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Persepolis, Fars Province, Iran

Iran study tour

Launching our new series of UK based study tours. Our first is hosted by Diana Driscoll in London, and will examine the rise of the Ancient Persian Empires. 

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09/15/21 09/15/211day $240 ex. flights $0Diana Driscoll25 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Diana Driscoll 1

Expert insight

Diana has studied and explored Middle Eastern history and culture for over 30 years.

Bas relief, Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran 2

Empires of the Persians

Diana will lecture on the Iran’s historical and cultural past.

Art Workers Guild, London, Venue 3

Central London venue

The study day will take place at the Art Workers Guild, located near the British Museum.

Bakery, Shushtar, Iran 4

Middle Eastern cuisine

Enjoy a traditional Middle Eastern mezze lunch.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2


Day 1


London, England - The bank district of central London with famous skyscrapers

A full day of lectures given by Diana Driscoll focusing on Iran and the rise of the Persian empire. Lunch is included.

Day 2


British Museum, London

British Museum, London

Following on from the study tour, there will be the option to join Diana at the British Museum.

Art Workers Guild, London, Venue
Art Workers Guild, London
Gradidge Room, Art Workers Guild, London
Gradidge Room, Art Workers Guild, London

Art Workers Guild

Day one of the study day will be held at the Art Workers’ Guild was founded in 1884 by young architects and designers. Many of the prominent figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement were active in the first fifty years. Its principle of ‘learning by doing’ has spread through art education and has had a worldwide influence.

Lectures on day one will take place in the privately hired Gradidge Room located on the first floor. Holding a maximum of 70 people but reduced for our lectures to only 20 people it provides ample opportunity for social distancing. It overlooks a leafy square and there is a break out space in the adjoining library.

British Museum, London
British Museum, London

British Museum

The British Museum showcases a permanent collection of some eight million works and is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely collected during the era of the British Empire. It documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

Following on from the lecture day, there will be the option on the next day to join Diana at the British Museum for a tour from her looking at the Persian artefacts with the Iran Gallery and proceeding to the Islamic Gallery. During this day, Diana will discuss the later 19th and 2oth century dynasties.

Diana Driscoll, Study day
Diana Driscoll, Study day

Covid-19 safety

When you book with Steppes, you have our assurance that protocols will be in place with an enhanced focus on hygiene and physical distancing.

We are limiting numbers that can join our study day tours to 25 per group. The venue we are using has a maximum capacity of 70 people, so there will be ample space in the study room. There will be space for distanced seating in the lecture room. During lunch, you may need to sit separately or in smaller groups to allow for physical distancing.

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Group Tour FAQs

What happens on a typical day?

On arrival, tea and coffee will be available. Two morning lectures will begin at around 10:00, with a short break in between. Lunch will be served at around 12:00 and will be privately catered and eaten at the venue. Afternoon lectures will commence at around 13:00, as with the morning, there will be a short break in between lectures. At the end of the day, complimentary beer and wine will be available, with time to socialise in a more informal setting with the tour expert and the other guests.

Will I be required to wear a mask throughout the day?

Face masks will not be required when in the lecture room. However, they will be required to be worn in all other spaces at the venue.

What is the maximum group size for this study day tour?

At present, the maximum group size for the venue is 10 people. However, this will hopefully be removed by 19th July.

If this is relaxed, we will increase the maximum group size to 25 people, which will allow ample space both in the Gradidge room and in the other areas.

What are your current payment terms for bookings?

Steppes Travel is offering flexible payment terms to all its clients looking to make new bookings. A one-size-fits-all approach is just not practical and so your travel consultant will negotiate with our partners on the ground, to give you the most flexible rates and payment terms possible. This will mean reduced deposit amounts, a cooling-off period during which time your deposit is 100% refundable and a final payment date much later than normal. We will work closely with our friends and partners on the ground, to ensure your financial exposure is kept to a minimum.

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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
Low Activity
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

  • Lectures given by Diana Driscoll
  • Four lectures to be given on topics surrounding the rise of the Persian Empire
  • Hosted by a member of the Steppes Travel team
  • Held at the beautiful Art Workers Guild in London
  • Welcome tea or coffee on arrival
  • Middle Eastern style lunch included
  • Post lecture drinks (wine and beer)

What is excluded

  • Transport to venue
  • Gratuities
  • Writing materials
  • Water (we request you bring your own reusable water bottle to avoid use of single use plastic bottles at venue)

Our future tour dates

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

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09/15/21 09/15/211day $240 ex. flights $0Diana Driscoll25 Max AVAILABLE Reserve place

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