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Journey to Persia - Exodus Travels
Journey to Persia - Exodus Travels
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10 reviews
Starts
Tehran
Destinations
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Ends
Tehran
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Highlights

  • Visit Tehran's Archaeological Museum
  • Explore the historicas sites of Yazd
  • Stop to see cave dwellings in Maymand
  • Explore the Iran's architectural gem, Isfahan
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
18
Start and end in Tehran! With the discovery tour Journey to Persia, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Tehran, Iran and 10 other destinations in Iran. Journey to Persia includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Journey to Persia reviewer 1
    Written on January 30, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Iranis are such beautifully friendly people, so pleased to meet visitors to their country. Taking the time to sit and talk to them about their culture, their lives, their fears and their perception of the western world was fascinating. Their hospitality is second to none, their monuments are magnificent and their country is clean, prosperous (at the moment), well looked after and commercially unspoilt. Every second of my time spent there was interesting and enjoyable. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?One of the most inspirational moments of my life, let alone my trip, was sitting in Esfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan Square one evening as the sun set. As the fountains sparkled and shimmered in front of the magnificently ornate 17th Century Imam Mosque, silhouetted against the crimson sky, the haunting sound of the call to prayer echoing from the minaret top made me shiver with the delight of being in such a beautiful place.A moment I will never ever forget. What did you think of your group leader?Farzaneh, our group leader, was a legend of a tour guide. Her knowledge of Iran's history, architecture, art and culture was incredible. But she went about her work in such a friendly and humorous way, providing us a good understanding of how the way of life in her country had affected her own life and successful struggle to pursue a career in a place where women's rights are severely restricted.By the end of the trip I considered her to be a friend as much as a tour guide.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Iran will never be a threat to the tourist trade of Benidorm. Don't go to Iran if you want swimming pools, drinking and dancing because they just don't exist. What you will find is a fascinating and welcoming country unlike any you have ever visited before. Please don't believe what you see and hear in the western media. Mingle with the people, immerse yourself in Iranian culture and judge for yourself.Is there anything else you would like to add?Don’t be put off by the number of ancient monuments you will visit on this trip. They are all different and they all have their own story. And none of them are swamped by foreign tourists.Don’t be put off by the Islamic laws of Iran. They are strict, and I’m not suggesting that we introduce them in Britain, but they are effective and consequently there is very little crime. I felt safer walking around Tehran at ten o’clock on a Saturday night than I do in my own home town.Don’t worry about being hassled by shopkeepers and traders. They are a little persistent (after all, they do have a job to do) but they will take no for an answer. They will all welcome you into their shops and give you a drink whether you buy their wares or not, so please be polite to them.  Don’t try to cross the roads in the cities on your own. My tip is to find a family with young children and tag along behind. They won’t let their kids get run over so if you’re in the close vicinity you should be safe.Don’t be rude to anybody. The Iranian people are all very respectful and polite and they expect others to be the same.Don’t deviate from the dress code. They don’t like it. And it doesn’t appear to be as strict as in some other Islamic countries anyway. Although women must keep their heads covered at all times I didn’t see anybody wearing a burqa, many of the headscarves were brightly coloured and the younger people all wore modern clothes but within the religious guidelines for covering up certain parts of the body.  Don’t let anybody tell you that Iran is a bad place. It was far different to what I am used to but I absolutely fell in love with the place.

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 2
    Written on November 4, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    A truly memorable tour through a history which most of us have only read about. Imaginatively put together to show the treasures of the past, and an excellent tour guide with the knowledge to bring it all alive.A really wonderful hoiday experience amongst a very friendly and helpful people,comfortable hotels and safe and reliable transport between sites What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Without doubt Persepolis. because of its age and the pictures conjoured up of its former glory.Yazd with its medieval charm and quirky architecture.Esfahan - a true reflection of Islamic grandour,vision and power in the late middle ages.

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 3
    Written on May 9, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    No matter what I was told about friendly Persians, it didn't come close to the warmth and generosity that we were greeted with, everywhere we went. People wanted to take photos with us, stop for a chat and just wanted to make sure that we were enjoying ourselves in their country. The trip lived up to every expectation and more.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Wearing the headscarf at all times could be a bit frustrating but it was actually more relaxed than I expected. Sadly, I could never achieve the glamour that the local girls pulled off, with scarves perched high on the top of their top-knots. Even whilst donning the chador in a mosque in Shiraz, the locals were very happy to come and help out the ladies in our group and our struggle with the voluminous material...before the rest of the grinning worshippers gathered around to take photos of us!What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic. Informative and open, and willing to take extra time to help us out at meal times and whilst shopping.She was so knowledgeable about the history and culture of each place we visited.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?So, so much to see and take in. Things change all the time but women don't need to have the shirts down to the knees or scarves covering neck, hair, nape etc that we were told beforehand. Always be respectful but a loose scarf and top that covers your backside should be enough. Great sites, fantastic food and so much to take in, in terms of the history, culture and just general walking about in the markets and gardens, where people just want to meet and have a chat with you. If you're a foodie, this is the place for spices (saffron at a fraction of the price you would pay at home), nougat (gaz) and of course, the art work is amazing: tiles, miniatures and carpets.

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 4
    Written on January 9, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A well balanced fascinating trip from ancient Persepolis through turquoise-tiled Silk Route mosques to the traffic chaos of modern Tehran. With the exception of the hotel in Tehran (presumably chosen for its tolerance of early arrivals and late departures), the other 3 hotels were clean, modern and comfortable. I wore a long jacket and light scarf, which was not too irksome! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The enormous, peaceful, beautiful, empty site of Persepolis The sense of sanctity at the decommissioned Towers of Silence and Zorastrian cemetary in Yazd prevailed, in spite of the presence of teens on quad bikesThe mirrored shrines in ShirazThe opportunity to visit the private house in Shiraz of the extended family of a child I teach; obviously, this is not available to all clients, but it was a wonderful experience to eat a delicious meal in a relaxed family home. Iranians are generous and hospitable, and it was great to spend time with them. What did you think of your group leader?He was very knowledgeable.  Although a bit formal at first, he was more relaxed with us as the week went on, and very honest about Iran. He had great organisational skills, and everything went very smoothly.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book this trip!  If you can, search out an Iranian contact before you go and see if you can meet their family.  Before going, I had read about 20th century Iran and particularly about women in Iran, but I didn't read any ancient history; fortunately, our guide was patient, and didn't mind repeating himself. But the more familiar you are with the cultures, ancient and modern, the more you will enjoy this trip.

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 5
    Written on November 3, 2010
    4.0 - Good

    The trip was run very smoothly with high standard of transport and accomodation provided. Iran is an amazing country that I would recommend visiting.  The local people were very welcoming.  It would have been great if more time could be allowed for interacting with local families.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The first glimpse of the Naghsh-e-Jahan Square in Esfahan - amazing!  Soooo beautiful.  Would go back again just to spend more time here. What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was very experienced in running tours in his home country. 

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 6
    Written on June 10, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    words can`t descibe how beautiful this country and people are. i wasn`t expecting such a great welcome, its not what are media portray and certinly is not an axis of evil . true eye openerWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?people just coming up to me asking if they can have a photo of me taken with them, there friends and family, on their cameras!. the happyness on there faces pricelessWhat did you think of your group leader?fantastic and well organisedDo you have any advice for potential travellers?go see the truth not what you see on the newsIs there anything else you would like to add?thanks to all my travel companions on this trip, you made it fantastic group and friends

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 7
    Written on November 4, 2008
    3.0 - Average

    A comprehensive trip to a fascinating country.  However, the style of the trip is different from the other Exodus journeys I have been on, feeling more like a conventional coach trip than an adventure holiday.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Visiting the mausoleum in Shiraz with the mirrored interior, which was beautiful.What did you think of your group leader?Hossein was a lovely group leader, with a good sense of humour.  His knowledge was good although sometimes the timings of visits was a bit questionable and he didn't allow much free time.  But he did have a very large group to manage. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to have less freedom than on a normal Exodus tour - not because of the country but because of the way the trip is structured and run.  Don't be afraid to say early on if you want to do something different - Hossein is very accommodating but you need to ask.  Those who are used to independent travel may well still find aspects of the trip pretty frustrating.   Women: you can wear light colours if you want (doesn't have to be black) - it's really hot even in October so don't bring anything too heavy.Be wary around Esfahan, particularly on Imam Square, of bag snatchers on motorbikes.  Keep your bags worn securely across your body and keep your wits about you.Crossing the road is a daunting experience - the best thing to do is cross with some locals.  Don't wait for there to be no cars, you'll be waiting forever, just walk calmly and confidently across at a reasonable pace.  The cars will drive around you.  Just make sure the drivers can clearly see you and your intention to cross.Is there anything else you would like to add?As I mentioned, this trip is rather different from what I think of as an adventure holiday.  Expect to be driven everywhere, have little free time and not much choice even in things like where to eat.  Also the group size was very large (20 people).  We didn't start till quite late every morning (around 9am) so ended up sightseeing during the hottest part of the day, when there is the worst light for photos.  I tried to be at several of the monuments around sunset in order to get good pictures but it was impossible because of the restrictive programme.  I suppose this may have been less of a problem with a smaller group as there would have been fewer needs to cater for.  Also the itinarary could have been better planned - our full day in Esfahan, for example, was a Friday, when most of the important sights are shut.  But maybe Exodus will change some of these things (if feasible) in response to the feedback.However, it's still probably easier than trying to do Iran indepedently - especially as a female traveller - and Iran is a fascinating country.  The people are friendly, the architecture stunning, and there's a wealth of history.  I felt completely safe and welcome throughout - there was no anti-western sentiment expressed towards me by the people or the government, even getting into the country was straightforward.  There was little 'hassle', even walking through markets.  So definitely don't be put off by the sometimes negative media coverage of Iran.

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 8
    Written on November 3, 2008
    4.0 - Good

    Don't believe everything you see and hear from the media. The people were fantastic, kind and generous.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Isafhan being the jewel in the crown. Everywhere we went the local people were kind and generous.What did you think of your group leader?Our guide was like a mother hen, looked after our daily needs. Sometimes too much attention being given.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We had some difficulties with using our credit cards buying momento's, contact beforehand before leaving the UK. Mobile phones can be used, depending upon your provider, I was shocked when my pay phone from Tesco connected straight away.Is there anything else you would like to add?Worth a visit before tourism destroy's what they have to offer. They are becoming westernised in their outlook, which is a shame, because even though they do have some problems our way of life will only cause more.

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 9
    Written on April 2, 2008
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really fantastic trip and very uplifiting - came back with a very different view on Iran and its people.  Its an extraordinary country with amazing architecture fab food warm people and spectatular mountain landscapes and not like how the media portray it.   I'm so glad I wentWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Chatting and having tea with Iranian families and being invited to do so everywhere you went.   People are warm welcoming and intersted in our lives.   While there it was the Iranian new year and thousands of families desend on all the major cities we visited. Everyone wanted to talk to us and take our picture and they are happy to have their picture taken too.  Iranians are good people which is very apparanet when you visit Iran and are also very family orientated.   Also visiting Persepolis the great capital of Darius 1 was a big highlight. What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Hossein was from Tehran and a brilliant leader. Very organised, fair, attentive, knowledgeable on Iran and happy to answer all our questions.  He brought us to wonderful persian restaurants  and we sampled the best of Iranian food. Nothing was too much trouble for him.  We gave him a massive tip and he really deserved it as took great care of usDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Girls: Bring your swimsuit as the hotels now have times for women and men. Also despite what other reviews might say you really don't need to wear all black while there and a bit of colour is fine and its ok to show your feet in sandals.  Quite a few of our group had pastal and warm colours - lighweight is best as its warmer than you think even in March.  Also for a woman it is possible to walk around on your own without much hassle.  Iran is not dangerous as long as you comply with their strict dress code and laws and in general police and milatary are calm and relaxed .   I felt the only danger while there was crossing the road so take care and cross with the locals but don't hesitateIs there anything else you would like to add?Make sure you try the dish with Walnut and Pommegranate sauce dish with chicken or lamb! to die for.  Esfahan is best for shopping and make sure you bargain for the carpets. I knocked $200 off mine!  HOtels were of very good standard and staff welcoming and friendly.   Go for a walk along the bridges in Esfahan and mingle with the locals. Dont' be afraid to chat and have tea.  Everyone wants to talk to you and also to reassure us that Iranians are good people which they are!!.   Credit cards are now accepted for Carpets and some major stores.   Roads are good our coach fully air con and constant supply of water which was great! Iran Air internal flights are also fine - smooth landing, flight and take off.  Some of the planes are old but seem to work perfect.   I recommend you visit this country. It won't disappoint. 

  • Journey to Persia reviewer 10
    Written on October 4, 2007
    4.0 - Good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Isfahan with its wide river, mighty historic bridges and the beautiful buildings around Maydan Iman, the second largest square in the world, has to be the jewel but the ancient windtowers, towers of silence, the gardens and the people themselves were also magic.

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  1. Day 1: Start Tehran.
  2. Day 2: Full day sightseeing in Tehran
  3. Day 3: Visit Kashan en route to the traditional village of Abyaneh.
  4. Day 4: Drive to Yazd making stops in Na'in and Mohamadiye en route.
  5. Day 5: Visit Ateshkade Fire Temple, mausoleum, mosque and bazaars of Yazd.
  6. Day 6: Stop in the troglodyte village of Meymand en route to Kerman.
  7. Day 7: Day trip of Arg-e-Rayen citadel (a miniature version of Bam), Mahan and Kerman
  8. Day 8: Drive to Shiraz
  9. Day 9: Visit the ancient ruins of Persepolis.
  10. Day 10: Drive to Iran's architectural gem, Isfahan visiting Pasargadae en route.
  11. Day 11-12: Explore Iran's greatest jewel, Isfahan
  12. Day 13: Drive to Tehran stopping in Natanz en route
  13. Day 14: End Tehran

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,154 km.
  • Tehran (Iran)
  • 235 km
  • Abyaneh (Iran)
  • 161 km
  • Na'in (Iran)
  • 160 km
  • Yazd (Iran)
  • 209 km
  • Meymand (Iran)
  • 163 km
  • Kerman (Iran)
  • 32 km
  • Mahan (Iran)
  • 32 km
  • Kerman (Iran)
  • 443 km
  • Shiraz (Iran)
  • 50 km
  • Persepolis (Iran)
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