British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Update on Iran (Jan 2020)

The safety and welfare of our travellers is our first priority and we operate our adventures in accordance with advice issued by the British FCO, with whom we are in constant contact.
Following the FCO updates advising against travel to Iran, we are not currently taking bookings for our Iran Adventures, until further notice. Our thoughts are with our local colleagues and partners who are adversely affected by the current state of affairs.

Iran adventure travel: Seat of the Persian Empire and home to the pinnacles of Islamic architecture; ski in the snow-laden resorts of the Alborz Mountains; hike in the foothills where the notorious Assassins built their fortresses.

Marvel at the Mosque of Whirling Colours, the largest bazaar in the world, the palaces of Tehran and the Garden of Heaven in Isfahan; follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great through the ruins of Persepolis. Experience the incredible hospitality of Iranians and their delicious cuisine, whilst unveiling the wonders of Ancient Persia.

  • 16-24 October 2021 (9 days)
  • Grade 4 – Intermediate
  • Drive and hike up to ancient assassins’ castles in the beautiful Alborz Mountians, visit  the largest covered bazaar in the world in Tabriz


  • 30 Oct – 7 Nov 2021 (9 days)
  • Grade 2 – Entry Level
  • Discover the incredible cultural heritage of Iran including the sublime architectural monuments of Tehran, Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd and Isfahan


  • 11-19 Dec 2021 (9 days)
  • Grade 6 – Intermediate
  • 4 full days of skiing in Dizin: Iran’s best ski resort, with cultural tours to visit fire temples, mosques and palaces in Tehran, Yazd and Isfahan


Best months to travel

(Dec-Mar for Iran Ski Adventure)

Recommended Reading

  • Shah of Shahs – Ryszard Kapuscinski

  • The Valleys of the Assassins – Freya Stark

  • Persia through writer’s eyes – David Blow

  • My Uncle Napoleon – Iraj Pezeshkzad

  • The Road to Oxiana – Robert Byron

“Iran’s Dizin is a great, varied-run ski resort, perfect for beginners but equally challenging enough for more advanced skiers. It’s size coupled with the lack of people skiing really makes you feel like you have the place to yourself. It was great to incorporate cultural elements into the trip – Tehran a bustling city perched on a slanting hillside nestled between picturesque snow-capped mountains with colourful flower markets and aromatic nuts, seeds and spices stools. The city has an ‘East meets West’ feel to it. The grand bazaar is ‘must do’ whilst in Tehran!”

Robert Pawson, London
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