From  £2790
per person
Tour Highlights
  • Explore the busy city of Shiraz
  • Have an ice cream in Isfahan's Naqsh e Jahan Square
  • Overnight in traditional houses
  • Wander the ancient ruins in Persepolis
  • Stay in the unique hillside village of Masouleh
  • Shop in Tabriz's UNESCO listed bazaar
  • Take in the unique city scape of Yazd
  • See some lesser visited sites in north west Iran
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Springtime in Iran

16 Day Tour, from £2790 per person
Itinerary Dates
2020
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.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1
FLY TO SHIRAZ
Depart the UK on the fight to Shiraz.
DAY 2
SHIRAZ
SHIRAZ
After an early arrival in Shiraz today will see us take a leisurely afternoon tour of some of Shiraz’s most beautiful gardens including the Naranjestan, Eram and the Tomb of Hafez. (B,L,D)
DAY 3
SHIRAZ & PERSEPOLIS
SHIRAZ & PERSEPOLIS

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)

DAY 4
SHIRAZ TO ABARKUH VIA PASARGADAE
SHIRAZ TO ABARKUH VIA PASARGADAE

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)

DAY 5
YAZD
YAZD

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)

DAY 6
YAZD TO ISFAHAN
YAZD TO ISFAHAN
Heading to the beautiful city of Isfahan today we will make stops to see a Sassanian Castle in Meybod and a 9th century mosque in Na’in. Later in Isfahan we will head out to see the famous bridges, strolling across the Si-O-Seh bridge with the locals. (B,L,D)
DAY 7
ISFAHAN
ISFAHAN
For your first full day in Isfahan, visit Naqsh e Jahan Square. This is the second-largest square in the world, originally laid out complete with polo fields for Shah Abbas I. When you consider that one polo field is the size of six football fields, you begin to gain an idea of the scale! Enjoy the views of the square from beautiful Ali Qapu Palace and visit other buildings on the square such as the Imam Mosque and exquisitely-domed Lotfallah Mosque. At the end of the sightseeing, take some time to browse the large bazaar in the square’s arcades and to sit back with an ice cream and people watch. (B,L,D)
DAY 8
ISFAHAN
ISFAHAN

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.

DAY 9
KASHAN
KASHAN
This morning we drive to Kashan, a desert city home to a winding old town where we visit the mosque and bazaar. After lunch and a stroll in the beautiful Fin Gardens we will drive on to Tehran. (B,L,D)
DAY 10
TEHRAN
TEHRAN

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)

DAY 11
TEHRAN TO ZANJAN
TEHRAN TO ZANJAN

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)

DAY 12
ZANJAN TO MASOULEH
ZANJAN TO MASOULEH

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)

DAY 13
MASOULEH TO ARDEBIL
MASOULEH TO ARDEBIL

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)

DAY 14
ARDEBIL TO TABRIZ
ARDEBIL TO TABRIZ

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)

DAY 15
JOLFA
JOLFA

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)

DAY 16
DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for the return flight. (B)

Pricing Information

16 day tour, from £2790 per person
(Single person supplement + £450)

Price Includes

  • Return flights in economy class with Turkish Airways from London (please ask about regional deaprtures)
  • All airport taxes & security charges
  • Accommodation in a range of hotels.
  • Meals as specified
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing with English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees on sightseeing tours
  • Visa Authorisation

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Iranian Visa
  • Regional departures - please ask for options

Price Includes

Price Excludes

Price Notes

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
£2790 £450

Tour Route Map


  1. Iran, Shiraz
  2. Iran, Persepolis
  3. Iran, Zein-O-Din
  4. Iran, Yazd
  5. Iran, Isfahan
  6. Iran, Kashan
  7. Iran, Tehran
  8. Iran, Zanjan
  9. Iran, Tabriz

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