Mysterious Iran - Ancient cities and unique landmarks

Price
$1524
+ flight to Tehran and back home
Duration
13 days

What you get

Ancient Persia
Cities and villages
Transportation
During the entire trip
Guiding
Professional tour leader traveler
Breakfasts
During the entire trip
Accommodation
12 nights
Physical grade
Level 1 (easy) out of 5

Mysterious Iran - Ancient cities and unique landmarks

A unique opportunity to visit ancient Persia, one of the most ancient world civilizations. Everyone knows about its main sites, but how about the most hospitable people in the world? You just have to travel for experiences like these!

  • Walk in the footsteps of the legendary Persian king Darius among the remains of the ancient city of Persepolis. 
  • Listen to an improvised concert performed by Isfahan residents at the 17th-century Joubi bridge. 
  • Feel like a fire-worshiper of antiquity, peering into the sacred fire in the temple of the Zoroastrians, the oldest religion, whose representatives still live in Iran. 
  • Walk in the ancient mountain village of Abyaneh, where the locals still lead a very authentic life. 
  • See the sun rising among the endless sands and rocks of the Dasht E-Lut desert.

Trip code
MMWJ
Iran,Tehran,Shiraz,Kashan,Persepolis,Isfahan

The price of the trip includes:

  1. Accommodation during the entire trip;
  2. All transportation including buses, trains, specially rented vehicles, and all kinds of public transportation;
  3. Breakfasts in all hotels;
  4. Professional guiding services.

What is NOT included:

  1. Flight to Tehran and from Tehran back home;
  2. Visa to Iran ($75-95);
  3. Lunches and dinners ($8-20 per person per day);
  4. Tickets to museums, parks, palaces and other places of interest ($200).
  5. Insurance (mandatory).

Departures

2020
Price
Book
10 April, Fri 22 April, Wed
$ 1524

Day 1

The capital, Tehran Museum of National Treasures

Arrival in Tehran, checking into a hotel. We will visit the Museum of National Treasures of the country, which is located in the special underground premises of the Central Bank of Iran. This is a unique fund of the most valuable jewelry of the world, collected by the Persian rulers for many centuries. For example, we will see the Peacock Throne, which is considered the most luxurious throne in the world, the Precious Globe covered with 51,366 precious stones weighing almost 4 kilograms, and admire one of the most famous diamonds in the world of 182 carat - Derianur. 

Blinded by luxury, we move to the equally impressive palace of Golestan, the residence of the Persian kings. After lunch in one of the most popular restaurants of the city, we will discover the bustling Grand Bazaar - one of the biggest covered markets in the world. 

Enjoy traditional tea with Iranian sweets in one of the teahouses in the evening and observe curious locals.

Day 2 - 3

Freedom Memorial Milad Tower The city of Isfahan Mosques and palaces of Imam square

In the morning we will visit the modern symbols of the capital - the Freedom Memorial on the Azadi square and Milad tower - the sixth-tallest tower in the world. After lunch we depart to Isfahan (about 6 hours on the way). We arrive at night and check into a hotel.

In the morning we will explore the Imam Square, surrounded by several ancient mosques and known as one of the largest squares in the world. We will learn about Islamic symbolism and acoustics in the Shah Mosque and walk up to the balcony of the Ali-Kapu Palace, from which only recently - in the 16th century the most ruler, Shakh Abbas I of Persia, watched the magnificent parades on the square. Also we will visit the bazaar and dine in the restaurant of traditional cuisine. 

We stroll through the Persian park Chekhel Sotun, which was built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century. The highlight of the park is a Forty Columns palace - 20 columns are real, and another 20 are reflected in the lake. We will also see the famous Isfahan bridges, in particular, the famous Joubi - the 147-meter bridge of the XVII century. We might also visit an impromptu concert in the evening.

Day 4

Armenian quarter Vank cathedral

In the morning we go to the Armenian quarter - one of the oldest districts of the city where Armenians used to live. Back in the 17th century, they were allowed to build their own Vank cathedral here. Outwardly modest, even ascetic, it strikes with bright frescoes and rich decoration inside. We walk along quiet streets around the cathedral, where the workshops of Armenian masters used to be. We go to one of the cozy coffee shops, where the Iranian youth likes to gather. This district feels like a small old town, not a part of the big city. 

After lunch, we head south from Isfahan to Mount Sophe, a favorite weekend getaway for city residents. We ride the funicular to the top and observe how the evening lights of the city are lit.

Day 5

The city of Shiraz Mausoleum of Hafiz

Bus to Shiraz - the cultural capital of Iran (about 6 hours on the road). On the way we watch from the windows as the desert landscape changes to a green oasis. Locals even grow wheat here. And earlier, before the alcohol ban, Shiraz was famous for its vineyards and wine. 

We will check into a hotel, and then visit the cult place for the Iranians - the grave of the famous Persian poet Hafiz. He lived in the 14th century and became famous as the greatest lyric of world literature. In Iran, they say that every resident of the country must have two books - the Koran and a collection of poems by Hafiz. It is not surprising that the place of burial of the poet is a real memorial, a place of pilgrimage for Iranians from all over the world. There is an interesting local tradition to learn one`s future at the site. Friendly locals will surely teach us how.

Day 6

Pink Mosque Shah-Cheragh mirror mausoleum

We will meet the first rays of the sun in the Pink Mosque, which is familiar to everyone from the photographs of extensive coloured glass in its facade. The sun, making its way through the colorful glass in the windows, paints the ancient walls and floors in all the colors of the rainbow. Beautiful! 

We walk in the city center, watching the old people in the squares play dominoes and enjoy their tea. Through the colorful bazaar we walk to the Shah-Cheragh mausoleum, which was built in the XIV century. Pilgrims come here from all over the country to worship the graves of the brothers of the prominent Muslim saint - the eighth Shiite Imam Ali ar-Reed. Inside the mausoleum, the walls and ceiling are lined with mirror fragments. Very unusual! Women go to the female part of the mosque, men go to the male. We observe the prayers of visitors, and speak with the friendly staff of the mosque, who will be happy to tell us about the building and about their faith.

Day 7

The ancient capital of Persepolis Naqsh-e Rustam Pasargadae

In the morning we leave for Yazd, one of the most ancient cities of Iran, known since III millennium BC (6 hours on the way). On the way, we will stop at Persepolis, the “City of the Persians,” the ceremonial capital of the times of the Achaemenid Empire. In the 6th century BC, this city was built by the famous Persian king Darius. And Alexander the Great destroyed it, following through Persia to India. Just think - we will walking in the footsteps of the greatest heroes of antiquity!..  

Nearby there is a Naqsh-e Rustam ancient necropolis. Four large tombs of the ancient Persian kings are cut high into the cliff face. We will also visit Pasargadae - the ruins of the city, which was the capital of Persia before Persepolis! It boasts the grave of the first Persian king Cyrus the Great. He created the largest empire of his time, conquering territories from Greece to India. There are even stories about this king in the Bible, and Jews consider him as their righteous man. 

In the evening we arrive in Yazd, and check into a hotel. 

Day 8 - 10

The city of Yazd Zoroastrian temple and Towers of Silence Bafgh desert Old city

Yazd is known as one of the ancient cities of Iran, dating back two thousand years. It is also considered the center of one of the oldest world religions - Zoroastrianism. We will visit the local Zoroastrian temple and the Towers of Silence - the places of Zoroastrian burials. 

Another attractions include the Grand Mosque of the XVI century and mazy adobe old center. Discover famous local sweets and lear about the "air conditioners of the past" - wind catching towers badrigs. Next morning we visit the Water museum and go to the Bafgh desert to walk on endless sand dunes. 

In the evening we come back to Yazd and next morning explore the city's bustling traditional market. Pay attention to scarfs and other unique textiles - after all, that is what Yazd is also known for! In the afternoon we board a train to Kashan (5 hours on the way) and check into a traditional house.

Day 11

Kashan Old city

We will walk in the old districts and visit the luxurious houses of the local nobility. Observant travelers immediately ask themselves why each door has two different door knockers. The answer is simple - one is for female guests, another one is for men. They make very different sounds, so the people of the house know which of them - the man or the woman - should open the door. 

In the evening we observe the city from the roof of the old hammam.

Day 12

Abyane village

We go to the village of Abyane in the mountains (about 2 hours on the way). Abyane is an ancient village listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site. We stroll through the narrow streets, between the houses of red bricks and admire ancient architecture. 

In the evening we go back to Kashan and take an evening bus to Tehran (4 hours on the way) where we check into a hotel.

Day 13

Резиденция президента Парк Талегани

We will visit the northern part of the capital - the territory of prosperous districts, parks and palaces. We will visit Saadat Abad Park with its palaces, museums of cars and arms of the former royal family. Now Saadat Abad is the official residence of the incumbent president. 

In the evening we visit the pedestrian bridge Tabiat which connects two parks. This is the largest pedestrian bridge in Iran, which is 270 meters long. Parks are a special love of the Iranians, and we will understand this from the first minutes of our stay. Here people not only jogg and relax, but also spread carpets on the grass for tea drinking, engage in choral singing and are more than willing to get acquainted with foreigners. 

The last wave of striking Iranian hospitality in the open air - and we bid farewell to the mysterious Iran having opened some of its magical secrets. Flight back home.

Tour leader

Nadiya Chernysh
tour-leader

Is this trip for you?

This trip is of easy physical grade. It includes bus rides up to 6 hours with stops for food and some sightseeing on the way. This trip also involves long walks in cities and villages. Accommodation will be provided in double/twin rooms of tourist class hotels and guesthouses, all will have hot water and wi fi internet.

Visa

Citizens of most countries can get Iranian visa on arrival in Tehran airport. Visa is valid for one month and costs $75-95. 

Citizens of some countries have to apply for visa in their country of residence before the trip.

We provide free visa consulting for clients. 

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