Essential Iran

11 Days
From €569 Per Person

overview

Overview

Iran is the country of The Thousand and One Nights stories. In this tour you will get to experience the oriental atmosphere of these alluring stories. Along with the country’s capital, you will visit the Golden Triangle of Iran: Isfahan with its turquoise domes, Yazd with its labyrinthine old town and Shiraz with famous gardens and citadels. Join us to explore Iran’s must-see attractions.

  • Visiting Iran’s golden Triangle
  • A relaxing look at historic cities
  • Visiting the must-see sights in Iran

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1
Tehran
Our tour of Iran begins in Tehran. After arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport and transfer to hotel and some rest, we will visit Sa'ad Abad Palace Complex in the morning. Then we head to Tehran’s mountainous area Darband for some light trekking, enjoying the beautiful natural scenery and breathing in some fresh air.
Day 2
Tehran
To learn about the history of Iran’s capital, we visit more highlights such as Golestan Palace Complex and Iran National Museum. After enjoying our second Iranian lunch, we visit the National Jewelry Museum. We then go to Qasr Museum which is one of Iran’s oldest jails for political prisoners. Then we take the opportunity to watch some Pahlevani and Zoorkhaneh rituals in the evening.
Day 3
Isfahan
We leave hotel early in the morning and have our breakfast at one of the restaurants on the way to Abyaneh Village (320 km). In Abyaneh we have the chance to get familiar with the history, architecture and anthropology of the area. After lunchtime, we will be back on the track to Isfahan, one of the most beautiful cities of Iran (175 km from Abyaneh).
Day 4
Isfahan
We are going to spend two unforgettable days in Isfahan. First we go to the world-famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square with four highlighted sites located around it: Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque, Ali Qapu and the Traditional Bazaar. After enjoying our lunchtime near one of the world’s largest squares, we head to Hasht Behesht and Chehel Sotun Palace.
Day 5
Isfahan
On our second day in Isfahan, or “Half of the World” as its earliest travelers have described, we visit Vank Cathedral and then the minarets which move: Menar Jonban. The city is home to many historical bridges on the Zayandehrud River. We visit two of these picturesque bridges, namely Si-o-se-pol and Khajou Bridge after lunchtime. Then it’s time to visit Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, a stunning example of the evolution of the mosque architecture over twelve centuries in Iran.
Day 6
Yazd
We leave hotel after breakfast to continue our way to Yazd, the center of the Zoroastrian culture in Iran (320 km). On our way we go to Naein to visit its unique 17th-century mosque. Then we get familiar with traditional Persian residential architectural elements in Meybod. After having lunch, we go to visit Iran’s most important Zoroastrian temple in Chak-Chak village before arriving in Yazd city.
Day 7
Yazd
This is our only day in the city of mud-brick homes. To take the most out of it we visit Yazd’s Jameh Mosque with its magnificent tiled entrance, and then enjoy walking in one of oldest towns on earth, feeling the rich history of Yazd’s old city. After lunchtime we head to Dolat Abad Garden which hosts Iran’s loftiest wind-catcher, with a heigh of over 33 meters. We finish the day by going to the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, a stunning three-story façade.
Day 8
Shiraz
We leave hotel after breakfast to continue our way to one of the most charming cities of Iran, Shiraz (440 km). On our way, we are visit Abarkooh city (155 km from Yazd) which is home to the oldest cypress tree in Iran. It is estimated to be over four millennia old. The second site to visit before getting to Shiraz would be Pasargadae - the remnants of the first Persian Garden and the tomb of the most popular king of ancient Iran, Cyrus the Great. After lunch, we will continue to Shiraz. We check into the hotel and have some rest to prepare for two amazing days in Shiraz.
Day 9
Shiraz
The first day in Shiraz is dedicated to visiting Persepolis (60 km from Shiraz). It is the site of glorious monumental ruins of the ancient civilization of Persia with a total area of 125,000 square meters. After having lunch and visiting Naqsh-e Rostam relief which is close to Persepolis, we return to hotel while entering the city through Quran Gate.
Day 10
Shiraz
The second and last day in Shiraz starts with visiting Karim Khan Citadel right in the center of the city. Then we go to Vakil historical complex with its bath, bazaar and mosque. Enjoying our lunch time in the heart of the city, we then go to Narenjestan-e Qavam garden and Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. With its mystic atmosphere at night, the Hafez tomb will become one of the everlasting scenes from Iran in our minds.
Day 11
Leaving Iran
And finally it’s time to bid farewell to Iran as we are transferred to the airport early in the morning for our return flight home.

Services

Services

Tour services inclusions
  • Iran Visa Application Service
  • Bed & Breakfast Hotels
  • Early Check-in & Late Hotel Check-out
  • Travel Insurance (Coverage Limit: 10,000 Euros)
  • Transfers & Transportation
  • Airport Transfer Service
  • Accompanying English-speaking Guide/Driver-guide
  • Daily Refreshments
  • Domestic Flight(s) as per Itinerary
Tour services exclusions
  • Meals
  • Hotel Extra Charges
  • International Flights
  • Tips & Personal Expenses
  • Entrance Fees
Hotels

Travel Details

What you need to know

      • You can choose this program year-round.
      • Hotels and the type of transportation vehicles may be subject to change as per availability or capacity.
      • These prices are quoted per person in double rooms in groups of 6 people or more