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Duration
8 days

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12

Tour Code
CH-A 1

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Age Requirement
1 - 99 Ages

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Iran

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Tour Overview

Looking for a quick but comprehensive glimpse of Iran's highlights? This tour package offers the true essence of Iranian history and culture in just over a week. Perfect for those seeking to explore Iran within a limited timeframe while maximizing their experience to the fullest.

Itinerary

Upon your early morning arrival at Tehran airport, our representative, holding a show card with transfer information, will warmly welcome you and assist you to your hotel for some rest and relaxation before our morning tour of Tehran begins. To avoid heavy traffic, we'll opt for the subway, providing an excellent opportunity to experience the local way of transportation and interact with the friendly Iranian people.


At 9:30, we depart from the hotel for a fascinating visit to the Carpet Museum, where you'll be amazed by over 100 splendid hand-woven carpets and rugs from different regions of Iran. Discover the rich history behind these masterpieces as our knowledgeable guide provides insights into their cultural significance.


Next on our itinerary is the Sa'ad Abad Complex, an enormous 1,100,000 square meters area housing 18 historical palaces. We'll explore two of these majestic palaces and learn about their association with the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties. The complex, now a museum, offers a captivating journey through Iran's past.


Afterward, we'll savor a delicious Iranian dish for lunch at a traditional restaurant. Once energized, we'll proceed to the Reza Abbasi Museum, named after a prominent artist from the Safavid era. Admire its remarkable collection of Persian art dating back to both the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.


To conclude the day, we'll visit the awe-inspiring Milad Tower, an architectural marvel and the sixth-tallest tower globally, offering breathtaking panoramic views of Tehran (if accessible). For those interested, there's an optional tour of the Nature Bridge in the evening, an impressive pedestrian overpass connecting two parks in northern Tehran.


Please note that the order of sightseeing may be adjusted based on your arrival time, guide's recommendations, and museum opening hours or holidays. Enjoy your overnight stay in Tehran and get ready for more exciting experiences in Iran!

We kickstart our day bright and early with a visit to the National Museum of Iran, comprised of two complexes—the Museum of Ancient Iran (established in 1937) and the Museum of the Islamic Era (established in 1972). Here, you'll witness a remarkable collection of preserved ancient and medieval Iranian antiquities, such as pottery vessels, metal objects, textiles, rare books, and coins. This fascinating display offers a captivating glimpse into the "evolution of mankind."


Next on our agenda is the Golestan Palace, a former royal Qajar complex in Tehran, boasting world heritage status. The palace's historical significance is evident in its gardens, royal buildings, and collections of Iranian crafts and European presents from the 18th and 19th centuries.


Following our palace visit, we'll take a leisurely stroll through the vibrant bazaar. As the economic hub of Iran, the bazaar also serves as a social gathering place, where people from diverse backgrounds engage and interact. Additionally, it provides a platform for political discussions and agendas.


Afterward, we'll enjoy a delicious lunch before concluding our Tehran excursion with a truly exquisite experience at the National Jewelry Museum. Marvel at a dazzling array of jewels, including the legendary Darya-e-Noor (Sea of Light), one of the world's two greatest diamonds.


In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the airport for a flight to Shiraz. En route to the hotel, we'll make a special stop at Shah-e Cheragh, a stunning shrine known for its beautiful dome, captivating lighting, and intricate mirror-work.


Relish a comfortable overnight stay in Shiraz, where more exciting adventures and cultural wonders await!

Shiraz, a city renowned for its enlightenment and cultural prominence for over 2,000 years, once served as Iran's capital. This sophisticated city, at the heart of Persian culture, evokes images of roses, nightingales, gardens, and poetry. Begin your day early, exploring the captivating highlights of Shiraz during its time as the capital under the Zand Dynasty.


Be awed by the grandeur of Karim Khan Palace, the splendor of Vakil Mosque, the vibrant Vakil Bazaar and Saraye Moshir with its fascinating architecture and ethnic souvenir shops, and the exquisite Nasir Almolk Mosque. A mouth-watering Iranian lunch awaits at a traditional restaurant in Shiraz.


Shiraz is not only steeped in history but also the home of renowned poets like Hafez and Sa'adi. Hafez's mastery in poetry leaves a special impact, and his tomb exudes a profound sense of peace. Sa'adi, the father of tourism, traveled extensively centuries ago, sharing his experiences in his poetic masterpieces, "Boustan" and "Golestan," brimming with inspiration and knowledge. We will pay our respects at the tombs of these esteemed poets.


As evening approaches, we'll visit the UNESCO-registered Eram Garden, an exquisite Persian garden. Prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty of Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh, and take a serene stroll through the towering cedars of Jahan Nama Garden. Our day concludes at the tomb of Khajoy-e-Kermani, leaving an indelible impression of the enigmatic city of Shiraz in our minds. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Shiraz, cherishing the memories of this extraordinary city.

In the morning, we start with a visit to Persepolis, the awe-inspiring capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Darius I in 518 B.C. This monumental palace complex on a vast terrace showcases remarkable ruins, making it a truly unique archaeological site. Darius designed it not just as a governmental seat but also as a splendid venue for Achaemenid kings' receptions and festivals, like Nowroz.


Next, we explore Necropolis, the majestic burial site of Achaemenid kings, located just north of Mount Rahmat. The site also boasts seven ancient bas-reliefs from the Elamite and Sassanid periods.


Returning to the hotel for some rest, we later embark on an evening walking tour of Sang-e-sia, the historical and cultural district. Highlights include the distinctive architecture of Bibidokhtaran Shrine, reminiscent of the famous Dome of Soltaniyeh in Zanjan. We'll also visit the historical cypress in Mirhadi Mosque, Moshir Mosque, and pass by an Armenian church. Don't miss the tomb of Sibooyeh and the Niayesh traditional chain hotels, housed in historical structures like Moayedi, Mostafavi, and Nematollahi houses. These architectural gems showcase the evolution of Iranian design, from 200 years ago to the Qajar era and beyond, featuring elements like backyards, courtyards, guesthouses, and more.


To conclude the day, we'll savor a delicious Shirazi dinner and drinks at Delgosha restaurant. Rest comfortably overnight in Shiraz, captivated by the city's rich history and culture.

In the morning, we depart for Isfahan at 8 a.m. On the way, we'll visit Pasargadae, the former capital of the Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great, and the site of his tomb, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arriving in Isfahan around 2 p.m., we'll have lunch and check into the hotel. In the evening, our tour includes visits to Isfahan's Jame' Mosque, showcasing centuries of Islamic architecture, the Menar Jonban with its shaking minarets, the beautiful Vank Cathedral, and the famous Allahverdi Khan Bridge. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

Isfahan, the captivating city of Islamic archaeology, blends tradition with contemporary art. Its historical garden palaces and rich heritage earned it the title "Half the World." Our full-day tour includes Chehel Sotoun Palace, Imam Square (Naqsh-e-Jahan), Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, each showcasing architectural wonders. Evening free at leisure. Overnight stay in Isfahan.

On the way to Kashan, our first stop is Natanz, known for its refreshing climate and locally grown fruits. We'll explore the shrine of the Sufi Sheikh Abd al-Samad, with elements dating back to 1304. Next, we'll visit the UNESCO village of Abyaneh, nestled at the foot of Mount Karkas, where the Sasanid era fort ruins stand. Abyaneh's inhabitants maintain the ancient Persian style in their language, lifestyle, and clothing. Finally, we'll reach Kashan and check into the hotel for an overnight stay.

Our tour starts with a visit to Kashan's historic houses, Borujerdiha and Tabatabaeiha, showcasing the Qajar era's architecture. Next, we explore the Fin Garden, a historical Persian garden with the Fin Bath, linked to an important historical event. After lunch, we depart from Kashan to IKA. En route, we can visit Qom and the holy shrine of Fatema Masumeh, a significant site for Shia Muslims. Finally, we transfer to IKA for departure from Iran, a country of rich history, culture, nature, and warm hospitality, leaving us with cherished memories. (Please note, for "Glance of Persia," a hotel reservation in IKA for the last night isn't included, but it can be arranged upon request based on your departure time).


Trip includes

Included

1. Invitation letter of Iran visa (free services on our tour packages)

2.Stay in Hotels ( 3*/4*) with Breakfast( 8 nights)

3. Guide

4. Arrival and departure transfers & all transportations

5. All entrance tic

6.Lunch


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