Iran: A Persian Discovery

14 days
£4850.00 per person
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DURATION 14 days
FROM £4850.00 per person
STYLECulture, Small Groups

Steeped in rich and varied history, Iran is the birthplace of one of the greatest civilizations of the world and home to breathtaking landscapes. Known since ancient times for its roses, nightingales and poetry, a visit to Iran offers an extraordinary cultural discovery. Discover historical and contemporary Iran with lecturer Dominic Brookshaw, an Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford. who has been visiting Iran for over a decade. Start your journey in Shiraz with its exquisite gardens and teahouses, visit Persepolis, the vast ruined city that was the pride of Ancient Persia, stop in ancient Yazd with its Zoroastrian heritage; wander around the magnificent mosques and bazaars of Isfahan; explore distinctive mountain village of Abhyaneh and cultural heritage of the city of Tehran.


DAY 1: In transit

Fly to Shiraz (via Dubai).

DAY 2: Arrive Shiraz

Arrive Shiraz, transfer to your hotel. After lunch, visit to three of the lovely gardens for which Shiraz is famous, the tombs of Saadi and Hafez and the Bagh-e-Eram, First of three nights in Shiraz.

DAY 3: In Shiraz

Today, visit the Arg-e-Karim Khan Citadel. Explore the colourful bazaar including visit visit the Naranjestan Palace, the Khan Madrassa and the fine Nasir-ol-Molk mosque. Walk past the Armenian Church, a fire temple, the synagogue, Anglican Church and Simon the Zealot School Complex.

DAY 4: Excursion to Persepolis

Drive to the great palace site of the Persian kings at Persepolis and their royal tombs at Naqsh-e-Rustam, En route we stop to see the Sassanian reliefs at Naqsh-e-Rajab. Return to Shiraz and visit Wasr-e-Abu Nasr, a Sassanid ruin east of the city.

DAY 5: Drive to Yazd

Today drive across desert and mountains to Yazd,enroute visting Cyrus the Great’s tomb at Pasargadae and stopover for lunch. First of three nights in Yazd.

DAY 6: In Yazd

Full day sightseeing including a fascinating walk through the lanes of the old city centre to visit the lovely Friday Mosque and the so-called ‘Alexander’s Prison’. Your sightseeing tour also includes visit the Zoroastrian temple and their ‘Towers of Silence’ and a hennah factory.

DAY 7: In Yazd

A short drive out to the small town of Meybod, where we visit a pottery factory, the old citadel, and a traditional pigeon tower.

DAY 8: Drive to Ishafan

Drive to Isfahan, via Nain, en route visiing the Jameh Mosque and the Museum of the Persian House. First of three nights in Ishafan.

DAY 9: In Ishafan

Day to explore Ishafan’s finest monuments. Visit the Royal Square and Sheik Lotfallah Mosque. Later visit to Ali-Qapu Palace, Khaju and Sio-se-Pol Bridges.
Evening visit to the House of Strength.

DAY 10: In Ishafan

Sightseeing of Ishafan continues as you visit the Forty Columns Palace and Eighth Heaven Palace in the morning. Later visit the Shaking Minarets and the Armenian Quarter including visits to the merchant houses. Visit to the Church of the Saintly sisters commonly referred to as the Vank Cathedral.

DAY 11: Drive to Abyaneh

Drive to the mountain village of Abyaneh, stopping en route at Natanz, where we visit the beautiful mosque complex. Time to explore and appreciate the very distinctive quality of its inhabitants and its architecture. Overnight stay in Abyaneh.

DAY 12: Drive to Tehran

We continue to Tehran, stopping in Kashan, where we visit a lovely garden, the Bagh-e-Fin, and one of the stylish 19th c. town houses. First of two nights in Tehran.

DAY 13: In Tehran

Day to explore Tehran including visit to Reza Abbasi, Golestan Palace and the Archaeological Museum (Iran Bastan) and the Islamic Art Museum.

DAY 14: Depart Tehran

Fly back home (via Dubai)



  • Accommodation based on twin share in 4-5 star hotels
  • All meals (full board plan)
  • Entrances and sightseeing with English speaking guides
  • All transfers and travel in executive air-conditioned coach
  • Porterage
  • International flights with Emirates
  • Talks by accompanying lecturer Dominic Brookshaw


  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visa
  • Gratuities and tips



Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Associate Professor of Persian Literature at the University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow in Persian at Wadham College, Oxford. Professor Brookshaw currently serves on the Editorial Board of Middle Eastern Literatures. He is a member of the Governing Council of the British Institute of Persian Studies (BIPS). Professor Brookshaw has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on pre-modern, nineteenth-century, and contemporary Persian poetry. His recent publications include two edited volumes: Ruse and Wit: The Humorous in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Narrative (Harvard University Press, 2012); and Forugh Farrokhzad, Poet of Modern Iran: Iconic Woman and Feminine Pioneer of New Persian Poetry (I B Tauris, 2010; co-edited with Nasrin Rahimieh).


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