Welcome to the hidden world of Iran. Travel through this fascinating country to discover refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, fascinating nomads, shimmering deserts and lofty snow-capped peaks. Whether relaxing in a teahouse in Tehran or breaking bread with the Qashqai nomads on the harsh Iranian plateau, you'll be touched by the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people, and the profound beauty of their land.
Day 1 Tehran
Venture through teeming bazaars and chaotic streets to the ornate Golestan Palace. The exquisite marbled terraces, artistic treasures and gilded mirrors here all attest to the power and influence of the Qajar rulers.
Days 2-3 Shiraz
Discover the ancient ceremonial capital of Persepolis and perhaps experience the riches of Iranian culture in a traditional teahouse.
Day 4 Nomad Stay
Enjoy an overnight stay with local nomads in a communal tent.
Days 7-8 Yazd
Visit the sacred Zoroastrian Fire Temple in this ancient town of wind-catchers.
Days 9-11 Esfahan
Be led through the fascinating history, tree-lined boulevards and atmospheric bazaars of Esfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. Don't miss the sunset over the dome of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - the tiles shimmer from cream to all shades of pink.
Day 12 Abyaneh
Inspect the intricate architecture in this ancient red-rock town.
Day 13 Kashan
See some fine examples of traditional wooden houses and try khoresht - a tasty Iranian stew - on a visit to a local family's house.
Days 14-15 Tehran
Travel to the holy city of Qom before visiting the shrine of Imam Khomeni on the way back to Tehran.
Day 5 Eghlid
Get off the beaten track with a visit to the town of Eghlid, perched between the desert and the mountains.
Day 6 Caravanserai Zein-o-Din
Step into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic caravanserai. Set in the desolate Dasht-e Lut Desert, this place of shelter has changed little since the 16th century.