- Spend 10 nights on board the Golden Eagle train, privately chartered by Steppes and The Telegraph
- Experience elegant surroundings and fine dining while travelling between Iran's spectacular sites.
- Join Michael Portillo on board and learn about his experiences of train travel around the world.
- Visit fascinating architectural sites and gain insight into Iran's history and culture.
For anybody with an adventurous spirit, a love of history and a fondness for the finer things in life, the opportunity to travel across Iran by luxury train is irresistible. Considered by most as a fanciful notion only a few years ago, this classic trip is now considered to be one of the world’s great train journeys. With the recent rapprochement between Iran and the west, there is no better time to visit.
Commencing in Tehran, this voyage by privately chartered luxury train explores many of Iran’s remarkable sites and incredibly scenic landscapes. Accompanied by English speaking experts, this enthralling journey includes visits to the spectacular cities of Shiraz (access point for Persepolis) and Isfahan, home to some of the most impressive Islamic architecture in the world, as well as the desert city of Yazd, a centre of the ancient Zoroastrian faith. Towards the end of the journey, experience the incredible scenery through the Alborz Mountains and board a local train to cross Iran’s second highest railway bridge, the Veresk arch bridge. Built in 1936 it stands at 360 feet high and spans 216 feet.
Exclusive charter on board the Golden Eagle luxury train
Travel aboard the luxurious Golden Eagle train, privately chartered by the Daily Telegraph and Steppes Travel. You can expect elegant surroundings, fine dining and first-class service on board, with a personal cabin attendant available at all times. The train will be limited to a maximum of 68 passengers on board including Michael Portillo for some of the journey and a member of the Steppes Travel team to ensure everything runs smoothly.
The benefits of train travel in Iran
While Iran is blessed with beautiful architecture and fascinating historical sites, it does not currently have a wide selection of luxury hotels. Exploring Iran by luxury train means travelling in comfort between the country's most popular sites with the guarantee of high standard accommodation at the end of each day, combined with fine dining and five star service throughout. When in Tehran, stay at the excellent five star Espinas Hotel however the rest of the holiday will be spent sleeping on board the Golden Eagle luxury train.
Accompanied by Michael Portillo and a TEAM of IRAN EXPERTS
Travel from Yazd to Kashan in the company of Michael Portillo. Michael will join the group on excursions and during meals, and will give informal lectures on board about his experiences of train travel around the world and of a life spent in politics. Also on board will be an expert lecturer on Iran alongside a local guide and several tour managers. Excursions will be escorted by expert local guides, visiting Iran’s famous towns, cities and sites in order to gain a fascinating insight into Iran’s history and culture.
Please note that Michael Portillo's involvement with the trip between Yazd and Kashan is conditional on Mr. Portillo successfully obtaining an Iranian visa. Steppes will not know if Mr Portillo's visa application has been successful until approximately six weeks before the departure of the tour. As soon as we know we will of course inform all clients that have booked a place on the trip.
What is the difference between silver, gold and imperial suites?
There are 12 Silver Cabins, 21 Gold Cabins and one Imperial suite on board the Golden Eagle train. The price advertised is for a twin share berth in a Silver Cabin. Please contact us for the cost of Gold Cabins and the Imperial Suite.
The Imperial Suite is the most spacious cabin available, benefitting from a large, double bed as well as a lounge area with dressing table. Facilities include:
- A private en-suite bathroom with power shower and underfloor heating
- Individual air-conditioning
- DVD/CD player with LCD screen
- Complimentary fully stocked minibar (non-alcoholic drinks only)
- Small library
- Two large picture windows to watch the world go by
- Optional private guide and car service in most of the places visited
- A laundry service
- Room upgrades to the next available category at the hotels which are featured in the itinerary
Gold Class cabins are extremely well-proportioned featuring a double lower bed and a single upper bed. Facilities include:
- Private bathroom with separate power shower cubicle and underfloor heating
- DVD/CD player, LCD screen
- Individual air-conditioning,
- Large picture window
Silver Class cabins which are more compact, feature a small double lower bed and a single upper bed. Facilities include:
- DVD/CD player, LCD screen,
- Individual air-conditioning
- Large picture window
- Private en-suite wet room with a washbasin, toilet and shower
In addition to private en-suite sleeping cabins, there is a bar lounge car and restaurant cars.
WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE ON BOARD?
Jeremy Seal from the Telegraph was on the inaugural Golden Eagle train journey through Iran in 2014 and wrote of the food and service:
'We drank from Bohemian crystal glassware and enjoyed lovingly presented three-course dinners, typically salmon tagliatelle, wild boar, and creme brûlée, somehow conjured from the cramped galley.'
Each morning, an extensive breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant car, offering a selection of fresh fruit, cereals, cold plates and freshly squeezed orange juice. For something more substantial you can order a cooked breakfast, accompanied by tea and coffee. At lunch and dinner a mixture of international cuisine and Iranian inspired food will be served, all skilfully prepared by the Executive Chef and his on board team, using the very best ingredients and locally sourced wherever possible. Vegetarian and other dietary options are well catered for.
Iran is a 'dry' country and alcoholic beverages are not available. At all meals there will be bottled mineral water, soft drinks and tea and coffee provided.
Expect a relaxed and convivial atmosphere at meal times with the freedom to dine wherever, and with whomever, you please in a single sitting. Be prepared for an informal dress code throughout the journey.
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE IN APRIL?
April is peak season in Iran with ideal temperatures across most of the country. Average temperatures range between 12 degrees at night to 23 degrees during the day.
For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.