SURFIRAN Travel & Parsyad Co. is proud to present
THE PERSIAN CARAVAN TRAINÂ© A JOURNEY THROUGH PERSIA ON A PRIVATE TRAIN
WELCOME TO IRAN The land of magic carpet
It’s a great honor to introduce the Persian Caravan Adventure Train which will take you to visit many of Iran’s attractions. Iran is country of magnificent attractions and wonderful landscapes from north to south. There’s nothing quite like travelling by train, listening to the rhythmic rumble as the wheels’ clack over the tracks and the world flashes past the window of your
The Persian Caravan Train
The Rail and River Tour
This journey offers an opportunity
To get to plains of Khuzestan the
to visit the cultural and historical
train will pass through the Zagros
heritage sites of Iran, boarding on
Mountains while the Dez River
a 5-star train which offers a high
will accompany you by staying
level of com- fort and services in a
alongside you the whole journey.
It will take you through the richly
The trip covers all of the above in about 2 weeks in which passengers are served on board or in 4 star hotels for dining and sleeping.
diverse and green landscapes of the river and breathtaking valley. Exclusive Tours Based on our extensive knowledge
The Three Gold Line Trip
Boarding the train will lead to an
Iran’s railway goes back 80 years
iconic experience of natural and
and is one of the most successful
inter- national projects in Iran.
impossible to see on a road trip. It
Railways in the north of Iran by
All of our tours are offered by
will provide a unique and memo-
passing through mountains and
SURFIRAN travel which is a well-
rable experience for travelers with
rainforests ensures beautiful and
respected tour operator in Iran in
a sense of adventure.
eye-catching views. The trip will
cooperation with Parsyad co.
We offer five different tours to suit different travelers. 1. The Persian Caravan Train: A 12-day classical tour of Iran
ensure a memorable experience of Iranian landscapes, as well as dining in local houses.
This short trip is an opportunity
A 1-day tour of the north of
to visit three UNESCO world her-
itage sites. You can then see and
3. The Stone Crossings Tour: A
hear the story behind these mag-
3-day tour of the Zagros re-
nificent mountains and the rai
road as it passes through the un-
2-day tour of Lorestan 5. Exclusive Tours
can create and plan specific and exclusive tours based on customer desires.
We hope the Persian Caravan trains can show the beauty and history of Iran.
The Stone Crossing Tour
2. The Three Gold Line Train:
4. The Rail and River Tour: A
of the railwork network and we
touched and breathtaking nature of the Zagros mountains and feel the beauty that is all around you.
THE PERSIAN CARAVAN TRAIN
Travelling with the Persian Caravan train is a unique
Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank
way to uncover the story of Iran. The tour is offered by
among the worldâ€™s greatest sites of antiquity. Yazd,
SURFIRAN travel and tours which is a tour operator and
which is well known for its Zoroastrian fire temples, its
travel agency in Iran in cooperation with Parsyad Co.
Persian handicrafts and its high quality confectionery as well as Kerman that is known for its tropical fruits and
The Persian Caravan train allows its passengers to travel
dates, excellent meat, dairy products and local delicious
and explore the real Iran in a fast and safe manner. Local
English-speaking tour guides offer explanations of the most significant sites in each city of Iran and there are
The service of the train begins the moment you board
opportunities to experience authentic regional cuisine,
and are greeted with a local drink on arrival A porter as-
shopping and traditional cultural offerings.
sists you to your cabin. Your service attendant is available to assist you in making yourself at home in your
There is 24-hour service in each carriage, facilities in-
clude a bathroom in every carriage, air-conditioning, a library, LCD screen and large windows to watch the
It offers a chef-prepared menu with selections of mouth-
world go by, all of which ensures a memorable experi-
watering Iranian cuisine. Enjoy your meal in a decorated
dining car. During the day, this place provides a warm, naturally lit observation area. You can also enjoy a cup of
This all-inclusive adventure will take you through richly
coffee or tea while taking in the scenery.
diverse landscapes, cultures and heritage sites. The Persian Caravan train will delight all of your senses The Persian Caravan train offers unique excursions with
as you travel through Iran to reveal the pearls of Persia.
tours ranging from beloved Iranian cities such as Isfahan, well known for its beautiful historic architecture and magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Shah Abbas. Pasargadae and
Nasir ol Molk Mosque
From the legendary hospitality of the Iranian people to the thousands year old culture and traditions, riches and wonders await those who have the courage to go beyond the clichĂŠs.
IRAN: THE LAND OF GLORY AND BEAUTY
Iran is a land history
Heritage sites. At the moment,
to discover the riches the country
culture, souvenir and
Iran stands 11th in the world for
has to offer.
authenticity. This is not
the number of registered world
a tourism slogan, this is the reality
experienced by visitors who have
Visitor numbers are growing exponentially, with Iranian officials
been impressed by Iranâ€™s beauty
Archaeologists estimate that mod-
predicting 20 million tourists by
and amazing attractions.
ern Iran is home to over a million
historical sites, places and zones. Iran is bursting with cultural her-
During the past few centuries,
If you would like to find a small
itage and historical monuments.
over 150,000 of such sites have
world in a vast country, you are
These architectural remnants can
been located in different parts of
welcome to visit Iran.
date back thousands of years.
Overall some 20 major archaeo-
Despite many negative news sto-
logical sites in Iran have been reg-
ries about Iran, the World Travel
istered by the United Nations Ed-
Market 2015 Industry report said
ucational, Scientific and Cultural
Iran was set to become a tourism
Organization (UNESCO) as World
hot spot and tourists were rushing
FACILITIES AND SERVICES Whatâ€™s included in the tour price
Professional and Experienced Tour Guides
On Board Service
The Persian Caravan train allows its passengers to ex-
You can expect service which is attentive, friendly and
plore real Iran in a fast and safe manner. Local English-
unobtrusive. Your car attendants provide housekeep-
speaking tour guides offer explanations of the most
ing services with one attendant always on duty to assist
significant sites in each city, while there are also op-
you and to ensure you are comfortable in your cabin.
portunities to experience authentic regional cuisine
Complimentary tea, coffee and bottled drinking water
as well as shopping. Our tour guides are top licensed
are available in your cabin 24 hours a day.
guides with one mission in mind making your tour the journey of a lifetime. Arrival And Departure Airport Transfers Arrival and departure transfers are included. Hotel and On Board Accommodation Although you will spend much of your time sightseeing or relaxing in the hotels and trainâ€™s public areas, you will find your cabin a welcome retreat at the end of a rewarding day. All hotels are of five-star standard, or the best available. Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner Daily All meals are included, starting with dinner on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last day. Several times during the tour we will also sample authentic local cuisine and a selection of drinks on the train, which is also included in the tour price. All on board foods are cooked, prepared and served inside the train. On Board Facilities 24-hour service in each car, facilities include a bathroom in each car, air-conditioning, a library, free WIFI, LCD screen and a large windows to watch the world go by ensures a memorable experience.
Guided Off-train Excursions The history and culture of the places we visit on our rail cruises will come alive through our expert local guides. All our tours include a wide-ranging sightseeing schedule to make the most of the time you have off the train and bring you closer to the culture, people and history of your destinations. We believe it is the special little touches that help create magical memories. On Board Doctor And Medical Facilities To give you peace of mind our tours are accompanied by a Doctor who travels with us for the entire journey; so you can rest assured that medical assistance is always available. On call 24 hours a day, the Doctor is on hand to give primary care which is also included in the tour price. In almost every case, the doctor will be English speaking. Porterage As you may need to unpack your luggage and belongings will stay with you on the train throughout the journey, wherever necessary, porterage is included between the hotels and stations.
ON-BOARD CUISINE Onboard experience dining restaurant
PERSIAN CUISINE ON-BOARD The 5-star train is the
newest train to join Iranâ€™s rolling stock by
You can have food in a double
The train has a kitchen which is
the Raja passenger train company
decker restaurant with a magnifi-
located in a dedicated space apart
which offers a higher class of
cent and pleasant environment
from he dining car and guests
which has the seating capacity for
can observe the whole process of
96 people. Guests will be served
preparing the food and order the
The train features 4-bunk com-
with a range of healthy, tasty
dish of their choice. Our cuisine is
partments where every car has one
designed to be enjoyed.
well-trained male and female host onboard to serve passengers.
Passengers in the train will be served with a wide range of
The train starts its journey from
Iranian and exotic entrees, main
Tehran and after passing Kashan,
courses and desserts and after the
Isfahan, Bam, Kerman, Yazd,
meal there hopefully a friendly
Saadat Shahr and Shiraz will be
back to Tehran again.
ON-BOARD FOOD MENU KHORESHT-E FESENJAN (PERSIAN POMEGRANATE AND WALNUT STEW) --KHORESHT-E GHEIMEH & RICE (RICE, LAMB, SPLIT PEA AND DRIED LIME STEW) --ZERESHK POLO (BARBERRY RICE WITH CHICKEN) --BAGHALI POLO (RICE WITH DILL AND FAVA BEANS) --JOOJEH KABAB (SAFFRON CHICKEN KABOBS) --KABAB KOOBIDEH (GRILLED MINCED MEAT KABOBS) --TEA AND COFFEE Vegetarian meals is available on request
FIRST CLASS CABINS 1st class facilities on the trains
facilities on the trains Each corridor of the train has 10 comfort-
Compartments have special space for passengersâ€™ lug-
able 4-bunk compartments all of which
gage which are 185cm long, 48cm wide and 34cm tall
above the compartmentâ€™s door.
2 upper and 2 lower beds each, designed appropriately
Passengers have personal 52.48cm space and there is a
for a peaceful sleep. Upper beds are 174cm in length
52.40cm folding table for 2 passengers sitting in front
and 64cm in width. Lower beds which are suitable
of each other for serving food while they are not rest-
for taller passengers are 185 cm in length and 64cm in
ing, otherwise they can fold it up for enough sleeping
space for the lower beds.
Compartments available facilities include: 1. Electronic washroom systems 2. Sleeping sets including a mattress, pillow and blanket of the highest hygiene standards in special bags 3. Slippers 4. Blinds over the windows to regulate the light 5. Adjustable air conditioning system 6. TV sets providing access to 8 different channels including 2 movie channel 7. Access to the digital content delivery networks on mobile phones and tablets.
Amir Chakhmaq, Yazd
20 Azadi Tower, Tehran
TOURS OVERVIEW Tour route and stop details
The Persian Caravan Train tour is an iconic experience of discovering the story of Persia. This all-inclusive adventure will take you through richly diverse landscapes, cultures and heritage sites. The Persian Caravan Train offers unique excursions with tours ranging from beloved Iranian cities such as Isfahan, well known for its beautiful historic architecture and magnificent Persian gardens that trace their design principles to the days of Shah Abbas. Pasargadae and Persepolis, cities of the Achaemenid Empire that rank among the world’s greatest sites of antiquity and the warmness of the Iranian people. Yazd which is also very well known for its Zoroastrian fire temples, Persian handicrafts and its high quality confectionery as well as Kerman that is known for its tropical fruits and dates, excellent beef and dairy product. Over a week, the Persian Caravan Train will delight all of your senses as you travel through Iran to reveal the pearl of Persia. During the day, the train provides a warm, naturally lit observation area. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while taking in the scenery.
Tehran – Kashan – Isfahan – Bam – Kerman Yazd – Meybod – Pasargade (Saadatshahr) – Persepolis – Shiraz – Tehran
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Discover the ancient Persia
WELCOME TO IRAN located in city center of Tehran. Feel free to explore
come meeting. Flights often arrive very late at night
Tehran tonight, but make sure you’re back in time
or early in the morning in Tehran. Keep in mind the
to meet the group. After introductions, your tour
evening welcome meeting when booking your travel.
leader will review the details of your tour. You’ll
Arrive at Imam Khomeini International Airport in
meet your fellow travelers at the welcome dinner.
Iran, where you are met and transferred to our hotel
- Overnight at 5* Hotel, Tehran
There are no activities planned until an evening wel-
TEHRAN CITY TOUR
After breakfast, we’ll go to see National Museum of
We will then go back to the hotel to get prepared to
Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes,
start the train tour. At Evening we go to Tehran Na-
including the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Islam-
ture Bridge where young couples spend time together.
ic Era. Then we go to visit a World Heritage Site, the
Dinner is in a local restaurant in the center of Tehran,
Golestan Palace (Ethnographical Museum, Shams-ol-
which offers a chance to experience vibrant Iranian
Emareh edifice, Marmare Throne and Mirror Hall) that
life in the capital of Iran. You’re likely to meet smiling
was built during the Qajar Dynasty that rose to power
young Iranians who are delighted to engage with you.
in the late 1700’s, this fabulous walled complex is cen-
- Overnight at 5* Hotel, Tehran
tered on a landscaped garden with tranquil pools.
TEHRAN – KASHAN – ISFAHAN
Today we arrive in Kashan, a town originally famous
From here we will visit the Khan-e Boru- jerdi and
for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better
Khan-e Tabatabei, These 19th-century houses were
known for the Fin Garden and extensive bazaar and
funded by wealthy merchants, and feature lovely
courtyards, lush gardens and fine intricate relief design carved into stone and stucco work. From here we
The Fin Garden which is one of the nine Persian Gar-
will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled
dens added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is our
with hamams and mosques; one Hamam has been con-
first stop, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian
verted to a traditional tea house where we will stop for
garden with water channels all passing through a cen-
those who need a break from shopping. Then we will
be at the train station at 5:30 PM and move to Isfahan. - Overnight at 5* Hotel, Isfahan
Chehel Sotoun, Isfahan
GLORIOUS, HISTORIC ISFAHAN
As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfa-
in the country, and its construction and embellish-
han was one of the world’s greatest cities – architectur-
ment over the past twelve centuries illustrate a num-
ally striking, wealthy beyond imagine, and politically
ber of important periods in Islamic architecture. Next
powerful with Europeans, Ottomans, Indians and Chi-
up is Chehel Sotun. Set in a landscaped and forested
nese coming to its court – the heart of a vast Persian
park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful
Empire. Indeed, its grandeur inspired the rhyming
pavilion was built by Shah Abbas I for entertainment
proverb, Isfahan nesf-jahan (Isfahan is Half the World).
and court receptions. Entering through a portico with twenty slender wooden columns, we’ll discover soar-
Today, we’ll join our expert guide to begin our explo-
ing halls embellished with frescoes, paintings and mo-
ration of the city, starting with some of the centuries
saics; the Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking!
old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River. The 4th-century Shahrestan Bridge, for example,
This afternoon, our exploration continues in Imam
evokes the greatest aqueducts of ancient Rome and is
Square (A world heritage site). This 17th-century
the oldest bridge in Iran. Other famous bridges on the
site is one of the largest public spaces in the world.
Zayandeh River are Sio-ce-pol and Khaju. There are
Here in the square, we’ll visit the 17th-century Shah
gates below the bridge to let the water run- off from
Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic archi-
Zayandeh River in the spring, and there are beautiful
tecture and easily recognized by its magnificent
stone-brick archways above each gate. These archways
tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. In the
provide a great acoustic place for every man who wants
Ali Qapu Palace, we’ll marvel at its beautiful music
to sing. We can always find a man or a group of men
rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would
singing under the bridge. The songs are usually about
sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square
betrayal or unrequited love.
below. We’ll end our day exploring the Isfahan Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds
Continue our exploration in Isfahan at another UN-
of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts
ESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance but
and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery,
wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Mas-
enamel, jewelry and delicately inlaid board games.
jed-e Jamé is another masterpiece of Iranian architec-
- Overnight at 5* Hotel, Isfahan
ture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historic city. This is one of the oldest congregational mosques
Aeg-e Bam, Kerman
ISFAHAN – BAM
After an early breakfast. We have a free day to explore
will be in the train station at 6:00 PM and move to Bam.
Isfahan, so take time to wander along the cities many
- Overnight on board the train
tree-lined boulevards and spacious gardens. Then we
BAM – KERMAN
The modern Iranian city of Bam surrounds the Bam
struction and restorations), then we will move to Ma-
citadel. The ancient citadel of Arg-é Bam (A world her-
han to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nema-
itage site) has a history dating back around 2,000 years
tollah-e-Vali, the great 14th century Sufi Leader, and
ago, to the Parthian Empire, but most buildings were
the Shahzadeh Garden (late 19th century Qajar-period
built during the Safavid dynasty.
garden/house) watch is listed as a World Heritage site.
Today excursion to the Arg-e Bam, with all the archi-
In the afternoon we will move to Kerman and after a short
tectural features of a desert citadel, now on the map as a
rest in the hotel we will be free to walk around the city.
result of the tragic earthquake in Bam which destroyed
- Overnight at 5* Hotel, Kerman
the town and its magnificent citadel (still under recon-
KERMAN – SHAHDAD – YAZD
Kerman is one of the oldest cities of Iran. The city is
ferent rooms for changing and offering different tem-
home to many historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire
pera- tures, all with intricate domed ceilings. Then we
temples. In the morning, after breakfast we will visit
will drive to Shahdad. It is located at the edge of the
the Ganjali Bathhouse Museum Located in a Safavid-
vast Lut desert (A world heritage site). The desert of-
era complex, complete with school, caravanserai, and a
fers a scenery of the sandy structures, and we can walk
mosque, the Bathhouse Museum is worth a visit. Now
right through them. After that we will back to Ker-
converted into an anthropology museum, its interior
man and will be at the train station to move to Yazd.
is meticulously and beautifully decorated, with dif-
- Overnight on board the train
Today we start our day in Yazd. Yazd is one of Iran’s
are considered to be sacred. At the still-active Zoroas-
oldest continuously inhabited towns, its silhouette
trian Fire Temple, we’ll see a flame that is said to have
punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed
been burning for the past 1,500 years. It’s an impor-
wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes
tant pilgrimage site for the faithful and here our ex-
during the hot summer months. Yazd is also the center
pert guide will offer additional insight into one of the
of Iran’s Zoroastrian community, which is where we’ll
world’s oldest monotheistic religions.
begin the day’s sightseeing. In Amir Chakhmaq Square, we’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya – a congregation hall for Shia com-
ditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion: Until the
memo- ration ceremonies. With three tiers of recessed
mid-1900’s, the dead were transported to this tower
alcoves, all perfectly proportioned, its façade is one
where they were left to decompose and be devoured by
of the city’s most photographed landmarks. Then
birds. Zoroastrian tradition considers a deceased body
we will visit the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where
to be “unclean” and this process of excarnation pre
we can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country.
vents contact with either fire or earth – both of which
- Overnight at 4* Hotel, Yazd
At the Tower of Silence, we’ll learn about one of the tra-
YAZD – MEYBOD – SAADATSHAHR
Today we take you to outside of Yazd, which includes
(bathhouses). Explore the valley and nearby mountains
the Meybod citadel, ice house and the impressive
and get great pictures of the aqueducts that formed
Kharanaq mud brick village. At first we will visit Mey-
part of the underground water system. At night we
bod the oldest mud brick structure in Iran and explore
will be at the train station to move to Sadatshahr.
the Narin Castel. The impressive town of Kharanaq is
- Overnight on board the train
believed to be 1,000 years old and we can explore the abandoned structures of this hillside settlement, peer-
ing into the houses of wealthy merchants and human
10 SAADATSHAHR – PERSEPOLIS – SHIRAZ
Today we will visit Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Her-
wan- ton destruction that still mystifies historians to-
itage Site, tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital
day, burning the mighty city to the ground. Though a
of the Achaemenid Empire. We will spend some time
shadow of its former self, the soaring pillars, terraces
exploring the site and though not as striking as Perse-
and sculptures of Persepolis still remain, but probably
polis, there is a great viewpoint where we can look over
most impressive are the bas reliefs which line the site,
the site and the surrounding area. Then visit legendary
telling the story of ancient governors and kings that
city of Persepolis, former capital of Darius the Great
came to Persepolis to pay tribute to the Persian Emper-
and founded in 512 BC.
ors. From here we will drive a couple of miles to Naqshe-Rustam, the Necropolis where Darius and his succes-
There was no more impressive construction in the
sors are buried. Carved into the side of a cliff, the site is
ancient world. Darius built the terrace, the Apadana,
extraordinary in its magnitude and sheer ambition and
the Tachara, the monumental staircases and his son,
does not dis- appoint even after the impressive Perse-
Xerxes, added the harem and the Hall of 100 Columns.
polis. Continue to Shiraz and check in to our hotel.
Alexander the Great entered Persepolis in January
- Overnight at 5* Hotel, Shiraz
330 BC and then committed an uncharacteristic act of
Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz
11 SHIRAZ – TEHRAN
After breakfast, will start our full day tour of Shiraz.
It even reflects on the visitors as if a colorful ball is hit
At first, we will visit Karim Khan Citadel. Built during
by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of but-
the Zand Dynasty, we will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque
terflies all around. Shiraz is famous for its gardens and
(Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar.
we’ll visit the Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles, beautiful flowers, fruit trees, and towering cypress
It built by the order from one of the lords of the Qa-
(one of which is said to be 3,000 years old).
jar Dynasty, Mirza Hasan ‘Ali Nasir-al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888. Its interior reveals a magnifi-
We will end our day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the
cent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. This
lovely garden tomb of Hafez, one of Persian literature
is a space where light and worship intertwine.
most famous poets. Hafez is one of great poets who impressed everyone with his mastery.. Later we’ll be
The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colors
escorted to the train station and will move to Tehran.
dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It
There will be a special event for guests in the evening.
reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the tower-
- Overnight on board the train
12 TEHRAN (DEPARTURE)
There are no activities planned for the final dayof the trip and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time to take your flights home. - Overnight at 5* Hotel, Tehran
27 Dasht-e Loot (Lut Desert)
28 Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan
WE REVEAL THE HIDDEN TREASURES AND BEAUTY OF IRAN IN ALL ITS GLORY
THE MOUNTAIN TRAIN 1-day tour, railways of the north of Iran
THE STONE CROSSINGS TOUR 3-day tour of Zagros railway
THE RAIL AND RIVER TOUR 2-day tour of Lorestan
EXCLUSIVE TOURS Exclusive Tours by train
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Published on Mar 5, 2017
The Persian Caravan offers an opportunity to visit the cultural and historical heritage sites of Iran, boarding on a 5-star train which off...