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 2019 Outbound – Return
- Sun Oct 6th – Tues Oct 15th 2019
- Sun May 10th – Tues May 19th 2020
- Sun Oct 4th – Tues Oct. 13th 2020
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
London – Tehran – Shiraz – Persepolis – Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran – London
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. We may, if possible also arrange a home stay.
Tour cost – 9 days
£1410 per person based on two people sharing a twin room
- Single room supplement £399
- 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