In the list of the most popular holiday destinations, Iran is probably far behind and close to the latest place. However, the country between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf offers many sights and breathtaking landscapes.
Globetrotters love to take the luxury train Golden Eagle for an extended journey across Iran. The "Heart Of Persia" tour leads you to the most important cultural sites and economic metropolises of the country. The journey starts and ends in Tehran, which is the capital of Iran.
The travelling luxury hotel offers you any imaginable kind of comfort. The noble restaurant offers fantastic meals every day. Country specific specialties of the region where train currently is are served. In the bar car you will enjoy the dignified ambience and you will get to know other passengers and enjoy the landscape rolling by. In case you don't want to be in company, you can enjoy the comfort of your cabin.
Depending on the budget and the demand you can choose between an Imperial Suite with 11 m², the Gold Class Cabin with 9 m² or a Silver Class cabin with 7 m². The furnishing is sensational in all compartments! So, each cabin has a power shower, dimmable light, wardrobe, air conditioning and floor heating. The entertainment packed comprises an excellent audio system with DVD/CD player and LCD flat screen. In 2010, the Heritage Class was introduced, the compartments of which measure only about 4 m². However, let's be honest: the trip is so exciting and impressive – who needs a big compartment.
Even before you step on the train for the first time, you probably might have already seen many sites of the city of Tehran with over a million inhabitants: museums, markets, monuments and many more. During the trip, you will wake up every morning in another city and receive the first new impressions already while having breakfast. In the north-eastern metropolis of Mashhad you explore the holy shrine of Imam Reza. In Kerman you will find beautiful souvenirs along one of the longest bazars of the country. You visit one of the world's most ancient cities: Yazd in the heart of the country. Other exciting stops are the cities of Isfahan, Shiraz and Kashan.
Being a passionate railway enthusiast, you will particularly love one specific item on the agenda. In the city of Pol-e Sefid you will take a train of the trans-Iranian railways making an excursion to the Elburs mountains in the North of Iran. The railway struggles through many tunnels and bends up the mountains and finally arrives at the Veresk bridge. The arch bridge made from stone was completed in 1936. It measures 273 metres in length and with its span of 66 metres it crosses a 110 metres deep canyon. You will never forget this view!