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Day 1 - Starting: Istanbul & Finishing: Istanbul
There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 - Starting: Istanbul & Finishing: Ankara
Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara.
Day 3 - Starting: Ankara & Finishing: Göreme
Visit Anitkabir before transferring to the town of Göreme, the base for exploring Cappadocia. With 2.5 days free to explore, there will be plenty of time to tour the area by bike, visit neighbouring villages, trek regional valleys or try a hot air balloon ride. During one of the evenings, travel to a nearby village and enjoy dinner with a local family.
Day 4 - Starting: Göreme & Finishing: Göreme
Outdoor enthusiast? Hire a bike to get around on two wheels or join your CEO on an optional trekking tour through one of the beautiful valleys of the region. If you want to go further afield, take a local bus to explore nearby villages.
If you pre-booked the Cappadocia hot air balloon ride, you will be flying today (weather permitting).
Day 5 - Starting: Göreme & Finishing: Tatvan
Enjoy one more morning in Cappadocia before driving to nearby Kayseri. Board an overnight train for Eastern Turkey.
Day 6 - Starting: Tatvan & Finishing: 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 7 - Starting: Van & Finishing: Van
Enjoy a day trip to Mt Ararat with a visit to the Ishak Pasha Palace.
Day 8 - Starting: Van & Finishing: Van
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 9 - Starting: Van & Finishing: 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 10 - Starting: Tehrān & Finishing: Tehrān
Spend the day absorbing the scenery from the train, arriving into Tehran in the evening.
Day 11 - Starting: Tehrān & Finishing: Shiraz
Explore Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa’d Abad Palace and National Jewel Museum before boarding an evening train to Shiraz.
Day 12 - Starting: Shiraz & Finishing: Shiraz
There is free time to explore the city's beautiful Regents mosque, Nasiralmolk mosque, Khan madrasa, Bagh-e Eram gardens, and perhaps even listen to some poetry being recited at the Hafez tomb. This vibrant student city is buzzing with life and is a great place to interact with some Iran's youth.
Day 13 - Starting: Shiraz & Finishing: Shiraz
Travel to Persepolis to explore this fascinating sight. On the way back to Shiraz, visit the rock cut tombs at Naqsh-e-Rostam, the burial place of Darius the Great and his successors. With free time, enjoy the vibe of Shiraz.
Day 14 - Starting: Shiraz & Finishing: Isfahan
Embark on an included visit to Pasargadae and explore the capital and burial site of Cyrus the Great.
Day 15 - Starting: Isfahan & Finishing: Tehrān
Wander the tree-lined boulevards of Isfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. On a city tour, visit Imam Square and mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Wander the bazaar and learn the history of Isfahan's bridges. Stop in a miniatures shop and learn about this intricate art form before sampling some delicious gaz, a candy famous in Isfahan.
Day 16 - Starting: Tehrān & Finishing: Tehrān
Ramble through the enormous bazaar and visit the Imam Khomeini Mosque. View the many political murals that surround the former US Embassy then relax like the locals do by drinking chai and chewing on dates in a traditional chaikhuneh (teahouse). Try some more of the fine Iranian cuisine like dizi (stew you crumble bits of bread into and mash up with a mortar and pestle right at the table!) while enjoying traditional music at a local restaurant.
Day 17 - Starting: Tehrān & Finishing: Tehrān
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