13 Days Iran Desert Tour
This 13 days Iran desert tour is filled with the fascinating sceneries and amazing desert culture and architecture in Iran. On this 13 day group tour you will experience and learn about the lifestyle of Iran in desert. This really is a tour of a lifetime.
Day 1: Arrive Tehran
Transfer from airport to hotel. Tehran as the showcase and capital city of Iran is a megalopolis. This city is home to many invaluable museums to some we will pay a visit.
- Archeological (national) Museum: thanks to the immense volume, diversity and quality of its monuments, it ranks as one of the few most significant museums of the world.
- Imperial Crown Jewels Museum: is home to a vast number of unsurpassed precious gems.
- Carpet Museum: carpet-weaving, dating back to the Bronze Age, is a renowned manifestation of Iranian culture and art.
Day 2: Tehran
Continue visiting Tehran with two more museums. Then an hour flight from Tehran takes you Shiraz, the city of roses and nightingales.
- Sa’dabad Complex: was impressively built by Pahlavi dynasty and currently is the official residence of the President of Iran.
- Glass & Ceramic Museum: is devoted to ceramics, glass, enamel, pottery and porcelain.
- Golestan Palace: a masterpiece of the Qajar era which is a successful combination of Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The most characteristic features and ornaments date from the 19th century.
Drive to Damghan, visit Firouzkuh and Semnan en route.
Day 4: Drive to the desert.
Drive to the desert via Jandagh and Mesr. Immerse yourself in the mesmerizing desert area and trek on the sand dunes.
O/N Farahzad Village
Day 5: Drive to Nain.
Explore the beauties of the desert on the way to Nain, the city of cisterns. Visit Bayazeh, Garmeh and Khur.
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Day 6: Drive to Yazd. Visit Meibod, Chak Chak and Kharanaq.
Yazd, the oldest adobe city is juxtaposed to the central deserts of Iran. On the way, we will have a short visit to another desert city, Mehriz. Chak Chak, Meybod and Kharanagh are three important and must-see historical and Zoroastrian cities in Yazd province.
Day 7: Yazd, Zeinoddin Caravanserai
Yazd, the oldest adobe city is juxtaposed to the central deserts of Iran. This ancient city which is decorated by stunning mosques is a combination of different religions. Then drive to Zeinoddin, a UNESCO award winner Caravanserai dating back to the Safavid era is located in the heart of desert 65 km to Yazd. Spending a night there, conjures up the old style of Persian accommodation. On the way, we will have a short visit to another desert city, Mehriz.
- Jame Mosque: is crowned by the highest minarets in Iran. The portal facade is decorated in dazzling blue tiles from top to bottom.
- The complex of Amir chakhmagh: a breathtaking construction.
- Fire Temple: a Zoroastrian holy place for ritual purity.
- Dakhmeh (Tower of Silence): a circular structure used by Zoroastrians for exposure the dead to hunting birds.
- Wind Tower: the architecture Yazd is famous for. Those are used to create natural ventilation in buildings.
- Water museum: where interesting information about the Canat water distribution system is offered.
- Persian Garden of Doulat Abad: with a building with a beautiful large badgir.
O/N Zeinoddin Caravanserai
Day 8: Drive to Shiraz. Visit Pasargadae and Abarkouh en route.
After spending a few days in the desert and experiencing the lifestyle of those welcoming people, head for Shiraz, the city of roses and nightingales.
- Pasargadae: the majestic tomb of Cyrus the Great, the originator and founder of Achaemanian Emperor, (500 years BC).
- Abarkouh: a historical city which is a showcase of desert architecture.
Day 9: Shiraz City Tour.
Shiraz is the center of Persian culture and sophistication, gardens and poetry.
- Karim Khan palace, Vakil mosque, Vakil Bazaar and Saray-e-moshir: the highlights of Shiraz when it was the capital of Iran during Zand Dynasty.
- Nasir al-molk mosque: being built during the Qajar era, this mosque has extensively colored glass in its facade, and other traditional elements in its design.
- Hafez tomb: pay homage to the mystic poet who impressed everyone with his mastery.
- Sa’di tomb: a philosopher poet who was a tourist and the author of Golestan and Boostan.
- Qoran gate: the city’s main entrance. The original gate was built as an ornamental decoration about 1000 years ago, but this was replaced 60 years ago by new gate, which is considered one of the finest architectural designs in Iran and has won numerous awards.
- Khajooy-e-Kermani tomb: from Qoran gate a stone stairways goes up to a picturesque and panoramic views of Shiraz where the tomb of Khajooy-e Kermani, a famous poet is located.
- Ali-Ebn-e-Hamzeh shrine: with marvelous beauties.
- Some Persian Gardens such as Jahan Nama and Delgosha: gardens are the manifestation of Shiraz.
Day 10: Drive to Isfahan. Visit Persepolis and Necropolis en route.
Drive to Isfahan. You have been long waiting for today visit to the great gem of ancient Persia, Persepolis.
- Persepolis: the capital of Achaemenid Empire was founded by Darius, the Great in 518 B.C. was not only a governmental palace but also a center for festivals.
- Necropolis: the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings with seven bas-reliefs dating back to Elamite and Sassanid era.
Day 11: Isfahan City Tour.
Isfahan entitled “Half the World” is the legendary city of traditional Islamic archeology and turquoise domes.
- Naqsh-e-Jahan Square: the second huge square of the world after Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
- Sheikh Lotfollah and Jameh Abbasi Mosques: are brilliant masterpieces of Islamic-Persian architecture.
- Aliqapu, Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces: renowned garden palaces that Isfahan is famous for.
- Isfahan bazaar: purchase traditional arts & crafts.
Day 12: Isfahan City Tour. O/N Isfahan
Continue exploring the cultural Isfahan.
- Isfahan Jame’ mosque: a gallery of the progress of Islamic architecture.
- Vank Church: a typical example of the Christian churches of Armenia.
- Monar Jomban: tomb of a Sufi with shaking minarets.
- Historical bridges of Isfahan: Zayanderood flows through the heart of Isfahan, the bridges over it are of nice architecture.
Day 13: Abaneh, Kashan, Departure
Today we will hit the road to Kashan, a city dating back to 6000 years ago. And finally driver the 195 km road to IKA airport to depart Iran.
- Abyaneh Village: a UNESCO-recognized village who speak, live and dress in the original Persian style.
- Kashan historical houses: such as Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha, dating back to the previous century, the Qajar era.
- A Persian Garden, Fin: one of the most beautiful historical gardens of the world.
- Sultan Amir Ahmad Hammam: the Turkish bath which is in disuse now.
- Agha Bozorg Mosque: a historical mosque built in the late 18th century.
- Group Size: Min 2 – Max 8
- Departure: Upon Request
- Duration: 13 Days
- Style: Middle Class
- Best Time: All year round
- Highlights: Tehran, Damghan, Mesr, Farahzad, Jandaq, Garmeh, Khur, Nain, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan, Abyaneh, Kashan
This tour costs:
- Per Person: US$2150
- Single Supplement: US$160
- November-February: 10% off
- Accommodation: 11 nights in economy class hotels (2-3 star)
- Transport: Chartered a/c vehicles
- Airport Transfers
- English speaking guide
- Invitation letter for Iran visa