Pantone Colours of Persia

27

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$12150NZD

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2022 & 2023

Pantone Colours of Persia in 27 days

Start: 18 Sep 2022 

End: 14 Oct 2022

Overview


From Northeast to Northwest of Iran, the diversity of climate, landscape and folkloric cultures are astonishing. Every province and city has something unique to offer. The mighty mountain ranges of Alborz, the Caviar bearing The Caspian Sea, the lush Hyrcanian forests of the region and the ancient village of Kandovan with its remarkable 100 years old rocky architecture have something unique to offer to every traveller.

Who is this itinerary for?


If you have visited Iran in the past, keen to see and experience more of Iran along the northern region and the coastline, you are in for a treat.
If you have not visited Iran, you are meticulous about exploring a new destination with lots of diversity, keen to learn about the ancient land of Persia, enjoy road tripping and sightseeings, you are on the right track. Book now!

StartMashhad, Iran
FinishTabriz, Iran
Duration27 Days
Group sizeMax 8
RoomDouble/Twin
Private Room+1250NZD
StyleComfort
ThemeExplorer
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Transport

Private Mini Bus, Train, Public Transport

Tabriz – Tehran flight ticket if you depart from Tehran

MealsDaily breakfast, 30 lunches and/or dinners
Accomodation22 nights at 3, 4 & 5 -star accommodation & Boutique Hotel, 4 nights at Traditional Home Stay(Shahrud)

Highlights


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Features



  • Iranian visa invitation letter with reference number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Not Visa Fee)
  • Inbound and outbound airport transfers
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Entrance fees to various sites as per itinerary
  • Daily breakfast, 30 lunches and/or dinners
  • 19 nights at 3&4-star accommodation & Boutique Hotel, 2 nights at Traditional Home Stay, 1 night at Farm Stay
  • Tehran – Shiraz flight ticket if you arrive in Tehran

  • Visa Fee
  • International airfare
  • Tips – driver and guide
  • Meals where not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for sites not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Walking Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Personal items

Testimonials



Iran has a special place in the world, it is historical, controversial, beautiful, exotic and especially welcoming to guests. We could not be more charmed by the country’s diversity. wherever we went we were greeted by ‘’ Welcome to Iran’’ by perfect strangers.
Both my husband and I travelled with a small group to Iran in 2019. We knew little of Iran before our tour. The tour was extensive and in-depth. Our questions and requests were answered easily and in detail. We now look forward to our tour in the northern area of this ancient land.


I cannot endorse how much our first trip to Iran with NZ travel and tours led by the owner of tour, Mehdi Shariati, this was such a personal tour as you were enveloped into the family and friends of Mehdi. There wasn’t a moment in the tour that you felt anxious or questioned the decision as every day was meticulously organised so there was no blip moment. It was an adventure from Yo to Whoa, be it culinary (cooking class), or a 5 star foodie experience , to a picnic by a stream with an espresso pot and choices of Saffron rose teas and the refreshing salted yogurt drink, making breads in a tandoori, sharing a meal on a Persian carpet with the locals, staying in an Ecco village where time was before us and living in the here and now.
The last quarter of the year is all about getting out of our comfort zone, trusting what lies ahead, reigniting that travel bug and end 2022 with happy travel memories.

Where are we headed?


This tour explores the Northern region of Iran and the coastline of The Caspian Sea.
Arriving in Mashhad, Northeast of Iran, travel through the northern region of the country and end your holidays up in the Northwest region, in the historical city of Tabriz and explore the ancient village of Kandovan.

What to expect?


Expect to explore some ancient local villages and historical cities along the northern region of Iran over 27 days (26 nights). Starting in the holy city of Mashhad in the Northeast of Iran, travel through the coastline of Caspian sea to
Rasht and Noshahr, stop by the mighty Alborz mountain ranges and Hycranian forests, check out the historical Alamut castle in Qazvin and top off your holiday experience in the 5th largest city of Iran, Tabriz where art and culture meet. Check out the longest covered Bazaar in the world and the epic architecture of Kandovan village.
* Note that visiting some cities are subject to change, depending on availability and accessibility via road safety and travel.

Detail Itinerary

Highlights

Kalat Nader – City sightseeing

Day 1: Arrival – Settle in, rest and relax.

Day 2: Scenic countryside short walks to shake off the jet lag.

Day 3: Two-hour drive to north of the province, Khorasan, to the town. Check out Kalat Nader*.

Day 4: City sightseeing

Kalat Nader* is a natural big fortress formed by high, unclaimable mountains where Nadir Shah used to store the natural treasures of the country and keep them protected and out of reach.

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Highlights
Alborz Mountains – Hyrcanian Forests – Pistachio Orchards

Shahrud is 500km away from Mashhad. During this road trip, we do have a few sightseeing stops before arriving at final destination.

From the north, Shahrud is surrounded by Alborz mountains. From the south, this large city is surrounded by salty deserts. As a result, the weather and temperature across this province is very diverse.

Day 1: Arrival – Settle in and relax.

Day 2: All about visiting and exploring the lush Hyrcanian* forests

Day 3: Visiting Pistachio orchards of Damghan*, lunch with a local family and checking out the 2,300 years old historical site of Tarikhane, the pre-Islamic place of worship of the Zoroastrians and a fire temple.

*Hyrcanian Forests: Nestled between the Caspian Sea and Alborz mountains, these unique lush and mountainous forests are stretched over 850km. With a very unique flora and fauna, these broad-leaved forests date back to 25 to 50 million years and are considered world heritage property by the UN. The flagship species of the Caspian Hycranian forests ecoregion is the Persian Leopard which is rare and unique to the region.

* Damghan: One of the oldest towns in Iran dating back to 7000 years ago is well known for its high quality pistachios and paper almonds.


Highlights

Alborz Mountains – Caspian Sea

A nice scenic drive through beautiful valleys along Alborz Mountain ranges, we arrive at the capital of Mazandaran province, Sari, situated by the Caspian sea. Sari is considered as the gate to the Caspian region where you experience completely new landscapes, lots of greenry, fresh clean air and weather nuances.

Day 1: Stop by the geological phenomena, Badab Soort’s springs. Day 2: Explore the Caspian Sea region and the town.


Highlights

Caspian Sea – Greenery and lush forests

With its humid, subtropical climate, sea bathing in the waters of the Caspian Sea, and the natural beauty of its mountains, Noshahr has long been a destination for domestic tourism in Iran. It attracts visitors by hundreds of thousands every year to its hotels and private villas. During the reign of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, former king of Iran, Noshahr was known unofficially as the ‘second capital’ or ‘summer capital’ of Iran, due to its pleasant climate during hotter months of the year.


Highlights

Masouleh village – Roudkhan Castle – Anzali wetland & tea plantation

Welcome to one of the lushest and greenest parts of Iran. Rasht is the largest city along Iran’s Caspian Sea coastline. It is a major trade centre between Caucasia, Russia, and Iran, via the port of “Bandar-e Anzali”. Historically Rasht was a major transport and business hub which connected Iran to the rest of Europe, hence known as the “Gate of Europe”.

Annually, Rasht attracts heaps of tourists from all over the country. The village of Masouleh in the adjacent mountains, pristine beaches of Caspian Sea and the pleasant climate of the region make Rash a great holiday spot for couples and families.

Across the 4 days, we are visiting the village of Masouleh, Roudkhan Castle, Anzali wetland and tea plantation sites.


Highlights
Alamut Castle
Qazvin once was the capital of the Safavid empire, a status that Qazvin retained for half a century until Shah Abbas I moved the capital to Isfahan in 1598. Its climate is cold, but dry, due to its situation south of the rugged Alborz range. There are plenty of sightseeings such as buildings from the Safavid era, mosques and museums. Furthermore, Alamut castle is one of the major attractions in Qazvin. It is a mountain fortress which until 1256 had functioned as the headquarters of the Nizari Ismaili state, included a series of strategic strongholds scattered throughout Persia and Syria, with each stronghold being surrounded by swathes of hostile territory. Alamut, which is the most famous of these strongholds, was thought unattackable to any military attack and was fabled for its heavenly gardens, library, and laboratories where philosophers, scientists, and theologians could debate in intellectual freedom.


Highlights

Alvand Mountain – Avicenna mausoleum – Ali Sadr cave

Hamedan, situated in the midwest of Iran, in the foothills of the 3,574 meter high Alvand Mountain. This city is 1,850 meters above sea level, and it is believed to be among the oldest Iranian cities. There is lots of history and culture associated with this city. The amazing geological phenomenon of Ali Sadr cave is the world largest water cave, not to be missed.

Day 1: Visiting the mausoleum of Avicenna, a famous Persian polymath prodigy who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, philosophers, and writers of the Islamic Golden Age and the father of early modern medicine. We also will visit the cultural heritage base of Hegmataneh, dating back to the 8th century BC.

Day 2: Visting the amazing geological phenomenon, Ali-Sadr cave, which is the world’s largest water cave, where you can enjoy and absorb the surrounds on a boat.


Highlight/s Taq-e-Bostan Bisotun Inscription – Statue of Hercules – Palangan village ‘’Kermanshah” derives from the Sassanid era title ‘’Kirmanshah’’, which simply translates to “King of Kerman”. The antiquity, attractive landscapes, rich culture, and Neolithic villages sum up what this historic city is about. Over the two days, we are visiting numerous historical sites such as Taq – e Bostan, Bisotun Inscription, Statue of Hercules and the must visit village of Palangan.

Sanandaj, capital of Kurdistan Province is situated in the northwest of Iran. Fresh water springs and mountainous landscape are major attractions of visitors. The population of Sanandaj is mainly comprised of ethnic Kurds, with Armenian, Jewish, and Arab minorities. Although this city is only about 300 years old, the surrounding villages are 2000 years old and worth a visit.

Highlight/s Carpet weavery – Handicrafts Zanjan lies 298 km north-west of Tehran on the main highway to Tabriz and Turkey and approximately 125 km from the Caspian Sea. The population of Zanjan consists mostly of ‘’Iranian Azeris’’ who are bilingual in Azerbaijani and Persian. Zanjan is known for good artisans and diverse handicrafts in the country. such as traditional sandals called ‘’Charoogh’’and ‘’Malileh’’, a handcraft made with silver wires. Zanjani artists make many, Zanjan was known for its stainless and sharp knives.

Highlight/s

The old town – Grand bazaar – Monastery of Saint Stephanos – Rocky Village of Kandovan

Tabriz once was the centre of economy and finance in Iran due to its strategic location on the ancient silk road. During our stay in Tabriz, we are exploring the old town and one the oldest grand bazaar in the region and the largest covered bazaar in the world. We will visit the monastery of Saint Stepanos in Jolfa, dine at some local eateries and bakeries and experience a true Azeri style lifestyle. We will put a sweet end to our amazing Northern Iran experience by visiting one final village not to missed by travellers in the region. The

village of Kandavon with its astonishingly rocky architecture and cave like dwelling is one last stop in the northwest of the country, before departing back home.

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Who We are

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  • Persia (Iran)
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