15 Days
Duration

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Golestan Palace, Fin Royal Garden, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Eram Garden, Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan Friday Mosque.

Other Highlights: Sad Abad palace, National Museum, Carpet Museum, Abyaneh Historical Village, Boroujerdi’s Residence, Nain Friday Mosque, Yazd Old Town, Zoroastrian Temple & Silence Tower, Yazd Friday Mosque, Naghsh-e Rostam Necropolis, Shiraz Vakil Bazaar, Hafez Tomb, Pink Mosque, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Vank Cathedral, Natanz Friday Mosque and Sufi Shrine, Lady Masoumeh Holy Shrine, Q&A with a Shiite Clergyman.

Additional information

LocationIsfahan, Kashan, Shiraz, Tehran, Yazd
1

Day 1

Depart to Iran Acc: Tehran

Fly to Tehran. Arrive next day early morning.

2

Day 2

Sad Abad Palace, Carpet Museum, National Museum Acc: Tehran

Persia Tourism’s tour director welcomes you at Imam Khomeini International Airport. Then you will be transferred to your hotel.

After a few hours of rest at your hotel, the sightseeing begins with Sad Abad Palace, one of the palace complexes belonging to the Pahlavi dynasty prior to the Islamic Revolution.

Then visit the Carpet Museum, which showcases some of the most beautiful, intricately designed and world famous fine hand-woven Persian carpets.

Afterward you will visit the National Museum called “Iran Bastan”, the largest museum in the country with abountiful collection of ancient Persian artifacts and prepost-Islamic art.

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Day 3

Golestan Palace, Grand Bazaar, Crown Jewelry Museum            Acc: Tehran

In the morning you will go to UNESCO World Heritage site Golestan Palace. It is the first royal building in Tehran, with some parts dating back to 500 years ago.

After lunch, visit the Royal Jewelry Museum of Iran. Prosperity and royal wealth will be presented in this museum, which is one of the top jewel collections in the world with various radiant gemmed thrones, royal crowns, swords, etc.

The largest rose-colored diamonds in the world, called twinning of the UK Princess’ crown jewel is also presented there.

Afterward you will travel to the Grand Bazaar of Tehran, to stroll in the busiest marketplace of Iran and enjoy the atmosphere. There will be a visit to a unique mosque and theological school called Sepahsalar Medrese. You can also view the New Parliament pyramid building via your transportation on the way back to the hotel.

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Day 4

Lady Masoumah Shrine, Fin Royal garden, Agha Bozorg School   Acc: Kashan

After breakfast, depart for Kashan. En route, you will visit the most religious city of Iran and the focal point of Shia theology in the world. In Qom you will visit the Holy Shrine of lady Masoumah (this might be seen from the yard) and have a chance to speak with a Shia clergyman about Islam from the Shia perspective.

Upon arrival to Kashan you will enter the Fin Royal Garden and be presented with its historical highlights. Escape from the heat and rest for a while at the edge of the desert and view the small pavilion at its heart.

Next up is Agha Bozorg Mosque and Theological School. It is a unique site because of its basement yard, which is used as a theological school.

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Day 5

Boroujerdi’s House, Tabatabaie House, City Wall Ruins, Kashan Bazaar   Acc: Kashan

You will visit historical residences, such as the Boroujerdi and Tabatabaie residences, which display stunning architecture. You will then proceed to the Old City Wall ruins and an ice-reservoir just beside the wall.

After lunch and rest at the hotel, you will be transferred to Kashan Bazaar to stroll around and possibly purchasesome souvenirs.

Note: In early May, we do a visit to Qamsar town (Iran’s and possibly the world’s largest rose water producing center.)

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Day 6

Naeen Friday Mosque, Aba Weaving Workshop, Zoroastrian Temple        Acc: Yazd

After breakfast depart to a city called Naeen to sightsee locations such as the Friday Mosque, Narin Qaleh Citadel and Traditional Aba Weaving Workshop.

Kharanagh Citadel in the Kharanagh historical village is your next stop before arriving to Yazd.

In the afternoon you will reach Yazd, the capital of the Zoroastrians, which lies in Iran’s central desert.

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Day 7

Silence Tower, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Yazd Old Town, Friday Mosque Acc: Yazd

Yazd is an ancient city on the frontier of Iran’s central desert, with typical local architecture & traditional “air-conditioners” called “wind towers”. Yazd is situated 1,200 meters above sea level, which gives this city a pleasant climate despite its surrounding environment.

The next morning you will visit the funeral towers of the Zoroastrians called Towers of Silence and also the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and old town quarter beginning with the Friday Mosque, which boasts the tallest mosque entrance gate in Iran. Then amble through the narrow alleys and visit the Roknod-din Mausoleum.

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Day 8

Abarkuh Giant Cypress & Friday Mosque, Pasargadae & Cyrus the Great Tomb  Acc: Shiraz

You will leave Yazd and head towardanother city called Abarkuh, famous for its Giant Cypress (about 4000 years old). You also visit the Abarkuh Friday Mosque.

Afterward, depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Pasargadae Palace and the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the  First Persian Empire.

Then you will continue onward to Shiraz, the city of poets, nightingales and gardens.

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Day 9

Persepolis, Naghsh-e Rostam, Eram Garden, Hafez Tomb, Ali-ebn Hamzeh       Acc: Shiraz

After a breakfast excursion to one of the most attractive sites in Iran, UNESCO World Heritage Takht-e Jamshid or as Greek historian Herodotus called it, “Persepolis”. Visit the imposing ruins of the 2500 year old Achaemenid ceremonial capital, which was burnt and almost destroyed by Alexander. Numerous palaces, gates, stairs with reliefs, halls and a treasure house which used to protect the Achaemenid Empire’s legendary treasures are among the sites.

Not far from Persepolis, you will visit Naqsh-e Rostam, which features the rock reliefs and some tombs of the Achaemenid and Sassanid era emperors.

Drive back to Shiraz in the afternoon and continue sightseeing in the city as follows:

  • UNESCO World Heritage site Eram Garden, a nice sample of Persian Gardens and today’s botanical museum of Shiraz.
  • Tomb of Hafez, the world famous Iranian poet.
  • Ali Ebn-e Hamzeh magnificent mausoleum, with the dazzling mirror mosaics.
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Day 10

Pink Mosque, Saadi Tomb, Karim Khan Citadel, Vakil bazaar      Acc: Shiraz

Today, you will spend a full day sightseeing in Shiraz and will visit the following:

  • Pink (Nasir-ol Molk) Mosque, famous for its fine and colorful ceramics & windows.
  • Saadi Tomb, another world famous Iranian poet, located in a beautiful garden.
  • Karim Khan Citadel, in the heart of city.
  • Covered Vakil Bazaar with colorful handicrafts and antique outlets and Saraye Moshir.
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Day 11

Izad Khast Citadel, Khajou & Sio-Se Pol Bridges  Acc: Isfahan

After breakfast depart for Isfahan (480 km), one of the world’s most beautiful cities, famously referred“Nesf-e Jahan” which means “Half of the World”. En route there will be a visit to the ancient city of Izad Khast and Izad Khast Citadel ruins.

Upon arrival to Isfahan, proceed to view two picturesque historical bridges of Isfahan called “Khajou” and “Si-o-Se Pol” (33-Arches bridge). Then transfer to hotel.

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Day 12

Chehel Sotoun palace, Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Imam Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace Acc: Isfahan

Today, prepare to be charmed by the entrancing sites Isfahan has to offer. First, you will be guided to Chehel Sotoun (forty columns) Palace. Words cannot do this Safavid era palace justice, especially with its numerous, massive and story-filled wall-paintings, through which you can obtain a colorful image of the Safavid era.

Second, you will visit a world famous attraction and  UNESCO World Heritage site called Naghsh-e Jahan Square (Image of the World) which rests as a vast courtyard surrounded  by two spectacular mosques, a palace, as well as the majestic Qeysariyeh Covered Bazaar. Deliberately designed, two sides of the rectangular square relate to the world and the other two sides relate to the afterworld.

The most glorious monument at this square is the Imam Mosque, which stoodfor more than 400 years. Also, there is another special mosque, called Sheikh Lotfollah or women mosque, which has a unique concept among all other mosques in the country, since it is the only mosque without a minaret or a  yard.

The other monument here is the Aali Qapu 5 story Palace, flaunting  a unique decoration. From its wide terrace, the Safavid king would view the Polo matches, military parades and other performances in the square.

The charming and magnificent Qeysariyeh Bazaar is the last, but definitely not  least, part that you are going to visit at the square.

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Day 13

Vank Cathedral, Atigh Friday Mosque, Pigeon Tower, Ali Qoli Bathhouse            Acc: Isfahan

What better way to begin the day than with a visit to a Christian cathedral with beautiful wall paintings. Vank Cathedral is just in the heart of the “City of Mosques”. If you are not too enthralled by the main hall,you can also visit the Armenian Museum at the other side of the yard.

Ali Qoli Agha Traditional Iranian Bathhouse is the next stop located in an old and famous quarter of Isfahan city with the same name as the bathhouse.

Afterwards, there will be a visit to UNESCO World Heritage site Isfahan’s Friday Mosque. A lively museum containing typical Iranian Islamic architecture and decoration awaits you in this mosque.

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Day 14

Sufi Shrine, Abyaneh Village, Iranian Family, Farewell Dinner    Acc: Tehran

Today there will be about a 550 km drive to Tehran with stops in Natanz and Abyaneh historical village.

Optional: Natanz Friday Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and inside there is also the tomb of a Sufi Mentor.

Abyaneh Historical Village is one of the four world famous Iranian villages, well-known for its red adobe houses, ancient architecture and people showcasing traditional garb.

In the evening you will arrive in Tehran. A special program is planned for you to visit an Iranian Family at their home, where you can gain an intimate understanding of Iranian culture, society and lifestyle.  The voyage will culminate with a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant.

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Day 15

Bound for home              

Early in the morning (or midnight, depending of the flight schedule), you will head to IKA for journey back home, taking with you a mental suitcase filled with enriching memories and physical pictures to show to your family and friends.

End of Program!

Services Included:

  • Visa Application(excluding visa fee)
  • Accommodation in hotels as per itinerary or similar, including daily breakfast
  • Lunch and Dinner at local and hotels’ restaurants
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary including their applicable entrance fees
  • Transportation with A/C (air conditioned) vehicle as mentioned in rate table
  • English speaking guide(s) during the whole stay in Iran
  • One bottle of drinking or mineral water per day
  • Porter tips at hotels & waiter tips at restaurants

Services Excluded:

  • International flights (we can provide return flight to/from Iran upon request as additional service)
  • Driver & Tour Guide tips
  • Visa fee: This fee shall be paid by the passenger(s) / their agent to the consular section of Iranian embassy upon receiving their visa sticker. The passenger(s) must indicate the city in which they would like to receive their visa sticker (where there is an Iranian embassy consular section) upon purchasing the tour.
  • Travel Insurance (we can provide travel insurance upon request as additional service).
  • All personal expenses (e.g. phone calls, laundry, minibar, gifts, etc.).
  • Costs incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation, etc.
  • Any other service(s) not specified in “Services Included” section of this proposal.

Accommodations

Hotels can be changed based on client’s’ request or unavailability. Rates may change according to room categories/hotels changes.

City

Nights

Hotels

Tehran 3+1 Laleh / Esteghlal East 5*
Kashan 2 Saraye Ameriha Historical House 5*
Yazd 2 Safaiyeh / Dad 4* or Arg 4.5*
Shiraz 3 Zandiyeh / Pars / Persepolis 5*
Isfahan 3 Abbasi 5* / Kowsar 4*

Rates & Conditions

Based on US Dollar and per person

Ø  APR 2016 till OCT 2016:

Number of Passengers

Vehicle

Twin Sharing

Single Supplement

10 and above Coach 4,268 595
6-9 Van / Minibus 4,368 595

Ø  Apr 2016 till OCT 2016:

Number of Passengers

Vehicle

Twin Sharing

Single Supplement

10 and above Coach 4,648 685
6-9 Van / Minibus 4,788 685

Rates Important Notes:

  • There will be a 10% discount applied during low and off seasons.
  • The given rates may change based on exchange rate fluctuations and/or fuel price changes.
  • Rates are based on the mentioned itinerary and hotels. In case of any change in hotels or room categories due to unavailability or upon your request or change in itinerary, there will be changes in rates.
  • Single Supplement rate(s) may increase especially during high seasons that hotel(s) charge DBL/TWN rate anyway. Passenger(s) or the sales agent must pay the difference upon announcement of Persia Tourism Group.
  • Rate of FITs (9 pax and less) may increase especially during high seasons, as tour guide wage may increases for small groups. Passengers or the sales agent must pay the difference upon announcement of Persia Tourism Group.
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