(Standard tour) 3 & 4* hotels (mix) from £2472.00 Inc. Flight Turkish Airline

Tour departure schedule 

2016 Schedule

 September 3 & 10 & 17 & 24
October 1 & 15 & 22 & 29
November 5 & 12 & 19
December 3 & 10 & 17 & 24

 

2017 Schedule

April 15
May 20
June  24
July 22
August 19
September 16

 

Overview:  Discover the hidden gems of Iran on the Open-Jaw Persia Tour.

You will jet off with Turkish Airline to Iran where you can find bargains in bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, taste flavorful Persian cuisine, and visit ancient landmarks. These are just some of the treasures you will enjoy on this getaway as you travel through Shiraz, Yazd, Zeinoddin, Isfahan, and Tehran. The trip includes flights, accommodation, breakfast, transfers, and sightseeing tours.

 

Holiday Highlights:

  • Visit Karim Khan palace,
  • Trip to Vakil mosque & Vakil Bazaar
  • Explore Saray-e-moshir
  • Visit Nasir Almolk Mosque
  • Pay homage at the tomb of Hafez and Sa’adi
  • Visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh
  • See the Jahan Nama Garden
  • Explore the Delgosha Garden
  • See the Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb
  • Explore Persepolis
  • Tour Jame Mosque
  • See Tekiye Amir Chakhmagh
  • Visit Dasht-e-Kavir
  • Trip to Kavir-e-Loot
  • Visit Naqsh-e-Jahan
  • Explore Imam Mosques
  • See Aliqapu Palace
  • Explore Chehel Sutoon
  • Trip to Hasht Behesht Palaces
  • See Vank Church
  • Visit to Monar Jomban
  • Explore Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses
  • Trip to the Archeological Museum
  • See the Crown Jewels

Itinerary:

Day 1 – Arrival Shiraz

Prepare for an adventure as soon as you land on your pre-dawn flight to Shiraz Airport. You will be welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before your morning tour of Shiraz starts. Today you will discover why Shiraz has a reputation as being the centre of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years.   You will be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan Palace, the splendid Vakil Mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its splendid architecture as well as the interesting ethnic souvenir shops near Nasir Almolk mosque.  Next, you will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at a traditional restaurant.  After the feast, you will pay homage to the city’s famous poets such as Hafez and Sa’adi with a visit to their tombs. In the evening, you will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh which is the tomb of Emir Ali, a nephew of Shah Cheragh, who also died here while en-route to Khorasan to help Imam Reza. Be prepared to marvel at its structure which includes eye-catching dome, dazzling Venetian mirror work, stained-glass windows and an ancient wooden door. Then take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally, explore the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb from where you can enjoy stunning views of Shiraz. At night, you will unwind with dinner in a restaurant before heading to your hotel for a well-earned sleep.

 

Day 2 – Excursion to Persepolis & Necropolis:

Make sure you wear comfy shoes today for an action-packed excursion to Persepolis. Today you will discover how Persepolis was once the capital of the Achaemenid Empire and built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where the King created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archaeological site. It seems that Darius planned this impressive complex of palaces not only as the seat of government but also, and primarily, as a show place and a spectacular centre for the receptions and festivals of the Achaemenid kings and their empire such as Nowroz. The next stop will be Necropolis, which is the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. It sits opposite the mountain of Rahmat, and also features seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period. Finally, head back to your hotel and unwind.

 

Day 3 –  Zeinoddin, Pasargadae & Abarkouh:

Today you will be driven to Zeinoddin, but you will explore majestic monuments in Pasargadae, enroute. The first stop will be the tomb of Cyrus the Great, who was the great founder of Achaemanian Emperor. At 500 years BC, this is the oldest historical tomb and features wonderful architecture and huge fertile land.  Then you will head to Abar Kouh, which is a historical city that is famed for its historical sightseeing and wonderful desert architecture. One of the main attractions here is the 4500-year-old cypress. Finally, you will visit Zeinoddin, where you will explore a Safavid Caravanserai in the heart of desert. See for yourself how it has been restored and as a result has been awarded 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006.

 

Day 4 – Yazd, Mehriz & Sar Yazd:

Relish in the sights and sounds of Mehriz, which is located 30 km south of the city of Yazd. Today, you will discover why historians believe the name belongs to “Mehrnegar” – the beloved daughter of Anoushirvan, the Sassanid King. One of The most important places to visit in Mehriz is Saryazd which has a castle belonging to Sassanid era. It was once used as a haven in time of war. Another historical site here is a caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era. Saryaz also has one of the best pomegranates of Iran – which you will see many of here. After that you will transfer to Yazd. In the afternoon you will tour Jame Mosque and Tekiye Amir Chakhmagh. After so much sightseeing, head back to your hotel and unwind.

 

Day 5 -Visiting Yazd:

Peel back the many fascinating layers of Yazd which is the oldest adobe city in the world. See for yourself how it is surrounded by the 4,000-meter summit of Shirkooh and two majestic deserts – Dasht-e-Kavir and Kavir-e-Loot. This ancient city is furnished with mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonish every visitor. You too will have a chance to see this in the afternoon, when you will tour the Fire Temple, and Towers of Silence.

 

Day 6 – Isfahan & Nain:

Fuel up on a hearty breakfast to prepare for a day of travel. Today you will be driven 300 km from Yazd to Isfahan which is in the attractive city of Nain. Discover how Nain is known as the city of cisterns as it possesses around 80 cisterns. Today you will get a chance to visit one of the oldest and most important mosques of Persian Islamic architecture, before heading to your hotel to unwind.

 

Day 7 – Visit Isfahan:

If you do not believe in love at first sight, then prepare to be proven wrong as you fall in love with Isfahan. This wonderful place is considered the pearl of traditional Islamic archaeology. Isfahan prides itself in having fascinating historical garden palaces.  Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures or Keykavous and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”.  Your full day tour includes the famed Imam Square, which is also known as Naqsh-e-Jahan, and is a huge square –  second in the world to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. You will also tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces. You will also visit one of the most famous bazaars in Iran, where you can put your haggling skills to the test to buy some of the arts and crafts that Isfahan is so well renowned for.

 

Day 8 – Isfahan:

Feast on a mouth-watering breakfast before visiting Isfahan’s Jame Mosque. As you wander through the site, see how it holds in itself the passage of several centuries of historical Islamic evolution. This mosque is a gallery of Islamic architecture in which the progress of the architecture from the outset of Islam till recent times is evident. Then you will visit Vank Church which is one of the most beautiful Armenian churches in the world and will undoubtedly capture the attention of every Christian. Your day will conclude with a visit to Monar Jomban, the tomb of a Sufi with its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. You will have the evening free to spend at leisure.

 

Day 9 – Tehran via Abyaneh & Kashan:

Today you will be driven 200 km to visit the village of Abyaneh. Located at the foot of Mount Karkas and in the desert, here you will appreciate the serenity of this quaint village. You will have the chance to meet the dwellers who speak, live and dress in the original Persian style. It is as if you have been transformed back in time for a few hours. Next, hop on to Kashan and visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses and some other historical places which will be specially chosen by your tour guide to help you become better acquainted with the previous century’s architecture – the Qajar era.

 

Day 10 – Tehran:

Today you will see for yourself how Tehran is a modern megalopolis, which prides itself in having unique museums. This morning you will enjoy a tour of the city which will begin with a trip to the Archeological Museum. Here you will explore the “evolution of mankind” through the marvelous display of historical relics. Next, you will savour the distinctive flavour of Iranian cuisine, when lunch will be set in an exquisite traditional Iranian restaurant. Afterwards, you will visit the Crown Jewels Museum which is home to one of the two greatest diamonds – Darya-e-Noor that means ‘sea of light’. At the end of the day, you will get a chance to see a variety of Persian hand-woven carpets and rugs in the Carpet Museum which houses more than 100 spectacular pieces from all over Iran. On top of that, you will also be given an insight into the history of these carpets. Finally, head back to your hotel, put your feet up and relax.

 

Day 11 –  Departure:

Enjoy the final breakfast of you holiday, before checking out. You will be transferred to airport, for your flight back home. As you board your plane, you will leave with memories that you will treasure for years to come. If you would like to travel in a premium cabin or extend your holiday, then please speak with our travel specialist who will be happy to assist you.


Accommodation:

Niayesh boutique hotel in Shiraz – The hotel is located in a historical and cultural region of Shiraz – the city of literature, culture and civilization. It features a traditional style of Iranian architecture and carpentry. Another big plus is the special courtyard which home to a collection of flowers, large trees and colored windows. A tranquil restaurant and coffee shop is set in the courtyard and serves tea, espresso coffee, qalyans and a limited menu of home-style dishes.

Hotel facilities & amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Courtyard garden
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast
  • Room service
  • Parking

 Room facilities & amenities:

  • Individually decorated rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Breakfast
  • Wi-Fi

 

Ferdowsi Grand Hotel in Tehran – This recently renovated hotel merges modern comforts with a touch of Persian heritage. This hotel has many restaurants offering traditional and modern Iranian cuisine and well as international cuisine and a buffet.

 

Hotel facilities & amenities:

  • Sauna
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Indoor pool
  • Restaurant
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Special diet menus on request
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Tour desk
  • Ticket service
  • Luggage storage
  • ATM/cash machine on site
  • Concierge service
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Trouser press
  • Daily maid service
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Room service
  • Airport shuttle
  • Shuttle service
  • Newspapers
  • Safety deposit box
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Bridal suite
  • Lift
  • Soundproof rooms
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning

 

Room facilities & amenities:

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels
  • Seating
  • Private bathroom fitted with a shower
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer

 

Isfahan Aseman hotel  – This hotel is located in the heart of the historical city of Isfahan and features  restaurants, a coffee shop, friendly atmosphere, as well as experienced and trained staff.

Hotel facilities & amenities:

  • Restaurant
  • Air conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Room service
  • Free breakfast

Room facilities & amenities:

  • Kettle
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Bottled water
  • Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning