Combine the modern Iranian culture
of Tehran with the ancient sites of the
Achaemenid empire and beautiful Persian
gardens on this comprehensive tour of Iran.
Relatively untouched by tourism, explore
the sights in relative peace and receive a
warm welcome from locals as you journey
through fascinating cities and remarkable
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Fly overnight from London (regional connections
available) to Tehran with British Airways. (N)
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Grand
Hotel #2 (or similar) for immediate occupancy.
Morning and lunch at leisure. Afternoon visit to the Water & Fire Park, a relatively new urban
recreation area of the city, and see the award-winning
Pol-e-Tabiat (Nature Bridge). Stay
2 nights at the Grand Hotel #2 (or similar). (B, D)
This morning, visit Iran’s National Museum
to see the display of pre-historic and ancient
artefacts dating back to the sixth century BC.
Next visit the Golestan Palace, a Unesco world
heritage site; the museum complex; and the
crown jewels. (B, D)
Drive to Isfahan through the charming oasis
town of Kashan and the traditional village of
Abyaneh. Stay at the Ali-Qapu Hotel (or similar)
in Isfahan for 3 nights. (B, D)
Full-day tour of the city. Visit the bridges of
Shahrestan, Khaju and Sio-se-pol and the many
churches in the Armenian quarter, including
Vank Cathedral. In the afternoon, visit several
monuments and Naghsh-e-Jahan, one of the
world’s greatest squares and a Unesco world
heritage site. (B, D)
A second full day touring the city, including
the magnificent Friday Mosque. Continue to
the Chehel Sotoun Palace garden, a Unescolisted
Persian garden that was built in the 17th
century by Shah Abbas II. Spend time with a
local artisan at a printed fabric workshop, where
you can try your hand at making your own
tablecloth. (B, D)
Drive to Shiraz via Pasargadae, the first dynastic
capital of the Achaemenian empire, founded
by Cyrus the Great in the sixth century BC.
View the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great,
the fortified terrace of Tall-e-Takht and the
palace. Stay at the Park Saadi Hotel (or similar)
for 3 nights. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of Shiraz including visits to some
of the gardens of the city, including the Eram
Garden, the Pars museum and the pink-tiled 19thcentury
Nasir-ol-mosque, the Narenjestan Garden.
Time at leisure to explore Vakil Bazaar. (B, D)
Full-day visit to Persepolis, Darius the Great’s
summer capital, to view the magnificent stone
terrace and palace. Continue to Naghsh-e-
Rostam, a site that is less well-known than
Persepolis but equally as impressive. Here you
can find Sassanian rock reliefs and ancient royal
tombs cut into the mountain side. (B, D)
Morning flight to Tehran. Stay overnight at
the Novotel Airport Hotel with farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with
British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in
Mashhad and Kerman. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for
These small group
tours have been specially created for single
travellers. Benefits include single occupancy
of double / twin rooms as standard and at
sensible prices, plus the company of like-minded
travellers. View the complete collection at
Iran is an Islamic republic and
visitors are required to conform to the Islamic
dress code. For women, it is essential that all
the body is covered, except the hands and face.
Please contact Cox & Kings for more details.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
This itinerary can
be taken privately on a date that suits you, for
which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively,
it can be tailored to your exact requirements.
Please call 020 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
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It is not known when exactly Isfahan was first established as a city, but, it is known that its origins...