Join a small group of travellers on this short tour of Iran's cultural, historical and architectural highlights. Take in the cities with their museums, mosques and madrassahs through the day and stroll the squares, gardens and riversides in the evenings as the locals do, meeting friendly faces along the way.
From the hectic and bustling streets of the nation's modern capital of Tehran head to Kashan and explore the old city before arriving in Isfahan - to many the most beautiful city in Iran and stroll the immense square and across the bridges. The desert city of Yazd with its skyline of wind towers reaching in to the sky cooling the inhabitants is your next destination before arriving in the south - busy Shiraz with its pockets of calm in peaceful gardens and of course the monumental city of Persepolis.
Travelling in a small coach staying in small historic hotels, this tour will take you to the sights but also introduce you to the people of Iran, provide guided sightseeing but also give you time to wander and sip tea in the old cities and of course experience the amazing Persian cuisine.
Depart the UK and fly to Tehran with British Airways. On arrival in the early morning transfer to your city centre hotel.
This morning head in to the city on your sightseeing tour. Stroll through Laleh Park, home to the Carpet Museum and Modern Art Museum and visit the spectacular crown jewels before exploring the antiquities housed in the Saad Abad Palace. In the evening stroll along the river in Darband and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants set along the banks. (BLD)
This morning visit the Archaeological Museum with its vast collection of pieces taken from various sites around Iran, nearby is the Golestan Palace, a Qajar Palace of lavish rooms housing a collection of art. Enjoy lunch in the courtyard restaurant before driving on to Kashan. On arrival in the city check in to the hotel in the old city and take a walk around the bustling bazaar. (BLD)
This morning visit the beautiful 19th century merchant's houses that litter the old city in Kashan, some of these have been lovingly restored and the carving and ornate details are a delight to explore. Also visit the Friday Mosque and the Safavid era Fin Gardens, some of Iran’s best. After lunch drive on to Isfahan, thought by many to be Iran’s most beautiful city built by Shah Abas I. In the evening take a walk across one of the city's beautiful bridges. (BLD)
This morning visit Isfahan’s Masjid e Jameh – a remarkable display of 800 years of Islamic design and architectural triumphs. Head on to Naqshe e Jahan Square, the 17th century square is home to the Masjid e Imam with its vast entrance portal and dome, the beautiful Lotfullah Mosque and the Ali Qapu Palace which gives a commanding view out over the square for the Shah to watch over parades and polo games which took place. Enjoy the afternoon strolling in the square and bartering with the merchants in the arcades. (BLD)
This morning visit the Chehel Sotun Palace, named for its 20 columns reflected in pond in front and set in beautiful gardens. Head south of the river to Jolfa, the Armenian Quarter and the Vank Cathedral. In the afternoon you will drive on to Yazd, a city with strong Zoroastrian ties and set out in the desert. This evening visit the Dolati Gardens home to the largest of Yazd’s windtowers, an ancient form of air conditioning. (BLD)
Head out to the Towers of Silence, the location of the Zoroastrian sky burials and still in use until the 60s. Also visit the Ateshkadeh, a Zoroastrian temple in which a flame has been burning for over 1500 years. Visit the Amir Chakhmaq Complex in the centre of the city and wander the narrow alleyways of the old city which lead you to the Masjid e Jameh and Alexander’s Prison. (BLD)
Pasargadae was the city built by Cyrus the Great and the few remains include his grand tomb on a tiered plinth and the base of the palace on this windswept plateau, stop off here on your way from Yazd to Shiraz. On arrival in Shiraz visit the tomb of Hafez, one of Iran’s best loved poets and a gathering place for locals in the evening. (BLD)
Shiraz is home to some beautiful gardens, decorative houses and the stunning Nasir Al Molk Mosque where the pink light that streams through the stained glass is one of the most photographed in Iran. After your visit see the Shah e Cheragh Shrine with its glittering centrepiece, the Naranjestan House and gardens and the Vakil Mosque and bazaar along the Ark Citadel built by the Zand Dynasty. (BLD)
An early start today takes you to the ancient city of Persepolis, built by Darius the Great and continued by Xerxes, this epic city was razed by Alexander yet towering columns, beautiful bas reliefs and the base of the Apadana Palace all survive to give us an insight in to this city which drew guests and visitors from thousands of miles. Return to Shiraz for the late afternoon before takig an evening flight to Tehran. On arrival transfer to a hotel at the international airport (BLD).
Take an early morning flight to the UK.
11 day tour, from £2970 per person
(Single person supplement + £420)
- Return economy class flights with British Airways from London
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation in a range of 3&4* hotels
- Meals as specified (B=Breakast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner)
- All transfers and transportation
- Entrance fees and sightseeing with an English speaking guide
- Visa authorisation and visa support
- Travel insurance
- Iranian visa
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal items - drinks, laundry etc
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