Discover Persia

Code: OT1110002
10 DAYS - 9 NIGHTS
  • Naghshe_Jahan_Square_Isfahan_modified - Discover Persia Tour
  • Cultural Tours

Basic Information:

Duration
10 days
Travel style
Discovery
Best time to go
All months
Max group size
15
Physical rating
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Age requirement
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Accommodation
3* Hotel / Boutique hotel
Transportation
Minibus / Middle bus / Private car depending on your group size
Meals
B.B

Discover Persia Tour Highlights:

We’ve put together the Discover Persia Tour to provide you with enough time and a comprehensive itinerary to fully experience and enjoy the best that Persia has to offer in terms of history and culture, plus giving you an insight into modern life in Iran by two Brits who live here in Shiraz.

Included Services & Notes:

Professional licensed guide
All accommodation:

  • 9 nights in 3* hotels / Boutique hotel

Notes:
The price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Single   rooms cost extra fee.
Private or single rooms are not available in traditional guest  house. Sleeping equipment are traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets. No Bed!

 Twin/double/single
  • 10 breakfast
  • 2 bottles of water + fruits + snacks per day
All transfers and transportation:

  • Minibus / Middle bus / Private car depending on your group size
  • 1 domestic flight
Visit more than 10 amazing UNESCO world heritage site

Excluded Services:

  • International flights
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Food meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Tips to local guides and drivers

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Day 1: Tehran

Welcome to Iran. To be met by your tour guide at the airport (IKA airport), you will be transferred to your hotel. We visit Reza Abbasi museum is collections on display and in the storage of this museum belong to a period from the 2nd millennium BC to the early 20th century which corresponds to the end of Qajar period.  After sightseeing, we will host you in a traditional restaurant for a dinner. O/N Tehran

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Day 2: Tehran - Shiraz

A full day Sightseeing in Tehran including Golestan Palace*, National museum with astonishing historical objects since the 5th millennium B.C to the 7 century A.D, and The National Jewelry Treasury is housed within the Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran. At this museum, you’ll be dazzled by a majestic collection of crown jewels, many of them gathered from around world during the Safavid Dynasty that ruled from 1502 to 1736. Also part of this glittering collection is the Naderi Throne; made of wood, covered in gold, and encrusted with more than 26,000 precious gemstones, some believe that this throne was inspired by the legendary Peacock Throne of Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor who built the Taj Mahal. In the evening take a flight to Shiraz, the city of poet, literature and ancient history. O/N Shiraz

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Day 3: Shiraz

At the beginning of the third day, we will have a full day city tour including Eram Garden* called in Persian "Baghe Eram" (registered in UNESCO world heritage sites) which the building and the garden were built during the middle of the thirteenth century by the Ilkhanate or a paramount chief of the Qashqai tribes of Pars and famous for its long and beautiful cypresses. After that, you’ll visit Karim Khan Citadel, Built during the Zand Dynasty as a residential military palace.
Then you’ll have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar, home to hundreds of stores, beautiful courtyards, and even an ancient caravanserai. After that, you will visit Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) few steps far from Vakil Bazaar.
At evening, we will visit the tomb of Hafez and Saadi (Saʿdī), two of Persian most outstanding world famous poets.
O/N Shiraz

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Day 4: Shiraz - Yazd

In the morning, we have a full day of driving to reach our destination of Yazd, the city in the heart of desert nicknamed the "City of Wind catchers" (Persian: Shahr-e Badgirha). It is a good idea to stock up on locally bought and easily found dates and pistachio nuts for the journey. We will have some stop in our way to visit Persepolis*, the fabulous art of ancient Persia, and Then Pasargadae*, Tomb of Cyrus the great (559-530 BCE), founder of Persian Empire. Both sites are registered in UNESCO World Heritage. Also, you will visit Naghsh-e Rostam* (Necropolis), where you can see four tombs and one building from Achaemenid dynasty with a group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from Sassanid density. Arriving Yazd in afternoon and transfer to the Hotel. A short walk around Amir Chaqmaq square (an ancient square), and walking through streets of Yazd.  O/N Yazd

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Day 5: Yazd

After breakfast, we will visit the Fire temple. Fire temple in Zoroastrianism is the place of worship for Zoroastrians, often called Dar-e Mehr (Persian) or Agiyari (Gujarati). It is one of the nine Atash Behrams, the only one of the highest grade fire in Iran where Zoroastrians have practiced their religion since 400 BC; the other eight Atash Behrams are in India. After that we will visit Tower of Silence (Persian: Dakhma), a circular, raised structure built by Zoroastrians for excarnation – that is, for dead bodies to be exposed to carrion birds. Walk around the old area of the city and visit Yazd Jame mosque, and Fahadan district to feel the desert architecture culture. Among the many other historic sites to be seen in Yazd are beautiful old homes and the Dowlat Abad Garden. Standing by the garden’s long reflecting pool, you’ll be shaded by ancient cypress trees. Ahead of you is an 18th-century hexagonal pavilion with a beautiful stained glass window and a graceful wind tower – the tallest in Iran. All around are flowering fruit trees and other ornamental plants and trees.  O/N Yazd

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Day 6: Yazd - Isfahan

Leaving Yazd behind, your first stop this morning will be in Meybod, where your first impression might be its striking monochromatic architecture of desert brick.
From here we will continue to the small town of Na’in, an ancient community with origins dating back to the 8th century. At the local Ethnographic Museum, set in an erstwhile private residence of the Safavid era, you’ll learn more about the region’s cultural traditions.
Continue to Isfahan and transfer to the Hotel. O/N Isfahan

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Day 7: Isfahan

A full day Sightseeing in Isfahan including the Masjid-e Jamé* of Isfahan. This is another masterpiece of Iranian architecture, covering nearly 5 acres in the heart of this historic city. This is one of the oldest congregational mosques in the country, and its construction and embellishment over the past twelve centuries illustrate a number of important periods in Islamic architecture. Next up is Chehel Sotun*. Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions.
This afternoon, your exploration continues in Imam Square*. This 17th-century site is one of the largest public spaces in the world. Here in the square, you’ll visit the 17th-century Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized by its magnificent tile-work and soaring cupola and minarets. In the Ali Qapu Palace*, you’ll marvel at its beautiful music rooms and the balconies where Safavid kings would sit to enjoy the polo matches unfolding in the square below. You’ll end your day exploring the Qeisarieh Bazaar that surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry and delicately inlaid board games. O/N Isfahan

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Day 8: Isfahan - Abyaneh Kashan

Leaving Isfahan behind, your first stop this morning will be in Natanz. In the town of Natanz, you'll see the finely decorated, 13th-century tomb of Sheikh Abd al-Samad. Your overland journey continues to the Abyaneh village. Abyaneh Village is known as the Red Village because of its red soil and houses. The houses of Abyaneh bear an ancient architectural style, featured by the use of clay as the construction material and latticed windows and wooden doors.  O/N Kashan

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Day 9: Kashan - Tehran

Kashan is a town originally famous for its textiles and ceramic production, but now better known for the Fin gardens and extensive traditional houses.
At first, we’ll visit the Fin gardens*, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden with water channels all passing through a central pavilion, there is also the chance to buy some rose water, a local specialty - outside of the site.
From here we will go to the bazaar area, a widespread complex filled with Hamams and mosques; one Hamam has been converted to a traditional tea house where we will stop for those who need a break from shopping. Then visit Aghabozorg mosque.
You’ll also visit the historic Borujerdi House and Tabatabaei House here in Kashan.
Later, leaving Kashan behind, we’ll continue to Tehran. O/N Tehran

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Day 10: Tehran (DEPARTURE)

Our tour guide will transfer you to Imam Khomeini International Airport according to your' flight time.


All sites with * sign are submitted in UNESCO world heritage.