24 Days
Duration
Min 3, Max 12
Group Size
22 Breakfast, 30 Meals (lunches and/or dinners), Snacks and Souvenir
Meals
3/10
Physical Activities

Ancient Persia was home to one of the human race’s greatest artistic flowerings. The scale and beauty of Persian architecture, painting, sculpture, pottery and poetry and sculpture will astound you. Step into our Persian Dreams and be bewitched!

Together we’ll spend 22 days travelling through this fascinating land to discover refined Islamic cities, colourful bazaars, ancient Persian ruins, glorious gardens and shimmering deserts. NZ Travel and Tour guarantees an authentic experience. We take care of every detail of your journey, leaving you free to relax and enjoy Iran’s beautiful culture and diverse scenery.


Our expert guides will take your Persian experience to the next level. Whether you’re relaxing in a tea-house in Tehran, exploring ancient cultural sites or breaking bread with nomads on the harsh Iranian plateau, you’ll be charmed by the warmth and hospitality of the Iranian people.


We believe Iran is a safe Middle Eastern country to travel in and we are proud of the part we play in helping our guests create memories that will last a lifetime. We’ll work hard to ensure your smooth travel through one of the world’s oldest (and yet little-known to Westerners) cultures.

See below for your Persian Dreams itinerary.

START Shiraz, Iran
FINISH Mashhad, Iran
TRANSPORT Private Mini Bus, Train, Public Transport
ACCOMMODATION (double/twin) Hotel 3&4 star, Boutique Home Stay, Traditional Home Stay, Village Stay

Private Room: +1250NZD

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, 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

EXTRAS


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

Additional information

Room TypePrivate room, Twin share room

Salam! Welcome to Shiraz – one of ancient Persia’s oldest cities. Our representative greets you at the airport and helps with the transfer to your hotel. Then there is the chance to get to know your tour guide and fellow travellers at the tour briefing and welcome lunch then you visit Shah-e-Cheragh and relax after dinner.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Shiraz Khaneh Bagh-Irani Traditional Lunch & dinner

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. From there, we return to Shiraz to visit the beautiful traditional Narenjestan-e Qavam (“Qavam’s Orange Garden”—named for its sour orange trees).

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Shiraz Khaneh Bagh-Irani Traditional Breakfast & Lunch

We enjoy Nasir-ol-Molk (the pink) Mosque in the morning before visiting beautifully designed with Qur’anic verses Jame Atiq Mosque and the 18th century mud-brick citadel of Arg-e KarimKhan. We visit historic photos from the 19th and 20th centuries then head into the historical centre of the city and enjoy shopping in the old Vakil Bazaar from the 11th century AD.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Shiraz Khaneh Bagh-Irani Traditional Breakfast & lunch/dinner

It is time to enjoy Persian Gardens. We begin this aromatic colourful experience at the World Heritage-listed Bagh-e Eram (“Garden of Paradise”), then move on to enjoy one of the most famous Persian ice creams in Shiraz at Baba Bastani (Father of the ice cream) then 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”).

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Shiraz Khaneh Bagh-Irani Traditional Breakfast & lunch/dinner

We head to Pasargad to see the tomb of Cyrus II the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Empire (the UNESCO World Heritage Site) before going to Bazm village to experience a unique organic eco-village of Bavanat. You are to be amazed to learn about Abbas Barzegar’s life journey as he shares his farm with us.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Bazm Barzegar Organic Farm Stay Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We enjoy the fresh from farm organic breakfast with our host and his family before heading to the historical town of Abarkouh by the desert valley to see the ice house designed as a natural fridge in the 11th century – Gonbad Ali Dome, the Khan-e Aghazadeh Qajar-era mansion as well as the old cypress tree of Abarkouh known to be 4,000 years old before we arrive in Yazd – the historic desert city.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Yazd Khaneh Senik Traditional Breakfast & Lunch / Dinner

We take a walking tour of Yazd recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We will visit the Jameh Mosque passing mud brick buildings and wind towers – Badgirs, and we learn about the ancient qanat system designed to draw underground water in the Water Muesum.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Yazd Khaneh Senik Traditional Breakfast & Lunch / Dinner

We enjoy an excursion outside of Yazd and see Kharanak mud brick village, fire temple, and the Meybod citadel before we explore abandoned structures of Kharanak – a 1000 years old striking town and Narin Castle. We will peer into the houses of wealthy merchants and “Hamams” (bathhouses) and visit Meybod before returning to Yazd.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Yazd Khaneh Senik Traditional Breakfast & Lunch / Dinner

We will visit the Fire temple and Towers of Silence then head to countryside of Yazd to enjoy an evening with locals in a small village where you will enjoy one of the most traditional meals of Iran – Dizi and enjoy the traditional bread making in Tanoor before we return to Yazd.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Yazd Khaneh Senik Traditional Breakfast & Lunch / Dinner

We will head to the middle of the central desert to enjoy the mesmerising Salt Lake and sunset from the mystical golden sand dunes in the dry heart of Iran.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Varzaneh Negar Traditional/Homestay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We drive along the ancient Silk Road, visit Water reservoir and explore a desert safari to the heart of sand dunes, see Pigeon tower, Jameh mosque.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Varzaneh Negar Traditional/Homestay Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit oases on our way to Isfahan. In Isfahan we visit the historic bridges of ‘Zayandeh-Rood’ for an evening walk in Si-o-she Pol (Thirty-Three Bridges) and Khajou Bridge.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Isfahan Sunrise Hotel ( or similar ) Boutique Breakfast, Snack/Dinner

We explore Isfahan in this half-day tour of the city to see the immense Imam Square (formerly Naqsh-e Jahan Square); the Ali Qapu Palace, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Qeysarieh Portal, the majestic Imam Mosque and the atmospheric bazaar of Isfahan.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Isfahan Sunrise Hotel ( or similar ) Boutique Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We have this beautiful day to relax in Isfahan. You can choose to enjoy bazaars and gardens or take a day to read a book.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Isfahan Sunrise Hotel ( or similar ) Boutique Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit Jameh Mosque, the fresco-filled Chehel Sotun Palace, before visiting Armenian quarter of the city and the Church of St. Joseph of Arimathea, and then we explore the bazaar of Isfahan.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Isfahan Sunrise Hotel ( or similar ) Boutique Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit Qamsar where the Persian rose water comes from and enjoy the beautiful oasis city of Kashan and visit the Khan-e Borujerdi and Khan-e Tabatabei, the Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh, and the Fin Gardens.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Kashan Traditional Boutique Hotel Boutique Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner

We visit Qamsar where the Persian rose water comes from and enjoy the beautiful oasis city of Kashan and visit the Khan-e Borujerdi and Khan-e Tabatabei, the Agha Bozorg Mosque and Madraseh, and the Fin Gardens.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Kashan Traditional Boutique Hotel Boutique Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner

We leave Kashan and visit Qom to taste brittle toffees ‘Sohan’ on our way to Tehran. We visit the shrine of Imam Khomeni before we arrive in Tehran. In Tehran we visit the Sadaabad Palace.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Tehran Niloo 4 star Breakfast, Snack & Dinner

We enjoy a culinary day starting with a walking tour of the Tajrish Bazar before our host chef shows us how to create the most delicious Persian dishes to enjoy for our 3-5 course dinner.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Tehran Niloo 4 star Breakfast, Snack & Dinner

We will see National Museum of Iran, the Imperial crown jewels of Iran in the National Jewellery museum, and the UNESCO world heritage site of Golestan Palace before we head to train station to go to Mashhad.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight train Breakfast, Snack & Dinner

We explore the city of Turquoise and hometown of Hakim Omar Khayyam – Neyshabour and visit Attar’s tomb. We will take time to visit Turquoise (Firouze) trade sites.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Mashhad Hotel Homa Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner

We explore the countryside by going through village of Kang and Jaghargh. We take time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea with locals.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Mashhad Hotel Homa Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner

We explore the city of Turquoise and hometown of Hakim Omar Khayyam – Neyshabour and visit Attar’s tomb. We will take time to visit Turquoise (Firouze) trade sites.

Location Accomodation Type Included Meals
Overnight Mashhad Hotel Homa Breakfast, Lunch/Dinner

We learn about the most expensive spice of Iran – Saffron, in the Factory of Novin Saffron known as the number one exporter of Saffron in Iran. Depending on your departure time and destination, you will be transported to the Airport to catch your flight. We wish you a safe journey home.

Location Included Meals
Mashhad Breakfast
2019 Autumn 2020 Spring 2020 Autumn
5 Oct 30 March 05 Oct
28 Oct 22 April 28 Oct

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 8 reviews
July 16, 2018

To anyone contemplating a visit to Iran I would say GO! Unlike the experience of travel in many parts of the world, especially those that are highly frequented by tourists, you will have the opportunity to really experience the culture and way of life and to interact with local people in a way that is not possible in many places. You will also be exposed to centuries of history, a wonderful literary tradition, some of the best cuisine in the world, fantastic and contrasting landscapes and most of all as a traveller you will feel welcomed and very safe.

I felt my tour with NZ Travel and Tour to Iran was very thorough. I felt that I was exposed to a wide range of activities and different aspects of the country and the culture.

It is difficult to pick just a few highlights of my trip as each day was a highlight. No one could fail to be impressed by the outstanding hospitality and friendliness of the people throughout the country and this was an overarching highlight and a major factor in making the trip such an enjoyable experience.

The visit to Persepolis. For anyone interested in history this is a must visit. Having an excellent guide really added to the experience. She was able to make the history come alive.

Cooking class (food tour): This was a wonderful opportunity not only to have a go at cooking a few Persian dishes but also to visit the local market and learn about some of the unique ingredients used in Persian cooking. It was a very fun experience with an experienced and totally unflappable chef who was able to multi task and keep everyone involved and engaged.

The visit to the Shrine of Iman Reza in Mashhad. I include this as a highlight for several reasons. The buildings themselves are magnificent, it was very moving to see the devotion of the pilgrims and it was a privilege as a non-Muslim to be in such a holy place. But most of all it was the communication with the young woman who was our guide and who was very open and sharing about her life and hopes and dreams that made this visit so memorable for me.

July 16, 2018

Meeting Iranians in their own country; visiting mosques and monuments; the food. We had great guides, and a fantastic driver. The pleasures of a trip to Iran will stay with visitors for a long, long time. The tour met and even exceeded my expectations. I certainly recommend this tour of Iran by NZ Travel and Tour.

July 16, 2018

I wanted to do something out of the ordinary, to celebrate my 70th birthday. I enjoy “adventure travel” that goes beyond the must-see destinations and takes a group to lesser known places as well, off the beaten track. When I looked at NZ Travel and Tour proposed itinerary, it looked such an exciting tour, to a country I never dreamt I’d have the chance to visit. So, I went ahead and booked, after talking with friends who’d been to Iran, and who each strongly encouraged me to go.

I can only give Mehdi the highest praise for his care and thoroughness of his approach to every aspect of our tour. Being Iranian himself it was a real advantage to have a tour manager who could talk to local guides or hosts in Farsi, especially in situations where their English wasn’t confident. I felt Mehdi went above and beyond on our behalf. Apart from creating a flexible itinerary, he took us on a number of off-the-beaten-track experiences that added so much to the richness of the tour. In some cases, eg the tour of the turquoise mine, it was not something even the local people had done. A real authentic experience. That’s an example of the ‘adventure travel’ side of the tour, which I really enjoyed – although I certainly relished the guided tours of the cities we visited, as there were so many magnificent mosques and other buildings that we explored.

The tour met exceeded my expectations! It’s a tour I shall remember for years to come. I enjoyed it immensely.

July 16, 2018

IRAN proved to be fascinating, friendly and colourful within both its borders and its beautiful peoples.
Having travelled from SHIRAZ in the south thru to the magnificent MASHAD in the north the history, the scenery, the culture and the sights to me proved to be a wonderful experience.
Most notable highlights (although too many to list here) were the historical site PERSEPOLIS outside Shiraz, viewing the salt lakes at sunset and staying in the central desert before venturing on to Isfahan and Kashan.
Equally Yazd and Isfahan show the diversity of each area. Tehran with its bazaars, cooking class and traffic chaos was an interesting few days.
Mashhad: My favourite must see area with its shrines, minarets, museums and bazaars was MASHHAD!
Mashhad: A day trip to the KANG mountain Village my most precious memory of the trip.
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.

July 16, 2018

I felt incredibly safe in Iran.  As I was easily identifiable as a foreigner, locals would just come up and talked to me.  At first, I thought this was some sort of scam – then I realised that people just wanted to practice their English and genuinely wanted to help you.  Iranians are the friendliest people and because they don’t have a large tourism industry they are so interested to ask you about why you are in Iran and what you think about their country.  If people can’t speak English – they will phone a friend or relative that does, or in one case we had a driver who was using google translate!

June 5, 2019

The following is I hope an objective summing up of the tour based on my experience. The problem of objectivity for me is that there is so little to criticise and so much to praise. To be brief:Shah-e-Cheragh, despite the weather, with its loud music and fluttering flags really was ‘atmospheric’. Bagh-e-Eram was a delight. But truly, Persepolis and Parsargad were top of my ‘list’.A high point was the visit to the mountain village outside Yazd and to the eco-village. I felt a great affinity with Abbas. Isfahan was all I had hoped it would be.It was there that Faramarz kindly gave us all a map.It made a big difference.Kashan was absolutely memorable. I did not expect to be so impressed with Teheran-the Golestan Palace is unmissable.But perhaps what will stay with me was the night-time view of the city with those enormous mountains towering above.Mashhad and Neyshabour you made unforgettable for us.I particularly enjoyed the day we spent at the tomb of Ferdowsi. One final point about our time in Mashhad–I thought the ‘farewell party’ that you gave to us all was a gesture of very great  generosity. The highlight for me? –my god there were so many .Perhaps it was this: those momentary exchanges we were able to have with you ,Faramarz and others that conveyed the meaning of things beyond the factual narrative.

(2) I put my confidence in the LISTENER.

(3)Most important lesson: It has to be the warmth of the people .As the American, Lisa of NY puts it -a” heart opening” experience for any visitor.

June 11, 2019

For me it was all about the people contact. Some people may prefer monuments and buildings but my lasting memories will always be the people I met along the way. 

1.The Qashqai people were so happy to share and it did not matter that we had no common language. A smile said it all. Theirs is such a different way of life.

2. I loved our day with the roses. I had a dream of buying rose water at Kashan. To actually go out and see the roses growing, see the pickers at work, and to actually be able to pick them myself was just wonderful. And then to see the rose water being distilled afterwards was fascinating. I wanted to buy a bottle of rose water in Kashan to bring home but all of the bottles were plastic and would not be secure in a suitcase. I did buy some of the concentrated essence instead, but that was not the same.  And I know you can buy rose water in NZ. I have some.  I just wanted some from Kashan.

And I loved the walk up the valley with our botanist. I saw sumac growing! But my highlight of that walk was to be out there with all the locals having picnics and being able to engage with them.

3. Kharanaq. What a gorgeous place. I could have spent hours there exploring. It was historical, mystical and was like something out of a Star Wars movie. It totally captured my imagination. I could imagine the people who have lived there over the centuries.

4. Isfahan. The whole city was a delight. I loved the square and its surrounding mosques and palace. I got a real thrill standing on the balcony of the palace and imagined myself watching a polo game there. 

But the real highlight for me was to be on the bridge…..with water in the river….. on a holiday day. There were thousands of people having a good time and we were part of it. See, it is the people contact again… all of them wanting to spend time with us. 

5. I just loved the narrator at Ferdowsi’s tomb. He took me back in time.

6. The Holy Shrine. Fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the visit at night.

7. Saffron factory… great to see the process involved.

8. Visiting your mother’s home and meeting your family and friends was really special. It was a lovely way to finish our journey with you.

June 20, 2019

Occasionally we enjoy a holiday that for various reasons stands head and shoulders above most other holidays that we have been a part of.
Iran for us, is one such holiday!!
The history of Iran is unrivalled, going back nearly to the dawn of civilisation itself.
Everywhere you look there are glorious shrines and memorials to immortalise what has gone before.
The architecture is brilliant, challenging and interesting, whether it is beautiful mosque, or the ancient ruins such as at Persepolis
At night when all the main buildings are illuminated the effect is simply mesmerising!!
But having said all that, we think the best thing about Iran is the people!!
We were stopped on the footpaths by crowds of smiling school children all asking “what is your name? where do you come from?
What is your job? please take my photo! Can I take your photo? Do you like Iran?
Students and adults would ask us to say something, anything just to hear our accents!!
You will have read about this and wondered, but it is true! You will be stopped in the street because there is a genuine and sincere wish on the part of Iranians to understand who we are and why we came to visit their country.
With assistance from Medhi and his extremely capable travel team we were able to easily deal with the currency and credit card issues, and they were brilliant when helping us to make purchases in the bazaars!
The “extras” that are not listed in the itinerary added enormous value to our tour and to our understanding and enjoyment of this country. Our interaction with Medhi and his family was wonderful!
During then trip I needed some unexpected medical support and Medhi had this under control immediately, with a very capable doctor on hand promptly.
We travelled over 5000 kms during the three weeks and never once did my wife or I feel any “safety issues” or problems while on holiday in Iran. We took two money belts with us but never felt the need to use them
Iran—without a doubt the diamond in the crown of the Islamic world!
Go visit soon, before the legions of sightseeing visitors find out about It!!

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