29 Days
Duration
Min 3, Max 12
Group Size
28 Breakfasts, 32 Meals (Lunches and Dinners)
Meals
3/10
Physical Activities

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.

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

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, and 5 dinners
  • 15 nights, 3&4-star accommodation or the best available category
  • Shiraz-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 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

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
July 16, 2018

In my experience, Iran is a very safe country. There are cultural requirements for women, but they are respectful and not onerous. Visitors to Iran are welcome and treated with courtesy and interest. Ignore the propaganda and enjoy a fabulous and rewarding destination.

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

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.

July 16, 2018

People were friendly. Complete strangers would come up to us and ask if they could take a photo of us. Often with them standing alongside us. Others, often men, who we walked past in the street, would ask us how we were enjoying Iran. It was a pleasure to be able to respond honestly with compliments about their country.

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