Magic of Persia 2017/18 | 15 days

magic-of-persia

15 day tour | £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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TOUR DATES 2017

Outbound - Return
Sun. April 30th - Sun. May 14th
Sun. Oct 22nd - Sun. Nov 5th
Sun. Nov 5th - Sun. Nov 19th

TOUR DATES 2018

Outbound - Return
Sun. April 29th - Sun. May 13th
Sun. Oct 21st - Sun. Nov 4th
Sun. Nov 4th - Sun. Nov 18th
Day 1
London Tehran
Depart on British Airways direct flight from London Heathrow at  21.10
Day 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.
Day 3
Tabriz
Tour of Tabriz including the bazaar, Blue Mosque and St. Mary’s Church. Drive to the extraordinary troglodyte Kandovan village.  Overnight Kandovan
Day 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
Day 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
Day 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.
Day 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.
Day 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

 

Day 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
Day 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.
Day 11
Yazd
In Yazd visit Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds nearby,  Jame’h Mosque and the Fire Temple.  Overnight Yazd
Day 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
Day 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
Day 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
Day 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: £550
  • 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 from  £360 per person including airport taxes.

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Iran The Essence 2017/18 | 9 days

9 day tour | £2250

If you have time or budget restrictions to consider & have no particular sights in mind, you can still achieve a basic round trip including the most inspiring experiences Iran has to offer.

You will visit some of the greatest mosques & palaces, experience the bustle of the bazaars and enjoy the quiet contemplation of Persian gardens and the imposing desert ruins of Persepolis on route.

Visit the magnificent city of Isfahan – the most celebrated sight in Iran, Shiraz, city of roses & nightingales and Persepolis, originally founded by the great Achaemenian king Darius I in 522 BC.

TOUR DATES 2017

Out bound - Return
Sat. May 6th - Sun. May 14th
Sat. Oct. 7th - Sun. Oct 15th
Thurs. Dec 28th - Fri. Jan 5th

TOUR DATES 2018

Outbound - Return
Wed. March 28th - Thurs. April 5th
Sat May 5th - Sun. May 13th
Sat Oct 6th - Sun. Oct 14th
Thurs. Dec 27th - Fri Jan 4th
Day 1
London 
Tehran 
Depart London Heathrow Terminal 5 on British Airways at 21.10
Day 2
Tehran 
Arrive Tehran 05.25 am.  Transfer to hotel for brief morning rest. Then visit Golestan Palace one of the royal family and court’s former residences. Lunch at a traditional teahouse. On to either the Crown Jewels or the Carpet & Archaeological museums. 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
Shiraz 
Persepolis
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 drive back to Shiraz. Visit the tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez.  Overnight in Shiraz.
Day 5
Shiraz Isfahan
Early morning drive to Isfahan.  After lunch tour of Isfahan’s Royal square with its 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 kilometers.
Day 6
Isfahan
Full day tour of Isfahan. Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) Palaces. On to Jolfa, Armenian quarters of the city, to see Vank Cathedral & 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. Evening visit to the beautiful Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges. Overnight in Isfahan.
Day 7
Isfahan Kashan
Free time to shop or explore the city. Afternoon drive to 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. After lunch drive to Tehran. Visit the Carpet Museum. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Tehran.
Day 9
Tehran London
Depart Tehran on British Airways 07.35 arrival London 11.10

 9 DAY TOUR COST

  • Package Price per person £2150
  • Single room supplement £450
  • Visa stamp fees for UK passports £170 (cost varies according to nationality)
  • Courier service to get visa stamped into the passport £130 (optional)
  • Cost Indication on British Airways Airlines for return Economy from flight £360 per person including airport taxes.

The cost of the tour includes:

Obtaining visa permit, accommodation in  5 * or best available (3* or 4*) hotels in twin bedded rooms with private facilities, half board throughout (breakfast and dinner every day), sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary, English speaking national guide throughout the trip, all airport transfers and land transport (air-conditioned bus at all times).

The cost excludes:

All personal extras such as tips, porterage and laundry, any optional tours, travel insurance and any meals not mentioned.

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