|01 Mar - 16 Mar|
PLEASE NOTE THESE DATES HAVE CHANGED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. THE NEW DATES ARE 1ST - 16TH MARCH 2020. The dates shown in the Small Group Tours 2020 brochure are no longer correct but the itinerary remains the same.
Visiting Iran means finding a diverse country with a wealth of architectural highlights reflecting its place along the ancient Silk Road as well as its central place in Islamic and Zoroastrian cultures. The country has been crossed through the centuries by the Timurids, Achaemenids, and Mongols and we aim to see the highlights of Persepolis, Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan as well as some of the more remote areas in the Alborz Mountains and the city of Tabriz in north-western Iran.
Depart Shiraz early to be among the first to reach famous Persepolis, built by Darius and destroyed by Alexander, both known as “the Great”. Explore the ruins and then head to nearby Naqsh e Rostam, a series of cave tombs. Return to Shiraz in the afternoon and explore Shah Cheragh Shrine, ending the day with a stroll through Vakil bazaar. (B,L,D)
Before leaving Shiraz, visit beautiful Nasir Ol Molk Mosque, known as the Pink Mosque for the way sunlight comes through its stained-glass windows. Arrive in Pasargadae, another ancient city destroyed by Alexander the Great. Tour the site then press on to the town of Abarkuh where you will spend the night in a traditional house converted into a guesthouse beside a 5,000-year-old cypress tree. (B,L,D)
Carry on to the desert city of Yazd and head first to the Zoroastrian burial area – the Towers of Silence and then on to the Ateshkadeh Fire Temple. When we arrive in the city we will visit the Amir Chaghmak Complex and the old city including the Masjid e Jameh. In this cityscape of wind-towers we will find our way to the Dolati gardens for an early evening walk and to see the largest of them all at 33m high. (B,L,D)
Pay a visit to the Friday Mosque this morning, it is one of the largest in Iran and home to 800 years of architecturalstyles. From here move on to the Armenian Quarter of Jolfa and visit the Vank Cathedral.
We spend today in the bustling capital of Tehran, a hectic modern city in which we visit the Golestan Palace, the National Archaeological Museum and take a ride on the metro to visit the Azadi Monument. (B,L,D)
We journey along the southern side of the Alborz Mountains to Zanjan stopping along the way at Soltaniyeh, the ruins of a 14th century city where we visit the Oljeitu Mausoleum amongst other remains. After arrival in Zanjan there is some time to explore the town. (BLD)
We head in to the mountains today to experience Iranian rural life, staying in the village of Masouleh where the houses are stepped up the mountainside. This afternon and evening we explore the village and spend tonight in homestays (BLD)
A drive over the winding Heyran pass, a scenic road through the mountains, brings us to Ardebil, a seat of the Saffavid Empire where we visit one of the remarkable mausoleums. (BLD)
A morning's drive brings us to Tabriz where we visit the Blue Mosque and then head in to the UNESCO listed bazaars. (B,L,D)
Heading towards the Armenian border today we take a trip to Jolfa, the town where the Armenian inhabitants of Jolfa in Isfahan originated. We visit the town along with the nearby church of St Stepanos before returning to Tabriz through the mountain scenery. (B,L,D)
This small-group tour will run with a minimum of 6 passengers and a maximum of 14
Accommodation in Masouleh is in local houses and bathrooms will be shared between two or three rooms
Iran is a large country and distances between cities and sights are long, we try to keep journeys as short as possible and with stops along the way but please expect some long journeys necessary to see so much of the country
|Itinerary Dates||From Price||Single Room Supp.|
01 Mar 2020
16 Mar 2020