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Iran’s Historic & Natural Marvels

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Duration

14 Days, 13 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

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Overview

Iran has long been known for its rich and ancient history. All around the country there are master pieces of architecture; from the traditional Bazaars, splendid palaces of Chehel Sotun and Golestan, national museums, historical houses, and colorful mosques to mesmerizing gardens of Dolat Abad and Fin, and ancient ruins. But this is not everything that Iran has got to offer! Aside from this, Iran is the land of many Natural Wonders from mysterious deserts to cave-like villages. If you are looking forward to feeling the history and the wondrous nature of Iran, this 14-days itinerary can be the best choice for you. For more information about the attractions mentioned through this itinerary, you can check out our blogs’ posts.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour some of the most splendid UNESCO recognized sites
  • Visit the contemporary masterpieces of Tehran known as Nature Bridge and Azadi Tower
  • Touch on the lifestyle of Nomads of Bavanat
  • Explore the Rocky village of Meymand as a UNESCO attraction
  • Hike through the mysterious Shahdad Desert and visit Nebka Park and Shahdad Kaluts
  • Explore around the must-see red village of Abyaneh

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 and the following 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 the Nature Bridge which is the largest pedestrian overpass in Tehran and a contemporary masterpiece of architecture. We will take you back to Bahar Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Tehran)

Day 3: Tehran - Flight to Shiraz

On the second day of exploring Tehran, we will first visit Sa’dabad Palace which is a historical and cultural 20th century palace that reflects the luxuries of Qajar monarchist and the royal family of Pahlavi. Next, we will visit the impressive Carpet Museum that showcases over 150 types of Persian carpets each with special history behind them. Then, we will make our way to visit the iconic symbol of Tehran which is Azadi Tower. Lastly, we will leave Tehran to the city of Shiraz by catching a direct flight. After a 1-hour flight, we will head to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel and spend the night in Shiraz, the capital of Fars province.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 4: Shiraz

We will be spending this day visiting the highlights of Shiraz. 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 Garden. Then, we will enjoy the beauty of another famous garden of Shiraz called Eram Garden which also is a UNESCO World 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 take you back to Beyn Ol-Harameyn Hotel to spend the night.(overnight in Shiraz)

Day 5: Shiraz- Persepolis - Bavanat

On the fifth day of our trip, we will leave the capital of Fars Province, Shiraz, to visit Persepolis, Necropolis, and discover Bavanat which is one of the counties located in Fars Province. We will leave Shiraz through a famous and historic Gate called Gate of Quran. Then, we will make our way to Persepolis which is located within 53 Km. This UNESCO World 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 visiting Persepolis and Necropolis, we will head to Bavanat (a 226 Km ride) to spend the night in a Nomadic tent.(overnight in Bavanat)

Day 6: Bavanat- Meymand

On the sixth day of our trip, we get to touch on the lifestyle of Nomads of Bavanat living in their tents in the hills. Discovering Nomad’s special handicrafts and trying their tasty organic products will add to the authenticity of our trip while visiting this region. Next, we will be visiting the Rocky village of Meymand which is located in Kerman province (a 243 km ride). The Rocky village of Meymand as a UNESCO World Heritage site is considered as one of the first settlements of human beings. These cave-like houses which were carved inside the mountain thousands of years ago, are still inhabited by residents. Lastly, we will spend the night in a Stone House in Meymand.(overnight in Meymand)

Day 7: Meymand- Shahdad

On the seventh day, we will head to Shahdad. On our way to Shahdad, we will visit Sirch Village which is also located in Kerman province, 296 km away from Meymand. This village is famous for its breathtaking view to a vast covered valley with cherry and pine trees. Then, we will visit the famous 1,000 year-old cypress tree which is located among the archaic trees of Sirch Village. Next, we will drive to the mysterious and wonderful Shahdad Desert which is a part of Lut Desert (Iran’s Natural World Heritage wonder) to start our desert hike. Also, we will be visiting Qantas (underground water canals) along with an Old Water Cistern and attractions of Nebka Park and Shahdad Kaluts (huge natural structures rising from the ground )as the main attractions of this desert. We will spend the night in an Eco camp.(overnight in Eco camp)

Day 8: Shahdad- Rayen-Mahan- Kerman

On the eighth day, we will wake up early to catch the sunrise that paint the sky over Shahdad Desert. We will continue our desert exploration with discovering other unique attractions of Shahdad Desert such as Egg Hills, Salt River, and an old Caravanserai. Then, we will drive to Rayan (a 155 km ride) to visit the mysterious and ancient Rayen castle which is the second largest adobe mud brick fortress. After visiting this magnificent citadel, we will drive for 74 km to reach Mahan where Shazdeh Persian Garden is located. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a beautiful garden and a specific pavilion in the heart of the desert. Finally, we will head to Kerman, located within 36 km of Mahan, to spend the night in Hezar Hotel.(overnight in Kerman)

Day 9: Kerman- Mehriz- Yazd

On this day, while we are in Kerman, we will be visiting Ganjali Khan Complex which is consisted of Kerman Bazaar, Ganjali khan Traditional Bath House and Caravanserai. Then, we will leave Kerman to the city of Mehriz (a 327 km ride). Within 33 km of Mehriz, we will enjoy a visit to the unique Zeynoddin Caravanserai. This 16th century caravanserai with its rounded structure is situated on the ancient Silk Road. Once we reach Mehriz, we will be visiting a mud brick and maze-like castle called Saryazd Castle which belongs to Sassanid era (3rd to 7th century AD). Lastly, we will drive to Yazd (located within 58 Km) to spend the night in Khan Dohed Hotel.(overnight in Yazd)

Day 10: Yazd

On the tenth day, we will first visit an ancient Zoroastrian cemetery and the uncanny Tower of Silence. Next, we will 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. Continuing our trip, we will be visiting the Zoroastrians history and culture museum called Markar Museum. Then, we will visit the significant and ancient Amir Chakhmag Complex which is known as the symbol of the city. 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 11: Yazd- Meybod- Na’in- Varzaneh

On this day, we will make our way to Meybod (a 56 km ride) to explore this ancient clay city and its marvels. Narin Castle will be the first attraction that we will be visiting once we arrive in Meybod. This castle is known to be one of the oldest clay structures in the world. Then, we will visit a Pigeon Tower. This round and old clay tower functions as a pigeon house. Meybod Caravanserai will be the last attraction that we will be visiting in this city.
We will continue our trip by visiting Na’in which is located 124 km away from Meybod. Once there, we will visit the 1,000 year-old Jameh Mosque of Na’in. Finally, we will drive for 70 km to Varzaneh Desert, the famous central desert of Iran, to observe the endless sky and watch the blinking stars. Also, we will check out Varzaneh Salt Lake. We will spend the day doing several desert activities such as Camel-riding, safari and sandboarding. We will spend the night in an Eco Camp.(overnight in Varzaneh)

Day 12: Varzaneh- Esfahan

On the twelfth day of our trip, we will drive to Esfahan (located within 110 km of Varzaneh). Once we are In Esfahan, we will visit the ancient Jameh Mosque of Esfahan which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site that holds a collection of architectural patterns from different historical eras. Next, 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. We will continue our day by visiting Music Museum to learn about several Iranian traditional music instruments. 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 13: Esfahan

On this day, we will visit the Chehel Sotun Palace which is a UNESCO Heritage Site that is surrounded by a great and beautiful Persian garden. The walls of the palace are adorned with mirrors, different designs and historical paintings. Next, we will walk to the nearby magnificent Naqsh-E Jahan Square. This UNESCO World 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. While we are there, 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 visit the imperial and unique Ali Qapu palace. Finally, before getting back to Piroozy Hotel, we will walk through the old and world famous Bazaar of Isfahan through Qeysarieh Gate located on the northern side of the Square.(overnight in Esfahan)

Day 14: Esfahan- Abyaneh- Kashan- IKIA

On the last day of this tour, we will hit the road to Kashan (located within 215 km). On our way to Kashan, we will visit Abyaneh Village which is located within 80 km of 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 Kashan. 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. Finally, to cap off this 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. Now that we have discovered the best of historical and natural wonders of Iran, we will leave Kashan to Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) in Tehran where our tour will come to an end.

Included/Excluded

  • All airport transfers
  • Accommodation in standard 3 or 4 hotels
  • Private air conditioned vehicle for the whole trip
  • Domestic flight (Tehran-Shiraz)
  • 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
  • International flights
  • Visa Stamp fee
  • Tips for the Guide and the Driver
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned in the itinerary

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.
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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