Sat May 5: Welcome to Iran! We arrive in Tehran late the evening and procede through customs formalities. We will be met and transferred to our hotel for overnight. (Flights arrive just before midnight, or just after midnight on the 6th.)
Sun May 6: TEHRAN
We will have a late breakfast and then have a leisurely half day tour of Tehran to see some of Tehran’s palaces, parks and museums. Dinner and overnight in Tehran. (B/L/D)
Mon May 7: TEHRAN
We will have a full day of sightseeing in Tehran to visit several museums and monuments in the city.
Tues May 8: TEHRAN-KASHAN
Today we will drive to Kashan via the holy city of Qom. We arrive in Kashan after lunch and check in to our hotel, then we have a tour of Kashan to see the historical houses as well as the World Heritage Garden of Fin.
Weds May 9: KASHAN-YAZD
Today we will drive to the desert city of Yazd, en-route visit the ancient town of Nain to see a 1200 year old mosque and the 17th century governor’s house that is now an ethnological museum of the desert people.
Thurs May 10: YAZD
Today we will have a full day tour of Yazd to visit the Zoroastrian Silent Towers, the Fire Temple as well as the Water Museum and the Bazaar.
Fri May 11: YAZD-KERMAN
Today after lunch we will drive to Kerman, en-route visit to a wonderful 17th century Royal Safavid Caravan Serai where we can have a tea and see some camels in the vicinity of the mysterious KAVIR (desert). After our break we continue towards Kerman with some very nice stops at the famous Rafsanjan Pistachio Gardens where the famous Persian Pistachios come from.
Sat May 12: KERMAN (Excursion to Rayen and Mahan)
Today after breakfast we drive 80 KM to Rayen, in the foothills of the 14000ft Hezar Mountain to see a 2000 year old citadel as well as visit to the World Heritage site of the Prince Garden in Mahan city.
Sun May 13: KERMAN-SHIRAZ
Today after breakfast we have full day drive to Shiraz. We will also visit a 5th century Sassanian hunting lodge that is a great example of the Sassanian architecture of dome designs.
Mon May 14: SHIRAZ
Today we will start our tour of Shiraz with a visit to another World Heritage site called Eram Persian Garden of Eden and then visit the tomb of the beloved poet Hafez located in a beautiful garden park, and then the Nasirol Molk pink mosque and Narenjestan, a traditional old house of Shiraz.
Tues May 15: SHIRAZ (With excursion to Persepolis and Necropolis)
Today after breakfast we will drive to Persepolis to see the highlight of Persian archeology to see the palaces of Darius the Great and Xerxes, and the necropolis of Naghshe Rustam, site of an Achaemenid-period fire-temple and sanctuary, four Royal Tombs and eight Sassanian rock-reliefs including the impressive victory scene of Shapur I over Roman Emperor Valerian.
Weds May 16: SHIRAZ-ISFAHAN
Today after breakfast we will drive to Esfahan with a lovely stop at the first Persian capital Pasargad to see the remains of the ancient city and palaces of Pasargad from Cyrus the Great, including his tomb and private palace.
Thurs May 17: ISFAHAN
Today after breakfast we start our tour of the biggest, man-made, Garden city in the world, Isfahan, by visiting the world heritage Garden Palace of Chehel Sotoon (40 Columns), dating back to the 17th century Safavid Era. Then we will continue our tour to see an old bridge as well as the 17th century Cathedral of Vank in the Julfa Armenian Quarter.
Fri May 18: ISFAHAN
Today after breakfast we will have a full day tour of Isfahan to see the Old Friday Mosque then return to our hotel for lunch. After lunch we will go by bus to the famous World Heritage site of Naghshe Jahan Square to see Ali Qapou Palace, Lutfollah Mosque and the Shah Mosque, then enjoy free time exploring in the 17th century bazaar of Isfahan, and doing some last minute shopping.
Sat May 19: ISFAHAN-TEHRAN
Today after breakfast we will drive back to Tehran with some great stops at the cities of Natanz and Abyaneh. We will be back to Tehran around 6 PM for dinner and overnight.
Sun May 20: TEHRAN-USA
Early morning transfer to the IKA airport for your flight back to the USA. END OF SERVICES