Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae
Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.
- Tehran city tour (full-day). Yazd city tour including Zoroastrian sights. Rayen and Mahan villages and sights visit. Shiraz city tour including the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi. Persepolis excursion with guided tour. Pasargadae visit. Isfahan city tour including the famous square and mosques. Abyaneh village stay with guided walk. Fin Garden visit (Kashan). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 13 breakfasts (Allow USD200-265 for meals not included)
- Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (2 nts).
- Air-con bus, overnight train
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
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Day 1 Tehran
Arrive in Tehran at any time. Welcome meeting in the evening.
Day 2 Tehran (1B)
Full-day exploration of Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa’d Abad Palace, Carpet Museum, National Museum and Golestan Palace before an overnight train to Yazd.
Day 3 Yazd (1B)
Arrive in Yazd, the centre of the Zoroastrian religion. Tour the old town, marvelling at the unique towers that scatter the city. Visit the Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and the Towers of Silence burial grounds.
Days 4-5 Kerman/Mahan/Rayen (2B)
The Kerman region is home to the villages of Rayen and Mahan, both steeped in history. Visit the Shah Nematolah Vali, Shahzadeh Garden and Mahan ancient fort.
Day 6 Shiraz (1B)
Explore the city and visit the Karim Khan Citadel, Vakil Mosque and the Tombs of Hafez and Sa’adi.
Day 7 Persepolis/Shiraz (1B)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis, the ceremonial palace of Darius, with amazingly well-preserved carvings. Then, walk the streets and mingle with the students in laid-back Shiraz.
Day 8 Isfahan (1B)
Visit the Pasargadae complex on the way to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.
Days 9-10 Isfahan (2B)
Tour the beautiful city of Isfahan, enjoying the famous square, mosques and bartering at the bazaar. Hang out on the many bridges that make Isfahan unique or shop for an authentic Persian rug.
Day 11 Natanz/Abyaneh (1B)
A scenic drive through Natanz brings us to the mountain village of Abyaneh. Included village walk through Abyaneh, known for having retained its ancient charm.
Day 12 Kashan/Tehran (B)
In the morning depart for Tehran. Visit Kashan along the way and enjoy a stop at Iman Khomeini's shrine. Opt to visit Finn Garden, Khan-e Borujedi, Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh Qom Shrines.
Day 13 Tehran (1B)
Today enjoy a final sightseeing day in the busy capital of Tehran. Visit Golestan Palace, National Museum and Carpet Museum.
Day 14 Tehran (1B)
Depart at any time.
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