Treasures of Persia Iran

Overview

Tour operates: March until November

No. of days: 18 nights 19 days

Destinations: Tehran – Qazvin  – Hamedan – Kermanshah – Ahvaz – Susa – Chogha Zanbil – Shushtar – Bishapour – Shiraz – Persepolis- Naghsh-e-Rostam – Bavanat – Yazd – Maybod- Na’in -Isfahan – Abyaneh- Qom

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 and Ending point: Tehran

Guaranteed departure: Daily- Minimum 2 people required

Itinerary

Day by day itinerary

Day 01: Tehran

Upon arrival at Tehran international airport you will be met by our Guide and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hotel (D)

Day 02: 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 Hotel (BLD)

Day 3: Tehran – Qazvin – Hamadan

Today we drive to Hamadan, En-route we stop at Qazvin. Qazvin was an ancient capital in the Persian Empire and nowadays is known as calligraphy capital of Iran. In Qazvin we visit Jame Mosque and Qazvin Chehel Sotun palace later we continue to Hamadan. Hamadan is one of the oldest continually inhabited towns in the world. At one time it was the summer capital of the Achaemenians when Susa (Shush) was their winter capital. The afternoon sightseeing in Hamadan will include Tepe Ecbatana (an archaeological site dating back to 700-500 B.C.), Avicenna tomb, Stone Lion, the Tombs of Esther and Mordecai, a major Jewish pilgrimage center; the 12th-century Alavyan Tomb Tower, Treasure Valley and the Ganj-Nameh inscriptions by Darius and his son Xerxes. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 4: Hamedan-Kermanshah

Today we drive to Kermanshah. Visit the Temple of Anahita, built in 200 B.C. during the Hellenistic occupation of western Iran, at Kangavar. Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility, was worshipped in ancient Persia along with Zoroastrian Ahura-Mazda; also visit the site of the relief and inscriptions of Darius the Great at Bisotoun, which depicts Darius facing the nine rebel kings whom the Achaemenid ruler suppressed when he came to power. On to Kermanshah to visit the several important Sassanian reliefs at Tagh-e-Bostan (some inside a grotto), depicting royal hunting scenes and the investiture of the Sassanian kings, including the gigantic equestrian statue of Khosrow II (AD 591-628), mounted on this favourite charger Shabdiz. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 5: Kermanshah-Ahvaz

In the morning drive to Ahvaz via Pol-e-Dokhtar, and visit remains of Sassanian Bridge over Kashkan River; continue to Ahvaz. In the afternoon we visit the local Arabic bazaar. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 6: Excursion to Susa-Chogha Zanbil- Shushtar

Day excursion to Chogha-Zanbil UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the ziggurat built around 1250 B.C. by the Elamite king Untash-Gal. Also visit Haft-Tappeh (Elamite Necropolis), Susa and the remains of the Achaemenian palaces (plus the nearby Tomb of Biblical Prophet Daniel). The Apadana Palace at Susa dates to Achaemenian time, and Shushtar to the 3rd century AD. Susa (Soush or Shush) is one of the oldest cities in the world. Excavations have established that people were living at the Acropolis in 5000 B.C., and have shown the existence of urban structures about the year 4000 B.C. It is reasonable that the town, situated on a strip of land between the rivers Karkheh (Choaspes) and Dez (Eulaeus), was already the political center of Elam in the fourth millennium B.C. Susa was the favourite residence of the Persian king Darius. The scene of the Biblical book of Esther is set in Susa, where king Ahasuerus (Xerxes) resided. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 7: Ahvaz- Bishapour- Shiraz

In the morning we drive to Shiraz, en-route visit the single Sassanian Relief at Sarab-e-Bahram above a spring, and on to Bishapour (built in honor of “Ardevisur Anahita,” the female guardian angel of waters and fertility). See remains of the Sassanian city built by Shapur 1st (241-273 A.D.), the second Sassanian king. The building complex includes a central chamber, a large courtyard which had been covered with impressive mosaics, plus the remains of a temple also dedicated to Anahita. On either side of a narrow gorge, there are also six Sassanian rock-reliefs at Tang-e-Chogan, commemorating Shapur’s victories over the Romans and other adversaries. After lunch continue to Shiraz. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 08: Shiraz- Persepolis- Naghsh-e-Rostam

Today we visit Persepolis, one of the world’s most magnificent archaeological sites. Known as Parsa to the ancient Persians, this site was the ceremonial capital of Iran’s Achaemenian kings from the time of Darius the Great (reign 522 to 485) for more than 200 years until its destruction by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. This afternoon visit Naghsh-e-Rajab, the site of four fine Sassanian rock reliefs, then continue to Naghsh-e-Rostam where four giant rock-cut tombs house the remains of Darius the Great and three of his successors. Later return to Shiraz. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 09: Shiraz

Shiraz, the city of nightingales, poetry and roses is the center of Fars Province. 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 in Hotel (BLD)

Day 10: Shiraz- Bavanat

Today we drive to Bavanat in the heart of the Zagrus Mountain. Overnight in a local traditional house in Bazm village (BLD)

Day 11: Bavanat

An easy day around Bavanat village, optional hike around the village and Walnut forest you will have a chance to learn about the local customs and way of living. Overnight in a local traditional house in Bazm village (BLD)

Day 12: Bavanat – Yazd

Today we drive to Yazd, after lunch city tour of Yazd. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 13: Yazd Visit

Full day city tour of 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 14: Yazd- Maybod- Na’in -Isfahan

Morning drive to Isfahan, en-route we will be visiting the small desert towns of Na’in and Maybod. At Maybod visit the ancient ruined citadel and well preserved caravanserai, then continue to Na’in a town that 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. Later continue driving to Isfahan. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 15: Isfahan

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, its 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.  Isfahan with numerous monuments for which it is world-famous has the greatest attractions for tourists.  It is really a museum in the open air. Overnight in Hotel (BD)

Day 16: Isfahan

Full day tour of Isfahan magnificent buildings; some of the greatest examples of Islamic architecture including the Royal (Naqsh-e-Jahan) square, the Shah Abbas Jameh mosque & Sheikh Lotfullah mosques, Ali-Qapu Palace & free time for Bazaar spanning 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 17: Isfahan- Abyaneh

In the morning drive to Abyaneh. En-route we stop at the charming town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex of Friday Mosque, Monastery and Tomb of Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani. Later we drive to the historical village of Abyaneh, one of the oldest in Iran. The town is set on a steep hillside and has a distinctive reddish hue. The narrow lanes show a reverence for nature, and the roofs of some houses serve as a courtyard for houses higher up the slope. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 18: Kashan-Qom-Tehran

In the morning drive to Tehran on the way we stop at the oasis city of Kashan, Kashan is a home to some of the best traditional houses such as Brujerdi House (a Samovar merchant), as well as beautiful gardens such as Fin Garden. Later drive to Tehran, en-route we stop at the religious city of Qom, considered one of the most important theological academic centers, and host to the holy shrine of Hazrat-e-Masoumeh. Later continue to Tehran. Overnight in Hotel (BLD)

Day 19:Tehran Onward Flight

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 premium class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $4050 $3550  $2950 $2820 $385

Tour cost tourists class

No of Pax. 2 3-5 6-9 10-14 Single Supplement
Price in US Dollar per person $3740  $3320  $2730  $2600  $275

Hotels

Places Premium class hotels Tourist Class hotels
Tehran Parsian Azadi Grand Hotel Parsian Engilab Hotel
Hamadan Parsian Azadi Hamadan Parsian Azadi Hamadan
Kermanshah Parsian Kermanshah  Parsian Kermanshah
Ahvaz Pars Hotel Pars Hotel
Shiraz Pars or Chamran Grand Hotel Ario Barzan or Park Saadi Hotel
Bavanat Home Stay Home Stay
Yazd Safaieh Hotel Safaieh Hotel
Isfahan Abbasi Hotel Parsian Aliqapu Hotel
Abyaneh Abyaneh Hotel  Abyaneh Hotel

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

Tour departures 2016

Starting Date Ending Date Availability
1-March 19-March AVAILABLE Enquire Now
30-March 17 April AVAILABLE Enquire Now
7-April 25-April AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-April 03-May AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1- May 19-May AVAILABLE Enquire Now
19-May 6-June AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-June 19-June AVAILABLE Enquire Now
15-June 3-July AVAILABLE Enquire Now
24-June 02-July AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-July 19-July AVAILABLE Enquire Now
14-July 1-Aug AVAILABLE Enquire Now
21-July 8-Aug AVAILABLE Enquire Now
3-August 21-August AVAILABLE Enquire Now
18-August 5-Sep AVAILABLE Enquire Now
1-Sep 19-Sep AVAILABLE Enquire Now
14-Sep 02-Sep AVAILABLE Enquire Now
28-Sep 16-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
05-Oct 23-Oct AVAILABLE Enquire Now
20-Oct 07-Nov AVAILABLE Enquire Now
01-Nov 19-Nov AVAILABLE Enquire Now
09-Nov 27-Nov AVAILABLE Enquire Now

TOUR COST INCLUDES

• All domestic transportation with private transfers,mentioned in the itinerary.

• Twin sharing accommodation at hotels mentioned above with private facilities (2 nights home stay with communal 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

• Fully escorted by our 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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