14 Days - MAGICAL PERSIA Tour

Come for a fortnight in search of ancient Persia, and allow us to introduce you to the New Iran. Like the mythical phoenix of old, Iran is slowly rising from the ageless ashes of empire and conquest and her priceless treasures are now open to be enjoyed by intrepid travellers, adventurous honeymooners and devout followers alike. Take a look at the magic experiences that await:

  • We kick off with a visit to the Nasir Al-Mulk mosque, stroll through the citadel of Karim Khan Zand, and stop at the Vakil Mosque and Bazaar, Narenjestan Qavam, and lush greenery of the Eram gardens.
  • From Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, and Naqsh-e Rajab Shiraz in Shiraz, we head to the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi and stop over at the famed Quran Gate. Next up, it’s the ancient cedar tree of Abarkooh in Yazd, the tomb of Cyrus the great in Pasargadae, the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and the Fire Temple.
  • After a stop at the Yazd Jam'e Mosque, we head to the Fahadan neighbourhood in the Old City and explore Amir Chakhmaq Square. From Isfahan we’ll explore Meybod with a visit to the Caravanserai, pigeon's Tower, Ice Storage, the Nain, Jam'e mosque, and conclude the day at the Ethnography Museum.
  • Still in Isfahan, we’ll spend time at the Naqsh-e Jahan complex, visit the Chehel Sotoun, Ali Qapu, and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and take in the Abbasi and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques. We’ll also get to discover the Vank Armenian cathedral, Atigh Jam'e Mosque, and drive to Abyane and Matin Abad Desert Camp for a tour of the historical village and a bit of unforgettable stargazing in the evening.
  • Driving to Tehran, via Kashan, we’ll stop at the Boroujerdi Old House, Sialk hill, Fin Garden. Once refreshed, we’ll go see the Golestan palace, visit the Milad Tower, and marvel at the treasures of the Archeology, Crown Jewels, and Carpet Museums.
  • From the Sa'ad Abad Palace Complex, and Darband Mountain area, we’ll explore the Niavaran Palace and grab a bite at the Tarjish Bazaar. Setting off to Tabriz, via Soltaniye, we’ll visit the tomb of Oljaito (Soltaniye dome), Azerbayjan museum, Blue Mosque, El-Goli Lake, Iron Age museum, and Constitutional house.

Explore as much of Iran as possible in this compact two week tour.

Suggested flights: Most international flights arrive into Shiraz between midnight and 03:00am.

Note: International flights to and from Iran are not included in the tour price, contact us for assistance or information.


Day 1: Shiraz, the city of "Poets and Gardens". Meet and greet at 12:00. Our tour starts at 12:30, where we have time to visit many places of interest - including the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, and Naranjestan Palace, before making our way to the evocative Vakil Bazaar to explore its labrynthine alleys and stalls brimming with exotic spices, sweets, fruits, nuts, and saffron. Later, we'll visit the beautiful Eram Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stroll through its orange blossoms and pomegranate trees.

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


Day 2: This morning we'll take an excursion to see the ruins at magnificent Persepolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire before moving on to Naqsh-e Rustom, a spectatular complex of artworks and rock tombs of 4 Achaemenid kings; Darius I, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes I and Darius II, dating back to the first millennium BC. In the afternoon it's back to Shiraz to visit the esteemed tomb of the mystical poet Hafez before heading over to the glittering Shah Cheragh Shrine.

Overnight: Shiraz
Accommodation: Homa Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Shiraz - Persepolis: 1 hour
Persepolis - Naqsh-e Rustom: 10 minutes
Naqsh-e Rostam - Shiraz: 56 minutes


Day 3: The third day is spent travelling to the desert town of Yazd, stopping off along the way at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae, where we'll visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire and one of the most important figures in ancient Persian history. Around Pasargadae, we'll have lunch at a very rustic, traditional cottage, where we'll be treated to delicious food and have the chance to experience a traditional way of life, watch performances of local music and even join in the ancient art of carpet weaving. Continue driving to Yazd.

Overnight: Yazd
Accommodation: Moshir al Mamalak hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Shiraz - Pasargadae: 1 hour 45 minutes
Pasargadae - Yazd: 3 hours 56 minutes


Day 4: Yazd is home to the Zoroastrian religion, so we'll see The Towers of Silence, the atmospheric burial ground, and a Zoroastrian Fire Temple with a sacred flame which has been burning for thousands of years. We'll also explore Amir Chakhmaq Square, the Yazd Jam'e Mosque and the winding streets of the old neighbourhood before taking an afternoon break in the UNESCO protected Dowlat Abad gardens. In the evening we'll visit a 'Zurkhaneh' - or 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


Day 5: The following day we move on again, with an early morning drive to the glorious city of Isfahan via 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.Then we'll continue on to Nain, famed for high-quality carpets and textiles, here we'll visit the Jam'e Mosque, and the beautiful Pirnia House and Ethnography Museum.

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 6: 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, then we're off to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the trio of beautiful palaces; Ali Qapu, Chehel Sotoun and Hasht Behesht.

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


Day 7: In the morning we'll head off to take in the heady sights and smells of the Bazaar with its many street-food stalls, where you can try delicious local delights. Then we'll move on to the Armenian Quarter and stop at one of its famous cafes before continue on to see 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, sing folk songs and watch the world go by.

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


Day 8: On day eight we venture into the desert! As a small group we'll drive to Abyaneh for a tour of the historical village, before driving out to the Matin Abad eco desert camp, where you can check out the organic farm, or even ride camels. In the afternoon, take a walk through sand dunes and at night it's a perfect spot for stargazing under the vast desert night sky.

Overnight: Matin Abad desert camp
Accommodation: Matin Abad desert camp
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Isfahan - Abyaneh: 2 hours 18 minutes
Abyaneh - Matin Abad: 57 minutes


Day 9: The next day we head off to Kashan, we'll see the beauty of Iranian architecture at the impressive Boroujerdi House and Tabatabie House. Later we'll visit the ancient Sialk Ziggurt before heading off to another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fin Garden, where we'll walk among trickling fountains and 500 year old cedar trees. Then we continue driving on to Tehran to check in at our hotel. We spend two full days in the capital to see the sights.

Overnight: Tehran
Accommodation: Azadi Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast
Travel Times:
Matin Abad - Kashan: 57 minutes
Kashan - Tehran: 2 hours 50 minutes


Day 10: In the morning the first place we visit is the magnificent Golestan Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. We'll also visit the Archeology Museum and Carpet Museum, where you can see first-hand the exquisite beauty of Persian carpets before taking an evening visit to Tabiat Bridge, to see the stunning night lights and views over the city.

Overnight: Tehran
Accommodation: Azadi Hotel - or similar
Meals: breakfast


Day 11: On the second day in Tehran we'll visit the galleries, museums, and gardens of the Sa'ad Abad Palace Complex, a 300 hectare complex built by the Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs. Then we'll make our way to Tarjish Bazaar for some shopping time to pick up souvenirs. Then it's off to explore the cool and green Darband Mountain area, dotted with traditional restaurants, where we'll have dinner amidst an incredibly scenic, outdoor setting of fresh mountains and waterfalls.

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


Day 12: Day twelve is spent travelling to Tabriz, on the way we'll stop at the impressive tomb of the Mongol ruler Khan Oljeitu (Soltaniyeh Dome), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stunning example of Persian architecture. Almost 25m in diameter and 48m high, today it's the world's tallest brick dome, and at the time of construction in the year 1302 it was the tallest building in the entire world. Continue driving to Tabriz.

Overnight: Tabriz
Accommodation: Pars Hotel - or similar
Meals: breakfast
Travel Times:
Tehran - Soltaniyeh Dome: 3 hours 20 minutes
Soltaniyeh Dome - Tabriz: 3 hours 41 minutes


Day 13: After a relaxing evening, we'll spend the next day sightseeing and shopping in Tabriz. We'll visit the 15th century Blue Mosque decorated with blue tiles and floral motifs, the charming Qajar-era Constitutional House, Azerbayjan Museum and Iron Age Museum. You'll also have time to go to the lake at El-Goli Park, full of quaint restaurants and cafes, before checking out the fabulous Bazaar.

Overnight: Tabriz
Accommodation: Pars Hotel - or similar
Meals: Breakfast


Day 14: Enjoy breakfast and then we'll take an excursion to the magical troglodyte village of Kandovan. Here we'll spend the day visiting the sights, ancient caves, and gazing at the incredible volcanic scenery. You'll have a chance to buy some of the best natural honey in the world before returning back to Tabriz. Evening transfer to Tabriz International Airport.

Travel times:
Tabriz - Kandovan: 1 hour
Turkish Airways international flights depart after midnight from Tabriz International Airport.


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

Day 1 & 2: Homa Hotel, Shiraz (or similar)

Day 3 & 4: Moshir al Mamalak Hotel, Yazd (or similar)

Day 5, 6 & 7: Kowsar Hotel, Isfahan (or similar)

Day 8: Matinabad Camp

Day 9, 10 & 11: Azadi Hotel, Tehran (or similar)

Day 12 & 13: Pars Hotel, Tabriz (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.




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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
  • Driver
  • English speaking private guide
Activities:

All entrance fees for visiting places named in the itinerary

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