Iran: Wonders of Persia

November 9, 2015
14 Days
Overland Adventure
24 Guests
From $9,880
Iran: Wonders of Persia

Expedition Highlights

  • Yazd, regarded by UNESCO as one of the oldest towns on Earth and the center for the Zoroastrian faith.
  • A picnic lunch under a 4,500-year-old cypress tree in Abarqu, followed by a visit to Paradises, the ancient Persian royal city-gardens.
  • The countless shrines, gardens, tea houses, and bazaars of Shiraz, once famed for its vineyards of Shiraz (or Syrah) grapes.
  • A hallmark of Iran adventure travel, a stop in Persepolis, rediscovered under desert sands in the early 1930s.
  • The breathtaking mosque of Masjed-é Imám, formerly the Shah Mosque, covered by blue tiles and surrounded by minarets.

On an emotional level, this trip was right up there with the best ever, I am so thankful we were able to go. Our local guides were wonderful representatives of their country; we received a warm welcome wherever we went without any negative experiences.

Mary G.

Expedition Team

Gear Up!

  • Six-Pocket Cargo Pants
Six-Pocket Cargo Pants

All of your travel essentials are within easy reach thanks to these six-pocket cargo safari pants. Slip your smart phone, a snack, and some sunscreen into one of the many pockets. Trek through Persia in stylized comfort, thanks to front pleats and elasticized waist panels—they’re great weekender wear back home, too!

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Beyond the Destination

  • Gary Wintz

    Man on a Mission: Gary Wintz

    June 18, 2015

    Zegrahm Field LeaderGary Wintz is what you might call a cultural conduit between East and West. For most of the past 35 years, Gary has been traveling outside the United States researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures.

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    Mosque interior, Shiraz

    How to 'Read a Rug' in Iran

    May 29, 2015

    We detect a pattern here—for centuries, Persian carpets have been prized around the world for their masterly weaving and meticulously detailed designs. Every color, shape, and form is part of a central motif in one-of-a-kind kilims, or tribal rugs, considered works of art that can sell for millions of dollars.

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    Persepolis, Iran

    The Pride & Pomp of Persia's Ancient Capital

    May 29, 2015

    In 1931 while on commission for the University of Chicago, professor Ernst Herzfeld led an archeological expedition about 525 miles south of Iran’s present-day capital, Teheran. There he would uncover a glorious palace complex lying at the foot of Kouh-e Rahmat, the “Mountain of Mercy.”

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  • Esfahan, Iran

    On Location: Impressions of Iran

    April 25, 2015

    Iran: Wonders of Persia, 2011

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    Esfahan, Iran

    On Location: "The Friendliest Place We've Been"

    April 25, 2015

    We in the West have heard a lot about the culture of Iran over the years. We've heard about extravagant kings and radical clerics. We've had the images of Persian carpets and exotic trade goods from all over the Orient, but perhaps the most glaring omission in our understanding turns out to be one of the pillars of Iranian culture.

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    Esfahan

    News: New Perspectives, A Visit to Iran

    February 3, 2010

    This enigmatic land is often regarded as the seat of civilization and has contributed remarkable treasures to the world of art, poetry, architecture and, most notably, history.

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