TRIP HIGHLIGHTS & ITINERARY
Iran 12-day tour is an opportunity to discover Iran's rich culture and history and its warm-hearted people have always drawn travelers from all over the world to Iran. Although it has been a bit isolated from the rest of the world for the past few decades, it’s now opening its doors to all of those who cannot afford to miss the chance to visit Iran, the cradle of civilization.
Arrive at Imam Khomeini International Airport in Iran, where you are met and transferred to our hotel located in city center of Tehran. Feel free to explore Tehran tonight, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour. You’ll meet your fellow travelers at the welcome dinner.
Tehran City Tour
After breakfast, we’ll go to see National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of Ancient Iran and the Islamic Era. Then we go to visit a World Heritage Site, the Golestan Palace (Ethnographical Museum, Shams-ol-Emareh edifice, Marmare Throne and Mirror Hall). We will then go back to the hotel to get prepared to start the train tour. At Evening we go to Tehran Nature Bridge where young couples spend time together. Dinner is in a local restaurant in the center of Tehran, which offers a chance to experience vibrant Iranian life in the capital of Iran. You’re likely to meet smiling young Iranians who are delighted to engage with you.
Tehran Kashan Isfahan
Today we arrive in Kashan, a town originally famous for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better known for the Fin Garden and extensive bazaar and hamams. The Fin Garden which is one of the nine Persian Gardens added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site is our first stop. From here we will visit the Khan-e Borujerdi and Khan-e Tabatabai. From here we will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with hamams and mosques; one Hamam has been converted to a traditional tea house where we will stop for those who need a break from shopping. Then we will be at the train station at 5:30 PM and move to Isfahan.
Glorious Historic Isfahan
Today, we’ll join our expert guide to begin our exploration of the city, starting with some of the centuries old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River. The famous bridges on the Zayandeh River are Sio-se-pol and Khaju. Continue our 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 architecturs. Next up is Chehel Sotun. This afternoon, our exploration continues in Imam Square (A world heritage site). Next is Ali Qapu Palace. We’ll end our day exploring the Isfahan Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square.
Isfahan – Bam
After an early breakfast. We have a free day to explore Isfahan, so take time to wander along the cities many tree-lined boulevards and spacious gardens. Then we will be in the train station at 6:00 PM and move to Bam.
Bam – Kerman
The modern Iranian city of Bam surrounds the Bam citadel. The ancient citadel of Arg-é Bam (A world heritage site) has a history dating back around 2,000 years ago. Then we will move to Mahan to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah-e-Vali, the great 14th century Sufi Leader, and the Shahzadeh Garden (late 19th century Qajar-period garden/house) watch is listed as a World Heritage site. In the afternoon we will move to Kerman and after a short rest in the hotel we will be free to walk around the city.
Kerman – Shahdad – Yazd
Kerman is one of the oldest cities of Iran. The city is home to many historic mosques and Zoroastrian fire temples. In the morning, after breakfast we will visit the Ganjali Bathhouse Museum Located in a Safavid-era complex. Then we will drive to Shahdad. It is located at the edge of the vast Lut desert (A world heritage site). After that we will back to Kerman and will be at the train station to move to Yazd.
Today we start our day in Yazd. Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns, its silhouette punctuated by minarets and the ingeniously-designed wind towers that capture desert breezes to cool homes during the hot summer months. Yazd is also the center of Iran’s Zoroastrian community, which is where we’ll begin the day’s sightseeing. At the Tower of Silence, we’ll learn about one of the traditions of this ancient pre-Islamic religion. At the still-active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, we’ll see a flame that is said to have been burning for the past 1,500 years. In Amir Chakhmaq Square, we’ll see a very impressive Hussainia – a congregation hall for Shia commemoration ceremonies.
Yazd – Meybod – Saadat shahr
Today we take you to outside of Yazd, which includes the Meybod citadel, ice house and the impressive Kharanaq mud brick village. At first we will visit Meybod the oldest mud brick structure in Iran and explore the Narin Castel. Explore the valley and nearby mountains and get great pictures of the aqueducts that formed part of the underground water system. At night we will be at the train station to move to Sadat Shahr.
Saadat shahr – Persepolis – shiraz
Today we will visit Pasargadae, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital of the Achaemenes Empire. We will spend some time exploring the site and though not as striking as Persepolis, there is a great viewpoint where we can look over the site and the surrounding area. Then visit legendary city of Persepolis, former capital of Darius the Great and founded in 512 BC. From here we will drive a couple of miles to Naqsh- e-Rustam, the Necropolis where Darius and his successors are buried. Continue to Shiraz and check in to our hotel.
Shiraz – Tehran
After breakfast, will start our full day tour of Shiraz. At first, we will visit Karim Khan Citadel. Built during the Zand Dynasty, we will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar. Shiraz is famous for its gardens and we’ll visit the Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles, beautiful flowers, fruit trees, and towering cypress (one of which is said to be 3,000 years old). We will end our day in Shiraz on a tranquil note in the lovely garden tomb of Hafez, one of Persian literature most famous poets.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time to take your flights home.
•Arrival and departure airport transfer from/to Imam Khomeini (IKA) Airport
•Domestic flight from Tehran to Shiraz
•8 nights’ accommodation in standard grade 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
•Visa process fee
•Tips to local guides and drivers