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Activities & Transport
- Meet the Locals
- Fixed Departure
- City Tour
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
Explore the History of Western and Central Iran
- Ancient Silk Road & footsteps of Alexander the Great
- Best of Western Iran and Central Persia
- True Study Tour of Iran from the spark of History in Hamadan and Susa in Persia to Modern Iran
- 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this Itinerary
Hop on the richest route of Persia tracing the footsteps of Alexander the Great and the famous Silk Road! See the most stunning ancient sites, from the Ziggurat at Tchogha Zanbil dating back to 1300 BC, to the modern cosmopolitan metropolis of Tehran.
Come for an adventure of a lifetime that will change the way you see the Middle East forever, especially Iran!
You may combine this itinerary with 2 extra nights in Kerman, located in South Eastern Iran, and you may add another magical UNESCO World Heritage Site, namely the Bam Citadel to your list and step into another unique ancient trade road: the Spice Road.
- Iran visa reference assistance, providing you with a code to pick up your visa from the selected Iranian Consulate/Embassy
- Iran travel insurance for the duration of your trip inside the country
- 14 nights accommodation with buffet breakfast and all taxes and services (in the case of a midnight arrival we will need to book another night in Tehran for 95 Euro)
- 14x buffet breakfast, 4x lunch, 13x dinners. Caviar tasting in Tehran with 5-course farewell Dinner in Exquisite Persian Fusion Restaurant + 2x picnic Lunch
- All entrance fees and taxes
- All porter and restaurant tipping
- English-speaking certified national guide from Tehran Airport to Tehran during your whole stay
- SUV Car service for max 2-pax tours and Luxury van for tours above 3 pax, with A/C and 2 bottles of mineral water every day inside the car and a welcome pack with assortment of Persian nuts everyday
- 2x picnic during the trip with watermelon, canteloupe, tea and coffe
- Welcome pack, Iranian simcard topped with 10EUR credit for calls or data
- International flights (you may arrange this with us and we can offer the best deals and assist you with the best airlines for this itinerary)
- Domestic flights
- German/French/Italian-Speaking Guide Service, 20 EUR per day, minimum 12 days
- Tehran skiing from November to April, with cable car and entrance to resort, 95 EUR per room in 4-star hotel
- 2 extra nights added for Kerman and Bam excursions and overnight in Kerman, 360 EUR per room
- Additional night in Eco Camp with safari and camelback riding 180 EUR per room
- Additional adventure night in a 400 year old Caravanserai, 55 EUR per night
- Car upgrade to SUV 4X4, 80 EUR per day
- Upgrade to suite room in Shiraz, Yazd, Isfahan and Tehran for a combination of 6 nights of the tour, 590 EUR per person
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Iran!
Welcome to magical Iran!
Meet your driver-guide at the Imam Khomeini Airport for your transfer to the hotel.
Today, depending on your arrival time, we will arrange a brunch in a modern hangout where the young generation is very visible. Later on, a lazy start to the day brings you to the Saad Abad Palace, the summer residence of the Pahlavi Dynasty. Afterward take a look at Jamaran, the residence of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In the afternoon, take a walk in the bustling Tajrish Bazaar.
Tour Vibrant Tehran
The highlight of today's Tehran Tour is the morning visit to the Archeological Museum, also known as Iran Bastan, and the neighboring Islamic Art Museum, where over 7000 years of civilization will come back to life through your guide's explanations.
Next in the program is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Golestan Palace, followed by a unique Persian Lunch called Dizi.
In the afternoon, head to the magnificent Crown Jewels Museum, a collection of exquisite jewels and precious stones from over a thousand years of monarchy in Persia.
Have dinner at a first-class fusion Persian restaurant to bid farewell to Tehran.
Drive to Hamadan
After breakfast, depart from Tehran and drive into the highlands.
In Hamadan, at 1800m elevation, we seek the hair in the bald mane of the stone lion Shir-e Sangi, which Alexander the Macedonian is said to have commissioned.
You will see how advanced Persian culture was already in the 11th century at the mausoleum of the physician, astronomer, thinker, and polymath Ibn Sina, aka Avicenna, portrayed in the movie The Physician.
Check into your hotel and rest.
Admire the Gorgeous Rock Carvings at Bisotun
Embark on the ancient Silk Road and explore the Zagros Mountains on your way to Kermanshah.
But before leaving Hamadan, take a look inside the tomb of Esther and Mordechai, which is located there.
Believed by some to house the remains of the biblical Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, it is the most important Jewish pilgrimage site in the country.
Next stop - Bisotun, and the closer you get, the more you'll understand the meaning of the term "high culture" - at the Mountain of the Gods, a monumental rock relief in three languages tells of the victories of the Great King Darius.
Visit the amazing rock caves of Tagh-e Bostan in the outskirts of Kermanshah, and check into your hotel when you arrive in the city.
Why not take a look at the wonderful bazaar?
See the Impressive Ruined City of Tchogha Zanbil
On your journey to the vast south-west region of Iran, enjoy a breathtaking panorama in mountainous Luristan.
Before reaching Ahvaz, you'll pass two major UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
First, encounter Susa, which encompasses a group of archaeological mounds rising on the eastern side of the Shavur River, as well as the Palace of Ardeshir on the opposite bank of the river.
The second UNESCO site is Tchogha Zanbil. Here you find the ruins of the holy city of the Kingdom of Elam, surrounded by three huge concentric walls. Founded c. 1250 B.C., the city remained unfinished after it was invaded by Ashurbanipal.
Arrive in Ahvaz and check into your hotel.
Gaze at the Huge Bishapur Reliefs
Driving through the province of Khuzestan, you'll pass countless oilfields that produce the "black gold" of Iran.
Lunch today is a picnic, and what could be a more impressive backdrop than the steep peaks and deep gorges of the Zagros Mountains.
At Bischapur, discover huge reliefs that celebrate the former Sassanid rulers and encounter the amazing water goddess at the Anahita Temple.
When you arrive at the Persian Gate, pause to imagine the hardships of Alexander the Great on his journey east.
Arrive in the poetic city of Shiraz in the afternoon and recharge your batteries for 3 exciting days in the city of love and poetry.
Fall in Love with Idyllic Shiraz
After two long days of driving, sleep in today and start the day more leisurely.
Begin your tour of Shiraz, the city of Persian Paradise Gardens and poets celebrating love.
Go to the Nasir al-Molk Mosque and fall in love with nature. Floral patterns are everywhere, particularly the realistic roses. Lovers from all over the country make a pilgrimage to the garden tombs of the poets Saadi, the "Master of Speech" from the early 13th century, and Hafiz, who "lauded the joys of love and wine but also targeted religious hypocrisy" in the 14th century. Both are considered national treasures.
Your tour guide will give you a sensory experience of orange trees and cypress trees, accompanied by fragrant rose tea and pistachios.
Take an extra tour of the sanctuary of Ali Ebne Hamsa, with its sparkling mirror splendor, for an insight into Iranian popular devotion.
Discover Persepolis, Capital of the Achaemenid Empire
Today, get ready to see one of the most stunning monuments on the planet: Persepolis. Gaze at the ancient 'Gate of all Nations' and consider issues of tolerance in a multiethnic state.
One of the capitals of the Achaemenid Empire, Persepolis was ordered by Darius the Great in 515 BC and is a high point among all the ancient ruins of your trip.
See more than the ceremonial palace and treasury when we take a look at the eastern staircases of Apadana. The elaborate panels show astonishing stories of 23 delegations bringing tribute to the Achaemenid king.
After a lunch break, head to the nearby necropolis of Naghshe Rustam, the cliff tomb of Achaemenid Kings. Below the tombs near ground level are the rock reliefs with large figures of Sasanian kings, some meeting gods, others in combat.
Visit Awe-Inspiring Pasargadae
Your destination: a barren plateau at 1900m above sea level, where columns and remains of houses arouse your curiosity...
This is Pasargadae, where the first residence of the Persian Empire once stood. Visit the tomb of the founder of the empire, Cyrus. who ruled from the Aegean to far into Central Asia.
On the way to Abarkuh you'll travel through the fertile high valleys of the Zagros Mountains. Have your picnic lunch at the 4000-year-old cypress tree!
Before reaching Yazd don't miss the chance to see the magnificent Zoroastrians burial area, the Towers of Silence, before sunset.
Get Lost in the Magical Alleys of Yazd's Old Town
Yazd is the center of Zoroastrianism, the ancient Persian religion dating back to Zarathustra. Encounter the blazing sacred flames at the Fire Temple.
Deep in the Old Town of Yazd, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, discover tunneled alleys with wind towers to cool the houses, cisterns to supply water - not to mention a refreshing pomegranate juice to go!
Finally, end today's tour with the magnificent Friday Mosque of Yazd, which has the tallest minarets in the whole country.
Discover the Gorgeous Clay Brick Citadel of Meybod
Dilapidated mudbrick buildings, cisterns, and an old ice house line your way to the clay brick citadel of Meybod, a previous version of Yazd.
On the way through the desert to Isfahan you'll drive past dilapidated caravanserais. The provincial town of Nain might be familiar to you because of the carpets of the same name, but when you walk through the underground Jama Mosque, it will probably be for the first time! Slices of alabaster shed light into the catacombs.
In a subterranean workshop, a mechanical loom rattles as a friendly man weaves camel hair coats for the mullahs.
Delve into the Charms of Enchanting Isfahan
"Isfahan is half the world," says a Persian proverb.
Begin the day with a morning walk towards the forum. Visit the Hash Behesht Garden Palace, as well as the Chehel Sotun Palace, for an example of Persian Gardens mentioned in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Afterward, wander around the amazing Naghshe Jahan Square, one of the most important architectural sites in Iran. It encompasses the Ali Qapu Palace, the Giant Ceremonial Palace of the Safavid Era, the Sheikh Lotfullah Mosque with its unique design and architecture, as well as the gorgeous Shah Mosque.
Enjoy lunch at a traditional restaurant and visit the workshops and handicraft shops in the afternoon. Take some time to explore the amazing bazaar (the longest covered bazaar in the Middle East) and take a look at carpets, textiles, inlaid woodwork, miniatures and much more!
Have dinner at a traditional restaurant.
Experience Four Different Religions in One Day
Start your day with a visit to the amazing Synagogue of Isfahan where Jews still practice their faith freely.
Next, visit the giant Friday Mosque of Isfahan, one of the oldest mosques in Iran still standing. Dating from the 7th Century, it was built over a Zoroastrian fire temple.
After lunch, visit the Fire Temple of Isfahan, and then the Armenian Cathedral of Vank.
Why not also take a look at the nearby museum with amazing artifacts and manuscripts.
Today you've experienced four different religions and their houses of worship, all still active, in the heart of Isfahan.
Have dinner in a traditional Persian restaurant.
Explore Red Abyaneh and Visit the Historic Merchant Houses in Kashan
Head out to Kashan today and visit Abyaneh, an interesting village characterized by a peculiar reddish hue.
The dialect of the people of Abyaneh has preserved some characteristics of the Middle Persian language, the language of the Sasanian Persia.
Continue your way to Kashan and visit the marvelous historic merchant houses.
Spend the night in a boutique hotel.
Before leaving Kashan, visit the astonishing merchant houses of Tabatabai and see the last UNESCO Heritage site of your journey, the Fin Garden. It is known as one of the best examples of a Persian Garden.
Before proceeding to Imam Khomeini Airport for your flight, take a look at Qom, the 'Iranian Vatican'.
Safe travels, and visit again soon!