Highlights of Iran

Iran

On Request


Highlights of Iran

Shiraz is a city in southwest Iran, known for its many gardens and religious centres. It’s also renowned for the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi, two of Iran's most famous 15th-century poets. In the historic centre is 18fth-century Vakil Mosque, decorated with typical Shirazi haft rangi tiles. The adjacent Vakil Bazaar also built during the Zand Period, has high ceilings and beautiful courtyards, selling Persian rugs, spices and handicrafts. 

This tour can begin in Tehran or Shiraz. After a comprehensive tour of either cities, continue to the oasis town of Yazd. Amidst the immense desert, Yazd retains its sterling of old in religion, traditions and architecture. Northwest, the city of Isfahan has a wealth of stunning religious sites including the huge Imam Square and the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Finally, visit Kashan, known for its high-quality ceramics and silk work. It also stands out for its large 19th-century merchant houses.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 13-DAY HIGHLIGHT OF IRAN ADVENTURE…
And, in Isfahan see two most awe-inspiring mosques in the Islamic world.
 

What We Love
  • Visit the Golestan Palace, one of the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran
  • Visit Shiraz, the heartland of Persian culture, synonymous with love, poetry and (no) wine
  • In Yazd, experience the epitome of Zoroastrian and traditional Persian architecture 
  • Visit Isfahan, once the pearl of Persia and one of the most representative Islamic cities of the world.
  • The Imam Square in Isfahan is the second largest square in the world, after the Tiananmen
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.
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.

Highlights of Iran

Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan
(13 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 (B)

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Tehran 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 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. The last place we visit is Milad Tower with over 400m height.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – City Highlights Tour
Shiraz Our second day in Tehran is dedicated to the North of the city and its highlights. This is where the Iranian upper class lives but we will be visiting Sa’adabad and Niavaran Palaces, the residence of Iran’s last Shahs (monarchs) and their household. Sa’adabad Palace is a complex consisting of 20 mansions (now used as museums) dispersed inside a vast garden at the foot of Darband Mountain. Niavaran Palace built during Qajar and Pahlavi eras is a smaller palace housing monuments where royal belongings and artistic works are on display. Then, we experience the local life in a cozy Tajrish Bazaar and Darband Recreational Area. Evening flight to Shiraz.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – City Highlights Tour
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 5 – City Highlights Tour
Shiraz With your private guide visit 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 – Persepolis Tour
Shiraz Take a private excursion to 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. 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 – Pasargadae Tour
Yazd Take a private transfer to Yazd and enroute visit Cyrus the Great's capital of Pasargadae. Thought to have been built to commemorate King Cyrus' victory over the Medes, the city dates back to the sixth century BC. Visit the king's tomb and the remains of his private palace, all set amid a verdant plain scattered with wildflowers. Continue on to Yazd, another four and a half hours away.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – 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 9 – Meybod & Naein Tour
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 10 – City Highlights Tour
Isfahan Head to Isfahan's Armenian quarter, known as Jolfa, and visit some rare examples of Christian architecture. Take in the 17th century Vank Cathedral with its modest exterior, but lavish interior. Decorated with fine paintings and gilded carvings, the inside of the Cathedral is beautifully preserved. Afterwards, take a stroll across one of the city's elegant bridges and visit Isfahan's bazaar, a labrynth of tunnels containing all manner of goods.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 11 – City Highlights Tour
Isfahan Full Day of Sightseeing. 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.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 12 – Kashan Tour
Tehran Travel to Tehran via Kashan. Kashan is an attractive oasis town which was in the past famous for its carpets, ceramic tiles and silk. Visit the Fin Garden famous not only for its beautiful design as a "natural garden" but also for a bath in the garden called "Fin Bath" in which the famous great Iranian Chancellor "Amir Kabir" was assassinated by the order of Nasser-al-din Shah of Qajar dynasty. Also see Tabatabaee a large Merchant House with delightful wall paintings and elegant stained glass windows that includes other classic signatures of Traditional Persian residential architecture. Continue to Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 13 – Depart
Tehran Take a private transfer to the airport and connect with your onward flight.
 

 
Highlights of Iran Iran

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


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.