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Tailor-made tours and sample itineraries

At Magic Carpet Travel we pride ourselves in our experience and in-depth knowledge, hence the ability to design tailor made tours to suit your specific requirements. We can put together any program you like, whether it is similar to one of our set itineraries or a trip that we design just for you.

We can also arrange group visits for schools or a university, or special interest groups such as ornithologists, pilgrims or archaeologists. Just call us – 01344 622832

Here are some ideas to stimulate your ideas:

East of Eden

East of Eden, covers the historical, cultural and geographical diversity of Iran. This tour covers the essential centres, including the bustling capital, Tehran, Shiraz renowned for its beautiful gardens, Persepolis (Takht-e-Jamshid) the magnificent palace complex founded by Darius the Great and Isfahan home to some of the world’s most famous examples of Islamic architecture. The tour also includes the spectacular village of Kandovan, a name derived from the bees-nest like dwellings carved out of the rocks. You will also visit a range of historical sites from empires past and experience such diverse delights as the natural hot springs of Sarein, a visit to the Qashqaii nomads and some of the world’s finest examples of desert architecture in the Zoroastrian centre of Yazd.

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Persia’s nomads

This tour visits the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd and Kashan but also allows you a chance to experience a very different way of life by spending a couple of days with a nomadic tribe. Often said to be the ‘true Persians’, the Qashqaii nomads still dress in their colourful tribal costumes and observe their traditional lifestyle and centuries-old customs.

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The Rose Harvest

Spring is a spectacular time to visit Iran and this tour, run in May each year, is ideal for those who wish to see the main sights of Iran – Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis – as well as the rose gardens in the picturesque villages of Ghamsar and Niasar near the town of Kashan. Every year hundreds of tons of rose petals gardens in the picturesque villages of Ghamsar and Niasar near the town of Kashan. Every year hundreds of tons of rose petals are harvested and distilled to make rose oil and rosewater. The 3-day optional extension drives through some spectacular mountain scenery and visits the outstanding troglodyte village of Kandovan.

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Magic of Persia

This itinerary includes Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis whilst offering the opportunity to appreciate the amazing diversity of Iran with a comprehensive tour of the picturesque and lush, green Caspian region and visits the historic Castles of the Assassins and the oasis town of Kashan This itinerary includees Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis whilst offering the opportunity to appreciate the amazing diversity of Iran with a comprehensive tour of the picturesque and lush, green Caspian region and visits the historic Castles of the Assassins and the oasis town of Kashan

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Ancient Persia

This tour highlights the religious sites of the faiths that have co-existed over the centuries in Persia. Firstly there was the great Zoroastrian civilisation and then, with the Arab Conquest, came Islam. All throughout this time the Christians, Jews and the mystic Sufis and Dervishes have maintained important pilgrimage sites too. As well as visiting Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis this tour includes visits to such extraordinary sights as the troglodyte village of Kandovan – thought to be the site of the Garden of Eden, Shush – one of the oldest cities in the world dating back six thousand years, the tombs of Esther and Mordecai in Hamedan, and Takht-e-Soleiman (Throne of Solomon).

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Magic Carpets

If you have more than a passing interest in the art of Persian tapestry then this tour is for you. As you travel in search of the perfect carpet you will visit Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Persepolis, Kerman and Yazd, whilst stopping off along the way to visit some of the nomadic tribes and small village workshops where the carpets are made. Your journey will take you through the entire process of carpet making from the flowers being picked to the wool being dyed, from the carpets being woven in tents and workshops to their being sold in the bazaars and shops. Talk to the people involved and learn about the many designs and how they are inextricably linked to the culture and architecture of the Persian civilisation.

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Zoroastrian Persia

This tour is designed for Zoroastrians and those with a specific interest in the Zoroastrian faith. As well as visiting the major highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis you will then spend four days in and around the Zoroastrian centre of Iran – Yazd. Chak Chak, the main place of pilgrimage for Zoroastrians from all over the world, hosts the 10-day festival in June and this may be an ideal time of year to plan your visit.

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Winter breaks

Iran isn’t the first place that comes to mind when planning your next ski trip or a winter break to soak up the sunshine. However, if you are planning to travel to Iran between November and March you may want to build either or both of these activities onto your itinerary. We can arrange a ski trip to the resorts of Dizin or Shemshak high in the Alborz mountains, or a warm, relaxing break on the tropical island of Kish in the Persian Gulf.

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Enchanting Persia

Also covering the main highlights of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis, this itinerary then visits north-eastern Iran to see the holy shrine of Imam Reza – where Muslims from all over the world make their pilgrimage – and the tomb of Omar Khayyam in Neishabur. Finally, the tour takes in Kerman in south-eastern Iran.

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