Explore the mystery and charm of Iran’s southern islands with the 9-day Iran Mysterious Island Tour. Starting in the cultural capital of Shiraz, you’ll visit historical landmarks such as the stunning Persepolis and the tranquil Eram Garden.
The tour then takes you to the unspoiled natural beauty of Qeshm Island, where you’ll witness unique geological formations such as the Chahkouh Canyon and visit the traditional village of Hormuz Island, famous for its vibrant red soil and stunning beaches.
Throughout the journey, you’ll have the chance to interact with friendly locals, sample delicious local cuisine, and experience the authentic island lifestyle. The tour continues to the beautiful city of Isfahan, known for its stunning architecture and rich cultural heritage. Here, you’ll visit iconic landmarks such as the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Chehel Sotoun Palace, and the historic Jameh Mosque.
Book this unforgettable journey and experience the magic of the Persian Gulf islands.
Welcome to Persia. After arrival, you’ll be transferred from Shiraz Airport to Hotel. Explore lovely Shiraz, the city of roses, and nightingales, beginning in Narenjestan Garden, with the richly decorated pavilion featuring a mirrored porch set among graceful trees. We continue to the Pink Masque, Eram Persian Garden*, with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues leading to an elegant summer palace. Late this afternoon, after lunch, spend some time and drink a chai in the Vakil Traditional public bath and the famous Shiraz bazaar (Shiraz shopping paradise). Vakil complex is a collection belongs the 18th century A.D and Zand dynasty. Finish the day in the tomb of two of Iran’s greatest poets, Hafez and Saadi.
*One of the 9 UNESCO Persian gardens
Today, your tour guide will pick you up to visit the ancient historical monuments Persepolis*, Pasargadae** & Naghsh-e-Rostam Persepolis (Takht-é Jamshid) is the heart of the Persian Empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.(Late 6th century B.C) Here, walk through a complex of palaces and temples that are said to be one of the architectural wonders of the world. Massive winged bulls, derived from Assyria but given a characteristic Persian stateliness, greet us at the head of a grand stairway wide enough for five horses to ride abreast. The stairway leads up to the vast platform on which the entire site is built. On the stairway up to the Apadana, the reception hall to the palace of King Darius I, survey the hundreds of figures carved in low relief exactly as Darius and Xerxes saw them. They look so fresh they might have been cut yesterday. The small museum in Persepolis has been created from the ruins of a building called the “harem of Xerxes”. Then our explorations take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae to see the impressive, elevated Tomb of Cyrus and walk through the ancient city’s different sections: the Presidential Palace, the Audience Hall, the Gatehouse, and the curious Zendan-e Soleyman. In Naghsh-e-Rostam we visit a collection of ancient Iranian rock reliefs cut into the face of the mountain and the mountain contains the final resting place of four Achaemenid kings, notably king Darius the great and his son, Xerxes.
*An impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models.
**The capital of the first great multicultural empire in Western Asia.
Today we fly to Qeshm Island. depending on the arrival time in Bandar abbas we can have sightseeing and visit the Hindu Temple, water museum, and Delgosha masque. Visiting the mangrove forest, Laft and windsurfs, Seven colors mountains (in the middle of February to mid-April, staying in the village of Shibbaraz as a local home to visit the egg-laying Qeshm turtles).
Today is one of the most exciting days of the Qeshm trip. In the morning before 9 o’clock, we will go for a tour by boat. Visit the famous dolphins of Qeshm, the Natural Aquarium, and the beauties of Hengam island. For lunch, use island products like Falafel and Samosa. After we will visit Local Bazaar and get a Tattoo in Hana color (a temporary tattoo) on the Naz (Cute) island. We can visit the valley of the stars after visiting the Naz islands and go to Hotel.
O/N 3* Hotel or Traditional Guest House
Today is the day on which we visit the Island of Hormuz. The morning after breakfast we go to the island’s quay. From there, the route to the beautiful island of Hormuz begins. On our way to Hormoz, we see the dolphins. On this one-day tour, we visit the Crystal Valley, Rainbow Mountains, the Sculpture valley, the Portuguese Castle, and visit the Red clay mine of Hormuz.
O/N 3* Hotel or Traditional Guest House
One of the attractions of Qeshm Island is the Chah Kouh Canyon, located at the westernmost point of the island, and far from the center of Qeshm. So, first, we will go to Chah kouh Canyon, and then we will go to visit Salt Cave. (This attraction is not suitable for the elderly and people who walk hard). On the way back to Qeshm we may visit Mangrove Forest again (depending on the time).
Today we will go to Bandar Abbas Airport to Fly to Isfahan. In Isfahan, we will visit the Jame Mosque of Isfahan*. After lunch, we go to visit the famous historical Bridges Si-o-Se Pol and Pol-e-Khaju on a walking tour beside ZayandeRood( River). In the afternoon we can have some free time and fun.
*A stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries
Today is Isfahan day. We go to visit Naqsh-e Jahan Square* (also known as Imam Square) which refers back to 500 years ago, Shah (Imam) Mosque*, Aliqapu Palace*, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque*, Grand Bazaar, and Chehel Sotoon palace* which is known as the palace of fourth columns and finally Vank Cathedral. Walking around Armenian Quarter which is filled with amazing buildings that date back to the Safavid dynasty.
*UNESCO inscribed the Square and all Its belongings as a World Heritage Site
From Isfahan, you will be transferred to IKA airport in Tehran for departure flight
Transportation will be in a minibus / van / private car depending on your group size
Different kinds of meals can be found in the restaurants around the street, from fast foods to various local street food. Vegetarian dishes are also possible.
Southern Iran has many delicious foods in addition to natural and cultural
attractions. Due to its proximity to the sea, its cuisine is mostly based on seafood.
One of the exceptional features of southern cuisine is its strong flavors and spices.
The Southern people love hot and spicy flavors, unlike Northern cuisine, which
is often sour. A variety of aromatic spices and peppers are the main and
inseparable part of their food. Of course, southerners have sour and sweet foods as
well; though it’s not their preference.
High season (Mar-May & Sep-Oct):
You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 45 days before the start date of your tour.
45-30 days prior to arrival: 5%
29-15 days prior to arrival: 15%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 25%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 50%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: No show
Low season (Nov-Feb & Jun-Aug):
You receive a full refund of the tour price if You cancel at least 30 days before the start date of your tour.
29-15 days prior to arrival: 5%
14-7 days prior to arrival: 15%
6-3 days prior to arrival: 25%
less than 72 hours prior to arrival: 75%
_Our plans can be a little different depending on the arrival time
_The priority in sightseeing may be changed due to the preference of your guide and also the official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Visiting some cities according to the schedule depends on the arrival time of our flight to that city.
_Vakil Bazar is closed on Friday lunch.
You can book the tour by clicking the “Proceed Booking “button in the price box or sending an inquiry on the “Enquiry Form”.
If you have questions or concerns about the tour, contact us on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or email us at [email protected].
Yes, you need a visa to enter Iran as a visitor. You should make your visa application well in advance of your date of travel. The application process for an Iranian visa can be long and unpredictable. Visitors to Iran must obtain a visa from one of the Iranian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa-exempt countries or countries eligible for a visa on arrival.
To obtain an Iranian visa, you must first get a visa authorization code that proves your visa application is approved by the Iranian MFA. Once you have this code, you will be able to collect your visa at any embassy or airport. Apply for your Iran Visa and get it in less than 3 days. Please be noted that if you are buying a tour package from us, the visa authorization code is also included and you do not need to apply separately. For more information read our article about How to get Iran visa.
It’s not compulsory, but since you need to have access to the Internet, having a SIM card will be necessary. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has a SIM card for travelers.
Yes, having travel insurance is required at passport control when you are entering Iran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has travel insurance for travelers. For more information please read about Iran Travel Insurance.
Where to change somehow depends on the amount of money you’d like to exchange. If it’s a small amount you can change at the airport or your hotel after getting to Iran. But for larger amounts, we suggest exchanging at an exchange store in the city, while you are visiting the downtown with your guide. Your guide will also assist you in choosing the best place for doing the exchange.
Yes, To Iran Tour offers airport transfers. The distance from IKA to Tehran downtown is about 50 km and having an airport transfer will be a great solution when you just arrive in Tehran. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has Airport transfers for travelers.
International credit or debit cards are not accepted in Iran, so you must bring cash and conduct frequent exchanges.
However, there is a solution to this problem: the “Iran tourist Card”. You can use this prepaid debit card for tourists instead of cash. This tour includes Special Iran Travel Deal which has tourist cards for travelers.
According to To Iran Tour’s terms and conditions, cancellations must be made by the customer in writing to To Iran Tour before the tour departure is confirmed.
Applied cancellation fees are mentioned in the cancellation box of each tour. It differs between packages and day tours as in high and low season.
You can contact To Iran Tour on WhatsApp: +98 902 017 2888 or by email at [email protected] for more information
All non-Iranian nationals older than 12 years, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a valid vaccine certificate on arrival. The vaccination certificate must be in English, showing full vaccination of 2 doses. However, there are no obligations regarding the date of the vaccination. Or they should present a negative PCR test.
Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality. Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Single rooms cost an extra fee.
Considering the locality and having an authentic experience, some traditional hotels or ecolodges do not have beds. But they all have sleeping equipment with comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.
Based on the group size or the road quality and the tour type, minibusses, vans or VIP buses will be used for the tour which are all private vehicles. All the vehicles are AC equipped and have the standard of EURO5 or EURO4.
Well organized. Tours were interesting and our guides (Mina and Ali) were really friendly and knowledgeable. We had a couple of small hiccups which were immediately attended to with positive results.
Qeshm Island is amazing! I have always heard about Iran’s southern islands, but never thought it will be the experience of a lifetime… Totally recommend it!