This discovery tour fits those willing to go deeper into the history, architecture and culture of Iran throughout thousands of years of history, covering very different landscapers.
Tour Name: Discovering Persia
Tour Code: CY24
Price: From 859 €* Per Person
Theme(s): Explorer (History & Culture)
Duration: 14 days & 13 nights
Route: Tehran (2n), Hamadan (1n), Kermanshah (1n), Dezful (1n), Shushtar (1n), Shiraz (2n), (Yazd (1n), Isfahan (2n), Kashan (1n), Tehran (1n)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Golestan Palace, Bisotun, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Shushtar Watermills, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Eram Garden, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan Jameh Mosque, Fin Royal Garden.
Other Highlights: Saad Abad Palace, Carpet Museum, National Museum, Esther & Mordecai Shrine, Hegmataneh Pre-historical Hill, Taghe Bostan, Anahita Temple, Susa Museum, Chateau de Suse, Bishapur Ancient City, Chowgan Canyon Bas-Reliefs, Shiraz Vakil Bazaar, Yazd Jameh Mosque, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Vank Cathedral, Agha Bozorg Theological School, Boroujerdi’s & Tabatabaei Historical Residences.
Summary: This discovery tour fits those willing to go deeper into the history, architecture and culture of Iran throughout thousands of years of history, covering very different landscapers.
*For groups of 20 travelers and more
Day 1: Welcome to Tehran
Evening flight to Tehran and (late night) arrival at Imam Khomeini Airport. Epic Persia’s tour director welcomes you at Imam Khomeini International Airport. Transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Tehran Tour
Sightseeing will start by visiting Saad Abad Palace, a green palace complex of the last kingdom, Shah and his father, Reza Shah. Then visit to Carpet Museum, which showcases some of the most beautiful and world famous fine Hand-weaved Persian Carpets.
Next visit will be National Museum, the largest museum in the country with a rich pre- and post-Islam archaeological & art collections.
Then you will find yourself in another palace complex called Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest royal residence in Tehran that was built first in 16th century by Safavid dynasty and reconstructed in 18th and 19th century by Qajar Dynasty.
Day 3: Hamadan
Visit to one of the oldest cities in Iran, Hamadan previously known as Hegmataneh, the capital of Medes, the first Arian dynasty.
After lunch visit to Iran’s holiest place for Jewish people from all over the world, Shrine of Queen Esther & Mordecai. Esther was spouse of Xerxes and Mordecai was her uncle.
Afterwards, visit to Ganjnameh, the Achaemenid rock inscription in a cool area and a favorite pick-nick spot for the locals.
Day 4: Kermanshah via Kangavar & Bisotun
morning visit to pre-historical Hegmataneh Hill.
Afterwards, Departure for Kermanshah (190 Km). En route you visit 2300-year-old Anahita Temple in Kangavar, built in honor of Anahita, female guardian angel or goddess of waters.
Then proceeding to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bisotun Bas-relief, one of the most important historical documents in Iran, describing Darius the Great suppressing rebellions.
Finally, visit to Taq-e Bostan historical park that showcases some great and impressing bas-reliefs.
Day 5: Kermanshah, Khorramabad & Dezful
Morning visit to Tekieh Mo’aven-ol Molk, the ritual gathering place famous for its variegated and colorful ceramic tiles that illustrate the religious epic stories especially about Ashura, the most important tragedy in Shia history.
Afterwards, Departure for Dezful (330 Km). En route visit to beautiful Falak-ol Aflak Castle and its museum in Khorramabad.
Day 6: ُSusa & Shushtar
Early departure from hotel. You will start with excursion to Susa to visit Apadana Palace ruins, Susa Museum and Chateau de Suse (Susa Castle), constructed by French archeologists with original historical bricks & materials from the Apadana during their excavations in Susa.
Visit to UNESCO World Heritage five story Elamite Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil, one of the few ziggurats out of Mesopotamia, and considered to be the best preserved ziggurat in the world, dating back to 1250 B. C. to honor the Elamite great god Inshushinak.
Afterwards departure for Shushtar to visit some other great sites including the UNESCO World Heritage Historical Hydraulic System of Shushtar and Shodorvan (Caesar’s) bridge, and and Saraye Afzal handicraft workshop. Transfer to hotel in Shushtar.
Day 7: Shiraz via Bishapur
Departure for Shiraz (575 km) via ancient city of Bishapur, capital city and palace of Shapur I, the second Sassanid king, the nightmare of Romans, who killed Gordian II, captured Valerian and forced Philip the Arab to surrender. Here you also visit Anahita Temple, with Sassanid architecture.
Few minutes away, within Chogan Gorge there are 6 fine and remarkable bas-reliefs dating back to Sassanid era.
Continuing the road to Shiraz.
Day 8: Persepolis & Shiraz
Half-day excursion to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site of Takht-e Jamshid or as Greek historians called it, “Persepolis“. You will visit the imposing ruins of the 2500-year-old Achaemenid ceremonial capital, known once as the richest city under the sun light.
Numerous palaces, gates, stairs with reliefs, halls, the treasury used to protect the Achaemenid Empire’s legendary treasures are to be visited.
Not far from Persepolis, you will visit Naqsh-e Rostam Necropolis, the rock reliefs and some tombs of the Achaemenid emperors.
Afternoon in Shiraz you will visit the Nasir-ol Molk (Pink) Mosque, famous for its fine and colorful ceramics & windows. Afterwards you will visit UNESCO World Heritage Eram Garden, a nice sample of Persian Gardens and today as the botanical garden of Shiraz.
At the end, if you like, you can stroll in the covered Vakil Bazaar with colorful handicrafts and antique outlets.
Afternoon in Shiraz you will visit the Tomb of Hafez, the world famous Iranian poet and then either “Ali Ebn-e Hamzeh” or “Shah Cheragh” magnificent mausoleum, with the dazzling mirror mosaics art. Then you stroll in the covered Vakil Bazaar with colorful handicrafts and antique outlets.
Day 9: Yazd via Pasargadae & Abarkuh
Departure for UNESCO World Heritage Pasargadae Palace and the Tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the most powerful Persian Empire.
Then continuing the road to Abarkuh, to see the 4000-year-old Ancient Cypress and then arriving in Yazd, the capital of Zoroastrians, through the Iran’s central desert’s coast.
Day 10: Yazd, Naein & Isfahan
Yazd is an ancient city on the coast of Iran’s Central Desert, with typical local architecture & traditional air-conditioners called “Wind Tower”. The height of 1,200 meters above sea level, gives this city a pleasant weather despite of its location.
Morning visit to the funeral towers of the Zoroastrians called “Towers of Silence“, and then Zoroastrian Fire Temple.
Afterwards visiting the old town quarter and some of its highlights including Yazd Jameh Mosque with “the tallest mosque entrance gate” in Iran, Roknod-din Mausoleum, so called Alexander Prison, and Ceramic Workshop. Evening visit to impressive Amir Chakhmaq Complex.
Departure for Isfahan via Naein after visiting the mentioned highlights of Yazd. In Naein you will visit Jameh Mosque. You will reach Isfahan in the evening, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, famous as “Nesf-e Jahan” which means “Half of the World”.
Day 11: Isfahan City Tour
Prepare yourself for the charming sights you are going to visit in Isfahan. First, you will visit Chehel Sotoun Palace (forty columns). Wonderful is not enough to describe this palace of Safavid Dynasty, especially with its numerous huge and history-telling wall-paintings, through which you can have a rough image of the Safavid era.
After that is the most brilliant and world famous attraction of the city, or better to say, of the whole country, the UNESCO World Heritage Naqsh-e Jahan Square (Image of the World) which stands with its two spectacular mosques and the palace as well as the Qeysariyeh majestic Covered Bazaar.
The most glorious monument at this square is Abbasi Mosque which stands elate for more than 400 years. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with a unique concept among all other historical mosques in Iran; the only mosque without minaret and yard.
The other monument is Aali Qapu Palace with unique decorations. Safavid king would observe the Polo matches and other performances in the square from its wide terrace. Charming Qeysariyeh Bazaar is the last part you are going to visit at the square.
Then you will proceed to the picturesque historical bridge of “Sio-Se Pol” (33-Arches Bridge) with an interesting break in a traditional teahouse under the bridge arches.
Day 12: Isfahan & Kashan
Visits start with Ali Qoli Agha Traditional Bathhouse.
Later on, the visit to the brilliant gallery of typical “Iranian Islamic era” architecture and decoration, in UNESCO World Heritage Isfahan Jameh Mosque, developed and expanded throughout different centuries and dynasties.
Afterwards, departure for Kashan (260 Km). Upon arrival, transfer to your traditional mansion hotel to enjoy its charming Iranian atmosphere as one the city’s highlight attractions.
Day 13: Kashan Tour & Tehran
City tour starting with the traditional residences, called Boroujerdi’s Residence and Tabatabaei Historical House with very beautiful and stunning architecture.
Then you will proceed to visit Agha Bozorg Mosque and Theological School and finally you will visit Fin Royal Garden and its famous Bathhouse and also the central pavilion before leaving the city.
Arrival in Tehran (260 Km) and transfer to hotel.
Day 14: Tehran Tour, Bound for Home
Morning free at leisure or optionally visit a Handicraft workshop to possibly buy some nice souvenirs if you missed out in other cities.
After lunch and check-out from hotel, visiting either Jewelry Museum or Bazaar. Then transfer to Milad Tower, to have a great view of Tehran Metropolitan city by the sunset (depending on the season sunset may be not at the same time).
Special program* for you at the end of your tour to visit an Iranian Family at their home to talk about their lifestyle and receive answers to some of your questions about Iranians today’s way of life and traditions. At the end, we would like to have you in a friendly circle as a Farewell Dinner in a traditional restaurant (Individuals less than 6 persons may have dinner by an Iranian family at their home).
Before midnight transfer to Imam Khomeini Airport for the flight back home with a full pack of memorable moments and nice pictures to share with your family and friends.
*Depending on your flight
- Application of visa (excluding visa fee)
- Accommodation in hotels or local house as per itinerary or similar, including daily breakfast
- The prices are based on 5 and 4 stars
- All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary including their applicable entrance fees
- Transportation with A/C (air conditioned) VIP coach
- German/English/Spanish/French/Arabic/Turkish/Japanese/Italian speaking guide(s) and other main languages
- Domestic Flight(s)
- Porter tips at hotels & waiter tips at restaurants
- Travel insurance
- Full board
- Daily refreshment
Note: The best hotels in Shushtar and Dezful are 3 stars
- International flights
- Driver & Tour Guide tips
- Visa fee
Note: Visa fee must be paid by the passengers to the consular section of Iranian embassy upon receiving their visa sticker. The passengers must indicate the city in which they like to get their visa sticker (where there is an Iranian embassy consular section) upon purchasing the tour.
- All personal nature expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, minibar, gifts, etc.
- Costs incurred in case of hospitalization or evacuation, etc.
- Any other service(s) not specified in “Services Included” section of this proposal
Note1.Hotels can be changed based on clients’ request or unavailability. Rates may change according to room categories/hotels changes.
Note 2: Above mentioned durations are based on Iranian calendar.
Note 3: Working days in Iran are Saturday – Wednesday. Thursdays are half day however many offices are closed on Thursdays.