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Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran

A Persian Journey

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05/09/22 05/21/2213 days $6,080 ex. flights $971Carolyn Perry15 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Persepolis, Marv Dasht, Iran 1


Explore the ruined ceremonial city of Persepolis, one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Gardens, Shiraz, Iran 2


Experience the colourful romantic city of Shiraz, famous for its poetry, wine and roses.

Emam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran 3

Persian architecture

Iran is well known for its breadth of stunning Persian architecture.

Golestan Palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site in Tehran, Iran 4

Golestan Palace

The former royal Qajar complex is lavish masterpiece.

Why we like it

“I have taken many group tours in the last 10 years and this tour was one of the best. The credit goes first and foremost to Carolyn, whose knowledge and wealth of information and command of detail, from the historical to the anecdotal, added so much rich texture to my understanding.” G Nagle, group tour with Carolyn.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Tehran - Ahwaz

  • Day 3


  • Day 4

    Ahwaz - Shiraz

  • Day 5


  • Day 6

    Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam

  • Day 7

    Shiraz - Yazd

  • Day 8


  • Day 9

    Yazd - Isfahan

  • Day 10


  • Day 11


  • Day 12

    Isfahan to Tehran via Kashan

  • Day 13


Day 1


Azadi Monument Tehran, Iran

Morning at leisure to rest. In the afternoon, explore the National Museum, showcasing a collection of Persian artefacts.

Day 2

Tehran - Ahwaz

Golestan Palace, a UNESCO Heritage Site in Tehran, Iran

Spend the day exploring Tehran. Visit the Golestan Palace, the Glass Museum and Carpet Museum. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ahwaz.

Day 3


Carpet, Iran

Full day excursion to Chogha-Zanbil, to visit the ziggurat built by Untash Gal, King of Elam, about 1250 BC.

Day 4

Ahwaz - Shiraz

Bakery, Shushtar, Iran

Travel by road to Bishapur. The building complex of Bishapur includes a central chamber, a large courtyard which had been covered with impressive mosaics, plus the remains of a temple dedicated to Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility. Continue to Shiraz.

Day 5


Nasir Ol-Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Begin today’s sightseeing at the Pars Museum. Continue to the Vakil mosque where intricate azure tile work adorns the walls, before wandering through the adjacent bazaar where stalls sell all manner of produce.

Day 6

Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rustam

Apadana Palace, Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran

Head to the ancient ruined city of Persepolis. Afterwards, continue to Naqsh-e Rustam, where you will find the rock-cut tombs of the Achaemenid Kings, Xerxes I and Darius I.

Day 7

Shiraz - Yazd

Pasargadae ruins of Bar e Aam Palace, Iran

Depart for Yazd in the morning visiting Pasargadae en route. Pre-dating Persepolis, this site of the simple but impressive tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, and remains of his several palaces, are all located in the vast plain of Dasht-e-Morghab.

Day 8


Amir Chakhmaq, Yazd, Iran

Explore Yazd, an oasis town surrounded by mountains, its roofscape a plethora of blue domes, soaring minarets and hundreds of wind towers.

Day 9

Yazd - Isfahan

Antique Drawer Handles, Yazd, Iran

Leave Yazd and travel to Meybod. Here, explore this picturesque mud-brick town which sits in an area of semi-desert. Visit the early Islamic-era Jameh Mosque before continuing to Isfahan.

Day 10


Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Explore the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World) in Safavid sources.

Day 11


Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Visit the Friday Mosque (Masjed-e-Jameh). From here drive to the Chehel-Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century. The final stop of the day is at the Hasht Behesht pavilion, built-in 1670 by Shah Sulaiman and known as the Pavilion of Eight Paradises or the Palace of Nightingales.

Day 12

Isfahan to Tehran via Kashan

Fin Garden, Kashan, Iran

Drive to Tehran in the morning, breaking the journey in Kashan for sightseeing.

Day 13


Tehran, Iran, Ceiling of Main Bazaar

Walk to the airport terminal for your departure flight home.

Golestan Palace, Tehran, Iran
Tehran, Iran


Beneath its rough façade, Tehran is Iran’s biggest and most vibrant city, a place where contemporary culture thrives alongside conservative traditionalism. Tehran is a busy metropolis packed with almost 20% of the country’s population and despite its reputation as a modern, expanding city.

Gardens, Shiraz, Iran
Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz and Persepolis

Shiraz was one of the most influential cities in the medieval Islamic world and was the Iranian capital during the Zand dynasty when many of its most beautiful buildings were built or restored. Alexander the Great passed by on his travels sacking the nearby city of Persepolis as he did so, but even today it is an impressive ruin. Huge columns still stand and the craftsmanship that went into creating the bas-reliefs is still evident. Excursions from Shiraz can take in the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae and the wonderful rock tombs and Zoroastrian temple at Naqsh-e Rustam.

View of Rooftops, Yazd, Iran


Yazd is an oasis town surrounded by mountains, its roofscape a plethora of blue domes, soaring minarets and hundreds of wind towers. The old town of Yazd is a labyrinth of secret passages, bazaars and mud brick streets, unchanged for centuries. It was, and still is, an important centre for Zoroastrianism. The shrine of Duvazdah Imam, (the 12 Imams) from the 11th-century Seljuq period, the ’Towers of Silence’, pits where the bodies of the dead were left for the vultures and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple are all possible visits.

Mosque, Isfahan, Iran
Shah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran


Widely regarded as one of Iran’s greatest treasures, Isfahan reminds the world of the glories of Persia. Regarded as one of the most beautiful Islamic cities in existence, its cultural and architectural zenith was reached in the 17th century, under Shah Abbas I.

Today, its many wonders remain and so too does its status as a cultural hub. Bisected by the Zayandeh River, Isfahan’s green riverbanks are lively places, buzzing with culture.

Group Tour FAQs

Why should I travel with Steppes Travel to Iran?

For the addition of the expertise of Carolyn Perry, who has travelled extensively in Iran, as well as the opportunity to travel with like-minded individuals.

Do I need a visa to travel to Iran?

All visitors need a visa for Iran. The visa has to be obtained before arrival in all circumstances. Tourist visas issued in the UK have six months’ validity from the date of issue.

For other nationalities, please visit the Iranian embassy webpage.

Is May a good time to travel to Iran?

May in Iran is a great choice. Everything within the country is active and alive. It really is a beautiful time to visit this magnificent country.

What is the standard of accommodation on this tour?

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.

Is this 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 expert.

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 food in Iran like?

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).

Do I need to be physically fit 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.

Can I extend my time in Iran?

Yes, this can easily be arranged at the end of the tour. Private travel arrangements with a car and driver will be provided and a private guide arranged for sightseeing.

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Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience Matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Size Matters

Our average group size is typically eight to ten people, smaller than other group tours typically offered – a factor which many of our clients appreciate. Travelling as part of a smaller group provides a more intimate, personalised and relaxed atmosphere.

4.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

3.Like-Minded People

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people – interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

5.Value for money

Our tours are well-priced to ensure you get real value for money. We include gratuities on the majority of our tours and do not pass on currency surcharges. We strive to look after single travellers as well as we can, keeping single supplements to a minimum.

6.Peace of Mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides 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 expert.


To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accommodation as detailed
  • Accompanied by Carolyn Perry throughout
  • Accompanied by a local guide throughout
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and porters
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation throughout
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa

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For further information about any of these tours please call 1 740 4000644

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