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IRAN - DISCOVER PERSIA

TRIP CODE IDP20 In-dept Cultural Tour

DAYS
10
DEPOSIT FROM
108 €/pp
PRICE FROM
1080 €/pp

10 DAYS

8 NIGHTS

35 LANDMARKS

8 UNESCO SITES

GROUP SIZE

2- 12 PERSONS

8 NIGHTS

IN 3 * & 4 * HOTELS

INCLUDED MEALS

8 BREAKFASTS, 8 DINNERS

TRANSPORTATION

PRIVATE COACH, VAN, CAR

TEAM

CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE & DRIVER

Tour Overview

Step back in time to the cradle of civilization and discover the Land of the Persians standing at the crossroads of history with its rich cultural heritage and 7000-year-old culture. Our captivating ten-day tour is an authentic introduction to a magnificent country of contradictions; Iran is a unique and wonderful country. Take a journey through the most celebrated and unforgettable Persian cultural landmarks that will narrate the tale of ancient Persia and the spirit of modern Iran. Traversing the country from the capital city, Tehran to Shiraz, Kerman, Mahan, Yazd, and Isfahan and on to Shiraz. Explore, discover, and dream where history commenced. Take the Scenic routes through this remarkable country, where natural wonders, iconic ancient landmarks, and world heritage sites are yours to explore. You are invited to explore the ancient Persia, a living museum of world history encircled by tradition and modernity. Immerse yourself into a glorious era as you walk in the footsteps of Achaemenian great kings in Persepolis and Necropolis. Discover the complexities of this nation on this 10-day journey.

Highlights at a Glance:

Step back in time to the cradle of Persian civilization! Explore, discover, and dream where history began in the Land of the Persians. Stand in awe before the fascinating scenery and ancient wonders of the Kingdom of Achaemenid. Embark on one of your life’s greatest journeys.

Itinerary Details

Today you will make your own way to your selected gateway Airport for your international flight to Tehran, Iran. Embark on an exclusive and unique small group journey through magnificent Persia and discover this country's deep and rich history and its archeological wonders. Upon Arrival at IKA International Airport, meet and greet by an Irangard Travel representative and be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Tehran. You will have time to refresh before embarking on an enthralling tour of this city brimming with culture and history On the following day.

Overnight: Tehran
Meals:

Welcome to the Iranian capital city, Tehran. A megacity which generously steeped in history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in the Middle East, where there is much to be discovered. This morning starts with a visit to the sumptuous Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you will enjoy visiting a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the perfect integration of Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. Next, you will spend some time taking a stroll around the Tehran Grand Bazaar, which is located a few steps far from Golestan Palace and is one of the largest covered ones in the world. In the afternoon, you visit the National Museum of Iran, displaying the most impressive collection of prestigious relics and historical findings. The selection here presents the nation's rich history and civilization. In the late afternoon, before you will be driven to Tehran domestic airport for your flight to Kerman, you visit the wonderful Azadi Tower that is the most famous iconic landmark of Tehran commissioned to celebrate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.

Overnight: Kerman
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

After pleaset breakfast, you will start the morning of your tour right with an exploration of an iconic tourist attraction in Mahan; the Tomb of Shah Nematollah Vali, Mahan's most famous shrine, will be your first stop. This impressive sacred complex is dedicated to the spirit of the late Shah Nematollah, Iranian poet, sage, and a great Sufi leader (1330-1431) and it is believed to be the burial place of him. Marvel at the intricate design of this mind-bending mausoleum! Then it is time to make the way to Rayen, to the most famous Sassanid Citadel that reflects a unique blend of the cultural heritage of ancient Persian, a town that Marco Polo visited in the 13th century. Wandering through the narrow alleys of this beautifully preserved original castle is like taking a step back in time. Next up is a visit to one of the significant Persian treasures, the famed Shazdeh Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site). You spend some great time strolling through this beautiful garden and enjoying its fantastic atmosphere. In the late afternoon, you will be driven to Kerman to explore the authentic identity of the city. You can take a stroll through the Grand Bazaar as well as the Ganj Ali Khan Complex, where you can pay a visit to the Kerman Friday Mosque, an old Caravanserai, and a Kerman main Square. To wrap up your tour, if time permits, you can opt to have a tea or Shisha in a wonderful Traditional Teahouse here! The rest of the evening is free to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight: Kerman
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

This morning, as soon as you have your breakfast, you head out from Kerman on a five-hour drive northwest to the desert city of Yazd. Stopping off at the fascinating Zein-o-Din, where you will visit a 16th century renovated circled caravanserai with panoramic views of the desert, one of the so-called ancient motels on the Silk Road. This old, dilapidated building was completely renovated by local artists, and the result is an incredible building to visit. Then continue your trip to Yazd, one of the most alluring cities in Persia. The awesome desert city of Yazd is renowned for its unique desert architecture, regarded by UNESCO as one of the ancient towns on Earth, perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the surrounding desert. The Zoroastrian religion also survives in here where you visit the Temple of Eternal Fire. Afterward, you set out for the old Towers of Silence on the edge of the city, where in the past decades, the bodies of deceased Zoroastrians were placed and exposed to scavenger birds, which as per their beliefs, is the most sacred method of dealing with the dead. Next up is Amir Chakhmaq Complex, where you will admire an awe-inspiring and prominent landmark comprising of a large square, a caravanserai, a Mosque, a Water Reservoir, several wind catchers and a Portal for Shia Religious Gatherings and ceremonies. Yazd is also best known for its sweets and confections. All Iranian and foreign visitors to this desert city must visit the local treasure of Haj Khalifa Confectionery in Amir Chakhmaq Square. Here, you can try the famous Iranian Baklava Pastries, Ghotab (Doughnut hole-shaped cookies), Lozenârgil (coconut diamonds), and Pashmak (cotton candy). Then in the old historical Fahadan District, you have the chance for a stroll through the winding alley of the Fahadan Old Town. At the end of your today's adventuring, you will be transferred to the hotel to enjoy an evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Yazd
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

After a pleasant breakfast, you will leave the city of Yazd behind as you head out of the city on an eight-hour drive to Shiraz. This memorable day takes you first to one of the oldest Persian capital cities, the ancient Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the first capital city of the Achaemenid Empire, which was founded by Cyrus, the Great King of the Achaemenes in the 6th century BC. Your guide will take you around and show you the architectural details of the Tomb of Cyrus and the ruins of the first palace complex of the Persians. After admiring today's highlights, you will continue driving to Shiraz and stay at your hotel for two nights.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Today you will take a nice full day of sightseeing to feel both the past and present of Shiraz. In this charming city with interesting sites to visit, you will first visit the Tomb of the Persian Mystic Poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens. Next, you will have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Grand Bazaar. Before leaving the Bazaar, sample the local Saffron ice cream and the Shirazi Faloodeh. It is a delicious combination of rice noodles, iced rosewater, and sugar, then mixed with a touch of lemon juice. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the colorfully decorated Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (the Pink Mosque), where sunlight streaming through its extensive colored glasses and windows. Next up is a wonderful visit to the Naranjestan Garden, an architectural marvel from the Qajar era and a precious gem among all the typical Persian Gardens in Shiraz with its sour orange and palm trees. Time permitting; the rest of the afternoon, you will visit Hamzeh Shrine, a revered Shia shrine noted for the glittering mirror work adorning its central dome. After admiring the landmarks of Shiraz, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

You will leave the charming city of Shiraz behind and drive to Isfahan. This memorable day takes you first to three incredible Persian highlights. Your guide will lead you through 2500 years of Persian history, Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), that was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Darius the Great founded this palatial complex in the 6th century BC. You can pass through all palaces there in Persepolis and immerse yourself in millennia of history and the tunnel of time. Later you proceed to Naghshe Rostam, the ancient Achaemenid Necropolis where you will visit four gigantic royal tombs and some Sassanian Rock Reliefs. After admiring highlight today, you will continue driving to Isfahan and stay at your hotel for two nights.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

This day is devoted to the exploration of the most glorious city of Iran, Isfahan. Following breakfast, your guide leads you for a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant toursit attractions of the city. Immerse in Isfahan sophisticated charms and discover the UNESCO heritage-listed Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the world's second-largest one with four amazing landmarks at four sides, Imam Mosque, the exquisite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Isfahan Grand Bazaar where you can visit some workshops of artists who paint miniature on camel bone or weave magnificent Persian carpets. In the evening, enjoy visiting Chehel Sotun Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Shah Abbas II built this graceful pavilion in the 17th century for entertainment and court receptions. After a short break for tea and some sweets in one of the most beautiful Traditional Teahouses, you take a relaxing walk through the Isfahan Grand Bazaar and explore elaborate Persian handicrafts, artworks, and lovely souvenirs of the city.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Following breakfast, you start your journey on an exciting day-trip to Kashan. On a fantastic route, you will have the chance to visit the crimson-colored old Village of Abyaneh, one of the last surviving Zoroastrian places to visit. Then, you move to Kashan, a beautiful city to visit the Fin Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is one of the most beautiful Persian Gardens dating back to the 17th century. Then continue exploring the awe-inspiring  House of Boroujerdiha. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Tehran IKA international airport for your flights home.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast , Dinner

Today marks the end of your tour to Persia.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals:

Itinerary Map

Travel Route

Tehran 450 KM 1
Kerman 450 KM 2
Yazd 450 KM 1
Shiraz 450 KM 2
Isfahan 450 KM 3
Kashan 450 KM 1

We are one of the few Iranian tour operators to include as many inclusions as possible into our tour packages. There are no hidden charges on your tour. The list of inclusions is very abundant and covers entrance fees, meals, transport, accommodation, and tour guiding, to name a few! Our quest is to limit the group size to a maximum of 12 guests! This will surely give us great flexibility in our itineraries, and we can adjust our tours depending on the group interests.

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The single supplement refers to a travel industry premium surcharged to solo travelers to compensate for a hotel for losses incurred because only one person is staying in a room. Our tour prices are calculated based on the standard-room charge that is divided between two persons sharing a twin or double room during the tour. If a solo traveler prefers to stay in their own hotel room, the single supplement is then an additional charge to cover the full cost of the room. Please bear in mind that paying the price of a room's single supplement reserves the right to occupy a single room alone, without any room sharing. In some cases, the rooms available are of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some rare cases, they may be smaller. Kindly check the amount of single supplement for every Iran trip that you intend to join!
In 2019, IrangardTravel accepted only about 60% of Tour leader and tour guide applicants. Applicants for the leader/guide position have to endure a strict process of selection that entails an all-around application review, different stages of interviews with the top managers of our travel company. Many of our present leaders are teachers, lecturers, and professionals with a bachelor's and often a master's degree in history, architecture, art history, tourism management, etc. Candidates who have already been selected as our tour guides/leaders are familiar with their tasks; they are committed to being professional, friendly, flexible, resilient, resourceful, and proactive. We at IrangardTravel endeavor to provide you and your group with the services of an experienced and certified tour guide who serves you from the very first seconds of your arrival to the last ones of your departure. Once your adventure in Iran starts, our tour guide is there to serve you. The tour leader's main task is to take the hassle out of your trip and to help you have the best moments of your trip to Iran. Your appointed local guide has an excellent command of English, is specially trained for our tour programs. Your guide will provide unique information on every place of interest and sightseeing you are going through, offer the best possible suggestions for things to do, and visit, recommend best local venues for eating-out, and introduce you to the widespread norms, values, and customs of the Persians. You can expect your guide to having a vast specialized knowledge of the places visited during the trip, including cultural, religious, and social, historical aspects. Meanwhile, to serve our clients better, our tour guide staff is fluent in several languages such as English, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.
In Iran, the usual dress code of the country must be observed. You should dress in a way that does not violate the cultural customs of the host country, because you are going to find out an Islamic state. All-female travelers must dress in public according to the Islamic rules in force in Iran. A headscarf and a coat reaching over the knees are obligatory for the women already upon entry to the country. The scarf does not necessarily have to cover the entire head and can have on pattern shapes and different colors. This includes clothing that is remote from the body, covering the body, e.g., a long, non-tailored coat in subtle colors, including long trousers or opaque stockings, or long trousers with a long-sleeved blouse. A woman who is traveling is best off with closed shoes, even if sandals are accepted. Make-up should only be applied discreetly. This must be worn in combination with opaque stockings or better with trousers. Men should wear long pants, but short shirts/T-shirts are no problem at all.
Effective as of September 2011, all travelers who lodge an Iran visa application, along with other visa requirements, should present an adequate medical travel insurance coverage issued by an Iranian or foreign insurance company. At Irangard Travel, we believe that safety is a major concern to all of us and it is one of the essential parts of your trips that should not be neglected. A medical travel insurance plan is, therefore, compulsory whenever you start your travel to Iran. As such, we strongly suggest that once you book and confirm your journey, you take out insurance from a reliable company that includes adequate coverage for lost or damaged baggage, medical expenses, and the cost of emergency repatriation to the home country in case of a medical emergency. You should be aware that it should clearly be stated in the insurance policy that its coverage is exclusively valid for Iran during your trip, and it offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. We at Irangard travel can provide you with comprehensive travel insurance that is adequately tailored for your Iran trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed in the itinerary.
IRAN is a conservative Islamic country. The Iranian government strives to implement Islamic laws very strictly and enforced it on their people. According to Islamic law, Alcohol is completely banned in Iran. This restriction includes brewing, consuming, importing, and selling all kinds of alcoholic drinks. Officially, there is no chance that you can get hold of Alcohol in the country. It is also strictly illegal to bring any alcohol over the border or to cross the border. Therefore, travelers are not allowed to take advantage of any duty-free alcohol allowance when entering Iran. It is important to note that since your luggage will be randomly checked by X-ray upon arrival at the Iranian international airports, you are advised to take no risk of carrying Alcohol into the country! Convicted offenders face fines and imprisonment. Iranian law strictly prohibits the taking of obscene matter and controversial literature to the country. Any transfer or attempt to transfer such illegal material to Iran is punishable under Iranian law.
Irangard travel endeavors to conduct all our tours as published and outlined on our website. The fact is that some circumstances that are beyond our control may require an adjustment to the itineraries or its inclusions. We strive to avoid such changes. However, we reserve the right to change, modify, or adjust the itineraries, sightseeing, excursions, hotels, or flight schedules as deemed appropriate. Although not expected, published prices on this website may be modified due to unexpected significant external factors not forecast at the time of publication. We endeavor to operate the program as outlined herein. However, circumstances beyond our control may require an adjustment to the program or its inclusions. We strive to avoid such changes, but reserve the right to make such modifications. if a traveler cancels his or her trip because of a program change, normal cancellation penalties will apply.
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