Flexible Departure : April – October. See Itinerary below for details.
This incredible Persian odyssey traverses wonderful Iran from north to south and east to west. A jaw-dropping variety of landscapes, sights and cultures, and an unrivalled way to really get to know this often-misunderstood country.
Follow in Byron’s footsteps, from the bustling bazaars and cafe culture of Tehran to the pleasure gardens of Kashan; from the mud-brick antiquity of Yazd to the little-known Persian Gulf islands of Hormuz and Qeshm; from the emptiness of the Dasht-e-Kavir desert to the ancient wonders of Persepolis; from the mountainous northern city of Tabriz to the Abbasid architecture of Isfahan, this country will astound you. Add to this the hugeley varied and delicious Persian cooking, the range of climate and ecological zones you’ll pass through and the not-to-be-overstated, legendary hospitality of the Iranian people, and this becomes a truly magical expedition.
As you travel, you’ll not only gain a deep insight into how the Silk Road shaped this fantastic country, but what it means to be a modern Iranian.
You’ll be accompanied by a local guide and driver throughout and with their help you’ll really get to know and understand the cultures – past, present and future – of this wonderful country.
||Arrive: Tehran IK International Airport
Depart: Tehran IK International Airport
||Please arrive on the date that this trip is scheduled to depart.
See Itinerary for details
- Half Board (Bed, breakfast and lunch) throughout
- All transfers and transport with drivers
- Professional guide/driver
- Coffee, tea, filtered water and fresh fruit throughout
- Visa for Iran
- Guide gratuity
You’ll be met at the airport and we will be with you throughout this amazing trip. No-one else offers anything quite like it.
We invite you to challenge preconceptions, and are certain that you will simply adore this trip.
Where will we be staying?
We’ll be staying in a variety of simple accommodation – from larger hotels in Tehran, Isfahan, Tabriz and Shiraz to local hotels in Yazd and Kashan and wonderful, family-run guesthouses and even an eco-resort on the edge of the desert. In Qeshm you’ll be close to the beach, whilst in other places you’ll have mountain views. The accommodation has been chosen to give you a real glimpse of life in Iran.
What size of group will it be?
Our group sizes are always small, allowing for an intimate experience of the cultures we meet along our path. On this trip we won’t have more than ten guests, plus our local guides and drivers. We usually find groups are made of like-minded people, both male and female, from a wide age range. This trip can be a guaranteed departure with as few as two bookings.
How is this different to other Iran adventures I’ve seen?
There is truly nothing like this out there. We developed this itinerary for a small private group, and loved the result so much that we decided to offer it to a wider audience. The value is incredible, the range of experiences is second to none and the hospitality is hard to believe. Simply put, this is as unique and beautiful as the country it traverses.
What will the weather be like?
It totally depends on when you travel, and Iran is a country with a huge variation in climates, from the almost tropical beaches of the Persian Gulf to the jagged mountains of the north. You’ll likely need a warm jacket and raincoat as much as lightweight shirt and sun hat. But have no fear, we will supply you with a detailed packing list after you’ve signed up.
I’m a solo traveller – is this for me?
Yes. More than 85% of our expedition clients travel alone as part of our group.
Do you charge single supplements – I can’t see them in your information?
We try not to. We don’t believe that solo travellers should be penalised with extra charges. It goes against our ethos, so unless totally unavoidable or astronomically expensive, all costs are included in the expedition price. In the case of this longer Iran odyssey, the accommodation is based on two sharing a twin room. If you’d like to book single accommodation throughout then there is a supplemental payment of £530 that we must charge.
What kit do I need to bring?
We will provide you with an information pack after signing up to this trip, and this will detail any particular equipment we think either necessary or useful.
What vehicles will we be travelling in?
We’ll be travelling by sedan/saloon car or small ‘midi’ bus in comfort to most locations on this trip. 4×4’s are not necessary.
How much are flights?
This is a moving feast! It depends on where you are travelling from and how you want to get there. From London, it’s around £500 return to Tehranwith Turkish Airlines via Istanbul. We can offer flight inclusive packages if needed, via our flight agent partners. Again, we’ll send you an information pack containing all the information you need when you book your place.
What will the food be like?
Very, very good. The food in Iran is justly famed and you’ll enjoy a dazzling array of dishes. Vegetarians are fairly well catered-for (particularly in the north) and you’ll also have meat and fish. This isn’t the country to come on a diet!
Will I have to share a room?
See above about single supplements. Yes, this trip is based on twin shared rooms. The supplemental cost for single rooms where available is given above.
Do you perform proper risk management on your expeditions?
Yes. We are members of TRIP – the Travel Risk and Incident Prevention Group – and perform detailed country risk assessments prior to departure, in line with the ISO 31000 international standard for risk assessment. We also maintain close contact with the relevant Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for countries we plan to visit, in addition to making use of the Australian Smart Traveller assessment tool, and the US State Department’s OSAC service. Beyond this, we have a full set of risk management and disaster contingency plans for each expedition and are expedition first aid trained by Crux Medical. For final back up we also use the services of Remote Medical Support that allows us to have a UK expedition doctor on the end of a telephone line wherever we may be. And we always carry a satellite phone. We really don’t mess around when it comes to safety.
I can’t do your dates but love the sound of your expedition – can you be flexible?
Yes. We offer set group dates for many of our expeditions, but we can organise and deliver bespoke expeditions to groups and individuals to suit your itinerary and budget. More information is available on our Tailor Made tours page.
Is it a guaranteed departure?
As with any new, pioneering itinerary we need to reach a minimum number of guests to make this viable. For this trip, we need a minimum of 2 guests. When you express interest in this expedition, we will send you a deposit invoice to hold your place. This is refundable according to our terms and conditions if we do not reach the minimum numbers. We recommend that you do not book your flights or other arrangements until we have communicated that the expedition is definitely departing as planned and will aim to do this in order to give you at least 4 months prior to the scheduled departure in which to make your travel arrangements.
Is it good value for money?
We are very proud of the routes we design and the way in which we travel them. We don’t cut corners and we plan meticulously. We are a small company that treats every guest as our friend and you won’t find that kind of service in many places. 85% of our customers have re-booked to travel again with us and some of them come on a trip every year. We also do annual expedition and remote medicine training and pay for 24/7 remote medical assistance cover. We employ professional military-grade risk assessments and plan for every possible negative scenario whilst hoping that none ever come to pass. We take our obligations to you and your safety very seriously and this all does cost money. We think the price represents great value for an experience you won’t find elsewhere.
Is this really for me?
If you love adventure, new places, friendly people, wild landscapes, history and culture then yes! However, if you’re the sort of person who is going to be worried about the lack of flush loos in a desert camp, might complain that the road to Persepolis is too bumpy (it isn’t!) or frets about Wi-Fi availability, then this probably isn’t your bag.