Iran Tour 12 Daysirun2iran2023-12-04T02:58:07+00:00
Iran Cultural Tour 12 Days
Embark on an enchanting 12-day journey through Iran, a land that seamlessly weaves together rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes. This immersive tour takes you on an unforgettable exploration of Iran’s most iconic destinations. From the bustling bazaars of Tehran to the ancient ruins of Persepolis, every step unravels a new layer of Iran’s fascinating past. Wander through the timeless streets of Isfahan, where intricate Persian architecture stands as a testament to the city’s grandeur. Traverse the serene deserts of Yazd and marvel at the adobe wonders that rise from the golden sands. As you venture into Shiraz, the poetic heart of Iran, you’ll discover the lush gardens of Eram and the mesmerizing Nasir al-Mulk Mosque.
Day 1: Welcome to Iran – Tehran city tour
Arrive at IKA airport where our representative is waiting for you. Transfer to your hotel to rest until noon when your Tehran city tour starts. We’ll take the subway to the north of Tehran where the Iranian upper-class lives to experience the local life in the cozy Tajrish Bazaar. Then, visit Sa’adabad Palace, the residence of Iran’s last Shah and go hiking along the mountain trail through Darband to visit the most beautiful scenery of Tehran from that top. Enjoy tea, Qalian water pipe and the delicious Persian traditional cuisine, Dizi.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Hotel: Pahlavan Razzaz, Tehran
Day 2: A Deep Dive into Ancient – Tehran city tour
Today Tehran city tour includes visiting the Archeological (national) Museum. Thanks to the immense volume, diversity and quality of its monuments, this museum ranks as one of the few most significant museums in the world. Visit the UNESCO-recognized Golestan Palace, a masterpiece of the Qajar era that is a successful combination of Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. The most characteristic features and ornaments date from the 19th century. After that explore Tehran Grand Bazaar before heading to Kashan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Hotel: Negin, Kashan
Day 3: Small but Amazing – Kashan & Abyaneh
Kashan which runs along the edge of the central deserts of Iran makes a contrast between the extent of the deserts and the greenery of an oasis. Archaeological discoveries in the Sialk Hills (7000 years) that lie 4 km west of Kashan reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in the pre-historic ages. Highlights of today are Tabatabaee or Boroujerdi historical houses, Sultan Mir Ahmad Hammam, Fin Garden, and Agha Bozorg Mosque.
The UNESCO-recognized village of Abyaneh is one of the oldest villages in Iran with houses harmonious with climate and mountains characterized by a peculiar reddish hue. This village preserved the old speaking, clothing and living style. A typical woman wears a white long scarf with colourful patterns and an under-knee skirt.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Hotel: Sonati, Isfahan
Day 4: Turquoise Domes – Isfahan city tour
Isfahan entitled “Half the World” is the legendary city of traditional Islamic archaeology and turquoise domes. Today we will visit Naqsh-e-Jahan Square, the second huge square in 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 and finally Isfahan bazaar to purchase traditional arts & crafts.
Observing people is a fascinating part of any trip, and Zayandeh-Rood is one such place in Isfahan. The historical bridges are charming in the evening, when many young couples stroll and chat, and families take walks. (Due to the long-standing drought, Zayandeh-Rood may not have water during your visit.)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Hotel: Sonati, Isfahan
Day 5: Again “Half the World” – Isfahan city tour
Continue discovering other parts of Isfahan. Visit the Vank Church which is a typical example of the Christian churches of Armenia and the UNESCO-recognized Jame’ mosque of Isfahan which is a gallery of the progress of Islamic architecture. Finally, we will listen to Persian music in the Isfahan music museum before heading to Abadeh.
Day 6: Lifetime Experience: Ancient Persia – Pasargadae & Persepolis
We will head to Shiraz and visit some monuments on the way. First Pasargadae, the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the originator of the Achaemenian Empire (550 B.C.) besides his brave personality inspires all the visitors. Then we will drive to visit the great gem of ancient Persia, Persepolis. The magnificent ruins of Persepolis which lie at the foot of Mount Mehr was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire founded by Darius I in 518 B.C. Finally, we will visit the Necropolis, the magnificent burial place of Achaemenid kings. Seven bas-reliefs dating back to the Elamite and Sassanid periods are carved there as well.
Rest and relax at the hotel for a few hours. In the evening, we will take part in a cooking class and enjoy Shirazi home-cooked meals and hospitality.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Hotel: Karim Khan, Shiraz
We will hit the road toward the central deserts and the city of Yazd. Visit the historical city of Abarkouh which is a showcase of desert architecture and its old cypress tree. We will spend the night at a welcoming Zoroastrian ecolodge called Nartitee. This sweet home is located in one of the most peaceful places on earth, Taft City.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Hotel: Nartitee, Taft
Day 9: The largest Adobe – Yazd city tour
Yazd is the oldest adobe city that is juxtaposed with the central deserts of Iran. This ancient city which is decorated by stunning mosques is a combination of different religions. Visit the fire temple and Doulat Abad garden. Then explore the old city and visit the water museum, wind towers, Amir Chakhmagh complex, Jame Mosque which is crowned by the highest minarets in Iran and finally Zurkhaneh, the old Persian gym.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Hotel: Pars, Yazd
Day 10: Mystery of the Abandoned City & Princess’ Tears
Chak Chak, Meybod and Kharanagh are three highlights of today. First of all, visit the Shaking Minaret, 4000-Year-old Citadel in the abandoned village of Kharanagh. Then we will head for Pir-e Sabz, the most sacred mountain shrine of Zoroastrianism that is located in Chak Chak and serves as a pilgrimage point for Zoroastrians. Each year from June 14–18 many thousands of Zoroastrians flock to the fire temple. Finally, on our way to Nain, we will visit the pre‐Islamic Narin Castle in Meybod City. Visit the Caravansary, Icehouse and Pigeon house as well.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Hotel: Anar, Nain
Day 11: Riding the sand dunes – Maranjab
Early in the morning, we will visit Jame Mosque of Nain which is one of the first Islamic places of worship built in the country. Then on our way to the IKA airport, we will visit to Maranjab Desert and Salt Lake, a unique and unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the natural beauty of Iran’s desert landscape.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner Hotel: IBIS, IKIA Airport
Day 12: Hope to see you again
Last but not least drive to Shiraz airport to leave Iran with fond memories.
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