Welcome to the hidden world of Iran. Travel through this fascinating country to discover refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, fascinating nomads and shimmering deserts. Whether you're relaxing in a teahouse in Tehran, enjoying guided tours of ancient cultural sites or breaking bread with nomads on the harsh Iranian plateau, the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people is endearing and the profound beauty of their land is mesmerising. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1 January 2017 this trip will no longer stop in the town of Abyaneh on Day 12. This change comes a result of traveller feedback that the town of Abyaneh did not offer the same value as other stops on this itinerary. This trip will therefore also change from 15 days to 14 days. There are no other changes to the itinerary or inclusions. The new itinerary is outlined below: Day 1 Tehran Day 2 Shiraz Day 3 Shiraz Day 4 Nomad or Village Stay Day 5 Eghlid Day 6 Caravanserai Zein-o-din Day 7 Yazd Day 8 Yazd Day 9 Esfahan Day 10 Esfahan Day 11 Esfahan Day 12 Kashan Day 13 Tehran Day 14 Tehran

Highlights

Discover an Iran beyond the media portrayals of a repressive and dour regime – this is a country full of warm, lively and friendly people

Explore the rich history told in the ancient ruins that lie across the country. Modern Iran is a great fusion of civilisations – the Archaemedians, Alexander the Great, the Parthanians, Sassanians, Arabs, Seljuks, Mongols, and Safavids – who all left their mark in innumerable ways

Experience the wondrous remains of the ancient capital of Persepolis – the scale and grandeur will leave you in no doubt that this was once the centre of the known world

Immerse yourself in rural nomadic life with a beautifully remote homestay with the Qashqai people

Surrounded yourself with beautiful landscapes and amazing architecture, from breath-taking mosques to stepped hillside villages, cleverly designed wind towers (badgirs) and the macabre Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Slip into the exotic shoes of a Silk Road merchant with an overnight stay in a classic 16th century Caravanserai