Travel Journal: Iran’s Jewels of Persia by Private Train
MIR vice president Annie Lucas was aboard the first western private train allowed into Iran, on a segment of its inaugural journey. The first-of-its-kind itinerary traveled on the Jewels of Persia rail journey from Budapest to Tehran and back aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train.
Annie boarded in Tehran, where she and MIR president Douglas Grimes discovered some wonderful new restaurants, and settled into a deluxe cabin for a week of Iran touring.
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Read Annie’s travel journal, detailing stops in Mashad, with one of the most sacred sites in Iran; Kerman, where they were greeted with roses; Mahan, home of the UNESCO-listed Shazadeh Garden; beautiful Shiraz; and the imposing ruins of Persepolis, one of the wonders of the Ancient World.
She ended with several days in Isfahan, her favorite city on the itinerary. Follow along as she discovers the treasures of Iran.
(Top photo: The tilework inside the Sheikh Lotfollah dome invites awe and admiration. Photo credit: Douglas Grimes)
PUBLISHED: March 11, 2015