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									                                Treasures of Iran
                                Private Journey
This is a provisional itinerary – final details are subject to change as per brochure
booking conditions.

Day 1 - Thursday 12 March 2009

(Some of you will be in Tehran already and will make your own way to the Laleh hotel and for
those whom are taking our flights you will arrive very early morning on the 12 March we use
British Midland and there fore would depart the UK on the 11 March.)

Area Information:          Tehran

Tehran is a modern metropolis set at the foot of the Alborz Mountain range. Mt. Damavand (at 18, 550
feet the highest mountain in Iran) is clearly visible from the city. Tehran is not however considered to be
an old city and remained a relatively unimportant settlement until the end of the 18th century when it
was made the Persian capital by Agha Mohammed Khan, the founder of the Qajar dynasty.

Transfer:                  You will be met and taken to your hotel.

Accommodation:             Laleh Hotel for 2 nights (Includes immediate occupancy)

The Laleh International Hotel has 400 air-conditioned guest rooms and suites with private bathroom,
television, fridge and 24 hours room service. There are 4 restaurants serving buffet meals, French, Far
Eastern and Persian cuisine. Facilities include a business centre and a swimming pool. Please note
that women are not permitted to use the swimming pool. The Laleh is located in the Laleh Park area
close to the carpet museum and short drive from the museums of the city centre.

Excursion:                 Afternoon tour of Tehran.

This afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour of Tehran, including visits to the National Museum which
has a small but interesting collection of artefacts from all of Iran, and the Crown Jewels Museum, a
cavernous vault under the central branch of the Melli Bank where most of the collection dates back to
Safavid times.

Meals:                Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2 - Friday 13 March 2009

Transfer:                  You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.

Your flight tickets will be issued and handed to you locally; details are subject to change.

Flight:                    Iran Air Tehran to Shiraz

Area Information:          Shiraz

Shiraz is the capital of the Fars province of Iran, and lies about 935 kilometres south of Tehran. The
city's altitude is 1,600 metres with a very pleasant climate and mild winters. Shiraz is a must on the
travellers list as it boasts numerous sites of interest such as the tombs of Saadi and Hafez who were
each considered the greatest poets of thier time. The populous quarters in the center of Shiraz are busy
trading areas. The picturesque quality of the Iranian bazaar is enhanced here by the presence of
nomads or semi-nomads belonging to southern Iranian tribes.

Transfer:                  You will be met and taken to your hotel.

Accommodation:              Homa Hotel for 2 nights

Recently refurbished, the Homa Hotel has 209 en-suite rooms. Hotel facilities include a 24 hour coffee
shop, 2 restaurants, a tea lounge, room service, sauna, jacuzzi and a business centre.

Excursion:                  Afternoon tour of Shiraz.

This afternoon's sightseeing will include a visit the beautiful Eram gardens, the Nasir ol-Molk Mosque
which exhibits some fine Qajar period tile work, the tomb of the poet Hafez and the Ali Ibn Hamzeh
Shrine emblazoned with mirror tiles.

Meals:                Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Saturday 14 March 2009

Excursion:                  Full day visit to Persepolis and Nagsh-e-Rostam.

Today you will see the palace of the Achaemenid kings at Persepolis, and the rock cut tombs and reliefs
at Nagsh-e-Rostam, a 50 minute drive from Shiraz.

The palace at Persepolis was the site to which the Archaemenid kings came to celebrate the Iranian
New Year (Now-Ruz), and the achievements of their ancestors in religious ceremonies, to receive
foreign delegations, and to be buried. Construction of the palace was started by Darius I, the great
Achaemenian king who created and reorganised an empire which was eventually larger and more
efficiently ruled than any other the ancient world had yet seen. Darius conceived Persepolis as the
spiritual hub of empire and it became one of the grandest and most important palaces in the Persian
empire (along with those at Susa and Ecbatana) until it was burnt to the ground by Alexander the Great
of Macedon in 330 B.C.

From the classical accounts of the city's destruction we can gain an impression of the immensity of the
riches that had once been contained within Persepolis. The Roman Historian Quintus Curtius Rufus
talks of: "...mounds of gold and silver, huge quantities of clothing, and furniture which was not functional
but ostentatiously ornate" and that "the quantity of money captured here was huge almost beyond
belief". The burning of Persepolis was tragic but did have one happy unforeseen consequence in that
preserved for posterity all the palace's clay records which were turned to brick by the fire.

The most important buildings at Persepolis were crowded onto a terrace of natural rock that rises 12
metres above the plain. There are about 15 major buildings including the apadana, the Hall of One
Hundred Columns, the Gate House of Xerxes, and the Treasury. The existing remains consist of stone
columns with elaborate bases and capitals and facades and staircases many with splendid base reliefs.
These remains make Persepolis one of the most impressive sites in the whole of the ancient world.

You will also visit Nagsh-e-Rostam, 5 minutes drive from Persepolis. Here you will see four large
Archaemenian tombs carved in the style of a palace entrance. There are also some fine Sassanian rock
reliefs here, one of which represents the submission of the Roman Emperor Valerian to the Sassanian
king Sharpur I.

Should you choose to visit the tombs in Persepolis this requires a short, steep climb and is not
recommended if you have walking difficulties. The descent may be slippery and appropriate footwear is

Meals:                Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 - Sunday 15 March 2009

Road Journey:               Drive from Shiraz to Pasargadae a distance of 120km and journey time of
                            approximately 2 hours.

Excursion:                  Pasargadae.

Pasargadae was once the capital of Cyrus the Great and is also his last resting place. Here Cyrus
fought and won his last battle against his former suzerain Astyages, in or near 550 B.C. According to
Strabo, Pasargadae, named for the chief tribe of the Persians, was built as a "memorial to that epic
victory". The ruins of this site are situated on a windswept plain surrounded by mountains.

The majestic Tomb of Cyrus has six receding steps, upon which rests a gabled tomb chamber and is the
best preserved of the Pasargadae ruins. According to Arrian, Cyrus placed an inscription in Persian on
the tomb saying:

"O man, I am Cyrus son of Cambyses, who founded the empire of Persia and ruled over Asia. Do not
grudge me my monument".

On a hillside are the remains of a large stone platform known as Tall-e Takhte which overlooks the ruins
below. You will see the ruined remains of three Achaemenid Palaces (the Entrance Palace, the
Audience Palace and Cyrus' Private Palace), a monumental gate marked by a winged animal with an
Egyptian crown and an enigmatic stone tower known as the Zendan-e-Sulaiman (Prison of Solomon).

Road Journey:              Continue from Pasargadae to Isfahan, a distance of 370 km and journey time
                           of approximately 6 hours.

Area Information:          Isfahan

It is not known when exactly Isfahan was first established as a city, but, it is known that its origins go
back more than fifteen hundred years. Over the centuries, this city has played many roles. It has always
been a beautiful place in which to live and an important centre of commerce, and it was the capital of the
old Persia for many years. Isfahan is known for its beautiful arts, from its world famous Persian rugs to
handcrafts and other unique products. Currently the second largest city (after Tehran) in Iran, it is
located in the centre of the country. A river, Zayandeh Rood (life giving river), runs through the city.
Summers are not too hot, and winters not very cold; above all, the weather is not humid. The total
annual rain rarely exceeds five inches. Its many green trees and flower gardens, the beautiful and very
long walkways along the Zayandeh Rood, and its many historic places attract hundreds of thousands of
visitors from other Iranian cities as well as other countries every year.

Accommodation:             Abbasi Hotel for 3 nights

The Abbasi Hotel is located approximately 5 minutes from Isfahan's historical sights. The large central
courtyard is filled with flowers and fountains and the public areas of the hotel have beautiful Persian
decoration and paintings. There are 225 rooms and suites with air-conditioning, satellite television and a
small fridge. Facilities include 3 restaurants, an indoor swimming pool and sauna and a handicraft
gallery and shop. Please note that the indoor swimming pool has different opening hours for men and
women. Single travellers should be aware that the Abassi Hotel does not offer single rooms overlooking
the interior courtyard. All single rooms face away from the hotel.

Meals:                Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Monday 16 March 2009

Excursion:                 Full day tour of Isfahan.

This morning you will visit the Vank Cathedral. Shah Abbas moved the Armenians from Julfa on the
border of Iran and Azerbaijan to New Julfa in Isfahan. He allowed them to build churches, the finest and
grandest of these being the Vank Cathedral which reflects the imperial style of the period. You will also
stop to see the impressive Khaju Bridge built in 1650 by Shah Abbas II.

After lunch you will be driven to the Maidan-e-Nagshe-e-Jahan which means 'pattern of the world', which
Shah Abbas planned to be the centre of the city. The Imam Square, as it is now known, is framed by
numerous shops with arched roofs and is surrounded by the Majid-e-Imam (Shah Mosque), noted as the
supreme perfection of Islamic Architecture, and the Sheikh Lotfollah (the ladies mosque) with its
colourful detailed work ranking among the world's best tile work. You will then visit the Ali Qapu Palace
which overlooks the Imam Square and was formerly a residence and ceremonial palace of the Safavid
kings who used to watch polo tournaments from its balcony.

Meals:                Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Tuesday 17 March 2009

Excursion:                 Morning tour of Isfahan.

This morning visit the Friday Mosque, one of the most magnificent buildings in Isfahan. Compared to the
Safavid mosques this is very sombre. Its dome is of undecorated brick and the vaulted halls around the
central courtyard have also been left plain. The undecorated walls are all part of the mosque's beauty as
they serve to draw attention to the magnificent tile work decoration of the courtyard and the eivan.

After visiting the Friday Mosque you will visit the Chehel Sotun Palace completed in the mid 17th
century by Shah Abbas II. The Palace arguably has the best frescos in Isfahan, including the somewhat
scandalous image of a half-naked dancing woman, which miraculously survived the 1979 Islamic
Revolution thanks to the efforts of a few palace caretakers.

Today's sightseeing will conclude with a visit to the bazaar. Isfahan's bazaar is considered by some to
be the most exotic in the Middle East and offers a rich variety of carpets, tiles and miniature paintings.
The main bazaar leads off from the Imam Square and the remainder of the afternoon will be at your
leisure to explore this area.

Meals:                Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Wednesday 18 March 2009

Road Journey:              Drive to Tehran, a distance of 450 km and a journey time of approximately 8
                           hours, including stops. Stop en route to visit Kashan, a distance of 200km
                           and approximately 2.5 hours from Isfahan.

Excursion:                 Kashan.

Kashan is a beautiful oasis town with splendid Islamic architecture and some beautiful gardens. Visit the
Fin Gardens, designed for Shah Abbas I and containing the remains of his palace, these pretty gardens
are known for their natural springs, pools and orchards. Continue with a visit to Taba-Tabai House, the
former home of a wealthy carpet merchant. Built in 1834, it consists of 3 sections with a central
courtyard and has beautifully designed reliefs carved into stone, stuccowork, mirror and glass work.

Continue to Tehran, a distance of 250 km and a journey time of approximately 3.5 hours.

Accommodation:             Laleh Hotel for 1 night

Meals:                Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Thursday 19 March 2009

Transfer:                  You will be collected at your hotel and taken to the airport.

Under own arrangements from here, or we would .

Meals:                Breakfast
                                        END OF ITINERARY

Please note the following:

Iran is an Islamic Republic and visitors are required to conform to the Islamic dress code. For women, it
is essential that all of the body is covered except for the hands and face. More details are contained in
the Tour Notes for Iran.

Your holiday includes all flights, transfers, accommodation and excursions as specified above in your
itinerary. The board basis for your holiday is detailed at the end of each day. Our accommodation uses
standard rooms unless otherwise specified on your itinerary. Air Passenger Duty is included

The following are not included in your holiday price: items of a personal nature (telephone and laundry
etc.) and optional excursions unless detailed in your itinerary.

Local Airport Taxes: The following airport taxes must be paid locally in the currency shown. Please note
the amount shown is a guideline only and subject to change without notice:
Currently None

Reconfirmation is not necessary for the majority of international flights. Please check with your local
representative who will advise you and take your ticket details should this be required.

Your domestic flight tickets will be issued locally and handed to you by our agents prior to the flight.

All journey times are approximate and dependent on road and weather conditions.

In the event of an emergency while you are overseas, please immediately contact your tour escort
and/or the Cox & Kings local representative. If the matter cannot be resolved to your satisfaction, please
contact Cox & Kings in London on 020 7873 5000 during office hours. Outside normal office hours
please call 07831 328500; this mobile phone is manned 24 hours a day by our out of office duty


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