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Iran - Discover Persia

Follow in pilgrims' footsteps and explore the history of old Persia and the spirit of the new Iran. Discover magnificent mosques, small mountain villages and colourful gardens, and gain deeper insight into this ancient land. Wander the streets of ancient capitals and desert cities, and witness spectacular Zoroastrian temples. Your expert CEO will take the hassle out of planning and organizing, leaving you free to uncover the gems of Iran at the best cultural monuments and in the stalls of exotic bazaars.

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  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of:
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ARIR/126881
  • Starts: Tehrān, Iran
  • Finishes: Tehrān, Iran
You will Visit
  • Tehrān

Itinerary

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Day 1: Tehrān

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Tehrān/Yazd

Explore Tehran with a local guide, visiting the Sa'd Abad Palace and National Jewel Museum before boarding an evening train to Yazd.

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Day 3: Yazd

Tour the old town of Yazd, marvelling at the unique towers that scatter the city. Visit the Jameh Mosque, Amir Chakhmaq Complex, Zoroastrian Fire Temple, and the Towers of Silence burial grounds.
The desert city of Yazd is known as the centre of the Zoroastrian religion. Learn more about the fascinating customs of one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions and take in the unique architecture of this city.

With some free time, opt to rent a bike, relax in a teahouse, or wander the bazaars.

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Day 4: Yazd/Zein-o-Din Caravanserai

Free morning in Yazd. Drive to the historic Zeinodin Caravanserai and overnight.
Spend the morning exploring the labyrinth streets of Yazd. Drive to Zein-o-din Caravenserai, an old inn dating back to the 16th century situated on the ancient Silk Road. Tonight experience the way of life of old Silk Road traders.

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Day 5: Zein-o-Din Caravanserai/Kermān

Travel to the region of Kerman, home to the villages of Rayen and Māhān, both steeped in history.

Travel to one of Iran's oldest cities. Kerman was founded in the early third century and the city has historically played an important role on the Trans-Asian trade routes.

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Day 6: Kermān

Spend the day visiting highlights of the area. Visit the Shah Nematollah Vali Shrine and Shahzadeh Garden. Later, visit the Bathhouse Museum and the Rayen Citadel.

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Day 7: Kermān/Shiraz

Transfer from Kermān to Shiraz . Explore the city and visit the Karim Khan Citadel, Vakil Mosque, and the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi.
There is free time to explore the city's beautiful Regents mosque, Nasiralmolk mosque, Khan madrasa, Bagh-e Eram gardens, and perhaps even listen to some poetry being recited at the Hafez tomb.

This vibrant student city is buzzing with life and is a great place to interact with some Iran's youth.

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Day 8: Shiraz

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Persepolis, the ceremonial palace of Darius, and admire its amazingly well-preserved carvings. Later, wander the streets and mingle with the students in laid-back Shiraz.
Travel to Persepolis to explore this fascinating sight. On the way back to Shiraz, visit the rock cut tombs at Naqsh-e-Rostam, the burial place of Darius the Great and his successors.

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Day 9: Shiraz/Isfahan

Stop at the Koran Gate and the UNESCO-listed Pasargadae complex en route to Isfahan, one of the finest Islamic cities in the world.
Embark on an included visit to Pasargadae and explore the capital and burial site of Cyrus the Great.

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Day 10: Isfahan

Tour the beautiful city of Isfahan, enjoying the famous square, mosques, and bartering at the bazaar. Hang out on the many bridges that make Isfahan unique, or shop for an authentic Persian rug.
Wander the tree-lined boulevards of Isfahan, the jewel of ancient Persia. On a city tour, visit Imam Square and mosque, Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, and the Ali Qapu Palace. Wander the bazaar and learn the history of Isfahan's bridges.

Stop in a miniatures shop and learn about this intricate art form before sampling some delicious gaz, a candy famous in Isfahan.

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Day 11: Isfahan

Spend a full day exploring this gorgeous city.

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Day 12: Isfahan/Abyāneh

Take a scenic drive through Natanz to the mountain village of Abyaneh, known for having retained its ancient charm. Enjoy a village walk to learn more.
This beautiful mountain village has preserved its traditions, language and dress. Wander the quiet lanes, sample dried fruit, and relax in the hotel overlooking the green fields below.

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Day 13: Abyāneh/Tehrān

En route to Tehran, visit Kashan. Back in Tehran, visit Imam Khomeini's shrine.
In Kashan, opt to visit Fin Garden, Khan-e Borujerdi house, and Agha Bozorg Mosque.




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Day 14: Tehrān

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Tehran city tour (full-day)
    • Yazd city tour including Zoroastrian sights
    • Rayen and Mahan villages and sights visit
    • Shiraz city tour including the tombs of Hafez and Sa'adi
    • Persepolis excursion with guided tour
    • Pasargadae visit
    • Isfahan city tour including the famous square and mosques
    • Abyaneh village stay with guided walk
    • Fin Garden visit (Kashan)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), caravanserai (shared facilities, 1 nt)
    • 13 breakfasts, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Air-con bus, train
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bargain in the bazaars
  • Walk through stunning palace gardens
  • Savour flavourful and exotic Persian cuisine
  • Visit ancient Persepolis and Pasargadae
  • Relax in classic teahouses and meet the friendliest locals in the world.


Reviews (9)
Michael G Posted on: 

Couldn't really believe we were in Iran having talked about going for so long! The places and people we were able to meet confirmed for us the generous and hospitable nature of the culture which we had already discerned from Iranian friends in England.

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Mary M Posted on: 

It was a great trip. Nice hotels, saw a lot of the country and heard a lot of history from Fatema. Very organized.

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Keri E Posted on: 

This was the best tour and possibly the best trip I have ever been on!

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Lauren C Posted on: 

Our tour leaders were very knowledgeable and helpful. We managed to see so much of the country - and what a beautiful country! A great experience overall :)

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Rex V Posted on: 

This was a great trip. The local guide Peyman was excellent and the G Adventures guide Rachel was fantastic.

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Robert A Posted on: 

We really enjoyed our trip with G Adventures. Returning to Iran after 30 years was all that we hoped it would be. The tour leaders were wonderful and the itinerary varied and exciting. The best part was reconnecting with the Iranian people. They were welcoming and eager to meet Americans. I would recommend this trip to our friends.

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Larry B Posted on: 

excellent--far exceeded my expectations. The quality of the accommodations was a huge surprise..i was expecting to be sleeping in several "hole in the wall" hotels. The best hotel selection ever on this type of trip.

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Ping Kwong A Posted on: 

A very pleasant and enjoyable journey. Good experience in this Islamic country.

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Margaret G Posted on: 

This really was a fantastic trip- it was my first time on a group tour and I was apprehensive about the whole thing, but our local guide Peyman was first class and the country itself is amazing.

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