Highlights of the Golden Cities

9 Days, from AU $2,599

The Gate of All Nations in Persepolis

Mina Minakari Handicraft

Imam Square in Isfahan

Jame Abbasi Mosque

Inside a Mosque in Shiraz

This tour is perfect for you if you want to dive into the history of Persia and explore the famous 3 Golden cities Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd. The tour includes visits to lots of historical monuments and some world heritage sites such as Persepolis of Shiraz, Eram garden and Royal Square of Naqsh-e-Jahan.  

Our Highlight itineraries cover the key attractions at a relatively quick pace. Enjoy them as they are or extend them to create your perfect holiday. Discuss itinerary options and extensions with our Asia Travel Experts.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Shiraz

On arrival meet and greet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner and get ready for the next days.

Shiraz is the sixth largest city if Iran and the capital of Fars province. And while Iran’s cities are very competitive everyone still seems to agree and Shiraz is most of the most charming places. Shiraz was the heartland of the Persian culture for more than 2000 years and has many historical buildings, pilgrimage sites and splendid gardens. Nowadays Shiraz us known for its educational programs, wines, poetry and vivacity. Expect to be stopped by friendly locals who love nothing more than to chat with you about anything and everything.

Day 2: Shiraz

Your trip will get started from Shiraz by visiting gardens and tombs of poets such as Eram garden and Hafez tomb. This tour includes some of world heritage sites.

In the afternoon visit the Zand Complex including the Fortress, Vakil mosque and traditional Vakil Bazaar.

Day 3: Shiraz

Today you will enjoy an excursion of Persepolis, the glittering capital of the Achaemenid Empire, which was once one of the richest cities on earth. The great city was built on half-artificial, half-natural terraces up from the river Pulwar. Located in the heart of the city was the impressive royal palace complex made out of gold and silver. The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC and declared as UNESCO world heritage in 1979.

Continue to Necropolis (Naghsh-e-Rostam) to explore the ruins here and return back to Shiraz. Enjoy the afternoon free at leisure and dive into the local culture.

Day 4: Caravansary

Embark on your next adventure and drive to Zein al din caravansary, which dates back to 17th. It's located in the heart of the desert and an overnight stay in this Caravanserai will be a unique Persian experience. Enjoy the amazing sunset and traditional meals.

Day 5: Yazd

Enjoy the morning free at leisure before embarking on a short drive toward Yazd, the oldest adobe city of the world. Enjoy a tour of the city including a visit to the Towers of Silence, Fire temple and Jame mosque.

Enjoy the evening free at leisure to walk through the historic streets of the enchanting city that has been well known for its silks.

Day 6: Isfahan

Drive toward Isfahan which is one of the most beautiful cities of Persia. En route visit Nain and its 3rd oldest mosque of Iran. On arrival, check into your hotel, refresh yourself and embark on a short discovery tour. Visit some of the old historical bridges such as Khaju an Sio Se on Zayande river that make Isfahan so unique.

Explore the beautiful city of Isfahan, enjoying the famous square, mosques and bartering at the bazaar. Hang out on the many bridges that make Isfahan unique or shop for an authentic Persian rug. Your tour in the afternoon of day 18 starts in the world's second biggest square - Iman Square and visits the Iman Mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque and the Ali Qapu Palace. You’ll also explore the atmospheric bazaar with its wonderful scents and spices.

Day 7: Isfahan

Today you will enjoy a tour of the city and explore the architectural masterpieces of Isfahan. The tour includes visits to the Royal square of Naqsh-e-Jahan including Aali qapu palace, Royal Mosque and Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and wander through the streets and hang out on the many bridges to feel the energy of the city.

Day 8: Isfahan

Continue to explore the city with your guide and visit the famous Jame mosque, Armenian Quarter and one of the beautiful churches. Also, if time permits visit the Chehel Sotoon.

Day 9: Isfahan

Enjoy the morning at leisure until your departure transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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Standard:from AU $2,599
Superior:from AU $3,200
Deluxe:from AU $3,626

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Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.

Inclusions:
  • All breakfasts at your hotel each morning.
  • All airport transfers.
  • A domestic flight from Tehran to Shiraz 
  • All itinerary attractions including fees or permits.
  • Professional tour guides for all airport pickups, day tours and activities.
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"What an adventure! 15 days in Iran. Rich in history, culture, diverse landscapes and religions (yes, it’s called the Islamic Republic of Iran and follow Shi’a Islam but has proud Zoroastrian, Christian Armenian, Sunni Muslim and Jewish communities). Populated by friendly family-oriented people and completely safe. Iran should be on everyone's bucket list!" — Mr and Mrs Behardien, Ramsgate NSW, September 2019

"Just a note to let you know we are really having a fabulous time in Iran. The people are so gracious, polite and helpful. We went to Persepolis and it was very interesting. The food is AMAZING and very cheap. Our guide is fabulous. I am so pleased we came. Thank you for your help Getaboutasia " — Mr and Mrs Martin, Sydney, October 2017

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