Persian Odyssey to Shiraz, Isfahan and Tehran

Visit a trio of Iran’s finest cities to discover Persian treasures and modern Islamic daily life. See spirited Tehran, the country’s marketplace, romantic Shiraz with its miles of roses, and beautiful Isfahan, its arched bridges glowing in the evening light. This overland journey gives you a chance to learn about the history of this ancient land, to meet its modern inhabitants and to gain understanding of their culture.

10 Day Trip

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

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MIR Signature Experiences on this Tour
  • 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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  • Smell the roses of Shiraz
    Discover the inspiration for Iran’s greatest lyric poet, Hafez – the gardens of Shiraz....
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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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  • Survey the complex Persian architecture of beautiful Isfahan
    Survey the complex Persian architecture of Isfahan’s gracefully proportioned UNESCO-listed Imam Square, decorated with cobalt, turquoise and lapis lazuli mosaic tiles....
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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 1-2: Tehran

In Tehran, a city buzzing with energy, visit the Glass and Ceramics Museum and UNESCO-listed Gulestan Palace.

Highlights

  • Sa’ad Abad Palace, former residence of the deposed royal family of Iran
  • Crown Jewels at the Central Bank
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Days 3-5: Shiraz, Persepolis

Fly south to Shiraz, famed for its poetry, gardens and architecture. Explore Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, and the tombs of Achaemenid kings at Naghsh-e-Rostam.

Highlights

  • Shiraz, the “City of Roses and Nightingales”
  • Tomb of Hafez, Iran’s favorite poet
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Days 6-8: Isfahan

Experience Isfahan, its spacious UNESCO-listed Imam Square flanked by three tiled and filigreed mosques. Admire the luminous bridges over the Zayendeh River and spectacular Friday Mosque, one of the world’s greatest.

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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Days 9-10: Tehran

Back in Tehran, enjoy some free time to reflect on your journey.

Highlights

  • Abgineh Museum of Glass and Ceramics with some of Tehran’s finest applied arts
  • Carpet Museum, specializing in 17th century pieces

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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 10 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person
based on double occupancy

  • 2 Traveler Minimum $4,995
  • Plus Internal Air $125
  • Single Supplement $695

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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 superior tourist class (three to four star) hotels throughout. Call for hotel and air upgrade prices.
  • Breakfast daily, 8 lunches and 1 dinner, per the itinerary. A few lunches and most dinners are left free so you may enjoy a chance to dine on your own.
  • 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 Saturday, but it could begin any day of the week, and can run in any 10 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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