PERSIAN CLASSIC TOUR III
8 Days – 7 Nights
Shiraz 1N/ Isfahan 3N/Tehran 2N/Tabriz 1N
Discover an Iran beyond the media portrayals of a repressive and dour regime – this is a country full of warm, lively and friendly people.
Discover Isfahan, the old capital and the 'Jewel of Islamic Iran'.
Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble - UNESCO World Heritage Sites (optional)
Walk in the Iranian indoor markets and drown in colors and smells and beauties.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the culture and religion of ancient Persia. Join us on this group tour and travel to some of the ancient Iranian cities. Start your journey in Shiraz, Travel to Isfahan and Shiraz, the richest cities in Iran.
Meet with the locals, arguably the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth, always ready to welcome visitors with a smile. Learn more about their cultures and traditions during this 7-day guided trip of Iran. To know more about this tour please read the itinerary below.
Iran is home of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, dating back to the Persian Empire 2,500 years ago. The country lies at the crossroads of three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe, and many ancient civilizations. A significant section of the Silk Road runs across Iran as do other great caravan routes to the south. On this tour, travel through Iran to explore the ancient civilizations, glorious monuments, and architecture, extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning desert landscapes, ethical diversity and exotic Persian cuisines. Choose a guided tour and experience the historical sites or step into an adventure and enjoy unknown destinations and places. Feel the hospitality of Iranians and also the beauty of the land.
Salam Iran! You will fly to Shiraz with domestic flight from Tehran. After your welcome, the tour guide will transfer you to the hotel. Since you arrived in Shiraz in the morning, all your check-in have already been done. After a short rest, we leave the hotel to visit the beautiful city of Shiraz.
First day of our visit is partly historical and partly excursion in Shiraz popular flowery gardens. Vakil Ensemble; Mosque & bazaar, Eram Garden (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Arg-e Karimkhan (Karimkhan Citadel), dating back to Zand Era and Nasir-ol-Molk colorful mosque. It is interiors are a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colors. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with sunrise and colors dance on its floor throughout the day like whirling dervishes. Then we get to know tombs of two Iranian Famous Poets, HAFEZ and SAADI and Iranian literature. In the sequel, if we had an opportunity, we will see Narenjestan-e Qavam and the Shah Cheragh. Accommodation in Shiraz.
We spend today exploring the heritage of the Achaemenid dynasty in Persepolis and the royal tombs of Naghsh–e Rostam. Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage site), the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, is famous for its bas-reliefs depicting kings, courtiers and gift-bearing representatives of tributary nations of the Persian Empire ranging from India to Ethiopia. We then visit nearby Naghsh-e-Rostam to see Ka’be-Zardosht (a fire temple) and the royal tombs dug into the rock itself. This site also has seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian. We will continue to visit Pasargad (UNESCO World Heritage site), the site of the simple, but impressive tomb and remains of the palaces of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Persian Empire. After a long day, we arrived in Isfahan at night and go to the hotel. Accommodation in Isfahan.
Start the day by exploring Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO World Heritage site), the 17th-century site which is also one of the largest public spaces in the world. Visit the Sheikh Lotfollah Masque, Shah Mosque, revered as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture and easily recognized due to its magnificent tile work and a soaring cupola and minarets.
Marvel at the beautiful music rooms and balconies of Ali Qapu Palace and get the chance to explore the Qeisarieh Bazaar, which surrounds Imam Square. With hundreds of local vendors that specialize in traditional arts and crafts, it’s a wonderful place to shop for pottery, enamel, jewelry and delicately inlaid board games.
Next up is Chehel Sotun (40 columns). Set in a landscaped and forested park in front of a tranquil reflecting pool, this graceful pavilion was built by Shah Abbas II for entertainment and court receptions. Enter into the building through a portico supported by twenty slender wooden columns and discover soaring halls embellished with frescoes, paintings and mosaics. The Hall of Mirrors is especially breathtaking! In the city’s Armenian quarter, you’ll get the chance to delve more deeply into the region’s complex history. Accommodation in Isfahan.
You have a free day to explore this lovely city, so take time to wander along the City's many tree-lined boulevards and spacious gardens. Visit the Jameh Mosque (Friday Mosque), the biggest in all Iran and full of lovely designed stuccos, or Afif Abad museum and garden, or you could also discover the bizarre Manar Jomban (shaking minarets). Visit several churches in the area, including the 17th-century Vank Cathedral with its lavishly decorated interior and a unique blend of Islamic and European architectural elements, which has a striking interior of gilded ceilings, walls and paintings. The stunning, delicate artwork of the dome depicts the biblical story of Genesis, from Creation to Man’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. At the end of the day, we will go to Zayande-Rood River to walk and visit the two beautiful and historic bridges of Isfahan, Siose-pol and khajoo. Accommodation in Isfahan.
Drive to Kashan after early breakfast. Visit the Abyaneh Village en route. The village is also known as the Red Village because of its red-mud houses (the area has red soil). The houses of Abyaneh bear an ancient architectural style and feature the use of clay as the main construction material along with latticed windows and wooden doors.
On reaching Kashan, head for its two famous traditional houses, Boroujerdi or Tabatabaei. Travel to the Fin Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage site, This Persian garden reflects ancient landscaping principles that trace their roots to the time of Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BCE. Leaving Kashan behind in the evening and head for Tehran.
Welcome to Tehran. This marvellous city sits at the bottom of the Alborz Mountains – their snowy peaks serving as a photogenic backdrop for the colorful buildings below. Tehran is commonly known as one of the country’s most liberal metropolitan areas and this may become obvious through an adventure into the depths of their hospitality scene. Lamb, chickpeas, tahdig (crispy rice pies) and potatoes are all big staples in Iranian cuisine – just don’t forget they’re best washed down with a cup of dugh (minty yoghurt drink).
Upon arriving in Tehran, we go straight to the restaurant, once you arrive, get to know the other travelers over a juicy Iranian kebab served with a side of loca l bread or rice – the kebab’s rich aroma should have you smelling it well before it reaches the table. Once you’ve filled up, wash it all down with a cup of tea. After a delicious dinner we go to the hotel and crawl into bed before tomorrow’s adventures. It’d be easy to call Iran a land of kebabs. Accommodation in Tehran.
In the morning we will go to see National Museum of Iran, aging more than 70 years, containing 300,000 museum objects. Then we will have the visit of Iran Glassware and ceramic Museum, in order to see objects of 4th millennium B.C. up to the present time.
After that we will go to see a UNESCO World Heritage: Golestan Palace that has many places to offer: The Marble Throne, Karim Khani Nook, Museum of Gifts, Containers Hall, Mirror Hall, Salam Hall, Edifice of the Sun (Shams ol Emareh) and many other places. After that visit the fabulous State’s Jewels Museum, housed in the vaults of the Central Bank of Iran displaying the most dazzling and priceless collection of jewels and gems in the world.
We see more of Tehran today with full day visits including the Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site), built by Fath-Ali Shah of the Qajar Dynasty and dating from the 18th to the early 20th century. We continue to the Shams-ol-Emareh (Sun) Palace and the Ethnographic Museum, with a walk around the garden to enjoy the beautiful tile-covered walls and Buildings. In the afternoon, we visit the fabulous State’s Jewels Museum, housed in the vaults of the Central Bank of Iran displaying the most dazzling and priceless collection of jewels and gems in the world. In the end, if we had an opportunity, we would go to the Tehran grand Bazaar. Accommodation in Tehran.
Drive to the north of Tehran after breakfast. Get the chance to learn more about the Qajar and Pahlavi history in the Sa’dabad Palace Museum and we continue to the Niavaran Palace and the Tajrish Traditional Bazaar, the favourite shopping destination of the locals. Transfer to the airport and flight to Tabriz. Accommodation in Tabriz.
Tabriz is one of the Iran’s old capitals. After early breakfast, we explore the highlights of Tabriz, like Azarbaijan museum, Blue Masque, Municipality palace, and the Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the largest covered bazaar in the world on Silk Road.
The most famous Iranian cuisine is Chelo Kabab, The most delicious type is served in Tabriz, So we will go to taste the most unique chelo kabab in the whole of Iran in the traditional covered bazaar of Tabriz. Depending on timing, we may spend the night walking in El-Goli Park and breathing deeply in the scents of fragrant flowers.
After spending one great day in Tabriz, return to Tehran with the last flight, Transfer to international airport and return home.
Private Tour (without time limit on the launch)
Please have in mind that in local house single rooms are not provided unless the client asks us for a single room. Also normally in local house, there are no beds.
On sea trips in case of bad conditions of the sea the routes and timing may change
In nature trips in case of climate changes and bad weather, changes in accommodation and programs may occur
The booking process of the hotel starts upon receiving the flight details.
Changes in the hotels may occur
As the executive of nature tours in Iran & Globe, we have assumed our responsibility & role so seriously, know the tourism effect on our surrounded environment & local society, and try to plan & operate our tours in accordance with this foreground thought; For, we believe that the tour executive has a great effect on the means of transferring his/her experiments, to guarantee both the passengers health & environment conservation.
A deposit of 30% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.
Free cancellation up to 45 days prior departure, but the 20% deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applicable within 45 days of departure.
We use good quality 4 star and 5 star hotels in this tour. In some cities local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards. Accommodation is based on double or twin en-suite rooms with air conditioning. All couples will have a private double room. Single travelers may choose to pay a single room supplement to guarantee themselves a single room throughout the tour. Alternatively, they may choose to share a twin room with another traveler of the same sex. If there are no other single travelers available to pair up with at the time of your booking, then we will add the single supplement to the tour price, but will refund this or deduct it from your balance payment if we are able to pair you up later on.
In your trip we use private AC Van, Middle Bus or Bus throughout this tour, subject to the final size of the group.
The tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Tehran and Shiraz International Airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.
Prices listed are on a per person basis, sharing accommodation (unless otherwise stated).Prices do not include international flights.
Most tours are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book as an individual, you will be roomed with someone of the same sex. However, on many tours we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room.
The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary. You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.
BOOKING & PAYMENT
If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by making a bank transfer. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveler. For more information about how to get an Iranian visa please visit this page.
HEALTH INSURANCE FEE
Please prepare 12.00 euro for compulsory health insurance fee at Iran Airport. Please always remember: Pay with an exact cash amount. Credit cards are not accepted for payments made in Iran.
WOMEN DRESS CODE IN IRAN
What Women Tourists Can Wear in Iran?
Generally, women have to wear clothing that conceals their body parts. In Iran you can see most women wearing “mantou” that might be in different colors and even tight or short. Your other choice can be “tunics” and pants. If you would prefer to wear a skirt, it should be at least mid-calf or longer, with nontransparent, darkish hosiery underneath. Ankle length skirts are unusual but acceptable. There is no problem with wearing skinny jeans and high boots but avoid Carpi pants, they are too short and not acceptable. Open toed sandals with nail polish are fine.
Arrival and departure airport transfers
7 nights' accommodation in standard-grade hotels
Breakfast & Dinner
Land travel in Iran by air-conditioned coach
Services of an experienced Iranian tour guide throughout the tour
Meals: 7 breakfasts and 7 dinner
Entrance tickets according to the travel plan
Tehran-Shiraz domestic flight ticket
Tehran-Tabriz-Tehran domestic flight ticket
International air fares, taxes and surcharges
Items of a personal nature such as laundry or phone calls
Visa code application fees
Tips to guides and drivers