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12 Days Iran Classic Tour with a Taste of Persian Gulf

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12 Days - 11 Nights
Availability : All Month
Tehran
Shiraz
Min Age : No Age Limit
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Iran Classic Tour with a Taste of Persian Gulf Details

Iran is a country with endless history and tradition and you will explore both ancient Persia and modern Iran. Our Iran Classic Tour with a taste of Persian Gulf program (which is a part of our Persia Classic Tour series) includes the natural and historical attractions of central parts of Iran and Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf. In this Iran tour package, we will visit cities like Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Yazd, Shiraz, and Qeshm. In most of these areas, living in warm and dry areas has been linked with history and has shaped a lifestyle that is specific to these areas.

Highlights of Iran Classic Tour with a Taste of Persian Gulf
  • It’s a 12 days Iran classic discovery and cultural tour.
  • The tour starts in Tehran and ends up in Shiraz. In between, we visit 6 main cities and amazing UNESCO world heritage sites in Iran.
  • The best seasons to visit Qeshm are Autumn and Winter and Spring

Tour Code

OT1412027

Best Time to Visit

Autumn, Winter and Spring

Physical Rating

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Accommodation grade

3* or 4* Hotels/ Traditional House/ Eco-lodge

Transportation

A.C Minibus / Van / Private car

Included Meals

12 Breakfasts
2 bottles of water/ fruits/ snacks per day

Price Includes

  • 12 Nights Hotel or Traditional House Accommodation
  • Professional licensed guides and drivers (Guide assistant for 15 pax and more)
  • All transfers and transportations (Private car for 2-3 pax. Suitable minibus for bigger groups)
  • 1 Domestic flight and 1 train ticket
  • Visa authorization code processing fee (except for British, American and Canadian passport holders)

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visa Stamp/ Label Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tips to Local Guides and Drivers
  • Entrance Fees
  • Room Service Fees

Important Hints

Accommodation

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.
The price includes double and twin rooms in Hotels. Obviously, single rooms cost an extra fee.
Private or single rooms are not available in some traditional local houses. No Bed, but sleeping equipment is traditional comfortable Mattresses and Blankets.

Transportation

Use Minibus / Van / Private car depending on your group size

Meals

The number of meals depending on your arrival and departure time may be changed.
Vegetarian dishes are also possible upon request.

Activities that are availabe upon request:

• Visiting Lenj (Local wooden ships) Workshop
• Local music, photography, Local snacks
• Fishing
• Harra (Mangrove) forest tour (Bird watching, Photography, Camping)
• Traditional/Sportfishing
• Naz islands journey with Jet Ski
• Ritual ceremonies
• Traditional cooking classes
• Paragliding/Bicycling/Diving

Other Notes

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.
There is a guide assistant in addition to the tour guide for 16 pax and more.

Itinerary
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12

Landing to Persia (Tehran)

Welcome to Iran. To meet your tour guide at the airport (IKA airport), you will be transferred to your hotel.

Visit Sa’adAbad and Niavaran Palace. The Sa’adAbad Palace built by Qajar and Pahlavi monarchs. Today, the official residence of the President of Iran is located adjacent to the complex. After visiting these palaces, we visit the former USA Embassy. And in the evening we take a walk on Nature bridge. Nature bridge is located in Fire and Water (Ab o Atash) park in Tehran which is one of the most popular parks in Tehran.

O/N Tehran

Niavaran Palace, TehranTabiat Bridge, Tehran, Iran - To Iran Tour

Modern Tehran

Start the day by visiting Golestan Palace*, a historical complex in Iran’s capital city, Tehran. This former royal Qajar complex has been inscribed in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage in June of 2013. Then we will continue our tour to the Grand Old Bazaar of Tehran. Also visit the Treasury of National Jewels Jewels (which is only open from Saturday to Tuesday and from 14 to 16:30. That means if times allows us, we visit this magnificent treasury) and National Museum of Iran. Depends on time, we will take a walk on 30 Tir Street. We will drive to Kashan in the evening.

O/N Kashan

Golestan palace - Shams-ol Emareh, Tehran, Iran - Iran Classic routeIran National Archaeological Museum

Kashan Life

Start the day by visiting the Underground City of Ouyi. Then we will have a city tour to historical parts of Kashan including Tabatabaie Historical House, Borujerdiha/Abbasian Historical House, and Aghabozorg Mosque. Don’t forget about the beautiful Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse nearby namely houses. Then in the evening, we visit the beautiful Fin Persian Garden*.

If you are traveling in Spring, we would not miss the villages near Kashan for Festival of Rose and Rose Water in Qamsar and Niasar.

O/N Kashan

Sultan Ahmad Bathhouse - kashan - To Iran Tour - Persia Classic tour

Isfahan, Half of the World

In the morning en-route to Isfahan, visit Madar Shah Caravanserai. After arriving in Isfahan and checking in the hotel, we will explore Half of the World! We start with Hasht Behesht*/Chehel Sotoun Palace*. Then, in the evening, we will take a walk alongside the Zayanderoud River, Siosepol, and Khajoo historical bridges.

Also, meantime, visiting some handicraft workshops can be managed.

In Isfahan, we visit workshops of Isfahan’s local handicrafts like Toreutics or carpet weaving.

O/N Isfahan

Si-o-Se-Pol Bridge, Isfahan, Iran - To Iran Tour

Isfahan in Depth

Today we have a full day city tour of Isfahan. Start the day by visiting the Jame Mosque of Isfahan*. Then the magnificent Naghsh-e Jahan Historical Square*, Shah (Imam) Mosque*, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque*, and Aliqapoo Palace*. Then in the evening drive to Yazd.

O/N Yazd

Naqsh-e Jahan, IsfahanShah Mosque (Imam Mosque), Isfahan

Feel Adobes

In the morning, visit the Historical City of Yazd*. While exploring it, visit places like Amir Chakhmagh complex, and Jame Mosque of Yazd. Then we visit the Fire Temple of Zoroastrians and Tower of Silence. In the Tower of Silence or Dakhma, the bodies of the deceased are placed to avoid contaminating the earth as a Zoroastrian funerary tradition. Zoroastrians still make up a significant minority of the population, and the Atashkadeh of Yazd is the most important fire temple of Zoroastrians in Iran.

At the end of the day, we leave Yazd by train to go to Bandar Abbas.

O/N Night Train to Bandar Abbas

Yazd, a UNESCO world heritage site - To IRan Tour - Persia Classic TourTower of Silence, Yazd

Welcome to Persian Gulf

Day 7 is when our Persian Gulf Tour starts. In the morning you will be in Bandar Abbas. After walking around Bandar Abbas, we take a ferry to Qeshm Island and have excursions in Qeshm. Visit Qeshm Bazaar, Portuguese Castle, and Khorbas Cave.

O/N Qeshm

Khorbas Cave, Qeshm

Excursion in Hengam Island

Today is one of the most exciting days of the Qeshm trip. In the morning before 9 o’clock, we go for a boat tour. Visit the famous dolphins of Qeshm, Natural Aquarium, and the beauties of Hengam island with its colored sands. For lunch, use island local foods like Falafel and Samosa.

Then visit Local Bazaar and doing a temporary Tattoo by Hana color. Afterward, we visit the Valley of the Stars and go to Hotel.

On this day, we try to listen to some local music if possible.

If we’re lucky, in late winter (March) and spring, we may have this chance to see the Hawksbill sea turtle and how they lay eggs and maybe even we get to see how the baby turtles to hatch eggs in Qeshm.

O/N Qeshm

Hengam Island, Iran - To Iran TourStars Valley, Qeshm

Jewelry of Persian Gulf

Day 9 is all about Hormuz island. In the morning after breakfast, we go to the island’s quay. From there, our journey to the beautiful island of Hormuz begins. In this one-day tour, we visit Rainbow Mountains, The Valley of the Statues, Silver and Red Beaches of Hormuz, and the Red Clay mine of Hormuz. Depends on the time of flight, we leave for Shiraz.

O/N Shiraz

Hormuz IslandRainbow Mountains of Hormuz Island

The Glory of Persia

Your tour guide picks you up to visit ancient historical monuments like Persepolis*, Pasargadae*, and Naqsh-e Rostam*. Persepolis* (Takht-é Jamshid), the heart of the Persian Empire, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, walk through a complex of palaces and temples that is said to be one of the architectural wonders of the world. Then visit Pasargadae*. Our explorations take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae* to see the impressive, elevated Tomb of Cyrus and to walk through the different sections of the ancient city. the Presidential Palace, the Audience Hall, the Gatehouse, and the ruins Zendan-e Soleyman. Then we go to Shiraz and visit Shah Cherah Holy Shrine.

O/N Shiraz

Persepolis, Fars - Persia Classic TourPasargadae, Shiraz - by Stefanos Zachariadis /Flickr

In-Depth in Shiraz

Explore lovely Shiraz Day! The City of Roses and Nightingales.

Our Shiraz journey begins with Narenjestan Garden, with the richly decorated pavilion featuring a mirrored porch set among graceful trees. Then will continue to Arg-e Karim Khan (is a citadel located in the downtown Shiraz, and in shape, it resembles a medieval fortress). Late this afternoon, spend some time in the Vakil Historical Complex (public bath, bazaar, mosque) and famous Shiraz Bazaar (Shiraz shopping paradise).

After that, we start in the tomb of two f Iran’s greatest poets, Hafez and Saadi. And continue to Eram Garden*, with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues leading to an elegant summer palace and Nasir-al Mulk Mosque (aka Pink Mosque).

O/N Shiraz

Eram Persian Garden - by David Sandoz /FlickrArg-e Karim Khan, Shiraz - by Matt Werner /Flickr

Missing Persia

Transfer to airport from hotel for departure flight

Note: All sites with * sign are submitted in UNESCO world heritage.

To find out more Iran's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, read this article

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