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Combination 21 Iran tour

Tour Operator:

Classic

Max group size:

12

Age range:

+12 years old

Operated in:

English

Tour Code:

Co21

Tour length:

8

Combination 21

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Itinerary

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the captivating landscapes of Iran, where you will traverse the stunning Iranian deserts, covering two-thirds of the country’s surface. This unique circuit allows you to experience the remarkable beauty of the deserts while immersing yourself in the rich local culture. Also, this itinerary unveils the ancient history of Persia, one of the world’s oldest civilizations. You will witness the grandeur and diversity of this great country whit seeing the majestic palaces of Persepolis, the vibrant mosques, and the bustling bazaars of Shiraz, Isfahan, and Tehran.

Day 1Shiraz

Upon arrival at Shiraz International Airport, your guide will warmly welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2Shiraz

In the morning, delve into the legacy of the Achaemenid Empire as you explore the magnificent Persepolis. In the afternoon, discover the charm of Shiraz, known for its gardens and pleasant climate. Visit notable landmarks such as the Vakil Bazaar, the Vakil Hammam, the Sarâye Moshir Caravanserai, and the citadel of Karim Khan.

Overnight stay in Shiraz.

Day 3Shiraz

Continue your exploration of Shiraz in the morning, visiting the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, renowned as the Rose Mosque, and the Narenjestan Garden. At noon, depart for Kazerun to discover the historical site of Bishapour, famous for its Sassanid-era bas-reliefs.

Return to Shiraz for an overnight stay.

Day 4Zeinoddin

Embark on a morning journey to Zeinoddin, visiting the Achaemenid necropolis of Naghsh-e-Rostam and the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Pasargadae along the way. These sites offer a glimpse into the origins and heart of Persia.

Spend the night in the historic Zeinoddin Caravanserai.

Day 5Yazd

Enjoy a morning stroll around Zeinoddin Caravanserai, immersing yourself in its historical ambience. Depart for Yazd afternoon, stopping at the Cham village, known for its sacred cypress tree dating back 3500 years. Visit a nearby tower of silence, a place where Zoroastrians traditionally exposed their deceased to vultures. Overnight stay in Yazd.

Day 6Yazd

Explore the city of Yazd, founded during the Sassanid era. Visit the Temple of Fire (Atashkade), which has sustained its sacred fire for nearly 1500 years, and the two towers of silence (dakhme) nestled at the foot of the mountains. Discover the Friday Mosque, Amirchaqmâq Square, and the vibrant bazaar in the afternoon.

Overnight stay in Yazd.

Day 7Kharanagh

Caravanserai Embark on a morning journey to the village of Kharanagh, stopping in Meibod to visit a Sassanid citadel and an icehouse that reflect the ingenuity of a people who persevered against harsh natural conditions. Explore Kharanagh, home to a 3000-year-old fort, a caravanserai, and the Tchaktchak Fire Temple.

Spend the night in Kharanagh Caravanserai.

Day 8Farahzad

In the morning, depart for the mesmerizing Mesr Desert. Enjoy an excursion to the historical Beyazieh Citadel along the way. Continue towards the heart of the Dasht-e Kavir desert, where you’ll discover the enchanting oasis of Mesr, surrounded by magnificent dunes. Take a long walk on the dunes, immersing yourself in the breathtaking desert landscape. Overnight stay in a guest house in Farahzad village, on the edge of the Mesr desert.

Day 9Isfahan

In the morning, continue your journey towards the center of Iran, passing through the vast Dasht-e Kavir desert. Stop in Nain to visit the ancient Friday Mosque from the Abbasid era. Arrive in Isfahan and spend the night at a hotel.

Day 10Isfahan

Explore Isfahan, often referred to as “half the world” in Persian, known for its picturesque beauty. Visit the magnificent Jameh Mosque, considered an encyclopedia of mosque architecture in Iran. Discover the Armenian quarter of the city and its notable Vank Cathedral. In the afternoon, stroll along the scenic Zayandé River, the sole river in the central Iranian plateau, and marvel at the famous bridges such as the Thirty-three Arches and Khaju Bridge, dating back to the 17th century. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 11Isfahan

Continue exploring the wonders of Isfahan in the morning. Visit the elegant Forty Columns Pavilion and the majestic Naqsh-e Jahan Square, also known as “Image of the World.” Explore the surrounding monuments, including the Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace. Enjoy some free time in the bustling Grand Bazaar in the late afternoon. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 12Matinabad

In the morning, departure for Matin Abad, a village located 130 km from the city of Isfahan. Spend the morning and afternoon exploring the desert and its awe-inspiring dunes. Experience the grandeur of the desert landscapes. Spend the night in the caravanserai of Matinabad.

Day 13Tehran

Depart for Tehran in the morning. En route, visit Kashan, renowned for its rose water production and unique carpets. Explore the distinctive Tabatabai House, once owned by a wealthy merchant from the 19th century. Take a stroll through the beautiful Fin Garden. Continue the journey to Tehran. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 14Tehran

Dedicate the day to exploring the vibrant city of Tehran, Iran’s administrative and political capital. Visit prominent museums such as the historic Golestan Palace complex, showcasing 19th-century architecture. Explore the Archaeological Museum, which houses a rich collection of artefacts tracing the country’s history. Marvel at the Museum of National Jewels, home to an extraordinary collection of jewels, part of Iran’s national heritage. Conclude the day with a visit to the bustling grand bazaar.

Day 15Tehran

In the morning, transfer to Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran for your return flight, concluding your memorable journey through Iran’s captivating destinations.

Places You'll see
What's included

Accomodation

 

4* and 5* hotels, traditional houses

Guide

Service of an experienced English-speaking guide.

 

Meal

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

 

Transportation

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

 

Travel insurance

Entrance tickets

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

 

 

SIM card

Flights

Additional Services

Map

Good to Know

Required documents

Valid passport for at least six months. Entry visa obtained in your country.

Vaccinations

Generally, Iran does not pose any specific health problems. No vaccinations are mandatory. As a precautionary measure, it is advisable to consult your doctor or health service before departure to obtain any additional information. Hygiene standards are high, and most travellers do not experience any discomfort other than fatigue due to the heat. However, bringing a basic pharmacy kit and any specific medication is recommended. Tap water is drinkable in most parts of the country, but it is better to drink bottled mineral water, which is available everywhere.

Money

The Iranian currency is the Rial. Prices are usually displayed in Rials, but people often refer to Toman, equivalent to 10 Rials. The use of credit cards is almost absent (except for some craft shops), and there are no ATMs. Therefore, bringing Euros from France and exchanging them for Rials on-site is necessary. In some stores, payment in Euros or US dollars is also accepted.

Upon arrival in Iran, you can exchange Euros for cash without any problem at the airport or on the second day in Tehran at a currency exchange office. It is also advisable to carry international credit cards because some merchants of valuable items (miniatures, turquoise, carpets) also accept credit cards (such as Visa, Mastercard, and American Express).

Language

The official language is Persian. In major cities, the educated population speaks English fairly well.

Religion

Iran is a Muslim country with a majority Shiite population (90%). There are significant communities of Sunni Muslims in the southwest and southeast of the country, as well as Armenians, Assyrians, and, to a lesser extent, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians, who are allowed and free to practice their faith.

Climate

Due to its vastness, Iran has a varied environment. Winter (December to February) can be very cold, especially in the northwest. In summer (June to August), temperatures reach 50°C on the Persian Gulf coast and southern provinces. Precipitation mainly occurs in the northern and western parts of the country, which have the coldest climate zone. Western Iran often experiences snow that lasts until early spring. Throughout the country, summer temperatures are always hot but more bearable due to the drier climate. In September, temperatures are still similar to summer, but evenings are cooler, so an outer layer of clothing may be pleasant.

Clothing

The choice of clothing should generally meet the criteria of practicality, comfort, and responsiveness to the climate and environment. Opting for sporty and comfortable clothing that allows greater freedom of movement and does not hinder blood circulation with tight laces or narrow fittings is advisable. Avoid clothing made of synthetic fibres that prevent sweating, especially in hot environments. A fundamental principle to remember when choosing a dress for this type of trip is layering: it is better to have different lightweight garments that can be To call your country, worn layered if needed. This technique allows you to adjust the degree of body coverage to changing climates and ensures effective protection against temperature extremes and wind.

  • For Women: Foreign women are generally treated with more tolerance. However, it is mandatory to wear a headscarf to cover the hair. A light cotton scarf is ideal, especially in hot seasons. A long and loose shirt or tunic with long sleeves and loose-fitting trousers that reach the ankles is appropriate. Skirts and dresses (at least calf-length) are also practical.

Regarding colours, there are no strict rules. Makeup is not a problem, but opting for a certain discretion is better. Sandals can be worn without socks.

  • For Men: Men have more freedom and wear anything except shorts or sleeveless T-shirts. Half-sleeved shirts, such as t-shirts or polos, can be worn comfortably.

Phone

To call Iran: Dial 00 + country code 98 (Iran) + regional code without the first 0 + your correspondent’s number. In Iran, for an international call: Dial 00 + country code (France 33, Belgium 32, Switzerland 41) + regional code followed by your correspondent’s number, removing the first 0. The most convenient solution for calling your country is through your hotel. For the use and coverage of mobile phones, refer to your service provider.

Electricity and Internet

The electrical current is 220V. The plugs are of the European type with two round pins.

  • In hotels, there is internet and Wi-Fi.
  • You can use an iPad.
  • The charger switches for cameras, computers, phones, etc., are the same as those in France.

Itinerary

The itinerary is flexible and depends on local conditions. During the trip, if necessary, the guide may modify the program.