web-iran-mainThe intricate geometric pattern decorating the ceiling of Golestan Palace, TehranThe vast and imposing citadel of Karim Khan in Shiraz


Discover a region like no other: the ancient Persian Empire. From ancient rulers and Achaemenid capitals to beautiful palace and garden complexes there’s so much for you to experience. Once home to one of the greatest empires of the world, Iran offers a myriad of archaeological treasures, bustling bazaars, and striking scenery that are sure to take your breath away.

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August 29 – September 17, 2017 (20 Days)
October 3 – 22, 2017 (20 Days)
$7,995 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,250


Tour Description


  • Discover the beauty and majesty of Iran’s long-passed empires, early modern dynasties, and timeless scenery
  • Visit Persepolis, the impressive ancient city which served as capital of the Achaemenid Empire for over two centuries

  • Travel to no fewer than ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Tehran’s magnificent Golestan Palace
  • Find the perfect souvenir, or simply soak up the atmosphere on a morning visit to Yazd’s lively central bazaar

Meals: All breakfasts, lunches & dinners


Day 1 & 2:
Depart from our home cities on April 4 and arrive on April 5. We transfer to the hotel for a welcome dinner and lecture.
Hotel: Tehran.

We begin with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Golestan Palace, an opulent Qajar-era masterpiece, and the National Museum of Iran’s archaeological and post-Islamic collections.
Hotel: Tehran.

Discover the Sa’dabad Complex and see the lavish Green Palace of the Pahlavi kings in the morning, then depart towards Zanjan, stopping to explore the Soltaniyeh Mausoleum along the way.
Hotel: Zanjan.

This morning we visit the archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman, where we find a wealth of remains including a Zoroastrian temple. We continue to Hamadan.
Hotel: Hamadan.

We pay a morning visit to Hamadan before traveling to Bisotun, famous for the Bisotun inscription, in which Darius listed his achievements in Old Persian, Elamite and Babylonian. In the evening we also visit Taq-e Bostan, noted for its large Sassanid Era rock reliefs.
Hotel: Kermanshah.

Day 7: AHVAZ
We drive to Ahwaz, stopping en route to view Khorramabad’s impressive fortress and the remains of a Sassanid bridge.
Hotel: Ahvaz.

Day 8: AHVAZ
Today we visit the site of Ancient Shush and explore the ruins of the Darius I’s palace complex. After lunch, we discover the remains of the Elamite city of Kabnak and the Ziggurat at Choqa Zanbil.
Hotel: Ahvaz.

This morning we fly to the desert trading city of Kerman where we explore the beautiful Bagh-e Harandi Gardens, home to a small but interesting museum.
Hotel: Kerman.

Day 10: YAZD
We begin the morning at Kerman’s central bazaar and hamam museum before driving to Yazd, steeped in Zoroastrian culture. We explore the mud-brick old town, and Masjed-e Jameh Mosque.
Hotel: Yazd.

Day 11: YAZD
This morning we explore Zoroastrian burial traditions, visiting the evocative Towers of Silence and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Our last visit is to the beautiful Dolat Abad Gardens. Free time to follow.
Hotel: Yazd.

We leave Yazd and the desert behind and Travel to Esfahan, where we will spend the afternoon exploring Vank Cathedral and the surrounding Armenian Quarter.
Hotel: Isfahan.

This morning we explore the palaces and garden at Kakh-e Chehel Sotun, before continuing to Masjed-e Jameh Mosque in the heart of Esfahan’s old city. We also get a glimpse of the second-largest square on earth, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
Hotel: Isfanhan.

On our second visit to Naqsh-e Jahan Square, we explore the monuments that surround it: the tile-work Royal Mosque, the delicate Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the charming Ali Qapu pavilion. This afternoon, we take in the intricate decor of the Hasht Behesht palace.
Hotel: Isfahan.

Day 15: SHIRAZ
We make our way to Shiraz, heart of Persian culture today. En route to our destination, we visit the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, the King Cyrus-founded Pasargadae.
Hotel: Shiraz.

Day 16 & 17: SHIRAZ
We explore Shiraz, starting with the breathtaking Pink Mosque, elegant Narenjestan Palace, and the tomb of the poet Hafez. On April 20, we explore another Achaemenid capital — Persepolis. Grand staircases and complex royal tombs testify to its ancient magnificence.
Hotel: Shiraz.

Day 18: SHIRAZ
Today’s touring takes us to Bishapur, the city founded by Shapur I, famous for his capture of Roman emperor Valerian.
Hotel: Shiraz.

Day 19: SHIRAZ
Today we travel to Firouzabad, stopping at the magnificent Qal’eh-i Dukhtar Palace. We return to Shiraz after lunch, enjoying some free time before our farewell dinner.
Hotel: Shiraz.

Day 20:
We transfer to the airport and part ways.

Please note that we are still finalising our hotels in Iran, rest assured we can guarantee we will only use the very best on offer. You can stay up to date with the latest changes by visiting our website.

Additional Information


Dr. Mehreen Chida-Razvi earned her BSc and BA from the University of Florida, Gainesville before moving to London, England. There, she completed an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a second MA and a PhD in the History of Art & Archaeology from SOAS, University of London.

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