Classic: Iran - Discover Persia (ARIR)
Countries Visited: Iran, Islamic Republic of Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 10
Meals Included: 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (2 nts).
Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae, relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world.
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.
|Offer valid through 6/30/2020|
|Day 1||Tehran||Day 1 Tehran|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Yazd||Day 2 Tehran/Yazd (1B)|
Explore Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa'd Abad Palace and National Jewel Museum before boarding an evening train to Yazd. Included Activities: Tehran City Tour Sa'd Abad Palace Visit National Jewels Museum Transport: Local train (5.50-6.00 hours)
|Day 3||Yazd||Day 3 Yazd (1B)|
The desert city of Yazd is known as the centre of the Zoroastrian religion. Learn more about the fascinating customs of one of the worlds oldest monotheistic religions 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. Included Activities: Yazd City Tour
|Day 4||Zeinodin Caravanserai||Day 4 Yazd/Zein-o-Din Caravanserai (1B, 1D)|
Spend the morning exploring the labyrinth streets of Yazd. Drive to Zein-o-din Caravenserai, an old inn dating back to the 16th century situated on the ancient Silk Road. Tonight experience the way of life of old Silk Road traders. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 60km)
|Day 5||Kerman||Day 5 Zein-o-Din Caravanserai/Kerman (1B)|
Travel to one of Irans 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 373km)
|Day 6||Kerman||Day 6 Kerman (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine Visit Shazdeh Garden Visit Rayen Citadel Visit Ganjali Bathhouse Museum Visit
|Day 7||Shiraz||Day 7 Kerman/Shiraz (1B)|
There is free time to explore the citys 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 Irans youth. Included Activities: City Tour Transport: Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))
|Day 8||Shiraz||Day 8 Shiraz (1B)|
Travel to Persepolis to explore this fascinating sight. On the way back to Shiraz, visit the rock cut tombs at Naqsh-e-Rostam, the burial place of Darius the Great and his successors. Included Activities: Persepolis Tour Naqsh-e-Rostam Visit Transport: Visit Persepolis and Nasqt-e Rostam before returning to Shiraz. Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
|Day 9||Isfahan||Day 9 Shiraz/Isfahan (1B)|
Embark on an included visit to Pasargadae and explore the capital and burial site of Cyrus the Great. Included Activities: Pasargadae Visit Transport: Stop en route to explore Pasargadae. Private Vehicle (485km)
|Day 10||Isfahan||Day 10 Isfahan (1B)|
Wander the tree-lined boulevards of Isfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. On a city tour, visit Imam Square and mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Wander the bazaar and learn the history of Isfahans bridges. Stop in a miniatures shop and learn about this intricate art form before sampling some delicious gaz, a candy famous in Isfahan. Included Activities: Isfahan City Tour
|Day 11||Isfahan||Day 11 Isfahan (1B)|
Spend a full day exploring this gorgeous city.
|Day 12||Abyaneh||Day 12 Isfahan/Abyaneh (1B)|
This beautiful mountain village has preserved its traditions, language and dress. Wander the quiet lanes, sample dried fruit, and relax in the hotel overlooking the green fields below. Included Activities: Abyaneh Guided Walk Transport: Stop at highlights en route to Tehran. Private Vehicle (175km)
|Day 13||Tehran||Day 13 Abyaneh/Tehran (1B)|
In Kashan, opt to visit Fin Garden, Khan-e Borujerdi house, and Agha Bozorg Mosque. Included Activities: Kashan Visit Tomb of Imam Khomeini Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (320km)
|Day 14||Tehran||Day 14 Tehran (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.