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The fantastically rich and varied history of Iran has left behind an unparalleled cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenian capital of Pasargadae and the splendid bas-reliefs of the Palace of Persepolis.
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Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Tehran, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Espinas International or Azadi Grand (or similar) for immediate occupancy. Afternoon visit to Tehran’s museums before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay. (B)
This morning, fly to Shiraz. On arrival, take a guided city tour of Shiraz including visits to the Hafez and Saadi tombs, the Narenjestane-Ghavam historical house, the Nasir al-Mulk mosque and the Vakil bazaar. Stay at the Homa or Grand Shiraz (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
Visit Persepolis, Darius the Great’s summer capital, to view the magnificent stone terrace and palace. Continue to Naghsh-e-Rostam, the site of the royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. (B)
Drive to Yazd, via Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenian empire, founded by Cyrus the Great in sixth century BC. View the Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, Tall-e-Takht and the presidential palace. Continue to Yazd and stay at the Dad Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, L)
Tour the Dowlat-Abad garden, the Zoroastrian fire temple, an abandoned Zoroastrian ‘Tower of Silence’ and the Jameh mosque. (B, D)
Drive to Isfahan, stopping at Na’in to view the Jameh mosque and the Pirnia traditional house, built in the Safavid era. Stay at the Abbasi Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, L)
Full-day tour of the city’s monuments, including Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, and the Khaju Bridge. Conclude with a visit to the impressive Ali Qapu palace. (B, D)
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. During the day enjoy a traditional Persian music performance. (B, D)
Drive to Tehran, stopping at Natanz and Kashan en route to visit the Fin gardens and the former merchant’s house of Taba-Tabai. Stay at the Novotel Hotel (or similar) for 1 night. (B)
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
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.
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TOP2020: 9 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
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