Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and explore 3,000 years of history. Travel more than 4,000km by rail and visit seven Unesco world heritage sites on this 12-day tour of Iran by train. Your air-conditioned train takes you safely and comfortably through magnificent scenery. Overnights in your cosy cabin on board bring you to your next destination in the blink of an eye, while hotel stays in between allow you to explore the most exciting stops in depth.
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Fly to Tehran with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul and transfer to Hotel Laleh for 1 night. (N)
This morning, board the Orient Silk Road Express and depart Tehran for your 2-night journey to Sari and Mashhad. Afternoon arrival into Sari to view the clock tower of Sari. (B, L, D)
Stop in Mashhad to visit the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms of its dimension. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival into Kerman. Visit the Hamam Ganj Ali Khan museum with its exquisite frescoes and the Friday Mosque. Transfer and stay overnight at the Pars Hotel. (B, L, D)
This morning, board the Orient Silk Road Express for the overnight journey to Isfahan. Afternoon arrival into Bam to explore the Unesco world heritage site of Arg-e-Bam, the impressive desert fortress. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour to the Water Museum, the Zoroastrian fire temple and the Jame mosque in Yazd. Other highlights include the Amir Chakhmaq complex. Continue by rail to Isfahan and transfer to the Hotel Kowsar for 2 nights. (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. (B, L, D)
Morning visits to the Armenian quarter and the Jameh mosque. Afternoon at leisure. This evening, board the Orient Silk Road Express to Shiraz. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid empire, founded by Cyrus the Great in the sixth century BC. View the Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, his palace and the Tall-e Takht, a fortified terrace. Continue to Persepolis, Darius the Great's summer capital, to view the magnificent stone terrace and palace. The last visit will be to Nagsh-e-Rostam, the site of the royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. Travel by bus to Shiraz and transfer to the Chamran Grand Hotel for 1 night. (B, L, D)
Full-day tour including visits to the Shah Cheragh monument, the Nasir-al-Molk mosque and the Persian Paradise garden. This evening, board the Orient Silk Road Express for the overnight journey to Tehran. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Golestan Palace, a Unesco world heritage site. Afternoon tour of the National Museum of Iran, which houses an array of artefacts detailing Iran's history. Stay overnight at the Hotel Laleh. (B, L, D)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport. Fly from Tehran via Istanbul to London with Turkish Airlines. (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.
Based in 3- and 4-star accommodation. Price is based on Ali Baba class cabins on the train.
This tour will have transfers and excursions that may be shared with one or more other parties who may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.
Located on one of Shriaz's main boulevards, the Chamran Road, the Chamran Grand Hotel was opened in 2011 and, due its height, is a landmark on Shiraz's skyline. All guestrooms are furnished with modern furniture and offer either views of the nearby river, the city or the mountains. The hotel is surrounded by the picturesque Ghasrodasht's Gardens, which provide the hotel with a level of peace and quiet in an otherwise busy city centre location.
Features: 250 rooms, 3 restaurant, coffee shop
Room amenities: Television, safe,...
The Kowsar hotel is located alongside some of the historical and cultural monuments in Isfahan and next to the famous Zayandeh river and the Si-o-seh bridge. The Unesco-listed Naqsh-e Jahan Square can also be found nearby.Features: 170 rooms & suites, 3 restaurants, cafe, shops, health club, outdoor swimming pool.Room amenities: Air conditioning, telephone, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer,...
The Laleh International Hotel is located in Laleh Park, at the north-eastern corner of Bagh-e Laleh, close to the carpet museum and a short drive from the museums of the city centre. Once the InterContinental, this 5-star property offers some of Tehran's best rooms with views of Mount Damavand, Alborz and the city.
The 380 air-conditioned guestrooms and suites are equipped with all the modern facilities you would expect, such as a private bathroom, satellite television, minibar and 24-hour room service. There are four restaurants serving buffet meals, French, Far Eastern and Persian cuisine. Other facilities include a bookshop, business centre and a swimming pool, however, please note that women are not permitted to use the swimming...
Travel in comfort aboard the Orient Silk Road Express train, which offers Ali Baba, Aladdin and Kalif class cabins.
An Ali Baba compartment provides sleeping space for two guests in two lower berths and combined washing and toilet facilities are located at both ends of each car. The Aladdin class cabins are the same size as Ali Baba cabins but feature air conditioning (during travel). The Kalif class are larger in size and include en suite bathroom facilities including a washing basin, lavatory and shower, and are also attended by a special travel guide. The restaurant cars seat all passengers in one sitting, serving excellent international and local cuisine. After dinner, these cars offer a bar service for you to enjoy an after-dinner...
The Pars Hotel is located on the outskirts of Kerman. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer ensuite facilities. There is an indoor swimming pool (which has different opening hours for men and women) gym and Jacuzzi. The four hotel restaurants serve a range of traditional Iranian cuisine and western...
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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