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Iran Holidays & Tours

Highlights:

Islamic architecture & monuments
Visit Pasargadae, Cyrus the Great's capital
Two full days exploring Isfahan
View the magnificent ruins of Persepolis
Stay in 4- & 5-star hotels in Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan & Tehran
Small group size – maximum 26 people

The extraordinarily varied and rich history of Iran has left a very dramatic cultural heritage. This tour reveals the best of that legacy, including the supreme Islamic architecture of Isfahan and Shiraz, the ancient Achaemanid capital of Pasargadae and the splendid bas-reliefs of the Palace of Persepolis.

Itinerary...

Day 1: Fly from London to Shiraz, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (N)

Day 2: Shiraz - Early morning arrival and transfer to the Pars International Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. Afternoon city tour of Shiraz, including visits to the Hafez and Saadi tombs, the Narenjestan e Ghavam historical house, the Nasir-ol-Molk mosque and the Vakil bazaar. (B)

Day 3: Persepolis • Naghsh-e-Rostam: Full-day visit to Persepolis, Darius the Great's summer capital, to view the wonderful stone terrace and palace. Continue to Nagsh-e-Rostam, the site of the royal tombs and Sassanian rock reliefs. (B, D)

Day 4: To Yazd via Pasargadae: Morning drive to Yazd, via Pasargadae, the first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Cyrus the Great in the sixth century BC. View the Mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, Tall-e Takht and the residential palace. Stay at the Dad hotel (or similar) for these 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 5: Yazd: Full-day tour to the Dolat abad garden, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and the Jame mosque. Other highlights include the Amir Chakhmaq complex. (B)

Day 6: To Isfahan via Na'in: Drive to Isfahan, stopping at Na'in to view the Jame Mosque and Pirnia House. Tonight stay at the Abbasi hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (B, D)

Day 7: Isfahan: A full-day tour of the city's monuments, including Naghshe Jahan Square, the Imam and Sheikhlotfolah mosque and the beutiful Khaju Bridge. Today, conclude with a visit to the Ali Qapu Palace. (B)

Day 8: Isfahan: Full-day visit to the Vank church, the Chehel Sotoun Palace and the Jameh mosque of Isfahan, inscribed as a Unesco world heritage site.(B)

Day 9: To Tehran via Kashan: Drive to Tehran, stopping at Kashan en route to visit the Fin gardens and the former merchant's house of Taba-Tabai. Stay at the Azadi Grand (or similar) for 2 nights. (B)

Day 10: Tehran: Full-day city tour of Iran's capital, including the National Museum, the Golestan Palace and bazaar. (B)

Day 11: Transfer to the airport and fly from to London, via Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

Group tour manager: This tour is fully escorted throughout by a local tour manager from arrival in Shiraz.

Dress code: Iran is an Islamic Republic and visitors are required to conform to the Islamic dress code. For women, it is essential that all the body is covered, except the hands and face.

Discovery tour: This tour uses the best available accommodation in Iran. However, outside Tehran the standard is relatively simple. This tour involves some long drives and walking over rough terrain.

Extensions:

The 2-night Mashhad extension unveils the home of the shrine of Imam Reza – one of the holiest sites in Islam. This extension includes internal flights, 2-nights' accommodation, excursions to the Imam Reza Shrine and breakfast daily.

The 3-night Kerman extension explores this culturally rich city, including the Zoroastrian fire temples. Pricing includes internal flights, 3-nights' accommodation, excursions and breakfast daily.


 

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