Departures: All Year Round
Duration: 12 Days & 11 Nights
Cost: From $1979.00 (per person, twin share)
DAY 1 Tehran
Upon arrival into Tehran, you will be met by our local representatives inside the transit hall of the airport, assisted through formalities, and transferred to your hotel in Tehran.
DAY 2 Tehran – Kerman
Today enjoy a visit to the national museum of Iran, housing a marvellous collection of artefacts including ceramics, pottery, stone figures and carvings dating back as early as the 5th century BC. Later, visit Abgineh, the Ceramic & Glassware Museum, followed by the Carpet Museum. Iran is reknown the world over for its intricately-woven carpets and magnificent glassware. The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resembles a carpetweaving loom. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kerman. Upon arrival you will once again be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. (B/L/D) Note: Archeological, glassware and carpet museums are closed on Mondays, thus you will visit instead Golestan Palace and Jewelry Museum (jewelry museum is open Sat-Tue only).
DAY 3 Kerman – Rayen – Mahan – Kerman
A full day visiting Rayen and Mahan today. Take in the stunning Baghe-Shazdeh Gardens as well as the Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Vali. Return to Kerman, en route visiting the Ganj Ali Khan complex, including the world-famous Jabalieh Dome. The complex is composed of a school, a square, a caravanserai, a bathhouse, an ab anbar (water reservoir), a mint, a mosque and a bazaar. Overnight in Kerman. (B/L/D)
DAY 4 Kerman – Sahdad Desert
A full day’s journey into the Sahdad desert of Iran, exploring the many castles and caravanserais along the way. Return to Kerman and overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 5 Kerman – Yazd
Drive from Kerman to Yazd. Yazd is also another ancient city with its unique desert architecture and badgirs, (wind towers) designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind. The mosques of Yazd are unique to this region, and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city. This city has always been a great weaving centre, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along the Silk Route in the late 13th century. Visit also Dolat Abad Garden and the Tomb of 12 Imams, Alexander’s Prison, Towers of Silence, Asadan Castle and the old bazaars. Overnight in Yazd. (B/L/D)
DAY 6 Yadz – Abarkoh – Pasargad – Shiraz
At Pasargad, the first structure you will come across is the Tomb of Cyrus the Great. Legend has it that when Alexander the Great arrived at Pasargad, he was greatly distressed by the destruction of the tomb and ordered its restoration. (B/L/D)
DAY 7 Shiraz – Persepolis Naqche-e-rustam – Shiraz
A trip to Iran is not complete without a visit to the ancient city of Persepolis, and you will have an extensive, in-depth tour of this site today, including the Takht-e Jamshid necropolis (Naghsh-e-rostam) and Naqsh-e Rajab. Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ancient cities and the finest legacy of the great achaemenid empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BCE. The most impressive features of this site are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces, and provide a rich treasure-house of ancient history. At the necropolis you will find the tomb of the three powerful achaemenian kings carved into huge rocks overlooking one of the oldest zoroastrian fire temples. Return to Shiraz and overnight. (B/L/D)
DAY 8 Shiraz – Isfahan
Full day city tour of Shiraz including a visit to Narenjestan, otherwise known as the orange garden built between 1879-1886. Continue onwards to the Nasir-ol-molk mosque before spending some time in the local bazaar! Later, take in the Mausoleum of the famous Iranian poets Saadi and Hafez. Later this afternoon, transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Ifsahan.
DAY 9 Isfahan
Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewel of ancient Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world. The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s islamic buildings, its expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years. It was the capital of Iran during a number of the post-islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century. Isfahan is really an open-air museum. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Ifsahan today, and take in its magnificent buildings. See some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal Naqsh-e-jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikh Lotfullah Mosques, Ali-qapu Palace, and a huge bazaar spanning 5 km. Also visit Si-o-se and Khaju bridges, as well as a traditional Iranian teahouse. Overnight Isfahan. (B/L/D)
DAY 10 Isfahan
Today’s exploration of Ifsahan continues in depth. You will visit the Chehel Sotun Palace, with its forty columns and beautiful frescos, situated within in a pretty garden. Shah Abbas II originally built this palace as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall. Continue onto Jame Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, displaying styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Head to the Armenian quarter and visit Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 – 1655. (B/L/D)
DAY 11 Isfahan – Teheran
Drive to back to Tehran via Kashan. This attractive small oasis city was once a favourite of Shah Abbas I who beautified it and asked to be buried here. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses such as Brujerdi house (a samovar merchant), and also contains some of the most beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. En route to Kashan we will visit Jame Mosque in Natanz, and a qanat, an ancient Persian tunnel system for a reliable supply of water. Overnight Tehran. (B/L/D)
DAY 12 Tehran
After breakfast, and perhaps some last minute sightseeing or shopping (time permitting), transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
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- 11 nights accommodation
- Domestic flights within Iran as specified in the itinerary
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily
- Professional English speaking guide
- Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
- Half litre mineral water per person, per day
- 24/7 Customer Care
How to Book
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