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Travel Style: Historical & Cultural
Tour length: 10 Days
Age Range: 1 to 40
Tour Code: hi10
Operated in English
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Price
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$1500 $1100

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Itinerary

Iran is not just one country: it brings together several within its borders. It has also had several lives, still visible: mosques coexist with temples from ancient times, provinces where time has stood still live in the same calendar as cities open to the West, and remnants of the monarchy stand alongside emblems of the Islamic Republic. This program promotes sharing contemporary Iranian life, full of surprises and contrasts.

Day 1, Arrival in Tehran

Arrive at Tehran airport, be greeted by your guide, and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2, Shiraz

Visit the city of Tehran, the metropolis and capital of modern Iran. Explore the Golestan Palace complex and the grand bazaar. Visit the main museums such as the Archaeological Museum, the first museum in Iran, and the Glass and Ceramic Museum with its extraordinary glass and pottery collection. We can visit the Jewelry Museum and the Carpet Museum if they are open that day. Flight to Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 3, Shiraz

Visit the city of Shiraz, the city of love, poetry, roses, and nightingales. Shiraz is known for its gardens and mild climate. The day is dedicated to discovering the Narenjestan Garden, the Citadel of the Regent (Arg-e Karim Khan), the Eram Garden, and the Pink Mosque. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 4, Shiraz

The morning is dedicated to the most important heritage of the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis, and the Achaemenid necropolis of Naghsh-e-Rostam. After returning to Shiraz, the city of famous poets like Hafez and Sa'di, explore the tomb of Hafez or Sa'di. Visit the main monuments such as the Vakil Bazaar, the Vakil Mosque, and the Moshir Caravanserai. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 5, Shiraz - Yazd

Depart for Yazd. On the way, stop at Pasargadae, the first Achaemenid capital, and visit the tomb of its legendary founder Cyrus the Great. In the afternoon, arrive in Yazd, a caravan city bordered by the desert and known for its clay colour and wind towers. Continue with a visit to the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 6, Yazd - Nain - Isfahan

In the morning, visit Yazd: the Fire Temple, where Zoroastrians still celebrate their religious rituals today, the Jameh Mosque, the magnificent Mir Chaqmaq Square, and the Fahadan old quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the afternoon, depart for Isfahan. On the way, visit the ancient Friday Mosque of Nain. In the evening, arrive in Isfahan, "the city of a thousand and one nights."

Day 7, Isfahan

Visit Isfahan, one of the most picturesque cities in the world, which, according to a Persian saying, is "half of the world." Visit the Friday Mosque, considered the encyclopedia of mosque architecture in Iran. Discover the Armenian quarter of the city and its Vank Cathedral. Walk along the banks of the Zayandehrud River, the only river in the Iranian plateau, and see the famous Si-o Se Pol (Bridge of Thirty-Three Arches) and Khaju Bridge, dating back to the 17th century. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 8, Isfahan

The morning is dedicated to continuing the city tour: the Forty Columns Pavilion, the Royal Square, also known as "Image of the World" (Naghsh-e Jahan), and the surrounding monuments: Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace. Free time in the late afternoon at the grand bazaar. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 9, Isfahan - Kashan - Tehran

Depart for Tehran in the morning. En route, visit Kashan, renowned for its rosewater and original carpets. Visit the characteristic Tabatabai House, belonging to a wealthy merchant from the 19th century. Stroll in the delicate Fin Garden, where Abbas the Great was crowned. Discover the local bazaar. Continue the journey to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 10, Tehran

In the morning, transfer to Tehran airport for the return flight.

Places You'll See

What's Included

Accommodation

4-star and 5-star hotels, traditional houses.

Flights

Domestic flights

Guide

Service of an experienced English-speaking guide.

Meals

Buffet breakfast at the hotel, lunch, and dinner in typical Iranian restaurants.

Transportation

In a recent, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver.

Entrance Tickets

Entrance tickets to museums and archaeological sites mentioned in the program.

Map

Good to Know

Visa Requirements

Check visa requirements well in advance and ensure you have all necessary documentation. Iran typically requires travelers to obtain a visa in advance, although some nationalities may be eligible for a visa on arrival.

Dress Code

Respect the local culture by dressing modestly, especially for women. For women, this usually means wearing a headscarf, long sleeves, and loose-fitting clothing that covers the body.

Language

Learn a few basic phrases in Persian (Farsi). While many Iranians speak English, especially in tourist areas, knowing some Persian will enhance your experience and interactions with locals.

Currency

The official currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial (IRR). It's advisable to carry cash as international credit and debit cards are not widely accepted due to banking restrictions. Be aware of the current exchange rate and exchange money at official exchange offices or banks.

Photography

While photography is generally allowed in tourist areas, it's best to ask for permission before taking photos of people, especially women. Avoid taking photos of sensitive government buildings or military installations.

Transportation

Iran has an extensive network of buses, trains, and domestic flights, making it relatively easy to travel between cities. Consider booking tickets in advance, especially during peak travel seasons.

Safety

Iran is generally a safe destination for travelers. However, exercise normal precautions and stay updated on current events. Follow local news and government advisories.
Reviews About This Tour
  • robert m says:
    The tour was wonderful! The Takhte-Jamshid were picturesque and so peaceful. Our tour guide, Mina, was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour. Lovely!
  • francesca o says:
    Excellent tour guide, so helpful and great information about the country.
  • Rebecca Ha says:
    Overall Great trip through Iran. Pedram was a great tour leader. Would recommend for a first time trip to Iran. Some of the hotels needs to be reviewed.