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Budapest to Tehran by Rail

28 days, Budapest to Tehrān

A group of travellers exploring the bustling streets of Budapest, Hungary
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Discover once and for all what it really means to cross from west to east on this 28-day rail tour from Budapest to Tehran. Stroll the streets of Budapest, chug along through the incredible Romanian countryside, gaze upwards at the dome of Aya Sofia in ancient Istanbul, and then explore the main cities of Iran and wonder how it is you didn't make it here sooner. Your expert CEOs know just where to take you to make the most of your introduction to this part of the world.

28 days

Budapest to Tehrān

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Trip Code: EABR

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Discover once and for all what it really means to cross from west to east on this 28-day rail tour from Budapest to Tehran. Stroll the streets of Budapest, chug along through the incredible Romanian countryside, gaze upwards at the dome of Aya Sofia in ancient Istanbul, and then explore the main cities of Iran and wonder how it is you didn't make it here sooner. Your expert CEOs know just where to take you to make the most of your introduction to this part of the world.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Rail

Get closer to the big cities, isolated communities, and stunning landscapes of the world's greatest destinations via train-based adventures on iconic rail routes.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12.

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

28 days

Budapest to Tehrān

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: EABR

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Itinerary

Day 1Budapest

Arrive at any time. We recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully explore this breathtaking city.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Welcome Moment Meet Your CEO and Group

Day 2Budapest/Sibiu

Enjoy an orientation walk of Budapest to get a feel for this westernized city with eastern charm. Opt to spend free time visiting Buda Castle, wandering the streets of Pest, or soaking in a thermal bath. This evening, visit a G Adventures-supported social enterprise café and enjoy a farewell drink, before boarding an overnight train to Sibiu.

For a taste of everyday Hungary, opt for a guided walk that ends at Great Market Hall, a food lovers' paradise. Pre-book the "Budapest Morning Walking Tour" on the checkout page to include this optional activity.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your G for Good Moment Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Sibiu/Sighișoara

Arrive in the enchanting town of Sighisoara. Use your free time here to explore the cobblestone streets and medieval architecture.

Day 4Sighișoara/Braşov

With a local guide, venture into the Romanian countryside to visit traditional villages. Get a true sense of life in this less-visited region. Transfer to charming Braşov.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Braşov

Visit the picturesque Bran Castle and learn the history (and rumours) of this fascinating place.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Braşov/Bucharest

Travel to Bucharest and enjoy an orientation walk. Take time to explore the Soviet-esque architecture, the beautiful cathedral, or indulge in Bucharest's international cuisine.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Bucharest/Veliko Tarnovo

Enjoy some free time to explore more of Bucharest in the morning before travelling to Bulgaria and one of the oldest cities in the world, Veliko Tarnovo. Wander the medieval town, visit the museums, or sample your first taste of Bulgarian cuisine.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Veliko Tarnovo

Hike to the hilltop village of Arbanasi. Soak in the views over Veliko Tarnovo. Opt to go mountain biking or view the murals at the Church of the Nativity.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Veliko Tarnovo/Sofia

Travel to Sofia and take an orientation walk of the capital city. Later, wander down the pedestrian street or visit the eclectic Ladies' Market.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Sofia/Plovdiv

Travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second-largest city. Visit the hilly old town, museums, or the Theatre of Ancient Philippopolis, one of the many Roman ruins found here.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 11Plovdiv/Istanbul

Spend the day exploring more of Plovdiv before boarding an evening bus to Istanbul.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 12Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Day 13Istanbul/Ankara

Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 14Ankara/Göreme

Visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Local Living Moment Dinner with Local Family

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 15Göreme

Enjoy an included visit to the Göreme Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 16Göreme/Tatvan

Enjoy one more morning in Cappadocia before driving to nearby Kayseri. Board an overnight train for Eastern Turkey.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 17Tatvan/Van

Arrive to Tatvan and board a ferry for the scenic ride across Lake Van. Arrive to the other side and the town of Van in the afternoon.

Day 18Van

Enjoy a day trip to Mt Ararat with a visit to the Ishak Pasha Palace.

Day 19Van

Use a full day here to enjoy Lake Van. Drive to Gevas for a short cruise to Ahtamara Island to visit a beautiful Armenian Church. Opt to swim at the local beach.

Day 20Van/Tehrān

Enjoy another day in the Van area with a visit to the Van Castle. Board the Trans-Asia train in the evening for the journey to Tehran.

Day 21Tehrān

Spend the day absorbing the scenery from the train, arriving into Tehran in the evening.

Day 22Tehrān/Shiraz

Explore Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa’d Abad Palace and National Jewel Museum before boarding an evening train to Shiraz.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 23Shiraz

Arrive in Shiraz in the late morning. Spend the day visiting the Karim Khan Citadel, Vakil Mosque, and the tombs of Hafez and Sa’adi.

Meals included:

Lunch | Dinner

Day 24Shiraz

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis, the ceremonial palace of Darius, and admire its amazingly well-preserved carvings. Later, wander the streets and mingle with the students in laid-back Shiraz.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 25Shiraz/Isfahan

Stop at the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex en route to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 26Isfahan/Tehrān

Tour the beautiful city of Isfahan, enjoying the famous square, mosques, and bartering at the bazaar. Hang out on the many bridges that make Isfahan unique, or shop for an authentic Persian rug. In the evening, board a final overnight train to Tehran.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 27Tehrān

Arrive early and enjoy a final day of sightseeing in the busy capital of Tehran. Visit Golestan Palace, the National Museum, and the Carpet Museum.

Day 28Tehrān

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Nem Adom Fel Café and Bar, Budapest
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Local Living Moment: Dinner with Local Family, Çavuşin
  • Budapest orientation walk
  • Romanian villages and countryside tour (half-day, from Sighisoara)
  • 'Dracula's Castle' (Bran)
  • Bucharest orientation tour
  • Hike to Arbanasi village
  • Sofia orientation walk
  • Istanbul city tour with local guide
  • Anitkabir visit
  • Traditional dinner with local family (Göreme)
  • Open Air Museum visit
  • Trans-Asia train
  • Mt Ararat day trip (Van)
  • Ishak Pasha Palace visit
  • Ahtamara Island visit
  • Van Castle visit
  • Tehran city tour, including Sa'd Abad Palace and the national Jewel Museum
  • Karim Khan Citadel visit (Shiraz)
  • Vakil Mosque visit
  • Hafez and Sa'adi tombs visit
  • Persepolis guided tour
  • Naqsh-e-Rostam visit
  • Koran Gate visit
  • Pasargadae visit
  • Isfahan city tour
  • Golestan Palace visit (Tehran)
  • National Museum visit
  • Carpet Museum visit
  • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/pensions (22 nts), overnight train (5 nts).

Meals

18 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
Allow USD680-885 for meals not included.

Transportation

Train, private vehicles, public bus, metro, ferry, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Departures

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Budapest to Tehran by Rail

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