Iran Journey by Luxury Train



Iran Journey by Luxury Train

The train journey across Iran, on board the Golden Eagle is truly stunning. It combines one of the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation with the highlights of Iran. With over 19 world heritage sites in Iran, you will visit most on this single journey. The Golden Eagle Danube Express is the first ever European private train to be permitted to enter into Iran. This journey will cover important destinations such as Mashad, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz, and Tehran. 

Begin with a short stay in Tehran, then transfer to the Golden Eagle Luxury train. Journey through Iran’s north-eastern provinces situated along the ancient Silk Road. Here lies Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city for Shite Muslims. Travel south to the edge of the desert and visit Kerman, Yazd and Isfahan, known for its adobe architecture. Explore Shiraz, home to splendid gardens and exquisite mosques that echo ancient sophistication. Next explore the province of Khuzestan and end tour in Tehran.

And, see the 590 BC hydraulic system that still provides water to the town of Shushtar.  

What We Love
  • The ‘Hall of Mirrors’ in the Golestan Palace, inspired by the Shah's visit to Versailles in France
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see the unique the ‘Tree of Life’ carpet
  • Walk in the Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise) in Shiraz, one of the most beautiful gardens
  • In Yazd, experience the epitome of Zoroastrian and traditional Persian architecture 
  • The Imam Square in Isfahan is the second largest square in the world, after the Tiananmen
  • Explore the city whose wealth and grandeur inspired the proverb "Isfahan is half the world"
What to Know
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience and may require walking on rough surfaces. 
  • Bring proper walking gear and outdoor clothing. Do not forget your skin and eye protection items
  • We offer 24/7 support during your tour to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • Depart and return whenever you choose – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Iran Journey by Luxury Train Tehran, Mashad, Rayen, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan, Shiraz, Kashan, Shustar.
(14 Days – Travel Any Day)

Iran is home to some of the world’s most magnificent historical and archaeological sites. Relics of a proud ancient civilisation include: Persepolis, the capital of the largest empire that the world has ever seen; the city of Isfahan; Shiraz, the city of love and poetry; and Hamadan, where Avicenna, the father of early modern medicine, is buried. Lets take a tour of some of these great sites.

Day 1 – Arrive
Tehran Arrivals day in Tehran where you will be met and transferred to the five-star Espinas Hotel (or similar). Enjoy welcome reception dinner, whilst you meet your fellow travellers on this highly anticipated journey.
Overnight at the five-star Espinas Hotel.

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Tehran The highlight of our stay in Tehran is undoubtedly the visit to the breath-taking Crown Jewels Museum in the Central Bank of Iran Building, with its vast array of crown jewels used by the Qajar and Pahlavid royalty.

We will also take the opportunity to explore the city’s Grand Bazaar, situated in the southern heart of Tehran, it is a historical market with a seemingly never-ending maze of bustling alleyways.
Overnight at the five-star Espinas Hotel (B)

Day 3 – City Highlights Tour
Tehran On our tour of the capital city today we visit the prestigious National Museum of Iran, opened in 1937, detailing many periods of the rich history of the country with some artefacts dating back approximately 30,000 - 35,000 years.

Late afternoon we transfer to Tehran railway station with its huge portraits of Ayatollah Khomeini and Ayatollah Kamenei at the entrance to board the Golden Eagle, our home for this remarkable adventure. Settle in to your cabin and later enjoy dinner as the train begins its exciting voyage through Iran.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Religeous Site
Mashhad An early morning arrival provides us with the whole day to explore the city of Mashhad, which is home to the Imam Reza Holy Shrine, the largest mosque in the world in terms of its dimension, followed by a tour of the Nader Shah Museum. After lunch in the city, we will visit the Tomb of Ferdowsi, the father of Persian Literature who lived over 1,000 years ago.  Dinner on the train as we head south.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Rayen & Mahan Tour
Mahan After lunch we alight in Rayen. The 20,000 square metres Rayen castle is situated beneath the snow capped Mt Hezar in the Province of Kerman. A huge medieval mud brick citadel, it was considered second only to Bam before the 2003 earthquake. Rayen displays all the architectural elements of a deserted citadel (it was inhabited until 150 years ago) and is extremely well preserved. It is considered one of the most interesting sites in Iran.

We continue by road to Mahan where we visit the 19th century Royal building, Prince Garden and tomb. We later visit the sanctuary and tomb of the famous, Soufi, Shah Nematollah Vali, dating back to the Mongol Era. We rejoin the train at dusk in time for dinner.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Desert Trading City
Kerman This morning we travel to the desert trading city of Kerman. The city has a mud-brick core centred around the historic and very lively bazaar, where we will have free time. We’ll also visit a 19th century old tea house and the Hamam Ganj Ali Khan, now restored and transformed into a museum. Wonderful frescoes adorn the walls and wax dummies illustrate the workings of a traditional bathhouse. Later this afternoon we re-join the Golden Eagle for dinner as we travel onwards to Yazd.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Historic City
Yazd Yazd is thought to be one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back over 3,000 years, and we spend the day here. Our tour takes in the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Silent Towers, Amir Chakhmagh Square and the Friday Mosque, home to one of Persia’s finest mosaics (both 14th century) and finally the water museum. Lunch will be served in the Moshir Garden Hotel which features a lovely Pomegranate Garden (Yazd is famous for pomegranates). We return to the train late afternoon.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Persian Capital
Isfahan This enchanting city, which served as Persia’s capital from 1598 to 1722, is 2,500 years old and one of the oldest in Iran. As a crossroad of international trade and diplomacy, Isfahan has a rich mix of languages, religions and customs.

The city is famous for its silver filigree and metal work, array of great historical monuments, and the Life-Giving River, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has given the city its beauty. Isfahan is packed with some of Iran’s best sights and today we spend a whole day in the city, visiting the Vank Church in the Armenian Quarter. Following a traditional Iranian lunch we move on to Naghshe Jahan Square, a World Heritage Site and the second largest man-made square in the world, where the Ali Qapou Palace and Shah and Sheikh Lutfullah Mosques can be found. Here, the time is yours to enjoy the huge square and pick up a bargain at the handicraft Bazaar of Qaisarieh.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 9 – Persepolis Tour
Shiraz Following breakfast onboard we arrive in Sadat Shaha, for the nearby ruins of Persepolis, another World Heritage Site. Perhaps Iran’s most important archaeological site, this ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire dates back to the 6th century. Even now, the ruins are extremely impressive. Our final visit today is to the Necropolis at nearby Naghsh-e Rustam. After lunch we continue by road to Shiraz.

Shiraz is Persia’s cultural Capital. Dating back over 4,000 years it is also known as the city of poets, literature, wine and flowers. A visit to the Quran Gate, Hafez Tomb and the Vakil Citadel are the highlights of our afternoon tour.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 10 – Ancient City
Kashan Morning finds us in the ancient city of Kashan where we visit the Fin garden, Iran’s oldest garden dating from 1590 (a World Heritage Site), and nearby Sialk Hills archaeological site, dating back almost 8,000 years and Brojerdi and Taba Tabaei - 19th century historical houses. Kashan is the most important centre for Persian carpets, so after lunch in a local restaurant we will visit the impressive and ancient bazaar to explore the exquisite carpets on offer, before returning to our train mid-afternoon. As dinner is served we pass through Qom and arrive at Dorud, in the foothills of the Zagros Mountains around midnight.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 11 – Shustar Tour
Chogha zanbil & Susa As dawn rises in Dorud, our comfortable Iranian train awaits to take us to the fascinating city of Shushtar. Admire the magnificent scenery as we meander through the mountainous landscape before arriving in the city late morning. We first visit the Hydraulic system that dates back to 590 BC and still provides water to the town of Shushtar.  We move on to the Choghazanbil site dating back to 1250 BC and then tour the ancient city of Susa before re-joining the train for the spectacular return journey through the Zagros Mountains. Dinner will be served as we head back to join the Golden Eagle for our onward journey.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Alborz Mountains
Pol-e Sefid After breakfast we leave our train for a spectacular drive through the Alborz Mountains as we head towards Pol-e Sefid where our Iranian train awaits. This afternoon enjoy the ever-changing, mountainous landscapes as we climb the Trans-Iranian Railway, crossing the infamous Veresk bridge, hailed as the ‘Bridge of Victory’ in World War II, and the outstanding ‘Three Golden Lines’ spiral, as we make our way back to the Golden Eagle for our final dinner aboard the train.
Overnight: Luxury Train (B,L,D)

Day 13 – City Highlights Tour
Tehran Arrive in Tehran in the morning. Visit the Golestan Palace (a Unesco World Heritage Site) with its renovated Versailles-inspired mirror-encrusted Marble Throne Hall used for the coronation of the last Shah. Most of the remaining brick and tile buildings date back to the 19th century Qajar dynasty.

Tonight we will host our Farewell Gala Dinner at our hotel, the Espinas, where you can join fellow passengers to reminisce on all the experiences you have shared together during this remarkable adventure.
Overnight at the five-star Espinas Hotel (B)

Day 14 – Depart
Tehran Following breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departing flights. (B)

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
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When to go Visits to the south coast of Iran are best made in the winter months of December, January and February when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest, while spring (March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September and October) are the best times to travel around central and northern Iran. Tourists visit Iran during the summer months (June - September) for the sunshine and regional festivals, and during the winter months (November - March) for skiing. So no matter what time you choose to go, Iran is a great place to travel all year round.

Getting There The vast majority of travellers fly to Tehran and return from there but some travellers end their trip in Shiraz, saving some backtracking. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) sees most of Iran’s international air traffic. It’s small, so delays are possible. Elsewhere, Shiraz, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas and Kish are (in that order) potentially useful arrival or departure points. Iran Air, the government-owned carrier, it offers service with an Islamic flavour (ie no pork, no alcohol).

Visa British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should lodge your visa application with the Iranian Embassy in the UK, well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable.