This is an exciting new tour, offering an authentic trip around the timeless sights of the Silk Road.
We can’t wait to travel with you from the vibrant, modern city of Tehran through to the windswept deserts of Yazd, the legendary city of Persepolis and the tranquil gardens in Isfahan. Come with us as we explore Zoroastrian fire temples, Nomadic life and royal palaces as we travel through the glorious, picturesque sights of Iran.
Our groups attract well travelled open minded individuals, who are naturally curious, keen to learn and to make their own minds up about Iran. Our guests are a mixed combination of couples, single travellers and also families with grown up offspring.
Tour dates: 2019 Outbound – Return
Thurs. April 18th – Thurs. May 2nd 2019
Sun. Oct 20th – Sun. Nov 3rd 2019
Day 1 London – Tehran
Depart from London Heathrow on an evening flight.
Day 2 Tehran
Arrive early morning and transfer to hotel. After breakfast visit Golestan Palace, one of the Royal court’s former residences. On to the Contemporary Art 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 of Iran.
Day 4 Tehran – Yazd
Morning drive 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 and Saa’di.
Day 7 Shiraz – Persepolis
Excursion to the wind swept ruins Persepolis and 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 and Palace of Artaxeres. Dinner and overnight with Qashqaiis. Overnight in tents.
Day 9 Firuzabad – Yasuj
Breakfast with the Qashqaiis. Drive to Kazerun, home to many of the settled Qashqaiis tribespeople. 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, a region with vast vineyards producing some of the finest grapes in Iran.
Day 10 Yasuj – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan. This route rarely taken by tourists offers stunning scenery. 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 and Seikh Lotf-Allah Mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace. After dinner evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se and Khaju Bridges.
Day 12 Isfahan
Visit Chehel Sotun (Forty Columns), and then onto Jolfa, the Armenian quarters south west of the city, to see Vank Cathedral. 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 – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran
Drive to Kashan via Abyaneh, a picturesque village dating back 1600 years 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 and House of Borujerdi. Evening arrival in Tehran.
Day 15 Tehran – London
Depart early morning from Tehran to London Heathrow.
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 – Yazd – Shiraz – Firuzabad – Yasuj – Isfahan – Abyaneh – 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. Where possible we also arrange overnight stay in a nomad tent or home stay.
Tour cost – 15 days
- £2845 per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded room
- Single room supplement: £530
- 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
- 14 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