Around and About Iran Aboard the Golden Eagle

Discover the incredibly rich treasures of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations on this rail journey through Iran. Admire the royal Golestan Palace in Tehran, elegant classical Persian gardens, and the thousand-year-old mud-brick citadel of Rayen. Board an Iranian train for a day trip to explore the remains of Susa, a flourishing city in 1100 BC, and Shushtar’s complete system of dams, aqueducts and canals. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery of the Trans-Iranian Railway, including a crossing of the 311-foot arch of the Veresk Bridge, and experience 11 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the deserts, mountains and urban spaces of Iran.

If you would instead prefer to travel on a more modest, but very comfortable, private train on a largely similar route around Iran, we recommend the Persian Explorer aboard the Persian Express.

14 Day Trip

  • Rail Journey
    No minimum number of travelers
  • Travels to:
    Iran
  • Rail Journey by Private Train:
    Around and About Iran

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Overview Itinerary

MIR Signature Why end mights on this Tour
  • Browse the fabulous bazaars of Tehran
    Join the crowds of shoppers in the fabulous bazaars of Tehran, shopping for jewelry, carpets and clothing....
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  • Explore Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings
    Awaken to ancient history as you stand in the shadow of the colossal marble pillars of Persepolis, ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings and a celebrated...
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  • Smell the roses of Shiraz
    Discover the inspiration for Iran’s greatest lyric poet, Hafez – the gardens of Shiraz....
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  • Survey the complex Persian architecture of beautiful Isfahan
    Survey the complex Persian architecture of Isfahan’s gracefully proportioned UNESCO-listed Imam Square, decorated with cobalt, turquoise and lapis lazuli mosaic tiles....
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Why Travel with MIR on this Tour
  • Over 15 years of Iran travel experience
  • Educational and alumni travel programs from the U.S., New Zealand and beyond have chosen MIR to guide them to Iran
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure's "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth"
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
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Itinerary & Highlights at a Glance

Days 1-4: Tehran, Mashad

Visit the glittering State Jewels Museum before boarding the private train. In Mashad, discover one of the holiest Shi’ite shrines in Iran, Imam Reza’s Tomb, and the Persian poet Ferdowsi’s mausoleum.

Highlights

  • Crown Jewels at the Central Bank
  • Iman Reza Shrine, one of the holiest Shi’ite sites in Iran
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Days 5-7: Rayen, Mahan, Kerman, Yazd

Tour the thousand-year-old mud-brick fortress of Rayen; the UNESCO-listed Prince Garden, with its stairway of terraced pools; and the mausoleum of 14th century Sufi leader Shah Nematollah Vali. Explore the courtyards, caravanserai, and bathhouses of Kerman’s Grand Bazaar. See the Eternal Flame at the Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd.

Highlights

  • Arg-e Rayen, thousand-year-old ancient citadel
  • UNESCO-listed Shahzadeh, or Prince Garden, one of perhaps 10 true Persian gardens left in Iran
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Days 8-10: Isfahan, Persepolis, Shiraz, Kashan

Wander Isfahan’s graceful UNESCO-listed Imam Square, visit Vank Cathedral in the Armenian neighborhood, admire the Friday Mosque, and shop the 17th century bazaar. Explore the remains of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings. In Shiraz, survey the stunning Pink Mosque, the UNESCO-listed Eram Garden, and the Tomb of Hafez, Iran’s favorite poet. In Kashan, stroll another wonderful classical Persian garden, the 16th century Bagh-e Fin, and several historic merchant houses.

Highlights

  • Isfahan’s Imam Square, among the world’s most beautiful squares and a UNESCO Site
  • Vank Cathedral, heart of the Armenian-Iranian community
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Days 11-14: Shushtar, Susa, Pol-e Sefid, Tehran

Transfer to a comfortable Iranian train for a day trip to two World Heritage Sites – the Shushtar Hydraulic System, a system of dams and canals begun in the 5th century BC, and Chogha Zanbil, an ancient Elamite sacred complex. Discover the archaeological site of Susa, and glide from Pol-e Sefid through the mountains and over the 311-foot Veresk Bridge, called the Bridge of Victory during WWII. Descend from the mountains over the “Three Golden Lines,” a spectacular railway spiral, and end in cosmopolitan Tehran, admiring the UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace.

Highlights

  • Shustar Hydraulic System, used for irrigation and drinking water since the 5th century BC
  • Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, one of the largest of its kind to be found outside of modern-day Iraq
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Tour Dates & Prices
Trip Length: 14 Days

Land Tour Price, Per Person

  • Silver Class, twin share
    $16,495
  • Silver Class, single
    $24,995
  • Gold Class, twin share
    $19,995
  • Gold Class, single
    $29,995
  • Imperial Suite Class, twin share
    $32,995
  • Imperial Suite Class, single
    $64,395

2018 Dates

  • April 8-21
  • October 18-31
  • FROM
  • $16,495
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What’s Included

On Your Tour

  • Accommodation aboard the Golden Eagle private train.
  • Transportation on Days 11-12 by regular Iranian train.
  • Per the itinerary, 3 nights of shared accommodation in well-located hotels.
  • All meals starting with dinner on Day 1 until breakfast on final tour day, including tea, coffee, soft drinks and water with all lunches and dinners. Alcohol is prohibited in Iran and will not be available.
  • Arrival/departure transfers, provided you arrive and depart on the tour start/end dates and in the tour start/end cities.
  • All guided off-train tours per itinerary.
  • The services of an experienced Train Tour Manager, with local guides for scheduled off-train touring.
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water round the clock from your car attendant while on board the train.
  • All gratuities.
  • Baggage handling.

Before Your Tour

  • Complete pre-departure information including detailed packing list, reading list, insurance information, visa kit.
  • Touring with MIR handbook with country-specific information, maps, and travel tips.
  • Assistance booking your custom flight arrangements (on request; please note that international airfare is not included in the land tour cost).
  • Final document packet including luggage tags, final updates, and more.
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Prepare for Your Trip

International Airfare

MIR's in-house, full-service air department will gladly assist with your air travel needs.

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Reading List

MIR recommends reading up before you leave home. So settle back in your armchair with some of our favorite books about our favorite places.

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Visas

Most MIR programs require one or more visas, and each visa requires a completely blank page in your passport. Visa information for this particular tour is listed in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

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Travel Insurance

Stay a Little Longer…

MIR can arrange for an extended program in Central Asia before or after your tour. All of MIR’s destinations are open to you, and all can be attached to this program. Please contact MIR for more details about exciting options for extended travel.

Or, choose from one of these suggested itineraries:

Is this Trip Right for You?

This trip is moderately active, and rated moderate to rigorous touring due to the daily walking involved and the overall shortcomings of the tourism infrastructure. To reap the full rewards of this adventure, travelers must be able to walk at least a mile a day, keeping up with fellow travelers. Flexibility, a sense of humor and a willingness to accept local standards of amenities and services are essential components to the enjoyment of this trip.

A full list of details about the rigors of this tour are explained in the Detailed Descriptive Itinerary.

About Travel to Iran

If you have any questions about traveling to Iran, feel free to contact MIR or speak with one of our Iran travel experts at 111-111-1111.

We invite you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions about traveling to Iran, gathered from our more than 15 years of travel experience.

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MIR's Travel Journals offer first hand accounts of MIR's fascinating destinations.

  • Jewels of Persia: Iran by Private Train

    Jewels of Persia: Iran by Private Train

    Douglas Grimes and Annie Lucas, MIR's President and Vice President, had the privilege of being aboard the inaugural journey of the first western private train allowed into Iran. A round trip journey from Budapest to Tehran and back aboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express private train, this was a first-of-its-kind itinerary and an historic undertaking.... Read More

  • Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: A Tour Leader’s Blog

    Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: A Tour Leader’s Blog

    Follow along with seasoned MIR Tour Manager, Michel Behar, as he blogs his way through MIR's Ancient Persia - Modern Iran small group tour. Spend each day with him as he recounts his favorite traditional Persian foods, his discoveries at the outdoor markets, and his impressions of the gardens, art and architecture of Iran.... Read More

  • Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: An Enigmatic Exploration

    Ancient Persia, Modern Iran: An Enigmatic Exploration

    Follow along with MIR Corporation Tour Specialist Meaghan Samuels as she explores beautiful and enigmatic Iran on MIR's Ancient Persia, Modern Iran small group tour.... Read More

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Golden Eagle

The perfect combination of remote destinations and comfortable accommodations, rail journeys by private train open a world of discovery to travelers who enjoy comfort and leisure time as well as exciting new vistas.

The exclusive Golden Eagle private train furnishes the dream of Old World rail travel with modern comforts and amenities that make the journey as pleasant as the destination. The luxurious Golden Eagle is a fully en suite train and a restful and satisfying way to experience legendary rail routes.

Train & Hotel Accommodations

Relax and enjoy the panorama rolling past your private window and disembark for guided off-train touring in fascinating towns and cities along the way.

Each sleeping carriage on the Golden Eagle has its own attendants who provide bed turndown service, plus tea, coffee and mineral water 24 hours a day. Attendants keep an eye on everything while guests are away from the train. L’Occitane body products, as well as premium bathrobes, slippers and a hairdryer, are provided in all cabin categories.

  • Imperial Suite

    Imperial Suite

    Imperial Suites are the most beautiful and spacious cabins available onboard the Golden Eagle. Measuring a surprising 120 sq ft (11.1 sq meters), they are furnished with a luxurious king size bed, dedicated seating area, dressing table and private en suite facilities with large power shower and under floor heating. Individual air-conditioning, wardrobe, DVD/CD player with LCD screen and two large picture windows make the cabin a pleasant retreat.

    Additional Information

    Imperial Suite dimensions – 2 suites per departure / 1 suite per carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 120 sq ft (11.1 sq m)
    Cabin length – 17′ 4″ (5.3 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Bed length – 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)
    Bed width – 5′ (1.5 m)


  • Gold Class

    Gold Class

    Gold Class cabins are well-proportioned and feature modern en suite amenities including power showers, under floor heating, a DVD/CD player, LCD screen, remote-controlled air-conditioning/heating, recessed lighting and wardrobe and a personal safe. Each cabin is configured with upper and lower berths, and can accommodate double, twin or single occupancy.

    Additional Information

    Gold Class cabin dimensions – 5 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 77 sq ft (7 sq m)
    Cabin length – 11′ 8″ (3.6 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Size of bathroom – 6′ 6″ x 4′  (2.4 sq m)
    Bed length – 6′ 2″ (1.9 m)
    Lower bed width – 4′ 5″ (1.35 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 9″ (85 cm)

    Lower bed converts to a sofa for daytime use.

    Note: The 5th compartment is of a slightly different layout (68 sq ft), and will normally be allocated to single guests.


  • Silver Class

    Silver Class

    Silver Class cabins are more compact than Gold Class cabins with similar facilities. Silver Class cabins feature the same amenities as Gold Class cabins but in a smaller space and with a smaller, wet room-style shower area.

    Additional Information

    Silver Class cabin dimensions – 6 cabins/carriage:

    Cabin area (total, including bathroom) – 11 sq ft (5.5 sq m)
    Cabin length – 8′ 8″ (2.6 m)
    Cabin width – 6′ 7″ (2 m)
    Size of bathroom – 4′ 6″ x 3′ (1.25 sq m)
    Bed length (upper & lower) – 6′ 2″ (190 cm)
    Lower bed width – 3′ 6″ (1.1 m)
    Upper bed width – 2′ 9″ (85 cm)


  • Hotel Accommodations

    Hotel Accommodations

    The first and last nights of most tours are spent in well-appointed four and five star hotels. Some tours feature additional hotel nights. Please review the detailed itinerary for specifics pertaining to each tour and departure. Additional nights before and after any tour can be arranged on request.

Life Aboard the Train
Dining Car of the Golden Eagle,/i> luxury private train Photo credit: Golden Eagle Luxury Private Train

The Golden Eagle private train provides everything you need for a pleasurable journey. Join travelers from around the world to enjoy the relaxed and casual environment onboard, with no need to wear formal attire on excursions or while dining. Bear in mind that no alcohol will be served onboard while traveling in Iran.

Train formations are not fixed, as the composition varies to suit the number of passengers on a given departure. Iran departures will generally range 35-65 passengers.  The exact configuration of the train on any particular journey may not be determined until close to departure. 

Please note that a variety of cabins styles are in use aboard the train. Decor, layout, type and number of dining, bar and sleeping cars on your journey may differ from the sample images depicted in our brochures/websites.

  • Bar/Lounge Car

    Bar/Lounge Car

    A Bar/Lounge Car is a favorite destination in the train formation and is typically included on most departures. The lounge offers a relaxing and comfortable area where you can enjoy a drink, take language lessons, and gather around the piano with other passengers.

  • Dining Cars

    Dining Cars

    Dining Cars feature local and European cuisine complemented by a selection of local and European wines (except on trips in Iran). Dining cars are multi-purpose, used for on-board lectures and viewing documentaries. One or more dining cars may be included in the train formation of any given departure depending on the number of passengers.

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  • Off-Train Tours

    Off-Train Tours

    Rail journeys feature an extensive line-up of educational city tours at the various stops on the routes. Private coaches and local guides whisk you away from your private train for fascinating half- or full-day forays into the principal towns and cities, sometimes including an in-city dining opportunity. Read through this tour’s itinerary for more information (found on the Itinerary & Map tab of this page).