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Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.
This is a small group and cannot be customised. However, our Asia Experts can arrange pre and post trips according to your schedule and interest.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour.
Please note that flights often arrive very late at night or early in the morning in Tehran. Keep in mind the evening welcome meeting when booking your travel.
Visit some highlights of this delightful Persian city with your expert local guide. Depending on timing the tour may include entrance and guided tours to the Sa’d Abad Palace, the National Jewel Museum, the Carpet Museum, the National Museum, and the Golestan Palace. Depending on the schedule, these highlights may be spread out over the entire time in Tehran, making some visits at the beginning of the trip and some at the end.
Tour the old town of Yazd, marvelling at the unique towers that scatter the city. Visit the Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and the Towers of Silence burial grounds.
The desert city of Yazd is known as the centre of the Zoroastrian religion. Learn more about the fascinating customs of these fire-worshippers and take in the unique architecture of this city.
With some free time, opt to rent a bike, relax in a teahouse, or wander the bazaars.
Travel to one of Iran's oldest cities. Kerman was founded in the early third century and the city has historically played an important role on the Trans-Asian trade routes.
Spend the day visiting highlights of the area. Visit the Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine and Shahzadeh Garden. Later, visit the Bathhouse Museum and the Rayen Citadel.
The Nematollah Vali historical complex contains the mausoleum of Shah Mentollah Vali, on of Iran's revered mystics and poets. The shrine was built in 1436 and has since become a pilgrimmage site.
In a country known for its beautiful gardens, the Prince's Garden is a particular delight. It is a walled garden encompassing 5.5 hectares, and the residential building at one end looks out over fountains and manicured flora.
Rayen Citadel VisitRāyen: The Kerman region is known for its fantastic mudbrick cities. One of the finest, Bam, was completely destroyed in the 2003 earthquake. Rayen is similar in style and boasts the same architectural elements. Enjoy a fascinating look into what is believed to be an over 1,000-yr-old city; its structures are all extremely well-preserved and it was inhabited until about 150 yrs ago.
There is free time to explore the city's beautiful Regents mosque, Nasiralmolk mosque, Khan madrasa, Bagh-e Eram gardens, and perhaps even listen to some poetry being recited at the Hafez tomb.
This vibrant student city is buzzing with life and is a great place to interact with some Iran's youth.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis and visit the country's premier attraction. In Greek, Persepolis literally means the 'capital of Persia'. It was built in 518 BC by Darius the Great as the capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire. Alexander the Great burnt the city to the ground in 330 BC, but many remnants of its former glory remain and Persopolis lives on as one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world. Learn the history of this amazing ancient place and marvel at the stunningly preserved bas-relief carvings.
Later, wander the streets and mingle with the students in laid-back Shiraz.
Stop at the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex en route to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.
Enjoy a tour of this fascinating city, with its beautiful tree-lined boulevards and an atmospheric bazaar. Start in the world's second largest public square - Imam Square. Learn about life under Persia's greatest ruler, Shah Abbas, and visit the Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Imam Square, actually built as a royal polo ground, was once home to entertainers, storytellers, preachers, and Silk Road caravans. Explore the bazaar with its wonderful scents and spices, and watch the locals as they engage in masterful bargaining. You might pick up a tip or two!
Spend a full day exploring this gorgeous city.
Take a scenic drive through Natanz to the mountain village of Abyaneh, known for having retained its ancient charm. Enjoy a village walk and wander through the narrow lanes of this mountain village. Observe locals in traditional dress and learn more about the simple way of life in this scenic spot.
Visit sights en route to Tehran including Kashan and Qom. Back in Tehran, visit Imam Khomeini's shrine.
Visit Kashan, a beautiful city known for its gardens. Fin Garden is one of the finest examples of these ancient Persian gardens. Check out the historic Persian style house here, Borujerdi, to learn more about the lifestyle of wealthy Persians in the mid-1800s. Opt to visit an 18th-century mosque, Agha Bozorg. Qom is the most strictly religious city in Iran and a huge pilgrimage site. Non-Muslims will not be able to enter religious buildings.
Ramble through the enormous bazaar and visit the Imam Khomeini Mosque. View the many political murals that surround the former US Embassy then relax like the locals do by drinking chai and chewing on dates in a traditional chaikhuneh (teahouse).
Try some more of the fine Iranian cuisine like dizi (stew you crumble bits of bread into and mash up with a mortar and pestle right at the table!) while enjoying traditional music at a local restaurant.
Depart at any time.
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"I had an amazing time on my tour in Iran! The people, especially the women interestingly enough, were so friendly, welcoming and helpful. They loved having tourists come to their country and the atmosphere was not at all oppressive or dangerous. I actually miss being over there, I made friends and still keep in touch with people. Thanks for all your help with organizing the tour, and answering all my questions. Everything went smoothly." — Maria, Adelaide, April 2018