The Silk Road Tour | 15 days – £2245

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This is an exciting new tour, offering an authentic trip around the timeless sights of the Silk Road.

We can’t wait to travel with you from the vibrant, modern city of Tehran through to the windswept deserts of Yazd, the legendary city of Persepolis and the tranquil gardens in Isfahan. Come with us as we explore  Zoroastrian fire temples, Nomadic life and royal palaces as we travel through the glorious, picturesque sights of Iran.

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 Outbound – Return

  • Sun. April 29th – Sun. May 13th
  • Sun. Oct 21st – Sun. Nov 4th
  • Sun. Nov 4th – Sun. Nov 18th

Tour itinerary

Day 1 London – Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow on an evening flight.


Day 2 Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to hotel. After breakfast visit Golestan Palace, one of the Royal court’s former residences. On to the Contemporary Art 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 of Iran.


Day 4 Tehran – Yazd
Morning drive 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 and Saa’di.


Day 7 Shiraz – Persepolis
Excursion to the wind swept 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.


Day 8 Shiraz – Firuzabad
Drive to Firuzabad near Shiraz, winter quarters of the Qashqaii nomads. Visit the fire temple and Palace of Artaxeres. Dinner and overnight with Qashqaiis. Overnight in tents.


Day 9 Firuzabad – Yasuj
Breakfast with the Qashqaiis. Drive to Kazerun, home to many of the settled Qashqaiis tribespeople. 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, a region with vast vineyards producing some of the finest grapes in Iran.


Day 10 Yasuj – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan. This route rarely taken by tourists offers stunning scenery. 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 and Seikh Lotf-Allah Mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. After dinner evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se and Khaju Bridges.


Day 12 Isfahan
Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns), and then onto Jolfa, the Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. 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 – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran
Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh, a picturesque village dating back 1600 years 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 and House of Borujerdi. Evening arrival in Tehran.


Day 15 Tehran – London
Depart early morning from Tehran to London Heathrow.

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 – Yazd – Shiraz – Firuzabad – Yasuj – Isfahan – Abyaneh – 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. Where possible we also arrange overnight stay in a nomad tent or home stay.

Tour cost – 15 days

    £2245 per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded room

  • Single room supplement: £430
  • 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 three star hotels in twin bedded standard rooms on  bed and breakfast basis
  • 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 and dinner
  • Travel insurance

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Magic of Persia | 15 days – £3450

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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 Outbound – Return

  • Sun. April 29th – Sun. May 13th
  • Sun. Oct 21st – Sun. Nov 4th
  • Sun. Nov 4th – Sun. Nov 18th

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.