The Persian culture, history and warm people have been irresistible draws to travellers 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 SUMMARY & PRICING
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DAY 1: TEHRAN
We start our tour of northern Tehran at the Nature Bridge with immaculate views of north Tehran and Alborz mountains. We then visit Niavaran Palace, the last residence and office of Shah before the Islamic revolution. Next is the house of Imam Khomeini, from where he ruled Iran for a decade. Afterwards, we visit Tajrish Old Bazaar is next, where we can see a vibrant traditional bazaar where Tehranies do their daily shopping. Saadabad Palace is next which is a large compound of Royal palaces used during the Pahlavi era. Our last stop is Darband, which is a valley in the north of Tehran, remained hidden from the hustle-bustle of Tehran metropolitan. O/N Tehran
DAY 2: TEHRAN
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 display with a unique collection of chronologically ordered archaeological findings. UNESCO World Heritage site of Golestan Palace 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 an 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 hostages’ crisis between Iran and the USA. O/N Tehran
DAY 3: TEHRAN > QOM > KASHAN
We drive to Kashan visiting some interesting sites en-route. The first site is The Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini and Tehran war cemetery. After about an hour drive with a glimpse of a large salt lake, we stop in the religious city of Qom, where we can visit one the most important religious centres in Iran, The Holy Shrine of Hazrat-e-Masuma. Another hour drive takes us to the desert city of Kashan where we visit Fin Garden, an interesting sample of the Persian garden. We have the afternoon free for exploring this well-preserved desert city. O/N Kashan
DAY 4: KASHAN > ABYANEH > ISFAHAN
We start the day by visiting some historical houses with interesting architecture. This will be followed by a visit to Kashan Bazaar and Aghabozorg Mosque before leaving for Isfahan with a stop in Abyaneh (The Red Village) stop where we can visit a well-preserved old Iranian village famous for its red buildings. It’s a living architectural and anthropological museum. Isfahan is another 2.5-hour drive away. O/N Isfahan
DAY 5: ISFAHAN
Iranians claim Isfahan is half the world! One of the largest cities of the world in the 16-17th centuries, and the capital of Safavid dynasty. We start today’s program in UNESCO World Heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq., one of the largest city squares in the world, where we will visit Aliqapu Palace (in 6 floors), The Royal (or Imam) 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, 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 for Zayandeh River, where we can visit several historical bridges, including Siosepol and Khaju, the two most beautiful bridges of the city. The tour ends with a walk on Charbagh Street, literally the four gardens, a historical street in the heart of Isfahan. O/N Isfahan
DAY 6: ISFAHAN
Free time or optional Programs – O/N Isfahan
DAY 7: ISFAHAN > NAEIN > MEYBOD > YAZD
On our drive to Yazd, we stop in the desert city of Naein to see Jameh Mosque of Naein, one of the oldest mosques of Iran, still in its original form. We also visit Pirnia Historial House, which is now an anthropological museum showing the desert lifestyle. Before reaching Yazd, we visit the historical city of Meybod and see the Sassanid Narin castle, one of the oldest castles of Iran, Chaparckhaneh (the old post office) and Safavid Caravanserai (one of the 999 motels which were built on the order of Shah Abbas). We also visit a pigeon tower, one of the many similar dovecotes in the region which were used for housings pigeons and collecting bird droppings to be used as farming fertilizer. Yazd is less than an hour drive away. Today program ends in Yazd. (Total drive: 320km./200 miles) O/N Yazd
DAY 8: 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 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, renowned for its earthen architecture and windcatchers. Yazd was a refuge for Zoroastrians after the Arab conquest and is still the hub of the country’s Zoroastrian community. We visit a 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 a few decades ago by Zoroastrians for excarnation – that is, for dead bodies to be exposed to carrion birds, usually vultures. Next is Dowlatabad Garden, 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 9: YAZD > ABARKOOH > PASARGADAE > PERSEPOLIS > SHIRAZ
On a 450km. drive to Shiraz, we visit Aghazadeh Mansion with its immaculate two-story windcatcher and an adobe ice-house in Abarkooh. There is also an ancient Cypress tree in this city with an estimated age of 4000-5000 years, believed to be planted by Zoroaster. After 2 hours drive, we arrive in Pasargadae, 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 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. Travellers passing underneath the gates were believed to receive the blessing of the Holy Book. (Total drive 460km./285 miles) O/N Shiraz
DAY 10: 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 the 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 bathhouses with wax statues showing the relevant costumes and traditions. Karimkhani Citadel, the Zand dynasty’s headquarters is next. We will then drive to visit Eram garden, part of the city’s botanical gardens and a UNESCO world heritage site and end our program at Hafiz Memorial where Iranians gather to commemorate their most popular poet who lived in Shiraz in the 14th century. O/N Shiraz
DAY 11: SHIRAZ
Free time or optional Programs – O/N Shiraz
DAY 12: SHIRAZ > MEYMAND > KERMAN
On a long drive to Kerman, we stop in the ancient village of Meymand [U] to visit hand-dug dwellings amid the rocks inhabited for over the last 3000 years. This was how people here have adapted to the aridity of the land and to high temperatures in summers and very cold winters. Our today journey ends in Kerman. [660km/410miles] O/N Kerman
DAY 13: KERMAN : RAYEN – MAHAN – KALUTS
We start with Jabalieh Dome, or the Rock Dome believed to be constructed during the Sassanid era. We then drive to Rayen to visit the medieval mud-brick Rayen Castle, similar to UNESCO World Heritage registred Bam Citadel which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2003. Our next stop is at Shahzdeh (Prince) Garden, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage list as a Persian garden. 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 magnificent architectural masterpieces in old Persia. Rest of the day is dedicated to visiting the Kaluts, magnificent 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/Desert Camp
DAY 14: KERMAN
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 the 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 the 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.
The tour ends here. You can fly out of Iran via Kerman airport, return to Tehran on a flight/train, or continue exploring Iran with one of our other tours.