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The fantastically rich and varied history of Iran has left behind a dramatic cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemenid capital of Pasargadae and the splendid bas-reliefs of the Palace of Persepolis.
- 4-star accommodation
- Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available
- Average group size - 16-20 people (max 26)
- International & internal flights
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
- Experienced local tour manager
- 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
- Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
- Porterage at all hotels
- Visit Pasargadae, Cyrus the Great's capital
- Two full days exploring the boulevards, Persian gardens and Islamic buildings of Isfahan
- View the ruins of Persepolis, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites
- Stay in 4-star accommodation
- Small group size - average 16-20 people (max 26)
Day 1: Fly to Tehran
Fly overnight from London (regional connections available) to Tehran with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
Day 2: Tehran
Early morning arrival and transfer to the Azadi Grand (or similar) for immediate occupancy. Afternoon visit to Tehran’s museums. Stay overnight at the Azadi Grand.
Day 3: Fly to Shiraz
This morning, take a flight to Shiraz. Guided city tour of Shiraz including visits to the Hafez and Saadi tombs, the Narenjestan-e-Ghavam historical house, the Nasir-ol-Molk mosque and the Vakil bazaar. Stay at the Pars International Hotel (or similar) for 2 nights.
Day 4: Persepolis • Naghsh-e-Rostam
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.
Day 5: Pasargadae • Yazd
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.
Day 6: Yazd
Tour the Dowlat-Abad garden, the Zoroastrian fire temple, an abandoned Zoroastrian ‘Tower of Silence’ and the Jameh mosque.
Day 7: Na’in • Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan, stopping at Na’in to view the Jameh mosque and Pirnia House. Stay at the Abbasi Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights.
Day 8: Isfahan
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 Ali Qapu palace.
Day 9: Isfahan
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.
Day 10: Natanz • Kashan • Tehran
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.
Day 11: Fly to London
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport and fly to London with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
Abbasi Hotel, Isfahan
The Abbasi Hotel (formerly known as the Shah Abbas Hotel) is located in the heart of the city, close to Isfahan's historical sights. The large central courtyard is filled with flowers and fountains in the style of Safavid caravanserais, the public areas of the hotel have beautiful Persian decoration and paintings.
Azadi Grand, Tehran
The Azadi is one of the biggest hotels in Iran and is the tallest hotel in Tehran, providing excellent views of the Alborz mountains and the city. The hotel has a modern design.
Dad Hotel, Yazd
Situated in a historic house dating back to early 20th century and located in Yazd's historic centre, close to the main tourist attractions including Zoroastrians' Fire Temple and Amir Chakhmagh complex. The hotel's public areas are reminiscent of Persia's past with impressive original and restored features including a beautiful domed ceilings.
Homa Hotel, Shiraz
The Homa hotel is located in a calm wooded area, beside the expansive Azadi Park, north-west of the city. It is a 1970s era hotel that has been refurbished to offer luxury rooms and facilities of an international standard; and with most of Shiraz's sights just 1.5km walk from the hotel, the Homa hotel is a good base from which to explore the area.
Novotel Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport Hotel, Tehran
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.
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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