Iran Small Group Holiday - Beyond the Veil

Undiscovered Iran - Beyond the Veil

Style: PioneerGroundbreaking tours to unique destinations
Duration: 12 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other travellers


Day 1 – Tehran

Arrive in Tehran and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, there may be time to explore the city. Overnight stay at Hoveyzeh Hotel or similar. 

Day 2 – Tehran

A day of sightseeing in Tehran. In the morning we visit the Golestan Palace as well as the bazaar area, and in the afternoon the National Jewels Museum. Overnight stay at Hoveyzeh Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Alamut- Qazvin

Leave Tehran behind and drive north to the beautiful Alamut region with its hillside villages and lovely mountain scenery. Travelling through the “Valley of the Assassins” we will have the opportunity to visit Lambesar and Alamut Castles, the latter sitting at 2163 metres above sea level. Continue on to Qazvin for the night. Overnight stay at Mar Mar Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 4 – Qazvin- Rasht

We start the day with a visit to the Tehran Gate which is all that remains of the ancient walled city of Qazvin. We continue on to the Shazdeh Hossein holy shrine and the impressive Jame Mosque. From here we journey towards the Caspian Sea passing by paddy fields, tea plantations, orangeries, and the local markets where the people still wear traditional dress. From here we continue to Rasht passing by Rudbar which is famous for its olives. Overnight stay at Kadus Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 5 – Ardebil-Sarein

Following the shores of the Caspian Sea our journey takes us into Iranian Azerbaijan. We will take a boat onto Anzali Lagoon before continuing to Ardebil, once governed by the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, where we will visit the UNESCO site of the Sheikh Safi Mausoleum. Drive towards Sarein where we will spend the night. Overnight stay at Laleh Hotel or similar.(B)

Day 6- Tabriz

There is time this morning to enjoy a visit to the hot springs before leaving Sarein for Tabriz. On arrival we explore the highlights of the city including the Citadel, the Blue Mosque, and the Azarbaijan Museum. Overnight stay at Gostaresh Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 7- Church of Saint Thaddeus

A day excursion takes us to Maku and the impressive Church of Saint Thaddeus. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is among the oldest surviving Christian monuments in Iran, and of great importance to the Armenian Orthodox community. Return to Tabriz. Overnight stay at Gostaresh Hotel or similar.(B)

Day 8- Kandovan Village

Today we will visit the Bazaar before we head to Kandovan village, famous for its extraordinary Troglodyte houses, similar to those of the Cappadocia area of Turkey. Some are over eight hundred years old and many are still occupied. Overnight stay in Laleh Hotel. (B)

Day 9- Takht-e-Soleiman- Sanabdaj

A long day of driving lies ahead (490kms, approx 6 hrs) as we enter the Kurdish province of Sanandaj, stopping first at the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage site of Takht e Soleiman. The site has a large volcanic lake and an extinct volcano. Overnight stay at Tourist Inn or similar. (B)

Day 10- Bisotun- Kangovar - Hamadan

Begin the day with a stop at Bisotun, a UNESCO protected cliff area bearing many carvings and inscriptions, honouring Darius the Great among others. Continue on to the town of Kangovar and the Anahita Temple once a major place of worship. From here we head to Hamadan in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains, conquered by Alexander the Great, and the scene of the death of his general and close friend Hephaestion. We visit the tombs of the biblical characters Ester and Mordecai, an important Jewish Pilgrimage site. Overnight stay at Baba Taher Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 11 -Tehran

A long day of driving (400kms) sees us return to Tehran. Overnight stay at Hoveyzeh Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 12 – Tehran

Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Why not combine this tour with the Treasures of Ancient Persia tour, which runs directly before the Beyond the Veil tour on most of the dates?

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