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Overview

An awe-inspiring journey

Few countries in the world spark the imagination—or create misconceptions—in the minds of Americans as much as Iran. In the past 10 years, Stanford has led scores of educational travelers to this cultural and historical gem, and time and again, they return with stories of the country’s amazing sights and of the Iranian people’s incredible warmth and hospitality.

“Eye-opening,” “extraordinary,” “humbling” and “not to be missed” are just some of the glowing terms Stanford travelers have used to describe this exceptional destination. Join us and faculty leader Allen Weiner, JD ’89, as we delve deep into a country that is at once full of—and ever on the verge of making—history.

Dates

October 12–26, 2022

Duration

15 days

Price

From $10,795 per person

Trip size

34 participants

Minimum age

18 years

Faculty leader

A different kind of classroom

With renowned Stanford faculty and scholars leading the way, every Travel/Study trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience.

Allen Weiner

International and Comparative Law

A scholar of international law, Allen Weiner has focused his teaching and research on security issues, international criminal law and international conflict resolution.

Itinerary

Exploring of one of the world's oldest civilizations

Enjoy the opportunity to interact with everyday Iranians in the bustling squares and markets of Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan and observe present-day Iran firsthand.

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Upon arrival in Dubai, transfer to our hotel.

    Accommodations:

    Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel

  • Dubai

    Awaken among the skyscrapers of Dubai and board a traditional abra (taxi boat) to cross the Dubai Creek to the Bastakia neighborhood. This evening gather for an introductory lecture and briefing about Iran, followed by a welcome reception and dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dubai / Tehran, Iran

    This morning board a commercial flight to Tehran. Upon arrival in Iran’s vibrant capital city, transfer to our centrally located hotel, enjoying a coach tour of the city along the way.

    Accommodations:

    Espinas Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tehran

    Spend the day taking in the city of Tehran. Experience millennia of art history, beginning with a visit to the National Museum of Iran to see its artifacts from the 6th century. Then continue to the northern part of the city, where we visit the former home of the Ayatollah Khomeini and, close by and standing in stark contrast, the Niavaran Palace, the last home of Mohammad Reza Shah and his family. The complex boasts two palaces, a pavilion, Persian gardens and a museum. End the day with a special visit to the Aaran Gallery, one of Tehran’s most important contemporary art galleries. Meet with the gallery owner and local artists for a discussion of Iran’s modern art scene.

    Accommodations:

    Espinas Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tehran / Kashan

    This morning visit the Golestan Palace, also known as the “Palace of Flowers,” with its spectacular mirror work. A highlight today will be a visit to the Iranian crown jewels. This incredible collection of jewels, stored in the basement vault of the Bank Milli Iran, was closed to the public for many years but is now open on certain days. Admire the world’s largest uncut diamond, as well as the jewel-studded Peacock Throne. After the visit, drive to Kashan and enjoy a chance to explore the Kashan Bazaar, the center of trade in Nushabad for almost 800 years. Enjoy a delightful Persian dinner at our hotel this evening.

    Accommodations:

    Manouchehri House

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kashan

    Begin exploring Kashan with a visit to the Tabatabaei House, renowned for its mirror and stained-glass work. Continue to the 18th-century Abbasian House, which features six courtyards decorated with intricate plaster and mirrors. Next we head to the historical Fin Garden. Begun in the early 16th century, it is kept alive today with water from the Sulaimanieh Spring. After lunch visit an amazing underground metropolis that spreads under the city of Nushabad at a depth of 15 to 60 feet.

    Accommodations:

    Manouchehri House

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Kashan / Isfahan

    After departing Kashan stop at Abyaneh, a beautiful historic village at the foot of Karkas Mountain, to learn about traditional architectural styles (all using the iconic local red clay) and other traditions of the ancient city. Continue to Hasht Behesht (“Eight Heavens”), located in the center of the Garden of Nightingales and one of Isfahan’s two surviving Safavid pavilions. View the stunning interior, including remains of the elaborate mirrored mosaics that once covered the walls.

    Accommodations:

    Abbasi Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
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    Isfahan

    Take two full days to explore Isfahan, Iran’s capital city from 1598 to 1722. Begin in the Maydan-e Shah, or Royal Square, which never failed to inspire and awe European merchants and ambassadors to the Safavid court. Admire the exquisitely adorned Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, whose domed ceiling has the finest faience tile work of 17th century Persia. Close by are the Ali Qapu Palace and the towering portal of the Shah Mosque. Visit Isfahan’s bazaar and view three of the five bridges that cross the Zayanderud River, including the beautiful two-story Khaju Bridge. Explore the narrow streets of the city’s Armenian quarter, a Christian enclave that is home to 14 operating churches, on a walking tour that begins at historic Bethlehem Church.

    Accommodations:

    Abbasi Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Isfahan / Yazd

    This morning depart for the drive to Yazd, stopping for lunch in Na’in, an important trade hub and geographical center of Iran. It is well known for its carpet making and for its fine mosque, which dates from the early Islamic period.

    Accommodations:

    Dad Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Yazd

    Today tour Yazd, once a major stop on the caravan routes to Central Asia and India. Learn about a unique style of residential desert architecture when we visit the Dowlat-Abad Garden. Continue to the site’s Water Museum, located in a restored mansion, and discover the history of qanats, underground water channels that Persians have used for more than 2,000 years. After lunch visit the Friday Mosque, with its tiled iwans (halls) and vaulted ceilings, showcasing spectacular Persian architecture that spans from the 11th to the 18th century. We will have a chance to learn more about the Zoroastrian religion—there are about 60,000 Zoroastrians living in and around Yazd.

    Accommodations:

    Dad Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Yazd / Persepolis / Shiraz

    Depart Yazd and travel by road to Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire and perhaps one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the country today. Despite the ravages of foreign invaders and time, its unmatched splendor is still very much evident in the buildings, where superb bas-reliefs depict the ritual processions that once passed through the palaces and audience halls of the Achaemenian kings. After lunch at a local restaurant, end our extraordinary day amid the ancient ruins at nearby Naqsh-e Rustam, with its elaborately carved tombs and sculptures portray scenes of imperial conquests, before traveling on to Shiraz.

    Accommodations:

    Zandiyeh Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Shiraz

    Spend today viewing Shiraz, including the ornately tiled Nasir-ol-Molk, the oldest mosque in Shiraz and one of the most elegant in southern Iran. The mosque is known as the “Pink Mosque,” for the beautiful pink tiles and colored glass used in its design. In the afternoon visit the tombs of two well-known Persian poets. Stop first at the tomb of Saadi, known not only in the Arabic world but also in the West. He addressed deep social and moral thoughts in his writings and is widely recognized as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition. End the day at the tomb of the celebrated poet Hafez, located in a small garden. His marble tombstone is engraved with a long verse from the poet’s works.

    Accommodations:

    Zandiyeh Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Shiraz / Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Depart Shiraz this morning on a flight to Dubai. This afternoon is at leisure before we gather for a wrap-up lecture and discussion followed by a festive farewell reception and dinner.

    Accommodations:

    Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel

    Included meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Dubai / Home

    Depart this morning for flights home.

    Included meal: Breakfast

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