From  £3095
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Visit the palaces and marble column-lined squares of Isfahan
  • Discover the gleaming domes of the Nasir-al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz
  • Walk through bustling bazaars
  • Explore Shiraz, the Persian city of Paradise Gardens
  • Marvel at the domes and fire temples of Yazd
  • Roll across barren Iranian plateaus
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A Journey through Persia by Train - Iran 2016

12 Day Tour, from £3095 per person

This journey takes in ancient citadels and Persian palaces, travelling across lands where some of the world’s greatest kingdoms once rose and fell. Climb aboard in Tehran to voyage through the ancient desert trading city of Kerman, explore the Persian paradise gardens and bustling bazaars of Shiraz before completing a grand loop and returning to Iran’s dynamic capital. Traverse the barren Iranian plateau moonscape to reach desert trading city, Kerman, stop to explore the UNESCO World Heritage crumbling palaces, Pasargadae and Persepolis and visit the stunning, ornate blue domed Shah Mosque in Isfahan.

Your exclusively chartered air-conditioned train takes you safely and comfortably through magnificent scenery. Sound asleep in your cosy cabin on board, you travel to your next destination over night, good standard hotel stays in between give you the advantage to explore the most exciting stops in depth.

Be the hero of your very own 1001 Nights fairy tale, embracing the enchanting colours and spices of ancient Persia through bustling bazaars and the silence of the deserts. By following the route of Alexander the Great you'll discover European traces throughout your journey that spans 3,000 years of history, 2,700 miles of rail tracks and 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Speak to a Regent Travel Specialist for more information about this incredible train journey through Persia.
Read about Travel Writer, Tom Chesshyre's experience as he travelled through Turkey and Iran with Regent Holidays here

Tour Itinerary

Land Tehran. Meet the guide and transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Your private train departs in the morning from Tehran station. A genuine rail adventure is waiting for you! During your journey through the Alborz Mountains, landscapes are changing quickly and now and again, red and green ribbons appear on the austere hills. From one moment to another Wild West scenery changes into a cultivated piece of land where poplars and reed are signs of the proximity of water. At an altitude of nearly 8,000 feet you pass the main mountain crest before sliding down towards the Caspian Sea. On the way to Sari you pass numerous bridges, viaducts, tunnels and terminal loops. Once in Sari, a tour of the city takes you to the clock tower – the city’s landmark. Thanks to the nearby Caspian Sea that is home to the sturgeon, caviar is a regional speciality here, so, your dinner in a quaint restaurant includes a caviar tasting.
Overnight onboard.(B,L,D)
Mashhad is one of the seven holy sites of the Shiite Islam – and the only one in Iran. Here you find the mausoleum of the eighth Shiite Imam, Ali ibn Musa ar-Reza, who is said to have been poisoned at Calif al Ma’mum’s behest. The sanctuary in his honour consists of numerous patios and features one of the most comprehensive art collections in the whole of Iran, of which you will visit the impressive carpet museum among others.
Overnight onboard.(B,L,D)
You are crossing the desert landscape of the Iranian plateau on your way to Kerman today. Breakfast and lunch are served on board. The city of Kerman is famous for its carpet manufactory. During your guided city tour you see the Friday Mosque and the Mosque Ganj Ali Khan. You stroll around the bazaar and enter a tea house where you taste the local sweet treat Kolompeh – a small short-crust cake filled with date sauce.
Overnight hotel. (B,L,D)
This afternoon you reach Bam – an oasis full of date palms and citrus fruits, ideally located at the artery between the Iranian plateau and the Indian subcontinent, hence its importance. Its current and also former historic centre is the fortress Arg-é Bam, a UNESCO World Heritage. After sunset, you are the guest of some local Bedouins who are telling you about the fairy tale world of 1001 Nights, while you’re all sitting snugly around a bonfire before returning to the train.
Overnight onboard.(B,L,D)
In the morning, you reach the most exciting desert city of Iran: Yazd, known as the ‘City of Fire Worshippers’. Wind towers and domes dominate this city founded by Alexander the Great. Here, you visit the Zoroastrian fire temples and towers of silence, where the dead were once buried after the Zarathustra rite. The Yazd Water Museum introduces you to the desert city’s water supply by the Qanat system and gives you an idea of the green and water-refreshed life of a well-to-do family’s home. While you are taking your lunch in the dining car, your private train heads towards Isfahan, where your hotel room is waiting for you. Today’s dinner will be served in the lovely courtyard of a former caravansarai.
Overnight hotel. (B,L,D)
Take your time to explore this wonderful city! Image of the World is what the locals like to call Imam Square: with 1840ft x 520ft it is not only the second largest, but also one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The marble columns bear witness to the fact of this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s former purpose as a venue for polo games. Cross the threshold to visit the Ali-qapu Palace and a veranda where you can enjoy an excellent view of Imam Square. Once a private mosque for the Safavid royal families, the Lotfullah Mosque opens its doors to visitors today. Visit the Jameh Mosque and the Armenian Quarters and there is enough time to explore the city and its markets on your own. Walk the Zayandehrud River and get to know the city’s two famous bridges, a favourite meeting place for the locals. Be enchanted by the merchants’ skills and products on display at the gold bazaar. Two days full of exciting experiences end with a dinner in an oriental style restaurant featuring local food at its best and a visit to a typical zurkhaneh, where the locals go for their sporting activities.
Overnight one night hotel, one night train. (B,L,D)
Spend the day exploring Isfahan and in the evening depart on board of your train. (B,L,D)
At the site of his victories, the Persian King, Cyrus the Great, built his capital city of Pasargadae. I am Cyrus the King, an Achaemenian, states the inscriptions on pillars and reliefs of the audience hall of the Residence. Your local tour guide shows you all of the attractions of this sprawling archaeological site, including the Cyrus grave. Transfer by bus to the next location: famous Persepolis. The kingdom of Darius the First extended from Egypt to Pakistan, and he founded the capital of Para which the Greeks named Persepolis. Head out on a discovery tour of the 1,500ft x 985ft palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step up the two stairs to the Portal of All Countries, which gives you an idea of ​​the size of the Achaemenid Empire. The Assyrian models of hybrids and bull figures had a defensive and protective function. Discover Apadana Palace, where King Darius received his visitors, and the Naqsh-e-Rostam necropolis of the Achaemenids. A short bus ride brings you to Shiraz, where you spend your night in a hotel.
Overnight hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
With the verses of Hafiz in your mind and following the scent of roses, explore the city of the Persian paradise gardens (UNESCO World Heritage site): Shiraz. Not just flowers and fruit were thriving in the mild climate, but Persian poetry also struck roots here. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Old Town bazaar and discover Nasir-al-Molk Mosque, where the winter prayer hall is one of the most beautiful of its kind. Bud-shaped domed structures are typical for Shiraz – a visit to the Shah Cheragh monument and mosque will show you one of the best examples of this style, before you board your special train to travel to Tehran overnight.
Overnight onboard. (B,L,D)
DAY 11
After your arrival in Tehran, say goodbye to your charming train staff. In the Iranian capital, you visit Golestan Palace, an exciting monument of the glories and excesses of the Qajar emperors. One of the most outstanding gem collections in the world is on your agenda after lunch. The precious stones are estimated at up to 182 carats! A very special and magnificent exhibit in the extensive collection is the Naderi Thorn, which is decorated with 26,733 gems. In the Archaeological Museum you take a journey through history – here again the impressions gained on your journey are of historical proportions.
Overnight hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 12
Today return to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Pricing Information

12 day tour, from £3095 per person

Price Includes

  • Return economy flights with Turkish Airlines from London Heathrow via Istanbul
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • 5 nights onboard the train (advertised price based on 4-berth Habibi cabin)
  • 6 nights accommodation in first class hotels with breakfast
  • Meals as specified (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) 
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Entrance fess and sightseeing with English-speaking guide
  • Tour leader on board the train

  • Doctor on board the train

  • Porter service

  • Visa support for Iran

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance - please make sure your travel insurance covers you for Iran
  • Iranian visa
  • Tips and gratuities

Price Notes

Single Supplement: £360 per person (6 nights hotels)

Please speak to a Regent Iran Specialist regarding upgrades of compartment on the train

2017 dates are tentative
Itinerary Dates  
17 Nov 2016
28 Nov 2016
13 Apr 2017
24 Apr 2017
05 Oct 2017
16 Oct 2017
19 Oct 2017
30 Oct 2017

Tour Route Map

  1. Iran, Tehran
  2. Iran, Mashhad
  3. Iran, Kerman
  4. Iran, Bam
  5. Iran, Yazd
  6. Iran, Isfahan
  7. Iran, Shiraz
  8. Iran, Tehran

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