Iran: Persian Crossroads and Complexities

Iran has been at the center of geopolitics for decades, but few Americans have ever had the opportunity to visit. 

Iran has been at the center of geopolitics for decades, but few Americans have ever had the opportunity to visit.

This 10-day educational excursion to Iran, designed by The Nation for a small group of progressives, allows travelers to explore this fascinating country in the company of one of Iran’s most experienced guides. Travelers will tour four of Iran’s important cities—Tehran, Shiraz, Isfahan, and Kashan—visiting Iran’s preeminent museums, bazaars, and most significant religious and historical sites.

Previous participants agree that Iran is a fascinating place to visit, that its people are especially hospitable and generous, and that our travelers were treated with kindness and respect. The purpose of this trip is educational, not political. Our objective is to experience firsthand the culture and history of this important yet largely unfamiliar country.

The all-inclusive cost of this tour is $7,165/$7,895 per person (double/$730 supplement for single occupancy) and includes round-trip airfare from the United States to Tehran; nine nights at four- and five-star hotels throughout Iran; a one-way flight from Tehran to Shiraz; all travel authorizations and Iranian visas; ground transportation; airport transfers; lectures; guided visits to Iran’s preeminent museums and historical sites; most meals and restaurant gratuities; and many other captivating activities and events.


  • Discuss Iranian history and politics with experts.
  • Learn about the ancient art form of carpet weaving and how it is a reflection of Persian history and culture during a visit to the Carpet Museum of Iran.
  • Discover Isfahan, renowned for its Persian Islamic architecture, scenic boulevards, bridges, palaces, and minarets./li>
  • Explore the provincial capital of Shiraz, a city of parks and gardens, and home to the tombs of renowned poets Hafez and Sadi.
  • Immerse yourself in lively and colorful Persian bazaars in both Shiraz and Tehran and discover their important role in commerce and politics.
  • Visit the tombs of kings carved into rock walls in Naqsh-e-Rustam and UNESCO World Heritage site Pasargadae, home to the tomb of Cyrus the Great.
  • And much more!

100% of the proceeds from our travel programs support The Nation’s journalism.


December 8–19, 2017   CLOSED
2018 coming soon


FROM $7,165