Iran - Treasures of Ancient Persia (15 days)

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Run by: Undiscovered Destinations

Reference number: ITI

From: £2795.00

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tehran

Arrive in Tehran and transfer to your hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, there may be time to explore the city. Overnight Escan Hotel or similar. 

Day 2 – Tehran
A day of sightseeing in Tehran. In the morning we visit the Golestan Palace as well as the bazaar area, and in the afternoon the National Jewels Museum. Overnight Escan Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 3 – Qom – Kashan – Abyaneh
We drive to the holy city of Qom, home to the 17th century shrine of Fatima as well as other sacred monuments. We then head to Kashan where we visit the Bagh-e Fin gardens and the Borujerdiyah house, a 19th century building that once belonged to a local merchant, and then continue to the village of Abyaneh. This is one of the oldest settlements in Iran, and its historic importance has recently been recognised by UNESCO. Overnight Hotel Abyaneh or similar. (BD)

Day 4 – Natanz - Nain – Yazd
We continue to Yazd, stopping on the way to visit the Jame Mosque and the shrine of Imamzadeh Abdolsamaad in Natanz; a significant example of traditional Persian architecture. We also visit Nain where we see the Jame Mosque and the ethnological museum. Overnight Fahadan Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 5 – Yazd
Explore the desert city of Yazd, long a stronghold for Zoroastrianism and with some superb and very unique architecture. We visit the Zoroastrian fire temple, the ‘towers of silence’, the wind towers and the Jame Mosque amongst other sites. Overnight Fahadan Hotel or similar. (BL)

Day 6 – Zeinodin
After spending the morning in Yazd we drive to Zeinodin, where we stay in a beautifully restored caravanserai, one of the ancient inns of the Silk Road dating back to the Safavid era and a real highlight of this trip. Overnight Zeinodin Caravanserai. (BD)

Please note that the sleeping areas in the Caravanserai are separated by curtains and the facilities are shared.

Day 7- Mahan-Kerman

Today we drive to the town of Mahan, stopping for lunch on arrival, and then visiting Bagh-e Shahzade. This arresting Persian garden is amongst the loveliest in Iran with its fountains and terraces. We will also visit the mausoleum of the Sufi poet-saint Shah Nematollah. We continue on to Kerman visiting the Sanati Museum, Ganajalikhan complex and Vakil Bazaar. Overnight Tourist Inn or similar. (BLD)

Day 8-Sarvestan- Shiraz

A long day of driving (600 kms) is broken with a stop to visit the impressive Sassanid Palace complex just outside Sarvestan. From there we continue to Shiraz, a beautiful city known for the shrines of its famous poets and its pretty gardens. Overnight Arg Hotel or similar. (B Picnic Lunch D)

Day 9- Persepolis- Naqsh e Rostam- Naqsh e Rajab

Visit Persepolis, one of the greatest cities of the ancient world and one of the highlights of a visit to Iran. We spend time exploring this magnificent site before heading to Naqsh-e Rustam and Naqsh-e Rajab, sites dating back to the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods. Overnight Arg Hotel. (BL)

Day 10 – Shiraz
A full day exploring the many sites of Shiraz. We visit the tombs of the famous Persian poets Hafiz and Sa’di, the Naranjestan – a traditional and well preserved Persian house, the mosque of Nasir al Mulk and the Khan Madrassa among other spectacular monuments. Overnight Arg Hotel or similar. (B)

Day 11 -Pasargadae - Isfahan
Today we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae to visit the tomb of Cyrus the Great and its other impressive monuments. After visiting these ancient sites we drive to Isfahan. Overnight Piroozi Hotel or similar. (BL) 

Days 12-13 - Isfahan
A World Heritage site, Esfahan is perhaps the most beautiful of all the cities in Iran with an abundance of traditional Islamic architecture, ancient mosques, shrines and palaces. We have two full days to explore this enigmatic place. Overnight Piroozi Hotel or similar. (Day 12 – BD, Day 13 – B)

Day 14 – Tehran
Drive back to Tehran for our final night in Iran. Overnight Escan Hotel or similar. (BD)

Day 15 – Tehran
Transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
15/09/2019 29/09/2019 Available £2795.00
01/12/2019 15/12/2019 Available £2795.00

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