What To Expect:
Explorers Club Trip Tour Highlights
Since its inception in 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated 936 sites that, according to the international body, are of special value to the world. In this tour you will have the chance to visit Iran’s spectacular contributions to that list, as well as some sites that did not make the cut but are nonetheless absolutely worth seeing. Tehran, the modern capital and bustling metropolis, will introduce you to this magical nation with its fantastic museums and dynamic spirit. In Shiraz see the magnificent ruins of Persepolis. The remnants of the Achaemenid Empire, this vast ancient city will no doubt amaze and inspire any visitor. Head toward the Zagros Mountains to Yazd, stopping at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae. Yazd is the mecca of Zoroastrianism and houses an amazing ancient Zoroastrian fire temple. In Esfahan, you will have the chance to visit another UNESCO site, Imam Square—the second largest square in the world after China’s Tiananmen Square—and stay in a beautifully restored ancient caravanserai. Esfahan is brimming with historical sites from Hasht Behesht Palace to the Masjid Jami. As you make your way back to Tehran, skirting the Karkas Mountains, you’ll stop in a remote village and visit Iran’s most famous garden.