Discover Iran and Ancient Persia

18 days from £3870 per person

This extensive tour is a wonderful introduction to this fascinating country and a classic journey for the first-time visitor. Offering a tremendous range of scenery, Iran is also a veritable treasure trove of historic sites - both ancient and Islamic. Travelling through Iran, this tour showcases old 'Persia', a land of mosques, bazaars and stunning architecture and encompasses not only the capital Tehran, Shiraz and ancient Persepolis but also Isfahan, considered to be one of Iran's most beautiful cities, and Kerman.

Day 1 London to Istanbul
Istanbul to Tehran

Fly with Turkish Airlines to Tehran via Istanbul. (N)

Day 2 Arrive Tehran

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

Day 3 Tehran to Hamadan – 337 kms

Today drive via Qazvin and through the Zagros mountains to Hamadan which was once the Achaemenid capital of Ecbatana. Later visit the Ganj Nameh inscriptions, the Tomb of Esther and Mordecai and the Gonbad-e-Alavian. Stay for two nights at the Bou Ali Hotel / Hotel Azadi. (B)

Day 4 Hamadan

Full day excursion to see Achaemenid, Sassanian and Parthian remains at Taq-e-Bostan, Bisotun and Kangavar. (B)

Day 5 Hamadan to Isfahan – 464 kms

This morning leave Hamadan and drive 464kms to Isfahan. Stay for three nights at the Abbasi Hotel which has been converted from a Safavid caravanserai. (B)

Day 6 Isfahan

See Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques, the Ali Qapu Palace, the Armenian Cathedral and the Safavid bridges. (B)

Day 7 Isfahan

Visit the Friday Mosque with superb seljuk domes, as well as the Chehel Sotun and Hasht Behesht pavilions. (B)

Day 8 Isfahan to Shiraz – 485 kms

This morning it is a long drive via Cyrus’s Tomb at Pasargadae to Shiraz where you will stay for three nights at the Pars Hotel. (B)

Day 9 Shiraz

Visit the tombs of Hafez and Saadi, the Pars Museum, the Shah Cheragh shrine and the Eram and Narenjestan gardens. (B)

Day 10 Shiraz

Excursion to the great Achaemenid sites of Persepolis and Naqsh-e-Rostam. (B)

Day 11 Shiraz to Kerman – 543 kms

This morning leave Shiraz and drive via the Sassanian Palace of Sarvistan to Kerman. Stay for two nights at the Akhavan Hotel. (B)

Day 12 Kerman

Morning excursion to Mahan with its lovely Bagh-e-Tarikhi garden and shrine of Sheikh Nematollah. In the afternoon visit Kerman’s impressive bazaars. (B)

Day 13 Kerman to Yazd – 387 kms

Today leave Kerman and continue onto Yazd where you will stay for two nights at the Safaieh Hotel / Moshir Garden. (B)

Day 14 Yazd

In Yazd see the Friday mosque and surviving Zoroastrian buildings. (B)

Day 15 Yazd to Kashan – 419 kms

Leave Yazd and drive via the early mosque at Nain and the Mongol period shrine at Natanz to Kashan. Stay for one night at the Amir Kabir Hotel. (B)

Day 16 Kashan to Tehran – 258 kms

In the morning visit the Fin Gardens and the 19th Century mansions of Borujirdi and Tabatabawi. In the afternoon drive 258kms via the holy city of Qom to Tehran where you will stay overnight at the Laleh Hotel. (B)

Day 17 Tehran to Istanbul
Istanbul to London

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

KEY: N = No meals B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with an accompanying English speaking guide
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The price above is a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and season. If you wish to travel alone we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements and will provide a proposal on request

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