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The governments of Iran and the United States are . . . well, you know the story. And by now, you may also know that since we began our groundbreaking trips to Iran in 1993, our many travelers have been almost universally gratiﬁed by the openhearted, open-minded welcome of the Iranian people. Geopoliticians we’re not, and our warm people-to-people encounters in Iran remind us that we made the right career choice. As our Carey Johnston says, “It’s a joy to hear from our returning travelers who are always so genuinely surprised to discover a very different Iran from the country we hear and read about in the news.”
After some busy sightseeing in Tehran, we drive southwest to Hamadan (set beneath 11,700-foot Kuh-e-Alvand) and north via Soltanieh and Takht-e-Suleiman, through Robert Byron’s “plush-coloured mountains” to the great bazaar city of Tabriz. We fly to Shiraz (in its heyday, it was said that Cairo was its mere suburb) and onward to Persepolis and the brooding Towers of Silence at Yazd. Finally to Esfahan, a city of many famous glories, including cobalt-roofed domes said to be the most breathtaking in the world.
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Itinerary at a Glance
- Days 1–3: Tehran
- Day 4: drive to Hamadan
- Day 5: excursion to Kermanshah
- Day 6: drive to Zanjan via Soltanieh
- Day 7: drive to Tabriz via Takht-e-Suleiman
- Day 8: excursion to St. Stephanos
- Day 9: Tabriz
- Day 10: fly to Shiraz
- Day 11: Shiraz and Persepolis
- Day 12: to Yazd via Pasargadae
- Day 13: Yazd
- Day 14: to Esfahan via Meybod
- Days 15–17: Esfahan
- Day 18: fly to Tehran
- Day 19: depart for home.