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Upmarket tour operator Cox & Kings has reintroduced Iran to its comprehensive Middle East collection for the first time since 2011. With its rich culture, magnificent architecture and enthralling history, the country was previously one of the most popular in the region for Cox & Kings clients and recently improved Foreign Office advice has made it possible for the company to organise group tours there once again.


Treasures of Persia is a new ten-night small group tour priced from GBP1,995 (US$3,077) per person. Beginning in Shiraz, discover the beautiful Islamic architecture of the city; wander the former Persian capital of Persepolis; explore Cyrus the Great's capital at Pasargadae; and discover layers of history in wonders such as Isfahan and Zoroastrian Towers of Silence in Yazd. Finally, spend two nights in Tehran exploring the capital, including the Unesco world heritage site of the Golestan Palace. There are ten tour departures for 2016, with the first departing on 3 March 2016.


Cox & Kings also offers two extensions to the Treasures of Persia group tour.


The two-night Mashhad extension unveils the home of the shrine of Imam Reza – one of holiest sites in Islam. This extension includes internal flights, two nights' accommodation, excursions to the Imam Reza Shrine and breakfast daily.

The three-night Kerman extension explores this culturally rich city, including the Zoroastrian fire temples. Pricing includes internal flights, 3-nights' accommodation, excursions and breakfast daily.

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