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Zoroastrian Ancestors

14 Days - ZOROASTRIAN ANCESTORS Tour

“Taking the first footstep with a good thought, the second with a good word, and the third with a good deed, I entered paradise.” - Zoroaster

The Sacred Path of Ancient Peace and Power Await you!

Join us on a spectacular 14-day spirit-filled pilgrimage to Iran and visit the most celebrated holy shrines and sacred sites of the Zoroastrian faith, strewn like invisible tears on the ancient Persian landscape.

Since long before the Arab invasion, (which occurred in the 7th century) Iran has been the epicentre and spiritual Motherland of the Zoroastrians. Although many devout followers fled to India to freely practise their faith, a small community remained in the desert city of Yazd in Iran to preserve the traditions and keep the holy fire blazing.

  • Our 14-day path of ancients kicks off in Tehran, we’ll visit the magnificent Golestan Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the Crown Jewels Museum, home to a dazzling collection of jewels amassed throughout history by the kings of Persia. Then we'll head over to the Grand Bazaar to see the wonderful displays of exotic spices, nuts, and fruits, before our evening flight to Shiraz.
  • In Shiraz we’ll stand in awe of the Vakil Mosque and Bazaar. From the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque and citadel of Karim Khan Zand, we’ll travel to Narenjestan Qavam and visit the strikingly lush Gardens of Eram and the glittering Shah Cheragh Shrine.
  • After a hearty breakfast we’re off to the majestic winter capital and ruined city of Persepolis, built by King Darius in 512 BC. From the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, we’ll explore the tombs of the ancient rulers at Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab.
  • Once we’ve admired the tomb of Cyrus the Great we’re then off to Abarkooh to see the ancient cedar tree, also called the ‘Zoroastrian Sarv’, estimated to be over 4000 years, local folklore claims that the tree was planted by Zoroaster himself. We’ll stay overnight at the UNESCO award-winning hotel, Zeinoddin Caravanserai, located in the heart of the desert along the old Silk Road.
  • With the unforgettable starry night sky still fresh in our hearts and minds, we’ll journey to the holy city of Yazd where we’ll visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and marvel at the 3500-year-old burning flame of Atashkadeh Behram. From the Towers of Silence (Dakhme), we’ll stroll through the Dawlat Abad Gardens and spend the day exploring this magnificent ancient city bursting with desert architecture and steeped in sweltering beauty.
  • On day 8 of our holy journey, we’ll enter the ever-dripping spring of Chak Chak, Iran’s most important Zoroastrian Pilgrimage locale. We’ll also have the opportunity to stare in utter amazement at the fire temple of Pir-e Sabz, before moving on to the Zoroastrian villages of Cham and Taft. Then we’re off to the fabled city of Isfahan.
  • After a glorious night in the Kowsar Hotel, it’s time to discover the treasures of Isfahan, where we’ll visit the famed Ali Qapu, Chehel Sotoun, Hasht Behesht, the Naqsh-e Jahan complex, the Abbasi Mosque, and the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque. Naturally, we’ll make time to pick up some unique souvenirs at the Bazaar before heading to the oasis town of Kashan.
  • In Kashan we’ll see the Boroujerdi Historical House, an exquisite example of Persian architecture along with Sialk Hill and Fin Garden, a UNESCO Heritage site where you can stroll through 500 year old cedar trees. After lunch at one of Kashan’s most elegant historical houses, we’ll make our way towards the bright lights of Tehran.
  • After a fantastic final night in the Ferdowsi Hotel, it’s time to depart this astonishing, sprit-filled space with a breakfast transfer to the IKA airport.
  • Whether devoted Zoroastrian, respectful Muslim, or curious traveller, Iran endows every soul who visits her with an inspirational touch that will never fade. Come explore her hidden wonders and lift the veil on ancient treasures that transcend time, space, faith, and empire.

14 days - Discover the ancient Zoroastrian religion of Persia.

Suggested flights: Most international flights arrive into Tehran between midnight and 06:30am.
Note: International flights to and from Iran are not included in the tour price, contact us for assistance or information.


Day 1: Tehran. Meet and greet at 17:00 in the hotel. Then we’re off to explore the cool and green Darband Mountain area, dotted with traditional restaurants, where you can feast on the best kebabs in Tehran, served with hot flat breads and crispy pickles, followed by an after dinner ‘Ghayloon’, an authentic water pipe, or shisha, flavoured with apple and rose, amidst an incredibly scenic, outdoor setting of fresh mountains and waterfalls.

Overnight: Tehran
Accommodation: Ferdowsi Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 2: On the second day in Tehran we’ll visit the magnificent Golestan Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, and the Crown Jewels Museum, home to a dazzling collection of jewels amassed throughout history by the kings of Persia. Then we’ll head over to the Grand Bazaar to see the wonderful displays of exotic spices, nuts, and fruits, before our evening flight to Shiraz. Tonight we’ll visit Haft Khan, a restaurant complex which takes its name from the poet Ferdowsi’s epic masterpiece ‘Shahname’, or Book of Kings, and serves up local Shirazi dishes fit for a ‘Shah’.

Overnight: Shiraz
Accommodation: Zandiye Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Flight Tehran - Shiraz: 1 hour 20 minutes


Day 3: We’ll start the day visiting the highlights of Shiraz - the Vakil Mosque and Vakil Bazaar, Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, citadel of Karim Khan Zand, Narenjestan Qavam and then take a stroll through the rose gardens, orange blossoms, and pomegranate trees of the beautiful Eram Gardens. This evening we’ll visit the glittering Shah Cheragh shrine and the tomb of the famous Persian poet Hafez.

Overnight: Shiraz
Accommodation: Zandiye Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 4: On day four we arrange a morning excursion to the magnificent ruined city of Persepolis, the winter capital created by the Zoroastrian King Darius in 512 BC. We’ll also visit the nearby Zoroastrian Fire Temple and the tombs of Darius and three of his successors at Naqsh-e Rostam and Naqsh-e Rajab. We’ll have lunch at a very rustic, traditional cottage, where we’ll be treated to delicious food, and you can watch performances of local music and even join in the ancient art of carpet weaving. Return to Shiraz.

Overnight: Shiraz
Accommodation: Zandiye Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: After breakfast, we’ll make our way towards Yazd, the spiritual homeland of all Zoroastrians. We’ll stop at Pasargadae, where we’ll visit the tomb of King Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire and one of the most important figures in ancient Persian history. Then we're off to Abarkooh to see the ancient cedar tree, also called the ‘Zoroastrian Sarv’, estimated to be over 4000 years, local folklore claims that the tree was planted by Zoroaster himself. Continuing on to Zeinoddin Caravanserai, a traditional hotel located in the heart of the desert and which received 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006. We’ll have dinner under the starry desert sky.

Overnight: Zeinoddin Caravanserai
Accommodation: Zeinoddin Caravanserai
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Shiraz - Pasargadae: 1 hour 41 minutes
Pasargadae - Abarkooh: 1 hour 58 minutes
Abarkooh - Zeinoddin Caravanserai: 2 hours 18 minutes


Day 6: This morning we’ll make our way to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Atashkadeh Behram in Yazd with its 3500 year old flame. We will also visit the Dakhme (Towers of Silence). In the evening we’ll go to a ‘Zurkhaneh’ - House of Strength, to watch an ancient sporting ritual which fuses spiritual elements of Zoroastrianism, Shia Islam and Sufism.

Overnight: Yazd
Accommodation: Moshir al Mamalak Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Zeinoddin Caravanserai - Yazd: 1 hour


Day 7: After breakfast we'll spend the day exploring this ancient city with its amazing desert architecture and stunning beauty. We'll also visit the UNESCO protected Dowlat Abad Gardens. Yazd is the confectionary capital of Iran, so we’ll include a visit to the 100 year old, Haj Khalifeh Ali Rahbar sweet shop where you can indulge your sweet tooth with ‘Shirini Yazdi’, or Yazdi sweets.

Overnight: Yazd
Accommodation: Moshir al Mamalak Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 8: Today we’ll go on an excursion to Chak Chak, Iran’s most important Zoroastrian Pilgrimage Site and visit the Zoroastrian Temple of Pir-e Sabz. Each year in June thousands of Zoroastrians from all over the world flock to the annual festival at the fire temple of Pir-e Sabz. Then on to visit the quaint Zoroastrian villages of Cham and Taft.

Overnight: Yazd
Accommodation: Moshir al Mamalak Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Yazd - Chak Chak: 1 hour 30 minutes
Chak Chak - Taft: 1 hour 42 minutes
Taft - Cham: 10 minutes
Cham - Yazd: 21 minutes


Day 9: Today is spent travelling to the fabled city of Isfahan. Stopping first at Meybod to see the mud-brick Narein Castle, Pigeon Tower and the Caravanserai, a 16th century roadside inn that once provided respite for weary travellers and camels along the Silk Road. Here we’ll have lunch within the old niches of the Caravanserai, exactly as the caravan traders of old. Then we’re off to Nain, famed for high-quality carpets and textiles, we’ll visit the Jam’e Mosque, and the beautiful Pirnia House and Ethnography Museum. Continue to Isfahan.

Overnight: Isfahan
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Yazd - Meybod: 54 minutes
Meybod - Nain: 1 hour 27 minutes
Nain - Isfahan 1 hour 53 minutes


Day 10: Day 10: After a comfortable sleep in the Kowsar Hotel, it’s time to explore Isfahan, known as ‘nisf jahan’ or half the world, due to its illustrious history and beauty. We’ll start in the majestic Naqsh-e Jahan Square, once used for royal gatherings and polo playing, today it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, continuing on to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the beautiful palaces of Ali Qapu and Chehel Sotoun. Then we’re off to lunch where we’ll have the chance to sample the local ‘Isfahani Beryani’, a specially prepared patty of spiced minced lamb served on freshly baked flat breads, sprinkled with cinnamon, and served with a glass of ‘Doogh’, a fizzy yogurt and mint drink. There’s also time for shopping in the Bazaar before heading back to the hotel.

Overnight: Isfahan
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 11: In the morning we’ll visit the Ateshkadeh Fire Temple, dating back 4500 years. Then we’ll move on to the Armenian Quarter and stop at one of its famous cafes before continuing on to the Jam’e Mosque and the 15th century Vank Cathedral with its stunning frescos and gilded carvings. In the evening, we’ll take a walk along the historical bridges Kajou and Sio-Se Pol, where locals gather to drink tea and sing folk songs.

Overnight: Isfahan
Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 12: The next day we head off to the 1500 year old Zoroastrian village of Abyaneh, where we’ll visit a Fire Temple and you’ll have time to explore the picturesque streets of the village. We’ll then continue on to the enchanting oasis town Kashan. Here, we’ll see the beauty of Iranian architecture at the impressive Borujerdi House and Tabatabaei House. Later we’ll visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fin Garden, where we’ll walk among trickling fountains and 500 year old cedar trees.

Overnight: Kashan
Accommodation: Saraye Ameriha Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Isfahan - Abyaneh: 1 hour 43 minutes
Abyahneh - Kashan: 1 hour 19 minutes


Day 13: After breakfast, we’ll visit the exquisite Kashan bazaar for any last minute souvenirs. We’ll have time to see the mosque, hammam and traditional teahouses before heading off for a superb lunch at one of Kashan’s many elegant historical houses. Then we’ll start the drive towards Tehran. Evening at leisure in Tehran.

Overnight: Tehran
Accommodation: Ferdowsi Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Kashan - Tehran: 2 hours 55 minutes


Day 14: After breakfast transfer to IKA Tehran Airport

Note: Itinerary is subject to change slightly depending on seasons, schedule and opening times.

Day 1: Ferdowsi Hotel, Tehran (or similar)

Day 2, 3 & 4: Zandiye Hotel, Shiraz (or similar)

Day 5: Zeinoddin Caravanserai

Day 6, 7 & 8: Moshir al Mamalak Hotel, Yazd (or similar)

Day 9, 10 & 11: Kowsar Hotel, Isfahan (or similar)

Day 12: Saraye Ameriha Hotel, Kashan (or similar)

Day 13: Ferdowsi Hotel, Tehran (or similar)

Mouth-watering ‘Gormeh’ Persian Cuisine at your fingertips

Iran is a food lover’s gourmet dream come true. Most people, will no doubt be familiar with the caviar, kebab, and sweet Bazaar candies, but dare to treat your taste buds to some local specialities and you will discover a scrumptious melting pot of unique tastes.

This fertile Persian oasis is bursting at the seams with exotic aromas, fresh new flavours, and a host of weird sounding but lip-smacking delicious dishes like Fesenjan (Pomegranate Walnut Stew), Zereshk Polo (Jewelled Saffron Rice with Barberries), Gormeh Sabzi (Lamb Herb Stew), and Dizi (a traditional Meat Stew served in a small crock pot).

Come savour Chelow Kebab (the national dish of Kebab and Rice), Sangak, (hot freshly baked flatbread), Tahdig (Crispy Rice), and Bastani (scented Ice Cream) in every flavour of the rainbow.




MAKING A BOOKING IS EASY!

1. Download our Booking Form, fill in your details and send by Email. Or, if you prefer to speak with us, you can call on 020 7129 8131.

2. We will then send you guidance on payment requirements for your chosen dates and tour. You can pay by credit or debit card, or directly to our bank account.

3. Once we receive your payment, we will send you a detailed invoice and confirmation of your holiday. That’s it!

All that's left for you to do is get ready for your big adventure, Iran here we come!

Duration

: 14 days

Guide Price

: € 0.00
per person based on a twin / double shared room

Single Supplement

: € 0.00

Meals:

Breakfast Daily

Accommodation:

All accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary PRICES BASED ON TWIN/DOUBLE SHARE OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AVAILABLE

Transport:
  • Transfers to and from the Airport
  • All land transportation in our air conditioned vehicles
  • 1 domestic flight from Tehran to Shiraz
  • Driver
  • English speaking private guide
Activities:

All entrance fees for visiting places named in the itinerary

Let us know the dates you want to travel as all our tours are tailor-made and fully adaptable to your personal requirements.

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