Be mesmerised by the richness of Iranian culture and scenery

Welcome to the hidden world of Iran. Travel through this fascinating country to discover refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, fascinating nomads and shimmering deserts. Whether you're relaxing in a teahouse in Tehran, enjoying guided tours of ancient cultural sites or breaking bread with nomads on the harsh Iranian plateau, the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people is endearing and the profound beauty of their land is mesmerising.

Start
Tehran, Iran
Finish
Tehran, Iran
Countries
Iran
Themes
Explorer
Code
HPSN
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
488kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Taste traditional Iranian cuisine on a homestay
  • Travel across the Iranian plateau
  • Explore the busy streets of Tehran
  • Spend a night with a nomadic family
  • Ponder life in Persepolis on a guided tour
  • Admire the delicate beauty of Esfahan
  • Gain an insight into the lives of Silk Road traders

Itinerary

Travel to Tehran, the chaotic capital of Iran. Venture through teeming bazaars and busy streets to the ornate Golestan Palace. The exquisite marbled terraces, artistic treasures and gilded mirrors all attest to the power and influence of the Qajar rulers.
Discover the ancient ceremonial capital of Persepolis on a guided tour and perhaps experience the riches of Iranian culture in a traditional teahouse.
Enjoy an overnight stay with local nomads in a communal tent.
Get off the beaten track with a visit to the town of Eghlid, dramatically perched between the desert and the mountains.
Step into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic caravanserai. Set in the desolate Dasht-e Lut Desert, this place of shelter has changed little since the 16th century.
Visit the sacred Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd, an ancient town of wind-catchers.
Be led through the fascinating history, tree-lined boulevards and atmospheric bazaars of Esfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. Don't miss the sunset over the dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - the tiles shimmer from cream to all shades of pink.
Travel to Abyaneh and inspect the intricate architecture in this ancient red-rock town.
See some fine examples of traditional houses and try khoresht - a tasty Iranian stew - on a visit to a local family's house.
Visit the shrine of Imam Khomeini on the journey back to Tehran. Perhaps head to a lively teahouse and reminisce with the group about this unforgettable Iranian adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
10 breakfasts2 dinners
Transport
Bus, Plane, Private Bus
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (12 nights), Nomad Tent (1 night)
Included activities
  • Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh
  • Ali Qapu Palace
  • Eghlid sightseeing walk
  • Esfahan walking tour
  • Golestan Palace
  • Iman Mosque entrance and guided tour
  • Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam entrance and guided tour
  • Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
  • Shiraz walking tour including entrance to sights
  • Tehran walking tour
  • Traditional houses
  • Visit to the holy shrine of Imam Khomeni
  • Yazd walking tour including entrance to sights

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Important notes

This trip starts at 12noon on day 1

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Iran Adventure trips score an average of 4.84 out of 5 based on 31 reviews in the last year.

Iran Adventure , May 2015

Iran Adventure , May 2015