Magic of Persia 2017 & 2018 | 15 days – £3450

Prepare to have your breath taken away as we take you on the definitive tour around Iran. This tour encompasses all the major attractions in Iran, as we visit some of the most ancient and extraordinary mosques and palaces on the planet.

Experience the Magic of Persia as we guide you through Iran, and the timeless sights of the Silk Road, including Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz, Kashan 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 – Sat.  21st
  • Sun. Oct 22nd – Sun. Nov 5th
  • Sun. Nov 5th – Sun. Nov 19th

Outbound – Return 2018

  • Sun. April 29th – Sun. May 13th
  • Sun. Oct 21st – Sun. Nov 4th
  • Sun. Nov 4th – Sun. Nov 18th

Day 1     London  – Tehran  

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


Day 2    Tehran   

Arrive early morning, after a brief rest spend the day in Tehran visiting Golestan Palace, the Crown Jewels Museum, the Archaeological museum and the Ceramics and Glass museum. Overnight in Tehran.


Day 3     Tehran  – Tabriz – Kandovan Village 

Morning flight to Tabriz, followed by a drive to the extraordinary caves of Kandovan, to  explore this wonderful  and unique village.  Overnight in Kandovan.


Day 4     Kandovan –  Jolfa  – Tabriz  

Drive to the border town of Jolfa, the main settlement for the Armenian Persians. Visit the stunning Saint Stepanos Monastery, situated in a deep canyon, built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era after earthquakes damaged it. Return to spend the night in Tabriz.


Day 5      Tabriz – Tehran 

City tour in Tabriz,  including the bazaar &  Blue Mosque. Lunch at the old Bathhouse (now Shahriar restaurant).   Overnight train to Tehran.


Day 6     Tehran  – Kashan

Drive to the desert town  of  Kashan, to  visit Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg Mosque.  Onto Houses of Borujerdi and Tabatabaei.  Overnight in Kashan.


Day 7      Kashan – Abyaneh – MadarShah Caravanserai – Isfahan

Drive to Abyaneh to visit this picturesque village dating back 1600 years and a UNESCO protected world heritage site. Lunch in Abyaneh with time to  explore the village and optional  short hike into  the mountains  around Abyaneh.  Continue  on to  Isfahan  with  a stop  for early dinner at ‘Madarshah’  (King’s mother) Caravanserai  in the outskirts of Isfahan –  recently renovated with  excellent food.   Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 8      Isfahan

Tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings, some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture in the world, including the Royal (Imam) Square, the Shah & Sheikh Lotf-Allah Mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. Onto the Bazaar and then Jameh Mosque. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 9      Isfahan

A short walk up  the hill to  visit the Zoroastrian fire temple perched at the top,  providing beautiful views of the city of Isfahan and surrounding area.  On to Jolfa, the Armenian quarter south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral and ‘Bayt’-ol’ Lahm (Jerusalem) church. Visit the Shaking Minarets. After dinner there is an evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju Bridges. Overnight in Isfahan.


Day 10      Isfahan – Maybod Citadel – Yazd

Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) Palace in Isfahan. Then drive on to Yazd (around 5 hours) via Maybod to visit the  well  preserved remains of  its Citadel. Overnight in Yazd.


Day 11      Yazd

In Yazd visit Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds nearby,  Jame’h Mosque and the Fire Temple.  Then take a walk in the old city, through the narrow winding streets with mud walls and tiny houses.

In the evening visit 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. Overnight in Yazd.


Day 12      Yazd – Pasagard – Shiraz

Drive to Shiraz via Pasargad –  tomb of ‘Cyrus’ –  founder of the Achaemenid Empire.  There will  an  opportunity to take a walk  around several  temples in the complex.  Overnight in Shiraz.


Day 13        Shiraz – Persepolis

Early morning excursion to the windswept ruins Persepolis & Naghsh-e-Rostam, the tomb of the three powerful Achaemenian Kings carved into huge rocks, overlooking one of the oldest Zoroastrian fire temples in Iran.  Overnight in Shiraz.


Day 14     Shiraz – Tehran

Visit Narenjestan Palace,  Nasirol-Molk mosque and Eram Gardens (housing one of the colleges of the Shiraz university). Onto visit the tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens.  Evening flight to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.


Day 15      Tehran – London

Transfer to the airport, and a morning British Airways flight back to London.

Tehran – Tabriz – Jolfa – Tehran – Kandovan – Kashan – Abyaneh village – Isfahan – Yazd – Shiraz

Cost – 15 day tour

The tour includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • Breakfast and Dinner each day
  • All internal travel including:
    • Airport Transfers
    • Internal flights Tehran/Tabriz &  Shiraz/Tehran on Iran Air
    • Overnight Train Tabriz/Tehran
    • Air conditioned vehicle and refreshments
  • An experienced, English speaking Iranian guide
  • 14 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

Notes

  • 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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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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