Jewels of Persia Tashkent to Tehran

Overview


Tour operates: March until November
No. of days: 20 nights 21 days
Destinations: Tashkent – Samarkand – Bukhara – Mary – Ashgabad – Gas Crater – Mashhad – Shiraz – Persepolis – Pasargadae – Yazd – Maybod – Nain – Isfahan – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran
Transport: Private air conditioned transport, economy class domestic flights
Accommodations: All comfortable class accommodation with private facilities
Guides: Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country
Tour starting point: Tashkent or vice versa
Ends: Tehran or vice versa
Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required


Itinerary


Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Tashkent

Upon arrival at Tashkent international airport, you will be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel, free morning later in the afternoon city tour of Tashkent, visiting mosques and madrassas (Islamic schools) housing craft workshops and dating from the 14th century. We visit the Kukeldash Medressa, a grand 16th century academy undergoing restoration and the History Museum of Uzbekistan and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Overnight in Hotel (D)

Day 02: Samarkand 

In the morning we drive to Samarkand. For most people Samarkand is as mythical as Atlantis or as remote and legendary as Timbouctou. The sublime larger-than-life monuments of Timur, the technicolour bazaar and the city’s long, rich history work a special kind of magic. On arrival we’ll visit the old bazaars for which this exotic city is famous for.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 03: Samarkand Visit

Samarkand, sometimes called the ‘Rome of the Orient’ was already flourishing when Rome and Babylon were founded. During the course of our full day tour we visit the famous Registan Square, Bibi Khanum Mosque, Mausoleum of Tamerlane and the Observatory of Ulughbek; the site where Uleg Bek, grandson of Tamerlane, made some of the greatest achievements of the pre-telescope era of astronomy in the 15th century. We also visit the regal mausoleums of Shah-I Zinda, site of Central Asia’s most sacred Islamic shrine, the massive mosque of Bibi Khanym, and the adjacent colourful market. You can purchase Samarkand’s famous bread which Alexander the Great unsuccessfully tried to have duplicated back home in Greece, or try some of the region’s local produce, from grapes to the world’s tastiest melons of multiple varieties. Our afternoon tour covers the Afrosiab Museum, located on the site of ancient.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 04: Bukhara via Shakhrisabz  

Travel to Bukhara via Shakrisabz, the birthplace of Tamerlane. We visit Tamerlane’s palace Ak Sarai, the Kok Gumbaz mosque, Mausoleum of Jehangir (Tamerlane’s grandson) and Tamerlane’s Mausoleum. Bukhara is one of the center of the Russian/British Intelligence Services in the 19th Century.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 05: Bukhara Visit

Today we explore the old quarter on foot. Bukhara is an ancient city with its bustling “trade domes,” active mosques, and the Kalyan Minaret (“tower of death”), one of Central Asia’s tallest. We’ll stroll around the streets and visit the old town center where old men with long white beards gossip for hours while drinking tea. Bukhara has been designated a World Heritage Site; the resulting restoration of some of the mosques, constructed in the 11th to 15th centuries, to make them appear as if they were built yesterday. There are even some structures still standing that date back to Zorastrian times 2,500 years ago.

We also visit The Ark, a large fortress with the Emir’s open-air throne room and the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani, an intricate and beautiful 10th century brick structure that is nicely preserved. We’ll also venture to the outskirts of Bukhara and visit the summer palace of the last emir, built by a Russian Czar with grand halls and a harem. We will also see Char Minar, a gate of an ancient madrassa long time gone. It was built in 1809 and has more in common with Indian art styles than local.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 06: Bukhara Free day

Full free day in Bukhara at leisure.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 07: Mary (Turkmenistan)

In the morning, drive to the Uzbek Turkmen border and continue to ancient Merv. Today we visit a historically important site; one of the most significant in Turkmenistan. The site consists of a series of towns each succeeded by another throughout the course of history and contains, amongst other things, the remains of Erk Kala and it’s citadel and the Musoleum of Sultan Sanjar.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 08: Ashgabad Flight

In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Ashgabad, later half day sightseeing of Ashgabad including visit of Tolkuchka Bazaar. We continue to Old Nisa, an ancient Parthian settlement and the spiritual Mosque of Turkmenbashi.

Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 09: Ashgabad – Darwaza Gas Crater

Today we visit the National Museum of History & Ethnography of Turkmenistan.

In the afternoon drive to Darwaza Gas Crater, en-route we visit a Nomad village, Karakum desert and continue driving to Darwaza flaming gas crater or the ‘mouth of hell’. The crater is about 60 meters wide and 20 meters deep. Later return to Ashgabad Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 10: Ashgabad – Mashhad (Iran)

In the morning transfer to Iran Turkmen border at Gaudan, where you will be met by your Iranian guide and transferred to Mashhad. Depending on the schedule, possible half day city tour of Mashhad including the local Bazaar.

Overnight in hotel (BD)

Day 11: Mashhad -Shiraz

Mashhad lies on the site where Emam Reza, a direct descendant of the

Prophet Mohammed and the 8th Shiite Imam, died in 817AD. Heir to the

Abbasid caliphate, Emam Reza was poisoned by the then ruling caliph,

Ma’mun. His shrine survived the onslaughts of Mongols and Uzbeks;  it was not until the 16th century, under the rule of the Safavids, that the city became a centre of pilgrimage for the Shia faithful.

We will visit Goharshad mosque and Imam Reza Shrine. Afternoon Domestic flight to Shiraz. Overnight in hotel (BLD)

Day 12: Shiraz

Shiraz, the city of nightingales, poetry and roses;. City tour of Shiraz including a visit to Narenjestan or Orange 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 at hotel (BLD)

Day 13: 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 materializing the rapid progress of the province in both pre-Islamic and Islamic era.

Morning excursion to Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), Necropolis

(Naghsh-e-Rostam) and Naqsh-e Rajab (about 70 km per way).

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 Hotel (BLD)

Day 14: Shiraz-Pasargadae-Yazd

Drive to Yazd en-route we will stop at Pasargadae, Pasargadae was the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, in the 6th century BC. It’s palaces, gardens and the mausoleum of Cyrus are outstanding examples of the early royal Achaemenid art and are exceptional testimonies of Persian civilization. Later drive to Yazd

Overnight in hotel (BLD).

Day 15: 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 hotel (BLD)

Day 16: 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 hotel (BLD)

Day 17: 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 hotel (BLD)

Day 18: 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 hotel (BLD)

Day 19: Isfahan – Abyaneh – Kashan – Tehran

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. Later drive to Tehran.

Overnight at hotel (BLD)

Day 20: Tehran Visit

Tehran is the capital city of Iran, 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 and is home to the usual tourist attractions such as museums, shopping centres.  Tehran with its numerous museums houses the most important collection of recent and remote Persian art and culture.

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 at hotel (BLD)

Day 21: Tehran departure

Depending on International flight schedule; 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 based on comfort class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $6300 $5400 $4565 $4175 $895

 

Tour cost based on tourists class hotels

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10 Above Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $5320 $4500 $3880 $3280 $570

 

Hotels

Places Premium class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Tashkent Lotte City Tashkent Palace or Raddison Blu  Uzbekistan Hotel
Samarkand  Asia or Grand Superior Malika Prime
Bukhara Asia Zargaron hotel or Amelia
Mary Mary hotel Margosh hotel
Ashgabad Nusay, Yildyz or Oguzkent Hotel Grand hotel
Mashhad Pars hotel Tehran hotel
Shiraz Pars Hotel or Chamran Grand Hotel Ario Barzan or Park Sa’adi hotel
Yazd Parsian Safaieh 4* Parsian Safaieh
Isfahan Abbasi Hotel Parsian Aliqapu Hotel
Tehran Parsian Azadi Grand hotel Parsian Enghelab

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

Tour departures – 2018

Starting Date Ending Date Availability  
01-April 21-Apr AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-April 5-May AVAILABLE Enquire Now
05-May 25-May AVAILABLE Enquire Now
20-May 09-Jun AVAILABLE Enquire Now
02-June 22-Jun AVAILABLE Enquire Now
17-Jun 07-Jul AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-Jul 21-July AVAILABLE Enquire Now
22-Jul 11-Aug AVAILABLE Enquire Now
05-Aug 25-Aug AVAILABLE Enquire Now
25-Aug 14-Sep AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-Sep 21-Sep AVAILABLE Enquire Now
16-Sep 06-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
22-Sep 12-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-Oct 21-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
 

 

TOUR COST INCLUDES

All private transfers in air-conditioned cars, van and busses depends on the group size, day trip by 4×4 Darvaza Crater, domestic flights.
Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities
Meals half board: Key (B) Breakfast (D) Dinner
All the sightseeing tours as described in the itinerary and entrance fees
Fully escorted by our English speaking guides in each country
Visa support letters if required

TOUR COST EXCLUDES

Visa Fees.
Expenses in hotels such as laundry, telephone and room service, etc.
Optional activities
Meals: Lunches
Personal expanses
Single supplement
Tipping for Guides and drivers
Early check in hotels and late checkout
Camera and Video fees at sites

 

***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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