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 from London to Shiraz, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Pars International Hotel (or similar including immediate occupancy) for 3 nights. 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. (B)
Full-day visit to Persepolis, Darius the Great's summer capital, to view the magnificent stone terrace and palace. Continue to Nagsh-e-Rostam, the site of the royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. (B, D)
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, D)
Full-day tour to the Dowlat-Abad garden, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and the Jameh mosque. Other highlights include the Amir Chakhmaq complex. (B)
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, D)
Full-day tour of the city's monuments, including Naghshe Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikhlotfolah mosque and the beautiful 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 Kashan en route to visit the Fin gardens and the former merchant's house of Taba-Tabai. Stay at the Azadi Grand (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)
Full-day city tour of Iran's capital, including the National Museum and the Golestan Palace. (B)
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly from to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (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 Shiraz.
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.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star accommodation. This tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Shiraz & Tehran, and include 2 nights'
accommodation with arrival or departure transfers. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for
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 indoor swimming pool opens for men and women on alternate days. Please also note that the hotel does not accept credit cards.
Features: 61 rooms & suites, restaurant, roof restaurant, cafe, indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, spa.Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, mini fridge,...
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.
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TOP2016: 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