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Istanbul to Tehran by Rail

17 days, Istanbul to Tehrān

The interior of a mosque in Shiraz, Iran
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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.

17 days

Istanbul to Tehrān

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Trip Code: ETIR

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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.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Rail

Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

17 days

Istanbul to Tehrān

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: ETIR

Need a flight? We can help.

Search for the perfect flight at time of booking.

Round-trip to Istanbul from

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Map of the route for Istanbul to Tehran by Rail

Places visited

Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Istanbul/Ankara

Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Ankara/G?reme

Visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Dinner with Local Family

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4G?reme

Enjoy an included visit to the G?reme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5G?reme/Tatvan

Enjoy one more morning in Cappadocia before driving to nearby Kayseri. Board an overnight train for Eastern Turkey.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Tatvan/Van

Arrive to Tatvan and board a ferry for the scenic ride across Lake Van. Arrive to the other side and the town of Van in the afternoon.

Day 7Van

Enjoy a day trip to Mt Ararat with a visit to the Ishak Pasha Palace.

Day 8Van

Use a full day here to enjoy Lake Van. Drive to Gevas for a short cruise to Ahtamara Island to visit a beautiful Armenian Church. Opt to swim at the local beach.

Day 9Van/Tehrān

Enjoy another day in the Van area with a visit to the Van Castle. Board the Trans-Asia train in the evening for the journey to Tehran.

Day 10Tehrān

Spend the day absorbing the scenery from the train, arriving into Tehran in the evening.

Day 11Tehrān/Shiraz

Explore Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa’d Abad Palace and National Jewel Museum before boarding an evening train to Shiraz.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Shiraz

Arrive in Shiraz in the late morning. Spend the day visiting the Karim Khan Citadel, Vakil Mosque, and the tombs of Hafez and Sa’adi.

Meals included:

Lunch | Dinner

Day 13Shiraz

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis, the ceremonial palace of Darius, and admire its amazingly well-preserved carvings. Later, wander the streets and mingle with the students in laid-back Shiraz.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Shiraz/Isfahan

Stop at the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex en route to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 15Isfahan/Tehrān

Tour the beautiful city of Isfahan, enjoying the famous square, mosques, and bartering at the bazaar. Hang out on the many bridges that make Isfahan unique, or shop for an authentic Persian rug. In the evening, board a final overnight train to Tehran.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Tehrān

Arrive early and enjoy a final day of sightseeing in the busy capital of Tehran. Visit Golestan Palace, the National Museum, and the Carpet Museum.

Day 17Tehrān

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Local Living Moment: Dinner with Local Family, ?avu?in
  • Istanbul orientation walk
  • Anitkabir visit
  • Traditional dinner with local family (G?reme)
  • Open Air Museum visit
  • Trans-Asia train
  • Mt Ararat day trip (Van)
  • Ishak Pasha Palace visit
  • Ahtamara Island visit
  • Van Castle visit
  • Tehran city tour, including Sa'd Abad Palace and the National Jewelry Museum
  • Karim Khan Citadel visit (Shiraz)
  • Vakil Mosque visit
  • Hafez and Sa'adi tombs visit
  • Persepolis guided tour
  • Naqsh-e-Rostam visit
  • Koran Gate visit
  • Pasargadae visit
  • Isfahan city tour
  • Golestan Palace visit (Tehran)
  • National Museum visit
  • Carpet Museum visit
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), sleeper trains (4 nts).

Meals

9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD415-540 for meals not included.

Transportation

Trains, private vehicles, ferry, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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Departures

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Istanbul to Tehran by Rail

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