Ancient Persia – Modern Iran Spotlighted in The Economist’s 1843 Magazine
Accomplished storyteller Tara Isabella Burton (who prefers the appellation “raconteuse of bizarre tales, clamberer over ruins”) also happens to be a MIR traveler. Her recent article in 1843, The Economist’s bi-monthly magazine of ideas, culture and lifestyle, tells of the pervasive friendliness she was greeted with as an American in Iran.
Traveling on MIR’s popular small group tour, Ancient Persia – Modern Iran, Burton explored the country’s historic highlights:
“My trip traversed every monument between Tabriz and Shiraz. We travelled from the vast ruins of 2,500-year-old Persepolis – briefly, in the time of the deposed shah, the centre of secular-leaning Persian nationalism – through the geometrical 17th-century masterpieces of Isfahan to the mid-19th century in the form of the sensual walled Shazdeh gardens outside Mahan where fountains spilled from raised platforms and the air smelled of jasmine…”
Burton knew at the outset that she would discover a treasure trove of ancient riches, but what she didn’t expect was the friendly openness of the people she came in contact with:
“It is a cliché to speak of “the people” as a country’s greatest asset, but in Iran, it is unavoidable. As a young, obviously foreign woman, I was approached between 15 and 20 times a day for a photograph (usually a selfie, mostly by heavily made-up girls of my own age). Women in flowing chadors and in casual headscarves alike made eye contact and stopped to smile, even in the most congested urban streets, and sometimes blurted “hello!” or giggled as I walked past. Men called out “good evening, my sister” from passing cars. Children pointed at me and grinned and, when noticed, hid.”
MIR’s 18-day Ancient Persia – Modern Iran tour affords countless opportunities to enjoy celebrity status as an American traveler. The abundant historic sites draw Iranian sightseers as well as travelers, and many of the sights that Americans consider picturesque are merely everyday backdrops for people going about their daily lives here. Amiable and approachable, most of the people you meet seem to have the time an inclination to stop and chat.
New Departure AnnouncedWith many 2017 departures of this popular tour sold out, we’ve added another departure, from May 8-25, 2017.
Experience for yourself, as Tara Isabella Burton did, the warmth of an Iranian welcome.
Travel to Iran with MIR
MIR has more than 15 years of experience hand-crafting tours to Iran. Our full service, dedication, commitment to quality, and destination expertise have twice earned us a place on National Geographic Adventure’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”
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- If you have special interests or specific destinations in Iran you’d like to explore, MIR can work with you to create a custom, private journey that reflects your desires and timeline. You can also travel on one of MIR’s hand-crafted private independent travel itineraries, Essential Iran or Essential Iran Enhanced.
Chat with a MIR destination specialist about travel to Iran by phone (800-424-7289) or email today. Our team has an insider’s knowledge of what to do and see in Iran, and we would love to help you craft a tour that satisfies your curiosity about this ancient and modern country.
(Top Photo: Warm greetings from local Iranians. Photo credit: Michel Behar.)
PUBLISHED: December 1, 2016