We’ll show you the world!

Travel Style: Historical & Cultural
Tour length: 12 Days
Age Range: 1 to 40
Tour Code: hi03
Operated in English
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Price
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$1600 $1100

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Itinerary

Discover the ziggurats of the Elamites, the temples of Anahita, the goddess of water of the Sassanian Persians, the fire temples of the Zoroastrians, the sacred cypresses of the Aryans, churches of the Armenians, mosques of the Muslims, palaces, rock reliefs, and cuneiform inscriptions that make up the rich history of the country and its invaluable architectural and artistic heritage.

To learn more about cities and towers, visit our website, www.kentaltravel.com. The program for the first and last day may change depending on international flights.

Day 1, Tehran

Arrival at Imam Khomeini Airport. Welcome by your guide and transfer to the hotel.

Day 2, Ahvaz

A day dedicated to visiting the city of Tehran As the current administrative and political capital, the city has a relatively recent history. Visit the most important museums, such as the Golestan Palace complex from the 19th century, the Archaeological Museum with rich exhibitions tracing the country's history, and the National Jewels Museum (Mouzeh-ye Javaherat-e Melli), which houses unique jewellery and gems from around the world that have been gathered throughout history and are now part of Iran's national heritage. In the afternoon, transfer to Tehran Airport and depart for Ahvaz (one-hour flight). Overnight in Ahvaz.

Day 3, Ahvaz

an archaeological adventure to the site of ancient Susa, in the country's southwest In antiquity, Susa held prominence as one of the main cities of the Elamite civilization and later the capital of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Visit the remains of the palace of Darius and an interesting small museum in a lush garden. Visit the legendary tomb of Daniel and the site of Chogha-Zanbil to explore a ziggurat representing the "Mesopotamian civilization" built by the Elamites. Stop in Choghtar for a walk in a complex of water mills powered by waterfalls built by Roman soldiers in the 3rd century. Overnight in Ahvaz.

Day 4, Shiraz

In the morning, depart for the city of Shiraz. On the way, visit the ancient city of Bishapur, a Sassanian town built on the banks of the Shapur River by Roman soldiers who were prisoners of Emperor Valerian. Nearby, in a steep valley called Tang-e Chogan, six enormous bas-reliefs commemorate the investiture and victory of Shahpur I over the Romans. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 5, Shiraz

The morning is dedicated to the most important legacy of the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis. In the afternoon, explore Shiraz, known for its gardens and pleasant climate. Visit the main monuments such as the Pink Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, Vakil Bath, Saraye Moshir Caravanserai, Narenjestan Garden, and the Citadel of Karim Khan. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 6, Yazd

Depart in the morning for Yazd. On this road described by Marco Polo, visit the Achaemenid necropolis of Naghsh-e Rostam and then Pasargadae, the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire and an important site for exploring the origins of ancient Persia. In the afternoon, arrive in Yazd, a caravan city surrounded by the desert known for its clay-coloured architecture and wind towers. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 7, Yazd

Explore the Fire Temple, where Zoroastrians still celebrate their religious rituals, the Jameh Mosque, the magnificent Mirchaqmaq Square, and the UNESCO-listed Fahadan Old Quarter. Continue with a visit to the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence.

Day 8, Isfahan

Depart in the morning for Isfahan. Along the way, visit the Narin Qaleh Citadel in the ancient city of Meybod, a remnant of a pre-Islamic past about which little is known. This citadel resembles the great Bam Citadel, which was largely destroyed by a recent earthquake. The day continues with a visit to the ancient city of Nain, including its Friday Mosque, built 1000 years ago and adorned with beautifully preserved stucco decorations. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 9, Isfahan

Visit Isfahan, one of the most picturesque cities in the world, which, according to a Persian saying, is "half the world." Visit the Grand Friday Mosque, considered the encyclopedia of mosque architecture in Iran. Discover the Armenian quarter of the city and its Vank Cathedral. In the afternoon, stroll along the banks of the Zayande Rud, the only river in the Iranian plateau, and explore the famous Thirty-three Arches and Khaju bridges, each dating back to the 17th century. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 10, Isfahan

The morning is devoted to further exploring the city: the Forty Columns Pavilion, the Grand Imam Square, also known as "Image of the World" (Naghsh-e Jahan), and the surrounding monuments, including the Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace. Free time in the late afternoon at the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 11, Tehran

Depart for Tehran. Stop in the city of Kashan, famous for its 19th-century bioclimatic houses. Visit one of them, the Tabatabai House, a perfectly preserved example of the beautiful residences of wealthy merchants at that time. Visit the Grand Bazaar, Aminol Dowleh Caravanserai, and stroll in the Fin Garden, a perfect model of renowned Persian gardens with pavilions and a sophisticated hydraulic system. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 12, Tehran

Morning transfer to the 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
  • HS says:
    What an amazing time and tour! The money is 100% worth it. We had an amazing top tier tour guide named Antonio “Sahar.” He was so knowledgeable about the area, knew his history, he was funny.