The fantastically rich and varied history of Iran has left behind a dramatic cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenid capital of Pasargadae and the splendid bas-reliefs of the Palace of Persepolis.
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Fly overnight from London to Tehran with British
Airways (regional connections available). (N)
Early morning arrival and transfer to the
Azadi Grand (or similar, includes immediate
occupancy) for 2 nights. Afternoon visit to
Tehran’s museums. (B)
This morning, take a flight to Shiraz. Guided
city tour of Shiraz including visits to the Hafez
and Saadi tombs, the Narenjestan-e-Ghavam
historical house, the Nasir-ol-Molk mosque and
the Vakil bazaar. Stay at the Pars International
Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (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, the site of the royal tombs
and Sassanian rock reliefs. (B)
Drive to Yazd, 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, Tall-e-Takhte
and the residential palace. Stay at the Dad
Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour to the Dowlat-Abad garden, the Zoroastrian fire temple, an abandoned
Zoroastrian ‘Tower of Silence’ and the Jameh
mosque. Other highlights include the Amir
Chakhmaq complex. (B, D)
Drive to Isfahan, stopping at Na’in to view the
Jameh mosque and Pirnia House. Stay at the
Abbasi Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L)
Full-day tour of the city’s monuments, including
Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikh
Lotfollah mosques, and the Khaju Bridge.
Conclude with a visit to the Ali Qapu palace. (B)
Full-day visit to the Vank Cathedral, the Chehel
Sotoun palace and the Jameh mosque of
Isfahan, which is inscribed as a Unesco world
heritage site. (B)
Drive to Tehran, stopping at Natanz and Kashan
en route to visit the Fin gardens and the former
merchant’s house of Taba-Tabai. Stay at the
Novotel Hotel close to Tehran airport (or similar)
for 1 night. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly
to London with British Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Tehran.
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.
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 7808 6784 or
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Tehran & Shiraz, and include 2 nights'
accommodation with arrival or departure transfers. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for
This tour is based in 4-star
accommodation. Please visit this tour on our
website to see details of the hotels included.
The Abbasi Hotel (formerly known as the Shah Abbas Hotel) is located in the heart of the city, close to Isfahan's historical sights. The large central courtyard is filled with flowers and fountains in the style of Safavid caravanserais, the public areas of the hotel have beautiful Persian decoration and paintings. Built in the 1960s, on the site of an 18th-century caravanserai, the hotel lobby walls and ceiling decorations, the restaurants and some of the suites have traditional Persian-style features from the Safavid period. Some of the rooms have private balconies while others overlook the landscaped garden.
Features: 225 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, coffee shop, traditional teahouse, indoor swimming pool (the pool has different opening hours for men and women), sauna, fitness centre, handicraft gallery, shop.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, DVD player, fridge,...
The Azadi is one of the biggest hotels in Iran and is the tallest hotel in Tehran, providing excellent views of the Alborz mountains and the city. The hotel has a modern design. Please note that credit cards are not accepted and only cash can be used within the hotel.
Features: 482 rooms & suites, 3 restaurants, bar, gym, spa with swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, games room.Room amenities: Air conditioning, interactive satellite flatscreen television, bathrobe, hairdryer; high-speed internet...
Situated in a historic house dating back to early 20th century and located in Yazd's historic centre, close to the main tourist attractions including Zoroastrians' Fire Temple and Amir Chakhmagh complex. The hotel's public areas are reminiscent of Persia's past with impressive original and restored features including a beautiful domed ceilings. The Dad hotel has a central courtyard around which the modern yet simple rooms are situated. Please note that the hotel does not accept credit cards.
Features: 61 rooms & suites, restaurant, roof restaurant, cafe, sauna, jacuzzi, spa.Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, mini fridge,...
The Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport Hotel is conveniently located close to the international airport. As one of the first western chain hotels introduced to the country, the facilities and amenities available to its guests are more comprehensive than other Tehran properties. All guest rooms feature white linens and soft pastel colours. The hotel is ideal for travellers who have an early flight the following day.
Features: 296 rooms, 2 restaurants, lobby lounge, fitness centre, sauna, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, safe,...
The Pars International hotel is situated on the most important street of the city, Karimkhan Boulevard. The hotel's restaurant serves traditional and continental cuisine.
Features: 188 rooms & suites, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, currency exchange.Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, telephone, safe, tea & coffee facilities,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
A former capital of Iran, the city of Kerman has a wealth of historical attractions including the renowned Zoroastrian fire temples. This 4-day extension explores this culturally rich city.
Fly from Tehran to Kerman. Afternoon visit to the Friday Mosque and the Hammam-e-Vakli. Stay for 2 nights at the Pars Hotel. (B, D)
Early morning excursion to the Lut desert to view the Kaluts, which are natural sand formations. Continue to the village of Rayen to visit the Arg-e-Rayen desert citadel and the small town of Mahan to visit the Shahzadeh, Prince Garden and the Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Vali, the 14th-century Sufi leader. (B, D)
Morning visits to the Gonbad-e-Jabalieh, the Moshtaghiyeh Dome and the Moayedi Ice-house. Afternoon flight from Kerman to Tehran. Stay overnight at the Espinas Hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)
Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.
The shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad is one of holiest sites in Islam. On this 3-night extension, enter the outer precincts of the shrine and explore the rest of this fascinating town.
Fly from Tehran to Mashad. Afternoon visit to the outer courtyards and museum of Imam Reza shrine, the Khaje Rabie Mausoleum and the bazaar. Stay for 2 nights at the Homa Hotel. (B, D)
Morning drive to Robat-e-Sharaf to visit the royal caravanserai from the Seljuk period. Return to Mashad for further sightseeing. (B, D)
Morning flight from Mashad to Tehran. Afternoon visit to the Carpet Museum and the Abguineh Museum. Stay overnight at the Espinas Hotel. (B)
Termez is located in the far south of the country, close to an ancient crossing over the Amu Darya river leading into Afghanistan. The location of the city has changed throughout history due to a succession of invaders. The first settlement was established in the third century BC. Ghengis Khan then destroyed the city in 1220, leaving the inhabitants to rebuild in its current location on the left bank of the Amu Darya river. Much of the modern city dates from the early 19th century and, during the Soviet era, was effectively closed to the outside world.
Morning at leisure in Samarkand, followed by a visit to the Guri Emir mausoleum. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to Termez. Afternoon city tour of Termez including the Archaeological Museum and the complex of Khakimi Termizi and Sultan Saodat, both dating back to the 10th century. Stay for 2 nights at the Meridian Hotel or similar. (B, D)
Full-day tour of Termez including the Kampir-Tepsa fortress, which dates back to the Greek Bactrian empire, the towers of Jarkurgan and Zurmala, and Fayaz Tepa. (B, D)
Morning visit to the 16th-century Khanaka Kokaldor Ota, the Chor Sutin mosque and the Palace of Termez. Late afternoon transfer to the airport and fly back to Tashkent. Transfer and stay 1 night at the City Palace Hotel or similar. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tashkent to London with Uzbekistan Airways. (B)
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TOP2017: 10 Nights
We had a fabulous time in Iran. Our carefully worked itinerary was nicely spaced and we were delighted with our female guide.Mrs Byrom