Enchanting Persia | 15 days

Tehran ➛ Mashad ➛ Shiraz ➛ Kerman ➛ Yazd ➛ Isfahan ➛ Tehran

This tour takes in the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis, then visiting north-eastern Iran to see the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashad – where Muslim’s from all over the world make their pilgrimage – and the tomb of Omar Khayyam in Neishabur. Finally, a chance to see Kerman  in south-eastern Iran.

Day 1
London

Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow.
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 and court’s former residences. On to the Carpet Museum. Evening meal at traditional Persian restaurant with live music and storytelling.
Day 3
Tehran
Visit Archaeological & Glass Museums with their fine collection of antiques. Lunch at a traditional tea house. On to see the stunning Crown Jewels in the vaults of Central Bank.
Day 4
Tehran

Mashad
Early morning flight to Mashad. Visit Imam Reza’s shrine. Visit the labyrinthine bazaar and its turquoise cutting workshops. Excursion to the town of Tous, once destroyed by the Mongols and home to the mausoleum of the famous and best loved poet Ferdowsi. On to the shrine of Khajeh-Rabii with its exceptional 17th century tile works.
Day 5
Mashad

Neishabur
Tehran
Excursion to the ancient city of Neishabur, to visit the tomb of Omar Khayyam. Back to Mashad. Evening flight to Tehran.
Day 6
Tehran

Shiraz
Morning flight to Shiraz. Visit Narenjestan Palace, Shah Cheraq (King of the Light) mosque and Eram Gardens. On to the tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens and traditional tea house. Take tea and ice cream, accompanied by poetry recitals from Hafez’s works.
Day 7
Shiraz

Persepolis
Shiraz
Excursion to Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam, the tomb of the three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks overlooking one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples.
Day 8
Shiraz

Kerman
All day drive to Kerman via Sarvestan, through vast fig, almond and Pistachio plantations. On route and in the correct season, stop to visit the Qashqaii tents.
Day 9
Kerman

Mahan
Visit Mahan’s beautiful Bagh-e-Shahzdeh (garden of the prince), the Ganj-Ali Khan bath and the Bazaar in  Kerman.
Day 10
Kerman

Yazd
Morning drive to Yazd, an ancient city with unique desert architecture and wind towers. In the evening a visit to Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire). Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD.
Day 11
Yazd

Isfahan
Morning visit to the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds nearby, and Jame’h Mosque. Drive on to Isfahan, via Naii’n with a chance to visit a private home where weaving of Persian carpets are in progress.
Day 12
Isfahan
Tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings: some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Imam) square, the Shah & Seikh Lotfolah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. After dinner, evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges and then a visit to 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 Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) palaces. On to Jolfa, Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. Visit the Shaking Minarets, and the 4500-year-old Zoroastrian fire temple on top of a nearby mountain, providing a fabulous panoramic view of Isfahan.
Day 14
Isfahan

Tehran
Free time to shop or explore the city. Evening flight to Tehran. Finish the evening with a traditional Persian dinner.
Day 15
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   £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.

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