East of Eden | 17 days

village-of-kandovan

Tehran ➛ Tabriz ➛ Kandovan ➛ Takht-e-Soleiman ➛ Sanandaj ➛ Hamedan ➛ Ahvaz ➛ Isfahan ➛ Shiraz ➛ Tehran

The combination of sights we call the ‘East of Eden’ tour allows you to explore the legacy of the Zoroastrian civilisation and its impact on the later, ‘modern’, religions of Persia and Iran. We have brought together under this title the religious sites of the faiths that have co-existed over the centuries: Islam, Judaism, Christianity and the mystic Sufism.

One of the most extraordinary sights in Iran must be a visit to the troglodyte village of Kandovan, where people live in cave dwellings as their predecessors did over 1600 years ago. Historians have recently quoted specific geographical references in the book of Genesis as evidence that link the area surrounding Kandovan with the Garden of Eden. It naturally follows that the village of Noqdi, to the east of this Eden, must be the biblical land of Nod.

In Isfahan you will see Zoroastrian fire temples and ‘shaking’ minarets. Persepolis bears witness to the great Achaemenian kings carved into the massive hulking rocks and, nearby, one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples in Iran. Visit Shiraz: beautiful, mystical and poetic.

The tombs of Esther and Mordecai in Hamedan are an important Jewish pilgrimage site. At Sanadaj, in the Iranian part of Kurdistan, you’ll discover more about the mystic Sufis, whose celebration of the trancelike state centuries later brought Byron to Persia. We can arrange for you to attend some of the meetings of the Dervishes for discussions and – if you’re lucky – observe some of the manifestations of their faith.

Day 1
London

Tehran
Depart from London.
Day 2
Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to hotel. Morning Rest. Lunch at a traditional restaurant with live Sufi music. Visit the Archaeological Museum and the stunning crown jewels held in the vaults of the Central Bank.
Day 3
Tehran

Tabriz
Morning flight to Tabriz. After lunch and a short rest, tour of Tabriz including the fabulous bazaar, Blue Mosque and St. Mary’s Church. Dinner at El-Goli palace.
Day 4
Tabriz

Kandovan
Maragheh
Morning excursion to the extraordinary troglodyte Kandovan Village with time to explore the tiny houses in this amazing village. Drive on to Maragheh on route to Takht-e-Soleiman.
Day 5
Takht-e-Soleiman
Early morning start to visit 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’.
Day 6
Sanandaj
On to Sanandaj in Kurdistan, driving through the remote & very beautiful mountainous roads. The foothills are carpeted in wild flowers in the spring. Afternoon & evening spent in gatherings with the Dervishes.
Day 7
Hamedan
Drive to Hamedan through some of the vast plains in central Iran where the Aryans first settled around ten thousand years ago.
Day 8
Hamedan
Visit the tombs of Esther and Mordecai in Hamedan. On to Ali-Sadr Caves to take a boat ride on the underground lake and canals for miles amongst the stalactites and stalagmites.
Day 9
Ahvaz
Leisurely drive to Ahvaz, stopping for a picnic lunch and visit some of tiny villages on route. Evening visit to the tomb of Daniel.
Day 10
Shush
Ahvaz
Isfahan
Visit Shush one of the oldest cities in the world dating back at least six thousand years, and Chogha Zanbil, the best preserved Ziggurat in Iran. Evening flight to Isfahan.
Day 11
Isfahan
Tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings: some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture, including the Royal (Imam) Square, the Shah & Sheikh Lotf-Allah Mosques & Ali-Qapu Palace. On to the Bazaar spanning 5 kilometres.
Day 12
Isfahan
Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) Palaces. Tour of Isfahan’s bridges including Si-o-Se & Khaju. 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.
Day 13
Isfahan
Visit Jolfa, the Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. On to the Shaking Minarets, on the way climb up to the top of a hill to see the 4500 year old Zoroastrian fire temple with a magnificent panoramic view of Isfahan.
Day 14
Isfahan

Shiraz
Free time to shop or return to any of your favourite spots. Evening flight to Shiraz.
Day 15
Shiraz
In Shiraz, visit Narenjestan Palace & Shah Cheraq (King of the Light) Mosque, Eram Gardens. On to the mausoleums of the Persian mystics and poets Hafez & Saa’di. Enjoy tea & ice cream in the gardens.
Day 16
Shiraz

Tehran
Excursion to the wind swept ruins of Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam, the tomb of three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks overlooking one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples in Iran. Evening flight to Tehran.
Day 17
Tehran

London
Depart from Tehran to London early morning.

Tour dates:

There are no set dates for this tour, which we can arrange on a tailor made basis to suit your individual requirements.

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The Rose Harvest | 12 days

rose-harvest iran

Tehran ➛ Shiraz ➛ Isfahan ➛ Kashan ➛ Tehran

Every year around the villages of Ghamsar & Niasar, five hundred tons of roses are produced, distilled and turned into rosewater and rose oil. Flowers bloom between late April and June, depending on the spring weather. Our Rose Harvest tour departs in May to be sure of catching the roses at their peak.

The entire family including children the old folk gather in their rose gardens each day to pick the flowers before sunrise with the first dew still on the petals. This way they ensure none of the fragrance is lost.

The roses are picked swiftly, before the sun’s heat sets in, and collected in bags made from large pieces of cloth tied around the picker’s necks. The bags are then taken to the distillation workshops, where they will be turned into rose water the same day. Eventually, the distilled rose essence will be exported to France and Bulgaria for perfumes, and to Saudi Arabia, to bathe the holy Kaa’ba curtain in Mecca.

Magic Carpet Travel’s 12-day tour is organized around the harvest but also takes in Shiraz, Persepolis, Isfahan and Tehran.

Day 1
London

Tehran
Depart London Heathrow in the afternoon.
Day 2
Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to the hotel. Morning visit to the Sa’ad-abad Palace complex, and a holy shrine in local bazaar of Tajrish. Afternoon visit to the National Jewels treasury and on to Golestan Palace. Dinner at a traditional Persian restaurant.
Day 3
Tehran

Shiraz
Iran Air flight  to Shiraz. In Shiraz visit the Nasirol Molk Mosque, Eram Gardens and Narenjestan Palace. Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 4
Shiraz

Persepolis
Morning visit to the wind swept ruins of Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam. Drive back to Shiraz after lunch. Visit Nasir Mosque, then on to the Mausoleum of the poets Saadi and Hafez. On to a traditional tea house to enjoy tea and ice-cream.
Day 5
Shiraz

Samirom
Isfahan
Leisurely drive to Isfahan via Samirom, driving through stunning scenery including small villages and many nomad tents. Picnic lunch. Arrive in Isfahan and transfer to hotel.
Day 6
Isfahan
Explore the Royal Square, Shah & Sheik Lotf-Allah Mosques, Royal Ali-Qapu Palace. Lunch in a traditional Persian restaurant. Visit the beautiful Khaju & Si-o-se Bridges. Tea at the Under-the-Bridge Tea house. Evening visit to the House of Strength to watch this traditional Iranian sport : a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics.
Day 7
Isfahan
Morning visit to Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) Palace & the Shaking Minarets. After lunch visit the 4500-year-old Zoroastrian Fire Temple. On to Vank Cathedral. Onto Jame mosque Evening option to visit the bazaar.
Day 8
Isfahan

Nain
Yazd
Drive to Yazd via Nain, where you can visit the Jame Mosque and a traditional textile workshop.
Day 9
Yazd
Full day tour of Yazd including the Atashkadeh (fire temple) where the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. On to Jame’h mosque. On to visit to the Towers of Silence, the ancient Zoroastrian burial grounds.
Day 10
Yazd

Kashan via Abyaneh
Early morning drive to Kashan via Abyaneh, a picturesque village dating back 1600 years & UNESCO protected world heritage site. After lunch sightseeing in Kashan including the beautiful Fin Garden, the old houses of Borujerdi (Samovar merchant) and Tabatabaei (carpet merchant).
Day 11
Kashan

Tehran
Early morning visit to the village of Niasar to watch and take part in the rose picking and see the distillation process. After lunch, at leisure to explore the village including the best preserved Sassanian fire temple in Iran dating back 1600 years. Afternoon drive to Tehran. Farewell dinner at a traditional Persian restaurant.
Day 12
Tehran

London
Depart from Tehran to London early morning.

TOUR DATES:

There are no set dates for this tour, which we can arrange on a tailor made basis to suit your individual requirements.

Cost indications for a tailor-made trip based on 2, 4, 6  or 8 persons 

15 day tour price  per person, based on:

  • 2  persons   £3900
  • 4 persons    £2800
  • 6 persons    £2450
  • 8 persons    £2300
  • Single room supplement £600
  • 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
  • English speaking national guide throughout the trip and all  his expenses
  • Driver with air conditioned private vehicle  throughout the trip
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in best available (three/four/five star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes

The cost excludes:

  • International flights to Iran
  • Internal flights
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • All personal extras such as laundry, tips and porterage
  • All optional excursions, tours and visits
  • Travel insurance

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

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Persia’s Nomads | 15 days

Qashqaii-nomads

Tehran ➛ Yazd ➛ Shiraz ➛ Firuzabad ➛ Yasuj ➛ Isfahan ➛ Kashan ➛ Tehran

The nomads of Iran are a fast disappearing race – yet in a few areas the nomadic way of life still somehow co-exists with modern influence. Magic Carpet Travel is in contact with several nomadic tribes including the Qashqaii in the south west of Iran, the Bakhtiari in central Iran and the Kurdish Zaferanlou in the north east.

We can arrange for you to spend one or two nights living with the nomads as an add-on to your existing itinerary or, if you prefer, we could tailor-make a whole visit for you to stay with and observe the different tribes.

You will, naturally, be living under canvas. Not the woven goat-hair shelters favored by the nomads themselves, and neither will you be expected to sleep under rough woolen blankets – but for a couple of days your life will be transformed as you watch these busy, colorful people going about their daily business.

Often said to be the ‘true Persians’ the Qashqaii nomads still dress in their colourful tribal costumes. They speak a Turkic dialect: conversation with the people is both possible and welcomed, and can be carried out via our local guides, who will accompany you on your trip and ensure you have everything you need.

A typical day will start at sunrise – about 4 a.m. – when the women will be starting to knead the dough for the fragrant flat bread that will be eaten hot from the mud ovens before the sun creeps higher and starts to bake the land.

As the day progresses, you can watch the women spinning the wool from their sheep and weaving it on looms into the traditional rugs they sell at the market in Shiraz.

The children tend the animals, which need to be watered, grazed and milked. The women are busy from dawn to dusk with cooking and weaving, fetching the water, sweeping and tent keeping. The men keep watch, their rifles by their sides.

Day 1
London

Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow on an afternoon flight.
Day 2
Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to hotel. Morning rest. After lunch visit Sa’ad-abad Palace complex, one of the Royal Family & court’s former residences. On to the Carpet Museum.
Day 3
Tehran
Visit the Archaeological and Glass Museums with their fine collection of antiques. Lunch at a traditional tea house. Visit the stunning Crown Jewels held in the vaults of the Central Bank.
Day 4
Tehran

Yazd
Morning train to Yazd. This desert town, famous for its wind towers, is the Zoroastrian centre of Iran. Visit the Atashkadeh Fire Temple. Although the temple is modern (1940), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. On to Alexander’s Prison and Jame’h Mosque.
Day 5
Yazd

Shiraz
Morning visit to the Towers of Silence, ancient Zoroastrian burial grounds. Afternoon drive to Shiraz.
Day 6
Shiraz
In Shiraz visit Narenjestan Palace, Eram Gardens and the mausoleums of the Persian mystics and poets Hafez & Saa’di.
Day 7
Shiraz

Persepolis
Excursion to the wind swept 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.
Day 8
Shiraz

Firuzabad
Drive to Firuzabad near Shiraz, winter quarters of the Qashqaii nomads. Visit the fire temple & Palace of Artaxeres. Dinner & overnight with Qashqaiis. Overnight in tents.
Day 9
Firuzabad

Yasuj
Breakfast with the Qashqaiis. Drive to Kazerun, home to many of the Qashqaiis. Visit the silent ruins of the old city of Shapour and its rock carvings dating back to the Sassanian period. Drive to Yasuj, the main nomadic centre of Iran.
Day 10
Yasuj

Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan. This route rarely taken by tourists offers scenery beyond imagination. Land of Waterfalls, as this region is referred to, offers the traveller a most memorable image.
Day 11
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.
Day 12
Isfahan
Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) Palaces. On to Jolfa, the Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. Visit the Shaking Minarets. 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.
Day 13
Isfahan
No trip to Isfahan would be complete without a visit to its famous bazaar, spanning 5km. Free time to shop.
Day 14
Isfahan

Kashan
Tehran
Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh : a picturesque village dating back to the Sassanian period, it is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Kashan is an oasis town famous for its beautiful Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg Mosque & House of Borujerdi. Evening arrival in Tehran. Finish the evening with a traditional Persian dinner.
Day 15
Tehran

London
Depart early morning from Tehran to London Heathrow.

TOUR DATES:

There are no set dates for this tour, which we can arrange on a tailor made basis to suit your individual requirements.

Cost indications for a tailor-made trip based on 2, 4, 6  or 8 persons 

15 day tour -mprice  per person, based on:

  • 2  persons   £4900
  • 4 persons    £3600
  • 6 persons    £3100
  • 8 persons    £2800
  • 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
  • English speaking national guide throughout the trip and all  his expenses
  • Driver with air conditioned private vehicle  throughout the trip
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in best available (three/four/five star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities including breakfast
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes

The cost excludes:

  • International flights to Iran
  • Internal flights
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • All personal extras such as laundry, tips and porterage
  • All optional excursions, tours and visits
  • Travel insurance

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

Questions? Please use our contact form:

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Magic of Persia | 15 days – £3450

Imam-Mosque--Isfahan

Prepare to have your breath taken away as we take you on the definitive journey around Iran. This tour encompasses all the major attractions in Iran, plus a rare opportunity to visit North Western Iran (Iranian Azerbaijan).

Experience the Magic of Persia as we guide you through Iran and the timeless sights of the Silk Road, including Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Kashan and the legendary, ancient city of Persepolis.

Our groups attract well travelled open minded individuals, who are naturally curious, keen to learn and to make their own minds up about Iran. Our guests are a mixed combination of couples, single travellers and also families with grown up offspring.

Tour dates 2018 and 2019 Outbound – Return

  • Sun. Oct 21st – Sun. Nov 4th
  • Thurs.  April 18th – Thurs. May 2nd 2019
  • Sun. Oct 20th   –  Sun.  Nov 3rd 2019

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Tour itinerary

Day 1 London  – Tehran  

Depart from London Heathrow, on the 21:10 British Airways flight.


Day 2 Tehran   

Arrive early morning, after a brief rest spend the day in Tehran visiting Golestan Palace, the Crown Jewels Museum, the Archaeological museum and the Ceramics and Glass museum. Overnight in Tehran.


Day 3 Tehran  – Tabriz – Kandovan Village 

Morning flight to Tabriz, followed by a drive to the extraordinary caves of Kandovan, to  explore this wonderful  and unique village.  Overnight in Kandovan.


Day 4 Kandovan –  Jolfa  – Tabriz  

Drive to the border town of Jolfa, the main settlement for the Armenian Persians. Visit the stunning Saint Stepanos Monastery, situated in a deep canyon, built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era after earthquakes damaged it. Return to spend the night in Tabriz.


Day 5 Tabriz – Tehran 

City tour in Tabriz,  including the bazaar and  Blue Mosque. Lunch at The Old Bathhouse .  Evening flight to Tehran.


Day 6 Tehran  – Kashan

Drive to the desert town  of  Kashan, to  visit Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg Mosque.  Onto Houses of Borujerdi and Tabatabaei. Overnight in Kashan.


Day 7 Kashan – Abyaneh – MadarShah Caravanserai – Isfahan

Drive to Abyaneh to visit this picturesque village dating back 1600 years and a UNESCO protected world heritage site. Lunch in Abyaneh with time to  explore the village and optional  short hike into  the mountains  around Abyaneh.  Continue  onto  Isfahan  with  a stop  for early dinner at ‘Madarshah’  (King’s mother) Caravanserai  in the outskirts of Isfahan –  recently renovated with  excellent food.  Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 8 Isfahan

Tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings, some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture in the world, including the Royal (Imam) Square, the Shah and Sheikh Lotf-Allah Mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. Onto the Bazaar spanning 5 km and then Jameh Mosque. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 9 Isfahan

A short walk up  the hill to  visit the Zoroastrian fire temple perched at the top,  providing beautiful views of the city of Isfahan and surrounding area.  On to Jolfa, the Armenian quarter south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral and ‘Bayt’-ol’ Lahm (Jerusalem) church. After dinner take an evening stroll around Isfahan, including Si-o-Se and Khaju Bridges. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 10 Isfahan – Maybod Citadel – Yazd

Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) Palace in Isfahan. Then drive on to Yazd (around 5 hours) via Maybod to visit the  well  preserved remains of  its Citadel. Overnight in Yazd.


Day 11 Yazd

In Yazd visit Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds nearby,  Jame’h Mosque and the Fire Temple.  Then take a walk in the old city, through the narrow winding streets with mud walls and tiny houses.

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 in Yazd.


Day 12 Yazd – Pasagard – Shiraz

Drive to Shiraz via Pasargad –  tomb of ‘Cyrus’ –  founder of the Achaemenid Empire 2500 years ago.  There will  also be an  opportunity to take a walk  around several  temples in the area.  Overnight in Shiraz.


Day 13 Shiraz – Persepolis

Early morning excursion to the windswept ruins Persepolis and 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 in Shiraz.


Day 14 Shiraz – Tehran

Visit Narenjestan Palace,  Nasirol-Molk mosque and Eram Gardens (housing one of the colleges of the Shiraz university). Onto visit the tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens.  Evening flight to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.


Day 15 Tehran – London

Transfer to the airport, and a morning British Airways flight back to London.

Note
The itinerary is an indication of the visits we propose to undertake each day, however please bear in mind that changes are possible due to public holidays, weather etc, at the time of your visit. Your guide will confirm the final itinerary each day.

Tour map

London – Tehran – Tabriz –  Kandovan – Jolfa – Tehran – Kashan – Abyaneh village – Isfahan – Yazd – Pasargard – Shiraz – Tehran – London


Tour accommodation

We offer ‘best available’ (four or five star hotels) where possible they are recently refurbished small and charming boutique hotels.

We take special care to choose the best selection available each night, ensuring they are comfortable with good modern bathrooms and centrally located. These can be stunning historic hotels, with a central courtyard with a dining area shaded with a canopy, with divans that ring the edge making it a perfect place to relax.

Tour cost – 15 days

£3450 per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded room

  • Single room supplement: £550
  • Visa stamp fees for UK passports: £165

The cost includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • All internal travel including:
    • Airport Transfers
    • Internal flights on Iran Air
    • Air conditioned vehicles and refreshments
  • An experienced, English speaking Iranian guide throughout the trip
  • 14 nights  in best available (four or five star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms on half board basis (breakfast and dinner)
  • Sightseeing visits and all entrance fees as per the itinerary

The cost excludes:

  • International flights to Iran – British Airways London-Tehran economy around £400 per person
  • Lunch
  • Travel insurance

Notes

  • It normally takes up to eight weeks to obtain a visa
  • Please also visit our Iran travel FAQ page for tips on travelling to Iran

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Iran The Essence | 9 days

Interior-of-Jameh-MosqueYazd-Iran

This trip offers a condensed, exciting itinerary to allow you to see the essence of the major sights of Iran.

You will be inspired by the beautiful architecture of the mosques and palaces we visit, take in the bustle of the bazaars and still have time to enjoy the tranquility of the Persian gardens and explore the legendary, ancient city of Persepolis.

Our groups attract well travelled open minded individuals, who are naturally curious, keen to learn and to make their own minds up about Iran. The guests on this trip are a mixed combination of young couples and single travellers.

Tour dates 2018 and 2019 Outbound – Return

  • Sat May 4th – Sun. May 12th 2019
  • Sat Oct 5th   – Sun.  Oct 13th  2019

Tour itinerary

Day 1  London – Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow, on the 21:10 British Airways flight.


Day 2  Tehran
Spend the day in Tehran, visiting Golestan Palace, the former residence of Iran’s Royal Family, the Crown Jewels, Carpet and Archaeological Museums. Lunch at a traditional teahouse. Overnight in Tehran.


Day 3  Tehran – Shiraz
Morning flight to Shiraz. Half-day tour to visit Narenjestan Palace, Nasirol Molik Mosque and Eram Gardens. Overnight in Shiraz.


Day 4  Persepolis – Shiraz
Excursion to the wind swept ruins of Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam, the tomb of the three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks. After lunch we drive back to Shiraz to visit the tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez. Overnight in Shiraz.


Day 5  Shiraz – Isfahan
Early morning drive to Isfahan. A tour of Isfahan’s Royal square with its magnificent buildings, including some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture: Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the Shah & Sheikh Lotf-Allah Mosques and Ali-Qapu Palace. There will also be time to shop in the Bazaar spanning 5 km.


Day 6   Isfahan
A full day tour of Isfahan, visiting the iconic Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) Palace. Continue onto Jolfa, the Armenian quarters of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. In the evening visit a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch a traditional Iranian sport of a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master. Evening visit to the beautiful Si-o-Se and Khaju bridges. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 7  Isfahan – Kashan
Free time to shop and explore Isfahan before an driving to the historic city of Kashan. Overnight in Kashan.


Day 8  Kashan – Tehran
In Kashan visit the beautiful Fin Garden, the old houses of Borujerdi (Samovar merchant) and Tabatabaei (carpet merchant). Take a walk through the old part of town with labyrinthine, narrow streets with mud walls. After lunch drive to Tehran. Visit the Carpet Museum. Overnight in Tehran.


Day 9  Tehran – London
Depart Tehran on the British Airways flight in the morning.

Note
The itinerary is an indication of the visits we propose to undertake each day, however please bear in mind that changes are possible due to public holidays, weather etc, at the time of your visit. Your guide will confirm the final itinerary each day.

Tour map

London – Tehran – Shiraz – Persepolis – Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran – London

Tour accommodation

We aim to provide an ‘authentic’ Iranian experience, offering accommodation that is traditional, where possible.

We opt for the best available hotels at the Iranian three star level, to ensure our guests have a comfortable stay in traditionally decorated and simply furnished double or twin rooms. We may, if possible also  arrange a  home stay.