Welcome to Iran


In the Footsteps of Empire

If you're drawn to places where echoes of ancient civilisations resonate down through the ages, Iran could be your thing. Some of history's biggest names – Cyrus and Darius, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan – all left their mark here and the cities they conquered or over which they ruled are among the finest in a region rich with such storied ruins. Walking around the awesome power and beauty of Persepolis, experiencing the remote power of Susa (Shush), and taking in the wonderfully immense Elamite ziggurat at Choqa Zanbil will carry you all the way back to the glory days of Ancient Persia.

The Beauty of Islam

Iran is a treasure house for some of the most beautiful architecture on the planet. Seemingly at every turn, Islam's historical commitment to aesthetic beauty and exquisite architecture reigns supreme. The sublime, turquoise-tiled domes and minarets of Esfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square gets so many appreciative gasps of wonder, and rightly so, but there are utterly magnificent rivals elsewhere, in Yazd and Shiraz among others. And it's not just the mosques – the palaces (especially in Tehran), gardens (everywhere, but Kashan really shines) and artfully conceived bridges and other public buildings all lend grace and beauty to cities across the country

Redefining Hospitality

Iran's greatest attraction could just be its people. The Iranians, a nation made up of numerous ethnic groups and influenced over thousands of years by Greek, Arab, Turkic and Mongol occupiers, are endlessly welcoming. Offers to sit down for tea will be an everyday occurrence, and if you spend any time at all with Iranians, you'll often find yourself invited to share a meal in someone's home. Say yes whenever you can, and through it experience first-hand, Iranian culture, ancient, sophisticated and warm. It’s these experiences that will live longest in the memory.


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Skywing's Dubai Marina Dhow Cruise with Dinner and Free Transfer!!

Start time/ Boarding time: 8:00 PM Location: Dhow Cruise Marina, Behind Signature Hotel Apartments & Spa (Previously known Lotus Hotel Apartments & Spa Marina West) Transport: SIC Basis Come with us to this absolutely lovely ride around the Marina in a tradition Arabian vessel (Dhow) .Learn about how at one point it was used to trade between the UAE and Iran and was also used for Pearl Diving! This cheeky cruise takes in views of a very lavishly decorated Dubai with residences, resorts and shopping facilities a stone throws away! You'll get to feast on a scrumptious fare of international cuisines served in a very social setting a while you're being treated, our lovely and talented performers will make your night even sweeter with their traditional performance of t he Tanoura dance!. This dance features loads of dresses that have lights on them so the glare with the water of the marina makes the whole experience very colourful!  Our menu for the night does offer Vegetarian food too and we'll endeavour to get Vegan food should you request that! :)

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Skywing's Dubai Marina Dhow Cruise with a lovely traditional Arabian Dinner!

Come with us to this absolutely lovely ride around the Marina in a tradition Arabian vessel (Dhow) .Learn about how at one point it was used to trade between the UAE and Iran and was also used for Pearl Diving! This cheeky cruise takes in views of a very lavishly decorated Dubai with residences, resorts and shopping facilities a stone throws away! You'll get to feast on a scrumptious fare of international cuisines served in a very social setting a while you're being treated, our lovely and talented performers will make your night even sweeter with their traditional performance of t he Tanoura dance!. This dance features loads of dresses that have lights on them so the glare with the water of the marina makes the whole experience very colourful!  Our menu for the night does offer Vegetarian food too and we'll endeavour to get Vegan food should you request that! :)Start time/ Boarding time: 8:00 PM Location: Dhow Cruise Marina, Behind Signature Hotel Apartments & Spa (Previously known Lotus Hotel Apartments & Spa Marina West) Transport: We can provide transport if you request us though it's got additional charges (you could pick one of our Dhow Cruise trips that includes transport though! :) )

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Iran - Discover Persia

Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages, and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.

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London to Tehran by Rail

Imagine the opportunity to experience a whole slew of the world's most iconic cities. This epic 40-day journey will have you breezing by rail from London, southward and eastward through France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Turkey, to underexplored Iran and the doorstep of the Persian Empire. History-lovers, culture-fanatics, and people-watchers alike won't want this adventure to end.

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Istanbul to Tehran by Rail

You may have made your way into Turkey before, but now it's time to take it a little farther east and discover some of the greatest underexplored territory in the world. This 17-day rail tour will bring you through the Turkish countryside to see the highlights of the Cappadocia region and the elegant, lakeside city of Van. You'll cross into Iran to find yourself in bustling Tehran, roam ancient Persepolis, and sample Shiraz grapes in the city that gave them their name. Take a true adventure and experience a part of the globe that's made for small-group travel.

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Budapest to Tehran by Rail

Discover once and for all what it really means to cross from west to east on this 28-day rail tour from Budapest to Tehran. Stroll the streets of Budapest, chug along through the incredible Romanian countryside, gaze upwards at the dome of Aya Sofia in ancient Istanbul, and then explore the main cities of Iran and wonder how it is you didn't make it here sooner. Your expert CEOs know just where to take you to make the most of your introduction to this part of the world.