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   PERSIA IN DEPTH extensive 14 days /14 nights  


Important :
You can get an airport visa to use this tour, if you qualify for the new airport visa.

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Itinerary Summary
Day  

Fr.   Tehran : City tour
Sa.   Tehran : City tour
Su.   Tehran Qom
Kashan
: City tour
Mo.   Kashan Abyaneh Isfahan
Tu.   Isfahan : City tour
We.   Isfahan : City tour
Th.   Isfahan Naein  
Meybod   Yazd
Fr.   Yazd : City tour
Sa.   Yazd Abarkooh Pasargadae
Naghsh-e-Rostam Persepolis Shiraz
Su.   Shiraz : City Tour
Mo.   Shiraz : City Tour
Tu.   Shiraz Bavanat Meymand
  Kerman
We.   Kerman : Excursion to Rayen, Mahan and Kaluts
Th.   Kerman : City Tour Tehran

 

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Tour Highlights
- more than 13 cities in 4 provinces of Iran
- 10 UNESCO World Heritage listings (U)
- more than 75 tourist attractions
 

Tour Facts
 Activity Cultural - Sightseeing
 Accommodation
2 nights - Hotel in Tehran
1 nights - Hotel in Kashan
3 nights - Hotel in Isfahan
2 nights - Hotel in Yazd
3 nights - Hotel in Shiraz
2 nights - Hotel in Kerman
1 night - 1st Class train (n/a if you select to fly)
 Transport Air-conditioned bus/minibus/car, 1st Class Train
 Meals B - 13 L - 0 D - 0

Service Includes

. Hotel accommodation as mentioned
. Meals as mentioned above
. Comfortable A/C Vehicle for all transports
. 1st Class Sleeper train ticket
. All mentioned  sightseeing with English speaking guides

Service Excludes

. International airfare
. Personal insurance
. Visa stamp fee
. Expenses of personal nature
. Tips & Portages
. Entrance fees

 

Price (in EUR)
  DBL./Twin Share SGL. Supp.
 Standard Class (3-4* hotels) 1435.00 395.00
 Superior Class (4-5* hotels) 1895.00 745.00
 Departure :  every week

Options & Extensions
 Pre & Post Accommodation
 Caspian Sea Side Trip
 Azarbaijan Side Trip
 Ecbatana (Hamadan & Kermanshah) Side Trip
 Susa Side Trip
 Mashad Side Trip
 Persian Gulf Side Trip
 Ski Tour
 Desert Adventure

 

Itinerary in detail

The Persian culture, history and warm people have been irresistible draws to travelers 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 ITINERARY : 

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 compund of Royal palaces used during Pahlavi era. Our last stop is Darband, which is a vally in 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 show 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 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 with 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 anthropologic 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 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 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. O/N Isfahan

DAY 6 ISFAHAN 
Free time / optional programmes, O/N Isfahan
On a 2nd tour of Isfahan, we visit the Shaking Minarets and Atashgah, remains of an ancient fire temple. 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 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 showning 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 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 windcathcers. Yazd was a refuge for Zoroastrians after 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 the proceed to The Towers of Silence, used until 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 > NAGHSH-E-ROSTAM > 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. Travelers 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 Qajae 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 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 bath houses with wax statues showing the relevant costumes and traditions.  Karimkhani Citadel, the Zand dynasty’s headquarters is our last stop in this tour.  O/N Shiraz

DAY 11 SHIRAZ
On a 2nd tour of Shiraz, we visit Afifabad Garden, formerly a royal mansion and now used as a museum of historical weapons.
We then drive to visit Eram garden, part of the city’s botanical gardens  and a UNESCO world heritage site. We then visit Saadi and  Hafiz Memorials where Iranians gather to commemorate their most popular poets who lived in Shiraz in the 13th and 14th centuries. O/N Shiraz

DAY 12 SHIRAZ > BAVANAT > MEYMAND > KERMAN
On a long drive to Kerman, we stop in Bavanat rural region to visit the rural and nomadic life style of the locals, before arriving 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 > KERMAN
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  mudbrick Rayen Castle,  similar to UNESCO Wolrd Heritage registred Bam Citadel which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2003. Our next  is Shahzdeh (Prince) Garden, registered in the UNESCO World Heritage list as a Persian gardens. 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 magnificient architectural masterpieces in old Persia. Rest of the day is dedicated to visiting the Kaluts, magnificient 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 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. 
In the evenig we get on the 1st Class Kerman-Tehran night train. Alternatively, you can get a flight to Tehran or proceed to other destinations.

 

 

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