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RETURN TO PERSIA

Day 1 London to Istanbul
Istanbul to Tehran

Fly with Turkish Airlines to Tehran via Istanbul.

Day 2 Arrive Tehran
Arrive into Tehran in the early morning, where you will be met and transferred to the Espinas International Hotel (room reserved from Day 1) where you will stay for two nights. In the afternoon visit Archaeological, Glass and Carpet Museums.(N)

Day 3 Tehran to Qazvin – 140 kms
This morning drive to the Assassin castle of Hassan-e-Sabbah at Alamut and climb 700 steps to the battered ruins and a great view. Afterwards return to Qazvin where you will stay overnight at the Marmar Hotel. (B)

Day 4 Qazvin to Zanjan – 160 kms
In the morning tour Qazvin then drive the 160kms to Zanjan visiting en-route the superb and imposing 14th Century Tomb of Oljaitu at Sultaniyeh. Stay one night at the Grand Zanjan Hotel. (B)

Day 5 Zanjan to Tabriz – 294 kms.
Today visit Zanjan’s Ethnographic Museum then driven via Bostanabad onto Tabriz. Stay for two nights at the Tabriz El-Goli Pars Hotel. (B)

Day 6 Tabriz
In the morning visit the Blue Mosque with glorious but much-damaged tile work, as well as the Arg and the Azerbaijan Museum. In the afternoon visit the troglodyte village of Kandovan. (B)

Day 7 Tabriz to Astara – 416 kms
Leave Tabriz and continue onto Ardabil to visit the complex of Safavid buildings surrounding the Tomb of Sheikh Safi-ed-Din. Afterwards continue onto the border town of Astara on the Caspian where you will stay overnight at the Espinas International Hotel. (B)

Day 8 Astara to Ramsar – 287 kms
This morning drive along the Caspian Sea and up to the picturesque mountain village of Massuleh before continuing onto Ramsar. Stay two nights at the Ramsar Parsian Azadi Grand Hotel, Reza Shah’s 1930s showpiece. (B)

Day 9 Ramsar
Today you are at leisure on the Caspian Riviera where you could visit the old Royal Palace or take an opportunity to walk in the woods. (B)

Day 10 Ramsar to Gorgan – 384 kms
Today continue through the rice fields of the Caspian shore via Chalus and Sari to Gorgan. Stay one night at the Botanic Palace Hotel. (B)

Day 11 Gorgan to Mashhad – 577 kms
This morning leave Gorgan and drive out to the spectacular 11th Century tomb tower at Gonbad-e-Qabus, perhaps the world’s tallest brick monument. Continue on into Khorasan through wild country with excellent spring flowers to Mashhad, pausing at the beautifully decorated brick Radkan tomb tower, once a guidepost on the old caravan routes. On your arrival in Mashhad stay for two nights at the Javad Hotel. (B)

Day 12 Mashhad
Mashhad, the burial place of the 8th Shiite Imam, is the country’s holiest city. Today visit the outer courts and museums of the amazingly gilded Holy Shrine complex as well as the Khwaja Rabi mausoleum and the tomb of the 18th Century king Nader Shah. At nearby Tus, visit the tomb of the poet Ferdowsi. (B)

Day 13 Mashhad to Shahrud – 482 kms
Today take the desert road westwards along the Silk Route, visiting Nishapur and the Tomb of Omar Khayyam as well as the magnificent caravanserai at Miandasht. Stay overnight near Shahrud at the Bastam Tourist Inn. (B)

Day 14 Shahrud to Tehran – 401 kms
After breakfast, visit the complex of early Islamic buildings around the tomb of Bayazid Bastami then drive on towards Tehran visiting en-route one of Persia’s earliest mosques at Damghan. Stay overnight in Tehran at the Laleh Hotel. (B)

Day 15 Tehran to Istanbul
Istanbul to London

Depart Tehran on the Turkish Airlines flight to London Heathrow via Istanbul. (B)

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A Guide to Price –RETURN TO PERSIA

Prices vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season, however, an indication to the current cost of this itinerary is £3,560. All prices are per person and are based on a minimum of TWO persons travelling together and sharing a twin bedded room with meals as indicated. If you wish to travel alone we will be pleased to assist you with your arrangements and can provide a proposal on request.

Note: Meal Basis (N) = No Meal; (B) = Breakfast; (L) = Lunch; (D) = Dinner

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