Heart of Persia onboard the Golden Eagle14 days & 13 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Tehran
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel to check in and enjoy a welcome dinner.Espinas Hotel or similar - 2 Nights (D)
Discover the breathtaking Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran, and explore the city's Grand Bazaar.Espinas Hotel or similar (B, L, D)
Visit the impressive National Museum of Iran, which boasts a collection detailing the rich history of the country. Late this afternoon, head the railway station to board the Golden Eagle.Golden Eagle - 10 Nights (B, L, D)
Explore the city of Mashhad, which is home to the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world, as well as the Nader Shah Museum. After lunch, visit the Tomb of Ferdowsi, the father of Persian literature.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Day 5Rayen & Mahan
Disembark in Rayen to see the grand Rayen castle, which is situated beneath snowcapped Mt. Hezar in the Kerman province. Continue by road to Mahan to visit the 19th-century Royal building, Prince Garden and tomb, as well as the mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Vali.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Travel to the desert trading city of Kerman, which boasts a lively bazaar, a 19th-century teahouse, and a museum that occupies an historic bathhouse.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Yazd is one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back over 3,000 years. Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Silent Towers, Amir Chakhmagh Square and the Friday Mosque, home to one of Iran's finest mosaics.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Spend a whole day in this enchanting city, visiting the Vank Church in the Armenian Quarter, as well as Ali Qapou Palace and the Shah and Sheikh Lutfullah Mosques. Enjoy some time at leisure to pick up a bargain at the bazaar of Qaisarieh.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Day 9Persepolis & Shiraz
Arrive in Sadat Shaha to explore the nearby ruins of Persepolis, the 6th-century ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire. Continue by road to Iran's cultural capital, Shiraz to visit the Quran Gate, the tomb of Hafez and the Vakil Citadel.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Discover the 16th-century Fin garden, the Sialk Hills archaeological site, and several typical 19thcentury houses as well as the ancient bazaar with its selection of exquisite carpets.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Day 11Shustar, Chonghazanbil & Susa
In Shushtar, visit the 6th-century hydraulic system that still provides water to the town. Move on to the Choghazanbil site and then explore the ancient city of Susa.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Day 12Pol-e Sefid
After breakfast, disembark for a spectacular drive through the Alborz Mountains. Enjoy the ever-changing, mountainous landscapes before making your way back to the Golden Eagle for a final dinner aboard the train.Golden Eagle (B, L, D)
Visit Golestan Palace, the coronation spot of the last Shah. This evening, celebrate your journey during a farewell gala dinner at the hotel.Espinas Hotel or similar - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 14Depart Tehran
Bid farewell to Iran as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Flight delays have become more commonplace, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport/overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally, in local currency. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change and if they do so when you are traveling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you.
Generally, the road conditions in the Middle East & North Africa are fairly good. However, please be aware that some tours involve off-road driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.
Flights to the Middle East arrive/depart early in the morning and early check-in/check-out times may be required. Most domestic flights are scheduled early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. We may upgrade hotels featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard unless specified; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a deluxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. While the walking is mostly easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be tiring and sometimes strenuous. At monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
At certain times of year, particularly during winter, sightseeing during the Nile cruise is subject to change, based on navigational conditions and the captain, at time of sail. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all alcoholic beverages will be charged as extras. Star Goddess suites and Alexander the Great Yacht cabins are based on availability at time of booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed on the Alexander the Great Yacht.
Certain monuments and tourist attractions in the Middle East are closed on certain days for religious/holiday reasons. If in the event your visit to any of these cities falls on a day when these sites are closed, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Heart Of Persia Onboard The Golden Eagle
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