A Walk in Persia - IranIran – A Walk in Persia – 6th-14th May 2017 2017-05-062017-05-149 Days / 8 Nights ( + EXT: 3 Days)
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Iran – A Walk in Persia – 6th May – 14th May (or 16th May with the Yazd Extension)

Historical facts about Iran include tales about the first great Persian emperor Darius 1, way back in 330 BC. Since then, the country has been ruled, conquered, ransacked and built back to its incredible greatness again and again. It’s been 30 years since the last war ended, and there have been embargos and sanctions since.

But, when we visited, we realized that everything reported in the media is not to be believed. And, also, its nothing like Homeland!!

As a solo woman traveller, I felt safe and very, very welcome. The Iranian people are wonderful hosts and anything I say about them could not possibly do them justice. It’s something that you just HAVE to experience.

We are very proud to provide this essential travel experience, to places that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

 

Our itinerary starts in the capital Tehran, then moves on to Isfahan (stopping at Kashan enrooute)– Iran’s #1 tourist attraction for good reason and then ends at Shiraz, celebrated as the heartland of Persian Culture for more than 2000 years.

If you have some time to spare (and money!) – we would highly recommend adding on an extension to an ancient desert city called Yazd.

 

The names of these places will feel inherently foreign-sounding, unfamiliar and exotic.

That’s Iran for you, hidden away from the world for decades.

In the last few years, doors have opened to tourism, but only a lucky few get to go because few tourist operators want to take the time to get to offbeat destinations. We did and discovered a world of hidden gems.

 

Most of our itineraries offer oodles of free time but this trip has extensive sightseeing involved because Iran is studded with so many jewels that we don’t want you to miss experiencing.

The hotels that we have hand picked for you are either 4 star or 5 star hotels – and while there is a wide range of quality even in these star rated hotels, these are some of the best available.

I speak from experience, having seen and stayed in the 3 star hotels, and their bathrooms while on my research trip!

 

The transport between cities is by our own Private bus with a local guide.
And then We have one flight planned if you end your trip in Shiraz.

 

If you make your travel decisions based on what most friends and family say, you will probably never make it to Iran! We know that the politics of this country are impossible to escape – however, it is completely safe.

Come, experience Iran with us.

Itinerary

6th May

  • – Land in Tehran at Imam Khomeini airport and transfer to the hotel (please check flight timings before booking as we have a group transfer planned from the airport)
  • – Overnight at Howeyzeh Hotel or Similar (4 star)

About Tehran:

Tehran is a sprawling metropolis, and the biggest city in Iran. Tehran has a large student population and plenty of art galleries, trendy cafes and museums. The city has a distinct vibe, it’s a cosmopolitan city, a bustling city and the perfect example of a crossover city between the ancient and modern. There are palaces, bazaars and museums waiting to be explored.

7th May (Includes breakfast and lunch)

  • – Post breakfast we proceed on a guided tour of Tehran
    • – Visit the National Museum of Iran
    • – Golestan Palace Complex
    • – Lunch at a traditional restaurant in Old Tehran’s Bazaar
    • – Explore the old Bazaar
  • – Evening at leisure
  • – Overnight at Howeyzeh hotel

8th May (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • – Post breakfast we drive to Isfahan stopping at Kashan entoute(5 hour journey)
  • – Visit Fin Garden, Borujerdi House, and Tabatabaee House in Kashan before proceeding to Isfahan
  • – Overnight at Ali Qapu hotel or similar (4 star)

About Kashan:

As quoted in the Lonely Planet – “Many travellers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Esfahan and Shiraz”, but we counsel you not to do the same. In fact, this delightful oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir gets our vote as one of the most alluring destinations in Iran”
And we hate missing out on things that are not really on the tourist map – so a day in Kashan is in order

9th May  (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • – Today, we will visit the following places in Isfahan:
    • – Chehel Sotun Palace
    • – Maidan-e-Naqsh E Jahan (A Unesco World Heritage Site) – including Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh E Lotfollah & Shah Mosque
  • – Overnight at Ali Qapu Hotel or similar (4 star)

About Isfahan:

The people of Persia called Isfahan “Half the world” or “Nesf-e-Jahan” because of its architecture and living breathing works of art that surround you at every turn. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is studded with sites to see. The gardens and magnificent public squares are filled with warm and friendly locals, just looking for a chance to chat or share their food or welcome you into their homes for a bite to eat.

10th May (includes breakfast and lunch)

  • – Isfahan has so many magical places to visit. Our sightseeing continues today and we will visit the following places:
  • – Friday Mosque
  • – Vank Church (Armenian Church)
  • – Hash Behesht Palace
  • – Finally we end at the Bazaar – and you have some free time to shop / wander around the Bazaar at leisure
  • – Overnight at Ali Qapu hotel or similar (4 star)

11th May (includes breakfast and Lunch)

  • – Post breakfast leave for Shiraz (6 hour journey)
    Stop by enroute at Persepolis and Pasargadae (Unesco World Heritage Site) – two of the most important and popular historical sites of iran belonging to the Achaemenid Era
  • – Overnight at Zandiyeh Hotel (5 star)
  • About Shiraz:
    Shiraz was referenced as early as 2000 BC and is one of the oldest known cities in Persia. It is known as a city of wine, poets and literature. It is dotted with charming gardens and the crafts of Shiraz are outstanding. Save some space in your luggage to carry back crafts, silverware, or carpets.Post breakfast leave for Shiraz by a Public VIP Bus

    12th May (includes breakfast and Lunch)

    • – Post breakfast visit Eram Garden, Nasr Al Mosque, Vakil Bazaar, and Mausoleum of Hafiz
    • – Overnight at Zandiyeh Hotel (5 star)

    13th May (includes breakfast and lunch)

    • – For the ladies ending their trip here – relaxed day
    • – Take an evening flight back to Tehran
    • – Reach Tehran and check into the Ibis as it is close to the airport

    14th May (includes breakfast)

    • – Fly back home

    YAZD EXTENSION

    While you would have covered most of the Cultural highlights of Iran, Yazd is magnificent to get lost in. Yazd is called the city of wind catchers. With its Zoroastrian fire temples, Persian handicrafts and a history dating back over 5000 years, we feel Yazd is worth a visit

    13th May (includes breakfast and lunch)

    • – Drive to Yazd in a Public VIP bus (5 hours)
    • – Afternoon and evening to wander. Overnight at Laleh Historic Hotel

    14th May (includes breakfast and lunch)

    • – Visit the Towers of Silence (Dakhme)
    • – Ateshkadeh (Zoroastrian Fire Temple)
    • – Amir chakhmakh Complex
    • – Post lunch – Visit Ja’meh Mosque

    15th May

    – (includes breakfast and lunch)

    • – Post breakfast leave board a Public VIP bus to Tehran
    • – Check into the ibis or similar as it is close to the hotel

    16th May – (includes breakfast and lunch)

    • – Post breakfast head to the airport and fly back

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