TRIP HIGHLIGHTS & ITINERARY
8-Day Iran Tour: The Ancient of Persia
On this trip we visit the most important and impressive sights and cities of Iran. We explore the beautiful cities of Shiraz and Isfahan, uncover Persian history at the impressive Persepolis and stay in a traditional hotel in Kashan. Though the real highlight of any trip to Iran is meeting the locals, arguably the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth, always ready to welcome visitors with a smile.
After arriving in Tehran from Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) our representative will meet and greet you then you will be transferred to hotel for rest.
This morning we take you a World Heritage Site, the lavish Golestan Palace. Built during the Qajar Dynasty. Time permitting, we can walk around Tehran Bazaar, few steps far from Golestan Palace. At the Treasury of National Jewels inside the Central Bank of Tehran, you’ll be dazzled by a breathtaking collection of crown jewels. In afternoon you will visit National Museum of Iran, where you can see fabulous historical items from 5000 BC. After that, we take you to the airport for your included flight to Shiraz.
After breakfast, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar. Its interior reveals a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. Then you will visit Karim Khan Citadel. Then you’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, End your day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the lovely garden Tomb of Hafez, one of our most outstanding poets to feel the taste of Persian Literature.
SHIRAZ – YAZD (442 km)
Leaving Shiraz behind, your first stop this morning will be in Persepolis (A registered site in UNESCO world heritage), then in Naghsh-e Rostam (Necropolis). Your overland journey continues to the Pasargadae (A registered site in UNESCO world heritage). Continue to Yazd and check in to our hotel.
Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns. Yazd is also the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community, which is where you’ll begin the day’s sightseeing. At the Tower of Silence, you’ll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion. At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, you’ll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. In Amir Chakhmaq Square, you’ll see a very impressive Hussainiya – a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies. Then visit the Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country. At Zendan-e Eskandar, you’ll find an ancient domed structure with a deep, circular brick-lined pit that resembles a dungeon. Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden.
YAZD – ISFAHAN (323 km)
Leaving Yazd behind, your first stop this morning will be in Meybod. Meybod offers a number of fascinating sites to visit including its caravanserai. Your overland journey continues to the small town of Na’in, an ancient community with origins dating back to the 8th century. At the local Ethnographic Museum, set in an erstwhile private residence of the Safavid era, you’ll learn more about the region’s cultural traditions. Continue to Isfahan and check in to our hotel.
ISFAHAN – FLIGHT TO TEHRAN
Continue your exploration in Isfahan at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Simple at first glance but wondrous in its rich detail and bold design, the Masjed-e Jamé is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture. This afternoon, your exploration continues in Imam Square. you’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. In the Ali Qapu Palace, you’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. Next up is Chehel Sotun! two famous bridges on the Zayandeh River are Siosepol and Khaju. Continue to Tehran and check in to our hotel.
Today you’ll be escorted to the airport this early morning for departure flight.
•Arrival and departure airport transfer from/to Imam Khomeini (IKA) Airport
•All nights’ accommodation in 3-star hotels
•Land travel in Iran by air-conditioned coach
•International air fares, taxes and surcharges
•Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
•Tips to local guides and drivers