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A VERY SPECIAL TOUR
October 23 thru November 4, 2018
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“I invite you to experience the warmth of the Iranian people. From the south in Shiraz, the desert town of Yazd, Isfahan, Tehran and more, you will have the opportunity to see this country of endless historical sites, cultural interest and warm people. Hopefully, exchanges through travel and cultural programs can help bridge a wall of suspicion on both sides…while enjoying Persian cuisine and first class hotels. Our programs in Iran benefit private Iranian individuals and it not an endorsement of Iran government policies.
Join Iconic Journeys Worldwide for this special tour to Iran. “
has been organizing programs to Iran since 2009
and traveling to Iran since 1977.
Tuesday, October 23 – Depart the United States for your overnight flight to Tehran, Iran. After a change of planes, you arrive in Tehran early in the morning on Thursday, October 25th
Wednesday, October 24 – aloft in flight with change of overseas, continue on to Tehran…
Thursday, October 25 – arrival in Tehran
Upon early morning arrival in Tehran, you clear passport control and luggage claim, where thereafter, you will see someone holding a sign for your arrival. Transfer to your hotel in central Tehran. You will have hours to sleep as we will start the touring late morning.
Tehran is not where one finds the roots of Persian history. However, in the Iran of the 20th century, as the world has come to know Iran, it is the heart and soul of the image Iran projects to the world. It was not until the end of the 18th century and early 19th century, under the Qajar dynastry, that Tehran began an ascent which ultimately has led to it being Iran’s capital. In 1900, the city had some quarter-of-a-million inhabitants.
Today, estimates are that Tehran has some 15 million people, spreading the city to much more expansive geographic boundaries, with tightly crowded residential areas, traffic jams in streets designed for less than half of its population. No one will visit Tehran and call it a beautiful city, but visiting Iran and not visiting Tehran would be overlooking the modern heartbeat of this country. Despite the revolution in 1979 and the political isolation and radical image that Iran projects to the West, when you strip away the political leadership, daily life in Tehran seems as normal and friendly as many large cities in the world
Following breakfast, touring in Iran will include visiting the the Glass and Ceramics Museum. A well designed museum housed in what was once a private home for a prominent Persian family during the Qajar dynasty (1795-1925), it subsequently became the Egyptian embassy and in 1976, converted into a museum. Today it houses an extensive collection of earthenware, glassware, ceramics, chinaware and crystal objects. Today’s touring will also include the Iran Carpet Museum. Beautifully displayed, the carpet museum display illustrates the status of carpets as an art form valued in Persian history. The carpets, primarily 19th and 20th century, are well selected representing both urban and village weaving. Additional touring will include the National Museum of Iran, housing artifacts from many archaeological sites around the country, providing a wonderful historical backdrop to your subsequent days of exploring Iran. Dinner and overnight in Tehran. (B, L, D)
Friday, October 26 – Tehran
Today your touring of Tehran continues with a visit to the National Jewels Museum, where the highlight of many highlights is the Peacock Throne, as well as many jewels of Iran’s rulers going back to the 18th century through the extensive collection amassed under the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his wife, Queen Farah.
Your day continues with the Niyavaran Palace Museum, a complex amidst beautiful landscaped grounds where the late Shah and his family spent much of their last decade in Iran.
You have an evening flight to Shiraz. Dinner will be in Shiraz upon your arrival. Dinner and overnight in Shiraz. (B, L, D)
Saturday, October 27 – Shiraz
Today’s touring is dedicated to the city of Shiraz, a city of parks and gardens. It is the rare Persian home that does not have a book of poems of Iran’s two most famous poets, Hafez and Sadi. The tombs of these poets are pilgrimage sites where no visiting Iranian will fail to visit. An afternoon visit to the Shiraz bazaar will show again, the important role of the bazaar to the city’s commerce, a bazaar that is quite different than that of Tehran. Dinner and overnight in Shiraz. (B, L, D)
- Iranian’s paying homage to the grave of poet, Hafez
Sunday, October 28 – Persepolis
After breakfast, depart for approximately a one hour drive to Persepolis, what many feel is the greatest embodiment of Persian culture. Established by Darius the Great (522 to 486 B.C.) Persepolis was the showplace under the Achaemenian dynasty (550-330 B.C.). The sheer expanse of Persepolis was awe inspiring to all its visitors, most of whom were subjects from the various part of the Empire who would come to Persepolis bearing gifts and to pay homage to the rulers. While much of Persepolis has been renovated, restored or destroyed, one cannot help being struck by the sheer scale and beauty of what remains.
From Persepolis, you continue to nearby Naqshi-i-Rustam, where one can see the tombs of prior kings built into the rock walls. Return to Shiraz. Dinner and overnight in Shiraz. (B, L, D)
Monday, October 29 – Pasargad/Yazd
This morning you check out of your hotel and drive towards Yazd. If you did not have the opportunity to visit Naqshi-i-Rustam yesterday, you will stop there, en route. Naqshi-i-Rusam is where one can see the tombs of prior kings built into the rock walls. Continue on with a brief stop in Pasaragad and then on to Yazd, arriving early evening at your boutique hotel in the heart of the city, a hotel having very much the feeling of an old Caravanserai. Dinner and overnight in Yazd. (B, L, D)
“Iran is a fascinating country. There is so much to see in the way of culture and the arts. Jerry made the process a very simple and not threatening one… so helpful!
It’s been a really exciting adventure for us. It’s really wonderful!”
Robert and Mary Kay Rohde Philadelphia, PA
“After 9/11, the pervasive attitude was fear. No one would venture forth, no one would travel. That notion confirmed to us that we literally, had to move beyond the fear. We contacted Jerry and took a family trip to Tunisia, including our two teenagers. It was a memorable experience. Upon receiving the descriptive material from Jerry about a December 2009 Iran trip, “Iran Unveiled”, we knew the only way to visit Iran would be with Jerry Sorkin. Besides providing enlightened, enjoyable touring, he shares the desire to build bridges, to create friendship and understanding amongst people in unusual places. Meeting the people of Iran on this trip has again emphasized how individuals, separate from governments, share so much commonality, plus joyous, heartfelt connections in meeting and embracing others.
Ken Peres and Fran Swan Washington, DC
Tuesday, October 30 – Yazd
Yazd is a city of some half a million people in the midst of the desert. One immediately recognizes the architecture as being distinctive from what you have seen thus far in Iran. Much of Yazd’s historical importance stems from its place as a home to what remains Iran’s largest Zoroastrian community. Zoroastrianism was the primary religion of the region prior to the Arab conquests in the 7th century, bringing conquests which within two centuries, had resulted in the considerable decline of Zoroastrianism. Visits in Yazd will include the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, as well as their Towers of Silence, located on the outskirts of Yazd. Within Yazd, you will visit the Jameh Mosque and the Amir Chakhmaq mosque, both of which are impressive in their architecture, as well as Alexander’s prison and the 11th century Tomb of the 12 Imams, where inscriptions are found in memory of the imams, though they are not buried at the site. Dinner and overnight in Yazd. (B, L, D)
“My friends told me it would be very dangerous, but I have found the people to be very welcoming. Jerry made the trip to Iran very easy, by assisting and getting the travel visa. I was impressed by the art and architecture, the poetry is stunning and I can’t say enough about the people…how welcoming they have been! If you’re planning travel to this part of the world, come on over. You’ll have a great time.“
Larry Barnes Washington, DC
Wednesday, October 31 – Yazd/Nain/Isfahan
This morning you depart Yazd for a drive of several hours. En route, you will stop in Nain, where you will visit the city’s 10th century mosque, which still has areas where the stucco relief is in its original state.
Continue on to Isfahan with evening arrival. Dinner and overnight in Isfahan. (B, L, D)