Package ID: #3
The tour will begin and end in Tehran. Explore Iran is a patiently detailed trip in Iran, a trip in which you will visit cities of Iran – from the capital to the most ancient ones – one after another. The tour includes 5 major and historical cities as well as 1 or 2 workshops which can be customized according to your wishes, interests, and the season of the trip. Explore Iran tour could be performed as private or small groups including staying in hotels and ecolodges, all breakfasts, driver, and a professional tour guide.
♦ 1 or 2 Work Shop (Carpet weaving or Pottery)
♦ 1 Night desert experience
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
Welcome to Tehran. The capital of Iran is like a squeezed juice of all sites of the country. Moreover, the museums and palaces that await your visit are exclusive and cannot be found in any other city.
After check-in, relaxation, and being acquainted with your guide get ready for a walk in the historical heart of Iran. The National Museum of Iran; a place with artifacts dating back to almost one millennium ago.
After the museum, our destinations are the glorious Golestan Palace and the unique Grand Bazaar of Tehran; the symbol of Iranian work/life culture; the beating heart of the country’s commerce.
Have you heard about the Jewelry Museum of Iran? This is where you will be drowned into the depth of royal jewels and extraordinary treasures; a treasure consisting of enormous earthly gemstones along with the exquisite works of artists for the royalty families. Afterwards,
we head for the one of the tallest buildings of the world; the Milad Tower where you can gaze into the 16-million-people city from its round top.
Although the north of Tehran is more modern, it has preserved the exciting historical locations.
Saad Abad Palace familiarizes you with Iranian art and history with its numerous galleries and museums.
Later, it is Tajrish Bazaar’s turn. Tajrish neighborhood and its bazaar will award you with the joy of a pleasurable walk in an Iranian local market. In addition, you will visit – for the first time in your trip – a fancy religious location called Emamzadeh Saleh.
After having lunch in friendly Tajrish, we will go to the Niavaran Palace with its northern admirable weather; this is where the last king of Iran resided in a luxurious mansion with his family even up until the ending days of his reign.
Jamshidieh Park (a stone park) is an opportunity to breathe fresh air and eat dinner.
Kashan is the city of Persian traditional houses along with the elegant carpets. The Fin Garden is the first of Persian gardens that you will visit in your journey; a symbol representing a companionship of architecture and nature in the heart of Iran’s desert.
Then, it is time to pay a visit to two original Persian mansions; Borujerdi and Tabatabaei Houses. The astonishing architecture as well as the mesmerizing ornamentations are of the best examples one can find in Iran.
Afterwards, the Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse is on our visit list. This is where you can capture memorable photos of your travel to Iran. Before heading for lunch, we will have a quick exploration in Ameri House as well. To end today’s adventure we will hit the road to the desert.
Matinabad desert camp is one the most interesting desert ecolodges of Iran that attracts many tourists of different nationalities; a modern but traditional residence for spending the night. You can also experience fully equipped desert hikes and camel riding in this camp.
The beautiful Abyaneh village is globally known as the red jewel of Iran and it will leave a joyful sensation in your mind after having a walk in its old alleyways.
Natanz city is our next stop. A small and historic city that has preserved one of the most eye-catching mosques of Iran. And to Esfahan we go…
Esfahan is the city of jaw-dropping mosques, admirable architecture, and historical bridges. The city of art and the people who are symbolized as art itself during centuries.
We embark on our adventure by visiting the historical Si-o-Se Pol (=Bridge) and Khaju Bridge. We spend the night in Esfahan.
Be prepared for visiting the best of Iran. Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Mansion are among the most famous and unique sites of Iran belonging to Islamic era. The mixture of art and architecture in each and every one of these sites has led to the mysterious and unforgettable atmosphere of them.
That is why Esfahan is also called nesf-e jahan (=half of the world) among Iranians. We will have a half-a-day excursion in this unique square and its surroundings.
We will visit Chehel Sotun after having lunch. The paintings on the roof of this mansion are among the finest survived samples in Iran, unfolding extraordinary tales.
The glorious Hasht Behesht Garden is our final stop of this day.
So far, we have visited the Islamic Esfahan.
Esfahan as a multi-religion city has numerous Christian sites including the magnificent Vank Cathedral. This site is located in the Christian neighborhood of Jolfa; one of the oldest neighborhoods of Esfahan. The very presence of this uniquely designed cathedral in the heart of an Islamic city uncovers the truth of the coexistence of various religions in Iran for centuries.
Esfahan is the city of souvenirs. Moreover, Esfahan’s bazaar is filled with hustle and bustle of daily commerce.
No worries! You will have enough time to wander in the bazaar after our visit of Atigh Mosque and having lunch.
On the road to Yazd we will explore a small historical county called Naeen. This county has within itself a thousand years old mosque. Additionally, with a bit of excursion in here you will be more familiar with the lifestyle of the desert locals.
The next site on our list is the city of Ardakan and a walk underground! Have you heard about Qanats? The water channels carved by desert people under the surface of the earth beginning from aquifers and springs reaching to the homes of locals.
There were also water reservoirs for storing these waters. But that is not all there is to qanats. You can walk in them! We will arrange a special hike for this visit.
Abbasi Caravanserai has hosted weary travelers for decades, and will be our host too in the city of Meybod; a city famous for its art of pottery that is still practiced.
In addition to our visit of Kabutar Khana (Pigeon Tower), caravanserai, and adobe fridge of Meybod, we have included a workshop for you.
The pottery workshop of Meybod is where you can get familiar with the concept of pottery, its history, and importance for the people of the desert. You can experience an unrepeatable pottery making of your own.
We will go to Yazd for the night.
Welcome to the adobe city of Yazd. A city that holds within its bricks the secrets of the hard-working history of desert peoples.
The Zoroastrians are somehow the first who settled here and we shall begin our tour with them. The Towers of silence are peculiar and mysterious location where Zoroastrians used to bury their dead.
Afterwards, it is fire temple and sanctuary’s turn. A place with an undying 1000 years old burning fire.
We will visit two major landmarks of Yazd after having lunch; Dolat Abad Garden and Amir Chakhmagh Square. The Dolat Abad Garden is an excellent example of Persian Garden design including the tallest baadgir (=wind tower) of Iran.
It is here where you will understand the importance of wind towers in the life of desert peoples. Before wrapping up the day, we will go to the Zurkhaneh. If you are not familiar with the Zurkhaneh, you should wait to see it in person. It is where sport, culture, and religion meet!
After saying farewell to Yazd, on our way to Shiraz we will pay a visit to the ancient cypress tree of Abarkuh.
This type of tree plays a paramount role in the myths of Iran. The presence of this symbol can be observed in pre-Islamic and Islamic reliefs and ornamentations.
Pasargadae is the first of pre-Islamic sites that we will visit on our journey. The tomb of Cyrus the Great will reveal the key role of this great king in the course of Iran’s culture and history.
Say hello to Shiraz. We will spend the next two days in the city of poetry, architecture, and history.
Many tourists have seen the most beautiful pictures of Iran belonging to the pink mosque of Nasri al-Mulk. However, if you want to experience the kaleidoscopic atmosphere of the mosque you should be there before noon.
After our lovely visit, we will head for the Qavam House and Vakil Complex. The Vakil Complex is one of the most charming Islamic bazaars of Iran consisting of the Vakil Bathhouse as well as the Vakil Mosque.
After lunch, we will go to the Karim Khani Arg (=Castle). A fortified castle in the middle of the town in which you can sense the warriors still fighting. It is time to taste Iran’s poetry; plus famous poets such as Saadi and Hafez.
These two outstanding poets have attractive mausoleums. As you can see Shiraz has everything altogether; religion, art, architecture, and poetry.
Is it even possible to travel to Iran and not visit the Persepolis?
The erected pillars rising from the heart of the history, the ancient stone-carved reliefs, the impressive and breathtaking palaces, and – all in all – everything one needs to know about the pre-Islamic Iran.
We will have a complete and thorough exploration of Persepolis and then of the Naqsh-e Rostam; mountain-carved tombs as the final resting place of the kings of thousands of years ago.
To put an end to our adventure we need to fly back to Tehran from Shiraz.
Depending on your departure flight we can keep exploring the beauties of Iran; the carpet museum, the contemporary art museum, and some other attractions of the capital are among the possible options of this day.
After all these visits, we go back to hotel to rest and pack for the flight back 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: Iranian Visa for Tourists
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.