Essence of Iran

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Essence of Iran

Kashan is an oasis town, at the northern edge of Iran’s central desert. Its renowned for its silk carpets and 16th-century architecture from the times of Abbas the Great. In the city centre, the multi-domed Bazaar of Kashan has Timcheh-e Amin o Dowleh designed to lower temperature. To the south, is the historical Agha Bozorg mosque, built by master-mimar Ustad Haj Sa'ban-ali. Nearby, the 500-year-old Hammam-e Sultan Mir Ahmad, is a superb example of an Iranian bathhouse.

Begin in Shiraz, home to splendid gardens and exquisite mosques that echo ancient sophistication. Also visit the nearby city of Persepolis, the magnificent city of the ancient world. Continue to Isfahan, famous for its Islamic architecture, covered bridges, palaces, and mosques. Next to Tehran, the modern metropolis capital and visit its many museums; the Jewellery Museum holds the famous Qajar monarchs’ jewels, and the National Museum has artefacts dating back to Palaeolithic times.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 9-DAY ESSENCE OF IRAN TOUR…
And, experience Kashan’s traditional mansions built by wealthy merchants.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Shiraz, the heartland of Persian culture, synonymous with love, poetry and (no) wine
  • Walk in the Eram Garden (Garden of Paradise), one of the most beautiful gardens in Iran
  • Explore the city whose wealth and grandeur inspired the proverb "Isfahan is half the world"
  • Stroll around the Imam Square, surrounded by some of the most beautiful mosques in the world
  • Visit the Golestan Palace, one of the oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran
  • In the Carpet Museum of Tehran, see the unique the ‘Tree of Life’ carpet
What to Know
  • 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

 
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Essence of Iran

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


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

Day 2 – City Highlights Tour
Shiraz With your private guide and driver, visit the highlights of Shiraz ranging from colourful mosques to the pleasant gardens and imaginative mausoleums. Starting with the pink mosque of Nasir al-Mulk we will visit Arg-e Karim Khan, an 18th century Citadel; Pars Museum, the burial place of Karim Khan Zand, the founder of Zand dynasty and Vakil Complex including its famous bazaar, mosque and bath.

Later in the day, we will visit Eram Garden, an exemplary Persian Garden of Paradise and a world heritage site; and the tombs of Sa’di and Hafez, two greatest Persian poets.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 3 – 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.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 4 – Via Pasargadae
Isfahan 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. Continue to Isfahan.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 5 – City Highlights Tour
Isfahan 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 6 – 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 7 – Via Abyaneh & Kashan
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 your hotel in Tehran.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 8 – City Highlights Tour
Tehran With your private guide and driver, visit the Golestan Palace, and the former residence of the last Shah of Iran at Sa'ad-Abad Palace and Museum Complex and State Jewels Museum with an impressive collection of some of the most famous and spectacular jewels in the world. The collection of gemstones, jewellery, royal emblems, ornamental guns and jewel-encrusted furniture is impressive. 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.
Overnight hotel of your choice (B)

Day 9 – Depart
Tehran Half day tour. With your private guide and driver, visit the most valuable Museum in Iran, the Archaeological Section of National Museum containing artefacts and objects from prehistory to Islamic era. Then, visit the Abgine Museum (Glass & Ceramics Museum), a time travel experience with plates and dishes from different periods of Iran history and culture. You will have enough time for shopping and transfer to the airport to connect with your international flight.
 

 

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  • 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
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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 is the national airline. As the government-owned carrier, it offers service with an Islamic flavour (ie no pork, no alcohol and no exposed hair on the hostesses).

Visa British nationals need a visa to travel to Iran. The Iranian embassy in London has confirmed that it has commenced its visa service; you should apply by emailing lon.visa@mfa.gov.ir. More information is available from the embassy by calling 020 7937 5225.

You should lodge your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Check the expiry date of your visa before travelling. If you overstay your visa, you may have to remain in Iran until the situation is resolved. Some British nationals have experienced considerable difficulties trying to get visas from private online visa agencies.

Passport Validity: Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date a visa application for Iran is submitted.