The Changing Faces of Iran
October 11 – October 27, 2018
Led by Dr. Peter Clark, OBE
Single Room Supplement: $1,580
Iran has one of the longest histories of human civilization of any modern day country spanning from the temporal roots of the Persian Empire all the way to its current status as a controversial regional power. We begin in Tehran, Iran’s turbulent yet proud capital city. Head north to the holy Islamic pilgrimage city of Mashhad to see the ornate burial place of the 9th century martyr, Imam Reza. Explore Kerman, a key stop on the ancient Silk Road and birthplace of the Iranian Dervish order. In Yazd, experience perfectly preserved Persian architecture and the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism while navigating its distinctive winding alleyways. Continue on to Persepolis via Shiraz 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 substantiation of Persian culture, where everything from millennia-old mosques shrouded in meticulously painted tiles to its quaint bridges fit seamlessly into this municipal masterpiece. Finally, wind down in Kashan amongst traditional Persian gardens and the city’s well-known bazaar, boasting of artisanship famous since the 11th century’s Seljuk dynasty. Return home from Tehran.
October 11: Thursday. Depart the US.
October 12: Friday. Tehran. Espinas Hotel.
October 13: Saturday. Tehran.
October 14: Sunday. Mashhad. Ghasr Talaee International Hotel.
October 15: Monday. Mashhad.
October 16: Tuesday. Kerman. Pars Hotel.
October 17: Wednesday. Kerman.
October 18: Thursday. Yazd. Moshir Garden Hotel.
October 19: Friday. Yazd. October 20: Saturday. Shiraz. Zandiyeh Hotel.
October 21: Sunday. Shiraz.
October 22: Monday. Isfahan. Abbasi Hotel.
October 23: Tuesday. Isfahan.
October 24: Wednesday. Isfahan.
October 25: Thursday. Tehran. Manouchehri Hotel.
October 26: Friday. Return home from Tehran. Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeni International Airport Hotel.
October 27: Saturday. Return home from Tehran.
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