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Persian Explorer
   
Holiday Length: 14 days
Departs: see grid
Start City: Tehran
End City: Shiraz
Holiday Type: Small Group Tour (4-20)

  A new small group tour offering a lifetime opportunity to discover Iran's history, culture and above all the hospitality and sense of humour from the local population as you visit a local school and share a lunch with a local family.


ITINERARY  
   
Day 1 Tehran
 

Upon arrival at Tehran International Airport, meet and greet by our local representative and transfer to your hotel.

   
Day 2 Tehran
 

In the morning, begin your tour by visiting Saad Abad Palaces. After lunch, you will visit the Abgineh Museum and Tehran Grand Bazaar. Later have tea in a teahouse, a highlight of any visit to Tehran. In the evening, welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant in Tehran. (B,D)

   
Day 3 Tehran
 

Continue your exploration of fascinating Tehran. Visit Golestan Palace, National Museum, Reza Abbasi and the Carpet Museum. . (B)

   
Day 4 Tehran - Qom - Kashan
 

This morning drive to Qom where you visit Fatima E Massumeh Shrine from outside before proceeding to the city of Kashan. Upon arrival visit the ancient Sialk Hills (approx. 7000 years old), Fin Garden, Tabatabayi and Broojerdi Houses. Overnight in Kashan. (B)

   
Day 5 Kashan - Abyaneh - Esfahan
 

Morning drive to Abyaneh. Visit this ancient village and proceed to Esfahan. Check in upon arrival and after a short rest depart for a walking tour of Esfahan from Si-o-se Pol to Khajoo Bridges. Return to hotel for overnight. (B)

   
Day 6 Esfahan
 

After breakfast, your Esfahan journey begins by a visit to Emam Square, Imam & Shekh Lotfollah Mosques, Ali Ghapoo Palace, Vank Church, Jame Mosque and Forty Columns Palace. In the afternoon visit a carpet workshop and a local sweet making shop known to locals as "Gez". (B)



Day 7
Esfahan - Naeen - Meybod - Yadz
 

Begin your day with a drive to the attractive city of Naeen. Naeen's Jameh Mosque dates back to the 10th century and is considered one of the oldest and most important Mosques of the Persian Islamic architecture. Then proceed to Meibod. This ancient city was established in pre-Islamic times and today contains many fine buildings from both the Sassanid and Safavid eras. Stop at Narin Ghale (Castle), one of the oldest mud Castles in Iran along with a restored Caravanserai which now features a small carpet exhibit. Next continue on to the beautiful city of Yazd. (B)

   
Day 8
Yazd
 

UNESCO has declared Yazd to be the 2nd most historic city in the world. This ancient city is dotted with lovely winding streets and mosques of stunning beauty. The co-existence of the splendid fire temples and the holy sites of different religions astonish every visitor. For many, no visit to Iran would be complete without a visit to Yazd. Begin your sightseeing with a walking tour of the old city including visit Jameh Mosque, Water Museum, Alexander's Prison, the Amir Chakhmagh Mosque and Complex, Khan Bath, and experience Persian cuisine for lunch with a local family. (B,L)

   
Day 9
Yazd
 

In the morning, continue your discovery of Yadz. Visit the Silence Tower, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple.  In the afternoon, drive to Mehriz and visit Zein-o-Din Carvanserai before returning to your hotel. (B)

   
Day 10
Yazd - Bavanat - Bazm Village
 

After breakfast, drive to Bavanat. Stop en route to admire a 4000 year cypress and visit an ice house in Abarqu. Proceed to Bazm village in Bavanat. Here, you will get to experience the fascinating  nomadic  life style of the friendly locals. You will have a traditional dinner and stay a night in a traditional village house. (B,D)

   
Day 11
Bazm - Pasargad - Shiraz
 

Today, you will drive to Shiraz, stopping en route to visit Pasargad (the tomb of Cyrus the Great). (B)

   
Day 12
Shiraz
 

Today explore fascinating Shiiraz. You will start your discovery in the morning with a visit to a local school. Later, visit Nasirolmolk Mosque, Eram Botanical Garden, Naranjestan Palace, Vakil Bazaar and Karim Khan Citadel. (B)

   
Day 13
Shiraz - Persepolis - Shiraz
  This morning visit Persepolis (550 B.C). See the Gate of All Nations, the Hall of a Hundred Columns, the Great Stairway, the Apadana Palace, the Palace of Artaxerxes III, the Royal Treasury, the Imperial Stable and the Chariot House. This afternoon visit Naqsh-e Rostam, whose 4 rock tombs are said to be the final resting place of Achaemenian Kings such as Xerxes, Darius the Great, Artaxerxes I and Darius II. Also stop at Naqsh-e Rajab to see the magnificent Sassanian bas-reliefs carved into the rock face. Return to your hotel in Shiraz for a short rest and this evening enjoy a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant. (B,D)
   
Day 14
Shiraz
 

After breakfast, transfer to Shiraz international airport for your onward flight. (B)

   

   



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