This is a journey that will take you to Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan the four most famous Iranian cities. You will visit three Iranians capitals and a few smaller cities along the way. Tehran the current capital of Iran will amaze you with its vivacious lifestyle, Shiraz the Achaemenid capital will transport you back in time to ancient Persia and Isfahan the Safavid capital will captivate you with its glorious Islamic architecture. You will have a chance to take a closer look at Persian desert architecture and the Zoroastrian culture in the 3,000-year-old city of Yazd, which is almost entirely built of adobe.
Day 1: You will arrive in Tehran well you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 2: Spend your second day visiting different museums in Tehran. Visit the Qajar mansion which is the location of Abgineh Museum with its pre-Islamic to Islamic era collections of glassware and porcelain.
Go to the National Museum of Iran where you will see intact columns from Persepolis and handmade jewelry from 1,000s of years ago and many other artifacts from all over Iran.
In the evening you will fly to Shiraz.
Day 3: Spend a day outside the city visiting the ruins of one the most magnificent masonry works in the world created over a period of 150 years by one of the oldest civilizations to date. Persepolis was devastated by a fire but its surviving monuments and reliefs still tell of the glory of times gone by.
Let the four gargantuan Achaemenid tombs hewn out of a high cliff at Naqsh-e Rostam take your breath away. You will be amazed by the six massive rock reliefs capturing the stories of the Sassanids and left intrigued by the Cube of Zoroaster and its unexplained origin and function. You can see more rock reliefs in Raqsh-e Rajab.
You can continue sightseeing in Shiraz after returning to the city in the afternoon.
Day 4: Shiraz still has more to offer! Spend your last day visiting the tomb of the master of verse Saadi and enjoy a cup of aromatic tea or rosewater scented ice-cream in Hafezieh while consulting Hafiz poems to see what the future may bring!
Visit lavishly decorated Qajar structures like the Pink Mosque (Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque), Zinat ol-Molouk House and Qavam Mansion.
Discover the 18th century Vakil Royal District and the unique Eram Garden.
Day 5: Head for Yazd early in the morning. On the road you can visit the first Achaemenid capital in Pasargadae and the tomb of Cyrus the Great, who created one of the first Human Rights Charters known to man after freeing the Jews in 537 BC from captivity in Babylon.
You will arrive in Yazd in the evening where you will spend the night.
Day 6: Go to the Atash Behram (Fire of Victory) Temple where the holy fire has continuously burned for 1,500 years.
You can see 12th century Jame Mosque of Yazd, which was built on the ruins of a Sassanid fire temple and is reputed to have the tallest minarets in Iran.
Take a stroll through the historical Fahadan neighborhood and enjoy the architectural beauty of Yazd traditional homes and Sabats (vaulted alleys).
You will leave for Isfahan but will stop along the way in Naein, where you can see the 10th century Jame Mosque which is considered one of the first mosques to have been built in Iran.
You will arrive in Isfahan in the evening.
Day 7 & 8: Let the splendor of Naqsh-e Jahan Square and Shah and Sheikh Lutfollah Mosques, Ali Qapu Palace and Qeisarieh Bazaar leave you awestruck.
Stop for a rest in the traditional Rouzegar Café and have traditional Persian drinks and snacks or go for a carriage ride around this glorious Meydan (square).
Visit the Jame Mosque of Isfahan, which is the embodiment of the aesthetic tastes of Persian rulers for over 1,000 years. See the 11 bridges of Zayandeh Rood and don’t miss Si-o-se Pol and Khaju Bridge.
Visit Hasht Behesht (eight paradises) Palace and Chehel Sotoun (40 columns) Pavilion.
There will be time to explore Jolfa, the Armenian Quarter of Isfahan, and take a tour of its old churches and Vank Cathedral. Walk through Jolfa’s maze of cobblestoned streets and the inviting cafes situated around its old churches where you can enjoy a delicious meal
Day 9: You will begin your road trip back to Tehran early in the morning.
You will stop in Natanz on the way where you will see beautiful Islamic structures such as the tomb of a Sufi master named Sheikh Abd al-Samad and the Ilkhanid (1256–1335) Friday Mosque.
Your next stop will be the desert oasis Kashan. Take a tour of Fin Garden, one of the prime examples of the UNESCO registered Persian Garden, and let its Qajar and Safavid baths please your eyes.
Visit the bride of all traditional Persian homes the Tabatabaei House. The delicate decorations used in this Qajar home will be a sight difficult to forget.
You will continue towards Tehran where you can also visit the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum on the way. You will spend your last night in Tehran.
Day 10: Transfer to IKA airport for your flight home.
Note 1: Please be advised that some museums and sites may be closed on certain tour dates and your itinerary will change accordingly.
Note 2: We have designed our tour packages to cover a wide-range of tastes and to be fun. If you don’t find what you are looking for here please contact us and we will design a package especially for you.