Splendours of Iran


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Splendours of Iran

Yazd, is a desert city, in central Iran. Its renowned for its well-preserved mud brick old town with distinctive badgirs, or wind-catchers on the skyline and numerous historical sites. At its heart, is the Jame (Friday) Mosque, a 14th-century edifice, with two towering minarets, the tallest in Iran. To the south, stands Amir-Chakhmagh mosque, an imposing three-storey façade with delicate azure mosaic tile work. Dowlat Abad garden with Persian-style gardening, has a 34-metre high wind catcher, the tallest in Yazd.

The tour provides insight into the richness of Persian culture; from Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran to the splendid ancient gardens of Shiraz. From the nearby ruined city of Persepolis that dates back to 550 B.C. to the ancient carpet weaving region of Kerman. Explore the renowned mosques of Isfahan that surround Imam Square, the world's grandest squares. Then visit Kashan’s large Merchant Houses with delightful wall paintings and elegant stained-glass windows.

And, experience in Kashan, traditional Persian residential architecture.

What We Love
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see some of the unique carpets including the Tree of Life
  • Visit Shiraz, the heartland of Persian culture, synonymous with love, poetry and (no) wine
  • Visit Mahani suburb In Kerman, the largest carpet-exporting centre of Iran. 
  • In Yazd, experience the epitome of Zoroastrian and traditional Persian architecture 
  • 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.

Splendours of Iran

Tehran, Shiraz, Kerman, Yazd, Isfahan
(14 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 City 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.
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. Overnight flight to Shiraz.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Persepolis Tour
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.
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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.
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Day 6 – Zoroastrian Centre
Kerman Kerman and Yazd are the traditional centres of Zoroastrianism in Iran. The city today is something of a melting pot, blending Persians with the more sub continental Baluchis who dominate areas east of Kerman. This mix is most evident in the bazaar, which is a highlight. Explore the carpet weaving region of industry, particularly in Mahani suburb.
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Day 7 – City Highlights Tour
Kerman Take a full day excursion of Kerman and Mahan, visiting the mausoleum & monastery of Shah Nematollah Vali, the famous Sufi Dervish. We will also visit Shazdeh (Prince) Gardens and then drive to Rayn to visit its beautiful castle which has become an alternative to Bam Citadel for tourists after the 2004 Earthquake.
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Day 8 – An Oasis Town
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 – Old City Tour
Yazd Today, we explore the Old City of Yazd and the attractions in and around it. The 14th century Jame Mosque with its high portal and lofty minarets is the starting point of our tour. Having seen the mosque, we enter the old city where in addition to enjoying its amazing ambiance and architecture we visit shrines of Seyyed Rokneddin and Davazdah (Twelve) Imam as well as Alexander Prison. Water Museum and Amir Chaqmaq complex, Dowlatabad Garden, world heritage site, and Zoroastrian sites including Yazd Fire Temple and Towers of Silence are the other places we visit.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 10 – Ancient City Tour
Isfahan Take a private transfer to 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 11 – Armenian Centre
Isfahan Half day tour. 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 Isfahan.
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Day 12 – City Tour
Isfahan Today, we have a half day city tour of Isfahan to visit, the 12th century Jame Mosque of Isfahan, known as the museum of Islamic art and architecture and the beautiful Vank Cathedral, a 17th century church in the Armenian Quarters. We are free in the afternoon to go shopping in Isfahan which deserves to be called Iranian city of handicrafts.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 13 – 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 14 – Depart
Tehran Take a private transfer to the airport and connect with your onward flight.

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  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
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  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
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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.