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Explore Iran’s Historic Cities & a Desert

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Duration

9 Days, 8 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

Discover the best of Persia, the land of ancient wonders. This 9-day itinerary makes exploring Iran seamless through Iran’s top and unique attractions along with several UNESCO sites. Get to know about the rich history behind these handpicked highlights of Iran from traditional Bazaars, splendid palaces, national museums, historical houses, and colorful mosques of Nasirolmolk and Sheikh Lotfollah to mesmerizing gardens, and ancient ruins of Persepolis. During this tour you can have the experience of meeting the welcoming people of Iran while enjoying the architectural wonders of the country as our expert guide recounts the history. For more information about the attractions mentioned through this itinerary, you can check out our blogs’ posts.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the best attractions of the Capital of Iran, Tehran
  • Explore around the red village of Abyaneh
  • Visit Naqsh-e Jahan square and the masterpieces of Isfahan
  • Tour the UNESCO recognized city of wind catchers, Yazd
  • Visit the world famous blue-tiled mosques and the Pink Mosque

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Tehran

The Tour begins when your plane lands at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran. Our representative will be there to greet you and take you to Bahar Hotel to rest for the night.

Day 2: Tehran

We will be spending this day visiting some of the best attractions of the Capital of Iran, Tehran. We will begin the day by visiting the National Museum of Tehran. This museum is the greatest museum of the history and the archeology of Iran. Then, we will be visiting the splendid Golestan Palace. This 18th and 19th century masterpiece of Qajar Era is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Next, we will explore and walk through the nearby Bazaar which is the oldest Bazaar of Tehran known as the Grand Bazaar. On this day, we also will be visiting the National Jewelry Museum which holds a rare collection of world famous stone gems and royal jewels that were gathered through centuries. Lastly, we will check out Azadi Tower that is famous for being the iconic symbol of Tehran and the nation. We will take you back to Bahar Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Tehran)

Day 3: Tehran - Kashan

On the third day, we will leave Tehran to the city of Kashan early in the morning (Kashan is located 251 Km away from Tehran). Once we are in Kashan, we will be visiting the UNESCO recognized Fin Garden which is known as one of the most beautiful, special, and appreciated Persian Gardens by its visitors. Then, we will discover one of the most visited Persian historical houses known as Tabatabayi House. Continuing to the center of Kashan, we will visit the Aqa Bozorg Religious School and Mosque. This 18th century Islamic complex is famous for its fine symmetrical plan and architecture. Finally, to cap off this day‘s tour, we will enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of a Persian Bathhouse called Sultan Ahmad Bathhouse to discover the elements and features of a Persian Bathhouse. We will spend the night in Kashan in Negin Traditional Hotel.(overnight in Kashan)

Day 4: Kashan - Abyaneh- Esfahan

On the fourth day, we will hit the road to Esfahan (located within 218 km). On our way to Esfahan, we will visit Abyaneh Village which is located about 80 km away from Kashan. Abyaneh village as one of the must-see villages of Iran is famously called the red village for its vermilion colored houses. Consequently, we will leave Abyaneh for Esfahan. Once we are In Esfahan, we will visit the Vank Cathedral located in Armenian center of the city. The mixture of Armenian and Iranian architecture along with the rich motifs and paintings of this cathedral have caught the interests of many visitors. Finally, during sunset, we will be visiting two famous historical Bridges of Esfahan which are the Khaju Bridge as the only tiled bridge of Esfahan and the lively Siosepol Bridge. We will be spending the night in Piroozy Hotel while we are in Isfahan. (overnight in Esfahan)

Day 5: Esfahan

On this day, we will visit the magnificent Naqsh-E Jahan Square. This UNESCO Heritage site, as the gem of the city of Isfahan, is the third largest square in the world. We can gaze at the splendor of the Square’s architecture, learn about its history and enjoy its tranquil ambiance. We will also visit Shah Mosque which is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the finest examples of blue-tiled mosques. Also, we will discover the adjacent mosque called Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque which had been skillfully designed to mesmerize its visitors. Next, we will walk through the old and world famous Bazaar of Isfahan through Qeysarieh Gate. Finally, before getting back to Piroozy Hotel, we will visit the Chehel Sotun Palace, another UNESCO Heritage Site, which is surrounded by a great and beautiful Persian garden. The walls of the palace are adorned with mirrors, different designs and historical paintings.(overnight in Esfahan)

Day 6: Esfahan - Yazd

On the sixth day, we will make our way to Yazd (a 300 km ride). Once we are in the city of Yazd which is famous for being the city of wind catchers, we will first visit a Fire Temple. This Fire Temple holds the everlasting fire that has been burning for more than 1500 years. Next, we will be visiting Jameh Mosque of Yazd which is known as the congregational ancient mosque of this city. Then, we will walk around Fahadan Quarter, the ancient part of the city, through its unique and old-styled alleys and mud brick houses. We will continue our day by visiting an ancient Zoroastrian cemetery and the uncanny Tower of Silence. Lastly, we will visit Dolat Abad Garden which is one of the 9 Persian Gardens inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. In the heart of the garden is located the Tallest Windward in the World. We will head to Khan Dohed Hotel to rest and spend the night. (overnight in Yazd)

Day 7: Yazd - Persepolis- Shiraz

On the seventh day of our trip, we will drive to Shiraz which is located about 440 km away from Yazd. Shiraz will be the last city of Iran that we will be exploring. Within 74 km of Shiraz, the magnificent ruins of Persepolis are situated. This UNESCO Heritage site is considered as the gem of Achaemenid Persian Empire. Persepolis was the Persian’s capital city during the reign of Darius the Great and his son Xerxes. We will then discover the years of history and glory of Persepolis, before we continue our exploration to the majestic Necropolis which is located within 5 kilometers of Persepolis. The tombs of Persian Kings of Achaemenid are impressively carved out of a rock wall, high above the ground. After dedicating our whole day to visiting Persepolis and Necropolis, we will head to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend the night in Shiraz.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 8: Shiraz

We will be spending this day visiting several highlights of the city of Shiraz as our final day of exploring Iran. First, we will be visiting one of the most glamorous mosques in the world called Nasirolmolk Mosque or the Pink Mosque. This mosque is world famous for its stained glass windows through which the colorful shimmers of light create the perfect background for taking stunning photos. Next, we will visit the Narenjestan. Then, we will enjoy the beauty of another famous garden of Shiraz called Eram Garden which also is a UNESCO Heritage site. Next, we will explore the historical center of the city by visiting Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar, and then we will visit Ali ebne Hamzeh Shrine which is a unique Shia’s holy shrine. Lastly, we will be visiting the heavenly Mausoleum of Hafez where one of the most famous and respected Persian poets is laid to rest. We will head back to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend our last night in Shiraz and get rest.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 9: Shiraz - Departure

Now, you have seen some of the best of Iran’s Historical attractions. Depending on the time of your International flight whether at midnight or early in the morning, we will take you to Shiraz Shahid Dastgheyb International Airport.

Included/Excluded

  • All airport transfers
  • Accommodation in standard 3 or 4 hotels
  • Private air conditioned vehicle for the whole trip
  • Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)
  • Expert English speaking local guide
  • All the mentioned entrance fees
  • Visa authorization code & support
  • Travel Insurance within Iran
  • Daily refreshments
  • Local SIM Card with 2 Gig data
  • A booklet with information on the attractions
  • Visa Stamp fee
  • International flights
  • Tips for the Guide and the Driver
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary

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FAQs

1. Can I stay longer in Iran that I have planned?
Yes you can extend your 30-day Iran Visa validity if you wish to stay longer in Iran. If you have obtained your Visa through an embassy, you can extend your Visa twice and each time for 30 days. But in case you have got your Visa on arrival at the airport you can only extend it for 14 days. Keep in mind that the final decision regarding this matter is up to the Foreign Affairs officers.
For more detailed information read about visa extension in website.
2. When is the best time to book a tour?
We advise you to book the tours a few months in advance since there is no guarantee that the hotels mentioned in the tour packages will be available in your requested time, especially, if you are planning to travel during peak seasons which are from mid-March to May and from late September to Late November.
3. How long does it take to process an Iran Visa?
Typically, visa authorization codes are issued within 1-3 working days. You can then collect your Visa in 10 days at the Embassy. We advise you to start the process 3 to 4 weeks prior to the date of your departure. Also, if you are a UK, USA, or Canadian citizen you should start Iran Visa process 2-3 months earlier than usual.
4. Is it possible to book a different hotel than indicated in the tour itinerary?
Yes, we can change hotel reservation based on your requests. The hotels recommended in the itineraries are located at the center of the city and have been our tourists’ top favorites. It is better to book the hotels a few months in advance since there is no guarantee that the hotels will be available in your requested time.
5. Does Travelopersia offer tours in languages other than English?
Our recommended guides are fully fluent in English and the local language. On top of this, we can provide you with Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, or Arabic guides on your request.
6. What kind of transportation does Travelopersia offer on their tours?
During your trip, you will be provided with a private transport according to the number of people on each tour. If your group tour is consisted of more than three people, you will be provided with a Van and for larger groups with a bus. All the offered vehicles are air-conditioned and comfortable.
7. What if I wish to extend my stay at a hotel before or after the tour?
Yes, we can help you book additional nights at a specific hotel before the tour begins and after your trip. Let us know so we can recommend you the best possible option.
8. Is there a prepayment for reserving the tours and Itineraries?
We require a 10% prepayment for each tour and itinerary reservation. The rest of the payment can be made upon your arrival.
9. What is the required dress code?
The dress code of Iran requires locals and tourists to wear clothes that appropriately cover their body, legs, and arms. In case of women, they are obliged to cover their hair and wear preferably knee length dresses or Mantos over a pair of pants. For foot wear, you can wear anything that you feel comfortable in.
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