Cultural Tour of North West and Western Iran

14 days

Have you been to Iran before and seen the classics? Are you after a trip that takes you off the beaten track? Away from the main tourist hobs? Join us on this unique trip which offers you a chance to visit some of the most amazing sights in the NW and W of Iran, from the numerous Unesco world heritage sites such as the Grand Bazaar in Tabriz (the capital of the Eastern Azerbaijan province), the 2500 year old ruins of Takht-e Soleyman near Takab, and the inscriptions at Bistoon near Kermanshah to the beautiful Urumiye Salt Lake, the Cave dwellings of Kandovan and the traditional villages found in the highlands of Kurdistan. We will pay homage to the temple of Anahita and let ourselves be taken on a splendid journey through world's biggest watercave, the Ali Sadr in Hamedan. 

This is not the usual package tour as it has got a little twist. You will either love it or hate it! Let me give you a little background info. Last year I took a group of 10 individuals (mostly Austrians) on a classic tour of Iran (Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd). They were joined by my parents and another Iranian couple. And guess what? This unique combination was a huge success! They absolutely loved travelling around with my parents on board and made lasting relationship with them as well as our beloved driver and guide. Two of them who had been to Iran few times before, have decided now to come back and explore the west.  So the idea for this trip was born! It will be the same crew, same driver, same guide and of course my parents.  But this time me, my husband our two boys (aged 10 and 6) will also be joining the tour as well as. So in a way this is your chance to let me take you a on journey through an area of Iran I feel very close to (I am Azeri), surrounded by love and hospitality of my close family as well as the wider community, alongside two seasoned travellers who absolutely love Iran. Tempted? Get in touch nice and early to avoid disappointment.


 

Dates: 3-16 April 2017                     Price: £2100

Booking closes by Jan.14                                                Single occupancy: £350

 


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrivals in Tehran

Day 2: Sightseeing in the morning - Sleeper train to Tabriz. One compartment (4 beds) for every 2 people 

Day 3: Arrival in Tabriz, Full day sightseeing in Tabriz - Overnight at Hotel Pars

Day 4: Sightseeing in Tabriz, Drive to Kandovan, the well known cave dwellings. Overnight at Laleh Kandovan hotel

Day 5: Drive to Urumiye - visiting the Urumiye salt lake - Overnight at Urumiye

Day 6: Drive to Takab. Visiting the Unesco World Heritage site of Takht-e Soleyman - Overnight at Takab

Day 7: Drive west to Marivan 

Day 8 Sightseeing around Marivan, visiting Uraman Takht and villages around

Day 9: Drive to Sanandaj 

Day 10: Drive to Kermanshah via the villages of Palangan and Kamyaran Overnight at the beautiful Laleh hotel in Kermanshah

Day 11: Kermanshah and Bisotoon., visiting Kangavar (Anahita temple) and drive to Hamedan. 

Day 12: Sightseeing in Hamedan and visiting Ali Sadr cave, drive to Tehran

Day 13: Sightseeing in Tehran 

Day 14: Flights back home


At this moment, we only have photos of the cave dwellings of Kandovan to display.