Iran at Large
Package ID: #4
The tour will begin and end in Tehran. AAA tour 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. AAA 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
On your first day we will be at the IKA Airport to assist you and transfer you to the hotel for Check-in. You can rest and get prepared for tomorrow’s tour.
An exciting excursion in the capital of Iran begins with the journey back to thousands of years ago in the National Museum of Iran.
The Golestan Palace is nearby and we will visit its royal mirrored halls, cellars, and gardens. The beating heart of the commerce, the Grand Bazaar of Tehran is where we go next.
Be ready to dive into the depth of imperial jewels and extraordinary treasures; a vault consisting of enormous earthly gemstones along with the exquisite works of artists for the royalty families.
After our shiny visit we will head for the sky of the capital via the 6th tallest tower in the world; Milad Tower where you can gaze into the 16-million-people city from its round top.
We will continue our excursion in the heart of the city by going to the Carpet Museum where your eyes would get lost in the lines and curves of each carpet. Afterwards, we will take you to northern part of the city.
Although the north of Tehran contains more modernity, the exciting historical locations have survived in this part of the city.
Saad Abad Palace makes you acquainted with Iranian art and history with its numerous galleries and museums.
Tabiat Bridge is on our today’s list as well. The very recent modern bridge can offer you a fantastic panoramic view of the city while it connects two grand parks suitable for wandering and dinning.
Tonight we will fly to Kerman.
We begin our day by visiting the Safavid-era complex named after the governor of Kerman, Ganj Ali Khan under the Safavid rule.
The complex consists of a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a school, and a bazaar (among other things!).
The Bazaar of Kerman is the longest bazaar in Iran still selling traditional goods. Located near the bazaar, Jameh Mosque is the main mosque of Kerman with some unique features: a clock at the top of the iwan and beautiful tile works; no minarets can be seen in this mosque.
With a full day ahead, we will visit ancient Rayen City first. The 1000 years old medieval mud-brick city of Rayen was situated on a trade route, where high-quality textiles were traded.
Later on, we will head toward the holy shrine of Shah Nimatullah. Shah Nimatullah was a fourteenth and fifteenth century Sufi Master and poet. The shrine complex consists of a garden, a mosque, and his tomb.
One of the most unique Persian gardens is looking forward to host us today; Shazdeh Garden. Shazdeh Garden has an impressive water cascade feature, which allows the water, without any mechanical water pumps, to flow from the upper ends towards the lower ends. The water itself comes from the nearby mountain.
How about a desert excursion as well?
Let’s drive into the hottest place on earth! Kaluts, also known as the Lut Desert, is the world’s hottest place, with a temperature that can hit 70 degrees celsius in the summer.
An exciting day on the road. On our way to Shiraz, we will make a few stops first at Neyriz Village. The one iwan Mosque of Neyriz resembles Sassanid era. Some believe that it used to be a fire temple.
We will also go sightseeing in the Sassan Palace or the Palace of Sarvestan. One of the first domes constructed in the history of Iran dating back to 5th century.
We will spend the night in Shiraz.
The best of Shiraz is yet to come. The best time to dive into the kaleidoscopic mosque of the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is early in the morning. You can have your best shots at this time of the.
Next stop, Vakil Complex! Later, after having lunch, we will go the Arg-e KarimKhani or the Karim Khan Castle; where the cruelty of the history has lost and the strong fortified citadel has won in the heart of the city of Shiraz.
Then, it is time to visit the absolute beauty of Bagh-e Narenjestan or the Narenjestan Garden for a delightful afternoon.
An arrange for a stroll in the local market of Shiraz can be made. But we should not hesitate because poetry’s turn is up.
Hafez mausoleum (Aramgah-e Hafez) is included on our today’s list as well. Make sure to ask your tour guide about Fal-e Hafez (divination with the odes of Hafez) when you are at his mausoleum; and give it a try for yourself.
One exclusive site is the Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holly Shrine; one of a few Islamic holy places in Iran where non-Muslims are allowed to enter.
It is impossible to travel to Iran and not visit the Persepolis!
The pillars erected from the heart of the history, the ancient stone-carved reliefs, the impressive and breath-taking palaces, and – all in all – everything one needs to know about the pre-Islamic Iran is located in this site.
After a complete and thorough exploration of Persepolis, we will visit the Naqsh-e Rostam; mountain-carved tombs for the final resting place of the kings of thousands of years ago.
Pasargadae, the tomb of Cyrus the Great, will reveal the key role of this great king in the course of Iran’s culture and history.
Tonight, we will go to Yazd.
The adobe city of Yazd welcomes you.
The secrets of the hard-working history of desert people lies in every brick of every alley of this UNESCO registered city.
We begin our today’s tour with the legacies of the first settlers of Yazd; the Zoroastrians. The peculiar Towers of Silence and the undying fire in
The Fire Temple are the first sites to visit. Before lunch Zendan-e Eskandar aka Alexander’s Prison in Yazd is a mystery and alleged to a lot of different stories behind its naming which we will stop by it.
Dolat Abad Garden and Amir Chakhmagh Square as the important landmarks of Yazd will be our afternoon hosts. The Dolat Abad Garden as an excellent example of Persian Garden design also includes the tallest baadgir (=wind tower) of Iran.
Before wrapping up the day, we will set out for the Zurkhaneh. It is where sport, culture, and religion meet!
Heading toward the Islamic era in the evening, we will pay a visit to the glorious Jameh Mosque of Yazd (the congregational mosque).
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!
We have a full schedule ahead.
With a drive toward Meybod, our first stop is the Pigeon Tower (dovecote), Kabutar Khaneh in Persian; a splendid functioning structure left over from the Qajar Dynasty.
The monumental, meticulously built mud and brick structure of Yakhchal (Icehouse) is also on today’s list.
Abbasi Caravanserai has hosted weary travellers and businessmen 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.
We can participate in one pottery workshop to get our hand dirty too.
The caravanserai also contains the Ziloo Museum with some ziloos aging hundreds of years old.
Later on, we will visit the city of Ardakan and a walk underground in the Qanats.
The water channels that the desert people carved under the surface of the earth beginning from aquifers and springs reaching to the homes of locals.
Moreover, there were water reservoirs for storing these waters. Esfahan is where we rest tonight.
We embark on our Esfahan adventure by visiting the historical Si-o-Se Pol (=Bridge) and Khaju Bridge.
Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Mansion require at least half a day visit while they are among the most famous and unique sites of Iran belonging to Islamic era. The combination of art and architecture in each and every one of these sites has led to the mysterious and unforgettable atmosphere of them.
We will visit Chehel Sotun after having lunch. The survived paintings on the roof of this mansion are among the finest samples in Iran, unfolding extraordinary tales.
The delightful Hasht Behesht Garden is our final stop of this day.
Today’s plan is lighter than yesterday and more fun.
After a joyful visit to Atigh Jameh Mosque, a veritable museum of Islamic architecture, we take you to the Bazaar of Esfahan to find the souvenir that suits you best.
The Armenian Quarter of Esfahan contains within its boundaries the magnificent Vank Cathedral; the uniquely designed cathedral in the heart of an Islamic city uncovers the truth of the coexistence of various religions in Iran for centuries.
The beautiful Abyaneh village that we will visit today is globally known as the red jewel of Iran and it will leave a delightful sensation in your mind after having a walk in its old alleyways.
Are you ready for camel riding, sand hiking, or safari?
Because Matin Abad eco-camp is where we would spend the night. This eco-camp is located in the middle of a silent desert with the starriest night sky.
An unforgettable day in Kashan is ahead of us.
The mother city of carpets and traditional Persian houses has a lot to offer. Boroujerdi House, Tabatabaei House, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, and Agha Bozorg Mosque are the exciting sites that will soothe your body and soul.
The Fin Garden is a symbol representing a companionship of architecture and nature in the heart of Iran’s desert; a fine authentic example of Persian Garden.
The museum of Iranian Dolls and Toys is another location that we will stop by today.
The night of Kashan is worth a stay.
Today is the time when we say farewell from Tehran, however, on our way to the capital of Iran and reaching to the airport, we will visit our last destination; the Holy Shrine of Masoumeh in Qom.
After the spiritual relaxation, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight home. Bon Voyage!
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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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.