A careful tailored two-week tour around Iran covering history, nature, culture and lifestyle of different regions with a special rural experience at the end.
Tour Name: Persia Essentials
Tour Code: CN14
Price: From 949 €* Per Person
Season: Late Sep to Apr although Fantastic scenery in nomadic tripe(optional days) has been seen on March1st to Apr 10th
Theme(s): Explorer (History, Culture, Nomadic)
Duration: 14 days & 13 nights (2 optional Days)
Route: Tehran (1n), Kashan (1n), Isfahan (2ns),Yazd (2ns), Shiraz (3n), Ahvaz (1n), Izeh (2n)(optional), Tehran (1n)
UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Golestan Palace, Fin Royal Garden, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Eram Garden, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, Shushtar Watermills, Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan Friday Mosque.
Other Highlights: National Museum, Carpet Museum, Salt Lake, Boroujerdi’s Historical House, Abyaneh Historical Village, Yazd Friday Mosque, Yazd Old Town, Zoroastrian Temple & Silence Tower, Naqsh-e Rostam Necropolis, Shiraz Vakil Bazaar, Pink Mosque, Chateau de Suse, Kool Farah Engraving, Eshkoft-e Salman, Chehel Sotoun Palace, Vank Cathedral.
Summary: A careful tailored two-week tour around Iran covering history, nature, culture and lifestyle of different regions with a special rural experience at the end.
Optional days: If you are interested in nomadic life and Fire Moumtain (Atashkooh or Tashkooh in Persian) EPT certainly recommends you to choose optional days.
Note 1: Instead of staying in Ahwaz on Day 10, you can Continue the road to an eco-lodge in Izeh, Bakhtiari qishlaq (winter quarters) residence.
*For groups of 20 travelers and more
Day 1: Welcome to Tehran
Epic Persia’s tour director welcomes you at Imam Khomeini International Airport.
After meet and greet, direct transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Tehran Tour, Transfer to Kashan
Morning light sightseeing in Tehran. Visits start with National Museum aka Archeological Museum, the largest museum in the country with archaeological & art collections.
Later on, visit to UNESCO World Heritage Golestan Palace, the first royal building in Tehran. Then, according to opening days of National Jewelry museum, the collection of Luminosity of pearls and stones enamor all visitors. Afternoon drive to Kashan (260 Km). Transfer to hotel.
Note: National Jewelry Museum Hours: Saturday-Tuesday 14:00 -16:00
Day 3: Kashan & Abyaneh
Morning visit to Historical Tabatabaei Houuse and Fin Royal Garden with its historical highlights. Then, Transfer to Isfahan (261 km) via Abyaneh Historical Village, one of the four world famous Iranian villages, well-known for its red adobe houses and architecture and people’s special costume. Upon arrival in Isfahan, visiting light up Naghshe Jahan square.
Day 4: Isfahan City Tour
Prepare yourself for the charming sights of Naqsh-e Jahan Square starting with the most glorious monument at this square Shah Mosque, standing elate for more than 400 years. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (or women mosque) with a unique concept among all other mosques in the country, and Aali Qapu Palace with a unique decoration, from its wide terrace the Safavid king would observed the Polo matches and other performances in the square. Charming Qeysariyeh Bazaar will be the last visit at the square. Later on, visit to 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. Afternoon visit to Khajou” bridge The bricky structure is famous for elaborate architecture and tile works and the picturesque historical bridge of “Sio-Se Pol” (33-Arches Bridge)
Day 5: Isfahan & Yazd
Morning you will continue sightseeing in Isfahan starting with Vank Cathedral famous for beautiful wall paintings and the Armenian Museum. UNESCO World Heritage Isfahan’s Friday Mosque, a live gallery of typical Iranian Islamic architecture and decoration. Departure for Yazd via Naein and Meybod. You will visit Caravanserai and Qanat (aqueduct) en route. Upon arrival, visit to light up Yazd Friday Mosque, with “the tallest mosque entrance gate” in Iran.
Day 6: Yazd City Tour
Morning you visit the funeral towers of the Zoroastrians called “Towers of Silence“, and then Zoroastrian Fire Temple. Afterwards, visit to Dowlatabad Garden as one of the nine Persian gardens registered on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. later on, visiting old town quarter and some of its highlights including impressive Amir Chakhmagh Complex, a prominent structure in Yazd and Zarch Qanat (aqueduct) the longest one in the world with 100 KM. Finishing the tour by attending Zurkhaneh pahlevani rituals which is inscribed by UNESCO for varzesh-e pahlavāni. Transfer to hotel.
Day 7: Shiraz via Abarkuh & Pasargadae
Morning departure for Shiraz (440 Km). En route visit to ancient Cypress in Abarkuh.
Afterwards, visiting the 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 you continue the road to Shiraz, the city of gardens, nightingales and poetry.
Day 8: Shiraz & Persepolis
Morning you will have sightseeing in Shiraz starting with Pink (Nasir-ol Molk) Mosque, famous for its fine and colorful ceramics & windows, and the UNESCO World Heritage Eram Garden, as a nice sample of Persian Gardens and today the botanical garden of Shiraz.
Afterwards, a half-day excursion to the very impressive UNESCO World Heritage site of Takht-e Jamshid or as Greek historian Herodotus called it, “Persepolis“. The ruins of the 2500 years old Achaemenid empire . Naqsh-e Rostam Necropolis, the rock reliefs and rock tombs of the Achaemenid and Sassanid’s famous emperors and Naqsh-e Rajab.
Day 9: Shiraz City Tour
Get prepared for a perfect day by charming sights of Shiraz as follows:
Narenjestan Qavam Garden Residence.
Karim Khan Citade(Arg-e Karimkhan) , a unique mixture of military might and art can come together to produce a superb stronghold.
Tomb of Hafez, the world famous Iranian poet, whose masterpiece Divan inspired German poem Goethe versify the “West-Eastern Divan” in 1814.
Strolling in the covered Vakil Bazaar with colorful handicrafts and antique outlets.
Day 10: Ahvaz via Bishapur
Departure for Ahvaz (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 Ahvaz or choosing the optional day: Continuing the road to an eco-lodge in Izeh ,Bakhtiari qishlaq (winter quarters) residence.
Optional day 1:
Early in the morning, departure for Bakhtiari Tribe Tang Poulad (1.5 KM) by foot or vehicle in unpaved road and tasting Bakhtiari traditional cookies. Transfer to amazing Kool Farah Bas-reliefs or Narsina temple, one of the Elamite gods,Tarisha or Elamite Eshkoft Salman Cave Engravings and Ancient cemetery of Shahsavar. You can enjoy carriage riding by inquiry in advance, then transfer to eco-lodge. Soiree in black tent residence along with live local music till midnight.
Optional day 2:
Late morning visit to handicraft making at home and baking bread and enjoying the life style of Bakhtiari Tribe. Afternoon departure for Ramhormoz.
Day 11: Susa, Ziggurat & Shushtar
Early departure from hotel. You will start with excursion to Shoushtar to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Historical Hydraulic System and Shodorvan (Caesar’s) bridge, and.Transfer to hotel in Shushtar.later on,depart to Susa to visit 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. Haft Teppe , an archaeological site the remains of the Elamite empire. 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 pre- and historical site. Transfer to Airport for flight to Tehran. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Day 12: Tehran & Homebound
Morning light sightseeing in Tehran. Visits start with Carpet Museum, showcasing some of the most beautiful and world famous fine Hand-weaved Persian Carpets. Abgineh Glass & Ceramic Museum, with a beautiful historical building. On the way to Airport, photo stop by Azadi Tower, the former symbol of Tehran and a unique construction with traditional and modern architecture.
Transfer to Imam Khomeini Airport for flight back to home with a full pack of memorable moments and nice pictures to share with your family and friends.
- 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 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 costs of optional days are included
The accommodation in Izeh is local house with local dishes.
- 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.