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We specialise in arranging small groups and tailor-made tours to  Iran.

Our carefully planned itineraries  and excellent guides ensure you will have an authentic experience of this ancient and diverse  land.

Our unique approach combines over two  decades of  extensive knowledge of travel  within Iran,  enhanced by a  personal touch to get the very best from your experience.

We are licensed with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for your financial protection.

Our services include

  • Escorted tours for small groups
  • Tailor-made trips for families and private parties
  • Arranging visas for Iran
  • Business travel, including introductions and on-ground support
  • Obtaining press visas and acting as fixers within Iran

Please look around our website and which we hope will be the first step on a unique and exciting journey



Iran is a safe  country, however  we follow the UK Foreign  Office Travel  advice at all  times

The dress code must  be observed  – ladies  are required to  wear a scarf & dress modestly

Iran is a large country, so be prepared for a few  long travel days between cities

Please do read our travel advice and FAQ’s for more information here.


A unique opportunity to experience the authentic Iran and the warm hospitality of the Persian people with our knowledgeable guides

Enjoy the delights of ‘good for the soul’ Persian cuisine, with a natural  diversity  by local specialities as you travel across Iran. Iranian  food is decidedly healthy, with plenty of  variety  for vegetarians

Enjoy the sense of being in nature and wide open spaces in the Iranian countryside

Immerse yourself in a most vibrant and unique culture

Please enjoy this video montage of our recent trips

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Iran group tours


Iran The Essence | 10 days – £2250

No trip to Iran is ever long enough but if you have time or budget restrictions then this tour allows ...
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Magic of Persia | 15 days – £3450

This itinerary builds on the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis, whilst offering the opportunity to appreciate the ...
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Iran tailor made tours

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If you have more than a passing interest in the art of Persian tapestry then this tour is for you ...
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This tour is designed for Zoroastrians and those with a specific interest in the Zoroastrian faith. As well as visiting ...
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Horse Riding in Iran | 7 days
This seven day trip provides the unique opportunity to visit an area largely untouched by twenty first century, riding through ...
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rose-harvest iran
Spring is a spectacular time to visit Iran and this tour, run in May each year, is ideal for those ...
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This 20 day itinerary provides the opportunity to take in the highlights of Iran but minimize unnecessarily long rides. You ...
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Either as a one-off trip or as an add on to an existing itinerary Iran isn’t the first place that comes ...
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This tour highlights the religious sites of the faiths that have co-existed over the centuries in Persia. Firstly there was ...
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This tour visits the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd and Kashan but also allows you a chance ...
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This tour covers the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis, then moving on to north-eastern Iran to see ...
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Your comments


2019 | M/B Y | Iran Tour

We loved Iran. Fantastic people, brilliant guide & driver, amazing sites, museums & architecture. Iran Air very, very good, & ...
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iran tour may 2019

May 2019 | I & M | Iran Tour

" For both of us our trip to Iran was a rollercoaster of emotions and a lifetime experience. Iran made ...
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Skiing in Iran - Darbandsar

2019 | MR

This was a very compact trip; a week in total. During the time we took in a real flavour of ...
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2018 | W G

The tour was excellently varied with a wide spectrum of experiences. Highlights include Persepolis, Isfahan and Shiraz ...
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Our team

zohreh majidian

Zohreh Majidian

As a native Iranian who has lived much of my life in the UK, I feel passionately that there is

Loretta Rice

Loretta joined the MCT team in early 2016. Loretta is fluent in Arabic and Persian after graduating from the University

Camilla Smith

Camilla Smith is our  eagle eyed, friendly,  efficient  and thoughtful  powerhouse  in the office, ready  to answer all  travel  queries 

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Iran travel FAQ and advice

The Iranian people are naturally kind, hospitable and generous. Despite any preconceptions built up by the Western media, Iran is a very safe country to visit.

Tourism is a well-accepted and welcome industry in Iran and, provided you stick to the local customs and show respect when visiting holy places, you will never be made to feel unwelcome.

Although more and more travelers are visiting Iran each year, foreigners are still a novelty: you’ll find that the Iranians are surprisingly interested in you. No cause for alarm – it’s only because they genuinely want to talk to you, or practice their English on you.

As long as you have an open mind and a willingness to be flexible, we are sure you will have a wonderful time!

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Iranian Visa

Visa on arrival, is still not possible for UK passport holders, even if they already have the visa permit. The visa needs to be stamped in their passport before they arrive at the Iranian border.

European Union passport holders can get up to 30 days visa on arrival. Other nationalities such as New Zealand & Australian passport holders also qualify. For other nationals, please check directly with Iranian Consulate.

You will need to present two standard passport photos (Ladies with a headscarf), worldwide travel insurance policy document and the visa stamp fees in cash, which will vary according to nationality, for example around £80 for a EU passport.

Iran visa information

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Iran visa FAQ