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Best of Iran

Tehran is the capital city of Iran, in the north of the country. The magnificent Golestan Palace complex with its ornate rooms and marble throne, was the seat of power of the Qajar dynasty. Nearby, Grand Bazaar, one of Tehran’s oldest, is the heart of Persian culture and trading. The National Museum displays artefacts from 5th-century BC, while the National Jewellery Museum holds Qajar monarchs’ jewels, the largest in the world. The Milad Tower offers panoramic views over the city.

Begin in Tehran, Iran’s most secular and liberal city. Expect relatively bold fashion statements, a range of ethnic and international restaurants, chic cafes and plenty of art galleries. Next, travel to Esfahan, with beautiful gardens, ancient bridges and admire its incredible city architecture around the Imam Square. To the east, Yazd, situated on the high desert plateau is known for its Zoroastrian culture and its silks. Finally, travel to Shiraz; the heartland of Persian culture.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 8-DAY TOUR OF IRAN…
And, experience Persepolis, capital of the Persian Empire.
 

What We Love
  • Explore ancient palaces situated in a beautiful garden with historical and natural attractions
  • Visit the city whose wealth and grandeur inspired the proverb "Isfahan is half the world"
  • Drink tea below one of the ‘Bridges of Isfahan’ with as many as 33 arches in beautiful architecture
  • Stay in the Unesco registered and charmingly renovated Caravanserai of Zein-o-din
  • Walk in the Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise), one of the most beautiful gardens in Iran
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  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
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Best of Iran

Tehran, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz
(8 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Tehran Meet and greet at Tehran’s international Airport and private transfer to your hotel in Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 2 – Walking Tour
Tehran Take a walking tour with your own private guide and visit the Golestan Palace, a world heritage site and one of the oldest buildings in Tehran. Next to the National Museum which houses objects from prehistory to Islamic era and the Crown Jewels Museum which has an impressive collection of some of the most famous and spectacular jewels in the world. The majority of the items on display were given to Safavid kings as gifts but many pieces were taken by Nader Shah on his conquest of India are also exhibited. These include the Darya-e Nur diamond, The Peacock Throne and the Jewelled Globe. Other pieces include the crowns of the Qajar and Pahlavi Kings.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Isfahan Take a private transfer to the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World). With your private guide, visit one of the world's grandest squares; the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan. Once a royal polo court and the centre of the city, during the Safavid period (17th Century), the Maidan is the location of the Ali-Qapu Palace with its magnificent architecture and tile-work. The two most awe-inspiring mosques in the Islamic world, Abbasi Mosque and Sheikh Lotfolla Mosque (or Ladies Mosque), along with Ali Qapu Palace have given the square its allure. These attractions are connected via a row of two-story traditional shops where we can acquire the best handicrafts in Iran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – City Tour
Isfahan Half day tour. In the 16th century, Isfahan flourished due to the will of “Shah Abbas the Great” and the trading skill of Armenian settlers. An outstanding heritage of Isfahan’s Armenian community is 17th century Vank Cathedral with its beautiful frescos and a treasure of historical objects and religious artefacts in its museum. The next stop is a true time travel! You can behold the evolution of art, architecture and imagination in will visit historical bridges lined with tea houses where we will drink tea and then walk along the river bank or paddle on a boat.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – An Oasis Town
Yazd Yazd is an oasis town surrounded by mountains, its roofscape a plethora of blue domes, soaring minarets and hundreds of wind towers. The old town of Yazd is a labyrinth of secret passages, bazaars and mud brick streets, unchanged for centuries. It was, and still is, an important centre for Zoroastrinism. The shrine of Duvazdah Imam, (the 12 Imams) from the 11th century Seljuq period, the ’Towers of Silence’, pits where the bodies of the dead were left for the vultures and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple are all possible visits.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – Via Persepolis
Shiraz Early morning drive to Shiraz. Enroute, you will visit the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, now a Unesco site. During Achemaenian era, Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire. The site is composed of reception halls and palaces, royal treasury and fortifications, the tomb of Cyrus the great. We continue our excursion and visit Pasargad, Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead) before arriving to Shiraz.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 7 – City Tour
Shiraz Today, we begin at the Pars Museum, an elegant octagonal building that is located at the centre of the Zand-era Nazar Garden. Beautifully decorated, the museum contains a lavish 18th century reception room, as well as exquisite decorative plasterwork. Afterwards, continue to the Vakil mosque and adjacent bazaar. Adorned with intricate azure tile work, the mosque's walls, explore the labyrinth of stalls, selling all manner of produce. Often frequented by Kashqai nomads, this is a boisterous and colourful place.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – Depart
Shiraz Transfer to the airport and connect with your international flight.
 

 
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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
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  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
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When to go Visits to the south coast of Iran are best made in the winter months of December, January and February when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest, while spring (March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September and October) are the best times to travel around central and northern Iran. Tourists visit Iran during the summer months (June - September) for the sunshine and regional festivals, and during the winter months (November - March) for skiing. So no matter what time you choose to go, Iran is a great place to travel all year round.

Getting There The vast majority of travellers fly to Tehran and return from there but some travellers end their trip in Shiraz, saving some backtracking. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) sees most of Iran’s international air traffic. It’s small, so delays are possible. Elsewhere, Shiraz, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas and Kish are (in that order) potentially useful arrival or departure points. Iran Air, the government-owned carrier, it offers service with an Islamic flavour (ie no pork, no alcohol).

Visa British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should lodge your visa application with the Iranian Embassy in the UK, well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable.