TRIP HIGHLIGHTS & ITINERARY
Iran 14-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.
After arriving in Tehran from Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) our professional tour guide 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. Time permitting, we can walk around Tehran Bazaar. In the afternoon, you’ll go to see the National Museum of Iran which is an institution formed of two complexes, including the Museum of ancient Iran and Islamic Era. Tonight’s dinner in a local restaurant offers a chance to experience daily Iranian life in Tehran. At night we go to Tehran Nature Bridge where Tehran young couples spend time together. Then you’ll fly to Tabriz where you’ll be escorted to the Hotel.
You visit Kabud Mosque and then you’ll get a glimpse into the enduring artistic legacy of Iran’s ancient dynasties. Next door at the Azerbaijan Museum, you’ll peruse a vast collection of archaeological artifacts spanning millennia of human history and culture in the region. You’ll also see the Arg-e Alishah, an imposing but unfinished 14th-century monument that later served as a military fortress during the Russo-Persian Wars of the 19th century. You’ll end the morning at the Grand Bazaar, the only bazaar on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. End your day by visiting Shah Golu (El-Golu), a large park with an artificial lake in the middle. It is a really good place for afternoon strolls.
Today, you’ll journey to Kandovan in the volcanic highlands of Mt. Sahand. Some live in natural cave formations while others have excavated larger rooms, whitewashed and decorated with colorful carpets and textiles. Although traditions go back for generations, many families have modernized their homes with electricity and running water.
Today we will fight to Shiraz. After breakfast, will start your full day tour of Shiraz. At first, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar. After that, you’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards, and even an ancient caravanserai. Then you will visit Karim Khan Citadel Built during the Zand Dynasty.
Shiraz is famous for its gardens and we’ll visit the Eram Garden with its aromatic myrtles. Then we will visit Qavam house (Narenjestan Qavam). After that, you can visit Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh. Shah-e-Cheragh is the most important place of pilgrimage within the city of Shiraz.
Today we will visit the lovely garden tomb of Sa’adi and tomb of Hafez, two of our most outstanding poets to feel the taste of Persian Literature. Once the city’s main point of entry, Qur’an Gate stands majestically at the northeastern end of Shiraz.
We have a full day of driving today to reach our destination of Yazd. We will have some stop in our way to visit legendary city of Persepolis, former capital of Darius the Great Then visits Pasargadae, UNESCO World Heritage Site, tomb of Cyrus the Great and former capital of the Achaemenes Empire. From here we will continue to Yazd, driving through a desert lined with mountains, often snow-capped.
Today we start our day in Yazd. Yazd is one of Iran’s oldest continuously inhabited towns. 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, Friday Mosque, built in 1324, where you can gaze upon the tallest minarets in the country. At Zendan-e Iskandar, 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.
Leaving Yazd behind, your first stop this morning will be in Meybod, where your first impression might be its striking monochromatic architecture of desert brick. But set along an ancient trade route, Meybod also 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 has long been regarded as the focal point of any visit to Iran, ‘Isfahan is half the world’ was the phrase used to describe the city in the 16th century when Shah Abbas moved the capital here. It is still possible to see the Shah’s grand vision as we explore the city today. We will mainly be focusing on Imam square, one of the largest squares in the world which provides a breathtaking vista. The best view is found from the Ali Qapu Palace, where we admire the fountains and beautiful mosques that make up the square. We will enter the two mosques, first of all Sheikh Lotfollah, also known as the Ladies. We will then head to the Shah Mosque on the corner of the square, probably the best known mosque in Iran as it is thought to be the masterpiece of Persian architecture. Next up is Chehel Sotun.
Your foray into Isfahan’s architectural treasures continues at the Harun-e Velayat Shrine. In the city’s Armenian quarter, you’ll delve more deeply into the region’s complex history as you visit several churches including the 17th-century Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior and unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements. You will continue your exploration of the city in some of the centuries-old, still elegant bridges that span the Zayandeh River. Sio-se-pol and Khaju.
Leaving Isfahan behind, your first stop this morning will be in Abyaneh village. Abyaneh Village is known as the Red Village because of its red soil and houses. Then we will visit Kashan. The Fin gardens are our first stop, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden. From here we will visit the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with hamams and mosques. Walking through the bazaar we get to the Mosque of Mir Emad, which we will visit along with the Masjed-e Jame. Then we will drive to Tehran.
Our tour guide will transfer you to Imam Khomeini International Airport according to your’ flight time.
|– All accommodations|
– Land travel in Iran by air-conditioned coach
– Extensive tour notes
|•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
Sadly Americans can no longer visit Iran but if we could we would return immediately and of course spend our trip with Ahmad. He has extensive and thorough understanding of both the history and modern circumstances of this fascinating country. Ahmad is passionate about his...More
I visited Iran with a slovenian agency and Ahmad Janati was our tour guide. I would definitely recommend him, as he possesses a huge amount of knowledge in history, politics, culture,... His English is very good, which makes things a lot easier for you when...More
Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kashan and Qom: for two weeks we were regaled with many insights into the fabulous centuries-old history of Iran. From the roots of the Zoroastrianism to the splendors of Persepolis, a journey through the country’s history is given more meaning when...More
The tour with Ahmad was part of a three week tour around ( part ) of the country. We have been in many places and met nice people. I have enjoyed my time. He knows the country and want to share it. Great ! I...More
Had a great time in Tehran with Ahmad Janati-he took us all over Tehran. It was an amazing experience. The people were so nice-even for a big city such as Tehran. Ahmad accommodated all of our requests for the things we were interested in seeing-Shah's...More
Thank you for the best trip of my life, Ahmad and Iran!! Iran was at once everything I had hoped and not at all what I expected. It is an exceptionally beautiful country with an equally warm and inviting population. The delicious food doesn't hurt...More
My wife and I spent two weeks in Iran on tour with Ahmad in May this year. We so enjoyed his knowledge and company and driving us around to suit our interests. We also went to places like Kerman, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan and Tehran. One...More