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Tour departure schedule
Overview: With opulent mosques and palaces, crumbling ancient ruins, and locals eager to make your acquaintance – you may be surprised by Iran’s hidden treasures. On this tour, you can experience the evolution of civilization as you visit both primitive and modern civilizations when travelling through Chogha Zanbil, Susa, Shush tar, Bishaboor, Shiraz, Pasargadae, Persepolis, Yazd, Isfahan, and Mashhad. Besides visiting the cities, you can pay homage to those who created these civilizations as well when you visit tombs of great leaders. We suggest you choose this tour in autumn and winter and at the beginning of spring due to the hot weather in Ahvaz. This trip includes flights, accommodation, sightseeing tours, transfers, breakfast and lunch.
- 14 nights stay in middle class hotels
- 15 days transportation all across Iran
- Experienced English speaking guide for 15 days
- Breakfast and lunch
- Domestic flights
- All the entrance fees
- Transfer by guide
Day 1 – Arriving Tehran
You will be given a warm welcome when you arrive on your pre-dawn flight to Tehran airport. Here you will be cordially greeted by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before your morning tour of Tehran starts. Here you will see for yourself how Tehran is a modern megalopolis, which prides itself in having unique museums with immense and unrivalled collections and artefacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era. Your tour will begin with a trip to the Archeological Museum, which is one of the rare places in the world where you can experience the “evolution of mankind” through the marvelous display of historical relics. Next on the agenda is lunch and you savour the distinctive flavour of Iranian cuisine. Lunch will be set in an exquisite traditional Iranian restaurant where you will sample a wide range of delightful Persian dishes and desserts. Afterwards, you will visit a world of jewels in a priceless Crown Jewels Museum that is home to one of the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor which 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 you hotel and sleep off any jet lag.
Day 2 – Tehran, Ahvaz, and Susa
Feast on a hearty breakfast to fuel yourself up for a busy day sightseeing. You will start the day with a morning visit to Sa’ad Abad Complex which is home to 18 magnificent historical palaces – 2 of which you will visit. Learn how this palace was built by Pahlavi dynasty before heading to the Ceramic Museum. All this sightseeing will no doubt mean you have worked up an appetite, which is handy because the next stop will be for a tasty Iranian lunch in a traditional restaurant. You will then be transferred to the airport for the flight to Ahvaz before being transferred to Susa.
Day 3 – Susa & Shushtar
After breakfast, you will learn how the historical relics of Susa are a testament to the fact that this city was established several years before Christ. Infact this region was where one of the first governments of the world was formed, resulting in the merger between the two cultures of the Iranian plateau and Mesopotamia. You will start the day by paying homage to the tomb of Daniel which has attracted a steady flow of pilgrims from all over the Middle East. Next, you be enchanted by the exquisite beauty of the Apadana Palace and the historical castle of Susa. Fill your imagination with wonder with a visit to the magnificent Chogha Zanbil Temple and discover the historical relics of Haft Tapeh. Then, you will visit the charming Shooshtar waterfalls and historical bridges. You will lose yourself to the beauty of your surroundings. But remember to tear your eyes away from the scenery and take a holiday snap – which you will no doubt treasure for years to come. Finally head to Ahvaz for an overnight stay.
Day 4 – driving to Shiraz
This morning you will be driven to Shiraz where you can delight yourself in many of the beauties on this road. You will first visit the historical relics of Sarab-e-Bahram, Bishapoor and Chogan strait. The next stop will be Bishapoor which was built near a river and features a fort with rock-cut reservoirs and a river valley with six Sassanid rock relieves. You will also visit Anahita Temple with its strange and interesting structure remaining from Sassanid time, before arriving in Shiraz. Then finally put your feet up and unwind.
Day 5 – Shiraz
Today you will unlock the beauty of Shiraz which has a reputation as being the centre of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years. Early in the morning, you will relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. 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, Nasir Almolk mosque. Next, you will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz. After lunch, 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 bulbous Shirazi dome, dazzling Venetian mirror work, stained-glass windows and an intricate, ancient wooden door. 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 inner inside a restaurant in the north of Shiraz.
Day 6 – Persepolis & Necropolis
After a scrumptious breakfast you will head out for an excursion to Persepolis. Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was 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 sits opposite the mountain of Rahmat, and also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.
Day 7- Zeinoddin, Pasargadae & Abar Kouh
Today you will explore majestic monuments in Pasargadae. 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 which is famed for its historical sightseeing and wonderful desert architecture. One of the main attractions here is the 4500 year old cypress Afterward you will visit Zeinoddin, a Safavid Caravanserai in the heart of desert which is restored in the best way possible and got 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006.
Day 8 – Yazd
This morning you will explore Saryazd Castle which once belonged to the Sassanid era and was used as a haven in time of war. You will next visit the caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to the Seljuk and Safavid era. It is noteworthy that Saryaz has one of the best pomegranates of Iran, which you will no doubt see as you explore. After this you will be transferred to Yazd and tour Dakhmeh which is the tower of silence where Zoroastrians would leave the dead corpse to be eaten by vultures, before visiting the Zoroastrian fire temples.
Day 9 – Isfahan
Today you will travel to Isfahan which is in the vicinity of Dasht-e-Kavir and the attractive city of Nain. Nain is known as the city of cisterns and possesses around 80 of them. Today you will get a chance to visit one of the oldest and most important mosques of Persian Islamic architecture. Then finally head to your hotel to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing.
Day 10 – Isfahan
Fall in love with Isfahan which 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 purchase the arts and crafts that Isfahan is so well renowned for.
Day 11 – Kashan (optional tour)
Today you will have the option of travelling to Kashan and visiting Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses and some other historical places specially chosen by your tour guide. This will provide you with an ideal opportunity to become acquainted with the previous century’s architecture – the Qajar era. Make sure you pull out your selfie stick and snap photos that you will look back on fondly for years to come.
Day 12 – Isfahan & Mashhad
Lose yourself to the beauty of Isfahan’s Jame’ mosque which 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 untill 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, and is famed for its shaking minarets and some historical bridges. As night falls, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Mashhad.
Day 13 – Mashhad
Buckle up for a historical adventure as you explore Mashhad which is a city where the Shiite Imam Reza was martyred and is an important site for Shiite Muslim pilgrims. This huge complex is the first holy shrine in Iran. You will enjoy a full day city tour in Mashhad including a trip to Imam Reza Holy Shrine, Ferdosi Tomb, and Nader Shah Museum. You will then head to Tus to visit the tomb of Ferdosi, who was the great epic poet of 10th AD century. After that you will visit Harounieh, a nice structure with unknown function in the old times.
Day 14- Neishaboor, Neishaboor, Mashhad & Tehran
See the greats of Iran’s history as you drive to Neishaboor and pay homage to numerous tombs. You will start with a trip to the tomb of Hakim Omar Khayyam-e Neishabouri who was the mathematician, astrologer, philosopher and poet of the 11th century AD . You will then also visit the tomb of Attar, a famous mystic poet of Iran. Finally you will pay a visit to the tomb of Kamal-Al-Molk, the great painter of the contemporary period. As night falls, you will fly back to Tehran to prepare for your departure the following day.
Day 15 – Depart Iran
Relish in the final breakfast of your holiday. Feel the rays of the sunshine, warm up your face as your relive all the adventure in your mind. Finally pack your bags, before you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK. If you would like to extend your stay or travel in a premium cabin then please speak with our travel specialist who will be happy to assist you.
Escan Hotel in Tehran – This hotel is a good find with its central location, but is in a quiet street, and with easy access to the metro. With just 42 rooms, the service in this modern hotel is personal and efficient. The rooms are smart and comfortable with good facilities. There is a restaurant and coffee shop both offer a good selection of reasonably priced Iranian and European food.
Hotel facilities & amenities:
- Coffee Shop
- Laundry Service
- Air condition
Room facilities & amenities:
- Colour TV
- Central video system playing various movies
- Satellite channels
- Digital safe
- Air conditioning
- Fire alarm system
Karim Khan Hotel – This hotel provides you a different experience in the historical city of Shiraz with its ancient style of Iranian architecture and modern facilities.
Hotel facilities & amenities:
- Tea house
- Free parking
- Room service
- Wheelchair access
Room facilities & amenities:
- Safety-deposit box
- Electronic card system of doors