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Enchanting Persia
Length of tour: 9 days / 8 nights
Departure City: Shiraz
Return City: Tehran
Holiday type: Private Holiday
Departure Day: Daily (tailored to suit)
  Iran's fabulous history reaches back to the dawn of time. Discover vibrant markets, shopping bargains and legendary places such as Persepolis & Isfahan.  Gaze in awe at the glories of the country's Islamic & Persian heritage.


Day 1
Welcome to Iran.  Upon your arrival in Shiraz you will be transferred to your hotel.  The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind from your travels and to begin steeping in the rich culture and heritage of Iran.
Day 2 Shiraz - Persepolis - Shiraz
  Following breakfast at your hotel embark on a journey back through time to the ancient city of Persepolis.  Depart Shiraz via the Quran gate.  First built in the 9th century, it was Karim Khan Zand who built the room over the main arch where the Quran was kept.  It was intended to protect the travellers passing through the arch, blessing them with Islamic protection through the holy book.
45km north is Persepolis, the outstanding ceremonial palace of the Achaemenians and one of the great cities of antiquity (550 BC).  This UNESCO heritage site was conquered by Alexander the Great who, reportedly in a drunken stupour, ordered his generals to sack and burn the city - only to wake up the next day furious that his orders had been followed.
Later visit the Necropolis to view the four tombs of Achaemenian Kings high in the limestone cliffs, before returning to your hotel in Shiraz. (B)
Day 3 Shiraz - Pasargad - Yazd
  Today drive through mountain scenery featuring Eagle Mountain to visit Pasargadae - another UNESCO heritage site - and the earliest Achaemenian capital.  It is here that the well-preserved tomb of Cyrus the Great (the man who freed the captive Jews from Babylon) is maintained.
Continuing to Yazd, passing through the dramatic central Iran mountain range.   On arrival in Yazd  visit the beautiful Amir Chakhmaq Tower - a stunning example of 15th century Persian architecture. (B)
Day 4 Yazd 
  Explore the grandeur of Yazd today, a truly ancient city beloved of Marco Polo.  Highlights include the Fire Temple - a Zoroastrian place of worship.  This pre Islamic religion had been practiced since 2000 BC.  Silence Tower is next, and serves as a pensive contrast to the later attractions you will visit, culminating with an unforgettable time at the Yazd Bazaar. (B)
Day 5 Yazd - Naeen - Isfahan
  In the morning depart for Naeen - known for its ancient underground aqueducts.  Continue to Isfahan and visit Naghshe Johan Square, a huge open square in the centre of Isfahan, which is a listed UNESCO heritage site.  Around the square are situated some outstanding Safavid buildings including the Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah (ladies) Mosque and to the north an expansive bazaar with artisans selling their wares. (B)
Day 6 Isfahan
  Today visit the stunning Vank Cathedral with its exquisite frescos and adjacent museum.  Later visit the Friday Mosque, Shaking Minarets and Chehel Setoun Palace (inspired by 20 slender wooden columns supporting the entrance pavilion which, when reflected in the waters of the fountain, appear to be 40.  The palace is ornately decorated with wall and ceiling paintings from Safavid times. (B)
Day 7 Isfahan - Abyaneh - Kashan
  Depart Isfahan for the ancient and fascinating ochre mud brick housed village of Abyaneh.  The peculiar reddish hue blends perfectly into the mountains where the village is nestled.  Little has changed here over the centuries.  Continue to Kashan, which some believe was were the three wise men set out from.  The city is famed for its high-quality pottery and tiles (the Persian word for 'tile' is Kashi), and is taken from the name of the town. (B)
Day 8 Kashan
  A full day in kashan begins with a visit to Sialk Hills.  This fascinating archaeological site has finds from as far back as 6000 BC.  Next visit an ancient silk workshop before moving on to Tabatabaei House, another stunning example of Persian architecture.  Two more examples of sumptuous near-modern design are visited next - Boroujerdi and Ameri House.  The large number of palatial 19th century homes are a result of 18th century earthquakes.  Finish the day with a visit to the bazaar before returning to your hotel.  (B)
Day 9 Kashan - Qom - Tehran
  Today depart Kashan for the capital city of Tehran, where, depending on the time of your onward flight, you will either be transferred directly to the airport, or you will have time for one last soak in Iranian hospitality and culture at the National Museum, and the carpet and jewellery museums before your flight. (B)

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in selected hotel category
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated
  • Daily breakfast

  • Special dress codes apply
  • Carpet Museum closed Mondays
  • Tehran orientation tour subject to flight schedule

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