Persian Lotus

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Tehran city
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The best of Iran in 16 days

16-Day trip

This tour is planned to provide the best possible experience for those who are traveling to Iran for the first time and want to have the best possible experience in almost two weeks. The tour includes visiting Tehran the never-sleeping city of Iran and the great Palaces of Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties. It also includes visiting glorious Persian houses of Kashan continued by visiting magnificent Naqsh-e Jahan square in Isfahan. We will take a walk in the maze of Yazd old city textures with adobe walls. Kerman will be our next destination to visit the Martian desert of Iran, Lut desert, and also some of the Persian gardens and adobe citadels. We will continue the beautiful Shiraz the city of poets and history. We will visit the great Persepolis, Necropolis and Pasargadae to have a touch of great Persian empire the Achaemenids.

Tour type

Cultural & Historical

Difficulty level

Easy, suitable for everyone

Group size

Min 1 - Max 15

Services included:

Visa

The company is responsible to handle the process of receiving visa to travel to Iran. All you need to do is to submit your request. We will proceed the paperwork and contact you for further information and guidelines.

Accomodation

There are a wide range of options for accommodation in Iran. Beginning with hotels of all kind continued with guest houses, local traditional houses etc. The reservation and coordination of your accommodation will be managed by the company based on your preference.

Transport

The transportaion service of the tour is available in different ways based on the number and the need of travelers. A VIP bus, a Van, a sedan or a 4WD car are available to provide the most comfortable transfer experience.

Tour leader

The tour has the privileges of having a professional tourist leader and guide during the trip. She or he will inform you the stories of history and culture of Iran. We will provide you a guide in your preferred language as much as possible. If it won't be available, an English-speaking guide will host you.

Meals

The tour includes two meals each day. The company and the guide will make sure that you can try the highest quality of Persian foods.

Drinks & snacks

Drinks and snacks are also included in the tour. You can enjoy snacks, fruits, coffee and water between the meals.

Entrance fees

The company will pay the entrance fees of all the sites mentioned in the itinerary.

Internet

Internet service will be provided through cellular or WIFI.

Permissions

The company is responsible to handle the legal process and the permits of tour operation.

Insurance

Insurance is a part of company service. It will be with the highest coverage possible.

Services not included:

Visa fees

Visa fees are due to be paid by visitor(s).

International flights

The international flights are not included in the price of the tour. The price for international flights will be arranged and should be paid separately.

Detailed itinerary:

City tour of Tehran as the capital of Iran since 1786. Heading to the downtown to walk in the grand bazaar of Tehran and visit the royal Qajar “Golestan palace”. Visiting “the national museum” for the next stop then having lunch at a very old and nostalgic res. Nearby. Later on, visit “the museum of national jewels” where you are amazed with a variety of royal old jewels. Finally Heading back to the hotel. Dinner time would be at a traditional res.

As the second day of Tehran city tour, going into the north of Tehran to visit Tajrish, an old part of Tehran in which used to be a picturesque country side for Tehranians which is famous for its bazaar and square. Leaving there to “the Saadabad palaces complex”. Having the lunch at a res. nearby and driving to “the Milad tower” as the sixth telecommunication tower in the word and spend your dinner time at the food court of tower. Going back to the hotel.

 

The third day setting off for Kashan to see “the historical houses of Tabatabaeis and Borujerdies”. Driving to “Aqabozorg mosque” as the significant mosque of Kashan, and Having the lunch meal at a traditional res. nearby. Later on, visit “the Fin garden” in Kashan which is among the nine gardens of Iran registered as UNESCO’s world heritage sites. Going to the hotel to have the dinner with a different atmosphere and stay.

 

Leaving Kashan to Isfahan. En route Isfahan, pay a visit to a very old and eye-catching village called “Abyaneh” and having the lunch there. Later on, carry on driving to Isfahan. Having dinner at the hotel and stay.

 

Isfahan, The significant capital of Iran in Safavid era in the late of 16th century. Walking tour gets started at 9. “Hasht Behesht palace” is the first historical monument to see. Wandering around the bazaar of arts and a beautiful park to reach “the Chelel Sotoun palace”, a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, in Isfahan, Iran, built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions. Carry on walking to “the Naqsh-e-Jahan square”, second biggest square in the world dates back to 17th century. Having lunch at a res. in this square and visit “Imam mosque”, the most historical stunning mosque of Iran with a unique architectural specific. “Sheikh Lotfollah mosque” is the next magnificent mosque in this square to see. “Ali Qapu” is the royal palace of Shah Abbas I to see with the six floors as the biggest Safavid palace in Isfahan. Walking alongside the square “the Imperial bazaar”. Going back to the hotel to relax. Dinner time at the res. of Abbasi hotel which was built as a caravansary at the time Sultan Hossein of Savafid.

 

At the begging of the city tour drive to the “Julfa” a historical district for the Armenians community of Isfahan. Walking to the cathedral of this district called “the Vank cathedral” which is the most beautiful and magnificent church in Iran. It is a master piece of architecture. Walking to the square of this district and leave there to “the Monar Jonban” (Shaking Minarets), a monument of 14th century to cover the grave of Amu Abdollah Soqla. Its notable feature is that if one of the minarets is shaken, the other minaret will shake as well. The next stop is in a traditional res. in Isfahan for lunch time. “The Jameh mosque of Isfahan” is the last site to see which is the result of continual reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site from around 771 to the end of the 20th century. Going back to the hotel. Dinner time would be at 20 in a very old and nostalgic res. in Isfahan or in an Arminian family house to spend a typical party.

Check out is at 8:30 and the departure time is at 9:00.
The final destination in Yazd. En route Isfahan to Yazd visit Nain a city which is well-known for its history of constructing aqueducts underground (Qanat) since 3000 years ago so far. A city of some of the most outstanding monuments in Iran. Visiting “the Jameh mosque of Nain”, one of the first four mosques built in Iran after the Arab invasion. Next to this monument visiting “Pirnia traditional house”, a perfect example of this region’s desert houses in terms of architecture and art which was built in the Safavid era (17th century). Having Lunch meal in Nain. The next stop on the way is “The Narin Qal’eh” of Meybod, an ancient castle of Yazd province dates back to more than 2500 years ago. Going directly to the hotel. Dinner time will be at a traditional hotel in Yazd at around 20:00.

Check out is at 8:30 and leaving hotel to see “the towers of silence” (Dakhma), in which Zoroastrians used them for the exposure of their dead bodies in the past. Driving to the historical city center for a walking tour. On the way pay a visit to “the Zoroastrian Fire temple” “Amir Chakhmaq complex”, a prominent historical structure dates back to the late of 15th and beginning of 16th noted for its symmetrical sunken alcoves and consists of a caravanserai, a bathhouse, a cold water well, and a confectionery. After wandering around this square and the small bazaar visiting “the museum of water”, a building dates back to a century ago in which you learn about the systems of digging wells to create underground waterways (Qanats) and connecting them to the city over the past 4000 years in Iran. Carry on walking to “the Jameh mosque of yazd”, a 12th century mosque. Wandering through the bazaar and visiting “the old district of Fahadan”, where you could see the old examples of a deserted city signified with “Badgirs” (Wind towers). Visiting the prison of Alexander and having lunch in a traditional res. nearby. Later on, leaving there to “Dolat Abad garden”, an 18th century garden which is significant for its highest “badgir” (Wind towers) in the world. Finally leaving Yazd to a very beautiful historical caravanserai called “Zein-o-Din Caravanserai” dates back to the 16th century situated on the ancient Silk Road. Dinner time at 19:30 and stay overnight.

Check out is at 8:30 and leaving there to Kerman. The lunch meal would be on the way in a res. and going directly to the hotel to check in. In the evening Leaving hotel to see one of the old gardens of Kerman province in Ekhtiar Abaad called “Fath Aabad garden” dates back to Qajar era which is well illuminated in the night. Later on, having the dinner in a traditional house or a res. in Kerman and going back to the hotel to stay.

At 9:00 heading out to see almost the whole view of Kerman from the top of a hill overlooking the oldest street of Kerman (Zarisf avenue or a recent name, Shohada). Next Stop is to drop by the oldest monument of the city dates back to the late of Sassanid dynasty called “Jabaliye dome” where is now a museum of different gravestones of different eras. Driving along the Zarisf avenue and paying a short visit to one of the historical Ice houses of Kerman called “Zarisf Ice house” which is younger than the others and dates back to Qajar era. Later on, seeing “the Zoroastrian fire temple” with a thousand-year-old fire on the same street of Zarisf. This street leads to the old circle of the city called “Moshtagh” where is “the mausoleum of Moshtagh Ali shah”, a Qajar structure of an eminent sufi of 13th century. The walking tour gets started and “Jameh mosque of Kerman”, a 14th century structure, is the first site connected to the entrance of the bazaar to see. Carry on walking in the heart of the longest indoor bazaar of Iran to reach the oldest complex of bazaar called “Ganjalikhan complex”, consists of “Ganjalikhan square”, “the museum of coins” which used to be the mint house, “Ganjalikhan bathhouse”-the incredible 17th century bath house-, “Water reservoir” and “Ganjalikhan caravanserai”. Having lunch at the traditional res. where used to be a bath house in Qajar dynasty. On the way back to the hotel pay a short visit to the “National library of Kerman”, the structure of a spinning and weaving factory established in 1929 by the investment of some of the rich people of Kerman, Yazd and Rafsanjan and the oldest Ice house of Kerman called “Moayedi Ice house”. Dinner time is at 20 in a res. of Kerman or a house of a family to enjoy the typical party of Kermanians.

Check out is at 8:30. The day tour gets started at 9 to go and see the second biggest adobe structure of the world called as “Arge-e-Rayen” (Rayen citadel) dates back to the late of Sassanid dynasty. Driving back to Mahan to see “Shahzadeh garden”, a splendid and outstanding garden of Qajar era which is among the Persian gardens of UNESCO sites. Having lunch in this pleasant garden and leaving there to” the mausoleum of Shah Nematollah Vali”, a 15th century structure for the renowned Iranian mystic and poet. Later on, drive toward one of the main mountain range of Kerman and pass through a tunnel to see “the valley of Sirch” where is among the country sides of Kerman province. Carry on driving to the territory of Lut desert to see the most stunning desert of Iran where is called “Kaluts”. The fantastic scenery of wind and water architecture. Having lunch and staying overnight in an Eco-lodge a village at the vicinity of Kaluts.

A drive to Fars to Bavanat. En route to Bavanat having lunch in a res. Visiting the Eco-lodge complex of a hard-working animal breeder. Dinner time is at 20 and stay overnight.

Departure time at 9 to head to the tomb of Cyrus the great where is known as “Pasargadae”, the first capital of the Achaemenid Empire lies in ruins some miles away from Persepolis. Having lunch in a res. nearby and leaving there to Shiraz. Heading directly to the hotel to check in. dinner time is at 20 in a res. in Shiraz.

The city tour gets started at 9. Heading to the city center to see the beautiful “mosque of Nasir-ol-Molk” known as “Pink mosque”, a Qajar structure. “Narenjestan garden” where was the house of Qavam family who were famous merchants from Zandiye to Pahlavi dynasty. Walking to the entrance of bazaar of Shiraz to wander through the main corridor. Having luch at a traditional res. in bazaar. Leaving there to “the Eram garden”, among the most beautiful gardens of Shiraz. Heading back to the hotel to relax. Dinner time is at 20 in a res. in Shiraz.

Leaving hotel at 9 to Marvdasht to visit “Persepolis”, the incredible complex of Achaemenid dynasty as the greatest empire of the world about 2500 years ago. Having lunch in a res. near Persepolis and carry on visiting the ancient necropolis of “Naqsh-e-Rostam” and the archeological site of “Naqsh-e-Rajab”. Heading back to Shiraz to see “the tomb of Saadi”, dedicated to the 13th century Persian poet. The last attraction to see is “the tomb of Hafez”, a memorial structure of the 14th century Persian mystic poet. Dinner time is at 20 in a res. in Shiraz as the last gathering of a meal in Iran.

Departure

Route information

The tour starts from Tehran, the capital city of Iran as the flight lands in Imam Khomeini international airport. After leaving Tehran you will head to south to Kashan, a city of Isfahan in central Iran. Then you leave Kashan for Isfahan city. Then you will leave Isfahan to go to Naein, Meybod and Yazd city in Yazd province in central Iran. Kerman will be you next destination. It is the biggest province in southeast of Iran. After Kerman you will leave to Fars province in southwest of Iran to visit Shiraz city.  The tour ends in Shiraz.

Private

for up to 3 travelers
1999
per person
  • Sedan or SUV car
  • 5 and 4 star hotels

Private

for up to 3 travelers
1499
per person
  • Sedan or SUV car
  • traditional houses / Guest houses
Popular

Small group

for up to 6 travelers
1599
per person
  • Tourist Van
  • 5 and 4 for star hotels
Popular

Small group

for up to 6 travelers
1199
per person
  • Tourist Van
  • traditional houses / Guest houses

Large group

for up to 15 travelers
1199
per person
  • VIP Bus
  • 5 and 4 for star hotels

Large group

for up to 15 travelers
999
per person
  • VIP Bus
  • traditional houses / Guest houses
Popular

Important notes & FAQ

What happens if the tour is not full?

As the tour is executed on regular basis there is a low risk that a tour won’t be full. This tour is guaranteed to execute with at least two travelers. Although if it happens, we will contact you to provide some option to choose from. The first is to change the date of you travel to join another group. The second is to join another plan at a different price and the Third will be full refund of the paid fees. Any alternative solutions will be arranged.

How does booking process work?

As Iran is under sanctions and it is not connected to International Banking systems, therefore usual credit cards like PayPal or Visa card won’t work in Iran. As the result the visitors always have to considers alternative ways. But these solutions are different depending on the country the travelers are coming from. Therefore, the company will arrange it with you after the booking request.

Passport and Visa

Travelers to Iran are obligated to have a passport with at least six months of validation. Please consider not to use an almost full or nearly expired passport to travel to Iran.

Food considerations for Vegetarians or with medical cares

In the case that you have any food considerations in manner of personal choice or medical cares, please let us know about it. We will put our most efforts to provide the best services for your situation. There are plenty of vegetarian restaurants and food centers in Iran but they are not available in the entire country. But your guide will make sure that you have the best possible alternatives.

Where can I join the tour?

In the case that you are planning to join the on the mid-way we will arrange time and place for you.

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