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Once known as Persia, Iran has always held a prominent place in world history. On this adventure you’ll visit the sites that made Persia great – working your way slowly south through the country stopping at both the famous and the lesser-known historical attractions.
From atmospheric home stays with the local people to beautiful treks across the Iranian countryside, this trip offers a perfect mix of adventure and cultural immersion and a chance to reimagine one of the world’s most misunderstood countries.
- Discover the ruins of ancient Persepolis
- Explore Iran’s mountainous and desert interior
- See the crown jewels of the Royal family
- Trek in the shadow of the incredible Zagros Mountains
- Be the guests of nomadic shepherds and learn about their way of life on the highland plains
A full days sightseeing in Tehran, the capital and start of your adventure, includes trips to the bazaar, the Archaeological Museum, and Golestan Palace. Next you make your way into the desert interior as you stop at Agha Mosque and the Royal Gardens of Fin. In Yazd you’ll explore a Zoroastrian burial site, located on a high hilltop and known as ‘The Towers of Silence,’ as well as Jameh Mosque, Zurkhaneh, and Bagh-e-Doular.
You’ll experience a village homestay in the Bavanat Valley stay and the opportunity to visit nomadic families and explore the stunning valley where they make their summer home. On the way to the city of Shiraz, celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture, you’ll visit significant ruins and tombs including that of Hafiz the influential ancient Persian poet.
A highlight of the trip will be a visit to Darius the Great’s magnificent Persepolis. The ruins of the ancient city are now a UNESCO World Heritage site with some remains dating back to 515 BC. Whilst a shadow of its former glory, the monumental staircases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways leave you in no doubt how grand this empire was.
The trip includes plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs on short walks, but toward the end of the tour you’ll have the opportunity to take a longer trek around the Golkuh Lake region and the acorn forests there. The lake is set at 2600m, in the shadow of the spectacular Zagros Mountains and a chance to experience the quieter, greener side of Iran away from the cities.
This is 15 day small group adventure is a great way to experience one of the most culturally and historically rich countries in Asia. Each day is a feast for the senses and an opportunity to make new discoveries about this ancient land and plans for your next return trip….
Enquire today to book your place on this sell-out trip.
Day 1: Tour begins in Tehran
Our tour begins at lunchtime today. This afternoon we will visit the Archaelogical Museum.
Day 2: In Tehran
A full day’s sightseeing in Tehran today will include a visit to the bazaar and the Golestan Palace, as well as a viewing of Iran’s imperial crown jewels.
Day 3: Tehran – Kashan – Abyaneh
Today we drive south into Iran’s mountainous and desert interior, visiting the Royal Gardens of Fin and famous Agha Mosque en route to Abyaneh village.
Day 4: Abyaneh – Yazd
After exploring the village we continue our desert drive. On arrival into Yazd we will visit a Zoroastrian hilltop burial site, the Towers of Silence.
Day 5: Yazd
Explore Yazd seeing Bagh-e-Doulat Abad Garden, Jameh Mosque and later experience the Zurkhaneh.
Day 6: Yazd – Bavanat Valley
Tonight we stay with a local family in the Bavanat Valley. During the afternoon we’ll explore this beautifully peaceful valley, visiting nomadic families in their hand-made summer tents.
Day 7: Bavanat Valley – Persepolis – Shiraz
Drive over a mountain pass and through picturesque valleys visiting important tombs and ruins, then the highlight of Darius the Great’s Persepolis. Finally we head to Shiraz for the night.
Day 8: Shiraz
A morning walking tour to Arg-e-Karim Khani Fortress and time to visit the bazaar and teahouses. Then free time before finishing our day at the Tomb of Hafez, famous Persian poet.
Day 9: Shiraz – Yasuj
Today we head north through Sepidan village, visiting Murgon Waterfalls and perhaps meet some Qashqai nomads.
Day 10: In & around Yasuj
Today is an optional trekking day in the Golkuh Lake region set in a wonderful acorn-forested area. Beginning at 2200m we trek up to the Lake at 2600m, in the shadow of the Zagros Mountains.
Day 11: Yasuj – Isfahan
Driving to Isfahan today we will have a chance to take a leisurely walk to orientate ourselves on arrival.
Day 12: Isfahan
A full day’s sightseeing in Isfahan today, exploring the palaces, mosques, museums and the square, all steeped in history and splendour.
Day 13: Isfahan
This fascinating city needs two full days; today visit the Armenian Quarter and shop in the bazaar.
Day 14: Isfahan – Tehran
Leaving Isfahan this morning we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at the 13th Century mosque at Natanz before arriving back into Tehran for a final dinner tonight.
Day 15: Tour ends in Tehran
The tour ends after breakfast this morning.
As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night.
This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. Accommodation varies hugely on this trip from smart 4* hotels to homestays with shared bathroom facilities.
lease note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.
On this tour will be by bus depending on local conditions and the group size.
If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for
the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.
The choice is completely yours and the operator can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.
The weather conditions can be extremely varied. However, spring and autumn are the best times to visit when the days are mainly warm and sunny.
In March you can expect the days to be a bit fresher than in later spring and in autumn (typically with daytime temperatures in the mid to late ‘teens) but it’s also a quieter time to visit which means we’ll have more of the places to enjoy in tranquillity.
Please be advised that on this trip vegetarians can be catered for, but the selection and variety may be limited.
Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour, as many of the activities are optional.
Women should be aware that it will be necessary to follow Iranian dress code whenever in public places.
In March, it’s worth noting that we will be unlikely to encounter nomads in the Bavanat Valley but we will still have the chance to enjoy the warm welcome of the farmers who live here year round.
Departure dates: Please enquire for live availability
5th March 2017 – 15 Days
30th April 2017 – 15 Days
14th May 2017 – 15 Days
10th September 2017 – 15 Days
24th September 2017 – 15 Days
8 October 2017 – 15 Days
Price: from £3,595 in 2017
Trip length: 15 days
- Full services of a tour leader with local guides and drivers
- Meal plan with drinking water as required with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable
- All transport as outlined in the itinerary.
- All accommodation
- All entrance fees, as per itinerary
- Visas (if applicable)
- Local airport taxes
- Tips (always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking)
- Beverages other than drinking water & any costs of a personal nature
- International flights to/from the start/finish of the trip
- Airport transfers (unless booking suggested flights through the tour operator office)
This operator is a multi-award winning adventure travel company specialising in small group tours and tailor made holidays to some of the most extraordinary destinations across the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Europe. We love their unique, original itineraries – whether they are for small group travel or individually created for tailor made clients – allowing you to take journeys that venture beneath the surface of the region.
This operator concentrates on the locations they know and love. They don’t source itineraries from other agents, nor do they run the same tour over and over (thus creating a ‘tourist circuit’, spoiling an untouched region). Instead, they rarely run any group tour more than a couple of times a year, on routes they have discovered for themselves, to give a truly authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience.
- Trip Code: AWA316
- Dates: Various
- Price: from 3,595 GBP
- Depart: Tehran, Iran
- Arrive: Tehran, Iran
- Length: 15 days
- Adventure: Travel in Iran and discover the history, culture and beauty of one of the most misunderstood countries on earth