12 Days History of Persia

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Tour code: PR123

Accommodation grade: 3* and traditional hotels

Trip length: 12 days

Transport: One internal flight, Car or van, all airport transfers

Trip route: Tehran-Shiraz-Kerman-Mahan-Rayen-Yazd-Esfehan-Kashan-IKA

Included: All breakfasts and entrance fees

Physical rate: 2/5

Group size: 2 to 8 pax

In twelve lovely days, you will visit the main touristic cities of central Iran, and also its amazing World Heritage Sites. The tour will give you the chance to experience the very best of Iran's, nature, culture, history and cuisine. In this private trip, your tour guide will help you discover the real authentic Iranian life.

First you will visit Tehran which is the Capital and the most populated city in Iran. Later you will take a flight to Shiraz the city of poetry, history, rose and nightingales and also home to one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran, Persepolis. On your journey from Shiraz to Kerman City you will pass beautiful mountains and will visit the biggest dry fig gardens in the world (24,000 Hectares). As you drive further, the land becomes dryer, until finally you will find yourself in Dashte Lut (Lut Dessert - the world's 27th largest dessert) in the biggest province in Iran, Kerman Province, with 6 registered UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After visiting Kerman, it's time to visit Mahan and the Persian Garden in the desert and also Rayen Citadel.

Then from Kerman to Yazd, you will visit Dashte Kavir (26th largest desert on the earth), and see a Qanat (underground water system). The historical city of Yazd was registered by UNESCO as World Heritage Site and is nicknamed 'the city of wind catchers'.

After visiting Yazd, you will then proceed to Esfehan, which is known for its amazing Persian architecture and its UNESCO registered sites, mainly the second largest historical square in the world (after Tiananmen Square in China). Finally you will visit Kashan and its unique architecture, on the way back to IKA (Tehran International Airport).

Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Tehran bazar
Imam mosque
National museum
Treasury of national jewels
Azadi tower
Shah Cheragh shrine
Nasir-ol-Molk mosque
Zand Complex including: mosque, bazar and Saraye Moshir
Hafez Tomb
Qoran Gate
Pasargadae (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Necropolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Ganje Ali khan Complex including bath house, mosque and bazar
Monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali
Shazdeh Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Rayen Citadel
Towers of Silence
Fire Temple
Amir Chakhmagh Square
Zoorkhaneh
Fahadan Complex and Yazd old city (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Yazd Jameh mosque
Nain mosque
Sio-Se-Pol and Khajoo Bridge
Vank Cathedral
Naghshe Jahan Square: King Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Qaysareyeh Bazar (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)
Chehel Sotoun Palace(UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Kashan Bazar and Timcheh Amin-aL-Doleh
Agha Bozorg Mosque and Theological School
Fin Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Tabatabaee House

Day 1: Tehran
Arrival, welcome to Iran. Meet and greet at the airport. Half day city tour: Visit to stunning Golestan Palace, Tehran bazar and Shah Mosque.

Accommodation: Tehran

Day 2: Tehran to Shiraz (1 h 30min)
Today's full day tour begins with the national museum and to see the treasury of national jewels. Depart Tehran to Shiraz making a stop at the Azadi Tower on the way to the airport. Night in Shiraz.

Accommodation: Shiraz

Day 3: Shiraz:
Begin the day with a trip to the beautiful Nasir-ol-Molk mosque (pink mosque), then on to the Shahe Cheragh Shrine (the 3rd largest shrine in Iran), followed with a walk around the Vakil complex which includes Saraye Moshir (bazar). At the end, you will visit Hafez tomb with its relaxing and lovely atmosphere.

Accommodation: Shiraz

Day 4: Shiraz
Today you will visit Pasargadae (the tomb of Cyrus the Great), Persepolis, Necropolis and Qoran gate.

Accommodation: Shiraz

Day 5: Shiraz to Kerman (560km):
In the morning drive from Shiraz to Kerman. On the way you will visit the second biggest salt lake in Iran and also visit the biggest fig garden in the world, in Estahban. Spend the afternoon in Kerman, visiting the amazing Kerman Bazar and enjoying the smells of spice And the taste of local cookies, then on to the Ganje Ali khan complex which includes the Ganje Ali Khan Bath house and mosque.

Accommodation: Kerman

Day 6: Kerman to Mahan (37km)
Full day excursion in Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. Later visit Shazdeh (Prince) Garden and drive to Rayen to visit its beautiful citadel, which have become an alternative to Bam Citadel for tourists after the 2004 Earthquake.

Accommodation: Mahan

Day 7: Kerman to Yazd (366km)
Drive to Yazd in the morning. On the way, you will see and get to understand what is a Qanat, which is also registered as a world heritage and also you will visit desert nature. Afternoon in Yazd you can visit Zoorkhaneh (Power House) and Amir Chakhmakh Square.

Accommodation: Yazd

Day 8: Yazd
Half day Yazd city tour: visit Towers of Silence, Fire Temple, Jameh mosque. Spend some time walking in the old city and Fahadan complex. Afternoon is free time.

Accommodation: Yazd

Day 9: Yazd to Esfehan (325km)
On the way from Yazd to Esfehan you will visit the ancient city of Naein, and the Jameh mosque that is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and then also visit, Aba Bafi, ancient hand carved caves.
Afternoon arrive in Esfehan. Upon arrival we will head to Zayanderood River, the soul of the city and see the historical bridges over this river, erected during the Safavid era (17th Century). Sio-Se-Pol (33-Arch bridge) and Khajoo Bridges and then finally the Vank Cathedral.

Accommodation: Esfehan

Day 10: Esfehan
This full day tour in Esfehan starts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site (Naghsh-e-Jahan Square), once a royal polo court in the 17th century. Then it's on to the King Mosque (Royal Mosque) with its wonderful architecture and tilework. We then proceed to Ali Qapu Palace and then the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace and finally the Qaysariyeh bazar.

Accommodation: Esfehan

Day 11: Isfahan to Kashan (215km)
Morning is free time in Esfehan. Later you drive to Kashan, visiting the Kashan bazar, where you will see Timcheh Amin-al-Doleh. Then it's on to the Agha Bozorg Mosque and finally a theological school.

Accommodation: Kashan

Day 12: Kashan to IKA (210km)
Today you start by visiting Tabatabaei house and Fin garden (depending on your flight time) followed by your transfer to IKA.

Services included:
Iran visa code and invitation letter, all entrance fees for mentioned sites, accommodation in twin bedroom (11nights), all breakfasts, expert tour guide every day, trip with private car, one domestic flight ticket, all airport transfers, private Iran cell sim card, airport welcome service and a bottle of mineral water per day.

Services Excluded in the above rate (Not included):
Iran visa stamp fee, international flights, Trip insurance, lunch, dinner, portages fees, laundry service, telephone service, sauna & swimming pool, any souvenirs and tips.

Extra Note:
The maximum check-in baggage allowance for domestic flight is 20 kg per person plus hand luggage which is maximum 5kg.

The service mentioned is for an English speaking guide. If you wish to have a French, Spanish, German, Russian, Italian or another language speaking guide. Please contact us