21 Days
Duration
Min 3, Max 12
Group Size
21 Breakfast, 21 Meals (lunches and/or dinners)
Meals
3/10
Physical Activities

Visit incredible sites from antiquity and experience Iranian culture and cuisine on this mid-length tour.

START Tehran, Iran
FINISH Tehran, Iran
TRANSPORT Private Mini Bus
ACCOMMODATION (double/twin) Hotel 3&4 star, Boutique Hotel

INCLUDED IN QUOTED PRICE


  • 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; 4 dinners
  • 20 nights, 3- & 4-star accommodation or the best available category
  • Tabriz-Tehran flight ticket

EXTRAS


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

Salam! Welcome to Tehran. Our representative will meet you at IKA airport and arrange the transfer to your hotel. You’ll have the chance to meet and get to know your tour guide and fellow travellers at the tour briefing and welcome dinner.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star dinner

Day 2 Central Tehran

We head into downtown Tehran to visit the National Museum of Iran. Some of its exhibits date back 35,000 years. We’ll also see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Golestan Palace, wander through the Grand Bazaar and marvel at some of the world’s most stunning jewellery at the Treasury of National Jewels.

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast & lunch

Another full day of sightseeing. We spend time at the 19th century Sa’d Abad Palace; the magnificent Niavaran Palace Complex; and head to one of the oldest parts of the city to visit the Tajrish Bazaar. Dinner is in Darband (“door of the mountain”).

Overnight Tehran Enghelab 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner

We depart after breakfast for Kashan. There, we visit the medieval Fin Garden, Iran’s oldest garden and a  UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll also see the beautiful Agha Bozorg Mosque and Borujerdi House, with its striking Persian desert-vicinity architecture. We continue on to Isfahan for an evening walk, taking in Si-o-she Pol (Thirty Three Bridges) and Khajou Bridge.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast, lunch & dinner

We begin the day 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 take a walk through the World Heritage-listed Naqsh-e Jahan Square to the Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques before heading to the Armenian district of Jolfa for a tour of Vank Cathedral.

Overnight Isfahan Piroozy 4 star breakfast & lunch

We leave in the morning for Yazd. On the way, we stop  at the desert city of Naein to look around one of Iran’s oldest mosques—the 9th century Jame Mosque—and to visit the Old Bazaar. Then we stop at Meybod to see Narin Castle, an ancient city dating back to pre-Islamic times.

Overnight Yazd Safaieh 4 star breakfast & lunch

We’ll spend all day in Yazd, the World Heritage-listed “City of Windcatchers”. We begin with the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, followed by Badgir (wind towers). Then we visit the Grand Mosque of Yazd with its splendid mosaic work and magnificent dome. We’ll also experience the city’s Zoroastrian heritage at the Fire Temple and Tower of Silence.

Overnight Yazd Safaieh 4 star breakfast & lunch

Today we visit the very ancient stone village of Maymand (UNESCO World Heritage Site), believed to have been settled by humans over 12,000 years ago. Then we continue on to the city of Kerman, another former Zoroastian centre, famed for its fire temples.

Overnight Kerman Govashir 3 star breakfast & lunch

Our touring today includes a morning visit to the enormous, medieval 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

We leave after breakfast to visit the World Heritage-listed Shazdeh (Prince) Garden in Mahan and Rayen Castle, built from mud bricks and believed to be over 1,000 years old. We’ll also look at the amazing natural rock formations in the desert known as Kalouts.

Overnight Kerman Govashir 3 star breakfast & lunch

Today we drive to Shiraz. This ancient and gorgeous city is 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 design unique 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 “Garden of Paradise”, Bagh-e Eram, then move on to Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and Narenjestan-e Qavam (“Qavam’s Orange Garden”). Then we visit Arg-e Karimkhani, Vakil Bazaar and the Shah Cheragh (“King of the Light”) Mausoleum. Finally, we’ll visit the last resting places of two of Iran’s greatest poets: Hafezieh, the tomb of Hafez, and Sa’dieh, the tomb of Sa’adi.

Overnight Shiraz Karimkhan boutique breakfast & lunch

We’ll leave Shiraz in the morning to spend the day at World Heritage-listed Persepolis, the ancient capital of the Achaemenid Empire dating back to 515 BC. We’ll also visit the awe-inspiring Naqsh-e Rostam necropolis before heading to Pasargad. This important archeological 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

After breakfast we depart for Bishapur. This ancient city is unique for its combination of Persian and Roman art and architecture. We’ll visit the ancient palace, the temple of water 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.

Overnight Ahvaz Oxin 3 star breakfast & lunch

We leave early for the fortress city of Shushtar. Its ancient irrigation system dates back to the fifth century B.C. Then we visit the Elamite ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil. On reaching Susa, we go to the Apadana Palace and the tomb of the prophet Daniel. Our final destination is Khorramabad, home to one of Iran’s most impressive castles.

Overnight Khorramabad Rangin Kaman 4 star breakfast & lunch

Today we visit Falak-ol-Aflak (“The Heaven of Heavens”) Castle, a gigantic structure built more than 1,800 years ago. On the way to Kermanshah we stop at a huge rock relief and multilingual inspiration on a cliff at Mount Behistun, known as the Bisotun Inscription.

Overnight Kermanshah Jamshid 4 star breakfast & lunch

Our first stop today is Taq-e Bostan (“Arch of the Garden”) a rock monument that’s 1,700 years old. After reaching Hamedan we’ll visit the tombs of the 10th century philosopher, Avenna and the 11th century poet, Baba Taher. Next are the Dome of Alavian and the tomb of the biblical Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordechai, Iran’s most important Jewish pilgrimage site.

Overnight Hamedan Bou Ali 4 star breakfast & lunch

Ali Sadr Cave is 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 imposing Dome of Soltanieh, 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 rugs and jewellery. There’s a free afternoon in which to explore. In the evening, we’ll visit the large historic park known as Il Goli Garden. It features 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. After the tour, we head to Tabriz Airport for a flight back to Tehran.

Overnight Tabriz Enghelab 4 star breakfast & lunch

The tour concludes after breakfast, when you’ll be transferred to IKA Airport for your flight home. We wish you a safe journey!

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
July 16, 2018

What would I say to anyone contemplating visiting Iran?  One word – GO.  I would add that you could not go with a better tour company than NZ Travel & Tours.  Their organisation and the tour itself was absolutely top notch.
Thank you Mehdi for such a wonderful tour.

Trust yourself with NZ Travel and tour, its professionalism is foremost, without a doubt you will have an experience that will not leave you, an amazing country of history, beauty and engaging people.

The hospitality of the Iranian people.  We were stopped in the street on numerous occasions “welcome to Iran”.  We were invited into people’s houses for tea many times.

July 16, 2018

Organised thru NZ TRAVEL & TOUR, operator Mehdi Shariati provided us with a unique experience not available with large travel groups. He gave us an inside into an IRAN that I would love to visit again. He provided professional guides throughout and his local knowledge proved to be invaluable.
I thoroughly recommend Iran as wonderful place to visit especially thru Mehdi and his travel group at NZ Travel and Tour.
As far as a holiday destination Iran was never a country I would have ever considered UNTIL I was asked and said YES!

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