Persian Legends

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Persian Legends


Overview


The ultimate Persian experience! This fully immersive tour will take you to the most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Iran, including Golestan Palace, Persepolis, Susa and the Sheikh Safi al-din Shrine.

StartTehran, Iran
FinishTehran, Iran
Duration28 Days
Group sizeMax 10
RoomDouble/Twin
Private Room+1550NZD
StyleComfort
ThemeExplorer
Physical rating⚫ ⚫ 〇〇〇
TransportPrivate Mini Bus
Meals28 Breakfasts, 32 Meals (Lunches and Dinners)
AccomodationHotel 3&4 star, Traditional Home Stay

Highlights


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Features



  • 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 and lunch, and 5 dinners
  • 28 nights, 3&4-star accommodation or the best available category
  • 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. Our representative greets you at IKA airport and helps with the transfer to your hotel. Then there’s the chance to get to know your tour guide and fellow travellers at the tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star dinner




Highlights of today’s sightseeing in Iran include the National Museum of Iran (some of the exhibits date back 35,000 years); the spectacular and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace; the 10km-long national Grand Bazaar; and the Treasury of National Jewels, featuring the world’s most magnificent collections of gorgeous bling!

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast & lunch


Another full day of sightseeing, this time in the city’s north. We’ll visit Sa’d Abad Palace, built by the Qajan monarchs in the 19th century; the stately Niavaran Palace Complex; and wander through the Tajrish Bazaar, set in one of the oldest parts of the city. We’ll enjoy dinner in Darband.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner


After breakfast we leave for Kashan, where we’ll visit the Fin Garden, the oldest garden in Iran and a  UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, we’ll see the stunning Agha Bozorg Mosque, noted for the symmetry of its design,  and Borujerdi House, an excellent example of Persian desert-vicinity architecture. We conintue on to Isfahan for an evening walk from Si-o-she Pol (Thirty Three Bridges) to Khajou Bridge.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner


Isfahan is renowned for its architecture. Our touring day starts by visiting the Safavid emperors’ palaces of Chehel Sotoun (“The Palace of Forty Columns”), Hasht-Behesht (“The Palace of Eight Paradises”) and Aali Qapu (“The Royal Palace”). Then we stroll through Naqsh-e Jahan Square (UNESCO world heritage site) to the magnificent Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques before heading to the Armenian district of Jolfa for a tour of Vank Cathedral. “Vank” means “monastery” or “convent” in the Armenian tongue.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast & lunch


In the morning we’ll leave for Yazd, stopping on the way to visit the 9th century Jame Mosque (one of Iran’s oldest and still in use) and the Old Bazaar in the desert city of Naein. Next, we’ll visit Narin Castle at Meybod, an ancient city dating back to pre-Islamic times.

Overnight Yazd Safaieh 4 star breakfast & lunch


We’ll spend all day in World Heritage-listed Yazd, also known as the City of Windcatchers, starting with the striking Amir Chakhmaq Complex. Next we’ll see Badgir (wind towers) and explore the Grand Mosque of Yazd with its magnificent dome and mosaic work. We’ll also visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and the very atmospheric Zoroastrian Tower of Silence.

Overnight Yazd Safaieh 4 star breakfast & lunch


We take the road to the very ancient stone village of Maymand (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its hand-dug houses. It’s believed humans have lived in this area for over 12,000 years. Then we continue on to the city of Kerman, famed for its Zoroastrian fire temples.

Overnight Kerman Govashir 3 star breakfast & lunch


We’ll make a morning visit to the enormous Ganjali Khan Complex, and Jabalieh or Rock Dome, an octagonal stone monument dating back to 2,000 BC.

Overnight Kerman Govashir 3 star breakfast & lunch


After breakfast we leave Kerman to visit the World Heritage-listed walled Shazdeh (Prince) Garden in Mahan and the mud brick citadel of Rayen. The latter is believed to be 1,000 years old and was still inhabited up to 150 years ago. Then we marvel at the amazing Kalouts (natural rock formations) in the desert.

Overnight Kerman Govashir 3 star breakfast & lunch


Today we drive to the romantic city of Shiraz, renowned for its poetry and gardens. We’ll stop on the way to visit the palace of the 3rd century Sassanid emperor, Ardeshir. It’s a rugged, powerful-looking structure with a unique design specific to the architects of the province.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch


We have a busy day in store as we explore one of ancient Persia’s oldest cities. We begin at the World Heritage-listed Bagh-e Eram (“Garden of Paradise”), then move on to Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and Narenjestan-e Qavam (“Qavam’s Orange Garden”—named for its sour orange trees). Then it’s on to Arg-e Karimkhani (“Citadel of Karimkhan”), Vakil Bazaar and the Shah Cheragh Mausoleum. Finally, we’ll visit the last resting places of two of Iran’s greatest poets: Hafezieh (“Tomb of Hafez”) and Sa’dieh (“Tomb of Sa’adi”).

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch


We’ll leave Shiraz in the morning for a full day excursion to Persepolis (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). This ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire dates back to 515 BC. We’ll also visit the awe-inspiring Naqsh-e Rostam necropolis before heading to Pasargad. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains the tomb of Cyrus the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire. From there, we return to Shiraz.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch


We depart early for the ancient city of Bishapur, unique for its combination of Persian and Roman art and architecture. We’ll vist the ancient palace, the water temple of goddess Anahita, and see the rock reliefs of Shapur the First, commemorating his triple defeat of the Romans. We spend the night in the city of Ahvaz, once famed as a hub for sugarcane production.

Overnight Ahvaz Oxin 3 star breakfast & lunch


Today is a day of World Heritage-listed wonders. First up is the ancient fortress city of Shushtar. Its ancient irrigation system dates back to the fifth century B.C. Then it’s on to the imposing Elamite ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil. On reaching Susa, we visit the Apadana palace and the tomb of the prophet Daniel. Our final destination of the day is Khorramabad, home to one of the most impressive castles in Iran.

Overnight Khorramabad Rangin Kaman 4 star breakfast & lunch


After breakfast we visit Falak-ol-Aflak (“The Heaven of Heavens”) Castle, a gigantic structure built more than 1,800 years ago. En route to Kermanshah we stop at the Bisotun Inscription, a huge rock relief and multilingual insription on a cliff at Mount Behistun.

Overnight Kermanshah Jamshid 4 star breakfast & lunch


Our first stop of the day is the 1,700-year-old rock monument of Taq-e Bostan (“Arch of the Garden”). We continue on to Hamedan where in the afternoon we’ll visit the tombs of the 10th century philosopher and scientist, Avenna; the 11th century poet, Baba Taher; the Dome of Alavian; and the tomb of the biblical Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordechai. This last is the most important Jewish pilgrimage site in Iran..

Overnight Hamedan Bou Ali 4 star breakfast & lunch


We take an early morning drive to Ali Sadr Cave, the world’s largest water cave. It contains artworks dating back 12,000 years. In the afternoon we continue on to Zanjan to visit the Dome of Soltanieh. This is one of the largest brick domes in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight Zanjan Grand Hotel 4 star breakfast & lunch


We drive to Tabriz, famed for its handicrafts, including rugs, and jewellery. You’ll have a free afternoon in which to explore. In the evening, we’ll visit the beautiful Il Goli Garden, a large historic park containing an artificial lake and featuring excellent views of the city.

Overnight Tabriz Gostaresh 4 star breakfast & lunch


Today’s touring in Trabriz includes exploring the Grand Bazaar (the largest covered bazaar in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); the Kabud or Blue Mosque, built in 1465; and Azerbaijan Museum.

Overnight Tabriz Gostaresh 4 star breakfast & lunch


We drive past Iran’s third-highest peak, Mount Sabalan (an important sacred place in Zoroastrianism) to reach Sarein, where we’ll enjoy the natural mineral hot springs for which the city is famous.

Overnight Sarein Laleh 4 star breakfast & lunch


We take a short drive to the ancient city of Ardebil to visit the World Heritage-listed Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble. Sheikh Safi, an eminent leader of a Sufi order, was born in Ardebil. His son built the mauseoleum after Sheikh Safi’s death in 1334.

Overnight Ardebil Sabalan 3 star breakfast & lunch


Today we travel through the beautiful highlands between Azerbaijan and the Gilan region to reach Gilan’s green plains. We’ll stop at Anzali Lagoon before continuing on to Rasht, the largest city on Iran’s Caspian Sea coast.

Overnight Rasht Grand Hotel 4 star breakfast & lunch


We visit Rasht Museum and the Rasht Bazaar, spread over 24 hectares and one of the few traditional Iranaian bazaars not under cover. After lunch we drive to the Gilan Rural Heritage Museum, an open-air museum showcasing the region’s nine cultural and architectural areas. We then continue on to Masouleh for the night.

Overnight Masouleh Local house breakfast, lunch & dinner


Built into the side of a mountain at 1,050 metres above sea level, Masouleh features unique architecture and a surrounding landscape of great beauty. We spend the day here and soak up the history.

Overnight Masouleh Local house breakfast, lunch & dinner


Built on two peaks of a mountain, Qualeh Rudkhan (“Rudkhan Castle”) covers an area of 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres). Its 42 watchtowers remain intact and no attacker ever managed to breach it. We spend time here before continuing to Qazvin for the night.

Overnight Qazvin Alborz 3 star breakfast & lunch


Highlights of our full-day Qazvin tour include the Qajar Bathhouse & Anthropology Musem, the Abbasi Complex, Qazvin Museum (containing 3,000-year-old bronzes and ceramics), and the stunning Ancient Gate.

Overnight Qazvin Alborz 3 star breakfast & lunch

 


We depart after breakfast to spend our last night in the bustling capital.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 3 star breakfast & lunch


We depart after breakfast to spend our last night in the bustling capital.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 3 star breakfast & lunch

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