This compact programme allows you to sample the very best of Iran from its stunning ancient history and dramatic landscapes to its truly hospitable people and wondrous architecture. Sample some of the many wonders of Persian culture with this great itinerary perfect for those with the curiosity to go beyond the usual tourist destinations.
- View the exquisite beauty of the 17th century bridges of Isfahan.
- Stand amongst the remnants of Persepolis one of the grandest cities of antiquity.
- Gaze in awe at the absolutely stunning frescoes adorning the Vank Cathedral.
Day 1: Tehran (B)
Upon arrival at Imam Khomeini International Airport you will be met at by our local representative who will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind from your travels and begin soaking up the atmosphere of Iran.
Day 2: Tehran – Shiraz (B)
After breakfast you will begin your discovery of Iran with a tour of some of the highlights of the capital city, Tehran. The Bastan Museum houses many fine artefacts that highlight some of the history of this land which reaches back to the dawn of civilisation. Having at various times been ruled by the Turks, the Mongols, and Arabs, the centre of the Persian world has an ancient and fascinating history which you will sample at the National Museum of Iran.
Following a trip to the Carpet Museum where you will gain an insight into the finer intricacies of the world-renowned Persian carpets (very handy if you intend on purchasing one as a souvenir), you will be transferred to the airport and your flight to Shiraz. One of Iran’s most ancient cities (first mentioned in clay tablets dated to 2000BC), Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, and wine. You will visit the tombs of two of Iran’s most renowned poets, Hafex and Saadi, as well as the stunningly picturesque Nasir ol Molk Mosque before being taken to your hotel.
Day 3: Shiraz – Persepolis – Isfahan (B)
We depart from Shiraz via the Quran gate. First built in the 9th Century, it was Karim Khan Zand who built the room over the main arch where the Quran was kept. It was intended to protect the travellers passing through the arch, blessing them with Islamic protection through the holy book.
45 km north of Shiraz we stop at Persepolis the outstanding ceremonial palace of the Achaemenians and one of the great cities of antiquity (550BC). This UNESCO heritage site was conquered by Alexander the Great who, reputedly in a drunken stupor, ordered his generals to sack and burn the city – only to wake up the next day furious that his army had followed his drunken orders!
After returning to Shiraz you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Isfahan.
Day 4: Isfahan (B)
Your day in Isfahan begins with a visit to Naghshe Johan Square, a huge open square in the center of Isfahan in which listed as UNESCO heritage and depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 20,000 rials banknote. The square periphery is marked by outstanding Safavid buildings which include the Ali Qapu palace, the Imam Mosque, the Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) mosque, and to the north the expansive bazaar where we can see artisans crafting metal work, Persian miniatures, printing intricate designs on cloth and other activities.
You will then visit Chehel Setoun Palace. The name Chehel Setoun means "Forty Columns" in Persian, and was inspired by the twenty slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion, which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, appear to be forty. The palace is ornately decorated with wall and ceiling paintings which are true masterpieces from Safavid times.
Day 5: Isfahan – Tehran (B)
After breakfast at your hotel you will continue your exploration of Isfahan, once one of the most populous cities in the world, with a visit to Jame Mosque, the exquisite Hasht Behesht Garden, then onto the incredible Si-o-Se Pol (thirty-three arches) and Khajoo bridges spanning the Zayanderud River. The Si-o-Se Pol was completed in 1602 and is a true marvel of ancient engineering and beauty. The Vank Cathedral with its absolutely stunning frescos is the next experience, and is a fitting way to end your time in Isfahan prior to being transferred to the airport for your flight back to Tehran.
Day 6: Tehran (B)
This morning at leisure for one last steep in the history of Iran and the friendliness of the people prior to your transfer to Imam Khomeini International Airport and your onward flight.
- Authorization number for visa
- Accommodation (05 nights) mentioned in itinerary (with breakfast) in DBL/TWIN occupancy.
- Daily bottled mineral water - Portages
- All Transfers on Air conditioned Vehicle
- All costs of local professional English speaking guide
- Meet & assist services in Airport (Arrival – Departure)
- All road permits taxes parking charges etc.
- All entrance fees (Mentioned in Itinerary)
- 3 Domestic flights (Tehran to Shiraz) (Shiraz to Isfahan) and (Isfahan to Tehran)
- Visas ( unless specified)
- Travel insurance ( compulsory)
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal expenses
- Porterage ( unless small group and specified)
- Meals not specified or hotel / cruise minibar
- Optional sightseeing or activities
- International airfares
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above.
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