“Forget any preconceptions and discover the real Iran – a land of ravishing landscapes, rich history and fabled hospitality.”


Teheran | Royal Gardens of Fin | Agha Mosque | Yazd | Bazm | the imperial city of Persepolis | Shiraz | Murgon Waterfalls | Visiting nomadic families | Bavanat Valley | Trekking in Dena Mountains | Golkuh Lake | Esfahan | Sa'adi and Hafez | Zagros Mountains

Description of Iran holiday

Recent history has made Iran one of the world's most misunderstood places, and this is a glorious opportunity to discover the deeper truth about this fascinating country - from the cultural splendours of Shiraz to the nomadic tribes of the Zagros Mountains.

In its former incarnation of Persia, Iran produced one of the world's grandest empires, recalled through myriad stupendous monuments and grand cities. But you'll also experience the fabled hospitality of its people, including atmospheric rural homestays. Ease into your trip with a trip to the National Museum in the vibrant capital Teheran, then begin your Persian odyssey with a drive to the Royal Gardens of Fin and famous Agha Mosque en route to Abyaneh village.

As you journey, each day will unveil new wonders. In Yazd alone, you will visit a sacred Zoroastrian site known as the Towers of Silence, as well as the Bagh-e-Doulat Abad Garden and Jameh Mosque.

Experience the ruins of Darius the Great's imperial city Persepolis, and compare with the thriving nearby city of Shiraz, home to the Arg-e-Karim Khani Fortress plus a fabulous bazaar and welcoming teahouses. Then discover a more rural Iran in places like the gorgeous Bavanat Valley, from charming villages to the tented settlements of Qashqai nomads – as well as a day-trek in the Dena Mountains, walking to the Golkuh Lake (2200m) through wonderful acorn forests.

The trip rounds off amid the atmospheric historic glories of Esfahan – a rich hoard of palaces, mosques, museums and bazaars, plus an intriguing Armenian quarter.

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03 Mar 2019
£ 3695
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21 Apr 2019
£ 3895
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15 Sep 2019
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22 Sep 2019
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What this trip includes

Trips are on full board basis, and include transport as outlined in itinerary, twin-share accommodation, mineral water and entrance fees.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iran holiday

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged or spoilt in any way. All our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions and, as tour operators, is something we are careful to promote.

When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions.

In Iran we use local ground handlers - this means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy and helps to improve employment opportunities in remote regions. By incorporating home-stays, locally owned hotels, restaurants and the services of guides and drivers into our itineraries, we ensure that money you spend on your trip goes directly into the local economy and local communities benefit from tourism.

Our company also supports emergency relief efforts in the areas we travel to, such as the Pakistan Earthquake Fund set up in 2005 and a variety of other community benefiting NGOs around the world. We also support several other NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, Tibetan schools trust and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit. There are full details of these on the Responsible Tourism page on our website.

1 Reviews of Iran holiday

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The homestay was a real highlight. We were also invited to Asura events in Yazd, where we were made very welcome and got to experience the local events.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Lots of people will look at you as if you are mad when you tell them that you are going on holiday to Iran and suggests that it is very dangerous. Ignore them. I have never been to a place where people are so pleased to meet tourists, particularly British ones.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I think that this trip benefits local people by using local businesses, particularly the home stay and the local restaurants. We also used local guides in places and visited villages where the visit would also have supported the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We really enjoyed this trip. The history is fascinating, the architecture is beautiful, and the people genuinely welcoming and friendly. The only point to be prepared for is that the food, whilst reasonably tasty, isn't varied and you tend to get the same things everywhere. That is not a criticism of the trip, but is just the nature of the sort of food served in restaurants in Iran.

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