|Starts||London, United Kingdom|
|Ends||Tehrān, Iran, Islamic Republic of|
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Day 1 - Starting: London & Finishing: London
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
Day 2 - Starting: London & Finishing: Paris
Board the famous Eurostar train for the journey through the Chunnel to Paris. Enjoy an orientation walk and free time to visit the Eiffel Tower, dozens of museums, Luxembourg Garden, wander the banks of the Seine or sip wine and eat cheese at a sidewalk café like a local.
Day 3 - Starting: Paris & Finishing: Paris
The Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Rodin Museum are all worth a visit. Stop by Notre Dame or Sacre Coeur to add some spirituality to your day. Shop on the Champs-Élysées or explore the Left Bank.
Day 4 - Starting: Paris & Finishing: Lausanne
Take a morning TGV train to Lausanne, Switzerland. Spend the afternoon in this charming town.
Day 5 - Starting: Lausanne & Finishing: Zermatt
Board another train for the journey to Zermatt, a tiny village in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Enjoy the afternoon in the car-free centre or hiking in the nearby mountains.
Day 6 - Starting: Zermatt & Finishing: Chur
Board the Glacier Express for a slow and stunning ride through the Alps. Pass meadows, rushing streams, bridges, villages and massive mountains as the train heads towards Chur. Arrive in the evening after a full day of soaking in the scenery.
Day 7 - Starting: Chur & Finishing: Munich
Take a full day to reach Munich, in the heart of Bavaria. Arrive in time for an optional evening out at a local brewery with a few steins of beer and some typical German fare.
Day 8 - Starting: Munich & Finishing: Munich
Explore the city or head further afield to visit Füssen and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle.
Day 9 - Starting: Munich & Finishing: Salzburg
Visit the concentration camp of Dachau, right outside the city centre. Learn of the atrocities of war and the triumph of the human spirit. Return to the city for a short train ride to Salzburg, Austria. This charming city is brimming with history and character. Known for the nearby salt mines, Mozart and the setting for The Sound of Music, Salzburg has plenty to pack into a day and a half.
Day 10 - Starting: Salzburg & Finishing: Salzburg
Make the most of a free day in Salzburg. Opt to visit the salt mines or take the famous Sound of Music tour.
Day 11 - Starting: Salzburg & Finishing: Vienna
Continue by train to Vienna. Opt to visit the famous opera house, join a city tour or visit world-class museums.
Day 12 - Starting: Vienna & Finishing: Budapest
Journey by train to Budapest, the 'Pearl of the Danube'. The city, split into Buda and Pest by the river, retains its eastern charm with Buda Castle and Turkish-style thermal baths. Depending on arrival time, opt to visit some city sights or soak in one of the famous baths.
Day 13 - Starting: Budapest & Finishing: Budapest
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.
Day 14 - Starting: Budapest & Finishing: Sibiu
Continue exploring Budapest before an overnight train to Sibiu.
Day 15 - Starting: Sibiu & Finishing: Sighișoara
Explore Sighisoara's medieval walled citadel with its cultural attractions and great restaurants and bars. Enjoy a half-day guided tour of the area. Take in the beautiful rolling scenery and visit medieval villages and fortified churches. Sample some Romanian cuisine—the Casa Dracula (original home of Vlad, the model for Count Dracula) is now a restaurant specializing in hearty meat and game dishes of the region.
Day 16 - Starting: Sighișoara & Finishing: Braşov
Enjoy charming Brasov. Opt to explore the 'Black Church' or enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafés. Walk in the medieval centre, one of the best preserved in Romania.
Day 17 - Starting: Braşov & Finishing: Braşov
Impressively situated on a rock outcrop and dominating the valley, this 14th century castle is steeped in history and folklore. Soak in the gorgeous countryside as you learn about the creepier side of Romania.
Day 18 - Starting: Braşov & Finishing: Bucharest
Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine.
Day 19 - Starting: Bucharest & Finishing: Veliko Tarnovo
Enjoy this charming town and opt to visit the Tsarevets Fortress just outside the city.
Day 20 - Starting: Veliko Tarnovo & Finishing: Veliko Tarnovo
Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity.
Day 21 - Starting: Veliko Tarnovo & Finishing: Sofia
A mix of western grandeur and Soviet bulk, Sofia boasts a gold-domed church and delicious international dining. Sample modern takes on Bulgarian and international food, with some great trendy dining opportunities.
Day 22 - Starting: Sofia & Finishing: Plovdiv
Opt to relax over coffee and a Bulgarian baklava, a specialty of the area.
Day 23 - Starting: Plovdiv & Finishing: Istanbul
Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an overnight train to Istanbul.
Day 24 - Starting: Istanbul & Finishing: Istanbul
After getting the lay of the land with a local guide, spend some free time visiting all you can in this eclectic city straddling two continents. In the evening, there will be a farewell dinner for travellers coming from Budapest or London and a welcome dinner for travellers joining the tour here to continue to Tehran.
Day 25 - Starting: Istanbul & Finishing: Ankara
Enjoy some free time in the morning before catching a train to Ankara.
Day 26 - 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 27 - 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 28 - Starting: Göreme & Finishing: Tatvan
Enjoy one more morning in Cappadocia before driving to nearby Kayseri. Board an overnight train for Eastern Turkey.
Day 29 - 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 30 - Starting: Van & Finishing: Van
Enjoy a day trip to Mt Ararat with a visit to the Ishak Pasha Palace.
Day 31 - 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 32 - 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 33 - Starting: Tehrān & Finishing: Tehrān
Spend the day absorbing the scenery from the train, arriving into Tehran in the evening.
Day 34 - 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 35 - 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 36 - 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 37 - Starting: Shiraz & Finishing: Isfahan
Embark on an included visit to Pasargadae and explore the capital and burial site of Cyrus the Great.
Day 38 - 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 39 - 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 40 - Starting: Tehrān & Finishing: Tehrān
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