Essence Of Iran (2)
Package ID: #2
The ‘Essence of Iran (2)’ tour begins in Tehran and ends in Shiraz. As the name suggests, you can experience some parts of the Iran’s best sites in the shortest time possible. The tour includes 7 top major and historical cities of Iran along with 1 workshop which can be added to your itinerary depending on your interest and the season of your trip. ‘Essence of Iran (2)’ tour can be designed as a private tour or for small groups; and that consists of accommodation (hotels normally), breakfasts, driver, and professional tour guide.
♦ 1 Work Shop (Carpet weaving or Pottery)
You will be warmly welcomed and picked up from airport. Afterwards, transfer to the hotel for check-in is on the schedule. You will rest for the day
First things first, our first stop is at the National Museum of Iran where you will journey back to almost a millennium ago.
One of the most magnificent royal palaces of Tehran is not far from the museum, Golestan Palace. You will face many mirrors in this visit! The Grand Bazaar for a quick stroll is close by too.
Additionally, the carpet or jewelry museum can be included in your visit. The 6th tallest building in the world, the Milad Tower is our last stop. You will spend the night in Tehran.
We will hit the road toward Qom city and visit the Holy Shrine of Masoumeh. Kashan city is our destination which includes exploring the original Iranian houses such as Tabatabaei and Borujerdi House.
Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse is your chance to experience the old and unique way of getting all washed up.
We will be heading toward Esfahan after our excursion in the city of Kashan.
Welcome to Esfahan! To maximize your joy, we will ascend you to the climax and ultimate extent of Islamic art by visiting Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Ali Qapu, Abbasi Jameh Mosque, and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque.
The Bridges of Si-oSe Pol and Pol-e Khaju are our final stops of the charming Esfahan.
We will have another night in Esfahan and head for a desert of Iran the day after. Chehel Sotun as well as Hasht Behesht are the majestic mansions we will make a visit to.
After the yesterday’s sightseeing of the Islamic Esfahan, the turn for Christian Esfahan is up. As an exclusive example, Vank Cathedral is the mixture of Iranian art and Christian beliefs which is precisely located in the Christian neighbourhood of Esfahan.
The next city on our itinerary is Yazd, however, before reaching there Meybod is on our route.
By walking in the Shah Abassi Caravanserai of Meybod you will travel back in time to when weary travellers arrived here to rest and to be safe. This caravanserai has the museum of Ziloo (an ancient type of refreshing and chilly carpet). Additionally, you can look closely at the Ziloo workshops and add the experience of Ziloo weaving to your adventure of Iran.
The Pottery workshop of Meybod is where you can learn how to do pottery as the Iranians do; from scratch and from beginning to the end; in a city that has been the symbol of pottery among Iranians for decades.
You are now in a UNESCO registered city. The oldest adobe city in the world.
Our exploration begins with the oldest natives of the city, Zoroastrians. Towers of Silence and the Fire Temple with an eternal thousand-years-burning fire will help you to better understand this ancient religion.
Heading toward the Islamic era, we will pay a visit to the glorious Jameh Mosque of Yazd (the congregational mosque). The Dolat Abad Garden, which we will go next, gets us more acquainted with the philosophy and pattern of Persian Gardens and after that, in Amir Chakhmagh Square, we will pay a visit to one of the most extraordinary mosques of the city.
The most delicious and authentic edible souvenirs of Yazd are found in this Square. As the final stop, Zurkhaneh is a place where religion, sport, and the collective spirit of the Iranian society is united.
Shiraz city, here we come! But before getting to the city, the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae is something not to be missed on the road.
On our way to the ancient city of Shiraz, we will stop by the very old Cypress of Abarkuh and discover the myth and history behind it.
The best of Shiraz awaits us.
Early in the morning we will take you to dive into the kaleidoscopic mosque; the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque. This time of the day is your best chance to take beautiful shots of your Iran journey.
Next stop, Vakil Complex! Right after our visit and having lunch, we will go the Arg-e KarimKhani or the Karim Khan Castle; a strong fortified citadel standing still in the heart of the city of Shiraz even after the cruelty of history.
Then, it is time to visit the gorgeous Bagh-e Narenjestan or the Narenjestan Garden for a delightful afternoon.
We can arrange for a stroll in the local market of Shiraz. But we should be quick because poetry’s turn is up.
Hafez mausoleum (Aramgah-e Hafez) is on our today’s list as well. Do not forget to ask your tour guide about Fal-e Hafez (divination with the odes of Hafez) when you are at his mausoleum; and try one for yourself.
One exclusive site is the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine; one of a few Islamic holy places where non-Muslims are allowed to enter.
Don’t you worry! We saved the best for last; The Persepolis. By the time that the sun is up, we have an hour drive towards Persepolis.
We would probably be busy with the exploration of invaluable palaces and reliefs portraying the ancient civilizations until midday.
Thanks to lots of sunlight, do not forget sunscreen and cap. As our next destination, we will visit scriptures and amazing tombs of Naghsh-e Rostam in the heart of a stony mountain.
At the end, we will go back to the hotel to rest and get ready to pack bags and your experiences and adventures of Iran for the flight home.
Considering the hotel ratings, you can choose your accommodation from 3 to 5 star hotels. For more details, you should fill out your application form so that we can choose your price packages.
Also, for the desert tours we can provide accommodation in high quality local ecolodges. You can include, in your package, staying in ecolodges in other cities as well.
Our entire tour guides are licensed by the Organization of Cultural Heritage of Iran. We have done our best to select the most professional tour guides of Iran and to assign them to the types of tours that matches their criteria of expertise.
Your tour guide has mastered English specifically in tourism field. However, if you insist on a French or German tour guides, you can include your request in your application form.
We will make every endeavor to make it happen.
Packages include all breakfasts and one dinner. We try to offer the types of Iranian food that match your taste and temperament during the tour.
In order for us to do so, you’d better notify us of any kind of allergies, sicknesses, or special diets in your application.
For vegetarians and vegans, we can provide especial Iranian dishes during the tour.
Also Light refreshments during the day are included: coffee, tea and snacks
The normal options of transportation in our tours are airplanes, trains, and VIP buses.
If you are interested in Private Tours, we can provide private cars as well; which in this case, regarding your application and the distance between cities, we will give you the best and most suitable offer.
Including flights during the tour. Domestic flights are generally preferred to optimize travel time during your tour.
During our tour, in case of your energy and desire, we can include more sites to our itinerary.
For instance, at the end of a day in the tour, you might still be interested in excursion in the city; or even a unique place might have attracted your attention during the tour.
We do our best to maximize your experience of Iran with full satisfaction.
Flights before and after tour (concerning your arrival and departure) are not part of our commitment.
You can plan for these flights yourself and we will assist you along the way.
Insurance is on you and necessary. Most countries encourage their travelers to use insurance while travelling abroad. So, make sure to acquire an insurance before travelling to Iran.
The lack of insurance can lead to tour cancellation or losing some parts of tours itinerary.
‘World Nomad’ is one of the best insurance providers of the world which Lonely Planet also proves and suggests it.
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FAQ & Details
You can read the complete information of applying for visa in this link.
In a nutshell, applying for Iran visa is simple and quick in most of the cases.
In order to do so, we will send your details and information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.
After we receive the verification code, we will give it to you and you can apply for your visa by going to the embassy of Iran in your country. It is preferable if you would do this a few months before your trip.
Considering the wideness of Iran and long distances between some cities that we visit, the best and fastest transportation that can be suggested is domestic flights; specially for the beginning and the ending routes of our journey.
We would love to include more precious sites of Iran in your itinerary while saving your time by arranging flights. To achieve this, most of our tours include at least one flight in the beginning and end of each tour.
As mentioned in the Terms and Conditions section, you are inclined to notify us of any special disease or special food habits while reserving the tour.
By the time we are aware of your situation, we do our best to offer you with the most favorable circumstances in which you can have a great time in Iran.
In the event of special weather, our tour guides are inclined to give you the best suggestions to maintain your safety and health.
Our aim is to make your experience of Iranian food a pleasurable part of your trip in Iran.
Iranian foods are entirely cooked with natural and healthy ingredients. All the restaurants that we dine in have valid healthy food certificate from the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In case of allergies or special diets, our tour guides will notify you of the ingredients of each meal before reserving it.
Iran with its hundreds of years of making handicrafts is like a heaven of souvenirs for tourists.
If you have intention of buying a carpet, edibles, handicrafts, and etc. you’d better ask for help from your tour guide.
During the tour, we will provide you with the opportunities to visit souvenir shops and to do your shopping. Also, we try to offer the best places and people to do your shopping from based on our years of experience.
In case of exchanging currency in Iran, consult your tour guide before doing anything else. Due to the unstable exchange rate in Iran, your tour guide would definitely give you the best suggestion relating to currency exchange.
You should also know that, unfortunately, it is not possible to use your credit cards in Iran.
It is possible to exchange currency in all cities of Iran; so there is no need in exchanging all of your money in Tehran. You can, however, buy souvenirs with Euros and Dollars in many shops.
Regarding financial issues, your tour guide will brief you before your tour begins; and will remind you whenever necessary.
Iran is a four-seasonal country.
For example, if you travel to Iran in Autumn, you might be surprised with a cold breeze in Imam Khomeini International Airport, while 2 days later, feeling a bit hot in the delightful Shiraz!
Hence, we advise you to bring cloths suitable for both hot and cold weather in case of travelling to Iran in Autumn or Spring. As for the Winter and Summer, you’d better bring the convenient cloths of the season.
One of our concerns as a tour operator is the issue of responsible tourism. Surely, as a responsible traveler you understand our concern and feel the same way.
Regarding this issue, we are effortlessly trying to be considerate and aware of some of the crucial and key points of sustainable tourism and the support of the local communities.
For instance, considering the immensity of the Bazaar of Tehran, all kinds of souvenirs are available for purchase; however, we recommend you to buy each souvenir from its own hometown where it is made in order to support the local community. This is merely a recommendation and we leave the decision making to you.
Other issues such as respecting the environment and the beliefs of the local community are both some of the important factors of sustainable tourism which we would hope you to respect as we would.