Luxury Tourist Train Enters Iran

Luxury Tourist Train Enters Iran
Luxury Tourist Train Enters Iran

The first international tourist train in the current Iranian year (started March 21) crossed the Razi crossing point between Turkey and the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan on Thursday, ISNA news agency quoted provincial railroad CEO Hassan Mousavi as saying.

Travelers from England, Switzerland, Turkey, and Denmark, among others, form the two eastbound and westbound groups visiting Iranian cultural and historical sites on their 12-day tour.

The eastbound group, containing 72 members, will be visiting Tabriz, Zanjan, Yazd, Shiraz, and Isfahan via train, before traveling to Tehran to fly back to Budapest, Hungary.

The 56-member westbound group will arrive in Tehran on a flight and will visit the same sites as the eastbound group, before taking the train to travel back to Hungary.

The train journey, dubbed the Jewels of Persia, is part of Iran’s efforts to promote its tourism industry and has become very popular among Western travelers.

Iran is home to 16 UNESCO-registered world heritage sites, and officials expect a boom in the tourism industry if a comprehensive nuclear deal is signed on June 30, leading to the easing of international sanctions against Iran.