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Iran opened up

Luxury escorted tour specialist, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours (www.scenic.co.uk, 0808 301 8277), is giving adventurous Brits the chance to discover the delights of one of the world’s least-known destinations – by offering five-star trips to Iran for the first time.

Its new 15-day Persia Unveiled itinerary, featured in the upmarket operator’s new 2020/21 Middle East & Africa collection – launched today – gives guests the opportunity to sample the splendours of civilisations dating back more than 3,000 years. To celebrate the launch, guests can save a guaranteed £600.00 per person, plus enjoy complimentary private door-to door chauffeur transfers.

Starting and finishing in the capital, Tehran, the two-week itinerary takes in the very best of Persian art, history, food and architecture. Highlights in the city include the Sa’dabad Palace complex, which contains 18 palaces belonging to the royal families of Qajar and Pahlavi, the chance to see Iran’s prized Crown Jewels at the National Jewellery Treasury, and an optional caviar tasting experience.

The tour also includes other major historical sites across the centre of Iran, including two days in Shiraz, famed for the ancient Vakil Bazaar packed with spices, antiques and carpets; the iconic Pink Mosque and the Eram Gardens. Guests also visit Yazd, renowned for the brooding Zoroastrian Towers of Silence; and the Silk Road city of Isfahan which is best known for its wide tree-lined boulevards and the incredible World Heritage-listed Jameh Mosque, perhaps one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in existence. Prices for the Persia Unveiled luxury escorted tour start from £4,895 per person based on a 6 September 2020 departure.

Other new destinations for 2020 include Oman and Israel. The new nine-day Oman Impressions escorted tour begins in the Sultanate’s capital, Muscat, before heading south to the desert region of Wahiba Sands for a taste of Bedouin life; the fabled Green Mountain of Jebel Akhdar and the ancient fort town of Nizwa. Prices start from £4,295 per person on all 2020 departures.

Meanwhile, the eight-day Highlights of Israel itinerary takes in Tel Aviv, the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem and starts from £4,095 per person on all 2020 departures.

In total, Scenic’s 2020/21 Middle East & Africa collection boasts 15 new itineraries ranging from eight days (Highlights of Israel) to 31 days (Wonders of Africa).

All prices include all flights, private airport transfers, gratuities, exceptional wining and dining experiences, a selection of exclusive once-in-a-lifetime Scenic Enrich experiences and daily Scenic Freechoice daily excursions, in which guests can choose from to tailor their trip for a truly personal experience.

For more information or to book, call 0808 301 8277, visit www.scenic.co.uk, or contact your local travel agent.

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