Travel to Iran: 3 Ways to Explore Ancient Persia by Land or Train

Travel to Iran: 3 Ways to Explore Ancient Persia by Land or Train

Ancient Persia, now called Iran, has been in existence for over 2,500 years. Arts, architecture, spiritual beliefs and culture have poured back and forth across political borders here, and history can be read clearly in UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Cyrus the Great’s ceremonial capital, Persepolis, and Isfahan’s sumptuous Imam Square.

There are endless wonderful sites and experiences in Iran, and three ways to travel through this enigmatic country:

  1. Explore Iran on a small group tour
  2. Traverse Iran on a rail journey by private train
  3. Focus exclusively on Iran on a custom and private journey

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Travel to Iran: Signature Why end mightsWith a culture that prizes hospitality above all, the people of Iran pride themselves on being friendly and warm to travelers, wherever they are from. Travelers to Iran can:

  • Wander the streets of modern Tehran, where beneath their headscarves and modest apparel, women might be wearing vivid lipstick and 21st century tee shirts.
  • Visit with members of the nomadic Qashqai tribe on the way to or from their summer pastures.
  • Meet with local weavers in their workshops and learn about this ancient art.
  • Explore the perfectly preserved ancient village of Masuleh, where the rooftops of one tier of houses serve as the streets for the houses above.
  • Awaken to ancient history as you stand in the shadow of the colossal marble pillars of Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings.
  • Journey overland to the beautiful Caspian Sea coast, where lush rice and tea plantations contrast with the arid interior.
  • Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd to see its eternal flame, said to have been burning since 470 AD.
  • Enjoy lunch of Persian specialties in a restaurant converted from a traditional hamom, or bathhouse

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Explore Iran on a Small Group TourExplore Iran’s fabulous bazaars, admire its splendid architecture and complex ornamentation, discover its formidable archaeological sites and converse with the people who call it home.

Each expertly-guided small group tour travels with a maximum of 16 participants and features all-inclusive land pricing (more details).

  • Ancient Persia, Modern Iran
    Travel overland to the celebrated cities of Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan as well as to outlying towns and villages that offer a closer look at the Iranian people.
  • Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran
    Observe the old men playing backgammon in Bukhara’s Lyabi-Hauz Plaza, or sipping saffron tea in a cafe near Isfahan’s Zayande River, and get a sense of the timeless connection between the once forbidden lands of Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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Traverse Iran on a Rail Journey by Private TrainA private train features modern comforts and amenities that can make the journey as pleasant as the destinations, especially across countries such as Iran, with vast expanses of arid land between its incredible sites, on rail journeys only recently opened up to those outside Iran.

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Focus exclusively on Iran on a Custom and Private JourneyWhether you’re looking for a compact trip with all the highlights or something a little roomier with some of the extras, MIR’s Private Journeys department can suggest places to see and things to do based on our local knowledge, and design a one-of-a-kind itinerary for you, your family or your group of friends.

Or, select our Essential Iran trip – a suggested independent itinerary available on a private departure basis with your choice of dates.

  • Essential Iran
    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.

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(Top photo: Intricate tilework of Isfahan, Iran.  Photo credit: Peter Guttman)

PUBLISHED: November 10, 2014

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