Iran is one of the world's most intriguing countries.
Regularly portrayed in a negative light by parts of the Western media, in truth it is a country full of history, culture and packed full of warm, friendly people who will leave a strong impression on you long after you've left the country.
We offer all kinds of tailored itineraries but our main tour is 8 days and takes in all the country's major highlights.
Arrive in Tehran airport* around midnight and be met in arrivals by your guide before transferring to your hotel in Tehran.
A few hours rest before a tour of Tehran. In the late afternoon we depart for Kashan where we will stay overnight.
After breakfast we will take a tour of Kashan, visiting the Fin Garden, Abbasian House, Bazaar and Soltan Hammam. After the tour we drive on to Esfahan where we will stay for the next two nights.
Today we take a full day tour of Esfahan, visiting the UNESCO site of Imam Square, Ali Qapu palace and Imam Mosque.
A half day tour of Esfahan today where we visit Chehel Sotun palace, the ancient bazaar, Sio Se Pol bridge, Khaju bridge and Jame mosque. In the afternoon we head to Yazd.
After breakfast we start our tour of Yazd. The city is over 5000 years old and is the centre of Zoroastrian culture and also one of Iran's most architecturally unique cities. We will visit Amir Chakhmaq complex, water museum, Jame mosque, Old district, Dolat Abad garden and Zoroastrian fire temple.
A further tour of Yazd in the morning before departing for Shiraz in the afternoon.
After breakfast we visit the ancient city of Persepolis; a UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the capital of the Persian Empire during the Achemaenian era. The vast site covers over 125,000 square metres and is composed of reception halls, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications.
We then continue onto Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian Royal Necropolis where we can see the remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices.
Return to Shiraz in the afternoon for a tour of the city.
Complete our tour of Shiraz, visiting Pink Mosque, Holy Shrine of Shah Cheragh, Karim Khan Citadel, Eram Garden and Narenjestan House. Here the tour ends. Either depart home from Shiraz or we can arrange you a domestic flight back to Tehran (approx £50) .
Tour price: 1078 EUR
This prices includes:
- visa authorisation code and support
- airport transfers*
- 3 star & traditional twin, triple or double hotel accommodation
- all transport
- experienced local English speaking tour guide
- all breakfasts
- all entry fees
- accompanied by Western tour leader
- International flights (email us for cheapest options)
- Visa fee at Embassy (prices depend on nationality)
- tips for guide
- Meals (about 25 EUR per day)
- Domestic flights if flying back to Tehran (approx 60 EUR)
- Optional single supplement 240 EUR
*transfer is provided for those arriving on flights around 1:00am on the 16th April (Turkish and Pegasus both have flights arriving around this time). For those who would like to arrive at another time, there will be a transfer surcharge.
Please note that there are currently visa restrictions in place for UK , US and Canadian citizens. We advise applying at least 2 months in advance to ensure time to obtain your visa authorisations.
There are also travel restrictions in place for UK , US and Canadian citizens, being required to be accompanied by a guide at all times, which means there is no flexibility on the itinerary.
For US citizens there is a £100 surcharge due to restrictions in place meaning we need to pay guide surcharges.
Do you issue visa codes?
Visa authorisation codes which enable you to obtain a visa are included free of charge with our tours. For anyone looking to travel independently, we can obtain a visa authorisation for you at a price of £49.
Processing time is usually around 2 weeks but can often be longer, depending on the political situation at the time. Please note visa codes are only possible on group tours for UK, US and Canadian citizens. All other nationalities can travel independently. Visa codes for our group tours are usually issued 4 weeks prior to departure but there can sometimes be delays. Once you have the visa code you will need to take it to your nearest Embassy to collect your visa. Processing times are 1-3 days. Prices vary between Embassies and between nationalities.
Do women have to follow the Islamic dress code?
Yes, you are required to cover your arms and legs and also wear a head scarf. We can provide you with suitable scarf or you are welcome to bring your own.
How much freedom will I have in Iran?
As of April 2014, UK and Canadian citizens are subject to the same travel restrictions as US citizens. Citizens from each of these countries must be accompanied by a guide at all times. Independent travel is no longer possible. This means that on group tours the itinerary must be kept to strictly and leaving the group to visit places alone is not possible. All other nationalities can travel around freely and do not have to be accompanied by a guide. For Americans, Brits and Canadians - if you would like more flexibility from a tour then we advise booking a private tour rather than a group tour so that you can have full flexibility to change the itinerary as you go along if required.