Glorious Persia

$1,180.00

Most of Iranian cuisines are a combination of rice, meat and aromatic vegetables. different kinds of Iranian Kebab and different stews, served with rice are foods that you will have a lot during your trip. As a vegetarian or pescaterian you don’t have to worry. There are always some vegetarian and sea foods on the menus of the restaurants in Iran. With Normal amount of spice and salt and variety of vegetables and ingredients, Iranian cuisines are liked by most of travelers. Actually you should get ready for a gastronomy trip!

Glorious Persia is one of the best seller cultural tours of Espad travel. This is how it moves you through a golden route of Iran. The tour is all about 14 nights and 15 days by moving you through the majority of Iranian cities and destinations. Starting from Tehran, then Ahwaz, then Shiraz, then Kerman, the Yazd, then Isfahan and finally Tehran to depart the country of Iran. As the main focus of the “Glorious Persia” tour, UNESCO World Heritage sites of Iran are so important. This is why you’ll have the chance to visit more than 10 brilliant heritages spreading within different parts of Iran.

Don’t forget that Espad Travel‘s main business is all about tailor-made tours of Iran. This is how you’re free to ask for any customizations on this tour.

Overview

Glorious Persia is one of the best seller cultural tours of Espad travel. This is how it moves you through a golden route of Iran. The tour is all about 14 nights and 15 days by moving you through the majority of Iranian cities and destinations. Starting from Tehran, then Ahwaz, then Shiraz, then Kerman, the Yazd, then Isfahan and finally Tehran to depart the country of Iran. As the main focus of the “Glorious Persia” tour, UNESCO World Heritage sites of Iran are so important. This is why you’ll have the chance to visit more than 10 brilliant heritages spreading within different parts of Iran.

Don’t forget that Espad Travel‘s main business is all about tailor-made tours of Iran. This is how you’re free to ask for any customizations on this tour.

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1

ARRIVAL TEHRAN

Arrival in Tehran, meet and transfer to hotel and overnight (O/N) stay.

DAY 2

TEHRAN-AHWAZ

Half-day visit to some of Tehran’s major museums to include Iran’s National Museum (Archaeological only, as Islamic, is still under renovation), displaying an authenticated collection of pre-historic and ancient artifacts with pottery dating back to 6-7 millennium B.C.; and the Abguineh (Glass & Ceramics) Museum, a valuable collection of pre-Islamic and Islamic glass and ceramics, beautifully displayed and located in an elegant early 20th-century mansion; the Carpet Museum, with an extensive collection of old and new Persian carpets and rugs from the major carpet-weaving centers of Iran (all above museums are closed on Mondays); late afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Ahwaz, as available; overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 3

AHWAZ/EXCURSION TO CHOGHA ZANBIL, SUSA & SHUSHTAR

Full-day excursion to Chogha-Zanbil, to visit the ziggurat built by Untash Gal, King of Elam, about 1250 B.C., the massive man-made mound was the focal point of his city of Dur Untashi, and was dedicated to the great god Inshushinak, ‘Lord of Susa’, symbolized by the form of a bull; continue and visit Haft-Tappeh or Seven Mounds (Elamite Necropolis) whose discovery in the 1960’s has filled one of the less well-documented periods in Elamite history; and Susa, the site of one of the oldest civilizations in Western Asia, dating back to 5,000 B.C. and the remains of Achaemenian palaces, plus the nearby Tomb of Biblical Prophet Daniel; after lunch, and time-permitting, drive to Shushtar, a small town perched on limestone cliffs above the Karun River, whose past can be traced through a remarkable series of interconnecting channels, dams, bridges and irrigation works; overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 4

AHWAZ-SHIRAZ

Drive to Shiraz, en-route visit Bishapur, remains of the Sassanian city built by Shapur 1st (241-273 A.D.), the second Sassanian king. The building complex includes a central chamber, a large courtyard which had been covered with impressive mosaics, plus the remains of a temple dedicated to Anahita, the goddess of water and fertility; on either side of a narrow gorge, there are also six Sassanian rock/reliefs at Tang-e-Chogan, commemorating Shapur’s victories over the Romans and other adversaries; overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 05

SHIRAZ

Full day city tour of Shiraz to visit some of the famous gardens of this city of “roses and nightingales”, including the Eram Garden, the tomb of Iran’s greatest lyric poets, Hafez and Sa’adi; the pink tiled 19th-century Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, the Arg-e-Karim Khan (18th-century citadel), the Madrassa Khan (Theological School), to have interaction with teachers and students, the Qajar-period Narenjestan Garden/House, the Vakil Bazaar of Shiraz (Bazaar is closed on Fridays), and the Holy Shrine of Shah-e-Cheragh (not open to non-Moslems and can only be seen from outside); overnight stay at hotel

DAY 6

SHIRAZ/EXCURSION TO PERSEPOLIS, NAGHSH-E-ROSTAM & PASARGADAE

Full day excursion to Persepolis, one of the most important sites of the Ancient World, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid kings with remains of the palaces of Darius the Great, Xerxes and Artaxerxes, and its famous bas-reliefs, depicting kings and courtiers and gift-bearing representatives of tributary nations of the Persian Empire; also visit Naghsh-e-Rostam to see Ka’be-Zardosht (fire temple/sanctuary), and Royal Tombs (also Achaemenid); plus seven magnificent Sassanian rock-reliefs (including Shapur the First’s famous victory over Roman Emperor Valerian); drive a further 70 Km to Pasargadae, pre-dating Persepolis, site of the simple, but impressive, tomb of Cyrus the Great, the Founder of the Persian Empire, and remains of his several palaces, all located in the vast plain of Dasht-e-Morghab; return to Shiraz for an overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 7

SHIRAZ-KERMAN

Drive to Kerman, en-route visit the remains of the Sassanian Palace at Sarvestan. This fifth century A.D. building is thought by many to be a hunting lodge or small palace built by Bahram V (420-440 A.D.). On this day you will pass along salt lakes, spectacular mountains, outstanding fig and almond orchards planted on the steep slopes of the mountains; overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 8

KERMAN/EXCURSION TO RAYEN & MAHAN

Full day excursion to the village of Rayen to visit the Arg, or Citadel, of Rayen, a miniature version of the Arg-e-Bam, with all the architectural features of a desert citadel, now on the map as a result of the tragic earthquake in Bam which destroyed the town and its magnificent citadel (still under reconstruction and restorations), on the return drive stop at Mahan, to visit the blue-tiled Mausoleum of Shah Nematollah-e-Vali, the great 14th century Sufi Leader, and the Shahzadeh Garden (late 19th-century Qajar-period garden/house); return to Kerman for an overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 9

KERMAN-YAZD

Half-day visits in Kerman to see Ganj-Ali-Khan Complex (17th century Safavid period bathhouse, bazaar, and caravanserai), the Hammam-e-Vakil; another 18th-century bathhouse turned into a traditional teahouse/restaurant, and the 14th century Friday Mosque; afternoon drive to Yazd, en-route visit Zein-ed-Din Caravanserai, dating from the Safavid period; overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 10

YAZD

Full-day visits in Yazd, the center for Iran’s small Zoroastrian community, to include one of the two Zoroastrian abandoned Towers of Silence (Dakhma), dating back to the 17th century, where until some 40-50 years ago the dead were carried and left to decompose and be devoured by birds; and the active Zoroastrian Fire Temple, the fire of which has been burning for about 1500 years. Among Yazd’s Islamic sites is the Friday Mosque (1324 A.D.) with the highest portal and minarets in Iran. Other notable Islamic monuments in the old Fahadan quarter of Yazd are the Seljuk shrine dedicated to the Twelve Shi’ite Imams; and Ziaieyeh Theological School, known as Zendan-e-Eskander or Alexander’s Prison. There are, also, many beautiful old houses in Yazd, among them the Dowlat-Abad Garden, with an 18th-century feudal hexagonal house; overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 11

YAZD-ISFAHAN

Drive to Isfahan, en-route visit Na’in, a charming desert town, halfway between Yazd and Isfahan, to visit the 10th century Friday Mosque, and the 17th-century Pirnia House/Ethnographic Museum (closed on Mondays); with a walk through the old part of the town; continue the drive to Isfahan for an overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 12

ISFAHAN

Full day tour of the beautiful city of Isfahan, the 17th century capital of the Safavids, referred to as Nesf-e-Jahan (Half of the World) in Safavid sources, to visit the famous bridges of Shahrestan/Khajou/Sio-se-pol, the Armenian Quarter with several churches, including the important Cathedral of Vank; in the afternoon visit one of the world’s grandest squares, the Maidan-e-Naghsh-e-Jahan, with several sites (the Ali-Qapu Palace with its enchanting music rooms and balcony overlooking the Maidan, from where the Safavid Kings watched polo games, and two of Islamic world’s greatest mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah and the Imam – with magnificent architecture and tilework), finishing with a visit to the Qeisarieh Bazaar with hundreds of shops displaying the arts and handicrafts for which Isfahan is world-famous (Bazaar is closed on Fridays); overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 13

ISFAHAN

Further visits in Isfahan to include the magnificent Friday Mosque, with the famous Uljaitu Mihrab (Prayer Niche) of the Il-Khanid period. The Friday Mosque is considered a museum of a thousand years of Persian religious architecture and is truly one of the world’s greatest mosques. From here drive to the Chehel Sotun Palace, built by Shah Abbas II in the 17th century; its twenty wooden columns reflected in the surface of the pool give rise to its name ‘The Palace of Forty Columns’. The final stop of the day is at the Hasht Behesht pavilion built in 1670 by Shah Solayman and known as the Pavilion of Eight Paradises or the Palace of Nightingales. The small but intricate building is set amongst tree-lined alleys, a reflecting pool, and water rills; return to the Maidan for a further visit to handicraft shops and bazaar; overnight stay at the hotel.

DAY 14

ISFAHAN-TEHRAN

Morning drive to Tehran, en-route stopover at the charming town of Natanz to visit a beautiful Islamic Complex (Friday Mosque/Monastery/Tomb of Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani), on to Kashan to visit the historical garden of Fin which was first planted during the Safavid period and kept alive with water from the nearby Sulaimanieh Spring. This beautiful garden was expanded by the Zand and Qajar monarchs, with many open pavilions added. You will also visit a fine example of a 19th-century merchant residence known as Taba-Tabai House with its beautiful stucco dome and inlaid mirror work, with some of the best examples of existing “badgirs” (wind-catchers); continue to Tehran and drive by the Mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, transfer to hotel for overnight stay

DAY 15

Departure

Transfer to IKA airport for departure flight.

Trip Includes

  • Iran Tourist Visa Authorization Number
  • 14 nights’ accommodation in 5 or 4-star hotels
  • 4 airport transfers
  • 14 full day tours according to the itinerary
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Entrance fee for the entire attraction which has been mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Tehran – Shiraz Domestic Flight
  • Lunch & Dinner

Trip Excludes

  • Iran Visa fee
  • Laundry within the hotel
  • Tip to the driver and tour guide

FAQ

  • Can we travel to Iran as an unmarried couple?

Of course yes! Although many travelers believe that they are not allowed to travel to Iran as an unmarried couple, this is not going to be an issue at all. You can easily book your accommodation, and no one will question your marital status during your trip in Iran.

  • How is the food in Iran?

Most of Iranian cuisines are a combination of rice, meat and aromatic vegetables. different kinds of Iranian Kebab and different stews, served with rice are foods that you will have a lot during your trip. As a vegetarian or pescaterian you don’t have to worry. There are always some vegetarian and sea foods on the menus of the restaurants in Iran. With Normal amount of spice and salt and variety of vegetables and ingredients, Iranian cuisines are liked by most of travelers. Actually you should get ready for a gastronomy trip!

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