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Board the overnight flight from London (regional connections available) to Tehran with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. (N)Day 2: Tehran
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Espinas Hotel (or similar, including immediate occupancy) for 2 nights. After an introductory lecture and welcome lunch, visit some of Tehran’s highlights, including the fabulous National Jewels Museum, housed in the vaults of the Central Bank of Iran, and the extensive collection of the Carpet Museum. (B, L)Day 3: Tehran
Full-day visit to some of Tehran’s major museums including the National Museum, displaying prehistoric, ancient and Islamic artefacts; the Golestan Palace, a former royal residence; and the Glass and Ceramics Museum, located in an elegant early 20th-century mansion. (B)Day 4: Fly to Kerman
Morning flight to Kerman and spend the rest of the day visiting this desert trading city. Visits include the 14th-century Friday Mosque, the 17th-century Safavid-era Ganjali Khan complex and the Harandi museum, which contains artefacts from the important Bronze Age site at Jiroft, discovered by chance as recently as 2000. Stay 2 nights at the Pars Hotel (or similar). (B, D)Day 5: Rayen • Mahan
Full-day excursion to the village of Rayen to visit the citadel, a medieval mudbrick construction with all the architectural features of a desert citadel. On the return journey stop at Mahan to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah-e-Vali and the beautiful Shahzadeh garden. (B)Day 6: Yazd
Drive to Yazd, en route visiting the castle of Saryazd, one of the largest defensive castles in Iran’s central desert. Stay at the Dad Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)Day 7: Yazd
Full-day sightseeing in Yazd, the centre for Iran’s Zoroastrian community. Visit an abandoned Zoroastrian Tower of Silence; the active Zoroastrian fire temple; the Friday Mosque, with the highest portal and minarets in Iran; and Dowlat-Abad, one of the many beautiful old houses in Yazd, with an 18th-century feudal hexagonal house, the highest wind tower in Iran and an authentic Iranian garden. (B)Day 8: Abarkuh • Pasargadae • Shiraz
Drive to Shiraz, en route visiting Abarkuh, a charming desert town, to see the old cyprus tree. Continue to Pasargadae, the site of the impressive tomb and remains of the palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. The mausoleum of Cyrus, the palaces and the remains of the ancient gardens are outstanding examples of the first phase of Achaemenid art and architecture. Arrive in Shiraz and stay 3 nights at the Homa Hotel (or similar). (B, D)Day 9: Persepolis • Naghsh-e-Rostam
Visit Naqsh-e-Rostam to see the Ka’beZardosht square tower and royal tombs, plus magnificent Sasanian rock reliefs. Continue to Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World and the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings, with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes. Admire its bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers. (B)Day 10: Shiraz
Full-day city tour of Shiraz to visit some of the celebrated gardens of this city of ‘roses and nightingales’, including the Narenjestan garden and the Eram garden; the tomb of one of Iran’s greatest lyric poets, Hafez; the pink-tiled 19thcentury Nasir-ol-Molk mosque; the exterior of the Arg-e-Karim Khan (18th-century citadel); and the shrine of either Shah Cheragh or Ali Ibn Hamzeh. (B)Day 11: Izadkhast • Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan, en route visiting the Unesco site of Izadkhast. This ruined castle fort includes a caravanserai and a Safavid-period bridge. Continue to Isfahan and stay 3 nights at the Abbasi Hotel (or similar). (B, D)Day 12: Isfahan
Full-day tour of Isfahan, the 17th-century capital of the Safavids. Visit the Hasht Behesht, the Pavilion of Eight Paradises, also called the Palace of Nightingales. Drive to the Chehel Sotoun Palace, then continue to the Pigeon Tower and the famous covered bridges. Tour the Armenian quarter and visit the Isfahan Music Museum and possibly attend a recital (subject to confirmation). (B)Day 13: Isfahan
Visit the magnificent Friday Mosque, considered a museum of a thousand years of Persian religious architecture. Visit one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e-Naqshe-Jahan, to see the Qeisarieh bazaar, Ali-Qapu Palace with its enchanting music rooms and balcony overlooking the Maidan, and two of the world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Imam – with magnificent architecture and tile work. (B)Day 14: Natanz • Kashan • Tehran
Return to Tehran, en route visiting shrines at Natanz and Kashan to see the Fin gardens and the former merchant’s house of Taba-Tabai. Farewell dinner and overnight at Novotel Hotel (or similar) near the airport for early departure the following morning. (B, D)Day 15: Fly to London
Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. (B)Meal basis:
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.Important information Arts & Culture tours:
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This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide.Standard tour:
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.Accessibility:
This tour involves some long drives and requires a good level of fitness as there is walking over rough terrain.Dress code:
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.Private visits
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Mosques, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.Private & tailor-made travel:
This itinerary 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 to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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 cards.
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, air-conditioning.
The traditional Moshir Garden Hotel is the first Iranian garden hotel in Yazd. Located in Yazd Moshir al-Mamalek Garden, the simple rooms are situated among trees, flowering plants, fountains and streams. They are set in blocks spread throughout the gardens on one or two floors; there are no lifts to the rooms. The hotel restaurant offers international and local cuisine. Credit cards are not accepted at the hotel. Features: 70 rooms, restaurant, coffee shop, internet cafe. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, minibar, iron, hairdryer.
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.<br>Room amenities: Television, safe, hairdryer, air conditioning.
The Abbasi Hotel (formerly known as the Shah Abbas Hotel) is located in the heart of the city, approximately 5 minutes from Isfahan's historical sights. The hotel was built in the 1960s on the site of an 18th-century caravanserai. The large central courtyard is filled with flowers and fountains in the style of Safavid caravanserais while the public areas of the hotel have beautiful Persian decoration and paintings. Some of the rooms have a private balcony while others overlook the landscaped garden. Credit cards are not accepted at the hotel. Features: 225 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, coffee shop, traditional teahouse, indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre (the pool, sauna and fitness centre have different opening hours for men and women), handicraft gallery, shop. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, fridge, minibar.
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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