We’re delighted to be able to offer this fascinating two-week trip, which covers all of the country’s principal sights -including the magnificent Safavid monuments of Isfahan, the former Zoroastriancapital of Yazd and ruins of ancient Persepolis.
You will begreeted on arrival in Tehran and escorted to Ferdowsi Grand Hotel or similarfor the night. In the afternoon, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant close toGolestan Palace, before exploring the palace grounds and rooms.
Day 2 Tehran, Shiraz
This morning isthe perfect time to visit the National Museum and Islamic Museum. Take anafternoon flight south to Shiraz. In the evening, a pleasant walk around theArg-e Karim Khan amongst the friendly locals. Stay at the Zandiyeh Hotel orsimilar for three nights.
Day 3 Shiraz
A morning atNasir-al Molk Mosque, Vakil Mosqu and the neighbouring grand bazaar. In theafternoon, enjoy the shade of Eram Garden and its Qavan Pavilion, before endingthis full day at Hafiz’s tomb.
Day 4 Shiraz
Drive an hourout of the city this morning for a visit to Naqsh-e Rostam, the four tombs ofancient kings. Later in the afternoon, you’ll visit the monumental site ofPersepolis - the seat of the Achaemenid empire, sacked by Alexander the Greatin 330BC.
Day 5 Shiraz, Yazd
A long drive toYazd, en route visit Pasargade, the site of the tomb of Cyrus the Great. Arrivein Yazd mid-afternoon. Short walk through the old city, finishing at therooftop Art Café for the best panoramic view of the city. Check-in at the DadHotel or similar for two nights.
Visit theDowlat Abad gardens before arriving at the Amir Chakhmaq complex, with itsshrines, bazaar and century old sweet shop.
Day 7 Yazd, Isfahan
Drive toIsfahan today, stopping off at the fascinating ancient citadels of Meybod andNaein along the way. The perfect arrival time in Isfahan for a sunset walkaround Naqsh-e Jahan Square. Stay at Setareh Hotel or similar for three nights.
Day 8 Isfahan
This morning,visit the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with its wonderful domed ceiling. Continue tothe monumental structure of Shah Mosque. In the afternoon, stop at the thirdand final building of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, the Ali Qapu Palace. To completetoday, a visit to Chehelsouton and its magnificent murals.
Day 9 Isfahan
A morning inthe charismatic Armenian Quarter and most importantly, the Vank Cathedral. Theafternoon is free for a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
Day 10 Isfahan, Kashan
Drive to theatmospheric town of Kashan, en route visit the red clay village of Abyaneh.Stay at the Manouchehri Hotel or similar for two nights.
Day 11 Kashan
Explore theheritage of Kashan, with its historic houses, bath houses, bazaar and theproduction of rose water.
Day 12 Kashan, Tehran
A morning forlast-minute shopping. After leaving Kashan, drive to Qom, your final ancientsite. Driving further north, you’ll arrive at Ibis Airport Hotel for a relaxingnight before your flight back home tomorrow.
Day 13 Tehran
Transfer byshuttle bus to the airport for your onward flight.
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