Iran Cultural Adventure

Max Group 12

Private Room

Lifetime Deposit

12-Day Deep Dive Of 'Modern-Day' Persia

Whether you’re drawn to Iran by its treasured UNESCO sites, its exotic history, recent intrigue, or just harbouring a healthy sense of adventure – this trip will give you everything you might hope for, and then some! 

There are some epic moments – like standing amongst the remnants of ancient civilisations protected from time by the desert sands and craning your neck to appreciate the symbolically-coloured mosaics of Islamic architecture

You’ll embrace day-to-day life too – like sipping tea with locals, bursting with sincerity and uncontrollable smiles, and strolling through local bazaars with their mish-mash of activity, colour and whiffs of aromatic deliciousness!

You’ll savour cities, villages, deserts and mountains. Your local guide will lead your small group of 12 away from the tourist traps and into the wonders of what is truly Iran. Come see for yourself why people rave so much about this country!

Highlights

Small group, maximum 12 spots, NO twin shares!

Explore the ruins of Persepolis

Stargaze from the roof of a Silk Road Caravanserai

Roam the ancient laneways of Yazd

Witness the pink mosque of Shiraz at sunrise

Walk Esfahan’s grand boulevards and covered bridges

Trip Details

Trip Breakdown

Price

$6,931 AUD (per person – private supplement only)

  • $1,650 AUD deposit.
  • 2 week cooling off period applies.
  • Lifetime Deposit. If you need to cancel, your deposit is transferable to other trips.
  • Tip Kitty (See FAQs for more details)

Please refer to our payment terms in the FAQs.


Dates

Starts: Tehran, 5 October 2025

Ends: Shiraz, 16 October 2025


Length


Arrival

Saina Hotel, Tehran


Departure

Karim Khan Hotel, Shiraz


Group Size

12


Included

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included for all days except Day 1 and Day 12
  • Transport: private vehicles
  • Leader/Guide: 1 male English-speaking local tour leader and 1 female guide throughout
  • All listed activities and more
  • Arrival and departure transfers

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Any visas required (see FAQs for more information)
  • Late check-outs at hotels
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tip kitty (see FAQs for more information)
  • Personal expenditure

Accommodation

Iran has a developing travel industry, meaning that the standards are quite different. Wherever possible, we have focused on finding memorable accommodation that is full of life. In nearly all cases, we’ll enjoy a mix of clean and comfortable 3- and 4-star hotels and all hotels have Western-style sit-down toilets in the bathrooms.

For this trip, we’ve organised for you to sleep one night in a Caravanserai, or traditional roadside Inn from back when Iran was part of the long Silk Road route.


Day 1: Tehran

Welcome to Tehran! A friendly face from the Fencox team will welcome you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation.  

Ease into your first day with a visit to a couple of Tehran’s most famous landmarks: Azadi Tower and Tabiat Bridge. This pedestrian ‘Bridge of Nature’ connects two huge beautiful parks. The Tabiat represents Iran’s future and offers awesome views of the city. Even more impressive –  it was designed by a 25-year-old Iranian woman. 

The experience will certainly make for some interesting conversation amongst your new travel mates over dinner tonight, at one of our fave local restaurants! 

Accommodation: Saina Hotel Tehran (or similar)
Included: Dinner

DAY 2: Tehran

Day 2 is packed to the gills with fun. First, we will visit the former US embassy, aka ‘The Nest of Spies’, famous for the 1979-81 hostage crisis and now a museum. From there, we’ll explore the city – getting lost in the enormous Grand Bazaar, stopping at a tea house before visiting Golestan Palace. Then, follow in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain as we ride the metro to Darband in the foothills to the north. You’ll enjoy a true Iranian shashlik (kebab) grill here.

Accommodation: Saina Hotel Tehran (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

DAY 3: Kashan

Today we’ll leave Tehran for Qom, and take a private tour of this centre of religious study – the birthplace of the Iranian Revolution. From there, onto Kashan, our favourite small city in Iran – picturesque bathhouses and a beautiful garden await but the highlight is the magnificent Kashan Bazaar, formerly a Silk Road trading hub. Our accommodation is a beautifully restored classical Persian building.

Accommodation: Negin Traditional Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast & lunch

DAY 4: Abyaneh, Esfahan

After checking out more of Kashan, we’re back on the road today with a visit to the village of Abyaneh, one of the oldest and most visually fascinating villages you’ll ever see. We’ll eat lunch here and explore the alleyways. We’ll finish the afternoon driving into Esfahan – my favourite city in all of Iran. It’s around this time of the trip that we begin to access places even the locals don’t ever get to see.

Accommodation: Hasht Behesht Hotel Esfahan (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

DAY 5: Esfahan

Today starts with a tour of Esfahan’s most famous site: the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. One of the wonders of the Islamic world, we’ll take a morning to soak it in.

In the afternoon, you’ll have some free time: use it to wander the hallways of the Esfahan Bazaar and interact with the friendly local merchants. Then, join us again to listen to the groups that gather to sing under the ancient Khaju bridge.

Accommodation: Hasht Behesht Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

DAY 6: The Desert Calls

In a desert city, you need ingenuity to survive. See an example of this as we visit a Yakchal in Meybod city – a building that served as an ancient type of evaporative cooler. Its sole function was to keep winter’s ice frozen all throughout the summer – in a desert with no electricity! 

Set forth once more to Yazd. Explore the twisting laneways with your travel buddies and enjoy the food, which is as good as it gets in Iran. 

Accommodation: Dad Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner

DAY 7: Yazd

Iran isn’t just famous for Shia Islam alone: it’s also known for Zoroastrianism sites such as the Towers of Silence, where the dead were returned to nature through the mouths of hungry vultures. We’ll also visit the Wind Towers – ancient Iranian air-conditioning, and learn the secrets of the desert city that thrived, before taking some free time to wander and enjoy this UNESCO Heritage City.

Accommodation: Dad Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

DAY 8: Caravanserai

For 500 years, tired travellers and traders stopped to rest in Caravanserais along the Silk Road. Tonight is your turn to stop, sit back, and feel the history. Watch the sunset and gaze at the stars from the courtyard – just how it was done hundreds of years ago – and perhaps light a cheeky firecracker! indoors. 

The accommodation itself is very simple so be ready for that, but oh, how special it is. We’ll keep the location a secret for now, as this one is still off the tourist trail.

Accommodation: Caravanserai
Included: Breakfast, lunch, & dinner
Driving time: 1 hour

DAY 9: Persepolis

Persepolis has a short, wonderful, yet bloody history. It would have been longer if not for Alexander The Great, who left burning ruins in his wake. It doesn’t take a history buff to enjoy Persepolis – it represents the most glorious period of Persian history. Take as long as you like to explore – your hotel is located just outside the entrance gates.

Accommodation: Persepolis Tourist Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10: Shiraz

Persepolis has one last gift to give before you move on: Naqsh-e Rostam: home to the tombs of four Persian Kings, carved out of a cliff.

From there, it’s on to your final city: Shiraz, the friendliest city in Iran. Vakil Bazaar was established in the 11th century and is still a thriving hub of traders and eateries. Eat slowly and enjoy the atmosphere. After a visit to the nearby Vakil Mosque, you’ll get the chance to wander the bazaar or relax in the hotel.

Accommodation: Karim Khan Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11: Shiraz

Nasir Ol Molk – the Pink Mosque – might possibly be the most photographed mosque in the world outside of Mecca. You’ll be waking up to see it in all its early-morning glory. 

Enjoy some free time getting to know Shiraz, before a cooking class that will show you how to prepare your new Iranian favourites[optional activity??]

Accommodation: Karim Khan Hotel (or similar)
Included: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner

 

DAY 12: Shiraz

Is the trip over already? Wow, it seems to have flown by. That can only mean that great times were had… and it’s now time to 

Bid each other farewell over a traditional Persian breakfast. Allow your final Iranian memories to really sink in – squeeze in one last round of Shiraz or perhaps head to the bazaar (experience tells you there’s one in every city)! If you’re open to gift ideas, we can recommend saffron or perhaps even a Persian carpet?.

Included: Breakfast

Trip Map

Frequently Asked Questions


Prior to the payment of your full balance, the final price may change if there is a significant variation in the AUD:USD exchange rate. Our trip pricing is determined by what the exchange rates are at the time of publishing the trip.

The pricing on this trip is based on an exchange rate of 1 AUD:0.66 USD.

A deposit of $2,150 is required to hold your spot. Payment can be made by credit card only (fees apply).

There is a cooling-off period of 2 weeks. (Applicable to all bookings made 110 days in advance.)

We have implemented a ‘lifetime deposit’ guarantee. Deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable at any time, right up until the first day of the trip.

The final balance of the trip is required 95 days in advance of the departure date. Our suppliers require upfront payment well in advance to guarantee availability.

Please refer to the full terms and conditions for further information.

Level 2 or Moderate

You’ll need a moderate level of fitness for this trip. If you can walk 3 – 4 hours at an easy pace on undulating and uneven ground, you’ll be fine. There will be days where you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet and times when you’ll need to get on and off different types of transport, including boats and 4WDs. You must be ok with using a squat toilet – we do our best to accommodate what you’re used to (all hotel rooms have sit down toilets) but when you’re on-the-road and in remote locations, sometimes it’s the only choice available. You’ll also need to be able to access over-the-bath showers.

High Altitude Trip

On this epic 20-day journey you’ll travel from the Peruvian Pacific coast to the Amazon, and up into the Andes. You’ll spend the final leg of your journey in the highlands where the altitude levels go beyond 2800 metres. All vehicles you’ll travel in have oxygen onboard and our guides are trained in first aid. However,  you must seek medical advice from a health professional in relation to the high altitude and your personal health. 

This trip visits two different countries, each with their unique histories, and cultures. So that you’re experiencing the essence of each country, your trip will be led by two culturally different guides (the transition occurs on Day 15), and from time-to-time, other specialty guides will join the group too.

There are direct flights to Peru from some Australian cities and several 1-stop flights from Australian and New Zealand cities. 

Being tour operators (not travel agents), we are not licensed to sell flights. We recommend contacting your trusted local travel agent to book flights if you’re in need of assistance.

Aussies and Kiwis do not need Visa to vist Peru and Bolivia. The length of stay permitted upon entry is 30 days in both countries. 

To accommodate the domestic flight luggage limits, we request that you travel with 1 case/bag weighing no more than 20kg, and 1 carry-on bag/case weighing no greater than 8kg.

Local regulations require that your stay in the Amazonian Rainforest be managed by your welcoming lodge hosts. Most of your luggage will be stored safely in their town office, and they’ll loan you a duffle bag to pack what you need for your three nights in the jungle.

Your lodge is eco-friendly and owned by the local community. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with flush toilets (ensuite), showers (cold water only) and mosquito nets. Usually, there is no electricity in the rooms. Don’t fret – you’ll be able to recharge your overworked camera batteries using the electricity outlets in the common area of the lodge at designated times of the day! 

Due to the nature and remoteness of the location, you’ll be sharing the lodge and some transfers with others, besides your fellow Patchies. However, during the jungle expeditions, your group will have their own jungle guide – and you’ll always be accompanied by your Peruvian tour leader.

The scenic train ride on Day 10 takes you from the ancient town of Ollantaytambo to Agua Calientes. There’s no room for luggage on the small train carriages, so your group’s luggage will be stored safely at the station, and you’ll pick it up on your way back through the next day. Bring a small backpack with you to carry any personal items you need for your overnight stay.

Yes, we are committed to ensuring that all our guests enjoy a comfortable and satisfying dining experience throughout their journey. To accommodate special dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, celiac, and pescatarian diets, we kindly request that these needs be communicated to us at least 45 days prior to travel.

Please note that while we strive to offer a variety of options, the local dishes in certain destinations may have limitations. For instance, in Bolivia, guests with strict dietary needs may find their options more limited and might experience a repeat of similar meals during their stay, with quinoa being a common ingredient in many dishes. Whereas, Peru offers a broader selection of  options that cater more easily to special diets.

On the last part of the trip, you’ll be travelling through the highlands region. Most of the destinations are at high altitudes (between 2,000 m and 3,600 m). Your first destination in the highlands is the vibrant city of Cusco at 3,450 m where you’ll have a chance to acclimatise to the altitude. Your tour leader is experienced in high-altitude travel and is trained in first aid. You’ll travel with oxygen aboard, for assistance in the rare case someone should feel ill from an atmospheric change. We ask that you consult your doctor for direction on how best to prepare for this tour.

International airfares are not included.

Airport transfers are included. You can plan to arrive at any time, but we recommend arriving in the morning to give yourself time to settle in. (NB: Hotel check-in time is 2pm)

Occasional days do involve long stretches of driving, and over windy roads, so you need to be the kind of person who enjoys road trips. Any such necessary long drives are offset by photo stops, picnic lunches, roadside pit stops, tea/coffee breaks, and of course seeing points of interest, with leg-stretching walks. Our vehicles are comfortable, well-maintained and not prone to breaking down.

Most of our trips have a Tip Kitty because many cultures have interesting and diverse rules when it comes to tips. We’ve found it to be the easiest way to combat over-tipping, under-tipping or having the tip fall into the wrong hands.

We will be updating the details for tipping here soon.

In the unlikely event of a health or security related incident during a trip, we’ve engaged a local partner to assist. From our experience, there is not one framework that fits all, and every incident is unique and requires a different approach. With all trips, your guides are your day-to-day support. While behind the scenes, there is an active line of communication – between your guide, the on-ground support team, and Australian Ops.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page!