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12 Day Iran Cultural Tour

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Walking Backwards in Time

“How is your trip?” I asked my friend, who is away for two weeks.

“Hmm… in short, it was like time travel…”. He told me.

” What do you mean by time travel?” I asked.

“It was as if I’m walking on a backward path through history. We started from Tabiat Bridge in Tehran with many elements of any other modern city in the world. There, you can see a glimpse of all cultures and ethnics from all over Iran. Later we headed for Kashan, a city with old grand mansions and buildings dating back to 150 years ago. We continued to Isfahan with its famous buildings from 700 years ago. Now we are in Fahadan neighborhood in Yazd, a 1000-year old city in the middle of the desert but full of life, an oasis which is real. And the last point of this time travel is the glorious city of Shiraz, where once was the majestic capital of old Persia during the Achaemenid dynasty 2500 years before now… ”

“Hey, do you like me to write you a summary of everyday adventure?” He continued, “So, read more.”

Travel to Persepolis Shiraz

Starts in:

  Tehran

Ends in:

  Tehran

Destinations:

  Tehran, Kashan , Abyaneh, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz

Duration:

  12 Days

Age Range:

  7 - 80

Physical Rating:

1/5

Group Size:

  2 - 10

Accommodation:

  9 nights at 4-star hotels, 1 night at the eco-lodge, 1 night at traditional guesthouse

Itinerary

Story of the Day

On the first day, I visited the Tabiat Bridge, a modern award-winning structure with two parks on each side and lots of restaurants and coffee shops that were perfect for spending my free time.

Experiences

  • Airport pick up
  • Tabiat Bridge
    Tehran’s Largest Pedestrian Overpass
  • Bame Tehran
    (Depending on arrival time)
  • Saadabad Palace
    (Depending on arrival time)
  • Welcoming Dinner
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tehran

Story of the Day

The second day was like a journey through history: a great museum with findings from ancient civilizations. All those potteries, mummies, and parts of the historical buildings dating back to more than 3000 years belonged to this country of which I knew so little.

Experiences

  • Golestan Palace
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Tehran Bazaar
    City life & crowded streets, shopping, modernity intertwined with the history
  • National Museum of Iran
    Historical ancient monuments, oldest artifacts date back to Lower Paleolithic period
  • Treasury of National Jewels
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tehran

Story of the Day

Kashan offers the layers of civilizations founded over each other, relatively. It was a long-time journey from gorgeous mansions of 100 years ago to ancient hills of 7000 years back. We visited lifestyles and buildings from thousands of years back, which made me dazzled. Then, we took rest at a pleasant Iranian garden, Fin from the 18th century.

Experiences

  • Borujerdi House
    Features of Iran’s traditional residential architecture
  • Puppet Museum
  • Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse
    Traditional Iranian public bathhouse
  • Tepe Sialk
    Ziggurat dates back to 3000 BC, oldest settlement dates to around 6000 BC
  • Fin Garden
    The Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Overnight stay at 4-star boutique hotel in Kashan

Story of the Day

Next was Abyaneh, with people who have saved their history in their everyday life and through centuries. We explored Iranian life from 500 AD to the 17th century there. Then, we moved to Isfahan with that masterpiece bridges of the 17th centuries over Zayanderud, where have been family hangouts all these years.

Experiences

  • Abyaneh Village
    A symbol of the rural lifestyle of Iran
  • Khaju Bridge and Si-o-se pol
    Traditional Bridge
    A walking tour of Zayanderud river and bridges, Gathering of songs and music
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Isfahan

Story of the Day

I loved Naqshe Jahan Square. About 400 years ago, great philosophers and scientists gathered around the Safavid king that resulted in the flourish of the city architecture, infrastructure, and the social welfare: polo field, bazaar, school, and mosques in the square are the examples.

 


Experiences

  • Naqsh-e Jahan Square
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
    An architectural masterpiece of Iranian architecture. First built of the four monuments of Naqsh-e Jahan square during the Safavid Empire
  • Shah Mosque
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Ali Qapu Palace
    The official residence of Persian Emperors of the Safavid dynasty. Historically valuable paintings and mosaic work, acoustic rooms
  • Chehel Sotoun Palace
    Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Jameh Mosque of Isfahan
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Grand Bazaar of Isfahan
  • House Dinner
    An Iranian family invites us to their home for a homemade dinner
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Isfahan

Story of the Day

Then we settled down in the middle of the desert. But don’t worry. It was in this village, Varzaneh, surrounded by dunes on the ground and stars in the sky. It’s an old place as if you’ve gone more than 500 years back. That’s interesting to see how the residents subdued the harsh nature in their favor.


Experiences

  • Vank Cathedral
    Iran religions icon mosqueJolfa Square is the heart of the Armenian community in Isfahan.
  • Varzaneh Desert Camp
    Iran nature icon three pin treesDesert magic of Iran along with a Salt Lake and a starry sky
  • Overnight stay at an eco lodge in Varzaneh

Story of the Day


I’ve seen the today Islamic Iran and a Christian era in Isfahan. We went to a great city that has been one of the religious centers of Zoroastrians for more than 2000 years. In the fire temple, I could feel the spirits of many people gathered to worship the sacred fire.

Experiences

  • Chak Chak
    Iran religions icon mosqueMost sacred of the mountain shrines of Zoroastrianism
  • Tower of Silence

    Iran religions icon mosqueZoroastrian ritual exposure of the dead bodies to carrion birds
  • Fire Temple & Museum of Zoroastrians History and Culture
    Iran religions icon mosqueThe only one of the highest-grade fires in ancient Iran where Zoroastrians have practiced their religion since 400 BC
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Yazd

Story of the Day


I walked in the alleys of Fahadan neighborhood with its tall walls and magnificent mansions that shows intelligent Iranian coexistence with the desert. Because of the old and active underground system of water supply, it is thriving; people could always have fresh water in the heart of the desert.


Experiences

  • Jameh Mosque of Yazd
    Iranian art & architecture icon castleOne of the tallest minarets among Persian mosques
  • Fahadan neighborhood
    Iran history & archaeology icon bookWalking tour of the old city of Yazd, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Amir Chakhmaq
    Symmetrical sunken arched alcoves
  • Water Museum
    The Persian Qanat, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Saheb A Zaman Zurkhaneh
    Iranian martial art, a traditional system of athletics
  • Dowlat Abad Garden
    The Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Yazd

Story of the Day


See the marvel of Iran’s Central desert: a large, ancient cypress which has been live and green for 6000 years. Then, we visited people that have saved their lifestyle from the ancient days up to now: nomads. We stayed up night and had a semi-primitive experience.

Experiences

  • The Cypress of Abarkuh
    Oldest living lifeform in Asia, 4000 to 5000 years old
  • Abarkuh Ice House
  • Overnight stay at a traditional guesthouse in Pasargadae

Story of the Day

 

I closed my eyes and imagined a large crowd of different nations heading towards a grand palace. They are all nations under the ruling power of the ancient Persian Empire, the Achaemenid dynasty. In my dreams, I joined them and entered the Gate of the Nations to see the Emperor.

Experiences

  • Pasargadae
    The capital of the Achaemenid empire dating back to 559–530 BC, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Persepolis
    A grand ceremonial complex, The earliest remains of Persepolis date back to 515 BC, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Necropolis
    A group of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the cliff, from both the Achaemenid and Sassanid periods, Also known as Naqsh-e Rostam
  • Tomb of Hafez
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Shiraz

Story of the Day

 

I have gone a long journey in the Persian time tunnel. It’s time to reverse the path and get back to the future, gradually. We passed Shiraz salt lake with its pink hue and ended our trip to another pinky stop, the Nasirolmolk mosque, from the 18th century.

Experiences

  • Pink Mosque
    The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Orsi stained glasses create a colorful spiritual feeling of awe
  • Arg of Karim Khan
    Citadel in downtown
  • Vakil Complex
    Including Bazaar, Bath house, and Mosque
  • Shah Cheragh Shrine
    Persian for “King of the Light”, a funerary monument holy to the Shia Muslims
  • Eram Garden
    Persian Garden, A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Shiraz

Story of the Day

 

This is the final point of our journey. I am again in the 21st century, where I first chose to leave it from Tabiat Bridge. Our time machine landed in Milad Tower. With about 1500 feet (450 m) height, I had an excellent view of modern Tehran while I was wiping off my far long trip dust.

Experiences

  • Fly from Shiraz to Tehran
  • Milad Tower
    The sixth tallest tower in the world
  • Airport drop off

Your Flexibility Options

Our Moments

We’ve defined 6 different moments for our Iran tours. All of our Iran tour packages include every one of them. Each site or experience has different aspects. However, each moment makes one of those aspects bolder during your experience. These moments are a way for you to express your preferences and have flexibility. In IranAmaze we’ve designed the most efficient tours based on our previous experiences with other travelers. As you fill the booking form, you tell us what your preferences are and which moments connect to you more deeply. This way, you get to decide to enhance or reduce each moment during your Iran tour. We’ll make any changes necessary to your itinerary to align with your needs.

Our Guides

We have brought together a wide and diverse range of guides on our Iran tours. A huge part of your journey is to connect to your guide and have joyful conversations together. Since we want to organize Iran tours that are experience oriented, we’ve made it possible for you to have a say in choosing your guide. Usually, we would arrange a guide for you based on the knowledge we have from our guides and also you. However, you could also tell us in the booking form your preferences about your guide characteristics or specific knowledge and we’ll make sure to match a guide for you based on your requests.

This Tour's Features

Essential of Iran​

This package of IranAmaze is the most efficient one for your amount of time. You’ll see all the essentials of Iran while traveling with peace of mind. You’ll also have enough free time to dive deeper into the local culture and Iranian people’s lives. We have put the most important cities of Iran that could have fit into your time limit. All UNESCO heritage sites are fit into your package, as well.  

European Deal​

All bookings and contracts are settled through SAE Event GmbH, a registered travel agency in Austria. As a result, all transactions and processes are done based on the European legal system. So you would have the advantage of working with a local tour operator under EU-law. Visiting Iran with locals was never that hassle-free.

Iranian Cuisines​

Our Service

Transportation

Airport pick-up, drop-off
Domestic flight from Shiraz to Tehran
All land transportation by Air-co vehicles

Accommodations

9 Nights at 4-star hotels
1 Night at traditional guest house
1 Night at eco lodge

Meals

11 Breakfast
2 Dinner
Daily snacks & bottled mineral water

Staff & Experts

Local English-speaking Cultural Guide
Chief Experience Officer
throughout your trip
24/7 Support

Additional Services

Entrance Fees to the mentioned
monuments in the itinerary
Local Debit Card
Iranian Sim Card
Wi-Fi Modem
Official Iran Visa reference number

Exclusions

International airfares, taxes, surcharges
Tips
Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
Travel Insurance
Other expenses such as laundry, mini bar used in the room, etc.

Plan this Trip

Pricing for Private Tours

Months Price / person
March, April, May
€ 1695
June, July, August
€ 1495
September, October
€ 1595
January, Februaryو November, December
€ 1495
  • 50% Surcharge would apply for solo travelers.
  • Volume discounts would apply for groups.

Pre-Booking Form

Booking Terms & Conditions

Payment method

After finalizing the price of the tour you have selected, you should pay a deposit equal to 25% of your tour cost. Then, we will issue a booking confirmation. You should pay the rest (75%) in cash at the beginning of your tour in our office in Iran.

Cancellation policy

In case you cancel your tour booking, cancellation fees will apply:

• Up 90 days before arrival: We’ll fully refund the paid deposit.

• 90-60 days before arrival: We’ll refund 50% of the paid deposit.

• 60-30 days before arrival: We’ll refund 25% of the paid deposit.

• From 30 days before arrival to actual arrival: We will hold the deposit (25% of the package price) as a cancellation fee.

How Is This Trip Responsible?

  • Before the tour starts, the necessary information (e.g., Etiquette) is given to our travelers
  • Local guides and drivers collaborate with us
  • We eat at least 3 meals in local restaurants
  • 2 nights we sleep at an eco lodge and nomads’ tent
  • We help you to have a better and easier interaction with locals
  • It is not just sightseeing; we provide true to life experiences
  • We go to local-traditional markets
  • We visit the products of NGOs in Isfahan to support them
  • Cars we use are fuel-efficient
  • We try our best to use less plastic and make less waste in our trip

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