Treasures of Persia

Discover Iran's cultural wonders and open-hearted people

  • Enjoy the expertise and inside connections of GeoEx, the longest-operating US travel company in Iran
  • Explore Iran’s striking beauty and modern intellect, which transcend the Western image
  • Behold ancient Persepolis, Esfahan's architectural treasures, and Tabriz's great bazaar
Persia Iran
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 19 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Call 888-570-7108 for custom extension options

Iran, formerly known as Persia, is a country of extreme friendliness and piercing beauty, as many Westerners are finally discovering. We at GeoEx consider ourselves as lucky: we’ve been exploring and reveling in these captivating aspects since we began taking travelers here in 1993.

On this 19-day adventure, we delve into Iran's exquisite cultural, historic, and natural offerings, capturing the immense diversity of this fabled land and getting to know its open-hearted people. We begin in Tehran, the country's frenetic capital city, before setting out to discover the many incomparable treasures that make Persia extraordinary: places like Bisotun, an ancient archaeological site boasting an inscription by Darius the Great; Zanjan, known for producing striking handicrafts including silver jewelry and charoogh sandals; and the dazzling red rocks of the country's far north. We peruse the enormous maze-like bazaars of Tabriz and Shiraz, marvel at the ruins of Persepolis and Pasargadae, meander through Yazd's mud-brick old town, and stop to admire the brilliantly colored carpets of Kashan. En route back to Tehran we make a stop in Abyaneh, an enchanting, ancient village on the lower slope of Karkass Mountain. Here we have an opportunity to connect with locals, many of whom still don traditional dress.

Please note: If you're interested in a shorter, customizable trip, see our Essential Iran sample itinerary. And keep in mind that some international flights allow for easy stopovers in exciting destinations like Istanbul, Doha, and Dubai. We’re happy to make the arrangements for insightful explorations; please ask for details.


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Itinerary at a Glance

  • Days 1 & 2: Tehran
  • Day 3: Tehran; fly to Tabriz
  • Day 4: Tabriz
  • Day 5: St. Stephanos and Kandovan
  • Day 6: Zanjan
  • Day 7: Hamadan
  • Day 8: Bisotun and Kermanshah
  • Day 9: Hamadan; drive to Tehran
  • Day 10: Shiraz
  • Day 11: Shiraz, Persepolis
  • Days 12 & 13: Yazd, Pasargadae
  • Day 14: drive to Esfahan via Meybod
  • Days 15–17: Esfahan
  • Day 18: drive to Tehran via Kashan
  • Day 19: depart for home.