Experience the best of both worlds on our Iran Cultural & Natural Tour, an 15-day adventure that takes you through the country’s most iconic landmarks and stunning natural landscapes. Learn about the country’s fascinating history and traditions as you visit breathtaking mosques, palaces, and bazaars, and indulge in the flavors of traditional Persian cuisine.
In addition to exploring Iran’s cultural heritage, you’ll also discover the country’s stunning natural beauty. From the lush green forests and sparkling waterfalls of the Alborz Mountains to the starkly beautiful desert landscapes of Yazd, this tour will take you on a journey through some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world.
This tour is the perfect way to experience the magic of Iran’s cultural heritage and natural beauty at the same time. Book this unforgettable adventure and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Welcome to Iran! To be met by your tour guide at the airport (IKA airport), you will be transferred to your hotel. We will visit Golestan Palace* and the Grand Bazaar of Tehran (depending on arrival time). Then we will visit the Nature Bridge (night sightseeing).
*A masterpiece of the Qajar era
In the early morning, we fly to Qeshm Island. After arriving and checking in to the hotel, we visit Qeshm International Geopark. First Iran’s geopark, with spectacular scenery. Then after having lunch, we visit the Laft historical seaport. Wooden fishing vessels and cargo ships in colorful forms. Then we visit the Mangrove forest, which its yards depend on the tide and play an important role in the marine ecosystem of this region. And to finish the day, we visit Stars Valley.
In the morning, after checking out of the hotel, we moved toward Hengam Island by launch (boat). Hengam Island is a protected area with natural resources, and if we get the chance, we will encounter the beautiful dolphins of the Persian Gulf. Then we go to the airport to fly to Shiraz.
We spend the whole day sightseeing in Shiraz. We visit the Narenjestan historical House, Nasir-al Molk mosque (Pink Mosque), complex Vakil historical complex (Public Bath, Bazaar, Mosque), and Eram Persian Garden* with its beautiful cypress-lined avenues leading to an elegant summer palace.
* One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens
An early start takes us to Persepolis* (Takht-é Jamshid), the heart of the Persian Empire, and Naghsh-e Rostam as an Achaemenid Necropolice and huge rock relief of Sassanid Kings(3th-7th A.D) two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Then, our explorations take us to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pasargadae** to see the impressive, elevated Tomb of Cyrus.
*An impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models
**The first dynastic capital of the Achaemenid Empire
In the morning, we check out of the hotel to visit Sarvestan Palace* one of the Sassanid palace which is a UNESCO site. On the way, we visit Maharloo salt lake. Then in the evening, we arrive at Meymand rocky village**. The village of Meymand, which has been inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage in 2015, is one of the most exceptional living complexes that has been formed according to the needs of human beings.
O/N Cave guesthouse in Meymand
* Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region
**Cultural Landscape of Maymand is an example of a system that appears to have been more widespread in the past and involves the movement of people rather than animals.
In the morning after checking out of the hotel, we move toward Kerman. In Kerman, we visit Ganj Ali Khan’s historical complex and the old bazaar. Ganj Ali Khan Complex is constructed during the Safavid dynasty (17th A.D) and included a caravanserai, a water reservoir (Ab Anbar), a mosque, a square, a bazaar, and a bathhouse.
Today we continue visiting the rest of Kerman. We start by visiting Mahan Persian Garden*, a great example of a Persian garden, where you can get relaxed in. It also represents a high contrast between a lush garden and a harsh desert in the background. Then we visit Shah Nematollah Tomb. Sufis who have traveled a long way to pay homage to their Sufi master Shah Nematollah Vali in his shrine. Then we leave Kerman and go to Shahdad Historical City.
O/N Shahdad guesthouse
*One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens.
In the morning, we explore Kaluts in the Lut desert*. It is created by wind and rain, and they are the unique structures in the desert. From a distance, they look like the ruins of an enormous legendary city with grand palaces and buildings both short and high. We will also visit the world’s biggest Nebkhas with regard to the height and vastness on its west side. Then we go to Zein-Aldin caravanserai. The caravanserai is situated on the ancient Silk Road. It is one of 999 such inns that were built during the reign of Shah Abbas I to provide facilities to travelers.
*The site presents some of the most spectacular examples of aeolian yardang landforms (massive corrugated ridges).
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, On the way we visit Dowlat Abad garden**, Amir-Chakhmaq square, and Jame the mosque, walking in the old part of the city that is registered as a UNESCO site.
* It bears living testimony to the use of limited resources for survival in the desert.
** One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens
Today, after checking out of the hotel, we go to Naein to visit its historical parts. There are some of the most outstanding monuments in all of Iran. Then we drive to Isfahan. Iranians say that their lovely city is “half the world”. We explore Isfahan in night time and visit two historic bridges calles Si-o-Se-Pol and Khaju.
We spend the whole day exploring Isfahan. First, we visit the magnificent Jameh Mosque of Isfahan* with its famous Uljaitu Mihrab of the Il-Khanid Period. Then we continue on to the Naqhsh-e Jahan Square**, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gigantic open plaza is framed by a wall of arches and surrounded by two of the Islamic world’s most impressive mosques, the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque*** and the Shah Mosque***. Both houses of worship contain magnificent architecture and tile-work and finish the day by visiting Aliqapoo Palace****.
* A stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries.
** An impressive testimony to the level of social and cultural life in Persia during the Safavid era.
***Monumental buildings linked by a series of two-storeyed arcades
****UNESCO inscribed the Palace and the Square as a World Heritage Site due to their cultural and historical importance.
Today after checking out of the hotel, we will leave Isfahan to move toward Kashan. On our way, we will visit Natanz Jame mosque and Chartaghi (Fireplace in the Sassanid era (Third-7th A.D). Then we go to Abyaneh historical village. The village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies. In Kashan in the evevning we will Visit the traditional Bazaar and Amin-AL Doleh Caravanserai.
In the morning, after checking out of the hotel, we will visit Fin Persian Gardens*, another one of the UNESCO Persian Gardens. we will visit one of the historical houses in Kashan like Tabatabaei, Borujerdi, or Abbasian. Then on our way, we visit Ouyi underground city (Noushabad), located 5km north of Kashan is considered a notable piece of ancient architecture. Then we move toward staying the night at Imam Khomeini International Airport.
* One of nine UNESCO Persian gardens.
We will provide a group transfer hotel to IKA airport for departure flight.
_ 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.
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 of sightseeing may be changed. It is due to the time of your arrival, your guide’s discretion, and the 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.
I think this itinerary is one of the best and most complete itineraries that you can find in Iran. We enjoyed visiting different aspects of Iran. To experience nature along with culture was a phenomenal experience. The food was amazing, the tour guide was a big help, and the accommodations were comfortable and friendly.
What an amazing trip! My husband & I enjoyed every minute of it. our guide was brilliant, he is an amazing guide, he brought us to amazing places that we would never have found had we not chosen to travel with the group. A fantastic way to see Iran.
A very well-organized tour that offered a real taste of Iran. We upgraded to 5-star accommodation which we feel was worth doing. All in all a really good tour but it’s not for those who wish to rest over the 15 days as it is a full-on tour.