- DAY 01: ARRIVE IN TEHRAN
- DAY 02: TEHRAN SIGHTSEEING
- DAY 03: TEHRAN
- DAY 04: FLY TO SHIRAZ
- DAY 05: SHIRAZ
- DAY 06: SHIRAZ
- DAY 07: SHIRAZ – YAZD
- DAY 08: YAZD
- DAY 09: YAZD – ISFAHAN
- DAY 10: ISFAHAN
- DAY 11: ISFAHAN
- DAY 12: ISFAHAN
- DAY 13: ISFAHAN – ABYANEH – KASHAN – GHAMSAR
- DAY 14: GHAMSAR – KASHAN – QOM – TEHRAN
- DAY 15: TEHRAN
- DAY 16: DEPARTURE
- 13 night’s hotel accommodation based on double occupancy.
- Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with three special meals.
- English speaking professional tour guide who is superb in his/her field.
- All entry fees to places mentioned in the itinerary.
- Transportation with AC 32- or 45-seat bus.
- One domestic flight in Iran.
Tour NOT Include:
- Personal expenses.
- Drinks with included meals (except tea or coffee for breakfast.)
- Gratuities for guides and drivers.
- Visa for Iran.
- Travel insurance
- Tehran Laleh Hotel
- Shiraz Pars Hotel
- Yazd Dad Hotel
- Isfahan Abbasi Hotel
- Ghamsar Golestan Hotel
Day 01: Fly to Tehran, Iran and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: A tour of Tehran including the Qajar-period Golestan Palace/Museum Complex dating from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.
Day 03: Today will be a full-day tour of Tehran, including the Jewelry Museum, Gardens, Tabiiyat Bridge, Darband and Milad Tower.
Day 04: Fly to Shiraz and transfer to hotel.
Day 05: Full day tour of Shiraz including visits to Eram Garden, tomb of the great lyric poets Hafez and Sa’adi; pink-tiled 19th century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque; Arg-e-Karim Khani citadel; Qajar-period Narenjestan Garden/House; Vakil Bazaar of Shiraz; Masjed-e Vakil and Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh.
Option of walking through the bazaar with the tour guide.
Day 06: Full day excursion to Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings. Visit the ruins of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, as well as the Ka’be-Zardosht fire temple/sanctuary, the Royal Tombs, and several Sassanian rock-reliefs. There will also be a visit to the rock tombs of Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab.
Day 07: Travel to Yazd via bus (400 km, 6 hours).
On the way to Yazd, visit Pasargadae with the Citadel area, Palace area, tomb of Cyrus and surroundings, and the Sacred Precincts. We then continue to Abarkouh where we will visit the Ice House, Gonbad Ali Dome, and Jameh Mosque. We will have lunch with the locals.
Day 08: Sightseeing tour in Yazd, the center for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community. Upon availability, meet and speak with members of the Zoroastrian community. We will also visit one of the two 17th-century Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, until recently used for disposing of the dead. If possible, we will have a peak at the modern Zoroastrian cemetery nearby. We will also see the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Ateshkadeh, whose fire has been burning for 1500 years.
Other important sites will include the Friday Mosque (with the highest portal and minarets in Iran), the Seljuk Shrine dedicated to the 12 Shi’ite Imams, the Ziaieyeh Theological School, Bogheh-ye Seyed Roknaddin, Khan-e Lari, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Yazd Water Museum, and Bagh-e Doulat Abad beautiful pavilion set amid quiet gardens.
Day 09: Travel to Isfahan via bus (300 km, 4.5 hours)
Activities: We will visit Naein with its traditional architecture and restored with restored traditional houses dotting the town. We will visit one of them, a 17th century private house. En route, there is another town, Meybod, which offers interesting places to visit such as the pre Islamic Castle of Narin, mud brick ice-house, and the most complete ancient caravanserai complex of Robat.
Day 10: Full day tour of Isfahan the 17th century Safavid capital. Visit the famous bridges of Sharestan/Khajou/Sio-se-pol; the Cathedral of Vank in the Armenian quarter; and the grand Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan Square that houses a palace and two impressive mosques. We will visit the Imam Mosque and the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque visit university classes and a hospital instead, and Ali Qapu Palace. Finish with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar.
Day 11: Another full day of sightseeing including the Friday Mosque, considered a museum of a thousand years of Persian architecture. Also, visit the Harun-e-Valayat Shrine, the Ali Minaret, and the 17th century Sotun Palace. Finish with a stop at the 1670 Hasht Behesht Pavilion, also known as the Pavilion of the Eight Paradises or the Palace of the Nightingales.
Day 12: A short excursion to visit Atashgah Fire Temple, Menar Jonban “Shaking Minarets,” Marbin Bridge, and the newly restored Hammam-e-Aliqoli Khan, which now houses an ethnographic museum displaying the customs and rituals of traditional bathhouses. We will return to the Maidan for walking and interaction with locals, for whom the Maidan is a favorite Friday evening destination.
Day 13: Travel to Abyaneh (140 km, 1.5 hrs)-and Kashan (68 km, 1 hr)
Activities: We will drive to Abyaneh, one of the most fascinating villages in the country. Recognized by UNESCO for its antiquity and uniqueness, the village provides the perfect antidote to the bustling cities. Then we will continue to Kashan where we will have a cooking class and have lunch. After lunch, we will visit this very old town with its city walls, traditional houses (Khan-e Borujerdi and Khan-e Tabatabaie), Agha Bozorg Mosque, Madraseh, and Fin Garden (Bagh-e Tarikhi-ye Fin). We will then drive to Ghamsar for the night.
Day 14: Travel to Tehran with stops in Kashan and Qom (Kashan-Qom: 100 km, 1.5 hrs), Qom-Tehran 146 km, 2.5 hrs)
Activities: After spending sometime in Kashan, we will continue to Qom, the holy city. Today it remains one of the most conservative places in the country. We will see the Hazrat-e Masumeh Shrine from outside. We then continue to Tehran.
Day 15: Morning visit to the Sa’ad Abad Complex to see the Green and White Palaces of the former Pahlavi Kings. In the afternoon, we will visit the National Museum, Glass and Ceramics Museum, and Carpet Museum.
Day 16: In the morning, we will be transfer to the airport to fly home.