Iran Discovery Tour

Overview

Tour operates: Around the year

No. of days: 10 nights 11 days

Destinations:  Shiraz – Persepolis- Yazd – Maybod- Nain -Isfahan – Abyaneh- Kashan – Tehran

Transport: Private air conditioned transport

Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities

Guides: Fully escorted by our experienced local English speaking guide

Tour starting point: Shiraz Ending point: Tehran

Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 1: Shiraz
On arrival at Shiraz airport you will be greeted by our local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Later, a city tour of Shiraz; the city of nightingales, poetry and roses. We visit Narenjestan Garden built in 1879-1886 as a reception hall for visitors and was also used as the governor’s residence during the late Qajar period. Also included is Khan theological school and Bazaar, then enjoy tea and ice cream while listening to recitals in traditional teahouse of the mausoleum of the famous Iranian poet Hafez. Overnight in Shiraz at hotel (D)
Day 2: Day trip to Persepolis – Necropolis
Fars province is greatly indebted to the settlement of the Achaemenid and Sassanian dynasties for its glorious cultural heritage. Scattered all over the territory of Fars are monuments representing its rapid progress in both pre-Islamic and Islamic era.
Morning excursion to Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Necropolis.
A visit to the ruins of the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the highlights of any trip to Iran.  Persepolis is the best preserved of Persia’s ruined cities and the finest legacy of the great Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia between 559 and 330 BC.  The most impressive features of the ruins are the splendid bas-reliefs, which adorn many of the staircases and palaces on the site and provide a rich treasure house of ancient history.
At Necropolis you will find the tomb of the four powerful Achaemenian kings carved into huge rocks.
Later return to Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz at hotel (BLD)
Day 03: Pasargadae – Yazd
On the way to Yazd we visit Pasargadae, the site of the tomb and remains of palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire, all located in the magnificent Dasht-e-Morghab. Driving through the typical desert town of Abarkuh we stop and and have tea under the shade of a 4,000-year old Cypress tree before arriving into Yazd and checking into our hotel. Overnight in Yazd at hotel. (BLD)
Day 4: Yazd
Yazd is still home to Iran’s largest community of Zoroastrians, and the best place to visit an Ateshkadeh (House of Eternal Fire) and the Towers of Silence, the Zoroastrian burial grounds. Although the temple is modern (built in the 1940s), the sacred fire has been burning since 470 AD.  Yazd is also an ancient city with its unique desert architecture and its “Badgirs”, the wind towers designed to catch and circulate the merest breath of wind.  The mosques of Yazd are like no others and the magnificent Jame Mosque dominates the old city.  Its remarkably high, tiled entrance, flanked with two magnificent minarets and adorned with an inscription from the 15th century, is simply superb.  This city has always been a great weaving center, known for its silks and other fabrics even before Marco Polo passed through along one of the Silk Routes in the late 13th century. Dolat Abad Garden, Water Museum and a traditional house are among the other visits. The stunning three-storey façade of the Tekiyeh in the Amir Chakhmaq Complex at sunset is one of the most spectacular features of Yazd. Overnight in Yazd at hotel (BLD).
Day 5: Yazd – Maybod – Na’in – Isfahan
Drive to Isfahan, en-route we will visit the old town of Maybod, established in the Medes Era. Later, drive to Na’in. Na’in is located in the geographic centre of Iran and is a famous carpet making centre. Na’in is also noted for its very old Masjid-e-Jame, which dates from the early Islamic period and contains some features from the 10th century. Overnight in Isfahan at hotel (BLD)
Day 6: Isfahan Visit
Isfahan is Iran’s masterpiece, the jewels of Historical Persia and one of the finest cities in the Islamic world.  The exquisite blue mosaic tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings, it’s expansive bazaar and the city’s gorgeous bridges demand as much of your time as you can spare. The history of the city dates back to 2700 years ago. It was the capital of Iran in a number of the post-Islamic periods, but its golden age was during the Safavid dynasty in 17th century.
Full day tour of Isfahan’s magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh and Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace plus free time for the Bazaar (spans 5 km).  In the evening an optional visit to a Zoorkhaneh (House of Strength) to watch this traditional Iranian sport – a combination of physical and spiritual aerobics, with participants chanting to the powerful drums of their master .
Overnight in Isfahan at hotel (BLD)
Day 7: Isfahan Visit
City tour of Isfahan – A visit to the Armenian quarter to tour the Vank Cathedral, built between 1606 and 1655 and the Zayandehrud River. Chehel Sotun Palace with its beautiful frescos located in a pretty garden is our next stop.  Shah Abbas II originally built it as a pleasure pavilion and reception hall.  On to Jame Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, displaying styles from the 11th to the 18th centuries. Evening tour of Isfahan including Si-o-Se & Khaju bridges. Overnight in Isfahan at hotel (BLD)
Day 8: Isfahan – Abyaneh – Kashan
Drive to Tehran en-route stop in Abyaneh and Kashan. Abyaneh is a small picturesque reddish village dating back 1600 years.
Later continue driving to Kashan. Kashan is attractive oasis city which was once a favourite of Shah Abbas I. Kashan is also home to some of the best traditional houses including the Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Overnight in Kashan at hotel (BLD)
Day 9: Tehran
Easy morning later in the afternoon drive to Tehran.
Tehran is a diverse and beautiful city combining the ancient civilisation of Iran with modern developments and living. It is positioned at the base of the Alborz mountain range in Northern Iran.  Tehran with its numerous museums houses the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture. Overnight in Tehran at hotel (BLD)
Day 10: Tehran Visit
Full day city tour of Tehran. A visit to the prehistoric National Museum of Iran. This museum houses a marvellous collection including ceramics, potteries, stone figures and carvings dating from around the 7th millennium BC. A visit to Ceramic & Glassware Museum (Abgineh Museum) followed by the Carpet Museum.  Here you will have access to many of the masterpieces woven in the important carpet-weaving centres of Iran.  The beautiful architecture and façade of the museum resembles a carpet-weaving loom.
***Please note: our schedule to visit museums may vary depending on museum hours/days and when they are open to the public.
Overnight in Tehran at hotel (BLD)
Day 11:Tehran departure
Our service will end with airport transfer.(B)

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Dates/Prices

Tour costs and Dates

We guarantee all tour departures for a minimum of 2 passengers. In order to confirm your booking we will need a non-refundable deposit of 400 USD per person. The final invoice will be sent to you 4 weeks before the tour departure, the final cost dependent on the final group size. If the following dates or the described itinerary does not meet your travel needs, please write to us, we can arrange a customized tour for you.

 Tour cost comfort class accomodation

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3535 $2890  $2580 $2400 $445

Tour cost tourists class accomodation

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3070  $2590  $2235  $2100  $375

Hotels

Places Comfort class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Shiraz Zandiye, Homa or Chamran Hotel Ario Barzan or Park Sa’adi hotel
Yazd Arg, Dad or Moshir Hotel Mehr, Labe Khandaq or Malek Tojir
Isfahan Abbasi or Kosar Hotel Setareh, Safir, Firuzi Hotel
Kashan Ameri, Raheb Hotel Manuchehri or Ehsan Hotel
Tehran Espinas, Parsian, or Homa Hotel Malik, Evin or Mashhad Hotel

*** Please note that all above hotels are subject to availability or we will arrange
alternative hotels of a similar standard.

Tour departures 2017 -2018

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TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation with private transfers,mentioned in the itinerary.
• Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities 
• Meals Full Board Please follow the key above (B) Breakfasts (L) Lunches (D) Dinners
• All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
• Experienced local English speaking Guide
• Visa letter support

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

• Visa Fees.
• Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
• Optional activities
• Meals Lunches
• Personal expanses
• Single supplements
• Tips for Guides and drivers

If you would like to customize your trip please write to us we are more than happy to arrange your trip according to your request  

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