Iran October 2019 | Craig Travel

Iran October 2019

Land of Roses and Nightingales
October 19, 2019 to November 5, 2019
18 Days
Escorted By:
CT Rating 3.5 Challenging

3.5 Challenging

Email specialist Stacey Harper to discuss your travel plans

This journey has departed. Please view our alternate departures below or contact us to pre-register for the next journey to Iran.

Located at the crossroads between East and West, Iran has its roots in the ancient empire of Persia, established in the 6th century BC. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran isolated itself from the western world in an attempt to protect itself from non-Muslim values and influences, making it an international outcast. Since the death, in 1989, of Ayatollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic Revolution, Iran has been making attempts to open its doors to foreign visitors. Today, we find a country made up of many ethnic groups and influenced through the ages by Greek, Arab, Turkic, and Mongol occupiers. The various trails of the Silk Road crossed through this land bringing goods, spices, knowledge and more. As a result, Iranians are endlessly welcoming. For those who think of Iran as a dark, dangerous place full of fundamentalist fanatics, visiting the real Iran will be a most magical and pleasant experience. Our journey to this ancient land has been carefully planned to put you in the footsteps of history when Persia was a great world power. Walk around the sublime, turquoise-tiled domes and minarets of Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan (Imam) Square, the awesome power and beauty of the Achaemenid’s ancient capital at Persepolis, the mudbrick alleys and rooftops in Yazd, and exquisite gardens designed from verses in the Quran to reflect paradise. We will explore historical sites, palaces, mansions, mosques, and museums, with ample time to shop in some of the world’s most amazing bazaars for carpets, jewellery, textiles, and so much more. Savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine and relax in a classical teahouse. This unique journey will be limited and is sure to fill quickly, so we urge you to enroll early.


We want to thank Gary Smith, a frequent Craig Traveller, for this exceptional video which covers many of the areas that we will visit on our upcoming journey. Gary has a longer (60 min.) version of this video which is available for purchase. For additional information please contact Gary directly -
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CT Rating 3.5 Challenging

3.5 Challenging

While relatively easy, with comfortable hotels and mostly good roads, this journey features long flights, some long driving days and a good many walks over uneven ground. Many visits will involve lots of steps of varying heights. Facilities (toilets) away from our hotels will often be traditional eastern style. Temperatures may vary from cool nights to hot days.  Members should be physically fit and active to fully enjoy this tour. Food will reflect the local cuisine and is excellent throughout the country.

Highlights Inclusive Features
  • Discover Tehran, Iran’s capital and largest city
  • The lovely old town of Kerman known for its vast bazaar and jewellery shops
  • The mud-brick fortress of Rayen, dating back 1,000 years
  • Experience several Persian gardens including the Shahzadeh or Prince Garden
  • Yazd, a traditional centre of Zoroastrianism, with the Fire Temple and Towers of Silence
  • Ancient Shiraz city of poets, literature, wine and flower
  • The magnificent ruins of Persepolis, one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites
  • Home Hosted Dinner - split into small groups to share a dinner and evening with a host family
  • Firuzabad and the nomadic tribes of the desert regions
  • Legendary Isfahan, a most beautiful city described as “Half of the world”
  • The charming mountain village of Abyaneh
  • Return economy group airfare from Canada to Tehran
  • Internal flight from Tehran to Kerman
  • First class and best available hotels as indicated or similar
  • All meals as indicated (B - 15 breakfasts, L - 15 lunches, D - 14 dinners) with many special meals (plus those inflight)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees on tour as indicated
  • Bottled water daily while travelling and on excursions
  • Visa fees for Canadian passport holders (details to follow)
  • Baggage handling at the hotels
  • All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
  • Airport transfer in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
  • Services of our Canadian escort and professional English speaking national guide


Tour Cost in Canadian dollars, per person
Departure LocationDeparture Price
Land Only (Join / Leave Tehran)
Ottawa / Montreal
Halifax / Winnipeg
St. John’s
Regina / Saskatoon / Victoria
Vancouver / Edmonton / Calgary
Single Supplement

Pricing Details

Airfares from other gateways are available on request. Refer to inclusive features for details.  Land Only price includes internal flights. Tour price is based on sharing a twin-bedded room at hotels. Prices are based on a minimum 20 members and on rates, taxes and fees effective December 2018 and are subject to change due to factors beyond our control. Group to be escorted with a minimum of 20 group members.

Note: All members will require a Visa for Iran. Estimated cost to obtain this Visa for Canadian citizens is included but procedures will be defined later. We may require up to 90 days to obtain the Iranian visa.

Prices do not include the cost of insurance which is available and is highly recommended. Premiums vary with the cost, length of the trip, and the traveller’s age. For passengers up to and including 74 years on departure date, premiums will range from $346 to $450 pp plus applicable taxes.  Cost supplements for travellers aged 75-85 will range from $207 to $414 pp plus applicable taxes.  This insurance is effective from the date of purchase and carries limitations on pre-existing medical conditions.  Please discuss your insurance coverage prior to booking. Refer to terms and conditions for more details.

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Monday, July 15, 2019