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Iran Historical and Culture Tour

IR03: 14 Days Tehran - Kashan - Isfahan - Yazd - Abarkooh - Shiraz - Meymand - Kerman - Tehran

Tour Type: Private Tour, flexible and customized
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver & air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star well selected hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: A mix choice of local cuisines and western-style food

Itinerary Details
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Day 01: Arrival in Tehran, Airport pick-up
Welcome to Iran! Upon arrival at Tehran airport, you will see our local representative waiting for you at Arrival Hall with your name board. After picking you up, he will send you to the hotel for check in. In the rest of the day, you can move freely on your own.

Accommodation: Espinas Persian Gulf Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 02: Tehran city highlights, Drive to Kashan
In the morning our guide and the driver will first lead you to the National Museum of Iran to get a glimpse of the long history of Persia. Then we will visit Tehran's oldest building, Golestan Palace, where some attractions like the Mirror Hall, Marble Throne Verandah are must sees. After lunch we will drive for about 2.5 hours to Kashan to visit Tabatabayi Historical House, Borujerdiha Historical House and Fin Garden. After that, go to check in the hotel in Kashan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Saraye Ameriha Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 03: Drive to Isfahan, Isfahan half day tour
Today we will leave Kashan for Isfahan, which will take about 3.5 hours to cover a journey of 270 km. On the way we will stop over to visit Madar Shah Caravanserai. Upon arrival at Isfahan, the guide will accompany you to Chehel Sotoun Palace and two beautiful bridges: Si-O-Se-Pol and Khaju Historical Bridge. These places are also where local people go for daily recreation, so you can see many people singing, exercising and having picnics here. Tonight, we will stay in a hotel in Isfahan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 04: Isfahan city tour
Today we will continue touring Isfahan. In the morning we will head to Imam Historical Square, the largest urban square in Iran, with a large fountain in the center. Surrounding it, stand Shah Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and Ali Qapu Palace and we will visit them one by one. Then we will tour around Qeisarieh Bazaar to the north of the square. After that we will visit the Jame Mosque and the Vank Cathedral in the Armenian community, where the domes and walls are covered with colorful and exquisite frescoes. Return back to the hotel at the end of the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Kowsar Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 05: Drive to Yazd with visits to Naein and Meybod en route
In the morning we will leave Isfahan for Yazd, stopping at Naein en route to visit the Jame Mosque of Naein and the Historical Bazaar of Naein. Then we will travel to the desert town of Meybod to visit Narin Fort, Caravanserai and Ice House. Upon arrival in Yazd, the guide will escort you to the Old City of Yazd, where gather a large area of traditional adobe constructions with hundreds of wind towers on their roofs. Finally, check into a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Parsian Safaiyeh Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 06: Exploration of Yazd highlights
Yazd has been a center of Zoroastrianism since the time of the Sassanids. Today we are going to visit the Tower of Silence, which is a place for Zoroastrianism to place dead bodies so as not to pollute the earth. Then we will visit the Atashkadeh Fire Temple. In the afternoon we will head to Dowlat Abad Persian Garden. The last thing we will do today is to see Zurkhaneh, a form of traditional Iranian martial arts.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Parsian Safaiyeh Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 07: Visit Pasargadae Ruin, Drive to Abarkooh
The first attraction we will visit today is Pasargadae Ruin. Its highlight is the Tomb of Gyrus the Great. Then drive for about 2 hours to Abarkooh, once a stopover on the ancient Silk Road and now one of the most important ancient cities in Iran. Later we will see a 4,000-year-old old Cypress Tree and the Abarkooh Ice House. In the evening we will arrange the most traditional Iranian cuisine at Koome Bibi Seyed for you. Stay overnight in Abarkooh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local Traditional House

Day 08: Drive to Shiraz with visit of Persepolis
In the morning we will drive 235 km to reach Persepolis, taking about 2 hours and 40 minutes. It was the capital of the Achaemenid dynasty, more than 2,500 years old, and was built on a natural platform. The Gate of All Nations, Hypostyle Hall and many exquisite reliefs are well preserved in the area. Next we're going to visit Naghsh-e Rostam, a royal cemetery. And finally we'll arrive at Shiraz, The City of Roses and Poets. There, our guide will show you around the Eram Persian Garden and the Garden Tomb of Poet Hafez here. In the end, transfer you to a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Grand Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 09: Shiraz city tour
We will start today's Iran private tour package with the Nasir-Al Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, which is one of Shiraz's most popular tourist attractions. To avoid the crowds, we will visit it before 9:00 a.m. After that, we'll head to the bustling Vakil Bazaar, where gather hundreds of shops selling exquisite handicrafts, as well as some old caravanserai, where you can relax or enjoy a cup of local coffee. Then we will visit the Jame Atigh Mosque and the Shah Cheraq Holy Shrine.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Grand Hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 10: Full day trip to Meymand Cave Village from Shiraz
Today we're going to visit Meymand Cave Village in Kerman province in southern Iran, 415 km from Shiraz. We will arrive at the destination after about 5 hours' drive. The entire village is dominated by rocky architecture, with houses excavated from rock formations dating back to 12,000 years ago. Unlike other Troglodytic villages, Meymand Cave Village is still inhabited today. Tonight we will stay at a local cave house for an unforgettable experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Local Cave House

Day 11: Drive to Kerman & visit the Ganjali Khan Complex
After leaving Meyand we will drive to Kerman, taking about 3 hours. Upon arrival we will go to the Ganjali Khan Complex, which covers a total area of 11,000 square meters and includes a square, a bazaar, a bathhouse, a caravanserai and a mosque. We will check in the hotel after the visit.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Pars Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 12: Kerman tour with a visit to Lut Desert
In the morning we will first visit the Mahan Shazdeh Persian Garden and Shah Nematollah Vali Holy Tomb. Then we will head to the hottest place on the earth, Iran's only natural heritage site, the Lut Desert. Here you can admire the unique wind-eroded Yardang landform, as well as the spectacular natural "dune-castle". After the tour we will return to Kerman and check into a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Pars Hotel (4 stars) or similar

Day 13: Fly to Tehran, Explore Tehran in-depth
After flying back to Tehran in the morning, the guide will escort you to tour the Sa'd Abad Complex. It was built in the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties, and was once the residence of the last Shah of Iran. The main buildings are the White Palace and the Green Palace. In the afternoon we plan to visit the Nature Bridge, the largest pedestrian bridge in Iran, which connects two parks. Many locals like to have picnics, play badminton, or do other recreational activities here. Stay in a local hotel tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Espinas Persian Gulf hotel (5 stars) or similar

Day 14: Departure from Tehran, Airport see-off
Our local representative will drop you off at Imam Khomeini International Airport on time according to your flight schedule. Thanks for choosing our Iran private tours.

Meals: Breakfast

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What's Included
  • Airport pick-up and see-off services.
  • Economy class airfare of Kerman - Tehran.
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotel.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Service of English-speaking guides per itinerary.
  • Services of private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
What's Excluded
  • International flight into and out of Iran.
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Iran visa fee.
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