Path to Persia: Tehran, Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz and Isfahan

Spend 12 days sampling Iran’s cities, walking through history, discovering Zoroastrian life, studying archaeological sites and admiring gorgeous Islamic architecture. From cosmopolitan Tehran to breathtaking Isfahan, get to know five illustrious Iranian cities and six outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

12 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Iran
  • Flexible Essential:
    Tehran to Isfahan

12 Day Trip

  • Private Journey
    Minimum of 2 Travelers
  • Travels to:
    Iran
  • Flexible Essential:
    Tehran to Isfahan

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • Contemplate the Eternal Flame
    Visit the Fire Temple in Yazd to see its eternal flame, said to have been burning since 470 AD; then contemplate the Towers of Silence, where Zoroastrians placed their dead....
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  • Tour the renowned Abgineh Museum of Glass and Ceramics
    Tour the Tehran Abgineh Museum of Glass and Ceramics, displaying artifacts that date back as early as the 4th millennium BC....
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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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  • Explore Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings
    Awaken to ancient history as you stand in the shadow of the colossal marble pillars of Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings and a celebrated...
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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
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-3: Tehran • fly to Kerman

Tehran is a metropolis of more than eight million, boasting fashionable boutiques, restaurants, teahouses and museums. Sample the city’s best, including the Museum of Glass and Ceramics and the Carpet Museum. Visit UNESCO-listed Gulestan Palace, including the Marble Throne, created from 65 pieces of yellow Yazd marble. After a free afternoon, transfer to the airport for the evening flight to Kerman.

Highlights

  • The Abgineh Glassware Museum, with objects made from both glass and clay that date back as early as the 4th millennium BC
  • Gulestan Palace, with the Marble Throne, created from 65 pieces of yellow Yazd marble
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Days 4-5: Kerman • day trip to Rayen, Mahan • drive to Yazd

Drive outside of Kerman to admire the thousand-year-old mud-brick fortress of Arg-e Rayen. Explore Mahan, with a visit to the mausoleum of the great Sufi teacher, Shah Nematollah Vali, and the UNESCO-listed Shahzadeh Garden, a walled oasis surrounding the palace of the governor of Kerman. Drive through the desert to Yazd, observing the unusual molehill-like mounds of earth spaced at regular intervals. These are the surface evidence of qanats, a system of underground canals that collect spring runoff water from the mountains.

Highlights

  • Mud-brick citadel of Rayen, whose sturdy ramparts and watchtowers surround a governor’s mansion, a military garrison, a bazaar and stables
  • Mausoleum of Sufi leader, poet and mystic Shah Nematollah Vali, founder of the Nematollahi order of Sufis
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Days 6-7: Yazd • drive to Shiraz via Pasargadae

In Zoroastrian Yazd, note the tall badgirs, or windcatchers, ingenious Persian structures that vent and cool the buildings. Explore the town’s bazaars, the Friday Mosque, and the Old Town. Visit the Fire Temple and Towers of Silence, and learn about the city’s Zoroastrian heritage. Drive to the magnificent city of Shiraz, stopping to explore the UNESCO-listed ruins of 6th century BC Pasardagae.

Highlights

  • Badgirs, or windtowers, ancient Persia’s low-tech air conditioning system
  • 5th century Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd
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Days 8-9: Shiraz • drive to Isfahan via Persepolis

In romantic Shiraz, visit the tomb of Iran’s favorite poet, Hafez, a place of pilgrimage and reverence surrounded by a lovely garden. Stroll in the Narenjestan Garden with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues and admire the lovely pink-tiled Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, constructed from 1876 to 1887. On the way to Isfahan, discover the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings, Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and some of the most fascinating ruins in the world. Arrive in beautiful Isfahan in time for an independent dinner.

Highlights

  • “City of Roses and Nightingales,” Shiraz
  • Tomb of Hafez, Iran’s favorite poet
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Days 10-12: Isfahan

Explore celebrated Isfahan, with its graceful UNESCO-listed Imam Square. Admire the Ali-Qapu Palace, the eclectic Friday Mosque, and the luminous bridges over the Zayende River. Stroll the 17th century Qeisarieh Bazaar, its narrow lanes lined with brass and copperware craftsmen, jewelers, miniature painters, and rug merchants. Enter a Zoorkhaneh, or “House of Strength,” for a demonstration of stylized strengthening routines accompanied by traditional music and drumming.

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: 12 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $6,695
  • Plus Internal Air $130
  • Single Supplement $795

2017 Dates

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Trip Length: 12 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $6,895
  • Plus Internal Air $130
  • Single Supplement $850

2018 Dates

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Recommended months of travel:

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  • October,  
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  • $6,895
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Group Size

Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travelers on this trip. Call for solo trip pricing.

Private trip prices vary by season and are subject to hotel availability for your travel dates. Hotel upgrades, additional nights and solo traveler prices are available on request.

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.) Call for hotel and air upgrade prices.
  • 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 1 dinner, per the itinerary. Dinners are left free to allow independent exploration.
  • Services of a National Guide with local guides at specific sites.
  • Arrival/departure transfers. MIR will arrange for travelers to be met on arrival and seen off on departure whether we make your airfare arrangements or not.
  • 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.

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…

This program is designed to start on a Monday, but it could begin any day of the week, and can run in any 12 day time period, making it the perfect tour to link to other small group tour programs. Perhaps you would like to experience the South Caucasus countries, Central Asia, Western Russia or Eastern Europe. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of our suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

The accommodations vary from superior tourist class to more basic hotels. It is important to keep in mind that the country of Iran may not be up to the standards North American travelers expect.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour is given 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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