Treasures of Persia


Discover Iran's Cultural Wonders & Openhearted People

Treasures of Persia


Group | 20 Days | Easy Touring
  • Travel with GeoEx, the longest-operating US travel company in Iran
  • Iran's striking beauty and modern intellect
  • Engage in fascinating, culture-bridging conversations with locals
  • Discover ancient Persepolis and Esfahan's architectural treasures
  • More than 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including pre-Islamic ruins

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 lucky: we’ve been exploring and reveling in these captivating aspects since we began taking travelers there in 1993. On this carefully crafted Group Trip, we delve into Iran's exquisite cultural, historic, and natural offerings—spending time in important cities like Shiraz and Esfahan, as well as villages tucked into stunning desert and mountains—capturing the immense diversity of this fabled land and getting to know its openhearted people.

ITINERARY


GeoEx's Iran was one of the most astounding trips of all. The people were warm and welcoming...I came back with a whole new view of America's relationship with Iran. This is an important trip.

– Carol A.
Day
1–3

We delight in Tehran's many wonders—from Golestan Palace to museums filled with prized carpets, calligraphy, ceramics, and ancient artifacts—before flying to Tabriz.

Day
4–6

Discover ancient Tabriz and the UNESCO-listed Saint Stephanos En route to Zanjan, known for silver jewelry and charoogh sandals, we stop at Takht-e Suleiman, one of Iran’s most important ancient monuments. 

Day
7–9

Archaeological treasures await in Bisotun and in Hamadan, set below 12,300-foot Mount Alvand We visit a former Dervish monastery and return to Tehran.

Day
10–12

Fly to garden-graced Shiraz and admire its sights, including the Pink Mosque and the enormous Vakil market We marvel at the ruins of Persepolis.

Day
13–14

A road into central Iran’s desert takes us to Yazd, whose mud-brick old town is dotted with unique badgirs (wind towers) Wander the remarkable remains of Pasargadae, founded by Cyrus the Great.

Day
15–18

We get to know Esfahan, touring enormous Imam Square and other sensational mosques and palaces, and haggling for handicrafts at its maze-like bazaar.

Day
19–20

Abyaneh (an enchanting old village) and Kashan (famous for its brilliantly colored carpets) make welcome stops during our drive to Tehran, where we catch flights home.

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Meet Your Guide

Sylvie Franquet

She studied Arabic and journalism at the University of Ghent, with continued studies at the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis and Cairo University. There she worked as a translator and guide for specialized groups, e.g. archaeologists. She has written guidebooks to Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt, and contributed to the Fodor Guides to Egypt, Tunis, and others.

GeoEx Iran Trip Leader Sylvie Franquet

Optional Pre-Trip Extension

Mashad

Arrive three days early to explore the most important religious sites in the country, and a major pilgrimage destination for Shi’ites. The city has grown up around the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, a complex of enormous proportions. Mashad is famous for its turquoise, sheepskins, and shashlik–grilled lamb kabobs, and saffron.

Imam Reza Shrine Complex, Mashhad

Dates & Prices


Dates

10/15/18 – 11/2/18   (Sold out)

4/15/19 – 5/4/19  

9/30/19 – 10/19/19  

Pricing

From $10,300 per person (Group Trip)

2019 Mashad Extension Pricing: From $2250, per person


*We offer a 3-day pre-trip extension to Mashad. Please call for itinerary details.

Inclusions:

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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