magic-of-persia

Magic of Persia | 15 days | £3450

Tehran –  Tabriz – Kandovan  – Solomon’s Throne  – Zanjan  – Qazvin –  Qom –  Kashan  – Abyaneh village –Isfahan  – Yazd – Abarqoo – Pasargadae – Shiraz  -Persepolis  –  Tehran

This itinerary builds on the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis whilst offering the opportunity to appreciate the amazing diversity of Iran with a comprehensive tour of the picturesque Northwest Iran.

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Day

CITY

DETAILS

1 London
Tehran
Depart on British Airways direct flight from London Heathrow at  21.10
2 Tehran Arrive 06.25.  Transfer to hotel in Tehran for brief morning rest.  Then visit Golestan palace, Crown Jewels, Archaeological museum & Ceramics, and Glass museum. Evening flight to Tabriz.  Overnight Tabriz.
3 Tabriz Tour of Tabriz including the bazaar, Blue Mosque and St. Mary’s Church. Drive to the extraordinary troglodyte Kandovan village.  Overnight Kandovan
4 Throne of Solomon
-Zanjan
Early morning start to drive to Takht-e-Soleiman (Throne of Solomon), built around a lake on a hilltop. Here are the remains of a large fortified settlement from the Parthian, Achaemenian, Sassanian and Islamic Periods. It is claimed to be the birthplace of Zoroaster. In 1939 the Nazis came to dig in Takht-e-Soleiman looking for the “Holy Grail’. Onto Zanjan.  Overnight Zanjan
5 Zanjan- Qazvin Visit Soltaniyeh in Zanjan – a once great Mongol city built in early 14th C, famous for its dome of Soltaniyeh building a UNESCO protected site, and the mausoleum of Mongol Siultan Olijaitu Khodabandeh, with one of the largest domes in the world, up there with blue mosque in Istanbul and St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Drive & Overnight Qazvin
6 Qazvin
-Qom – Kashan
Drive to  the holy city of Qom and visit a theological  school  and take in the outer courtyards of the holy shrine in Qom. Onto Kashan. Overnight Kashan.
7 Kashan -Abyaneh
Isfahan
In Kashan visit Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg Mosque.  Onto  Houses of Borujerdi and Tabatabaei.  After lunch drive on to Abyaneh to visit this picturesque village dating back 1600 years and a UNESCO protected world heritage site.  Onto & Overnight Isfahan.
8 Isfahan Tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings, some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture, including the Royal (Imam) Square, the Shah & Seikh Lotf-Allah Mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. After dinner evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju Bridges.  Overnight Isfahan

 

9 Isfahan On to Jolfa, the Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. Visit the Shaking Minarets. Onto the Bazaar.  In the evening visit a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master.
Overnight Isfahan
10 Isfahan -Yazd Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) Palaces. After lunch drive on to Yazd (around 5 hours).  Take a walk in the old city, through the narrow winding streets with mud walls and tiny houses Overnight Yazd.
11 Yazd In Yazd visit Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds nearby,  Jame’h Mosque and the Fire Temple.  Overnight Yazd
12 Yazd
Abaarqoo
Pasagard
Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz via Abarqoo (reputed to have a 4000 year old tree), Pasargadae, tomb of Cyrus; founder of the Achaemenid Empire.  Overnight Shiraz
13 Shiraz
Persepolis
Early morning excursion to the windswept ruins Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam, the tomb of the three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks, overlooking one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples in Iran.  Overnight Shiraz
14 Shiraz Visit Narenjestan Palace & Nasirol-Molk mosque and Eram Gardens. Onto visit the tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens.  Evening flight to Tehran. Overnight Tehran at a hotel near the airport
15 Tehran
London
Transfer to  the airport for the 08.35 direct flight to London on British  Airways,  arriving London Heathrow at 11.10

15 DAY TOUR COST

  • Price based on two people sharing a twin bedded room £3450 per person
    • Single room supplement                                                          £650
    • Visa stamp fees for UK passports                                          £170

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Internal flight Shiraz/Tehran on Iran Air
  • Excellent English speaking National guide
  • Air conditioned vehicle and refreshments
  • 14 nights’  in best available (three/four/five star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities, on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes

The cost excludes:

  • International flight to Iran
  • Lunches
  • All personal extras such as laundry and tips
  • travel insurance

 Cost Indication on British Airways for return Economy flight £650 per person including airport taxes.

 

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