Jan 2020: Please note that following Foreign Commonwealth Office advice against travel to Iran, we are not taking bookings on this adventure, until further notice.

8 nights based on twin sharing

8 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches,      8 Dinners

Includes all transfers
and guides

Grade 2 – Beginner
(city walking only)

Sat 30 Oct – Sun 7th
Nov 2021

£1,699

  • Visit the palaces and Grand Bazaar of Tehran
  • Explore Persepolis, ancient seat of the Persian Empire
  • Experience the legendary Iranian cuisine & hospitality
  • Wonder at the sublime architecture of Yazd, Shiraz & Isfahan

This cultural adventure takes us on a journey through the very best that Iran has to offer; incorporating its exquisite architectural achievements, peaceful mosques, glistening mosaics, blooming gardens, lavish palaces, Zoroastrian fire temples, the ancient ruins of the greatest empire the world has ever seen, fresh yoghurts with sizzling meats, glorious tapestries, meandering labyrinthine bazaars, windswept desert plains, and the legendary hospitality of its people.

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Optional extras:  Single accommodation (£300)

Not Included:  International Flights, visa fee (arranging is included), insurance (mandatory), airport taxes, tips, souvenirs

Full Itinerary for Iran Cultural Adventure

Day 1: Arrival in Tehran, group dinner

You will be greeted at Imam Khomeini International Airport by both your YellowWood and local guides, to be transferred to your hotel in Tehran to relax and freshen up. We will then have our first group dinner together in a restaurant in the city, discovering the delicious cuisine of Iran!

Day 2: Tour of Tehran, fly to Shiraz

We will take a tour of the capital including its breath-taking palaces such as the Ahmad Shahi Pavilion situated in the great wooded Niavaran complex in the north of the city, home to the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. We will also visit the Golestan Palace and other royal buildings in the gardens of royal Qajar complex of the preceding dynasty before heading to the bustling and vibrant Grand Bazaar. After lunch we drive to Mehrabad airport and fly to Shiraz.

Day 3: Experience the wonders of Shiraz

We embark on a guided tour of Shiraz, one of the best tourism destinations in Iran. This starts by visiting the lush Eram Gardens, before moving on to the Nasir ol Molk Mosque, better known to the world as the renowned ‘Pink Mosque’, with its incandescent mosaics and stained glass windows . Our next stop will be to admire the breathtaking architecture of the Vakil complex, exploring both its elegant mosque and bazaar. Our last site is the tomb of Hafez, whose poetry has inspired millions of Iranians.

Day 4: Explore the ancient ruins of Persepolis

We drive out of the city into the dry deserts of Iran, towards one of the greatest historical sites in the world. Persepolis was the ancient capital of the Persian Empire, before it was mostly destroyed by Alexander the Great in retribution for the burning of Athens. In 480 BC, under the Persian Achaemenid Empire, it ruled the greatest ever percentage of the global population (approximately 44%), making it the largest empire in history. We then drive for six hours into the very heart of Iran; Yazd.

Day 5: Tour the desert city of Yazd

We will learn the fascinating history of the Zoroastrian religion, which precedes Islam, at its ancient sites at the Tower of Silence, and a fire temple that holds a fire that has been kept alight continuously since 470AD. The city’s Jame Mosque, built in the 12th Century and still in use, it is an example of some of the finest Persian mosaics; its minarets souring up to be the highest in the country. We will finish with a rooftop dinner watching the sun descend amid the city’s windcatchers – for which it is famous.

Day 6: Drive to Meybod, Nain & Isfahan

It is only a three hours driving to Isfahan, but on the way we will visit Narin castle in Meybod, and also Jame mosque and Pirnia house in Nain. This is a great opportunity to discover some of the smaller towns of Iran and meet the local people there. We will of course be continuing to discover the country’s delicious foods in many different types of local restaurants. We finish today with a relaxing evening in the calming atmosphere of the picturesque Isfahan.

Day 7: Tour of Isfahan

We partake in a full-day excursion in Isfahan to visit its cultural highlights, including Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh lotfollah mosque and Bazaar, before heading to Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sotun Palace. Of course you are free to see as much or as little as you like but the Jame Mosque is not to be missed! After dinner we can walk down to the famous bridges where many of the city’s inhabitants congregate in the evenings before another well-deserved night in our hotel.

Day 8: Camel riding in the desert

We get an early start for the two hour drive toward Matin Abad Eco Resort in the desert, stopping along the way to explore the unique Abiyaneh Village and the delicate and refined architecture of Kashan’s Fin Garden and Tabatabieha House. When we reach the resort we can enjoy a camel ride out into the desert, although this isn’t compulsory. We will have our last group dinner this evening, concluding our cultural adventure.

Day 9: Drive to airport and departure

We will drive the three hours from the camp to the airport for flight departures. If you wish to stay an additional night or more in Tehran we will be happy to arrange this for you.

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Each of the cities, towns, villages and even a desert camp we visit have their own unique personalities and hidden treasures, including: Tehran – with its Grand Bazaar and the incredibly opulent palaces of the Shahs; Shiraz – home to the world famous Pink Mosque and other architectural wonders; Persepolis – Seat of the Persian Empire which encompassed almost half of humanity.

Isfahan – its Jame Mosque considered by many to be the pinnacle of Islamic architecture; Yazd – the famous and picturesque Zoroastrian desert city, surviving its harsh environment via water irrigation channels and elegant windcatchers; and many more – including exploring the wilderness via a camel ride in the desert. Add to this the immense variety of Persian cuisine and an incredibly friendly people eager to share their culture, and you have an adventure you will never forget.

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Flight Information:

International  flights are not included in the adventure price. YellowWood Adventures donates £35/client using international air travel to the charity WeForest, to plant & maintain 15 trees in the fight against global deforestation.

The national flight from Tehran to Shiraz IS included in the price and will be booked by us.

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