Join YPT on this epic adventure through Iran and Iraq.
This tour takes us to all of the major sites in Tehran as well as the ancient capitals of Shiraz and Esfahan. On top of the rich history of the region, this tour also offers lots of opportunities to interact with locals, and witness the visual reality of what is the Iranian Revolution. On the trip itself and through our local guides, we will be doing lots of hidden extras (not published on the itinerary!) and where possible we will show you every side of this unique and majestic country.
After our time in Baghdad comes to close we will board a flight and head to Iraqi Kurdistan – a prospective new nation protected by the Peshmerga and at the forefront of the fight with ISIS. Despite its significance and proximity to probably the most significant war currently raging, Kurdistan offers not only safety, but beautiful scenery, famed in Middle Eastern literature as a paradise on earth, with more than 3500 archaeological sites, and some of the most friendly and welcoming people on earth. The trip takes us to the world’s only Yazidi shrine at Lalesh (40 KM from ISIS territory), before heading north to Duhok, the Saddam palace, Amadiya, and then looping around and heading south to Sulamaniyah, and back to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Erbil, checking out lots of cool sights in between.
Whether you are a former Pioneer, or new to us, you can join this trip in a region that is living history.
And if it wasn’t enough, this tour ties in nicely with our brand new Sudan Nubian Legends tour, where you will navigate through the busy markets of Omburdman, visit necropolises and sleep right by the Pyramids of Meroe!
For a tour of this nature, security is the most important factor and the itinerary is subject to change depending on the situation on the ground and the information we receive from our local partners. The local guide and YPT guide’s decision on eventual itinerary changes is final and done with your safety in mind.
Monday October 7th – Tehran
Tuesday October 8th – Tehran
Wednesday October 9th – Tehran/ Shiraz
Thursday October 10th – Shiraz/Persepolis
Friday October 11th – Shiraz/Esfahan
Saturday October 12th – Esfahan
Sunday October 13th – Esfahan/Tehran
Monday October 14th – Tehran
Tuesday October 15th – Ataturk/Baghdad
Wednesday October 16th – Baghdad
Thursday October 17th – Karbala
Friday October 18th – Najaf
Saturday October 19th – Basra
Sunday October 20th – Basra
Monday October 21st – Baghdad/Erbil
Tuesday October 22nd – Duhok
Wednesday October 23rd – Rawandas
Thursday October 24th – Sulaymaniyah
Friday October 25th – Sulaymaniyah
Saturday October 26th – Sulaymaniyah/Erbil
Sunday October 27th – Erbil
Want to extend your YPT adventure? Join one of our great tour extensions
– Visa support
– Accommodation on twin sharing basis with breakfast
– A/C transport and driver
– English speaking local guide and YPT guide
– Entrance Fees unless otherwise specified
– Flights in between Iran and Iraq and accommodation in Istanbul
– Flight from Baghdad to Erbil
– Visa application fees
– Single Supplement (€820)
– International air tickets to start and from end of tour
– Tips for the local guides and drivers
– Any other expenses specified on itinerary
We have expert guides ready to help answer any questions you may have.