Gain a unique perspective as you travel by train on a fascinating journey that travels well off the tourist track to areas that are rarely seen by Western visitors.
Visit seven amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Choghazanbil, Fin Garden, Masjed-e Jamé, the Royal Square of Esfahan, Persepolis, the ancient hydraulic system of Shushtar, and Golestan Palace in Tehran.
Browse the stalls of the ancient bazaar of Kashan, famous for Persian carpets, textiles, and rosewater.
Tour Tehran, Iran’s cosmopolitan capital, where highlights include the National Museum of Archaeology and the National Jewels Museum.
Ride the luxurious Golden Eagle while absorbing the rich culture and landscapes of Iran.
For many people, Iran is a country commonly associated with violent war and religious extremism. Named one of the countries in the “Axis of Evil” by President George W. Bush, Iran has almost always been covered in a negative light by the international media.
Travel to Iran is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The country will blow you away with its natural beauty, millenary historical heritage, and especially the friendliness of its locals. The Persian people will lavish you with smiles and warm welcomes from the moment you step off the plane in Tehran.
An ancient Persian tale tells of a beautiful princess who falls out of favor with the mythic King Jamshid. Heartbroken, the young woman tries to poison herself by drinking a jar filled with the juice of spoiled grapes. Instead of death, however, she experiences a rather pleasant, euphoric feeling before falling asleep. Upon waking, she rushes to tell the king of her discovery.
Gourmands who liberally grab for the pepper or nutmeg might take pause to think, that at one time in history, those seasonings were worth more than their weight in gold. Spices were such a precious commodity that many a war were fought over them; they helped to build—and topple—vast empires, and led to the great Age of Discovery and founding of new worlds.
That question has been on the minds of many intrepid travelers, whose desire to visit this friendly and fascinating country is tempered by concerns over personal safety. Over the past few years in particular, the region surrounding Iran has been a hotbed of political and revolutionary turmoil; graphic images on television and elsewhere do little to quell the concern.
Zegrahm Field Leader Gary 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.
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.
In 1931 while on commission for the University of Chicago, professor Ernst Herzfeld led an archaeological 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.”