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Persepolis or Takht-e-Jamshid, is an ancient city in southern Iran. During the Achemaenian era (550-330 BCE), Persepolis was the ceremonial capital of the Persian Empire, the largest empire the world had yet seen. Set on fire and looted by Alexander the Great in 330 BC, it’s spectacular ruins still reveal its astounding size and splendour. Today it impressive ruins include original palaces, carvings and massive bas-reliefs from the Sassanian period. 

Begin in Tehran, and then travel to Ahvaz, the cradle of Iranian civilization where the Elamites founded the first kingdom in Iran. Next visit Shiraz celebrated as the heartland of Persian culture and taken an excursion to visit the nearby city of Persepolis. Continue to Kerman, the largest carpet-exporting centre of Iran. Then explore the Old City of Yazd, a serene isolated town in Iran’s central deserts with exquisite traditional Iranian mud brick buildings. End tour with a visit to Isfahan.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY IRAN ADVENTURE…
And, visit Kerman to see the biggest fig garden in the world.
 

What We Love
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see the unique the ‘Tree of Life’ carpet
  • Visit Shush (Susa), once among the greatest cities of ancient Persia
  • In Shiraz, visit the Eram Garden, named after gardens of paradise in the Quran
  • Shop for your dream carpet in Kerman, the largest carpet weaving centre in Iran
  • In Yazd, experience the epitome of Zoroastrian and traditional Persian architecture 
  • Explore the amazing ‘Bridges of Isfahan’ with a beautiful architecture
What to Know
  • This is a relaxed tour and designed for maximum outdoor experience.
  • Exclusive tour; guided privately by a multilingual guide throughout the trip.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
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Discover Western Iran

Tehran, Ahvaz, Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan,
(11 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 – The Peacock Throne
Ahvaz With your private guide and driver, 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 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. Evening flight to Ahwaz.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – Cradle of Iranian Civilization
Ahvaz Ahvaz is the cradle of Iranian civilization where the Elamites founded the first kingdom in Iran, in the present day Khuzestan Province some 5,000 years ago. It is now the heart of Iranian oil industry and home to the largest river in Iran. Take a half day excursion to Susa and the tomb of Daniel the prophet.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Transfer
Shiraz Early morning departure for Shiraz (Overland), visiting enroute the ancient city of Bishabour.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – City Highlights Tour
Shiraz Today, we begin at the Pars Museum, an elegant octagonal building that is located at the centre of the Zand-era Nazar Garden. Beautifully decorated, the museum contains a lavish 18th century reception room, as well as exquisite decorative plasterwork. Afterwards, continue to the Vakil mosque and adjacent bazaar. Adorned with intricate azure tile work, the mosque's walls, explore the labyrinth of stalls, selling all manner of produce. Often frequented by Kashqai nomads, this is a boisterous and colourful place.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 6 – 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 7 – Transfer
Kerman Early morning departure for the city of Kerman (overland), enroute visiting the biggest fig garden in the world at Estahban and Sassanid palace at Sarvestan, overnight Kerman.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – Trading Post in a Desert
Kerman The desert trading city of Kerman has long been a staging point for travellers between Persia and the Indian subcontinent and today it remains the best place from which to explore southeastern Iran. The city has a mud-brick core centred around the historic and very lively bazaar. This is surrounded by ever-expanding low-rise, blond-brick suburbs punctuated by qanat-fed parks.

Take a private full day excursion in Kerman and Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Gardens and will drive to Rayn to visit its beautiful castle which has become an alternative to Bam Citadel for tourists after the 2004 Earthquake.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – An Oasis Town
Yazd Early morning drive to Yazd, 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 10 – Half-Day City Tour
Isfahan Visit Dowlat-Abad Gardens, Friday Mosque, Square and bazaar. Later in the afternoon, drive to the magnificent city of Isfahan.

Upon arrival we will head to the banks of Zayanderud river, the soul of the city. There are several historical bridges over this river, erected during the Safavid era (17th Century) of which Siosepol (33-arch) and khaju bridges are the most famous. Take an easy stroll and stop to drink tea at the tea houses below the bridge. Walk along the river bank or paddle on a boat. Overnight Isfahan.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 11 – Full-Day Sightseeing Tour
Tehran With your private guide, spend a day exploring Isfahan's wide range of Islamic architecture, largely built during the reign of Shah Abbas. Arguably the most stunning of Isfahan's sights is the vast Imam Square, the second-largest square on earth. Consisting of a huge ensemble of majestic buildings, this square is one of most impressive collections in the Islamic world.

Adjacent to the square are the Imam and Sheikh Lotfallah mosques, which are breath-taking in their beauty. The former towers over the southern side of the square with its magnificent blue dome, whilst the latter exhibits exquisitely detailed and complex tile work. Other highlights include the Ali Qapu Palace, Chehel Sotun Palace and the Jameh Mosque.

Late evening flight to Tehran (stay overnight in Tehran or connect with your International 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.