- Tour Plan
- Additional Info
- English-Speaking Guide
- Entrance Fees
- Meals - Full Board
- Visa Authorization
- Airfare- International
- Optional Activities
- Personal Expenses
- Trip Insurance
- Visa Services
- May 6/7 - Day 1/2
- May 8 - Day 3
- May 9 - Day 4
- May 10 - Day 5
- May 11 - Day 6
- May 12 - Day 7
- May 13 - Day 8
- May 14 - Day 9
- May 15 - Day 10
- May 16 - Day 11
- May 17 - Day 12
- May 18 - Day 13
Tehran (Arrive Tehran)
Welcome to Iran! Most flights arrive very late at night or in the early morning hours. On your arrival in Tehran you will be met after clearing arrival formalities and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight (hotel booked the night before). After same day late breakfast we will go for a short tour of Tehran and visit the Iran national archaeological museum. Next we visit the Carpet Museum, with an extensive collection of old and new Persian carpets and rugs from the major carpet-weaving centers of Iran. Return to the hotel, overnight Tehran.
After breakfast we depart for a full day tour of Tehran. We will visit the Golestan Palace Complex, sometimes known as the Rose Garden Palace, and is the former royal Qajar complex in Iran's capital city. Next we visit the Abguineh (Glass & Ceramics) Museum, a valuable collection of pre-Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics, beautifully displayed and located in an elegant early 20th-century mansion. Our last visit for the day will be the Crown Jewels museums in the vault at the national bank. The collection on display is an incredible sight to see, including the Peacock Throne, crowns and tiaras, gifts from other kingdoms and more. Overnight Tehran.
Today after early morning breakfast we drive to Isfahan with some great stops enroute, visiting Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex (Friday Mosque/Monastery/Tomb of Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani), and Abyaneh and a tea break at the 17th century Safavid Caravanserai. Upon arrival in Isfahan transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we have full day tour of Isfahan, starting at Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century; its twenty wooden columns reflected in the surface of the pool give rise to its name ‘The Palace of Forty Columns’. Our next stop is the Music Museum followed by the Armenian Quarter with several churches, including the important Cathedral of Vank. We will stroll across the historic Khadjou Bridge to end our city tour. There will be an optional visit to carpet and miniature painting workshops. Dinner and overnight Isfahan.
Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World) in Safavid sources. Our tour will include a visit to one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, with several sites (the Ali-Qapu Palace with its enchanting music rooms and balcony overlooking the Maidan, from where the Safavid Kings watched polo games, and two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Shah – with magnificent architecture and tilework), finishing with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world-famous (Bazaar is closed on Fridays). The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping and exploring. Overnight in Isfahan.
Today we drive to Shiraz with great stops at Izad khast, an ancient city with a castle, a caravanserai, and a Safavid-period bridge. The castle structure is of particular interest due to the different architectural styles incorporated into the construction of the building, including Sassanid and Qajar periods. Continue on to Pasargadae, the site of the simple, but impressive, tomb and remains of the palaces of Cyrus the Great (the Founder of the Persian Empire). Overnight in Shiraz.
Today is a full day city tour of Shiraz to visit some of the famous gardens of this city of “roses and nightingales”, including the tomb of Iran’s greatest lyric poets, Hafez and Sa'adi; the pink tiled 19th-century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, the Qajar-period Narenjestan Garden/House, and the Vakil Bazaar of Shiraz. Overnight in Shiraz.
Shiraz - Persepolis
Full day excursion to Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearing representatives of tributary nations of the Persian Empire; also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam to see Ka’be-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary), and Royal Tombs (also Achaemenid); plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs (including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian); and Naghsh-e-Rajab, a nearby grotto with several more Sassanian reliefs; return to Shiraz for overnight stay at hotel.
Shiraz - Yazd
Today we drive to Yazd. We will stop along the way at the small desert town of Abarkuh to see the 4000+-year old Cypress tree. Upon arrival in Yazd we will have a short tour of the city then transfer to your hotel for overnight in Yazd.
Yazd - Kashan
Half day visits in Yazd, the center for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community. Our tour will include the active Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for more than a thousand years, the Friday Mosque (1324 A.D.) with the highest portal and minarets in Iran. We will also visit the bazaar. After lunch we check out of our hotel and drive to the historical city of Kashan. Dinner and overnight Kashan.
Kashan-IKA AIRPORT HOTEL
Today we will have a half day tour of Kashan, including a visit the historical garden of Fin which was first planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. This beautiful garden was expanded by the Zand and Qajar monarchs, with many open pavilions added. After lunch we drive for 2 hours to the IKA airport hotel for dinner and a rest, wash up, and final packing. Transfer to the terminal for your flight home.
Board your flight for home.
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The visa authorization process can take up to 2 months to complete. If you have any questions about the process, please call our office: 206-545-7300.
Included in Tour Price:
- Visa authorization
- Full-board accommodation in 3-5 star (best available in each city) hotels, breakfast at hotels, lunch and dinner at best available local restaurants, or hotels
- All land transportation in air conditioned bus/minivan
- All transfers to/from airport, from/to hotel
- All portages and entrance fees for main sites and excursions
- Highly-qualified English-speaking national guide and local guides in Shiraz and Isfahan
- International air - please note that if you book your own air, arrange it so you arrive in the evening of day 1 or early morning of Day 2. If you arrive early you will be charged for an extra night at the hotel. Please ask Caravan-Serai for any assistance you may need in booking your flights.
- Visa and processing fee ($200)
- Personal expenses such as internet access, room service, telephone/fax calls, laundry, dry cleaning, etc.
- Optional tours or entrance fees not shown on the itinerary
- Refreshments, snacks, etc., en route or during meals, caviar at any meals
- Fuel surcharges, if any
- Tips for guides ($20), drivers ($10), and drivers’ assistant ($4-5) – amounts are only suggestions and are per person, per day
- Trip insurance
Please Note: When traveling to Iran, Caravan-Serai Tours and our partner in Iran are responsible for your actions while you are in Iran. In order to obtain the visas for our travelers, it is under condition that you will adhere to all the rules and laws pertaining to foreigners, particularly Americans, traveling in Iran. You are required to stay with the group/guide at all times. Transfers by our coordinator in Iran to and from the airport are required – no taxis are allowed. If you have any questions about this please call us. Thank you for your understanding.