Iran: Crossroads and Complexities

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

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Join the Nation as we seek to understand a country that few Americans have experienced. Our carefully crafted program focuses on the cultural richness
 and magnificent beauty of Iran while also providing an opportunity, through conversations and engagement, to get a better sense of the country’s future and to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people.

This 12-day educational excursion to Iran, designed by The Nation for a small group of progressives, allows travelers to visit some of Iran’s important cities—Tehran, Isfahan, Kashan, and Shiraz —while exploring 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.


  • 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 beautiful Islamic architecture, scenic boulevards, bridges, palaces, and minarets.
  • 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 bazaars in both Kashan and Shiraz and discover their important role in commerce and politics.
  • Visit Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenian Empire and one of the most spectacular archaeological sites remaining from the ancient world.
  • And much more!


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September 27 - October 9, 2023


From $8,300