Places Visited: Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan, Kashan, Tehran
We’re delighted to be able to offer this fascinating two-week trip, which covers all of the
country’s principal sights - including the magnificent Safavid monuments of Isfahan, the former
Zoroastrian capital of Yazd and ruins of ancient Persepolis. In the course of a varied fortnight,
you’ll visit beautiful Persian gardens, admire exquisitely tiled tombs in the desert, and shop for
traditional delicacies in wonderful old bazaars. There will also be ample opportunity to sample
the legendary cuisine and hospitality of a country whose inhabitants are obviously delighted to
be reconnecting with the wider world again after decades of political isolation.
Please Note: Whilst we are not currently offering any set departures to Iran for the remainder of the current season, we are making plans to do so again in the near future. If you are interested travelling to Iran, or other destinations in Central Asia, please do get in touch with our team of travel specialists for further advice.
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- Group Size 6-16 people
- Internal Travel Air-conditioned coach, domestic flight
- Accompanying Guide English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
- Accommodation 12 nights
- Meal Plan Half board
Itinerary for Iran Experience
You will be greeted on arrival in Tehran and escorted to Ferdowsi Grand Hotel or similar for the night. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant close to Golestan Palace, before exploring the palace grounds and rooms.
This morning is the perfect time to visit the National Museum and Islamic Museum. Take an afternoon flight south to Shiraz. In the evening, a pleasant walk around the Arg-e Karim Khan amongst the friendly locals. Stay at the Zandiyeh Hotel or similar for three nights.
A morning at Nasir-al Molk Mosque, Vakil Mosqu and the neighbouring grand bazaar. In the afternoon, enjoy the shade of Eram Garden and its Qavan Pavilion, before ending this full day at Hafiz’s tomb.
Drive an hour out of the city this morning for a visit to Naqsh-e Rostam, the four tombs of ancient kings. Later in the afternoon, you’ll visit the monumental site of Persepolis - the seat of the Achaemenid empire, sacked by Alexander the Great in 330BC.
A long drive to Yazd, en route visit Pasargade, the site of the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Arrive in Yazd mid-afternoon. Short walk through the old city, finishing at the rooftop Art Café for the best panoramic view of the city. Check-in at the Dad Hotel or similar for two nights.
Visit the Dowlat Abad gardens before arriving at the Amir Chakhmaq complex, with its shrines, bazaar and century old sweet shop.
Drive to Isfahan today, stopping off at the fascinating ancient citadels of Meybod and Naein along the way. The perfect arrival time in Isfahan for a sunset walk around Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Stay at Setareh Hotel or similar for three nights.
This morning, visit the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with its wonderful domed ceiling. Continue to the monumental structure of Shah Mosque. In the afternoon, stop at the third and final building of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the Ali Qapu Palace. To complete today, a visit to Chehelsouton and its magnificent murals.
A morning in the charismatic Armenian Quarter and most importantly, the Vank Cathedral. The afternoon is free for a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
Drive to the atmospheric town of Kashan, en route visit the red clay village of Abyaneh. Stay at the Manouchehri Hotel or similar for two nights.
Explore the heritage of Kashan, with its historic houses, bath houses, bazaar and the production of rose water.
A morning for last-minute shopping. After leaving Kashan, drive to Qom, your final ancient site. Driving further north, you’ll arrive at Ibis Airport Hotel for a relaxing night before your flight back home tomorrow.
Transfer by shuttle bus to the airport for your onward flight.
Group Tour 13 days from £2799 per person
✓ 12 nights accommodation
✓ All internal transportation and transfers
✓ English-speaking accompanying guide throughout
✓ Half board
✓ Entrance fees to sites and monuments listed in tour itinerary
tour prices for Iran Experience
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Places and Experiences in this tour
At the foot of the Alborz mountains, Tehran is Iran’s sprawling capital, and one of the most spectacularly situated cities in the world. Wherever you are, shining snow fields shim...
Famed over the centuries for its nightingales, poetry and wine, Shiraz has traditionally been regarded Iran’s cultural capital. Two of Persia’s greatest Sufi poets are both entomb...
Before the Arab conquest of Persia in the mid 7th century, most of the region’s inhabitants were Zoroastrians, and this city became the religion’s stronghold after the spread of I...
Former capital of the Safavid Dynasty, Isfahan became the seat of Shah Abbas the Great in 1598, and at its zenith blossomed into of the most magnificent and cosmopolitan cities in...
Kashan, roughly midway between Tehran and Isfahan, makes a delightful stop on the journey across Iran’s central plateau. Long renowned as a carpet weaving centre (visits to worksh...
Visits to Persepolis are nearly always combined with a detour to this extraordinary necropolis, where a collection of colossal reliefs dating from the Achaemenid, Sassanid and Ela...
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