10 Days - ANCIENT WONDERS Tour

What makes Iran such a perfect choice for the modern independent traveller in search of something truly extraordinary? Iran is where the lines between sacred traditions and modern creature comforts converge. It is an astonishing spot of land untouched by the ravages of time and tradition. Here, history comes alive with tales of lovers found and empires lost.

Searching for a wild and exotic trip to an uncharted destination? If you are up for the travel experience of a lifetime, then come with us to Iran on a 10-day guided tour of the best this wondrous country has to offer.

  • Our 10-day adventure kicks off with a tour of Tehran, we'll visit the Golestan Palace and Crown Jewels Museum, see the Grand Bazaar and the beautiful Darband Mountain area.
  • Then we're off to Shiraz, where we'll explore the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque and Naranjestan Palace, and visit the tomb of Hafez, Eram Gardens, Shah Cheragh Shrine and the bustling Bazaar.
  • We'll make our way to the ancient desert city of Yazd, stopping off at Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam and the tomb of Cyrus the Great.
  • Once in Yazd, we'll visit a Dakhmeh (Zoroastrian Tower of Silence), the Zoroastrian Fire Temples and the Jam'e Mosque.
  • From Yazd, to Isfahan, we'll stop in Meybod to visit the Pigeon Tower and the Caravanserai and Nain to visit the Jam'e Mosque and the beautiful Pirnia House and Museum.
  • In Isfahan, we'll visit Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. We'll visit the Imam Mosque and the majestic palaces of Ali Qapu, Chehel Sotoun, and Hasht Behesht.
  • Back towards Tehran, we'll visit the oasis town of Kashan to see the stunning Boroujerdi House and Fin Garden.
  • Back in Tehran, our 10 day adventure will end with a farewell dinner.

Come see the true Iran with your own eyes and you'll never think of the Middle East the same again.

Just get on a plane, come explore our vibrant and friendly land, and let's make memories. Hugs and kisses. The people of Iran.

Discover Iran's evocative sights and sounds on this 10 day tour.

Suggested flights: Most international flights arrive into Tehran between midnight and 06:30am.

Note: International flights to and from Iran are not included in the tour price, contact us for assistance or information.


Day 1: Tehran. Meet and greet at 17:00 in the hotel. Then we're off to explore the cool and green Darband Mountain area, dotted with traditional restaurants, where we'll have dinner amidst an incredibly scenic, outdoor setting of fresh mountains and waterfalls.

Overnight: Tehran
Accommodation: Azadi Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 2: On the second day in Tehran we'll visit the magnificent Golestan Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the Crown Jewels Museum, home to a dazzling collection of jewels amassed throughout history by the kings of Persia. Then we'll head over to the Grand Bazaar to see the wonderful displays of exotic spices, nuts, and fruits. Before our evening flight to Shiraz.

Overnight: Shiraz
Accommodation: Homa Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Flight Tehran - Shiraz: 1 hour 20 minutes


Day 3: We start the day by visiting the highlights of Shiraz, the colourful Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Naranjestan Palace and the bustling Vakil Bazaar, where you can sample famous Shirazi delicacies. Then we'll off to see the tomb of Hafez, the Persian mystical poet, before visiting the beautiful Eram Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to take a stroll through its heady orange blossoms and pomegranate trees. This evening, we'll visit the glittering Shah Cheragh Shrine before being treated to a special home cooked dinner with a local family.

Overnight: Shiraz
Accommodation: Homa Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 4: The fourth day is spent travelling to the desert town of Yazd, stopping off along the way at Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire before moving on to Naqsh-e Rustom, a spectatular complex of artworks and rock tombs of 4 Achaemenid kings, dating back to the first millennium BC. Then we'll move on to Pasargadae, where we'll visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire and one of the most important figures in ancient Persian history. We'll have lunch at a very rustic, traditional cottage, where we'll be treated to delicious food and have the chance to experience a traditional way of life, watch performances of local music and even join in the ancient art of carpet weaving. Continue driving to Yazd.

Overnight: Yazd
Accommodation: Moshir al Mamalak hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Shiraz - Pasargadae: 1 hour 45 minutes
Pasargadae - Yazd: 3 hours 56 minutes


Day 5: Yazd is home to the Zoroastrian religion, so we'll see The Towers of Silence, the atmospheric burial ground, and a Zoroastrian Fire Temple with a sacred flame which has been burning for thousands of years. We'll also explore Amir Chakhmaq Square, the Yazd Jam'e Mosque and the winding streets of the old neighbourhood before taking an afternoon break in the UNESCO protected Dowlat Abad gardens. In the evening we'll visit a 'Zurkhaneh' - or House of Strength, to watch an ancient sporting ritual which fuses spiritual elements of Zoroastrianism, Shia Islam and Sufism.

Overnight: Yazd
Accommodation: Moshir al Mamalak hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 6: The following day we move on again, with an early morning drive to the glorious city of Isfahan via Meybod to see the mud-brick Narein Castle, Pigeon Tower and the Caravanserai, a 16th century roadside inn that once provided respite for weary travellers and camels along the Silk Road. Here, we'll have lunch within the old niches of the Caravanserai.Then we'll continue on to Nain, famed for high-quality carpets and textiles, here we'll visit the Jam'e Mosque, and the beautiful Pirnia House and Ethnography Museum.

Overnight: Isfahan
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Yazd - Meybod: 54 minutes
Meybod - Nain: 1 hour 27 minutes
Nain - Isfahan: 1 hour 53 minutes


Day 7: After a comfortable sleep in the Kowsar Hotel, it's time to explore Isfahan, known as 'nisf jahan' or half the world, due to its illustrious history and beauty. We'll start in the majestic Naqsh-e Jahan Square, once used for royal gatherings and polo playing, today it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then we're off to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the trio of beautiful palaces Ali Qapu, Chehel Sotoun and Hasht Behesht.

Overnight: Isfahan
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 8: In the morning we'll head off to take in the heady sights and smells of the Bazaar. Then we'll make our way to the Armenian Quarter and stop at one of its famous cafes before continue on to see the Jam'e Mosque and the 15th century Vank Cathedral with its stunning frescos and gilded carvings. In the evening we'll take a walk along the historical bridges Kajou and Sio-Se Pol where locals gather to drink tea, sing folk songs and watch the world go by.

Overnight: Isfahan
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 9: Heading to Tehran via the city of Kashan. Stopping in Kashan, we'll see the beauty of Iranian architecture at the impressive Boroujerdi House and Tabatabie House. Later we'll visit the another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fin Garden, where we'll walk among trickling fountains and 500 year old cedar trees. Continue driving to Tehran to enjoy a delightful, Persian farewell dinner on our last night in Iran.

Overnight: Tehran
Accommodation: Azadi Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Isfahan - Kashan: 2 hours 30 minutes
Kashan - Tehran: 2 hours 50 minutes


Day 10: Transfer to IKA Tehran Airport


Note: Itinerary is subject to change slightly depending on seasons, schedule and opening times.

Day 1: Azadi Hotel, Tehran (or similar)

Day 2 & 3: Homa Hotel, Shiraz (or similar)

Day 4 & 5: Moshir al Mamalak Hotel, Yazd (or similar)

Day 6, 7 & 8: Kowsar Hotel, Isfahan (or similar)

Day 9: Azadi Hotel, Tehran (or similar)

Mouth-watering ‘Gormeh’ Persian Cuisine at your fingertips

Iran is a food lover’s gourmet dream come true. Most people, will no doubt be familiar with the caviar, kebab, and sweet Bazaar candies, but dare to treat your taste buds to some local specialities and you will discover a scrumptious melting pot of unique tastes.

This fertile Persian oasis is bursting at the seams with exotic aromas, fresh new flavours, and a host of weird sounding but lip-smacking delicious dishes like Fesenjan (Pomegranate Walnut Stew), Zereshk Polo (Jewelled Saffron Rice with Barberries), Gormeh Sabzi (Lamb Herb Stew), and Dizi (a traditional Meat Stew served in a small crock pot).

Come savour Chelow Kebab (the national dish of Kebab and Rice), Sangak, (hot freshly baked flatbread), Tahdig (Crispy Rice), and Bastani (scented Ice Cream) in every flavour of the rainbow.




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1. Download our Booking Form, fill in your details and send by Email. Or, if you prefer to speak with us, you can call on 020 7129 8131.

2. We will then send you guidance on payment requirements for your chosen dates and tour. You can pay by credit or debit card, or directly to our bank account.

3. Once we receive your payment, we will send you a detailed invoice and confirmation of your holiday. That’s it!

All that's left for you to do is get ready for your big adventure, Iran here we come!

Duration

: 10 days

Guide Price

: € 2,390.39
per person based on a twin / double shared room

Single Supplement

: € 605.78

Meals:

Breakfast Daily

Accommodation:

All accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary PRICES BASED ON TWIN/DOUBLE SHARE OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE

Transport:
  • Transfers to and from the Airport
  • All land transportation in our air conditioned vehicles
  • 1 domestic flight from Tehran to Shiraz
  • Driver
  • English speaking private guide
Activities:

All entrance fees for visiting places named in the itinerary

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