Roundtrip Iran - Classical Persia

Roundtrip Iran - Classical Persia 1170 , 11 Days
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A cultural trip that will show you both modern Iran and ancient Persia 

This is a roundtrip through the Persian lands especially recommended to culture seekers showing both the modern face of Iran and the ancient remains of Persia like it was 2500 years ago. For more than 300 years Persia has played central role in the Greeks, Arabian, Mongolian and the Turkish empires, having influenced all of them to some extend (art, scientific, philosophical or religious aspects). Nowadays Iran remains widely misrepresented and little understood by the general public. We follow the steps of several renown conquerors, that invaded these lands during the ages like Alexander the Great, Chingiz Khan, Tamerlame etc. The tours is rather diverse not only because of the cultural highlights that we will visit. The nature of Iran also amazes with alternating landscapes – deserts, oasis, green areas, orchards etc.

Highlights:
♦ Persepolis -
Persepolis is the Greek name of the ancient town of Parsa, one of the capitals of the Persian Empire, included in UNESCO’s World Heritage
♦ Isfahan (Esfahan) - Isfahan is the third largest city in Iran and it’s called Orient’s Florence
Yazd - one of the largest cities built almost entirely out of adobe


Itinerary:

Day 1. Departure from your home country

Day 2. Arrival in Tehran
Arrival at Tehran Airport early in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and accommodation (early check-in). After some rest city tour including visits to Archaeological Museum, Crown Jewels Museum with the famous diamond Darya-e-Noor, Golestan Palace and the bazaar. Overnight in Tehran.

Day 3. Tehran - Shiraz
A morning visit to Sa'ad Abad Complex (The Summer Palace of the Shah) - we visit two out of the 18 historical palaces. In the afternoon transport to the airport and domestic flight to Shiraz. On the way to the hotel we stop by the beautiful shrine Sah-e-Cheragh. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 4. Shiraz
City tour of Shiraz with a visit to Karim khan Complex, Nasir Almolk Mosque, Vakil Mosque and bazaar, Saray-e-moshir with its interesting ethnic souvenir shops, the tombs of the famous Persian poets Hafez and Saadi, Khajoy-e-Kermani tomb. Overnight in Shiraz.

Day 5. Shiraz - Persepolis - Yazd
Today we visit the impressive Persepolis - the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, founded by Darius the Great in 518 BC. Next is Necropolis - the burial site of the Achaemenid kings (Naghsh-e-Rostam). The drive continues to Yazd, where we overnight with a stop in Abarqu.

Day 6. Yazd
City tour in Yazd with visit to Dowlat abad garden, Tower of Silence, Fire temple, Jame mosque, old part of the city. Overnight in Yazd.

Day 7. Yazd - Nain - Isfahan
Morning drive to Isfahan, along the way visit Nain city famous with its Jame Mosque, Rigareh Water mill, Pirnia traditional house etc. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 8. Isfahan
Isfahan is the pearl of the traditional Islamic archaeology. A full day of city tour – Naghsh-e-Jahan Square with Imam & Sheikh Lotfolah Mosques and Alighapou Palace and the bazaar; Chehel Sutoon and Hasht Behesht Palaces. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 9.
Isfahan
Today we continue the city tour with Jame Mosque, Vank Church - one of the most beautiful Armenian churches, Monar Jomban (The Shaking Minarets), the historical bridges of the city. Overnight in Isfahan.

Day 10. Isfahan - Abyaneh - Kashan
Today we head to the village of Abyaneh - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its dwellers speak, live and dress in original Persian style. The tour continues to Kashan, where we visit Tabatabaiha and Borojerdiha houses, Fin gardens. Overnight in Kashan.

Day 11. Departure
Transfer to Tehran airport for departure to your home country.

Practical information: ►Equipment and clothing: Men should wear short- or long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. For women the aim is not to draw attention to the shape of your body nor to have any flesh showing except your face and hands. A headscarf is compulsory - take lots, the more colourful and cheerful the better. The perfect outfit would be a loose, long-sleeved shirt worn over jeans/cotton trousers. ►It is forbidden to import in Iran alcohol drinks and pork meat. ►Bring cash in EUR or USD as credit cards cannot be used. Import of alcohol is absolutely forbidden. ►Many museums are closed on Mondays and on offical holidays. Golestan Palace is closed on Sundays, Crown Jewels Museum is open Saturday-Tuesday

Visa: Citizens of many countries may receive a 15-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport (price: about 50 EUR) - please, check in advance if you are eligible to this. If not, we will provide the necessary documents, so you can obtain Iranian visa in your local Consular Office in advance. NB! No Israeli stamps or visa are allowed in your passport!

We recommend trip in the period: spring, autumn


Price Includes:
Flight ticket Tehran-Shiraz
9 overnights at 4**** hotels with private facilities and 1 night at traditional house in Kashan with breakfast included
entrance fees
English-speaking local driver-guide at 2 persons/ English speaking guide for 3 persons and more
group transfer from/to Tehran airport
transport according to itinerary
visa invitation
tour leader from Penguin at min. 8 persons on the dates for the group tour on 26/4 and 11/10

Not Included:
Flight tickets to/from Tehran
drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
tourist visa (depending on your nationality visa can be obtained at the airport upon arrival at 50 EUR - price is subject to change)
tips
insurance
personal expenses

Additional Services:
Supplement for smaller group: on request


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Roundtrip Iran - Classical Persia (Rated 4.71 / 5 Based on 275 Reviews.)
Price
1170 EUR
Duration
11 Days
Single Supplement
212 EUR
Status
Open for booking

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

We recommend a flight by Turkish Airlines, Aeroflot or Qatar Airways

No special experience is needed; everyone who is in condition to cope with long Saturday walks in the forest can also cope with these tours. As a rule, the trips are short and at a low altitude. Often, it is your choice to join or skip a day-tour. The routes follow a hilly terrain without steep ascents and descents. Normally we walk 3/5h a day.

Group Size
4-12
Reservation System Code
IRAN
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