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 13-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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Early morning arrival and transfer to the Hotel Laleh
(or similar). Stay for 1 night. (N)
This morning, board the Persian Explorer
and embark on a journey through the Alborz
mountains. Overnight on board the train. (B, L, D)
Stop in Mashhad to visit the Imam Reza holy
shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms
of its dimensions. Overnight on the train. (B, L, D)
Afternoon arrival in Kerman, a city renowned for
its manufacture of carpets. Visit the nearby oasis
town of Mahan before taking a tour of the sights
including the Mongol-era tomb of renowned sufi
monk Shah Nematollah Vali. Return to Kerman and
stay overnight at the Hotel Pars (or similar). (B, L, D)
After an early breakfast, travel to the Lut desert to
see its astonishing scenery. Return to Kerman for
lunch before taking a guided tour of the Friday
Mosque and the Ganj Ali Khan mosque. Stroll around
the spice bazaar and visit a local tea house to sample
local specialities. This evening, board the Persian
Explorer for the overnight journey to Yazd. (B, L, D)
Morning tour to the Water Museum to learn about
the Qanat water transportation system, then visit
the Zoroastrian fire temple and Towers of Silence.
Continue by rail to Isfahan and stay at the Hotel
Kowsar (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L, D)
Spend two full days exploring the city's monuments,
including Naghshe Jahan Square and Jameh
mosque, the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques,the Armenian quarter and the beautiful Khaju Bridge.
On day 9, board the Persian Explorer train for the
overnight journey to Pasargadae. (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. Stay at the Chamran Grand Hotel (or
similar) 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 Persian Explorer for the overnight journey to
Tehran. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to the Golestan Palace. Afternoon
viewing of the extensive gem collection including
the exquisite Naderi Throne, followed by a tour
of the National Museum of Iran, which houses
an array of artefacts detailing Iran's history. Stay
overnight at the Hotel Laleh (or similar). (B, L, D)
Transfer to the airport and fly home (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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. Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on
behalf of Lernidee and its cancellation conditions
will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
For a price quote based on
alternative accommodation standards or to discuss
flight options, please call 020 3930 5211 or or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk
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, about 8km from Kerman Airport and close to the historic and tourist areas of Kerman. The hotel's restaurants serve a range of traditional Persian food, as well as western and oriental dishes. There is an indoor swimming pool (which has different opening hours for men and women).
Features: 194 rooms & suites, 4 restaurants, coffee shop, gym, sauna & jacuzzi, tennis court, cafe, cinema, indoor swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, Wi-Fi.
Please note: This hotel does not accept credit...
Travel in comfort aboard the Persian Explorer private 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 drink.
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...
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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It is not known when exactly Isfahan was first established as a city, but, it is known that its origins...