Iran - Discover Persia
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.
Bargain in the bazaars, walk through stunning palace gardens, savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine, visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae, relax in classic tea houses and meet the friendliest locals in the world.
Air-conditioned bus, train.
Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), caravanserai (shared facilities, 1 nt)
Tehran city tour (full-day). Yazd city tour including Zoroastrian sights. Rayen and Mahan villages and sights visit. Shiraz city tour including the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi. Persepolis excursion with guided tour. Pasargadae visit. Isfahan city tour including the famous square and mosques. Abyaneh village stay with guided walk. Fin Garden visit (Kashan). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 TehrÄn
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 TehrÄn/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.
Day 3 Yazd (1B)
Tour the old town of Yazd, marvelling at the unique towers that scatter the city. Visit the Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and the Towers of Silence burial grounds.
Day 4 Yazd/Zein-o-Din Caravanserai (1B, 1D)
Free morning in Yazd. Drive to the historic Zeinodin Caravanserai and overnight.
Day 5 Zein-o-Din Caravanserai/KermÄn (1B)
Travel to the region of Kerman, home to the villages of Rayen and MÄhÄn, both steeped in history.
Day 6 KermÄn (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.
Day 7 KermÄn/Shiraz (1B)
Transfer from KermÄn to Shiraz . Explore the city and visit the Karim Khan Citadel, Vakil Mosque, and the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi.
Day 8 Shiraz (1B)
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis, the ceremonial palace of Darius, and admire its amazingly well-preserved carvings. Later, wander the streets and mingle with the students in laid-back Shiraz.
Day 9 Shiraz/Isfahan (1B)
Stop at the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex en route to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.
Day 10 Isfahan (1B)
Tour the beautiful city of Isfahan, enjoying the famous square, mosques, and bartering at the bazaar. Hang out on the many bridges that make Isfahan unique, or shop for an authentic Persian rug.
Day 11 Isfahan (1B)
Spend a full day exploring this gorgeous city.
Day 12 Isfahan/AbyÄneh (1B)
Take a scenic drive through Natanz to the mountain village of Abyaneh, known for having retained its ancient charm. Enjoy a village walk to learn more.
Day 13 AbyÄneh/TehrÄn (1B)
En route to Tehran, visit Kashan. Back in Tehran, visit Imam Khomeini's shrine.
Day 14 TehrÄn (1B)
Depart at any time.