ISFAHAN & BEYOND

6 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS
Fr. 960 €/pp

6 DAYS

4 NIGHTS

19 LANDMARKS

4 UNESCO SITES

GROUP SIZE

2- 12 PERSONS

4 NIGHTS

4 NIGHTS IN 3 * & 4 * HOTELS

EXPERIENCES

4 BREAKFASTS, 4 DINNERS

TRANSPORTATION

PRIVATE COACH, VAN, CAR

TEAM

CERTIFIED LOCAL GUIDE & DRIVER

Tour Overview

Join us as we start our travel into the heart and soul of Persia. On this compact 6-day roundtrip, you will experience the highlights of Isfahan and Shiraz. Start in Isfahan and marvel at the Naghsh-e-Jahan square before navigating the beauty of the Grand Bazaar, then travel to Shiraz, the city of roses and nightingales with a visit to the ancient city of Persians, Persepolis. During a drive between Isfahan and Shiraz, you will enjoy the scenic variety with barren plateaus, fertile valleys and high mountain ranges. Combining highlights of both cities on this tour will open your eyes to the delights of Persia.

Highlights at a Glance:

  • many photo-stops along the way
  • Small-Group Size, Now Capped at 12
  • Comfortable on-tour transportation
  • A professionally planned itinerary
  • Versatile and knowledgeable local guide
  • Marvel at the intricacy of Iranian Bazaars
  • Explore the stories and secrets of the Persians
  • Admire the city square of Naqsh-e Jahan in Esfahan
  • Sample a variety of Persian foods and regional dishes
  • 19 Unparalleled sightseeing enriching cultural experiences
  • Discover 4 Iran's most spectacular UNESCO world heritage sites
  • An Authentic Excursion in the ancient capitals of Persepolis & Pasargadae
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

You will make your own way to your selected gateway Airport for your international flight to Isfahan, Iran. Embark on an inspirational journey through Persia and discover this country’s deep and rich history and archaeological wonders. Upon Arrival at Isfahan International Airport, you will meet your local guide and be transferred to your hotel. You will have time to refresh before embarking on a city tour of Isfahan on the next day.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals:

The first day of your tour 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 attractions of Isfahan historical sites. Immerse in Isfahan sophisticated charms and discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Naghshe-e-Jahan Square, the world’s second-largest one with four more amazing iconic landmarks at different sides: the Grand Bazaar, the iconic Shah Mosque, the exquisite Sheikh Lotfollah Mosqueand Ali Qapu Palace. In the evening, you can head out to wander around the two bridges of Zayande roud River Bridges (Si-o-Se Pol Bridge and Khaju Bridge) that are the ideal meeting points for the locals. After this exciting day in Isfahan, which marks the end of today's tour, you will be driven safely back to the hotel.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

After breakfast, you meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby and go on a guided city tour of the magnificent Isfahan located in the lush plain of the Zayande Rud River. This beautiful city was the 17th-century capital of the Safavid Dynasty. Today you start your exploration of the city with visiting Chehel Sotoun Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Shah Abbas, the great king of the Safavid dynasty, built this graceful pavilion in the 17th century for entertainment and court receptions. Next, after a short break for tea and some sweets in the most beautiful Traditional Teahouse of Isfahan, you take a relaxing walk through the Isfahan Bazaar and explore elaborate conventional Persian handicrafts, artworks, and lovely souvenirs of the city. For dinner tonight, you dine at Shahrzad that is an award-winning restaurant and one of the most popular ones in the city. It is a perfect setting for ordering one of the most favourite Iranian dishes, Fesenjan, Persian chicken stew made with chicken breasts or thighs, slowly cooked with walnuts and pomegranate molasses. After this delightful evening well spent, either return to your accommodation or continue to explore the city independently.

Overnight: Isfahan
Meals: Breakfast dinner

After a pleasant breakfast, you will leave the city of Isfahan 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 that 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 one night.

Overnight: Shiraz
Meals: Breakfast dinner

This fantastic day takes you first to three astonishing Persian iconic 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. You can Pass through all palaces there in Persepolis and immerse yourself in millennia of history and the tunnel of time. Proceed to Naghshe Rostam, the ancient Achaemenid necropolis and Sassanian rock relief. Then, you move to Shiraz, this most elegant city, to visit the Quran Gate. Next is the visit to the Tomb of the Persian mystic poet Hafez with its beautiful gardens. After that, you will have time to explore and shop in the bustling Vakil Bazaar. The afternoon continues with discovering the colorfully decorated Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (the Pink Mosque), where sunlight streaming through its extensive colored glasses and windows. 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 Shiraz international airport for your return flight home.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals: Breakfast dinner

Today marks the end of your Isfahan and beyond tour to Persia. We hope to enjoy the time in Iran with Irangard Travel.

Overnight: No Accommodation
Meals:

Itinerary Map

Travel route

Isfahan 450 KM 4
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 * or 4 * hotels in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities (4 nights)
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing visits & all entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Half board throughout (4 breakfasts, four dinners)
  • Iranian English speaking tour guide
  • Visa support- reference code

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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6 days only

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.
Irangard travel endeavors to conduct all our tours as published and outlined on our website. The fact is that some circumstances that are beyond our control may require an adjustment to the itineraries or its inclusions. We strive to avoid such changes. However, we reserve the right to change, modify, or adjust the itineraries, sightseeing, excursions, hotels, or flight schedules as deemed appropriate. Although not expected, published prices on this website may be modified due to unexpected significant external factors not forecast at the time of publication. We endeavor to operate the program as outlined herein. However, circumstances beyond our control may require an adjustment to the program or its inclusions. We strive to avoid such changes, but reserve the right to make such modifications. if a traveler cancels his or her trip because of a program change, normal cancellation penalties will apply.
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