Iran: The Changing Faces of Iran

2020 dates:

October 1 – October 17, 2020
Led by Dr. Peter Clarke

Trip Price: $6,360
Single Room Supplement: $1,580


2021 Dates:

September 30 – October 16, 2021
Led by Dr. Peter Clarke

Trip Price: $6,360
Single Room Supplement: $1,580

We realize now more than ever plans for future travel can be a bit uncertain. We want you to feel secure in signing up for the trip now and we are going to offer that your deposit be completely refundable up until the time the final payment is due at 70 days prior to departure. Book your Iran tour today!

Iran has one of the longest histories of human civilization of any modern-day country spanning from the ancient kingdom of Susa to its current status as a regional power. Our program begins in Tehran, a city full of world-class museums and delicate cuisine. Head north to the pilgrimage city of Mashhad and admire the ornate burial site of the 9th-century martyr, Imam Reza. In Kerman, learn about a key stop on the ancient Silk Road where traders exchanged goods creating rich cultural traditions. In the desert city of Yazd experience an old quarter of winding alleyways and a perfectly preserved desert architecture. From Shiraz discover Persepolis and marvel at the UNESCO-protected ruins of the city that were built to be the most commanding and regal of the ancient world. Drive to Isfahan, a flawless reflection of Persian culture, where everything from millennia-old mosques shrouded in meticulously painted tiles to its quaint bridges fit seamlessly into this urban masterpiece. Wind down in Kashan, a quintessentially Persian city, where water flows through perfectly created gardens. Explore the graceful bazaar and some of the town’s beautiful dwellings. Return home from Tehran.


Day 1: Depart the US.
Day 2: Tehran. Espinas Hotel.
Day 3: Tehran.
Day 4: Mashhad. Ghasr Talaee International Hotel.
Day 5: Mashhad.
Day 6: Kerman. Pars Hotel.
Day 7: Kerman.
Day 8: Yazd. Moshir Garden Hotel.
Day 9: Yazd.
Day 10: Shiraz. Zandiyeh Hotel.
Day 11: Shiraz.
Day 12: Isfahan. Abbasi Hotel.
Day 13: Isfahan.
Day 14: Isfahan.
Day 15: Kashan. Saray-e Ameriha Boutique Hotel  or Manouchehri Hotel
Day 16: Tehran. Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeni International Airport Hotel.
Day 17: Return home from Tehran.


We understand that you may have concerns about travel and we wanted to confirm that we are taking concrete steps to ensure your health. Please note the following and also note that these policies may be modified as we are provided with more information regarding COVID 19 and its spread.

1. Deposits will be 100% refundable up until final payment is due
2. Our group size will not be more than 12 travelers plus staff
3. Everyone will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result valid from 96 hours prior to departure
4. Each traveler’s temperature will be taken each day to ensure that no-one on the trip has a temperature
5. Face masks will be provided and will be expected to be worn during all group activities.
6. Hotels used on our program will be adhering to the American Hotel and Lodging Association guidelines.
7. Restaurants used on our program will be adhering to social distancing requirements with servers and staff wearing masks
8. All museums visited will be following social distance requirements
9. Buses will be sanitized several times a day during touring.
10. Hand Sanitizer will be readily available on the buses and each traveler expected to use it as they re-board the bus after each activity
11. Bus drivers, tour managers and leaders will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test prior to meeting the group and will have their temperature tested daily.
12. All speakers will be required to maintain social distancing requirements.

We love organizing private journeys as much as we love putting together our group programs. If you would prefer, a customized journey can be planned for one person or a larger group of families or friends, and we would be delighted to work with you on your dream tour that reflects your interests, your pace and your budget.