Palaces, Poets & Nightingales: A Journey through Persia

Dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran. Photo by Gloria De Luca

May 14–30, 2015

Spend fifteen days exploring this ancient, enigmatic country—from the exceptional museums of bustling Tehran to the architectural masterpieces of Isfahan. Highlights include Tehran's National Museum, with its rich collection of prehistoric artifacts; the Fire Temple of Yazd, whose sacred Zoroastrian flame has burned for 1,500 years; the ruins of 2,500-year-old Persepolis, founded by Darius the Great; the tombs and gardens of Shiraz, the "city of roses and nightingales"; and Isfahan's Naghsh-e-Jahan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Traveling with You: Maryam Ekhtiar, curator in the Department of Islamic Art. Explore Maryam's 82nd & Fifth episode, "Paradox," about a beautifully crafted Goa stone and gold case.

Land Rate: $9,995

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Above: Dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran. Photo by Gloria De Luca

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