Iran The Essence | 10 days – £2250

This trip offers an 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  couples and single travellers.

Tour dates   2022 Outbound – Return

  • Mon. May  9th – Weds. May 18th 2022
  • Mon. October 3rd  –  Weds. October  12th 2022

Tour itinerary

Day 1  London – Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow, on the 17.00  Iran Air 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 Achaemenid 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
Free time to shop and explore Isfahan before an driving to the historic city of Kashan. Overnight Isfahan

Day 8  Isfahan – Abyaneh Village –  Kashan
Drive to Kashan  via Abyaneh to visit this picturesque village dating back 1600 years and a UNESCO protected world heritage site. Lunch in Abyaneh Overnight Kashan

Day 9  Kashan – Tehran
In Kashan visit the beautiful Fin Garden, the old houses of Borujerdi (Samovar merchant) or Tabatabaei (carpet merchant). Take a walk through the old part of town with labyrinthine, narrow streets with mud walls. Afternoon drive to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran airport hotel

Day 10 Tehran – London
Depart Tehran on the Iran  Air flight around 08.00 am,  arrive London mid morning

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 within the Iranian four and five  star level, to ensure our guests have a comfortable stay.

Tour cost – 10 days

£2250 per person based on two  people sharing a twin room

  • Single room supplement £499
  • 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
  • 9 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 – around £500 per person
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel insurance


  • 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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2019 | S L | Iran Tour

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2019 | N M-F | Iran Tour

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2017 | Andrew P.

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