Iran life / Economy Tours 2* hotels from £1528.00 Inc. direct flight BA

(Standard tour) 3 & 4* hotels (mix) at £2400.00 Inc. direct flight BA

Luxury tour 4 & 5* (mix) at £ 2794.00 Inc. direct flight BA

         

Tour departure schedule

2017 Schedule

November 16 N/A
December 16 N/A

 

2017 Schedule

January N/A
February  N/A
March N/A
April  8 & 22
May 13
June  17
July 8
August 12
September 9
October  14
November N/A
December N/A

 

Overview: Fall in love with Iran as you experience atmospheric teahouses, bustling bazaars, deserts punctuated by a calming oasis and rugged mountain ranges. This Romance of Persia Luxury Tour will be the highlight of your year as you will visit beautiful cities such as Tehran, Shiraz, Zeinoddin, Yazd, Isfahan, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Oranamat, Takab, and Ghazvin. This tour, which includes accommodation, tours, transfers, lunch and breakfast,  will be an unforgettable trip full of valuable memories . We suggest this tour for spring, summer and at the beginning of autumn, due to the cold and snowy weather of west and northwest Iran.

 

Holiday Highlights:

  • 15 night stay in hotels
  • 16 days transportation all across Iran
  • Experienced English speaking guide for 16 days
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Domestic flights
  • All the entrance fees
  • Transfer by guide

Itinerary:

Day 1: Tehran

Feel the warmth of Persian hospitality from the moment you arrive on a pre-dawn flight to Tehran airport. Here you will be cordially welcomed by our representative who will directly  transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to rest and relax before your morning tour of Tehran. See for yourself how Tehran is a modern megalopolis that prides itself in having unique museums with artifacts dating from the earliest onset of history to the present era. Your tour will begin with a trip to the Archeological Museum, where you will have the opportunity to experience the “evolution of mankind” through the display of historical relics. Next, you will savour the distinctive flavour of Iranian cuisine during lunch at a traditional Iranian restaurant. Afterwards, you  will visit the Crown Jewels Museum which houses one of the two greatest diamonds, Darya-e-Noor, also known as 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 a brief history of these carpets. Finally head back to your hotel and unwind.

 

Day 2: Visiting Tehran, fly to Shiraz 

Start the day with a hearty breakfast for a busy morning sightseeing. This morning you will visit the Sa’ad Abad Complex with 18 magnificent historical palaces –  2 of which you will explore. Then you will head to the Ceramic Museum where you will be able to witness its construction with glorious ancient archaeology. Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Shiraz. On the transfer to your hotel you will pay a visit to Shah e Cheragh. This is one of the most beautiful shrines in Iran with its beautiful dome, wonderful lighting and mirror-work is bound to impressed you. Finally check into your hotel and relax.

 

Day 3: visiting Shiraz 

Today you will learn why Shiraz has a reputation as the centre of Persian culture for more than 2,000 years.  Early in the morning, relish in the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during the Zand Dynasty. Be inspired by the glorious Karim Khan palace, the splendid Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir with its splendid architecture and interesting ethnic souvenir shops, and the Nasir Almolk mosque.  Next, you will stop for a mouth-watering Iranian lunch at one of the traditional restaurants of Shiraz. You will get a chance to pay homage at the tombs of Iran’s great poets, before the evening, where you will visit Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh and take a stroll through the Jahan Nama Garden and witness its tall and proud cedars. Finally visit the Delgosha Garden and Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb. At night you will have dinner in a restaurant in the north of Shiraz.

 

Day 4: Excursion to Persepolis and Necropolis 

Discover how Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where royalty 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 is Necropolis, which is opposite the mountain of Rahmat, after a ten minutes drive to the north. This is the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. The site also provides seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid period.

 

Day 5: Drive to Zeinoddin, via Pasargadae & Abar Kouh 

Today you will be driven to Zeinoddin, but will enjoy a few stops along the way.

Firstly you will visit Pasargadae where you will see the tomb of Cyrus the Great, great Achaemanian Emperor. At  500 years BC it is the oldest historical tomb. The wonderful architecture of his tomb, the fertile land and the brave personality of Cyrus the Great  will impress visitors. Abar Kouh, a ancient city, is the place to see historical sites and wonderful desert architecture. The 4500 year old cypress tree in Abar Kouh is a marvellous attraction and attracts many admirers. Afterwards you will visit Zeinoddin, a Safavid Caravanserai in the heart of the desert which is restored beautifully and received 2 awards from UNESCO in 2005 and 2006. Relax in the shade, while looking out onto the dessert. This will provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a moment’s peace.

 

Day 6: Drive to Yazd, visiting Yazd and Sar Yazd

Today you will visit Mehriz which is located 30 kilometers south of Yazd. Mehriz consists of one central district and five village centers. According to historians, the name belongs to Mehrnegar the beloved daughter of Anoushirvan, the Sassanid King. Sar Yazd has a castle belonging to  the Sassanid era which was used as a haven in time of war. Another historical place is a caravanserai in Saryazd which dates back to Seljuk and Safavid era. Next you will visit Yazd, which is the oldest adobe city in the world is surrounded by the 4000m 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.

 

Day 7: Yazd and Isfahan 

Fuel up on a hearty breakfast before a busy day sightseeing. Today’s tour includes visiting Dakhmeh – which is tower of silence, where Zoroastrians leave the dead to be eaten by vultures. You will see Zoroastrian fire temple, the water museum, Jame’ mosque and Doulat Abad Garden. Feeling peckish, then do not worry as lunch will be at a traditional restaurant. Afterwards you will depart for Isfahan, but along the way, you will  visit the attractive city of Nain. Nain is known as the city of cisterns and possesses around 80 cisterns. You will get a chance to visit one of the oldest and most important mosques of Persian Islamic architecture. Finally check into your hotel at Isfahan and unwind.

 

Day 8: Isfahan 

Today you will learn why Isfahan is the legendary city which never fails to enchant its visitors. Isfahan prides itself in having fascinating historical garden palaces.  Legend has it that the city was founded at the time of Tahmoures  and because of its glories has been entitled “Half the World”. Your full day tour includes the famed Imam Square, Naqsh-e-Jahan, which is a  huge square –  second in the world to Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. You will then tour the architectural marvels of Sheikh Lotfollah and Imam Mosques, Aliqapu Palace, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces, and also visit one of the most famous bazaars in Iran. Here you buy the arts and crafts that Isfahan is so well renowned for.

 

Day 9: Isfahan

Prepare to be wowed with a trip to Isfahan’s Jame’ mosque which is a gallery of Islamic architecture from the outset of Islam until recent times. 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. In the evening, you are free to spend as you wish –  unwind in the hotel or venture out and explore the local nightlife.

 

 Day 10: Drive to Hamedan via Khansar, Golpaygan and  Mahalat 

Today you will be driven to Hamedan. The Isfahan-Hamedan road is one of the most beautiful roads in Iran because it passes near Mount Zagros. On this way you will visit the marvellous attraction of the mountains besides paying a visit to Khansar, which is the city of honey. You will also stop in Golpaygan, which is the city of dairy in Iran, and Mahalat, which is known as the city of flowers.

 

 Day 11: Hamedan and Ali Sadr Cave 

Start the day with a delicious breakfast before exploring the Hamedan province which sits  in the middle of western Iran. It has long and severe winters from September to May with a great deal of snow; however, in summer its pleasant climate offers visitors a welcome break from the soaring temperatures elsewhere. The province is famous for its raisins and in the Persian rug trade it ranks second only to Kerman. Next, you will visit  the tomb of Esther and Mordechai . Located in the city center, this tomb is of Esther, the Queen of Shoosh, who was the wife of Xerxes of Iran. Mordecai, also known as  Mord Khay, was her uncle. The structure was originally constructed about 11 centuries ago, in order to pay homage to these two personalities. This vicinity is a place of pilgrimage for the Jewish sect, and is also held in respect by Muslims. Your next sightseeing stop will be the Ganj Nameh Inscription. These inscriptions are engraved on a mountain and are relics from the period of Darius and Xerxes of the Achaemenian era. Learn how Avicenna was Muslim Persian physician and philosopher. After this fascinating trip, you will visit the tomb of Avicenna and if it is possible, you will next visit Gonbad-e Alavian which is a four-sided 12th century mausoleum belonging to the late Seljuk period. The exploration doesn’t stop there. Your next stop is a trip to the tomb of Baba Taher, which is located in a park, surrounded by flowers and winding paths. Baba Taher is known as one of the most revered early poets in Iranian literature. He was known by the name of Baba Taher-e Oryan , which means ‘The Naked’, which suggests that he may have been a wandering dervish. The last stop will be Ali Sadr Cave which  is the world’s largest water cave that attracts millions of visitors every year. It is located about 100 kilometers north of Hamedan. Since the cave is situated between the large cities of Hamadan, Tehran, and Qom it is a popular destination for Iranians. Tours of the cave are available by pedal boats.

  

Day 12: Excursion to Kermanshah 

Today you will be driven westward to Kermanshah from Hamedan. Kermanshah has a moderate and mountainous climate. In an old town called Kangavar, you will visit the Anahita Temple-the mother goddess of abundance and guardian of water in ancient Persia.  You will then continue the old caravan route to Bistoon which dates back to the Middle Paleolithic. The Achaemenian inscriptions offer 1,200 lines about the battles of Darius the Great who fought against the governors trying to dismantle the Empire originally founded by Cyrus. This was the site where the decisive battle took place, leaving the famous Tablets of Darius. Nearby in the village of Sahneh where you will visit the tomb of Ostad Khalil Alinejad the best player of Tanboor in the world. In Kermanshah you will also explore  the Sassanian rock carvings of Tagh-e-Bostan. These bas-reliefs, cut from the stone cliff, depict royal scenes of battles and hunts reflecting the glorious history of the Sassanid Kings. Finally head back to Hamadan and unwind in your hotel.

 

Day 13: Oranamat via Sanandaj  

 

Today you will visit Sanandaj which is the capital of the Kurdistan province. Here you will visit old bazaars and  the Hajar Khatoon Mosque which is architecturally unique and built more than hundred years ago by Haj Sheikh Shokrollah.  Afterwards you will head to Oranamat Takht village, which is one of the attractive rural areas of Kurdestan. Besides its panoramic views, it has valuable tourism capacities because of the annual performance of an ancient and wonderful ceremony of Peer Shahriar. The Sirvan River flows in the deep valleys of this region and enters Iraq. Here the lands are covered with walnut, pomegranate, fig and mulberry trees – making it the perfect place to take a holiday selfie.

Your next stop is the tomb of Peer Shahriar Urami, who wrote the book Acquaintance of Peer Shahriar.  If there is enough time, then you may have the chance to explore the Oihang and Abdollahi mosques and the tomb of ‘Loskeh Hijij’. Otherwise, you can finally put your feet up as you enjoy an overnight stay in the village of Oramanat Takht.

 

Day 14: Zanjan, via Takab. 

Today you will be driven to Taka to explore the famous historical complex Takht-e-Soleiman which is situated to the north-east of the city and was one of Takab’s oldest Zoroastrian fire temples during the Sassanid Dynasty. Then you will visit  Zanjan which is known for its beautiful handcrafts such as knives, traditional sandals, called charoogh, and malileh, which is a handcraft made with silver wires. Zanjani artists make many things like various decorative dishes and  silver jewellery. Many villagers today are traditional carpet weavers which is perhaps Zanjan’s most popular handicraft.

 

Day 15: Tehran, via Soltanieh and Alamoot 

After a delicious breakfast you will be driven back to Tehran. But along the way, you will explore Zanjan and visit the majestic of Soltanieh Dome. The next adventure will be to Alamoot, which is the unique memorial to the God of Alamoot. Learn how the fortress was destroyed in 1256 by Hulagu Khan as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia. Finally you will arrive back in Tehran for an  overnight stay .

 

Day 16: Depart Iran 

Take time to relish in the final breakfast of your holiday. Enjoy the sunshine before your airport transfer back to the UK. As you depart Iran, you will be filled with fond memories to last a lifetime.


Accommodation:

Kerman Akhavan Hotel – Positioned strategically at the nerve centre of the Kerman city, this hotel with its amiable staff and serene ambiance, makes for an ideal resting place. The hotel boasts friendly staff, delicious food and a welcoming atmosphere- what more could you ask for.

Hotel facilities & amenities:

  • Parking
  • Air condition
  • Wifi
  • Laundry
  • Breakfast

 

Room facilities & amenities:

  • Fridge
  • Air conditioning
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer

 

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 wifi
  • Free parking
  • Room service
  • Free breakfast

 

Room facilities & amenities:

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