A 12-Day Odyssey through Iran’s Timeless Beauty visiting Tehran, Kashan, Abyaneh, Isfahan, Yazd, Persepolis and Shiraz.

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Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran
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Duration

12 Days Tour.

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

English, German, Japanese, Spanish

About this tour

“Unveiling Persia: A 12-Day Journey through Iran’s Timeless Beauty”

In the heart of the Middle East, where the echoes of ancient empires still resonate, lies a land of captivating contrasts, where tradition dances gracefully with modernity, and history weaves a rich tapestry of culture and civilization. Welcome to Iran, a country that beckons the intrepid traveler with its mesmerizing landscapes, architectural wonders, and a hospitality that knows no bounds.

This 12-day odyssey invites you to embark on a profound journey through Iran, a nation often misunderstood yet brimming with enchanting stories waiting to be told. From the bustling streets of Tehran to the tranquil courtyards of Shiraz, from the desert oases of Yazd to the grandeur of Isfahan, each day of this adventure unfolds like a page in an ancient manuscript, offering a glimpse into the soul of Persia.

As you traverse the historic city of Kashan, discover the hidden treasures of Abyaneh, and explore the living heritage of Yazd, you will be immersed in the customs, cuisine, and culture of Iran. Your senses will be awakened by the tantalizing aromas of saffron-infused dishes, the intricate beauty of Persian mosques, and the harmonious melodies of ancient bazaars.

This journey isn’t merely about visiting landmarks; it’s about understanding the heartbeat of a nation. From the grandeur of Isfahan’s Naqsh-e Jahan Square to the quiet contemplation of Shiraz’s Eram Garden, you’ll experience the diverse facets of Iran’s heritage. Delve into the architectural marvels of Persepolis, stand in awe of ancient fortresses, and take refuge in serene desert oases.

Our meticulously planned itinerary ensures you experience the best of Iran, from the cosmopolitan city life to the quiet moments of reflection amidst archaeological wonders. You’ll savor the flavors of local cuisine in charming teahouses, indulge in the warmth of Persian hospitality, and find solace in the enchanting beauty of historical gardens.

Join us on this extraordinary journey, where you’ll not only discover the alluring landscapes and landmarks of Iran but also forge connections with its people, a hospitable and proud nation eager to share its stories. As you traverse this land of poets, scholars, and dreamers, you’ll find that Iran is not just a place on the map; it’s an experience that will resonate in your heart and soul long after you bid it farewell.

Unveil the secrets of Persia, and let Iran’s timeless beauty leave an indelible mark on your travel memories. This is not merely a tour; it’s an invitation to embark on an unforgettable voyage through one of the world’s most captivating destinations.

Highlights

  • This tour encapsulates the essence of an Iranian odyssey, showcasing the diverse landscapes, rich history, and delectable cuisine that await you on this unforgettable journey.

Included/Excluded

  • In our tour packages, several common included services are typically provided to enhance the overall experience and convenience for travelers. These services can vary depending on the type and price of the tour, but here are some common inclusions:
  • 1- Guide
  • 2- Transfers
  • 3- Itinerary
  • These exclusions may vary depending on the travel plans and the specific package, but here are some items/services that are frequently not included unless requested:
  • 1- International Flights.
  • 2- Travel Insurance.
  • 3- Meals
  • 4- Personal Expenses

Itinerary

A Journey Through the Heart of Persia: A 12-Day Odyssey

As the sun rises over the ancient city of Tehran, the promise of a 12-day adventure through the heart of Persia beckons. This immersive journey invites you to traverse the enchanting landscapes, discover centuries-old traditions, and immerse yourself in the warm embrace of Iranian hospitality. From the bustling metropolis of Tehran to the historic grandeur of Isfahan and the timeless beauty of Shiraz, each day unfolds like a chapter in a captivating novel.

Your voyage begins in Tehran, the vibrant capital of Iran. As you step off the plane, the aroma of freshly brewed Persian tea and the bustling energy of the city welcome you. Start your day with a breakfast feast at Café Tehroon, where the fragrance of saffron-infused rice and the melody of local chatter fill the air. Afterward, delve into the historical riches of Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before savoring a delicious lunch at Moslem Restaurant in the heart of the Grand Bazaar. In the afternoon, the National Museum of Iran unveils the intricate tapestry of Persian history, and a visit to Tehran's Jewish Synagogue offers a glimpse into the diversity of faiths coexisting in Iran. As evening descends, dine at Divan, indulging in fusion Persian cuisine, and visit Tehran's Fire Temple, a testament to Iran's Zoroastrian heritage.

 

 

Day 2: Tehran to Kashan - The Oasis of Serenity

Bid farewell to Tehran as you set off for the desert oasis of Kashan. Breakfast at Agha Bozorg Café prepares you for a day of exploration. Begin with a visit to the mesmerizing Fin Garden, where shaded pavilions and glistening fountains transport you to a bygone era. Enjoy a traditional Persian lunch at Manouchehri House, a historical gem in the heart of Kashan. Your afternoon continues with a journey to the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, an architectural marvel that showcases the opulence of the Safavid era. As the sun sets, indulge in a delightful dinner at Khaneye Saraye Ameriha, a beautifully restored mansion, and experience the serene atmosphere of Agha Bozorg Mosque.

 

 

A short drive takes you to the ancient village of Abyaneh, where crimson mud-brick houses and winding alleys form a living museum. Breakfast at a local teahouse sets the mood for exploration. As you wander through the village, enjoy a traditional Persian lunch with the locals. In the afternoon, you'll be on your way to Isfahan, the jewel of Iran. Upon arrival, a sumptuous dinner at Abbasi Hotel introduces you to the grandeur of Persian cuisine. End your day with a leisurely stroll around Naqsh-e Jahan Square, bathed in the soft glow of evening.

 

 

Isfahan, often hailed as "Nesf-e Jahan" (Half the World), is your playground for the next two days. Begin with breakfast at Jolfa Café in the Armenian district, followed by a visit to Naqsh-e Jahan Square, where the Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace await. Lunch at a local eatery introduces you to the rich flavors of Isfahan. The afternoon leads you to the Vank Cathedral, a testament to Iran's Christian heritage. Dinner at Shahrzad Restaurant provides a royal dining experience. On the second day in Isfahan, explore Chehel Sotoun Palace, the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, and delve into Zoroastrian history at the Atashgah Fire Temple. Conclude your day with dinner at Naghshe Jahan Traditional Restaurant, enveloped in the vibrant atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar.

 

 

Leaving Isfahan behind, embark on a journey to Yazd, a mesmerizing desert city. Breakfast at Azadegan Teahouse fuels your adventure. En route, stop at the Meybod and Narin Qal'eh fortresses, ancient marvels steeped in history. Lunch at a local eatery in Meybod tantalizes your taste buds. Continue your drive to Yazd, where a charming dinner at Silk Road Restaurant offers a taste of local flavors.

 

 

Awaken in the heart of Yazd, a city that embodies the timeless beauty of Persian architecture. Begin your day with breakfast at Ziafat Café. Then, explore the historic district of Fahadan, wandering through labyrinthine alleys and discovering hidden courtyards. Lunch at Haj Khalifeh Rahbar provides a taste of authentic Yazdi sweets and dishes. In the afternoon, visit the Jameh Mosque of Yazd, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. As the sun sets, indulge in a delectable dinner at Khan Bazaar, where the flavors of Yazd come alive.

 

 

Bid farewell to Yazd and head to Shiraz, the city of Persian poets and culture. Breakfast at Chai Café sets the tone for your journey. En route, stop at Pasargadae, the ancient capital of Cyrus the Great, and marvel at the stunning tomb of the Persian king. Enjoy a picnic lunch amid the serene ruins. Continue to Shiraz, where dinner at Haft Khan Restaurant awaits, accompanied by live Persian music.

 

 

Shiraz beckons with its rich cultural heritage. Breakfast at Gol Rezaei Café prepares you for a day of exploration. Begin with a visit to Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, known for its enchanting stained glass windows. Lunch at Sharzeh Restaurant offers a taste of Shirazi cuisine. The afternoon unfolds with a visit to the mesmerizing Eram Garden and the tomb of the great poet Hafez. On the second day, explore the ancient Persepolis, an archaeological wonder. Picnic amid the historical ruins. Return to Shiraz for a dinner experience at the historic Vakil Restaurant.

 

 

Say goodbye to Shiraz as you make your way back to Tehran. Breakfast at Haft Khan Restaurant prepares you for the journey. En route, visit Pasargadae once more to uncover its historical secrets. A picnic lunch amidst the ancient ruins offers a moment of reflection. As you arrive in Tehran, dinner at Divan Restaurant brings your culinary journey full circle.

 

 

On your final day, savor a leisurely breakfast at Café Tehroon, reminiscing about the memories created throughout your Persian odyssey. Spend your remaining hours exploring Tehran's vibrant markets and historic sites or simply relaxing before your departure.

 

As the sun sets on this 12-day journey, you'll carry with you not just photographs and souvenirs but a heart filled with the warmth of Iranian hospitality, a mind enriched with centuries of history, and a soul touched by the enduring beauty of Persia.

Languages

English
German
Japanese
Spanish

Frequently asked questions

  • Visas and Entry:
    • Do I need a visa? Most nationalities require a pre-arranged visa. Different types exist for tourism,business, and other purposes. Check with your local Iranian embassy or consulate for specifics.
    • Can I get a visa on arrival? Visa-on-arrival options are limited and depend on your nationality. Confirm eligibility well in advance to avoid disappointment.
    • What documents do I need? Pack a valid passport, confirmed visa, travel insurance, and proof of return or onward travel. Consider carrying extra passport photos and copies of important documents.
  • Planning and Preparation:
    • When to visit? Spring (March-May) and Fall (September-November) offer pleasant weather. Summers get hot, winters chilly. Choose based on your preferences.
    • What to pack? Respect local customs. Women: cover hair, arms, and legs with loose-fitting clothing. Men:avoid shorts and sleeveless shirts. Pack comfortable shoes for exploring.
    • Vaccinations and health: Consult your doctor about recommended vaccinations, especially Hepatitis A & B, and Rabies if venturing outside cities. Pack essential medications and a first-aid kit.
    • Money matters: While ATMs dispense Rials, Euros and USD are easier to exchange. Carry cash for smaller transactions. Consider a Mah Card for easier access to local funds.
    • Communication and technology: Download offline maps and translation apps. Local SIM cards are readily available, but inform your network provider beforehand. Learn basic Farsi phrases like "Salam" (hello) and "Mamnoon" (thank you).

  • Exploring the Cities:
    • Must-see landmarks: In Tehran: Golestan Palace, Azadi Tower, Grand Bazaar. Shiraz: Tomb of Hafez, Vakil Bazaar, Nasir al-Molk Mosque. Yazd: Jameh Mosque, Zoroastrian Towers of Silence, Amir Chakhmagh Complex. Kashan: Fin Garden, Tabatabaei House, Agha Bozorg Mosque.
    • Beyond the beaten path: Wander through historic alleys, visit local teahouses, experience a traditional hammam bath, learn about Persian calligraphy, or take a day trip to Persepolis or Pasargadae.
    • Cultural immersion: Attend a traditional ceremony, watch a live music performance, learn about carpet weaving, or enjoy a home-cooked Persian meal with a local family.
  • Transportation and Logistics:
    • Getting around: Domestic flights, trains, and intercity buses connect major cities. Taxis and ride-sharing apps are affordable within cities. Consider guided tours for hassle-free travel and expert insights.
    • Local customs and etiquette: Public displays of affection are frowned upon. Pointing with your index finger is considered rude. Learn polite refusal gestures and dress modestly in religious sites.
    • Safety and security: Iran boasts low crime rates and is generally safe for tourists. Use common sense precautions, stay vigilant in crowds, and respect local customs.

  • Returning Home:
    • Visa extensions: If you wish to extend your stay, discuss with your guide or tour operator before your departure date.
    • Souvenirs and customs regulations: Check baggage allowances and restrictions on prohibited items like carpets and saffron. Declare valuable items at customs.
    • Sharing your experience: Spread the word! Tell your friends and family about your incredible Iran adventure and encourage them to explore this hidden gem.
  • Reflection and Inspiration:
    • Cultural insights: Reflect on the unique perspectives and experiences you gained. What surprised you the most? What did you learn about Iranian culture and society?
    • Personal growth: Did your travels challenge you? Did you step outside your comfort zone? Celebrate your personal growth and newfound appreciation for different ways of life.
    • Future explorations: Has Iran sparked your wanderlust? Consider exploring other regions of the Middle East or venturing further off the beaten path. The world is full of adventure!

Tour's Location

Yazd, Yazd Province, Iran

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