Journey through Ancient Persia: A 2-Week Tour
Indulge in an impressive historical journey with us to witness the greatness of the Persian empire, its post-Islamic architecture and Iran’s modern urban life. Whether this is your first trip to Iran or you’ve already fallen in love with Iran on your previous trips, this tour has a lot to offer. Traveling to Yazd and Kerman, our terms provide the perfect blend of mystery, beauty, history, culture and star-filled skies, from the narrow streets of ancient Persian towns to the fantastic dunes of the mosques and hidden oases.
Arrival, meet and greet at the airport, transfer to hotel. Overnight Tehran
A full-day tour of the capital, Tehran. Starting with a walking tour through old Tehran and visiting the old Gate of Tehran, Golestan Palaces, Imam (former Royal) Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, a large roofed old shopping complex. We will then get more familiar with Persian Carpets at the Carpet Museum. Overnight Tehran.
We will start our Shiraz tour by the Karmikhani complex, the residential palace of the Zand dynasty. Karim Khan Zand, the founder of the Zand dynasty, chose Shiraz as his capital; we continue to Vakil complex, Vakil Mosque, Bazar and public baths that remain from his reign. We also visit the colorful Nasirolmolk mosque. In the afternoon, we will visit Eram Garden, Naranjestan Palace and the tombs of world-famous poets Hafez and Saadi.
On an excursion day, you will visit the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, which is now registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire during the Achemaenian era. The site, 125,000 sq.m. in area, comprises various reception halls and palaces, private palaces, royal treasury and fortifications, where we find the tomb of Cyrus the Great and remains of Achaemenian palaces and edifices. We continue our excursion by visiting Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead), before returning to Shiraz.
Having traveled overland the day before, we will start a full-day excursion in Kerman and Mahan later in the morning, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Gardens and drive to Rayn to see its beautiful castle, which has become an alternative to Bam Citadel for tourists after the 2004 Earthquake. Overnight in Kerman.
Half-day city tour of Yazd, visiting Dowlat-Abad Gardens, Friday Mosque and bazaar. Overland trip to the magnificent city of Isfahan in the afternoon. Upon arrival, we will head to the banks of the Zayanderud River, the town’s soul. Several historical bridges over this river were erected during the Safavid era (17th Century). Siosepol (33-arch) and Khaju bridges are the most famous ones. We enjoy visiting these two interesting bridges, drinking tea at the tea house below the bridge, walking along the river bank or paddling on a boat from one to the other. Overnight Isfahan.
In the morning, we start our full-day tour of Isfahan at the UNESCO world heritage site of Naghsh-e-Jahan Sq. Once a royal polo court, this site was the official center of the city when the city was the Safavid Capital (17th Century). We will visit the famous Imam Mosque (Royal Mosque) on the square’s southern side with incredible architecture and tile-work. Overnight Isfahan.
Starting another wonderful day in Isfahan, you will visit the Friday Mosque followed by Chehelsotun (forty columns) palace in the morning. We will then see the Vank Cathedral and the Armenian Quarter—an evening flight to Tehran’s capital. (Depending on your departure flight, you will either be transferred to the airport or stay another night in Tehran and catch your flight the following day).
Tell us about the sort of itinerary you have in mind. In particular, places you want to visit, the accommodation you have in mind, activities you would like to do and any special interests you have (e.g., temples, local history, wildlife etc.). The more information you provide, the better.
Are you interested in traveling to Iran? Please complete our tour form; our fast and professional team will contact you soon! We are available 24/7 to assist you, and we respond quickly.
|Cold||Cold||Peak season||High season||Warm||Warm|
|Very warm||Very warm||High season||High season||Cold||Cold|