Iran: A Journey Through Persia - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

This unique journey reveals why Iran is widely regarded as one of the most cultured nations on earth with a 5,000-year-old history and some of the world’s most extraordinary ancient sites.

Journey Overview

This unique journey reveals why Iran is widely regarded as one of the most cultured nations on earth with a 5,000-year-old history and some of the world’s most extraordinary ancient sites like the ruined cities of Persepolis and Pasargadae. Years of isolation have given the country a certain mystique, and discerning travellers are rewarded with the opportunity of seeing a destination on the cusp of change. Iran’s cities are vibrant, full of atmospheric teahouses, bustling bazaars and beautifully tiled mosques. It has a rich textile heritage, a flavoursome cuisine and its desert landscapes are eerily beautiful. Above all, though, you’ll be mesmerised by the Iranian people who are warm and welcoming, eager to share their views and their beautiful homeland.

Journey Highlights

  • Marvel at the amazing treasures and artefacts in Tehran’s main museums including the Carpet and National Jewels Museums
  • Stroll through Tajrish Bazaar and discover the essential ingredients used in Persian cooking
  • Ride like a local on Tehran’s modern metro system
  • Discover Golestan Palace, a former royal complex and UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Explore Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important in the Ancient World
  • Witness curious dancing cum weightlifting at the Zurkhaneh (House of Strength)
  • Observe the fascinating badgirs or wind catchers in the desert city of Yazd
  • Appreciate why Isfahan is widely held as the most beautiful Islamic city in the world
  • Visit Isfahan’s Music Museum and listen to a musical performance
  • Meet a local family and learn the secrets of traditional Iranian cooking
  • Drink authentic mint tea in the serene garden at the Tomb of Hafez
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Tehran.

Welcome to the Iranian capital. On arrival you will be met, assisted through immigration and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet fellow travelling companions and your Resident Tour Director for a briefing and welcome dinner.
Espinas International Hotel | Meals: D

Day 2: Tehran | Art & Antiquities.

Head out to explore Iran’s most liberal city. First stop is the National Museum where an extensive collection includes ceramics, textile remains, rare books, plus stone figurines and carvings taken from important sites such as Persepolis and Susa. Next door admire a stunning collection of arts and antiquities from throughout the Islamic period. Later prepare to be dazzled at the fabulous National Jewels Museum. This priceless collection includes the Globe of Jewels, the 200-year-old stone encrusted Peacock Throne and the world’s largest pink diamond. Finally, admire the extensive collection of old Persian carpets and rugs at the Carpet Museum.
Espinas International Hotel | BLD

Day 3: Tehran | Persian Cuisine.

Exercise your taste buds this morning on a guided culinary walk through Tajrish Bazaar. Be introduced to the fragrant spices and ingredients used in traditional Iranian cooking, before meeting a local chef who puts them to use in her kitchen. Sit round the table and enjoy a Persian feast with plenty of engaging conversation and local insight. After lunch, an intriguing look at the lavish lifestyle of the shahs on a visit to the Sa’ad Abad Palace & Museum Complex.
Espinas International Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 4: Shiraz | Literature & Gardens.

Ride like locals on the metro arriving at the Golestan Palace, one of the city’s oldest historic monuments set around an elegant garden. Its grand buildings are decorated with beautifully painted tiles, mirrored halls and ceremonial rooms housing royal portraits, decorative artworks, paintings and sculptures. You also visit the Reza Abbasi Museum with a collection dating from pre-historic times through to the early 20th century. Afterwards, fly south to Shiraz, considered the heartland of Persian culture and sophistication.
Shiraz Grand Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 5: Shiraz | Handicrafts, Mosques & Madrasas.

Explore the famous gardens, tombs and mosques of Shiraz. Begin with Eram Garden, one of the most famous in Iran and included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Stroll through the historic gardens where palm trees, flower beds and fountains have created a wonderful atmosphere and visit Narenjestan e Ghavam, an old merchant’s house situated in the grounds.

Next stop is the splendid pink tiled 19th century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, one of the country’s most impressive. Spend time interacting with teachers and students at Madrasa Khan, an important theological school, before heading to Arg-e-Karim Khan, the 18th century citadel. Finish the day exploring the Vakil Bazaar, one of the best places in Shiraz to buy Persian rugs, spices, handicrafts and antiques.
Shiraz Grand Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Persepolis | Ancient Achaemenian Capital.

Prepare to be amazed as you visit Persepolis and the remains of palaces and tombs of some of the greatest rulers in history. Highlights of this extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage site include the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and the famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearers from around the Persian Empire. Journey to Naghsh-e-Rostam, an ancient necropolis with royal tombs cut high into the cliff face. Back in Shiraz relax with a cup of mint tea in the beautiful garden of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez.
Shiraz Grand Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 7: Shiraz | Culinary Appreciation.

Enjoy a morning at leisure. Later, an appreciation of the tar, one of the most important musical instruments in Iran, when you visit a workshop and enjoy a musical performance. This evening, you are welcomed into a local home with a cooking demonstration followed by dinner.
Shiraz Grand Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 8: Pasargadae | Tomb of Cyrus the Great.

Drive to the oasis town of Yazd. On the way, stop at another of the great Persian sites – Pasargadae, which pre-dates Persepolis. See the simple but impressive tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, and the remains of several of his palaces at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop for lunch at the small desert town of Abarkuh to see the 4,000-year old cypress tree.
Safaiyeh Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Yazd | Zoroastrian Relics & Beautiful Gardens.

Spend the day exploring this unique desert town. Observe the Friday Mosque dating to 1324 and take a walking tour of the historic Fahadan. Stroll past the Seljuk shrine, the old Ziaieyeh Theological School and visit some of the traditional textile workshops and stalls. Experience an active Zoroastrian Fire Temple and hear from a Zoroastrian cleric before viewing one of the two abandoned Towers of Silence. Proceed to beautiful Dowlat Abad Garden to admire the 18th century house and view the highest badgir (wind-catcher) in Iran. This evening, witness an intriguing 3,000-year-old desert sport at a zurkhaneh.
Safaiyeh Garden Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 10: Na’in | 2,000-Year-Old Desert Town.

Continue west to Isfahan stopping en route in Na’in, a charming desert town famous for its high-quality carpets and woollen textiles. Wander through the 10th century Friday Mosque and the 17th century Pirnia Traditional House and stroll through the old town.
Abbasi Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Isfahan | A Hidden Jewel.

Considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the Islamic world, Isfahan’s key sites are on show today including its splendid mosques, cathedrals, public squares, bridges, palaces and bazaars. Start with a stroll around two of the world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Imam – before visiting the Ali-Qapu Palace. Explore the Qeisarieh Bazaar, admiring handicrafts for which Isfahan is famous. In this city of bridges, watch the sun go down at the Khajou and Sio-se-pol bridges.
Abbasi Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 12: Isfahan | Epic Persian Architecture.

More astonishing sights in store today. Discover the magnificent Friday Mosque with its famous prayer niche and the Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century. Head to the Armenian Jolfa area to admire the Vank Cathedral, then proceed to the nearby Music Museum for a performance of traditional instruments.
Abbasi Hotel | Meals: BL

Day 13: Kashan | Delightful Oasis Town.

Return to Tehran, stopping en route at Abyaneh, one of the oldest and most beautiful villages in Iran. Continue to Kashan, an attractive oasis town famous for its carpets, ceramic tiles and silk. Visit the early 16th century garden of Fin and a 19th century merchant residence with its beautiful stucco dome, inlaid mirror work and fine badgirs. Arrive back in Tehran in time for a farewell dinner.
Espinas International Hotel | Meals: BLD

Day 14: Depart Tehran.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Maximum Group Size: 18
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
Note: Hotels are subject to change.
For local cultural reasons, alcohol is not available for consumption in Iran.

Tour Inclusions
All accommodation as detailed on a double/ twin share basis with private facilities; meals as specified; bottled water during transfers and touring; airport welcome; assistance with luggage and group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle; services of English speaking A&K Resident Tour Director; economy flights only if specified as included in itinerary, all entrance fees, planning, handling, operational and communication charges, all tipping.

Tour Exclusions
International flights not specified as included, visas, insurance coverage of personal loss, injury, illness or damages incurred during your trip; items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, dry cleaning, internet, fax or phone charges; transfers, sightseeing or meals not specified in itinerary; excess baggage charges; alcoholic beverages (not available for purchase in Iran for local cultural reasons).

Please Note
Luxury hotel choices are limited in this part of the world. On our journey A&K has selected the best available accommodation in each city but these hotels are not considered luxurious by international standards, rather comfortable and functional. Due to the limited number of hotels in the country, those listed in our itinerary are subject to change prior to travel. Your Abercrombie & Kent representative will keep you informed of any changes and will provide a final list at time of documentation.

For further information please contact A&K and speak to one of our groups specialists. 

Tailor Made Travel with A&K
If scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer to travel privately, talk to your A&K travel specialist or your travel agent about creating the perfect bespoke journey for your, or a small group

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Grand Shiraz

Iran: A Journey Through Persia - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

The Grand Hotel Shiraz is well positioned, located in the heart of the city, close to many local attractions. The hotel welcomes guests ... Read more

Espinas International Hotel

Iran: A Journey Through Persia - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

The Espinas International Hotel is well positioned in the heart of Tehran and offers 202 rooms with views of the city or courtyard. There ... Read more

Hotel Abbasi

Iran: A Journey Through Persia - A Limited Edition Small Group Journey (2020)

The Abbasi Hotel was built on the site of a Safavid caravanserai, dating back 300 years to the time of Sultan Husayn of Safavid, Its hist ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Sep 21, 2020 - Oct 4, 2020
Price AU$9,595pp Single Supplement AU$2,495 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book
Nov 2, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020
Price AU$9,595pp Single Supplement AU$2,495 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book
Apr 5, 2021 - Apr 18, 2021
Price AU$9,595pp Single Supplement AU$2,495 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Book
Notes:

Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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