Tehran, Tashkent & Turkmen

Starts: Tehran, Iran
Finishes: Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Visit: Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Persepolis, Yazd, Khoor, Damghan, Shirvan, Ashgabat, Darvaza, Kunye Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Samarkand, Tashkent

Tour Type: Group Tour

Accommodation: Budget


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If you want to explore and marvel at the blue mosques and architecture of Central Asia then this is the trip for you. Uzbekistan’s Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand fight for supremacy with Iran’s stunning cities of Esfahan, Shiraz and Yadz. The sheer quantity and quality of these magnificent cities defies belief.

Add in the history, civilisations and religion of the region and you have a fascinating journey. Sitting in the middle of this Islamic world, are the living relics of the 2000 year old Zoroastrian culture that is found around Yadz in central Iran and the remains of the “greatest city on Earth” Persepolis, the capital of the ancient Persian empire which was destroyed by Alexander the Great.


    • History & Culture
    • Adventure Activities

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 167535
Tour Type: Group Tour
Accommodation: Budget
Transport: User Defined##Overland expedition vehicle
Guide Language: Engligh
Travel Styles: Overland Expedition

Starts: Tehran, Iran
Finishes: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Duration: 29 days
Physical rating: Basic


    • Explore the former royal complex of Golestan Palace, a huge site built in the 16th century and Tehran's oldest monument
    • Learn all about Iran's rich and fascinating history at Tehran's National Museum of Iran
    • Visit the magnificent and colossal city square of Naqsh-e Jahan, the centrepiece of the Safavid-era city of Esfahan
    • Explore the Shah Mosque, the public mosque of Esfahan built by Shah Abbas I and a masterpiece of Persian architecture
    • See the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, once a private mosque for the emperor and his harem and home to some of the world's most beautiful and masterful internal tilework
    • Explore the grand palace of Ali Qapu and discover the stunning wall paintings of the former residence of the Safavid emperors
    • Visit the stunning Jameh Mosque in Esfahan, one of the oldest mosques in Iran and an amalgamation of several different styles of Persian architecture
    • Visit the stunning Shah Cheragh Mosque, a major pilgrimage site for Shia Muslims
    • Explore the 19th century Nasir ol Molk Mosque, famous for its extensive coloured glass art
    • Visit the Narenjestan Palace in Shiraz, the former home of the wealthy Qavam family of merchants
    • Stay overnight in the incredible restored Safavid-era circular caravanserai in the remote deserts south of Yazd
    • Head out on a guided tour of the incredible historic ruins of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis, founded by Cyrus the Great in 550BCE and invaded by Alexander the Great in 330BCE
    • See the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence outside Yazd, used until the 1960s to place bodies of the deceased so that they did not touch and pollute the sacred elements of fire or earth
    • Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd, where they keep a sacred fire that has supposedly been continuously burning since 470CE, the only Zoroastrian eternal flame of its type outside of India
    • See the stunning ancient Jameh Mosque of Yazd, built in the 12th century and a fantastic example of Azari architecture
    • Learn all about the intriguing and ingenious historical methods of getting water to the desert town of Yazd at the Yazd Water Museum
    • Freely explore the huge city square and mosque at the Amir Chakmaq complex, built in the 15th century
    • Discover the atmospheric winding streets and beautiful adobe architecure of Yazd's Old Town, one of the oldest towns in the world
    • Explore the ancient desert town of Khoor and see its beautiful palm trees and ruined castle
    • Explore the ancient town of Bastam, containing monuments dating from the Ilkhanate Period when Iran was controlled by the Mongol Empire
    • Visit the partially-ruined Tarikhuneh Mosque which features 18 rear columns dating from around 760CE, making this one of the oldest mosques in Iran
    • Explore the unique and bizarre Turkmen capital of Ashgabat on a guided tour of the city
    • See the bizarre and incredible burning gas crater at Darvaza, popularly known as the 'Door to Hell'
    • Overland into the green Oxus Valley to the ancient ruined city of Kunye Urgench
    • See the beautiful turquoise Kalta Minor Minaret, one of the iconic symbols of Khiva
    • Visit the Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrassa, a museum dedicated to the Khan that surrendered to the Russians in 1873
    • Explore the incredibly photogenic blue palace of Tash Khovli in Khiva
    • Learn all about the Khoezm culture and handicrafts at the Islam Hodja Madrassa, Khiva's newest monument
    • Explore the incredible Juma Mosque and the 12th century fortress of the Kukhna Ark
    • Visit the mausoleum of Pahlavon Mohammed, the legendary 14th-century poet, philosopher, wrestler, and patron saint of Khiva
    • Visit the magnificent 16th-centrury architectural ensemble surrounding the Lyab-i Hauz ponds, once the city's principal source of water
    • Explore the city's oldest Islamic monument, the 10th-century mausoleum of Ismail Samanid, the founder of the Samanid Dynasty
    • Explore the colossal Kalon Mosque and Minaret, which has survived without restoration for 850 years and impressed Genghis Khan so much that he ordered the building to be spared
    • Discover the ruins of the ancient 5th-century fortress of the Bukhara Ark
    • Overnight in the Kyzylkum Desert staying in yurts.
    • Visit the Guri-Amir Mausoleum, the final resting place of the Turko-Mongol conqueror Timur
    • Explore the stunning plaza of The Registan, a world-famous and iconic symbol of Central Asia
    • Learn about the area's scientific heritage with a visit to the 15th-century Ulug Beg Observatory, once the finest observatory in the Islamic world
    • Discover the ruins of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque, once one of the largest mosques in the world and the jewel in Timur's empire
    • See the beautiful and moving ancient mausoleum of Shah-I-Zinda
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary, 1 local crew in certain areas
    • 5% Camping - 95% Hotels


    • Visit the Iranian Artists' Forum in Tehran, a large gallery for the country's best young artists to feature their work (Price: USD )
    • Explore the S'ad Abad Museum in the spectacular mountainside near Tehran, once a royal summer home during the Pahlavi period (Price: USD 4.5)
    • Visit the shocking Ebrat Museum, once the prison used by the Shah's brutal secret police before the revolution of 1979 (Price: USD 5)
    • See Tehran's iconic Azadi Tower, the inverted Y-shaped memorial built in 1971 to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the first Persian Empire (Price: USD 2.5)
    • Visit the viewing tower at the top of the iconic Milad Tower, one of the world's tallest towers at a height of 435 metres (Price: USD 8)
    • Visit the Laleh Park in central Tehran, an oasis of calm and a well-designed green space to observe local life pass by (Price: USD )
    • See some of Iran's most precious treasures at the Treasury of National Jewels, including the 182 carat Darya-ye-Nur (Sea of Light) which is thought to be the world's largest uncut diamond, and the phenomenal 34kg Globe of Jewels, made with over 51,000 precious stones (Price: USD 4.5)
    • Wander the streets of Esfahan's old bazaar, dating from the 17th century (Price: USD )
    • Walk around Esfahan's historical centre and visit the five iconic Safavid-era bridges across the Zayandeh river (Price: USD )
    • Visit the Vank Cathedral, a beautiful Orthodox church set up by the Armenian diaspora in the 17th century (Price: USD )
    • See the curious 14th-century 'Shaking Minarets' in Esfahan, famous for the effect that if one minaret is shaken, the other will shake as well (Price: IRR 5000)
    • Visit the very moving Martyrs' Cemetery of Esfahan, a patriotic tribute to soldiers who died in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s (Price: USD )
    • Explore the site of the ancient Zoroastrian Fire Temples near Esfahan, where you get incredible views over the city and the surrounding valley (Price: IRR 40000)
    • Explore the stunning citadel of the Arg of Karim Khan in Shiraz, built by the emperor Karim during the Zand Dynasty in the late 18th century (Price: IRR 20000)
    • Visit the tranquil site of the tomb of Hafez, a famous 14th-century Persian poet whose collected works are regarded as the pinnacle of Persian literature (Price: IRR 60000)
    • Visit the phenomenal site of Naqsht-e Rustam near Persepolis, the cross-shaped tombs of four of the great Emperors of Persia chiselled into the cliff face (Price: USD 10)
    • See the fascinating centuries-old practice of Varzesh-e Bastani at the Yazd House of Strength, a curious blend of strength training, martial arts and wrestling, accompanied by traditional music (Price: IRR 10000)
    • Visit the splendid ancient brick building of Imamzadeh Jafar in Damghan, which has an appearance similar to a North African castle (Price: USD )
    • See Damghan's Jameh Mosque and it's fine brick minaret dating from the mid-11th century (Price: USD )
    • Watch an entertaining evening puppet show, featuring many local Uzbek and Tajik poems and songs (Price: USD 5)
    • See the Indian-style Char Minar Minarets, four towers nestled in a maze of alleyways in downtown Bukhara (Price: USD )
    • Visit the gruesome museum at the old prison of Zindon (Price: UZS 4500)
    • Visit to Shakhrisabz city (Price: USD 20)
    • Wander through the markets and carpet vendors of Samarkand, and marvel at the intricate craftsmanship of the local carpet weavers (Price: USD )
    • Explore urbane Tashkent and experience a surreal cabaret dinner (Price: USD )
    • Visit the nightclubs and Imperial Russian-style cabaret restaurants of Tashkent (Price: USD )
    • Visit the religious centre of Tashkent at Hast Imam Square and see the Uthman Koran, believed to be the world's oldest extant copy of the Koran (Price: USD 5)


Price person (sharing double) $3,272 ($113/day)


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Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Tehran, Esfahan, Shiraz, Persepolis, Zein-O-Din, Yazd, Khoor, Damghan, Shirvan, Ashgabat, Darvaza, Kunye Urgench, Khiva, Bukhara, Nurata, Samarkand, Tashkent
Local Culture & Cuisine,Historical Sites,Active/Adrenaline


Tour Operator


Dragoman has a proud history, standing at the forefront of the overlanding industry since the company's formation in 1981. Our first overlanding expedition to Nairobi and back set off in the summer of 1982, with our first trips to Asia following in 1984. In 1989, Dragoman launched operations in South America, and in 1994 (now with 13 trucks) we expanded out to Central America.

2001 Dragoman took over the assets of Encounter Overland, and we have been proud overlanding partners with Intrepid since 2008. Dragoman became the owners of Imaginative Traveller in 2011, the same year that our first truck arrived in South East Asia. Finally, in 2013 we entered North America, and were the first ever overlanding company to visit Burma.

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