Groups – Never More than 16 Travelers. Guaranteed!

What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Shared accommodations in well-located first class hotels in the major cities and best available hotels elsewhere. (Best available properties may still be basic and simple.)
  • 17 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 16 dinners.
  • Bottled water at group meals.
  • Restaurant tips for included meals.
  • Services of an experienced, English-speaking MIR Tour Manager with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for all travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates in the tour start/end cities.
  • Transportation throughout itinerary by private coach or van (size of vehicle depends on group size).
  • Guided sightseeing tours and entrance fees as outlined in itinerary.
  • Special events, excursions and cultural performances per the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling where available.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers.

Before Your Tour

  • Personalized pre-departure support from one of our knowledgeable Tour Specialists.
  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list and reading list.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Customized visa application instruction kit (please note, visa fees are not included in the tour price).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international and internal airfares are not included in the land tour cost).
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

Combine this tour with Journey Through Central Asia: The Five ‘Stans. MIR can additionally arrange for private, independent tours of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and any of the ‘Stans. Contact us for details.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

The accommodations vary from first class to very basic and simple hotels. It is important to keep in mind that parts of Iran are not up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is found in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

 

About Travel to Iran

If you have any questions about traveling to Iran, feel free to contact MIR or speak with one of our Iran travel experts at 800-424-7289.

We invite you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to Iran, gathered from our more than 15 years of travel experience.

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