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This enthralling tour through Iran will introduce you to this hidden country which offers an wealth of riches and ancient history. Discover 3 UNESCO world heritage sites in one tour - Persepolis, the capital of Cyrus the Great, the city of Yazd famed to be the 2nd most historic city in the world and Naghsh-e-Jahan Square. Sample local cuisine and explore the enigmatic cities of Shiraz and Tehran.
Depart London Heathrow on your overnight flight to Tehran.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You will have time to refresh before embarking on afternoon city tour. Admire the multi-award winning Nature Bridge or Tabi'at Bridge, a 270-metre bridge which is the largest pedestrian overpass in Tehran connecting two public parks. Proceed to Tajirish, one of the oldest parts of Tehran enjoying a favourable location in the northern hills - the bazaar being one of the best places to see the colours of Tehran. Lastly onto Jamshidyeh Park, after a short climb delight in the superb panoramic view of the city.
After breakfast a full day city tour begins at the Carpet Museum, Iranians have been weaving stunning carpets for 2,500 years and this fabulous museum showcases the best examples from the 18th century onwards with a few unique carpets such as the Tree of Life with Kings and Notables. Your tour also includes a visit to the lavish Golestan Palace, the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran and a masterpiece of the Qajar era, the walled palace embodies the successful integration of earlier Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. A visit to the Treasury of National Jewels showcasing the most dazzling collection of gemstones and jewellery known in the world is also on today's agenda. The Crown Jewels of Iran have been little more than legend in the past and now the spectacular objects are on fine display.
Following breakfast, you will transfer to Tehran Airport for your flight to Shiraz. After checking in at your hotel the rest if the day is at leisure to start exploring this famous city, known to many as the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers.
Today's full day city commences with a visit to the delightful Eram Garden, a historic Persian garden built by order of Shaddad, an Arab king who wanted to compete with paradise. With its beautiful grounds, aesthetic attractions and lush plants the Kings order was most certainly fulfilled. Continue to the tomb of two of the country's finest poets Hafez and Saadi, admire the ambience of the charming garden surrounded by two pools before finally absorbing the beauty of the Delgosha garden 'the garden of the Hearts Delight'
Considered the highlight of your trip to Iran you will travel from Shiraz to Yazd, stopping en route at the UNESCO heritage site of the ancient city of Persepolis. Once the capital of the Achaemenid Empire this magnificent ruin rests at the foot of the atmospheric Juh-e Rahmat (Mountain of Mercy). Continue to Naqsh-e Rustum, the ancient necropolis is a most spectacular and awe inspiring site which dates to circa 1000 B. Continue to Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital under the rule of Cyrus the Great which now houses his tomb before arriving at Yazd.
Following breakfast today's city tour of Yazd will reveal the true beauty of the 'City of Wind'. Meander down its winding lanes and enchanting historic streets and admire the Amir Chakhmaq Complex and Jame Mosque, both marvellous prominent mosques located in the centre of the city, surrounded by rich and vibrant bazaars. End your day with a wander around the delightful coin and water museums.
This morning you will drive to Isfahan with the rest of the day at your leisure to enjoy the dazzling capital of Ancient Persia.
This morning you will start your tour of Isfahan, visually this is the most stimulating city of Iran. You will visit a host of attractions including the fabulous Vank Church, the moving columns of Menarjonban as well as walking through charming historic bazaars and admiring picturesque bridges such as 33 POL, the unforgettable bridge of 33 arches.
Your last full day takes you to Kashan City for your final city tour. This delightful oasis which is unfortunately bypassed by many offers you traditional Persian architecture at the Tabatabaei House, a journey through Bagh-e-Fin garden, the oldest extant garden in Iran as well as colourful bazaars and charming historic houses.
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport for your return flight to London.
British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. The Iranian embassy in London has confirmed that it has commenced its visa service; you should apply by emailing email@example.com. More information is available from the Iranian embassy. You should lodge your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Check the expiry date of your visa before travelling. If you overstay your visa, you may have to remain in Iran until the situation is resolved. Some British nationals have experienced considerable difficulties trying to get visas from private online visa agencies.
Please be aware that only you are responsible for acquiring your own Visa.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Flying direct to Tehran with British Airways. British Airways operate six flights a week to Tehran from London. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of award-winning service when travelling to Tehran. When you fly with us, you can enjoy our free on-board food and bar service, as well as a convenient 23kg checked baggage allowance, helping you make the most of your holiday from start to finish. Your flight will Depart from London Heathrow (Terminal 5)
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of passengers on your tour will be 10 and the maximum number of passengers will be 35. If in the unlikely event your tour does not reach the minimum passenger numbers, then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. There will be one tour guide change from Tehran and Shiraz.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned on your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, drinks and snacks. Approximately (500 euro) per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion; However we would recommend approximately 7 to 8 Euros per person for your guide and 8 to 10 Euros per person for driver per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.
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|12 Sep 2017||21 Sep 2017||£2095pp|
|03 Oct 2017||12 Oct 2017||£2245pp|
|21 Nov 2017||30 Nov 2017||£2349pp|
|12 Dec 2017||21 Dec 2017||£2245pp|
|30 Jan 2018||08 Feb 2018||£2395pp|
|20 Feb 2018||01 Mar 2018||£2449pp|
|06 Mar 2018||15 Mar 2018||£2449pp|
Take a bit longer to explore the enigmatic city of Tehran on this extension