Iran The Essence 2017/18 | 9 days – £2250

This stunning trip offers a condensed, exciting itinerary to allow you to see the Essence of Iran.

You will be inspired by the beautiful, ancient architecture of the mosques and palaces we visit, and have your breath taken away by the beauty of the Persian Garden’s, the bustle of the bazaars and the land enjoy the quiet contemplation of Persian gardens and the legendary, ancient city of Persepolis itself.

We hope you enjoy this life changing tour as much as we enjoyed putting it together, and come back to England inspired by the ancient culture of the Persians.


Tour dates 2017 – 2018

Outbound – Return 2017

  • Sat. Oct. 7th – Sun. Oct 15th
  • Thurs. Dec 28th – Fri. Jan 5th

Outbound – Return 2018

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

Day 2  Tehran
Spend the day in Tehran, visiting local sites including Golestan Palace, the former residence of Iran’s Royal Family, the Crown Jewels Museum and Carpet & 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 & Ali-Qapu Palace, and shopping the the Bazaar.

Day 6   Isfahan
A full day tour of Isfahan, visiting the iconic Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) Palaces. Continue onto Jolfa, the Armenian quarters of the city, to see Vank Cathedral & the Shaking Minarets. 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 & Khaju bridges. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 7  Isfahan – Kashan
Free time to shop or explore the city. Afternoon drive 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. After lunch drive to Tehran. Visit the Carpet Museum. Farewell dinner. Overnight in Tehran.

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

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

Cost – 9 day tour  £2250 per person based on two  people sharing a twin room

  • Single room supplement: £450

The tour includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day
  • All internal travel including:
    • Airport Transfers
    • Internal flights Ton Iran Air
    • Air conditioned vehicle and refreshments
  • An experienced, English speaking Iranian guide
  • 8 nights’  in the best available hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities, on half board basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary

The cost excludes

  • International flight to Iran (typically around £360 per person)
  • Lunch
  • 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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