Iran The Essence | 9 days

This trip offers a condensed, 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 young couples and single travellers.

Tour dates 2018 and 2019 Outbound – Return

  • Sat May 4th – Sun. May 12th 2019
  • Sat Oct 5th   – Sun.  Oct 13th  2019

Tour itinerary

Day 1  London – Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow, on the 21:10 British Airways 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 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 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 – Kashan
Free time to shop and explore Isfahan before an driving 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 with labyrinthine, narrow streets with mud walls. After lunch drive to Tehran. Visit the Carpet Museum. Overnight in Tehran.

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

£1250 per person based on two  people sharing a twin room

  • Single room supplement £360
  • 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
  • 8 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 – British Airways London-Tehran economy around £400 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

Tour testimonials

2017 | Andrew P.

2017 | Andrew P.

I had an excellent time in Iran with Magic Carpet Travel. This really is a country that has to be ...
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Kayne family

2017 | Kayne family

An amazing life experience...  thank you !! ...
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