The Silk Road Tour including Nomad excursion | 15 days – £1949

Tour dates  2018

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 an afternoon flight.


Day 2: Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to hotel. Morning rest. After lunch visit Sa’ad-abad Palace complex, one of the Royal Family & court’s former residences. On to the Carpet Museum.


Day 3: Tehran
Visit the Archaeological and Glass Museums with their fine collection of antiques. Lunch at a traditional tea house. Visit the stunning Crown Jewels held in the vaults of the Central Bank.


Day 4: Tehran – Yazd
Morning train to Yazd. This desert town, famous for its wind towers, is the Zoroastrian centre of Iran. Visit the Atashkadeh Fire Temple. Although the temple is modern (1940), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD. On to Alexander’s Prison and Jame’h Mosque.


Day 5: Yazd – Shiraz
Morning visit to the Towers of Silence, ancient Zoroastrian burial grounds. Afternoon drive to Shiraz.


Day 6: Shiraz
In Shiraz visit Narenjestan Palace, Eram Gardens and the mausoleums of the Persian mystics and poets Hafez & Saa’di.


Day 7: Shiraz – Persepolis
Excursion to the wind swept 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.


Day 8: Shiraz – Firuzabad
Drive to Firuzabad near Shiraz, winter quarters of the Qashqaii nomads. Visit the fire temple & Palace of Artaxeres. Dinner & overnight with Qashqaiis. Overnight in tents.


Day 9: Firuzabad – Yasuj
Breakfast with the Qashqaiis. Drive to Kazerun, home to many of the Qashqaiis. Visit the silent ruins of the old city of Shapour and its rock carvings dating back to the Sassanian period. Drive to Yasuj, the main nomadic centre of Iran.


Day 10: Yasuj – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan. This route rarely taken by tourists offers scenery beyond imagination. Land of Waterfalls, as this region is referred to, offers the traveller a most memorable image.


Day 11: Isfahan
Tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings, some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture, including the Royal (Imam) Square, the Shah & Seikh Lotf-Allah Mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. After dinner evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju Bridges.


Day 12: Isfahan
Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns) and Hasht Behesht (Eighth Heaven) Palaces. On to Jolfa, the Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. Visit the Shaking Minarets. 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.


Day 13: Isfahan
No trip to Isfahan would be complete without a visit to its famous bazaar, spanning 5km. Free time to shop.


Day 14: Isfahan – Kashan – Tehran
Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh : a picturesque village dating back to the Sassanian period, it is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Kashan is an oasis town famous for its beautiful Fin Garden, Agha-Bozorg Mosque & House of Borujerdi. Evening arrival in Tehran. Finish the evening with a traditional Persian dinner.


Day 15: Tehran – London
Depart early morning from Tehran to London Heathrow.

Tehran ➛ Yazd ➛ Shiraz ➛ Firuzabad ➛ Yasuj ➛ Isfahan ➛ Kashan ➛ Tehran

Cost – 15 day tour

  • Price based on two people sharing a twin bedded room: £1949 per person
  • Single room supplement: £399
  • Visa stamp fees for UK passports: £170

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Obtaining tourist visa permit number (excluding visa stamp fees)
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Train to Yazd
  • Excellent English speaking National guide
  • Air conditioned vehicle and refreshments
  • 14 nights’ in best available (three star) hotels in twin bedded standard rooms with private facilities, on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes

The cost excludes:

  • International flight to Iran
  • Lunches and dinner
  • All personal extras such as laundry and tips
  • Travel insurance

Cost Indication on British Airways for return Economy flight:
From £350  per person including airport taxes.

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