Travelling through the ancient land of
Persia, this journey on board the fully
en suite Golden Eagle train takes in
destinations that have been off the
tourist map for many years and sites
that are infrequently visited by western
visitors; making this voyage all the more
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Transfer to the Espinas Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. Welcome reception and dinner. (D)
Morning visit to the Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran building, with its vast array of crown jewels used by the Qajar and Pahlavi royalty. Afternoon tour of the Grand Bazaar. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of the National Museum of Iran, which houses an array of artefacts detailing Iran's history. In the afternoon, board the Golden Eagle for the 10-night journey through Iran. (B, L, D)
Stop in Mashhad to visit the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms of its dimension, followed by a tour of the Nader Shah museum. After lunch, tour the tomb of Ferdowsi, the father of Persian literature. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival into Rayen to visit the impressive castle, which has excellent views of Mount Hezar. Travel by road to Mahan to explore the Royal Palace with its Prince Garden and tomb. Rejoin the train for the journey to Kerman. (B, L, D)
Morning arrival into Kerman. Visit the Hamam Ganj Ali Khan museum, with its exquisite frescoes. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour to the Water Museum, the Zoroastrian fire temple and the Jame mosque. Other highlights include the Amir Chakhmaq complex. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour of the city's monuments, including Naghshe Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, and the beautiful Khaju bridge. Conclude with a visit to the Vank Church in the Armenia quarter. (B, L, D)
Morning tour of 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. Afternoon drive to Shiraz to view the Quran Gate, the Hafez Tomb and the Vakil Cathedral. Rejoin the train for the journey to Kashan. (B, L, D)
Stop in Kashan and visit the Unesco world heritage site, the Fin garden and the Sialk Hills archaeological site. (B, L, D)
This morning, transfer to a local train for the journey to the city of Shushtar. Visit the remarkable water hydraulic system. Continue to visit the ancient site of Chogha Zanbil and the city of Susa before rejoining the Golden Eagle train. (B, L, D)
This morning, transfer to a local train for a picturesque journey on the Trans-Iranian Railway. Cross the famous Veresk bridge, hailed as the 'Bridge of Victory' as it was a vital link for supplies to Russia from the Allied powers in the second world war, and travel along the outstanding 'Three Golden Lines' spiral where the railway line ascends and descends in a very short distance, passing the same area three different times but at different heights. Rejoin the Golden Eagle train for the onward journey to Tehran. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Golestan Palace, a Unesco world heritage site. Afternoon at leisure for self-exploration of Tehran. Transfer and stay overnight at the Espinas Hotel (or similar). Farewell dinner at the hotel. (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport or continue with your onward travel arrangements. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is led in each destination en route by a local tour escort.
This tour features some of the most luxurious accommodation available before and after the train journey. The Golden Eagle is a luxury train and our published prices are based on the Silver Class cabin category. Please speak to our Cox & Kings tour consultants if you would like to upgrade to a higher grade of cabin - for more information about the options click on the 'Accommodation' tab.
The itinerary does not include international flights. Please contact Cox & Kings for prices.
This tour will have transfers and excursions shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Golden Eagle Luxury Trains Limited and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
Located in the historic centre of Tehran, the Espinas Hotel provides a hint of luxury in the heart of the city. Set along a tree-lined boulevard, it is a short walk to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art and Laleh Park, one of the largest in the city. Some of the hotel's restaurants have views over the rooftops of neighbouring buildings for a spectacular panorama at sunset and at night. The marble lobby welcomes guests with its opulent splashes of gold, while the rooms are contemporary and comfortable. Please also note that the hotel does not accept credit cards.
Features: 230 rooms, 4 restaurants, 2 coffee shops.Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air...
Travel in comfort aboard the Golden Eagle train, which offers Gold and Silver Class cabins and Imperial suites. Gold Class cabins are 7 sq metres and feature en suite bathrooms with power showers and underfloor heating, DVD / audio systems and individual climate control. Silver Class cabins have similar facilities in a more compact space of 6 sq metres. The Imperial suite has is 11 sq metres and contains a fixed double bed and lounge area with dressing table. The Golden Eagle features a lounge / bar car and a restaurant car, which serves local delicacies and international...
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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
RLO2016: 13 Nights