Persian Explorer

Reis 12 dagen door het mysterieuze Iran
  • Bezoek kleurrijke bazaars
  • Duik in de geschiedenis van o.a. Yazd, Pasargadae, Persepolis en Shiraz
  • Deel een avond met bedoeïenen
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  • € 2740 per persoon
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Dé trein

  • Luxe reis door Iran
  • 7 UNESCO sites onderweg
  • Recent gerenoveerde rijtuigen

Dag tot dag


Day 1 - 2 From Tehran over the Alborz to the Caspian Sea

Today, we welcome you at Tehran airport, from where a transfer brings you to your hotel. Overnight: Hotel. Your private train departs in the morning from Tehran station. A genuine rail adventure is waiting for you! During your journey through the Alborz Mountains, landscapes are changing quickly and now and again, red and green ribbons appear on the austere hills. From one moment to another a Wild West scenery changes into a cultivated piece of land where poplars and reed are signs of the proximity of water. At an altitude of nearly 8,000 feet you pass the main mountain crest before sliding down towards the Caspian Sea. On the way to Sari you pass numerous bridges, viaducts, tunnels and terminal loops. Once in Sari, a tour of the city takes you to the clock tower – the city’s landmark. Thanks to the close-by Caspian Sea that is home to the sturgeon, caviar is a regional speciality here, so, your dinner in a quaint restaurant includes a caviar tasting. (BLD) Overnight: Train.

Day 3 Mashhad

Mashhad is one of the seven holy sites of the Shiite Islam – and the only one in Iran. Here you find the mausoleum of the eighth Shiite Imam, Ali ibn Musa ar-Reza, who is said to have been poisoned at Calif al Ma’mum’s behest. The sanctuary in his honour consists of numerous patios and features one of the most comprehensive art collections in the whole of Iran, of which you will visit the impressive carpet museum among others. (BLD) Overnight: Train.

Day 4 Kerman

You are crossing the desert landscape of the Iranian plateau on your way to Kerman today. Breakfast and lunch are served on board. The city of Kerman is famous for its carpet manufactory. During your guided city tour you see the Friday Mosque and the Mosque Ganj Ali Khan. You stroll around the bazaar and enter a tea house where you taste the local sweet treat Kolompeh – a small shortcrust cake filled with date sauce. (BLD) Overnight: Hotel.

Day 5 Bam

This afternoon you reach Bam – an oasis full of date palms and citrus fruits, ideally located at the artery between the Iranian plateau and the Indian subcontinent, hence its importance. Its current and also former historic centre is the fortress Arg-é Bam, a UNESCO World Heritage. After sunset, you are the guest of some local Bedouins who are telling you about the fairy tale world of 1001 Nights, while you’re all sitting snugly around a bonfire. (BLD) Overnight: Train.

Day 6 Yazd – City of the fire-worshipers

In the morning, you reach the most exciting desert city of Iran: Yazd. Wind towers and domes dominate the city founded by Alexander the Great. Here, you visit the Zoroastrian fire temples and towers of silence, where the dead were once buried after the Zarathustra rite. The Yazd Water Museum introduces you to the desert city’s water supply by the Qanat system and gives you an idea of the green and water-refreshed life of a well-to-do family’s home. While you are taking your lunch in the dining car, your private train heads towards Isfahan, where your hotel room is waiting for you. Today’s dinner will be served in the lovely courtyard of a former caravansary. (BLD) Overnight: Hotel.

Days 7 and 8 Isfahan – Image of the world

Take your time to explore this wonderful city! Image of the World is what the locals like to call the Imam Square. With 1,840 ft. x 520 ft., it is not only the second largest, but also one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The marble columns bear witness to the fact of this UNESCO World Heritage Site’s former purpose as a venue for polo games. You cross the threshold to visit the Ali-qapu Palace and a veranda where you can enjoy an excellent view of the Imam Square. Once a private mosque for the Safavid royal families, the Lotfullah Mosque opens its doors for you today. You also visit the Jameh Mosque and the Armenian Quarters and you have enough time to explore the city and its markets on your own. Walk the Zayandehrud River and get to know the city’s two famous bridges, a favourite meeting place for the locals. Get enchanted by the merchants’ skills and products on display at the gold bazaar. Two days full of exciting experiences end with a dinner in an oriental style restaurant featuring local food at its best and a visit to a typical zurkhaneh, where the locals go for their sporting activities. (BLD) Overnight: One night hotel, one night train.

Day 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Pasargadae and Persepolis

At the site of his victories, the Persian King, Cyrus the Great, built his capital city of Pasargadae. I am Cyrus the King, an Achaemenian, states the inscriptions on pillars and reliefs of the audience hall of the Residence. Your local tour guide shows you all of the attractions of this sprawling archaeological site, including the Cyrus grave. By bus, you reach your next sightseeing spot in about an hour. The kingdom of Darius the First extended from Egypt to Pakistan, and he founded the capital of Para; the Greeks named it Persepolis. Your guide takes you on a discovery tour of the 1,500 ft. x 985 ft. palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step up the two stairs to the Portal of All Countries, which gives you an idea of the size of the Achaemenid Empire. The Assyrian models of hybrids and bull figures had a defensive and protective function. Discover Apadana Palace, where King Darius received his visitors, and the Naqsh-e-Rostam necropolis of the Achaemenids. A short bus ride brings you to Shiraz, where you spend your night in a hotel. (BLD) Overnight: Hotel.

Day 10 Shiraz – City of Hafiz the Poet

With the verses of Hafiz in your mind and following the scent of roses, you explore the city of the Persian paradise gardens (UNESCO World Heritage site). Not just flowers and fruit were thriving in the mild climate, but Persian poetry also struck roots here. Experience the hustle and bustle of the Old Town bazaar and discover Nasir-al-Molk Mosque, where the winter prayer hall is one of the most beautiful of its kind. Bud-shaped domed structures are typical for Shiraz – a visit to the Shah Cheragh monument and mosque will show you one of the best examples of this style, before you board your special train to travel to Tehran overnight. (BLD) Overnight: Train.

Day 11 Tehran

After your arrival in Tehran, you say goodbye to your charming train staff. In the Iranian capital, you visit Golestan Palace, an exciting monument of the glories and excesses of the Qajar emperors. One of the most oustanding gem collections in the world is on your agenda after lunch. The precious stones are estimated at up to 182 carats! A very special and magnificent exhibit in the extensive collection is the Naderi Thorn, which is decorated with 26,733 gems. In the Archaeological Museum you take a journey through history – here again the impressions gained on your journey are of historical proportions. (BLD) Overnight: Hotel.

Day 12 End of your journey

Airport transfer for individual departure.

Inbegrepen


Inclusief
  • De treinreis zoals beschreven
  • 5 nachten aan boord, 6 nachten in hotels
  • Volpension
  • Tours en excursies conform dag-tot-dag
  • Een gids tijdens de volledige reis
  • Een dokter aan boord van de trein
  • Transfers van en naar luchthaven

Exclusief
  • Internationale vluchten (wij boeken dit graag voor u)
  • Fooien en persoonlijke uitgaven
  • Visa voor Iran (wij bemiddelen hier graag in voor u)
  • Optionele Excursie

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Categorie Habibi

Ieder rijtuig heeft negen coupés met twee boven- en onderbedden voor maximaal vier personen. Tussen de bedden, onder het raam, is een tafeltje aanwezig. Toiletten en wastafels zijn aan beide kanten van het rijtuig aanwezig.

Categorie Ali Baba

Ieder rijtuig heeft negen coupés met twee onderbedden per coupé. Tussen de bedden, onder het raam, is een tafeltje aanwezig. Toiletten en wastafels zijn aan beide kanten van het rijtuig aanwezig.

Categorie Aladdin

Ieder rijtuig heeft acht coupés met twee onderbedden per coupé. Tussen de bedden, onder het raam, is een tafeltje aanwezig. Toiletten en wastafels zijn aan beide kanten van het rijtuig aanwezig. Tevens is er aan beide kanten van het rijtuig een douche te vinden en zijn er badjassen en toiletartikelen beschikbaar voor de reizigers.

Categorie Sultan

Per rijtuig in deze categorie zijn er zes coupés. De coupés beschikken over één bovenbed (ca 80 x 174 cm), één onderbed (112 x 184 cm), een stoel met tafel en een kleine kast. Tevens zijn er per coupé een wastafel, toilet en geïntegreerde douche aanwezig.

Categorie Kalif

De coupés van deze categorie beschikken over twee bedden, waarvan één 109 x 190 cm is en eventueel functioneert als tweepersoonsbed. De coupés hebben ook een knus bankje, een tafel en een kast. De Kalif coupés hebben een en suite badkamer met een wastafel, toilet en douche en nog extra ruimte om persoonlijke bezittingen op te bergen. Per rijtuig in deze categorie zijn er maximaal twaalf reizigers.

Algemeen

Voor alle categorieën geldt dat er stopcontacten (110/120 volt) en rokershoekjes aan het eind van ieder rijtuig aanwezig zijn.

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