Abercrombie&Kent Hosted Iran Journey
IRAN: A JOURNEY THROUGH PERSIA – AN A&K HOSTED JOURNEY
The latest addition to A&K’s growing portfolio of Hosted Small Group Journeys is an adventure to Iran. The hosted Iran journey reveals a vast and fascinating country with a 5,000 year old history and World Heritage sites on top.
Be dazzled by the ancient cities near Ahwaz, amazed by the architectural delights of Isfahan, the ancient ruins of Persepolis and the mesmerising gardens and bazaars of Shiraz. These evocative names are long-enshrined in the history and legend of Central Asia. Our journey plots a course through Iran’s unique heritage while you observe the pride in which Iranians hold their country and its glorious past and enjoy a warm welcome and local hospitality.
Both departures have a maximum of 24 guests and are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
DAY ONE: Arrive Tehran
Arrival into the Iranian capital and transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your fellow travelling companions at a welcome dinner (D).
DAY TWO: Tehran
A full day’s guided touring in Tehran including the Archaeological and Islamic Museums which display a collection of pre-historic and ancient artefacts with pottery dating back as far as the 7th millennium B.C. Also visit the Abguineh Museum housing a valuable collection of pre- Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics, followed by a visit to the Carpet Museum with an extensive collection Persian carpets (B,L,D).
DAY THREE: Tehran – Ahwaz
This morning explore the city at leisure. This afternoon transfer to the airport for your flight to Ahwaz (B,L,D).
DAY FOUR: Ahwaz
Enjoy a full day excursion to Chogha-Zanbil and its impressive ziggurat built by Untash Gal, King of Elam, around 1250 BC. Continue to Haft-Tappeh or Seven Mounds, the Elamite necropolis, followed by a visit to Susa, the site of one of the oldest civilisations in Western Asia, dating back to 5,000 BC and the remains of Achaemenian palaces, plus the nearby Tomb of the biblical prophet Daniel (B,L,D).
DAY FIVE: Ahwaz – Shiraz
Drive (approx. 7 hours) to Shiraz. Breaking the journey stop to visit the ancient Sassanian city of Bishapur. Built by King Shapur I (241-273) the complex includes a central chamber and large courtyard formerly covered with impressive mosaics, plus the remains of a temple dedicated to Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility (B,L,D).
DAY SIX: Shiraz
Visit Eram Garden, one of the most beautiful Persian gardens in the country constructed during the 11th-14th centuries. See also the tombs of Iran’s greatest lyric poets, as well as the pink tiled 19th century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque and the Arg-e-Karim Khan (18th century citadel). Later visit the Madrassa Khan (Theological School) for interaction with teachers and students, the Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh and the Qajar-period Narenjestan House and grounds, a traditional merchant’s residence. Finally explore the Vakil Bazaar, one of the best places in Shiraz to buy Persian rugs, spices, handicrafts and antiques (B,L,D).
DAY SEVEN: Shiraz – Persepolis – Shiraz
Today visit Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World. The ancient capital of the Achaemenid kings where you will find the remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs. Also see the Naghsh-e-Rostam, the fire temple and Royal Tombs plus seven magnificent Sassanian rockreliefs (B,L,D).
DAY EIGHT: Shiraz – Yazd
Today you are driven approx. 5.5 hours to Yazd. Stop on route at Pasargadae, which pre-dates Persepolis to see the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the Founder of the Persian Empire, and remains of several of his palaces (B,L,D).
DAY NINE: Yazd
Today we explore Yazd, an oasis town that is famous for its unique architecture and Zoroastrian community. Included is a visit to one of the Zoroastrian abandoned Towers of Silence, dating back to the 17th century, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for about 1500 years, and the stunning Friday Mosque dating to 1324 with the highest portal and minarets in Iran (B,L,D).
DAY TEN: Yazd
Today is a full day at leisure to either relax at the hotel or explore this fascinating city on your own. Take a morning stroll through the local markets, visit one of the many fascinating museums or just sit and enjoy a local Persian tea as you watch a typical day in Iran unfold before you (B,L,D).
DAY ELEVEN: Yazd – Isfahan
Drive approx. 4 hours to Isfahan, home to three of the finest religious buildings anywhere in the Islamic world. On the way, stop at Na’in, a charming desert town famous for its highquality carpets and woollen textiles and visit the 10th century Friday Mosque and the 17th century Pirnia Traditional House (B,L,D).
DAY TWELVE: Isfahan
A full day touring in Isfahan widely thought to be the most beautiful city in the Islamic world. Visit the city’s famous bridges, the Armenian Quarter and its churches. Also visit one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e- Naghsh-e-Jahan, home to several important sites; the Ali-Qapu Palace, and two of the Islamic world’s greatest mosques, the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Imam both featuring magnificent architecture and tilework. Finish the day with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world-famous (B,L,D).
DAY THIRTEEN: Isfahan
Another day spent in this glorious city with visits to the magnificent Friday Mosque, the Chehel Sotun Palace built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century and the Hasht Behesht pavilion built in 1670 (B,L,D).
DAY FOURTEEN: Isfahan – Kashan
Drive approximately 2.5 hours to Kashan, an attractive oasis town which was famous for its carpets, ceramic tiles and silk. On the way stop to visit the charming town of Natanz and its beautiful Islamic complex. On arrival in Kashan visit the early 16th century garden of Fin and a 19th century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabai House with its beautiful stucco dome, inlaid mirror work and fine badgirs (wind-catchers) (B,L,D).
DAY FIFTEEN: Kashan – Tehran
Today return to Tehran (2.5 hour drive) passing the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini en route. This evening farewell your fellow travellers at a farewell dinner at the hotel (B,L,D).
DAY SIXTEEN: Depart Tehran
Transfer airport for departure flight (B).
Hotels: Due to limited number of hotels available in Iran, all hotels are subject to change prior to travel. Your Abercrombie & Kent representative will keep you informed of any changes and can assist you with a complete and up to date hotel list at time of documentation.
Hotel standards: Hotel standards in Iran vary greatly and may not always meet Abercrombie & Kent’s usual luxurious standard. Best available options are always used.
Dress Code: As a traditional Islamic nation, Iran follows a strict dress code which must be adhered to at all times.
Alcohol: The import, possession or consumption of alcohol is strictly forbidden in Iran. All drinks offered throughout this journey are non-alcoholic