PEARLS OF PERSIA

10 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS
Fr. 1800 €/pp

10 DAYS

8 NIGHTS

31 LANDMARKS

7 UNESCO SITES

GROUP SIZE

2- 12 PERSONS

8 NIGHTS

8 NIGHTS IN 3 * & 4 * HOTELS

EXPERIENCES

8 BREAKFASTS, 8 DINNERS

TRANSPORTATION

PRIVATE COACH, VAN, CAR

TEAM

CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE & DRIVER

Tour Overview

IRAN Ancient Persia is located at the intersection of past, present, and future. 7,000-year history makes Iran as one of the fascinating cultures on Earth. In addition to Iran's culture and warm hospitality, you can also experience the magnificent of Islamic architecture. Your tour begins with the breathtaking Isfahan and ends in the flowered city of Shiraz. Highlights include the Great Shah Mosque, the Friday Mosque, the Armenian Cathedral in Isfahan, the Towers of Silence at Yazd, the ancient Persian glory in Persepolis, the mausoleum of the poet Hafez and the beautiful Nasir Mosque in Shiraz. A very exotic, diverse, exciting, and unique travel experience

Highlights at a Glance:

  • Small-Group Size, Now Capped at 12
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • A professionally planned itinerary
  • Plus many photo-stops along the way
  • Marvel at the intricacy of Iranian Bazaars
  • Explore the secrets and tales of the Persians
  • Admire the city square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Esfahan
  • Overnight at traditional caravanserai at Zein-o-Din
  • Explore the ancient Elamite temples of Chogal Zanbil
  • Versatile local guide with in-depth insider knowledge
  • Discover 7 Iran's most spectacular UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Visit the Zoroastrian Fire Temple and admire its ancient holy fire
  • Stock up on saffron and other spices at the Grand Bazaar in Isfahan
  • Discover the winding alleys and adobe architecture of Yazd's Old Town
  • Guided tour of the incredible ruins of the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis
  • 31 Unparalleled iconic landmarks & tourist attractions enriching cultural experiences
Step back in time to the cradle of Persian civilization! Explore, discover, and dream where history began in the Land of the Persians. Stand in awe before the fascinating scenery and ancient wonders of the Kingdom of Achaemenid. Embark on one of your life’s greatest journeys.

Itinerary Details

Today you will make your way to your selected gateway Airport for your international flight to Tehran, Iran. Embark on an exclusive and unique small group journey through magnificent Persia and discover this country's deep and rich history and its archeological wonders. Upon Arrival at IKA International Airport, meet and greet by an Irangard Travel representative and be transferred to your hotel in the heart of Tehran. You will have time to refresh before embarking on an enthralling tour of this city brimming with culture and history.

Overnight: Tehran
Meals:

Welcome to the Iranian capital city, Tehran. A megacity which generously steeped in history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in the Middle East, where there is much to be discovered. Today, you will enjoy a full-day tour of Tehran, taking in the main sights of the city; this morning will start with a visit to the sumptuous Golestan Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where you will enjoy visiting a masterpiece of the Qajar era, embodying the perfect integration of Persian crafts and architecture with Western influences. Next, you will spend some time taking a stroll around the Tehran Grand Bazaar, which is located a few steps far from Golestan Palace, and it is one of the largest covered ones in the world. In the afternoon, you visit the National Museum of Iran, displaying the most impressive collection of prestigious relics and historical findings. The selection here presents the nation's rich history and civilization. On the same routing, you will stop enjoying visiting the Tabi'at (Nature) Bridge, which is the largest and the most beautiful pedestrian overpass built in the capital city. After this beautiful day in Tehran, you will return to your hotel with vivid memories.

Overnight: Tehran
Meals: Breakfast dinner

We start the day early and head out from Tehran on a seven-hour drive south to fabulous Isfahan. On the scenic route along the salt desert, we first visit Kashan, where we visit the Fin Garden(UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is one of the most beautiful Persian gardens dates back to the 17th century. Then continue exploring the awe-inspiring House of Borojerdiha. In the afternoon, we reach our today destination located in the lush plain of the Zayande Rud River. As the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Empire, Isfahan is for many may well be the climax of the journey. There is a lot to explore in this beautiful dazzling capital of ancient Persia. Upon arrival in Isfahan, you can head out to wander around the Zayandeh River Bridges (Si-o-Se Pol and Khaju Bridges) that are the favourite meeting points for the locals.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

This day is devoted to the exploration of the most glorious city of Iran, Isfahan. Following breakfast, your guide leads you for a fascinating sightseeing tour around the most brilliant tourist attractions of the city. Immerse in Isfahan sophisticated charms and discover the UNESCO heritage-listed Naghsh-e Jahan Square, the world's second-largest one with four amazing landmarks at four sides, Shah Mosque, the exquisite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace and Isfahan Bazaar where you can visit the workshop of artists who paint miniature on camel bone. In the evening, enjoy visiting Chehel Sotun Palace Complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Shah Abbas II built this graceful pavilion in the 17th century for entertainment and court receptions. After a short break for tea and some sweets in one of the most beautiful traditional teahouses, you take a relaxing walk through the Isfahan Bazaar and explore elaborate conventional Persian handicrafts, artworks, and lovely souvenirs of the city.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

You start the day early and head out from Isfahan on a pleasant drive east to the modern city of Isfahan. You are stopping off at the fascinating ancient city of Naein along the way. This city also offers several fascinating sites to visit, including its Ancient Naein Friday Mosque and the Old Town. Then continue your trip to Yazd, where you will stay for two nights.

Overnight: Yazd
Meals: Breakfast dinner

After a pleasant breakfast, you will take a beautiful day of sightseeing to explore the ancient desert city of Yazd, which is well known for its unique desert architecture, regarded by UNESCO as one of the old towns on Earth, perfectly adapted to the harsh weather conditions of the surrounding desert. The Zoroastrian religion also survives in here where you visit the Temple of Eternal Fire. Next, you set out for the old Towers of Silence on the edge of the city, where in the past centuries, the bodies of deceased Zoroastrians were placed and exposed to scavenger birds, which as per their beliefs, is the most sacred method of dealing with the dead. Next up is the Amir Chakhmaq Complex, where you will admire an awe-inspiring and prominent landmark comprising of a large square, a caravanserai, a mosque, a water reservoir, several wind catchers and a portal for Shia religious gatherings and ceremonies. Yazd is also renowned for its sweets and pastries. All Iranian and foreign visitors to this desert city must visit the local Haj Khalifa Confectionery next to the Amir Chakhmaq Square. Here, you can try the famous Iranian baklava pastries, Ghotab (doughnut hole-shaped cookies), Lozenârgil (coconut diamonds), and Pashmak (cotton candy). After spending a beautiful day in Yazd, you drive to Zein-O-din(66km), where you admire in a 16th century renovated circled caravanserai with panoramic views of the desolate Dasht-e Lut desert. This magnificent caravanserai was part of a network of 999 such motels built on the orders of Shah Abbas the Great to promote trade. Your night's stay here offers a delightful experience of a caravan traders' life on the Silk Road.

Overnight: Yazd
Meals: Breakfast dinner

After a pleasant breakfast, you will leave the city of Yazd behind as you head out of the city on an eight-hour drive to Shiraz. This memorable day takes you first to one of the oldest Persian capital cities, the ancient Pasargadae(UNESCO World Heritage Site), the first capital city of the Achaemenid Empire, which was founded by Cyrus, the Great King of the Achaemenes in the 6th century BC. Your guide will take you around and show you the architectural details of the tomb of Cyrus and the ruins of the first palace complex of the Persians. After admiring today's highlights, you will continue driving to Shiraz and stay at your hotel for two nights.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast dinner

This memorable day takes you first to three incredible Persian highlights. Your guide will lead you through 2500 years of Persian history, Persepolis (UNESCO World Heritage Site), that was once the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire. Darius the Great founded this palatial complex in the 6th century BC. Persepolis embodies all the glory as well as the fall of the Persian Empire. It was here that the Achaemenid kings received their subjects and celebrated the Persian New Year. You can Pass through all palaces there in Persepolis and immerse yourself in millennia of history and the tunnel of time. Proceed to Naghsh-e Rostam, the ancient Achaemenid necropolis and Sassanian rock reliefs. In the afternoon, back to Shiraz and in this most elegant city, you will visit the Quran Gate. Next, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast dinner

You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shiraz today. In this most elegant city with a lot of mind-bending exciting sites to visit, you will first visit the Tomb of the Persian Mystic Poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens. Next, you will have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil GrandBazaar. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the colourfully decorated Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (the Pink Mosque), where sunlight streaming through its extensive coloured glasses and windows. Next is a wonderful visit to the Naranjestan Garden, a shining star among all the typical Persian gardens in Shiraz with its orange and palm trees. Time permitting, the rest of the afternoon a visit to Hamzeh Shrine, a revered Shia shrine noted for the glittering mirror work adorning its central dome. After admiring the landmarks of Shiraz, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast dinner

Today marks the end of your tour to Persia.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals:

Itinerary Map

Travel route

Tehran 450 KM 2
Isfahan 450 KM 4
Yazd 450 KM 2
Shiraz 450 KM 2

A Rough Idea of Price

We are one of the few Iranian tour operators to include as many inclusions as possible into our tour packages. There are no hidden charges on your tour. The list of inclusions is very abundant and covers entrance fees, meals, transport, accommodation, and tour guiding, to name a few! Our quest is to limit the group size to a maximum of 12 guests! This will surely give us great flexibility in our itineraries, and we can adjust our tours depending on the group interests.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation in 3* & 4 * hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities (8 nights)
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in a modern air-conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Half board throughout (8 breakfasts, 8 dinners)
  • Iranian English-speaking tour guide
  • Visa support- reference code
  • Water, tea & cakes every day

Tour Excludes

  • Any other personal expenses, such as soft drinks, laundry, etc.
  • Visa stamping fee collected by the Iranian embassy
  • Gratuity for local guide and driver
  • International air ticket
  • Travel insurance

Dates & Rates

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per person in a twin share room

single supplement € 750

Small Group Size, Now Capped at 12

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The single supplement refers to a travel industry premium surcharged to solo travelers to compensate for a hotel for losses incurred because only one person is staying in a room. Our tour prices are calculated based on the standard-room charge that is divided between two persons sharing a twin or double room during the tour. If a solo traveler prefers to stay in their own hotel room, the single supplement is then an additional charge to cover the full cost of the room. Please bear in mind that paying the price of a room's single supplement reserves the right to occupy a single room alone, without any room sharing. In some cases, the rooms available are of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some rare cases, they may be smaller. Kindly check the amount of single supplement for every Iran trip that you intend to join!
In 2019, IrangardTravel accepted only about 60% of Tour leader and tour guide applicants. Applicants for the leader/guide position have to endure a strict process of selection that entails an all-around application review, different stages of interviews with the top managers of our travel company. Many of our present leaders are teachers, lecturers, and professionals with a bachelor's and often a master's degree in history, architecture, art history, tourism management, etc. Candidates who have already been selected as our tour guides/leaders are familiar with their tasks; they are committed to being professional, friendly, flexible, resilient, resourceful, and proactive. We at IrangardTravel endeavor to provide you and your group with the services of an experienced and certified tour guide who serves you from the very first seconds of your arrival to the last ones of your departure. Once your adventure in Iran starts, our tour guide is there to serve you. The tour leader's main task is to take the hassle out of your trip and to help you have the best moments of your trip to Iran. Your appointed local guide has an excellent command of English, is specially trained for our tour programs. Your guide will provide unique information on every place of interest and sightseeing you are going through, offer the best possible suggestions for things to do, and visit, recommend best local venues for eating-out, and introduce you to the widespread norms, values, and customs of the Persians. You can expect your guide to having a vast specialized knowledge of the places visited during the trip, including cultural, religious, and social, historical aspects. Meanwhile, to serve our clients better, our tour guide staff is fluent in several languages such as English, German, Russian, Arabic, Greek, Chinese, Italian, and Spanish.
In Iran, the usual dress code of the country must be observed. You should dress in a way that does not violate the cultural customs of the host country, because you are going to find out an Islamic state. All-female travelers must dress in public according to the Islamic rules in force in Iran. A headscarf and a coat reaching over the knees are obligatory for the women already upon entry to the country. The scarf does not necessarily have to cover the entire head and can have on pattern shapes and different colors. This includes clothing that is remote from the body, covering the body, e.g., a long, non-tailored coat in subtle colors, including long trousers or opaque stockings, or long trousers with a long-sleeved blouse. A woman who is traveling is best off with closed shoes, even if sandals are accepted. Make-up should only be applied discreetly. This must be worn in combination with opaque stockings or better with trousers. Men should wear long pants, but short shirts/T-shirts are no problem at all.
Effective as of September 2011, all travelers who lodge an Iran visa application, along with other visa requirements, should present an adequate medical travel insurance coverage issued by an Iranian or foreign insurance company. At Irangard Travel, we believe that safety is a major concern to all of us and it is one of the essential parts of your trips that should not be neglected. A medical travel insurance plan is, therefore, compulsory whenever you start your travel to Iran. As such, we strongly suggest that once you book and confirm your journey, you take out insurance from a reliable company that includes adequate coverage for lost or damaged baggage, medical expenses, and the cost of emergency repatriation to the home country in case of a medical emergency. You should be aware that it should clearly be stated in the insurance policy that its coverage is exclusively valid for Iran during your trip, and it offers an equivalent level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. We at Irangard travel can provide you with comprehensive travel insurance that is adequately tailored for your Iran trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed in the itinerary.
IRAN is a conservative Islamic country. The Iranian government strives to implement Islamic laws very strictly and enforced it on their people. According to Islamic law, Alcohol is completely banned in Iran. This restriction includes brewing, consuming, importing, and selling all kinds of alcoholic drinks. Officially, there is no chance that you can get hold of Alcohol in the country. It is also strictly illegal to bring any alcohol over the border or to cross the border. Therefore, travelers are not allowed to take advantage of any duty-free alcohol allowance when entering Iran. It is important to note that since your luggage will be randomly checked by X-ray upon arrival at the Iranian international airports, you are advised to take no risk of carrying Alcohol into the country! Convicted offenders face fines and imprisonment. Iranian law strictly prohibits the taking of obscene matter and controversial literature to the country. Any transfer or attempt to transfer such illegal material to Iran is punishable under Iranian law.
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