MIR Client Spotlight: Iran’s Wondrous Sites and Warm Hospitality

MIR Client Spotlight: Iran’s Wondrous Sites and Warm Hospitality

MIR traveler Arlene Mikkelsen recently went off the beaten path to visit Iran on MIR’s small group tour, Ancient Persia – Modern Iran. She shared her impressions in an on a local news website for Central New Jersey,

Gorgeous blue tilework at the Friday Mosque in Kerman, Iran Photo Credit: Hilary Cline

Gorgeous blue tilework at the Friday Mosque in Kerman, Iran
Photo Credit: Hilary Cline

“In early September I had the opportunity to travel to Iran with 15 other intrepid travelers. We were in the country for 17 days traveling from Tehran through the mountains to the Caspian Sea, and then heading south through the desert and more mountains to visit many of the World Heritage Sites Iran has to offer.”

Stunning stained-glass artwork inside the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran Photo Credit: Jessica Clark

Stunning stained-glass artwork inside the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran
Photo Credit: Jessica Clark

Arlene was impressed with the friendliness of the people she met:

Everywhere we went people were excited to find out that we were from America. We received a big ‘Welcome, we love America.’ Iranians are some of the warmest and most hospitable people I have ever met.” 

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She was pleased to feel comfortable and safe in the country, even though some less intrepid travelers shun it.

Iran is a very safe country to visit and there were no restrictions on where we could go or who we could talk to… I found the roads and infrastructure to be in excellent condition. There were well lit tunnels going through the mountains. In the center of the country we saw rice fields, tea plantations, groves of apple and pear orchards, dates and pistachios.”


With her small group, she “toured museums, palaces, temples, mosques and legendary bazaars. The highlight was Persepolis, the ancient ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings.”

We’re glad you enjoyed the trip, Arlene. Thanks for traveling with us!

Admiring the ancient ruins of Persepolis, Iran <br>Photo Credit: Jessica Clark

The monumental ancient ruins of Persepolis, Iran
Photo Credit: Jessica Clark

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.”

Why end might firsthand the hospitality of Iranians and the wonders of their country just as Arlene did on MIR’s small group tour Ancient Persia – Modern Iran.

Or choose from one of MIR’s other small group tours and rail journeys by private train to Iran, including: 

Chat with a MIR destination specialist about travel to Iran by phone (111-111-1111) 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: Friendly smiles from a young Iranian family. Photo credit: Jessica Clark

PUBLISHED: November 18, 2015

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