Persian Discovery








2021 & 2022

Persian Discovery


A slow-paced tour that includes free days so you can explore, absorb the culture and interact with locals at your own pace. Persian Discovery starts in Tehran and continues to Kahsan, Isfahan and Shiraz, with a visit to spectacular, World Heritage-listed Persepolis.

StartTehran, Iran
FinishTehran, Iran
Duration13 Days
Group sizeMax 10
Private RoomEnquire
Physical rating⚫ 〇〇〇〇
TransportPrivate Mini Bus
Meals11 breakfasts, 12 Meals (lunches and/or dinners)
AccomodationHotel 3&4 star, Traditional Home Stay


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  • Iranian visa invitation letter with reference number issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 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, nine lunches and three dinners
  • 12 nights, 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Shiraz-Tehran flight ticket

  • 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
Detail Itinerary

Salam! Welcome to Tehran. After meeting you at IKA airport, our representative will help with the transfer to your hotel. You’ll meet your tour guide and fellow travellers at the tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star dinner

Salam! Welcome to Tehran. After meeting you at IKA airport, our representative will help with the transfer to your hotel. You’ll meet your tour guide and fellow travellers at the tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star dinner

After breakfast we leave for Kashan. We stop en route at the Fatima al-Masoumeh Shrine, one of the most important Shi’i shrines in Iran and a pilgrimage site for thousands of Shi’I Muslims every year. (Please note that interior access to the shrine might be restricted.)

Overnight Kashn Negin 3 star breakfast & lunch

Today’s touring includes a visit to the World Heritage-listed Fin Garden, Iran’s oldest garden, and the stunning Agha Bozorg Mosque, noted for the symmetry of its design. We’ll also see Borujerdi House, a 19th cenutry house commissioned by a wealthy merchant for his wife and famed for its architecture.

Overnight Kashan Negin 3 star breakfast & lunch

Today we visit Abyaneh Village, one of the oldest settlements in Iran. We continue on to wonderful Isfahan, fabled for its Persian-Islamic architecture, where we take an evening walk from Si-o-she Pol (Thirty Three Bridges) to Khajou Bridge.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner

We begin by visiting three Safavid emperors’ palaces: Chehel Sotoun (“The Palace of Forty Columns”), Hasht-Behesht (“The Palace of Eight Paradises”) and Aali Qapu (“The Royal Palace”). Then we take a walk through Naqsh-e Jahan Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, both masterpieces of Islamic architecture, before heading to the Armenian district of Jolfa for a tour of Vank Cathedral.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast & lunch

A free day to explore more of Isfahan at your leisure. Take your pick of Isfahan’s many museums, mosques and churches or wander through the city’s bazaars, gardens and parks.

Overnight Yazd Piroozy 4 star breakfast

We leave after breakfast to drive to Shiraz. On the way we visit the Pasargadae Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing early Achaemenid palaces and the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch

We explore one of ancient Persia’s oldest cities, beginning at the World Heritage-listed Bagh-e Eram (“Garden of Paradise”). We move on to Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (also known as the Pink Mosque) and Narenjestan-e Qavam (“Qavam’s Orange Garden”). Then we visit Arg-e Karimkhani (“Citadel of Karimkhan”), Vakil Bazaar and the Shah Cheragh Mausoleum. Finally, we’ll see the last resting places of two of Iran’s greatest poets, Hafez and Sa’adi.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch

Another free day to explore this beautiful city of gardens and poets before tomorrow’s full-day excurstion to the ancient city of Persepolis.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast

World Heritage-listed Persepolis is the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Its palaces and temples date back to 515 BC. We’ll also visit the awe-inspiring Naqsh-e Rostam Inscriptions, the tombs of Achaemenid and Sassanid emperors. We return to Shiraz for an evening flight to Tehran.

Overnight Tehran Engelhab 4 star breakfast & lunch

Another full day of sightseeing. We’ll visit the 19th century Sa’d Abad Palace, the stately Niavaran Palace Complex, and wander through the Tajrish Bazaar, set in one of the oldest parts of the city. We end the day with a farewell dinner.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner

The tour concludes after breakfast, when you’ll be transferred to IKA Airport for your departure flight. Khoda hafez—goodbye. We wish you a safe journey and many happy memories of your Persian Discovery!



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