Iran | Kings, Shahs and Gardens

Naranjesten Garden
Naranjesten Garden
Persepolis
Persepolis
Tower of Silence
Tower of Silence
Tehran at night - Milad Tower
Tehran at night - Milad Tower
Traditional bathhouse (Hammam) Kerman
Traditional bathhouse (Hammam) Kerman
Naghshe Jahan Square
Naghshe Jahan Square
Hafez Tomb
Hafez Tomb
Persian painting Chehel Sotoun Esfahan
Persian painting Chehel Sotoun Esfahan
Khaju Bridge
Khaju Bridge
Golestan Palace
Golestan Palace

A land of mystery and unparalleled hospitality, Iran is a country rich in antiquities. A destination that is intricately decorated, its monumental legacy bears witness to the sweep of its epic history. We will explore the Persian Kingdom - one of the greatest powers of the ancient world, and walk in the footsteps of Cyrus the Great, Darius, and Xerxes at their respective palaces.

In Shiraz and Esfahan, we view splendid Islamic architecture that rivals that seen in the great cities of the Silk Road. Enjoy a tour of unparalleled expertise of our Guide Lecturers, who will introduce the enchanting sweep of Persian history and archaeology.

  • Uncover old-style Iranian hammams
  • Enjoy special lectures by local archaeologists
  • Experience ancient Persian majesty at Persepolis
  • Explore Kashan, a city famed for its tiles and pottery
  • Spend two jam-packed days in Esfahan

Themes

  • Medieval
  • Historic Churches
  • Great Cities
  • Eastern

Practicalities

  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

Today we fly from London to Shiraz.

Day 2

After our arrival on we take a leisurely stroll around Shiraz in the afternoon. We visit the 19th century Naranjestan Palace, built in a late 19th century merchant house, the Rose Mosque and the Tomb of Saadi.

Day 3

We travel to Firuzabad. En route, we view Maiden Castle in the distance. The main attraction of the day, however, is our visit to the Sassanid Palace of Ardashir I, a similar structure, built by the founder of the Sassanid Empire.

Day 4

Our sightseeing begins at the UNESCO site of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Archaemenid Empire. Later, we view the Achaemenid and Sassanid rock reliefs at Naqsh-e Rostam.

Day 5

This morning we drive out to Pasagardae to see the palace and the tomb of Cyrus the Great. After our arrival back in Shiraz we will enjoy the Eram Gardens.

Day 6

We make our way to the culturally vibrant city of Kerman this morning for an all-day trip, stopping en route at the Sassanid Persian Palace at Sarvestan.

Day 7

We journey to Mahan to see the Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine and the historical Shazde Garden. We return to Kerman to explore monuments of the Hamam-e Ganj Ali Kahn complex.

Day 8

This morning, we drive to Yazd for a visit to the Zein-o-Din Caravanserai and Zoroastrian Atash Behram fire temple. Our day concludes at the vibrant local bazaar.

Day 9

On our second day in Yazd, we view the two hilltop Towers of Silence, the Jameh Mosque and the so-called “Alexander’s Prison”. Later, we pay a visit to the Water Museum.

Day 10

We travel to Esfahan via Meybod and upon arrival, we wander the citadel. On to Na’in, where we visit the Jameh Mosque, one of the oldest in Iran, built in the 9th century.

Day 11

We spend two full days in Esfahan, home to some of the finest Islamic architecture in the world. We start by visiting the Naqsh-e Jahan square. In the afternoon we will explore the Chehel Sotoun Palace.

Day 12

The second day in Esfahan will be spend visiting the Jameh Mosque and the Haroun-e Velayat Shrine. In the afternoon we will enjoy a walking tour of the Armenian Quarter New Julfa.

Day 13

Today, we journey out to Tepe Sialk for an exclusive tour of the excavations. After lunch, we drive to Fin to marvel at the Gardens. We then continue the drive to Tehran, our next stop.

Day 14

In Tehran, we visit the National Museum with its collections of archaeological artefacts, and also stop at the Islamic Museum. This afternoon, we continue to the Golestan Palace.

Day 15

During our final day in Tehran, we pay a visit to the Carpet Museum and also to the Reza Abbasi Museum. We also stop to see the Niavaran Palace.

Day 16

Today, we transfer to the airport and catch our return flight to London.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Field Notes
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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