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   PERSIA IN DEPTH intensive 10 days /9 nights  


Important :
You can get an airport visa to use this tour, if you qualify for the new airport visa.

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Itinerary Summary
Day  

Su.   Tehran : City tour Kerman
Mo.   Kerman : Excursion to Rayen, Mahan and Kaluts
Tu.   Kerman : City tour Yazd
We.   Yazd : City tour
Th.   Yazd Meybod Naein Isfahan
Fr.   Isfahan : City tour
Sa.   Isfahan Pasargadae Persepolis Shiraz
Su.   Shiraz : City tour

 

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Tour Highlights
WITH THIS TOUR YOU VISIT : 
- more than 12 cities in 5 provinces of Iran
- 9 UNESCO World Heritage listings
- more than 65 tourist attractions 
 

Tour Facts
 Activity Cultural - Sightseeing
 Accommodation
1 night - on 1st Class train (n/a if you select to fly)
1 night - Hotel in Kerman
2 nights - Hotel in Yazd
2 nights - Hotel in Isfahan
1 night - Hotel in Shiraz
 Transport Air-conditioned bus/minibus/car, 1st Class Train
 Meals B - 7 L - 0 D - 0

Service Includes

. Hotel accommodation as mentioned
. Meals as mentioned above
. Comfortable A/C Vehicle for all transports
. 1st Class Sleeper train ticket
. All mentioned  sightseeing with English speaking guides

Service Excludes

. International airfare
. Personal insurance
. Visa stamp fee
. Expenses of personal nature
. Tips & Portages
. Entrance fees

 

Price (in EUR)
  DBL./Twin Share SGL. Supp.
 Standard Class (3-4* hotels) 815.00 255.00
 Superior Class (4-5* hotels) 1045.00 445.00
 Departure :  every Sunday

Options & Extensions
 Pre & Post Accommodation
 Caspian Sea Side Trip
 Azarbaijan Side Trip
 Ecbatana (Hamadan & Kermanshah) Side Trip
 Susa Side Trip
 Mashad Side Trip
 Persian Gulf Side Trip
 Ski Tour
 Desert Adventure

 

Itinerary in detail

The Persian culture, history and warm people have been irresistible draws to travelers from all over the world. However, covered from the world for the past decades, it's now opening its doors to all of those who can not afford to miss Iran, the cradle of civilization. Be a pioneer to visit this fast growing tourist destination.
Let us take you on a journey back in time to a mixture of ancient sites and samples of Islamic arts and architecture, spiced with the rich culture of Iranian hospitality.
 
TOUR ITINERARY : 
DAY 1 TEHRAN > KERMAN
 
The tour starts in Bagh-e-Melli, formerly known as the Parade Square, where we can see some landmark buildings dating back to Reza Shah’s reign (early 20th century). The National Museum is next where the rich 7000+ year history of Iran is on show with a unique collection of chronologically ordered archaeological findings. UNESCO World Heritage site of Golestan Palace(U) comes next where the Qajar (18-19th century) headquarter of the country can be seen. We continue the tour with a visit to the busy Grand Bazaar of Tehran followed by unforgettable visit to the world renowned Treasury of National Jewels. The tour finishes at the former US embassy, called as the Den of Espionage in Iran after its seizure in 1979 leading to the hostage crisis between Iran and the USA.
We are transdferred to Tehran Railway Station for getting on the sleeper night train to Kerman. (You can select to fly to Kerman and overnight there at en extra cost)

DAY 2 KERMAN > RAYEN > MAHAN > KALUTS > KERMAN
  Arrving in Kerman, we start our day with visiting Jabalieh Dome, or the Rock Dome, believed to be constructed during the Sassanid era.  We then  drive to Rayen to visit the medieval  mudbrick Rayen Castle,  similar to UNESCO Wolrd Heritage registred Bam Citadel which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2003. Our next  is Shahzdeh (Prince) Garden, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage list as a Persian gardens. We then visit the shrine of Shah Nematullah Vali, a renowned mystic and poet, living in the 14-15th centuries. Its tiled blue dome is described as one of the most magnificient architectural masterpieces in old Persia. Rest of the day is dedicated to visiting the Kaluts, magnificient eroded sand formations Lut desert [U] with a claim to being the world's hottest location. We also visit some oases in this no-man land. Based on your selection, you can return to Kerman or stay the night in a desert Camp. O/N Kerman or Desert Camp

DAY 3 KERMAN > YAZD
  Our Kerman sightseeing tour starts with Hayati Museum, a live anthropological museum where you can see Kermani artisans and crafts. Next is Ganjalikhan complex, around a square with the same name and consisting of urban elements including a bazaar, a mosque, a bathhouse, a caravanserai, a madrassa (theological school), a water cistern and a coin mint, all built by Ganjali Khan, the governor of Kerman from 1595 to 1621 in the reign of Safavid Shah Abbas I. We then proceed to the minaret-less Jameh Mosque of Kerman, which dates back to the 14th century. We also visit Moshtaghieh domes, the mausoleum of Mostagh Ali Shah, Qajarid era sufi leader and musician who was executed because he recited Quran while playing music. The tour ends at Moayedi Ice-house which is believed to be the largest adobe ice-house in the world, built in late Safavid era with the function of storing winter ice for use in the summer. After visiting Kerman, we drive to Yazd [370km./230miles]. O/N Yazd

DAY 4 YAZD
  Yazd, in the middle of Iran and in a remote desert location, remained largely immune to large battles, including the Mongols’ invasion. It’s a living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. We start our program at AmirChakhmagh Complex , where we see Yazd’s landmark facade, a venue for religious ceremonies. We then visit the water museum, with a visible Qanat(U) running underneath, posing the old art of water management in this arid landscape. Jameh Mosque of Yazd is next with its magnificent portal and minarets. From here, we start strolling in the narrow alleys of the old town(U), renowned for its earthen architecture and windcathcers. Yazd was a refuge for Zoroastrians after Arab conquest and is still the hub of the country’s Zoroastrian community. We visit a Zoroastrian Fire Temple which gives us more information about this ancient religion. The sacred fire of this temple is stated to have been burning since about 470 AD. We then proceed to The Towers of Silence, used until few decades ago by Zoroastrians for excarnation – that is, for dead bodies to be exposed to carrion birds, usually vultures. Next is Dowlatabad garden(U), a Persian garden with a pavilion having the tallest windcatcher of the country. Our tour ends at a Zoorkhaneh, Persian traditional gym, where we can watch Persian traditional sports in action. O/N Yazd

DAY 5 YAZD > MEYBOD > NAEIN > ISFAHAN
  Yazd, in the middle of Iran and in a remote desert location, remained largely immune to large battles, including the Mongols’ invasion. It’s a living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert. We start our program at AmirChakhmagh Complex , where we see Yazd’s landmark facade, a venue for religious ceremonies. We then visit the water museum, with a visible Qanat(U) running underneath, posing the old art of water management in this arid landscape. Jameh Mosque of Yazd is next with its magnificent portal and minarets. From here, we start strolling in the narrow alleys of the old town(U), renowned for its earthen architecture and windcathcers. Yazd was a refuge for Zoroastrians after Arab conquest and is still the hub of the country’s Zoroastrian community. We visit a Zoroastrian Fire Temple which gives us more information about this ancient religion. The sacred fire of this temple is stated to have been burning since about 470 AD. We then proceed to The Towers of Silence, used until few decades ago by Zoroastrians for excarnation – that is, for dead bodies to be exposed to carrion birds, usually vultures. Next is Dowlatabad garden(U), a Persian garden with a pavilion having the tallest windcatcher of the country. Our tour ends at a Zoorkhaneh, Persian traditional gym, where we can watch Persian traditional sports in action. O/N Yazd

  DAY 6 ISFAHAN
  Iranians claim Isfahan is half the world! One of the largest cities of the world in 16-17th centuries, and the capital of Safavid dynasty. We start today’s program in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq.(U), one of the largest city squares in the world, where we will visit Aliqapu Palace (in 6 floors), The Royal Mosque (one of the masterpieces of Persian Islamic architecture), Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (private mosque of the royal court) and Chehelsotoun (40-columns) Pavilion. We will then stroll through the labyrinth of Qeysarieh Bazaar, starting on the northern side of the square and ending at The Old Jameh Mosque of Isfahan(U) , another UNESCO world heritage site, one of the oldest still standing mosques in Iran. We then visit Jolfa, the Armenian quarter of the city, where we visit Vank Cathedral, a showcase of Christianity in Iran. Our next stop will be on the banks of Zayandeh River, where we can visit several historical bridges, including Siosepol and Khaju, the two most beautiful bridges of the city. O/N IsfahanIranians claim Isfahan is half the world! One of the largest cities of the world in 16-17th centuries, and the capital of Safavid dynasty. We start today’s program in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq.(U), one of the largest city squares in the world, where we will visit Aliqapu Palace (in 6 floors), The Royal Mosque (one of the masterpieces of Persian Islamic architecture), Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (private mosque of the royal court) and Chehelsotoun (40-columns) Pavilion. We will then stroll through the labyrinth of Qeysarieh Bazaar, starting on the northern side of the square and ending at The Old Jameh Mosque of Isfahan(U) , another UNESCO world heritage site, one of the oldest still standing mosques in Iran. We then visit Jolfa, the Armenian quarter of the city, where we visit Vank Cathedral, a showcase of Christianity in Iran. Our next stop will be on the banks of Zayandeh River, where we can visit several historical bridges, including Siosepol and Khaju, the two most beautiful bridges of the city. O/N Isfahan

DAY 7 ISFAHAN > PASARGADAE > PERSEPOLIS > SHIRAZ
  On a long drive to Shiraz, we stop in Pasargadae(U), visiting the tomb of Cyrus the Great and remains of the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Another hour drive takes us to Naghsh-e-Rostam, a necropolis for Achaemenid kings and a collection of Sassanid rock reliefs. Before arriving in Shiraz, we will have a long stop in Persepolis(U) to visit the magnificent remains from the ancient world in this 2500 years old ceremonial complex used for celebrating Nowruz, the Persian new year at the spring equinox during the Achaemenid Empire. Today’s program ends with a short stop at the Quran Gate. Travelers passing underneath this gate were believed to receive the blessing of the Holy Book on their trip. [480km./300miles] O/N Shiraz

DAY 8 SHIRAZ
  Today’s program starts at Qavam Mansion with its beautiful orange garden, where we can visit a nice sample of Qajar era interior decorations. Nasirolmolk Mosque, or the Pink Mosque, famous as the most colourful mosque of Iran is next followed by visiting Shahcheragh Shrine, one of the most important holy shrines in Iran. We will then stroll into Vakil Bazaar, to see one of well-preserved samples of traditional roofed bazaars of Iran. On exit from the Bazaar, we see Vakil Mosque with its renowned spiral pillars and green marble minbar (pulpit). Vakil Hammam (Public Bath) is our next stop where you can see an elaborate sample of traditional Iranian bath houses with wax statues showing the relevant costumes and traditions. The tour ends by visiting Karimkhani Citadel, the Zand dynasty’s headquarters.

The tour ends here. You can extend your stay in Shiraz, fly out of Iran via Shiraz airport, return to Tehran on a flight/train, or continue exploring Iran with one of our other tours or travel services.

 

 

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