Discover the beauty and charm of Iran’s most iconic landmarks and attractions on our 11-Day Exploring Iran Classic by Train tour. This journey takes you through the heart of Iran, letting you experience the country’s rich cultural heritage and stunning landscapes from the comfort of a train.
With luxurious accommodations and comfortable transportation, this tour is perfect for travelers who want to explore Iran in style. You’ll visit the country’s most historic cities, including Shiraz, Isfahan, and Tehran, and discover the unique architecture and rich history that make each destination so special.
From the tranquil gardens of Shiraz to the stunning mosques and palaces of Isfahan, this tour is a journey through time, revealing the unparalleled beauty and charm of Iran’s cultural heritage. And with the comfort and convenience of train travel, you can sit back, relax, and take in the stunning landscapes as they pass by.
Join us on this unforgettable adventure and discover the magic of Iran from a whole new perspective.
Welcome to Iran. To be met by your guide, you’ll be transferred from IKA to Tehran. After checking in to the hotel, you’ll visit Golestan Palace* and then the Grand Old Bazaar of Tehran.
*A masterpiece of the Qajar era
Today is all about exploring Tehran. We start the day by visiting Sa’dAbad Palace Complex and Niavaran Palace. Then in the evening, we move toward Kashan via train.
In Kashan, we visit beautiful architecture such as Tabatabaei Historical House and Borujerdiha or Abbasian Historical House. After that, visit Fin Persian Garden*, a relaxing and visually impressive Persian garden with water channels all passing through a central pavilion. Finally, we visit the Aghabozorg Mosque.
*One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens
In the forenoon, we continue our tour by going to Yazd by Train. After a short rest in your traditional Hotel, we visit Dowlat Abad garden*.
* One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens
The old city of Yazd* is built almost entirely of adobe and is an architectural wonder. To deal with the extremely hot summers, many old buildings have magnificent wind towers, with large underground areas to circulate cooling air. Yazd has been a Zoroastrian center since Sassanian times. Zoroastrians still make up a significant minority of the population, and the Atashkadeh in Yazd is the most important Zoroastrian fire temple in Iran. We visit the Tower of Silence, or Dakhma, where the bodies of the deceased were placed, to avoid contaminating the earth as a Zoroastrian funerary tradition, and then the Fire Temple and its grounds
* It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert.
Today we leave Yazd to visit the beautiful city of Abarkooh to visit the historical part and two thousand years old Cypress. Then we have lunch in Abarkooh. In the afternoon we go to Sa’adat Shahr near Pasargadae to spend the night there. En route, we visit the magnificent Pasargadae*, the Tomb of Cyrus the Great.
O/N Sa’adat Shahr
*The first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire
Today is all about the Persian Empire. On this day we visit Persepolis* which was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire and then visit Naghsh-e Rostam, an ancient necropolis. And finally, we move toward Shiraz to visit this beautiful city (by car). In Shiraz, we will visit Shah Cheragh holy shrine or the historical Narenjestan Qavam House.
*An impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models.
We start today exploring Shiraz, the city of Roses, and Nightingales. First, we visit Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (aka Pink Mosque), then a few steps further we visit Vakil Historical Complex (Public Bath, Bazar, Mosque) and Karim Khan Citadel. We have lunch there and visit Eram Persian Garden*. Finally, we finish the day by visiting Hafezieh (The tomb of Hafez; the Iranian famous poet).
*One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens.
On Day 9 We explore Isfahan. We visit the beautiful Jame mosque of Isfahan*. And we enter the magnificent Naqshe Jahan historical square** through Qeysarieh Gate. In this open plaza, we visit Shah Mosque***, Sheikh Lotfollah mosque***, and finally Aliqapoo Palace**. We finish the day by visiting the beautiful Zayanderoud river and its Historical bridges, Si-o-Se-Pol and Khajoo Bridge at night which adds to their beauty.
*stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries
**UNESCO inscribed the Palace and the Square as World Heritage Sites due to their cultural and historical importance.
***Monumental buildings linked by a series of two-storeyed arcades.
We continue visiting Isfahan and its beauties. First, we visit Chehel Sotoun* and Hasht Behesht Persian Garden*. Then visit the interesting Music Museum in Isfahan. In which you might experience a live music performance. Then we take a stroll through the Jolfa neighborhood and visit Vank Cathedral and enjoy the neighborhood and its historic buildings.
* One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens
Transfer from Hotel to IKA terminal.
_Hotels are usually 4* or Traditional resorts with the same quality.
_Hotel check-in time generally is at 2:00 PM. So, according to your arrival time, if you need early check-in you must book an extra day.
_Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. No Bed, but sleeping equipment is traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.
Use Minibus / Van / Private car depending on your group size
Vegetarian dishes are also possible upon request.
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%
The basic price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.
_ The priority in sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and official and unofficial holidays of some museums. Also, some activities in the itinerary may be changed depending on the weather conditions.
_ All sites with * sign are submitted in UNESCO World Heritage.
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.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us and our travel expert will get in touch with you shortly. Please also call us or email us before visiting to make sure that you will be served with our best services.
My overall experience with this tour was great, however, taking trains was a little hard. But creating the opportunity to see Iranian people firsthand and communicating with them made it worthwhile. Also, the overall experience of the food wasn’t in my interest but my partner loved it.