Classic Iran (7 days)
Classic Iran (7 days)
In “Classic Iran” tour, you will stand a chance of visiting a few of most important and significant historical monuments of land of Persia in just one week. You will begin your journey from Tehran by visiting a couple of museums where you can touch the Persian history and culture. You will also visit the splendid Golestan Palace and the traditional Grand Bazaar of Tehran, the commercial heart of Iran. And you can experience one day in south of Tehran. In the lovely ancient city of Kashan, you will spend a peaceful time and visit one of the prototypes of wonderful Persian Gardens, Fin Garden. You will also see the fine elements of desert architecture and the art of their skilled architects in the magnificent historical houses and mosques of Kashan.
From Kashan, you will go to the magnificent Isfahan to visit many wonderful historical monuments from Safavid dynasty, including the glorious Naghsh-e Jahan Square (the second largest square in the world) and the stunning historical palaces and mosques around it. You will also enjoy strolling along two nice historical bridges of Isfahan, Khaju Bridge and 33 Bridge (si-o-se pol).
Shiraz, the city of poets & gardens, is your next destination where the beautiful Botanical Eram Garden, the colorful Nasir-ol Molk Mosque (also known as Pink Mosque) At the end of your trip, you will be astonished by the impressive and eminent Persepolis and Necropolis from Achaemenid Empire.
Salaam! Welcome to The Great Persia (Iran). You will be met at Tehran Airport by a local driver for a transfer to your hotel (approximately 1 hour). You may arrive in Tehran at any time today, with hotel rooms are generally available after 12 pm (midday).
After short rest start city tour Tehran visit Carpet Museum of Iran to see the best collection of Persian carpets from 16th century to present. If time permits please visit The National Jewelry Treasury, (open from Saturday to Tuesday) the priceless and most unique jewelry collection in the world. In the evening, have welcome dinner by The Great Persia.
An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Please note that the Treasury of National Jewels is closed on Wednesday to Friday. If you would like to visit this museum, it is open from Saturday to Tuesday (2:00 PM - 4:30 PM), so we suggest allowing time either on Day 1 or at the end of your Iran adventure.
Continue discovering of Tehran with a full-day tour, beginning at the World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace – an opulent masterpiece of the Qajar era embodying early Persian design. Continue with a stroll through Tehran's bustling bazaar before visiting the National Museum. While it may not look as inspiring as other city buildings from the outside, inside is a treasure trove of Iran's rich history. Keep your eye out for the Salt Man from Zanjan – preserved in salt for centuries.
- Tehran - City Tour
- Tehran - National Museum
- Tehran - Golestan Palace
Drive to Isfahan (459 km). En route, explore the historical city of Kashan – a merchant town known for its high-quality ceramics, silks, carpets and fine houses. Visit the lush Bagh-e Tarikhi-ye Fin (Fin Garden), a classical Persian garden that contains Kashan's Fin Bath. This is where Amir Kabir – the Qajarid chancellor and a nationalist hero – was murdered under the orders of King Nadir al-Din in 1852. Spend time at the fascinating Tabataei House. Built in the 1840s for the affluent Tabatabaei family, exceptional attention was paid to every architectural detail of this building as dictated by the geography and climate of the area. enjoy a lunch at Morshedi House, a traditional house serving traditional Iranian Cuisine. Continue the way to Isfahan. In Isfahan, stroll along the historical KHAJU Bridge and experience the nightlife of Iranians.
- Kashan -Tabatabei house
- Kashan - Fin Gardens entrance and guided tour
- Isfahan – Khaju bridge
Isfahan is a splendid city where we will visit historical monuments of Islamic art. Isfahan or the pearl of Persia is an impressive city in the Islamic history of the world. It was the capital of the country during the sixteenth - seventeenth century, the time of rebirth of the art of Iran. The visit of the city includes: Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) the second largest square in the world with a craft bazaar all around. The Shah Mosque in the south of the square is the crown jewel of this square. The third site is the Sheikh-Lotfollah Mosque, a turquoise dome without any minaret. The next visiting place is Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site), with its magnificent exterior golden muqarnas and the interior fresco paintings. Prepare yourself for plenty of food and some truly incredible hospitality. Transfer to hotel and rest.
- Esfahan - Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO)
- Esfahan - Shah Mosque
- Esfahan - Sheik Lotfallah Mosque
- Esfahan - Ali Qapu Palace
- Esfahan - Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO)
Drive to Shiraz (500 Km) and en route, Visit PASARGADAE (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the tomb of the Cyrus the great (356 Km). Drive continue to Shiraz. Stroll in magnificent Persian garden of Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site) filled with amorous smell of orange blossoms. The origin of the Eram Garden dated back to the eleventh century, but now it is turned into a botanical garden, home to more than 200 different types of trees and plants, a fascinating place to walk some hours. Spend the night at the traditional restaurant of Shiraz.
- Shiraz - Pasargadae (UNESCO)
- Shiraz - Eram Garden (UNESCO)
Shiraz is known as a city of poets and literatures and lovers. Rise early this morning to catch the first rays of the sun as it seeps in through the stained glass of the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.
Drive to the remains of Persepolis (approximately 1 hour) – once the center of the Persian Empire and considered as one of the great cities of the ancient world. The Takhte Jamshid complex of palaces was known as the historic marvel of the country, constructed over 150 years as the ceremonial capital of Darius I’s Achaemenid Empire. Continue on to Naqsh-e-Rajab – the site of four limestone rock face inscriptions and bas-reliefs that date to early Sassanid times. Back to Shiraz in the afternoon you have free time to take a walk in the Vakil Bazaar, discover the different products and artisans of the city in a covered and traditional market with a pleasant temperature in Shiraz. Next head toward Ali Ibn Hamza Mausoleum, one of Holy Shrines in Shiraz. The holy shrine is famous for its green dome and dazzling interior mirror- work. In late evening, visit Tomb of Hafez, the most popular poet in Iran to know the reason behind his popularity among Iranians. At night transfer to airport for domestic flight to Tehran and directly transfer to IKA airport hotel. (It’s possible departure from Shiraz)
- Tehran IKA airport hotel (1 night)
- Shiraz - Persepolis (UNESCO)
- Shiraz - Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
- Shiraz - Vakil Bazaar
- Shiraz - Ali Ibn Hamza
- Shiraz - Tomb of Hafez
Drive to International Tehran airport to take departure flight.
- Visa (Invitation letter)
- 6 Nights accommodation at comfortable standard hotels based on B.B
- Accompany professional Tour Guide
- All Transportation with A/C Deluxe vehicle
- Meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners)
- Excursions and entrance fees according to program