What you get
Iran. History and islands in the Persian gulf
Everyone knows that Iran is the world's oldest civilization. But have you ever heard about the beautiful islands with a rich underwater world, colorful cliffs and picturesque beaches. Our group trip to Iran combines it all!
- Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great and King Darius the Great in the ancient capitals of Persepolis and Pasargadae
- Look at Tehran from the sixth tallest tower in the world Milad
- Climb the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence and peer into the sacred fire of the world's most ancient religion
- Meet the first rays of the sun among the colorful mosaics of the famous Pink Mosque
- Explore the underwater world of the islands of the Persian Gulf, get lost in the multi-colored caves and walk through unreal canyons
The price of the trip includes:
- All transportation including buses, trains, public transport, taxis and other;
- Accommodation during the entire trip;
- Breakfasts in all hotels ;
- Professional guiding services.
What is NOT included:
- Flight to Tehran and back home. (Let us know if you need help finding the best deals);
- Insurance (mandatory);
- Food ($15-25 per person per day);
- Entry tickets to museums, parks and other places of the interest ($250);
- Visa ( $75-95.).
We arrive in Tehran, the capital of Iran, and check into a hotel. It is here that we begin our small group trip to Iran. After breakfast we go out for a walk in the city. We start from a place that amazes even avid travelers - the Museum of National Treasures. It is located in the underground of the Central Bank of Iran. Imagine all the treasures and jewels that the Persian kings collected over centuries - in one place! It is a dazzling spectacle! Let us only mention the precious globe, which is covered with 51,366 gems with a total weight of almost 4 kilograms! And how about rare huge diamonds, golden thrones, weapons and other splendor?
We head to the last palace of the Persian kings - Golestan. They began to build it back in the 16th century, but the main premises were completed in the 19th century. We will see the marble throne room, the diamond room, the mirror room, a collection of luxurious clothes, unusual dishes and plunge into the life of the monarchs of Persia.
After lunch, we walk around the Grand Bazaar - the country's main bazaar and the historical center of Tehran. The main thing here is not to get lost and look under your feet, still having time to look around.
In the morning we go to watch modern symbols of Iran. Let's start with the Freedom Tower in Azadi Square. This unusual monument was built by order of the last Shah of Iran - Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in honor of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire. Ironically, it was here that the history of this empire ended, when in 1979 hundreds of thousands of Iranians came to the square to overthrow the power of the Shah.
We rise to the observation deck of Milad tower - the sixth tallest tower in the world. We will look at the city from a height and try to recognize areas that we have already visited.
After lunch we leave for Kashan (3 hours on the way) where we check into a hotel.
Day 3 - 4
We explore the old quarters, walking into the luxurious houses of the nobility. Observant travelers immediately wonder why there are two different door knockers hanging at each door? The answer is simple - one knocker is for female guests, the other for men. They make different sounds, so the owners of the house know which of them - a man or a woman must open the door. We walk around the bazaar, admiring the high ceilings with stucco moldings, decorated with ceramics, glass and paintings.
In the morning we head to the Abyane village in the mountains (2 hours on the way). Welcome to Iran as it was thousands of years ago. We will walk along narrow winding streets between red brick houses and see old houses, small mosques and workshops. Outside the city, a slope rises, dotted with traditional storerooms. Here Abyane residents used to keep cattle and agricultural utensils. Some storerooms are now open. At the top of the hill, the walls of an ancient fortress have been preserved. It’s an amazing feeling to sit among the grasses by these walls, watching the evening lights go on in the village below ...
After lunch we leave for the old capital of the country - the city of Isfahan (approximately 3 hours on the way). We arrive in the evening and check into a hotel.
In the 17th century, one of the most famous Persian rulers, Shah Abbas the Great, moved the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan. The city we will see is his favorite creation. Let's head to the heart - Imam Square, which is surrounded by several ancient mosques and is one of the largest squares in the world! We go to the main mosque to check the acoustic effects under the main dome.
Next, is the Ali Qapu palace where we will see how the ruler of the empire lived only a few centuries before us. A huge balcony is convenient for watching parades and processions in the square. In the evening we head to the famous Isfahan bridges. In particular, we will look at the famous 17th century Joby Bridge which is 147-meters long. We might witness an impromptu concert near this bridge. Yes, the locals love to sing together and do it skillfully!
In the morning we head to the Armenian quarter. The same Shah Abbas the Great invited Armenian artisans to his then new capital - architects, potters, weavers were welcome. He gave them a separate quarter to live in and even allowed to build Orthodox Vank Cathedral in the 18th century. From the outside it looks very simple, even ascetic. And inside impresses with a large number of unique frescoes!
Let`s head south from Isfahan, to Mount Soffeh. This is a favorite weekend spot for residents and guests of the city. We will climb to the top, admire the views and watch the night city lights come on.
The Friday Mosque of Isfahan is one of the oldest functioning mosques in Iran. It is the result of continuous construction, reconstruction and additions between 771 and the end of the 20th century. This masterpiece was built for almost 2000 years!
We go down to the park and the palace of Chehel Sotoun. From Persian the name translates as "forty columns". Twenty of them are real, and the other twenty are reflections in the water. This small summer palace is famous for its frescoes depicting the most famous battles and achievements of the Persian kings.
In the afternoon we take a train to the city of Yazd (about 5 hours on the way). We check into a hotel, and enjoy dinner.
In the morning we leave the hotel and immediately enter the Persian fairy tale. The entire historical center of the city has not changed over the past hundreds of years! Narrow winding clay streets, secret entrances - and suddenly you walk out into small squares in the shade of trees. The architecture here is very different from Iran, which we have seen before. The narrow mines that rise above many houses are the famous badgirs - the windcatching towers. We will learn how locals cooled their rooms thousands of years before the air conditioning and electricity!
We leave for the Towers of Silence - the places of Zoroastrian burials. Yes, Yazd is still considered the Iranian center of the most ancient religion in the world - Zoroastrianism, or fire worship. The famous "celestial funerals" on these Towers was held up to the 1960s! .. We head to the modern Zoroastrian temple, and then return to Islam and explore the 16th century Friday Mosque.
Day 9 - 10
In the morning we leave for Shiraz, the cultural capital of Iran. This Persian city is over 4,000 years old! On the way we will visit the legendary Persepolis and Pasargadae (4 hours drive). Everyone has probably heard of Persepolis. This is the "City of the Persians", the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid state of the 6th century BC. It was built by the legendary Persian king Darius the Great, and destroyed by Alexander the Great, who conquered Persia, going through it to India. Really impressive! And how about the ruins of Pasargadae? This city was the capital of Persia even before Persepolis! It is here that the famous tomb of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian empire, is located.
We arrive in Shiraz, check into a hotel and visit the real place of pilgrimage of the Iranians - the tomb of the famous Persian poet Hafez. He became famous for his poems about love and wine, but he also loved to tease rulers with his rhymes. Hafez is so revered in the country that any Iranian will tell you - at home, each of them must have the Koran and a collection of poems by Hafez.
The first rays of the morning sun we will see in the famous Pink Mosque. Known for its unusual mosaics, it is a perfect place to watch the sun rising through the stained glass. Next - the 14th century Shah Cheragh mausoleum. The perfect place to learn more about Islam, and watch the prayers and unusual rituals of pilgrims from all over the country. In the evening we walk around the center - adrmiring a small fortress and watching the locals play dominoes and drink traditionally strong tea in the park. Late in the evening we leave for the island of Keshm (8-10 hours on the road).
We check into a hotel on the Qeshm island. We will visit the sandy canyons of the mysterious Star Valley. It is amazing - what forms can the wind blow out of rocks and sands!
We will watch dolphins, turtles and, perhaps, even see sharks! All this awaits us on the picturesque Hengam island, which is located two kilometers from Qeshm. The coast of the island is dotted with the ruins of old Portuguese fortresses and ship docks, with coal still stored in the grottoes. A must-see is the local bazaar where you can buy original souvenirs and enjoy sambusa - a traditional South Iranian food with vegetables and seafood.
In the afternoon, a mangrove forest and sunset await us at the picturesque Laft harbor.
Hormuz is known as the Rainbow Island. Here you can count more than 70 colors and shades of geopores, see large salt rocks, caves with salt crystals and snow-white with salt beds of dry rivers.
The beaches of the island shimmer with colors from crimson to gold and brilliant black, and the coast at night shines with bright blue plankton. All the amazing places on the island can be visited in a day, but the emotions will fill you up for a long time to come!
Day 13 - 15
From Hormuz to Bandar Abbas we will get by boat, and then by plane reach Kish island. Here we will see yet another Iran: modern skyscrapers, luxurious beaches, sea entertainment, diving, kite surfing and a water park.
We will visit the ancient hydraulic system, which served as a storehouse of fresh water on the island for over 3000 years. Take a look at the ruins of the old town and port. Walk in the old village in the center of the island and visit a Sunni mosque. Unusual here is even tea "kyarak", it is made with spices and camel's milk. The island has separate beaches for men and women, and boasts a choice of modern sea entertainment.
On the last day we fly to Tehran, where we change to a flight home. Our group tour to Iran has come to an end. Thank you for exploring this vibrant country with us!
Is this trip for you?
Citizens of most countries can get Iranian visa in the embassy of their country of residence before the trip.
Visa is valid for one month and costs $75-95.
We provide free visa consulting for clients.
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