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Ancient Islamic Iran

Isfahan is a city in central Iran, known for its Persian architecture and covered bridges. Once the dazzling capital of ancient Persia, it has the most amazing Islamic architecture in the world with buildings such as the Masjid-e-Imam (Shah Mosque), the Ali Qapu Palace, the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque bedecked with beautiful coloured tiling, and the Qaisarrieh Bazaar. In the 7th-century, Isfahan became the capital of the Safavid Empire and its building and architecture, were the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.

After a comprehensive tour of Tehran, travel to Yazd that still retains its sterling of old in religion, traditions and architecture. Continue to Shiraz, one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world. Then explore Persepolis and Pasargadae, once a large part in the lives of Achaemenian kings including Darius the Great and remain one of the finest examples of ancient architecture. Next travel to Isfahan: famous for its Islamic architecture.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY EXPLORATION OF ISLAMIC PERSIA TOUR…
And, experience Isfahan’s grandeur that inspired the proverb "Isfahan is half the world".
 

What We Love
  • Learn about Shiite architecture, history and culture and impact of Sufism in Iran
  • Learn about Zoroastrian culture and visit fire temples and towers of Silence
  • Stay in the Unesco registered and charmingly renovated Caravanserai of Zein-o-din
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see the unique the ‘Tree of Life’ carpet
  • Visit the Golestan Palace, one of the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran
  • See the largest adobe building in the world, located near the desert town of Kashan
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour but you may be required to walk on rough surfaces.
  • Exclusive tour, guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination
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Ancient Islamic Iran

Tehran, Yazd, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kashan
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Tehran Meet and greet at Tehran’s international Airport and private transfer to your hotel in Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – Walking Tour
Tehran Take a walking tour with your own private guide and visit the Golestan Palace, a world heritage site and one of the oldest buildings in Tehran. Next to the National Museum which houses objects from prehistory to Islamic era and the Crown Jewels Museum which has an impressive collection of some of the most famous and spectacular jewels in the world. The majority of the items on display were given to Safavid kings as gifts but many pieces were taken by Nader Shah on his conquest of India are also exhibited. These include the Darya-e Nur diamond, The Peacock Throne and the Jewelled Globe. Other pieces include the crowns of the Qajar and Pahlavi Kings.  Flight to Shiraz in the evening.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Shiraz With your private guide, visit the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi, two of Iran's most famous poets. Surrounded by carefully manicured gardens, the tombs are oases of tranquillity in the busy city. Of the two, Hafez's tomb is undoubtedly the more popular and grandiose, reflecting his position as an Iranian folklore hero. Such is his status among Iranian's that his writing is considered second only to that of the Qur'an.

Afterwards, continue to the Bagh-e Eram, a Unesco-listed garden that was built during the Qajar period. Laid out around an attractive pool, the gardens are packed with tall Cyprus trees, incredibly popular with young Shirazis who like to relax in its shade. Ravaged by earthquakes over the centuries, Shiraz's surviving treasures are relatively few, but its relaxed atmosphere remains. Briefly Iran's capital under the Zand dynasty, the city is still considered the country's capital of culture and is renowned for its poetry, wine and roses.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Via Persepolis
Shiraz Today we will visit the most magnificent city of the ancient world, Persepolis, now a Unesco site. During the Achemaenian era (550-330 BCE), Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, the largest empire the world had yet seen. Today it boasts impressive ruins of a cosmopolitan nature, including original palaces, carvings and massive bas-reliefs from the Sassanian period. The city was largely destroyed by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. We continue our excursion to the nearby Naghsh-e-Rostam, the Achaemenian necropolis (city of the dead) , the rock-cut tombs of the kings Xerxes and Darius.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – Via Pasargadae
Yazd With your private driver, depart for Yazd, and visit Pasargadae en-route. Pasargadae is the site of the simple, but impressive, tomb of Cyrus the Great (founder of the Persian Empire), and the remains of his palaces. Continue on to reach Yazd via Abarkuh and see a 4000-yar old Cypress tree, which is also a picnic spot for Iranian families.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – City Highlights Tour
Yazd Yazd is an oasis town surrounded by mountains, its roofscape a plethora of blue domes, soaring minarets and hundreds of wind towers. The old town of Yazd is a labyrinth of secret passages, bazaars and mud brick streets, unchanged for centuries. It was, and still is, an important centre for Zoroastrinism. The shrine of Duvazdah Imam, (the 12 Imams) from the 11th century Seljuq period, the ’Towers of Silence’, pits where the bodies of the dead were left for the vultures and the Zoroastrian Fire Temple are all possible visits.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 7 – Via Meybod & Naein
Isfahan Today we drive from Yazd to Isfahan via the picturesque town of Meybod and Naein that sit in an area of semi-desert. Meybod is particularly notable for its impressive Safavid ice house and caravanserai, while Naein is primarily known for its production of outstanding carpets. Visit the town's pit-weavers, who make clothing for the town's clergy, as well as the early Islamic-era Jameh Mosque. Continue to Isfahan.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – City Highlights Tour
Isfahan The beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World). With your private guide, visit one of the world's grandest squares; the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan. Once a royal polo court and the centre of the city, during the Safavid period (17th Century), the Maidan is the location of the Ali-Qapu Palace with its magnificent architecture and tile-work. The two most awe-inspiring mosques in the Islamic world, Abbasi Mosque and Sheikh Lotfolla Mosque (or Ladies Mosque), along with Ali Qapu Palace have given the square its allure. These attractions are connected via a row of two-story traditional shops where we can acquire the best handicrafts in Iran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – Half-Day Tour
Isfahan In the 16th century, Isfahan flourished due to the will of “Shah Abbas the Great” and the trading skill of Armenian settlers. An outstanding heritage of Isfahan’s Armenian community is 17th century Vank Cathedral with its beautiful frescos and a treasure of historical objects and religious artefacts in its museum. The next stop is a true time travel! You can behold the evolution of art, architecture and imagination in will visit historical bridges lined with tea houses where we will drink tea and then walk along the river bank or paddle on a boat.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 10 – Via Abyaneh & Kashan. Depart
Tehran Today we will visit two important destinations ; Abyaneh, an ancient village with different lifestyle, unique customs and houses and Kashan, a green, ancient town located on the edge of desert. Here, we see the old houses of Tabatabai and Borujerdi, Sialk Tepe, and the beautiful Fin Gardens, a world heritage site. Close to Tehran we have a short stop at Imam Khomeini Mausoleum of the founder of Islamic Republic of Iran. Continue to the Tehran airport and connect with your onward flight.
 

 
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When to go Visits to the south coast of Iran are best made in the winter months of December, January and February when humidity and heat levels are at their lowest, while spring (March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September and October) are the best times to travel around central and northern Iran. Tourists visit Iran during the summer months (June - September) for the sunshine and regional festivals, and during the winter months (November - March) for skiing. So no matter what time you choose to go, Iran is a great place to travel all year round.

Getting There The vast majority of travellers fly to Tehran and return from there but some travellers end their trip in Shiraz, saving some backtracking. Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKIA) sees most of Iran’s international air traffic. It’s small, so delays are possible. Elsewhere, Shiraz, Esfahan, Bandar Abbas and Kish are (in that order) potentially useful arrival or departure points. Iran Air, the government-owned carrier, it offers service with an Islamic flavour (ie no pork, no alcohol).

Visa British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. You should lodge your visa application with the Iranian Embassy in the UK, well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable.