- Explore the ruined ceremonial city of Persepolis, one of the wonders of the ancient world.
- Experience the colourful romantic city of Shiraz, famous for its poetry, wine and roses.
- Wander the vast Imam Square, one of Isfahan's many examples of stunning Persian architecture.
- Accompanied throughout by Tour Expert Sylvie Franquet
For anybody with an adventurous spirit, a love of history and a fondness for delicious food and incredible hospitality, the opportunity to travel across Iran is irresistible. Rising to prominence under the Achaemenid dynasty, rulers of the largest pre-Roman empire, Iran's culture and architecture have flourished ever since.
However, don't take our word for how incredible Iran is, listen to our client's thoughts in this short video she made for us about her experience of travelling with Steppes Travel in Iran.
Visit the mud-brick desert citadel of Rayen then continue on to Shiraz - the cultural capital of Iran - and take in the birthplace of the country's most famous poet, Hafez. From there, visit Yazd and discover a city designed around desert life. Explore the site of ancient Persepolis, built to celebrate the success of the mighty Persian Empire, before visiting the rock-cut tombs of the Achaemenid kings. Finally travel on to Isfahan - the beautiful creation of Shah Abbas - and marvel at the magnificent Imam Square, arguably one of the wonders of the Islamic world.
Iran constantly receives negative coverage in the press, however, there is so much more to Iran than what is seen on the media. It is a beautiful nation full of cultural wealth and historical significance whose people are friendly, and rightly proud of their long heritage. Travel on our group tour to Iran to discover this for yourself.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS GROUP TOUR?
For the addition of the expertise of Sylvie Franquet, who has travelled extensively in Iran, as well as the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals.
"Sylvie's expertise in the area was fantastic. She was a wonderful guide and shared her depth of knowledge, her love of Iran and the people, in a friendly, relaxed and enthusiastic manner which made her easy to listen to. Nothing was too much trouble and she never minded when we asked her to repeat information from earlier in the trip." P Somerville, Iran group tour with Sylvie.
IS THIS GROUP TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?
Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour Lecturer.
If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room.
If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and would like this guaranteed, then the single room price supplement will apply.
WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE IN IRAN?
While Iran is blessed with beautiful architecture and fascinating historical sites, it does not currently have a wide selection of luxury hotels. In the large, main cities the standard is good; however, in the smaller towns and villages, hotels are basic. We do our best to use the best available in each place.
HOW FIT SHOULD I BE TO ENJOY THIS TOUR?
You do not need to be particularly fit to participate; there are no long walks involved, but there will be a certain number of stone steps and uneven surfaces.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE IN IRAN?
Iranian cuisine includes a wide variety of foods ranging from chelow kabab (rice served with roasted meat: barg, koobideh, joojeh, shishleek, soltani, chenjeh), khoresh (stew that is served with white Iranian rice: ghormeh sabzi, gheimeh, fesenjan, and others), ash (a thick soup: for example ash-e anar).
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Not excessively hot, with clear, sunny days. However, when travelling in the mountainous areas the weather can vary. The best time to travel to Iran is generally during the months of April, May, June, September and October as it is neither too hot nor too cold.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.