Splendours of Persia

Ashgabat - Tehran

16 days through Turkmenistan, Iran
FROM: $3150 USD
Overland Expedition Vehicle
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, Local Crew Member in certain areas
Comfortable Hotel 7 nights
Basic Hotel 6 nights
Guesthouse 2 nights
Breakfasts x 12, Lunches x 0, Dinners x 0
$260 USD per person
Foreign Travel Advice

Iran never fails to surprise and delight its visitors; we have so many preconceptions as to what Iran is going to be like and most are way of the mark. This trip is no exception as it takes in the great sites and cities of the country. The blue tiled mosques, madressas and bridges of Esphahan are perhaps the most famous attractions in Iran, but the beauty of Shiraz takes some beating and for the absolute best in mosque architecture, we visit Yadz, home not just to some of Islam's finest buildings but also centre of the ancient Zoroastrian religion.

The other thing visitor's love about visiting this country is the friendliness of the people; everyone wants to be your friend and to know who you are. Expect countless cups of tea or coffee to be bought for you. The food is superb, as would be expected and don't forget shopping in the ancient bazaars because this is the home of the Persian Carpet.

Explore the unique Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour
Visit the sufi complex in Bastam, Iran
Walking tour of ancient Damghan
Explore the ancient desert town of Khoor and its beautiful palm trees
Discover the winding streets and adobe architecure of Yazd's Old Town
Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and witness its ancient fire
Overnight at traditional caravanserai at Zein-o-Din
Guided tour of the incredible ruins of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis
Walking tour of some of the highlights of the old city of Shiraz
Relax in the city square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Esfahan

A very easy trip, with comfortable hotels and loads to see and do. A fairly fast pace, but some 2 or 3 night stays to really give you time to explore

Day 1 - Ashgabat (13th September 2021)
Border Information:

if joining in Ashgabat, you will most likely enter Turkmenistan at Ashgabat International Airport (IATA code: ASB).

There will be a pre-departure meeting at 10:00am - please look out for a note from your leader at the reception of the joining hotel upon arrival with more details about this important meeting.

After the meeting we will have an included tour of the city of Ashgabat using local minibuses. In the afternoon we will visit the famous Ashgabat Sunday Market.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ashgabat before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ashgabat. If arriving at Ashgabat airport you will also need to have a confirmed arrival transfer and representative from our local supplier to meet you at the airport. Please contact your sales agent for prices and to book.

*Important note - any tobacco products are practically illegal in Turkmenistan, so please do not bring them or use them in Turkmenistan. Also please do not bring any medicines containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine or opiates to Central Asia. These are illegal in all circumstances in most of Central Asia and you will risk arrest. If in doubt about a particular medicine, please do not bring it. See the notes at the bottom for more details.*

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel

Day 2 - Ashgabat (14th September 2021)
Day 3 - Shirvan (15th September 2021)
Day 4 - Damghan (16th September 2021)
Day 5 - Khoor (17th September 2021)
Day 6 - Yazd (18th September 2021)
Day 7 - Yazd (19th September 2021)
Day 8 - Zein-o-din (20th September 2021)
Day 9 - Shiraz (21st September 2021)
Day 10 - Shiraz (22nd September 2021)
Day 11 - Esfahan (23rd September 2021)
Day 12 - Esfahan (24th September 2021)
Day 13 - Esfahan (25th September 2021)
Day 14 - Tehran (26th September 2021)
Day 15 - Tehran (27th September 2021)
Day 16 - Tehran - End Date (28th September 2021)

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13 Sep 21 Ashgabat
28 Sep 21 Tehran

$3,150 USD

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12 Sep 22 Ashgabat
27 Sep 22 Tehran

$3,265 USD

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