This 11-day tour covers many historical, cultural, and natural attractions of Iran on the classic route in the central plateau starting and finishing in Tehran.


Tour Highlights

Tour Name: Iran highlights tour

Tour Code: CY11

Price: From 729 €* Per Person

Theme(s): Discovery (History & Culture)

Duration: 11 days & 10 nights

Route: Tehran (1n), Shiraz (3n), Yazd (2n), Isfahan (3n), Tehran (1n)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Golestan Palace, Persepolis, Pasargadae, Eram Garden, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan Friday Mosque, Fin Royal Garden.

Other Highlights: National Museum, Carpet Museum, Naqsh-e Rostam Necropolis, Shiraz Vakil Bazaar, Pink Mosque, Yazd Friday Mosque, Yazd Old Town, Zoroastrian Temple & Silence Tower, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Ali Qoli Agha Bathhouse, Vank Cathedral, Abyaneh Historical Village, Boroujerdi’s Historical House, Glass & Ceramic Museum, Azadi Tower.

Summary: This 11-day tour covers many historical, cultural, and natural attractions of Iran on the classic route in the central plateau starting and finishing in Tehran.

*For groups of 20 travelers and more

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Day 1: Depart for Tehran

 

Arriving in Tehran after midnight or very early morning. Epic Persia’s tour director welcomes you at Imam Khomeini International Airport. Rapid transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Tehran Tour

 

Late morning light city tour. Visits start with Carpet Museum which showcases some of the most beautiful and world famous fine Hand-weaved Persian Carpets.
Later on, you will visit National Museum, the largest museum in the country with archaeological & art collections.
Then direct transfer to Airport for flight to Shiraz. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.

Iran Carpet Museum

Day 3: Persepolis, Naqsh-e Rostam, Hafez Tomb, Mausoleum

 

Half-day excursion to the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site of Takht-e Jamshid or as Greek historians Herodotus 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 Tomb of Hafez, the world famous Iranian poet, whose masterpiece Divan inspired German poet Goethe to versify the “West-Eastern Divan” in 1814. The last visit will be either “Ali Ebn-e Hamzeh”or “Shah Cheragh” magnificent mausoleums, with the dazzling mirror mosaics art.

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Day 4: Shiraz City Tour

 

Morning sightseeing in Shiraz starting with Pink (Nasir-ol Molk) Mosque, famous for its fine and colorful ceramics & windows and then Narenjestan Qavam Garden and Residence. Afterwards you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Eram Garden, a nice sample of Persian Gardens and today as the botanical garden of Shiraz.
Visit to Saadi Tomb, world famous Iranian poet, whose poems translated in many languages and published in many countries.
At the end, you can stroll in the covered Vakil Bazaar with colorful handicrafts and antique outlets.

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Day 5: Yazd via Pasargadae & Abarkuh

 

Morning departure for Yazd (440 Km). En route visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Pasargadae Palace & Tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the most powerful Persian Empire, which ruled almost half of the world population in its power pick.
Then continuing the road to Abarkuh, famous for its Ancient Cypress (about 4000 years old). And arriving in Yazd, the capital of Zoroastrians, through the Iran’s central desert’s coast.

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Day 6: Yazd City Tour

 

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 Friday 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.

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Day 7: Isfahan via Naein

 

Morning Departure for Naein by visiting the Friday Mosque, Narin Qaleh Citadel (outside view) and Traditional Aba Weaving Workshop.
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 8: 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.

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Day 9: Isfahan City Tour

 

You will enjoy some other highlights of Isfahan today. The tour starts with a visit to Vank Cathedral with beautiful wall paintings in the heart of the “City of Mosques”. You can also visit the Armenian Museum at the corner of the yard.

Then visit Ali Qoli Agha Traditional Bathhouse which is now a museum to showcase not only the historical building itself, but also some statues in different situations of taking bath.
Afterwards there will be a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Isfahan’s Friday Mosque. A brilliant gallery of typical “Iranian Islamic-era” architecture and decoration is awaiting you. It has been developed and expanded throughout the different centuries and during various dynasties.
After that, you have free time to stroll in the covered bazaar with your tour guide. You might like to have a look at the carpets shops around the bazaar as well and buy a prestigious souvenir there.

Day 10: Tehran via Abyaneh & Kashan

 

Morning departure from Isfahan for the 470 Km trip to Tehran via Abyaneh & Kashan.
Abyaneh Historical Village is one of the four world famous Iranian villages, well-known for its red adobe houses and architecture and people’s special costume.
Fin Royal Garden, as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Iranian gardens is one of Kashan highlights with its design, historic stories & beautiful pavilions. It is a cool place to rest for a while at the edge of the desert.
You will have lunch at a local traditional restaurant and then you will visit historical Boroujerdi’s House, with very beautiful and stunning architecture. (Optional: Tabatabaei House).
Arrival in Tehran and transfer to hotel.

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Day 11: Tehran Tour, Homebound

 

Late morning visit to UNESCO World Heritage Golestan Palace, the first royal building in Tehran. Then visiting Abgineh Glass & Ceramic Museum, which building is also a historical attraction. On the way to Airport, photo stop by Azadi Tower, the former symbol of Tehran and a unique construction with traditional and modern architecture.
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.

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Services Included:

  • 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 star hotels
  • All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary including their applicable entrance feeTransportation 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

Services Excluded:

  • 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

Notes:

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.

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